Theater Hopper - Feb 25: How America Votes
by Tom Brazelton
February 25, 2008
Theater Hopper is a webcomic about all things movies written and illustrated by Tom Brazelton. Starring Tom, his wife Cami, and friend Jared, Theater Hopper perfectly captures Tom's own feelings and reactions to recent and upcoming movies in a way that will easily have you laughing out loud. Updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and featuring a blog post written by Tom, this is the comic that every movie-lover out there won't want to miss. The latest comic and blog has been posted below.
I kind of painted myself into a corner with today's comic because, originally, the set up required there to be some kind of massive upset at last night's Academy Awards ceremony. The only problem, there were no real upsets! Pretty much everyone who was supposed to win, did. There weren't really any awards handed out that I was upset with. I didn't finish watching the show thinking anyone was snubbed or robbed. So I had to reconfigure the point I was making a little bit, but I think it comes off well.
Discussing today's comic with Cami, I actually hit up a little mini-arc that addresses some of the politics behind the Oscar voting as well as attempt reveal some truth about persona biases.
That sounds pretty lofty. It's not high-concept, or anything. I'm just trying to give you the head's up that there will be a mini-arc this week. So if that gives you an excuse to come back to the site on Wednesday and Friday, feel free to use it.
Thinking back on last night's show, the only real upset I can recall is French actress Marion Cotillard winning her first Academy Award for her portrayal of singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. Then again, Best Actress is always a crap shoot anyway. And - not to be xenophobic - the award hardly ever goes to an American actress, so I just kind of ignore it.
I was pleased beyond reason that "Falling Slowly" from Once won Best Original Song. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's performance made me want to stop what I was doing and watch Once all over again - easily my favorite movie last year.
Beyond that, nothing much to get excited about. Certainly it was obvious that there weren't any huge blockbusters or A-level celebrities like Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts being celebrated. I'll be curious to read about the ratings sometime today.
But when your Best Picture nominees include downers like There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, it's likely to ostracize the casual movie goer. Maybe that's a good thing? More left over for the die-hard fans?
We discussed these issues and more on a special Sunday night recording of The Triple Feature over at TalkShoe. Gordon, Joe and I hopped on the line immediately after the Oscar telecast wrapped up and we shared our immediate impressions. You should really think about downloading a copy of the show. We kept it brief - 30 minutes since we recorded on a day we don't typically record. It's a good introduction to what we do. If you have a chance, give us a listen!
That said, we still have ANOTHER broadcast going on this evening. The three of us will be talking about NEW movies tonight including Be Kind Rewind, Vantage Point and the recent multiple cast announcements for the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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