2013 Oscars Recap

Another Academy Awards ceremony has come and gone, and overall it was an enjoyable evening.  There were few surprises among the award winners, though I only correctly predicted 16/24 winners correctly (equaling my score from last year, at least I’m consistent).  In addition to there being no real surprises there are also no winners that I feel were not deserving to win; even if I disagree with the outcomes, the awards went to quality films/performances which makes it hard to complain too loudly.  The show itself was enjoyable, if not spectacular, with some wonderful moments and some bits that fell flat, and I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Seth MacFarlane.  Read on to see my thoughts in a bit more detail.
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Review: Wreck-It Ralph

            Have you ever felt like no one appreciates you?  Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in, or that you don’t have a place in the world?  Try this one: are you tired of being repeatedly thrown off a roof by an angry mob while your opponent always gets a medal?  Ralph is.  For the last 30 years, Ralph has been destroying an apartment building as the villain of Fix-It Felix, Jr., a videogame in an arcade.  Every morning he gets up from the pile of rubble in which he sleeps, climbs to the top of the building and destroys it, hurling wreckage down at Felix, who repairs the building.  The inhabitants of the building cheer Felix on, baking him pies, and when Felix finally gets to the top the people throw Ralph off the building into the mud.  He’s done this over and over again, every day for 30 years. Continue reading