OK. My Oscar picks are in. I'm going with a combo "Slumdog sweep" plus "conventional wisdom" strategy this year. It was that kind of year. I'm not going to jinx myself by listing my picks till I can crow about my inevitable victory in the Card Family Oscar Pool. But here are the movies I really thought were the best of 2008, a fairly lousy year:
The Dark Knight. Post 9/11 superhero movie. Sadly, this is what the 21st century feels like. If Chris Nolan could only direct fight scenes, DK might have made my all-time list.
Wall-E. Pixar's best since Toy Story. First half justifies the existence of CGI. Loses a point for preachiness.
OK, time to nitpick on the AXA Equitable ad (which is not new). You can have an 800-lb gorilla. You can have an elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. You cannot have an 800 lb gorilla that no one wants to acknowledge. Get your $#@! cliches straight, dummies.
Careerbuilder is getting very mixed results from the blogerati. A few love it, a few hate it. Does that signify goodness?
NFL spot assumes we remember the one from last year. Don't think that's a safe assumption. But upon review, it almost works on its own. Does Heineken think Americans think John Turturro is a real tough guy? Beer as sword? Uh, I don't think so.
Discovery Max Men promo is brutal. Super effective during fubball.