This week’s MSN DVD column takes a look at my conflicted response to “The Artist”.
You may remember that I included it among the honourable mentions on my 2011 ten-best list, and then spent the next few months talking smack about its Oscar chances in a series of increasingly obnoxious media appearances. (Oddly, none of those seems to be kicking around online.)
Which seemed entirely reasonable to me — it’s a perfectly enjoyable film, it’s just not a movie that deserved to win Best Picture, and wouldn’t have even been considered if not for Harvey Weinstein’s non-stop marketing campaign. So that’s what I dug into in the column; hope you find it at least a little enlightening.
And if you do bring “The Artist” home, just try to put the whole Best Everything out of your head, and enjoy it as the fluffy little macaron that it is. Macarons are very nice, you know.
Also: Nora Ephron, huh? Dammit.