Truly creepy moments from the 2013 Oscars (with bonus reviewlet of Les Misérables)

Oscars plumb the depths.

Confessions up front: I rarely watch the Oscars broadcast, and I had to do a search on Seth McFarlane to find out what his day job is.  That’s just how immersed I am in popular culture.  (I still don’t understand who the Kardashians are, and why Bruce Jenner seems to be involved, in spite of having it explained to me more than once by my younger, hipper sisters.)

So I don’t know if last night’s broadcast differed significantly from previous Oscar productions.  I do know it had some very jarring moments, and not in a good way.  Here are my top two: Continue reading “Truly creepy moments from the 2013 Oscars (with bonus reviewlet of Les Misérables)”

Tinker, Tailor, Don’t Remember Why

Blast from the past.

If you remember the Cold War and want to feel superannuated, go see the lush 2011 film adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

The performances are superb – Gary Oldman as George Smiley immediately makes you forget even Alec Guinness – and the script and staging range from not overly annoying to inspired.

But in the theater where I saw it, the quiet, understated delivery of the actors caused an older gentleman in the audience to shout, Continue reading “Tinker, Tailor, Don’t Remember Why”