"The village that voted the earth was flat doubtless modified its own behavior and its system of physics accordingly, but its vote did not in any way modify the shape of the earth. That remains what it is, whether human beings agree or disagree about it."

- Dorothy Sayers
The Oscars Always Remind Me .. .

. . . just how far out of the loop of popular culture I am.

Here are a few examples:

"Alright, alright, alright". This is evidently a reference to something well-known related to Matthew McConaughey. My twitter feed erupted with people cracking jokes about "Alright, alright, alright" right after he won. Evidently the reference is a laugh riot, but it's shooting right over my head.

I first heard this Mconaugheyism demonstrated on Jim Gaffigan's awesome Mr. Universe album (he says it when imitating MM). But I didn't know it was a "thing".

Daft Punk. I saw several Daft Punk references tweeted out in that way people do when they know everyone who reads it will get it. I think Daft Punk might be a band of some sort, but I'm clueless.

The films themselves. Of the nine films nominated for best picture, I've seen exactly one (Gravity). And that's one more than I usually have seen when the Oscars roll around each year.

Bruno Mars and "Flea". Oh, wait, that's a reference to how out of the loop I was for the Super Bowl. I'm to understand these people are involved in the music industry in some way?

Me. I could have easily Googled the references above rather than whining about my out-of-it-ness on this blog. But, to show how out of it I actually am, I'm pretending like it's 1992.

[urgent whisper] Help . . . Me . . .

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1. NHE - 03/03/2014 9:22 pm CST

"Alright, Alright, Alright" is a reference to the 1993 cult classic "Dazed and Confused" (which apparently many feel McConaughey should have won a supporting actor nom for). I never saw it. So, Bill, if I (of all people) never saw it, you can breathe easy(er).

Daft Punk - I'm turning 51 this month (can't help ya there). It sounds rap/gangsta to me, so it doesn't register.

This years best pic films: I haven't seen Gravity (didn't interest me because I heard it was strong on technical prowess and weak on story). But I have seen "Philomena", "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle", and Captain Phillips (only 4). I can tell you that I hope to see all of the nominated ones, and I highly recommend the 4 I've seen. My dear wife (Dina) and I were shocked that Hanks wasn't nominated for "Phillips" - it was the best acting performance we saw in 2013.

Twelve Years is great. Go in thinking "The Schindler's List" of slavery movies, and you will like it (if you liked Schindler's List).

Philomena was good too. It has a decidedly liberal bent, but the forgiveness themes at the end of the film (and Judy Dench's performance) made my wife and I enjoy it immensely.

We saw American Hustle too. It's a tough watch for sensitive eyes, but we liked it. Of the two David. O. Russell films Dina and I have seen, we prefer Silver Lining's Playbook over American Hustle.

If you haven't seen Silver Linings, see that first - I consider it the "new and better Jerry McGuire" (which is high praise).

Hope that helps.

But I'm out of touch too, all things considered, so you're in good company. :)

Re: the 5 that Dina and I haven't seen.

I'm least interested in Gravity (which is where you and I are just different, in a good way). We will watch it because Bill is our friend. :)

Wolf of Wall Street - I'm at a point in my life where "hard R" movies don't affect me like they did, so I will see it, but in my own time....love Scorsese but not a priority.

Nebraska - I CANT WAIT to see this. Dina was turned off because it's in black and white, but we will rent it.

Dallas Buyer's Club - I'm hoping it will be similar to "Milk" - a well made movie that is blatantly sympathetic to an "alternative life-style". I liked Milk, and will give this one the benefit of the doubt and watch it at some point (albeit with a cringe).

Her - the premise is fascinating, but Spike Jonze (director, script writer) is weird. I don't expect to love it, but I'm intrigued by the premise.

2. Andrew - 03/04/2014 4:54 am CST

Daft Punk - I'm turning 51 this month (can't help ya there). It sounds rap/gangsta to me, so it doesn't register.

Daft Punk is a French electronic band. Not very rap or gangsta. :-)

12 Years a Slave was very good. Like Schindler's List, I can't imagine why anyone would ever watch it more than once.

I had little interest in any of the nominated movies other than Philomena. I'll see that one eventually.

3. NHE - 03/04/2014 6:18 am CST

Well that explains it Andrew, I put electronic in w/ gangsta rap in the "I don't get it" music category - no wonder I didn't know who they were!

I totally agree on only seeing 12 Years once.

4. Bill - 03/04/2014 8:12 am CST

NHE - I'll be interested in your take on Gravity if you end up seeing it. I really enjoyed it, but I love (reasonably accurate to the physics) space movies, and thought the story, though simple, had a lot of depth to it, along with redemptive and gospel-tinged themes.

Being someone who's family hails from Nebraska, and having a deep love for the state, I was intrigued that someone made a movie about it - I didn't even know that it was a movie until Oscar night. Has anyone seen it? Is it any good?

5. Neo - 03/04/2014 8:24 am CST

I skipped it completely. I don't find Ellen funny, and I think the entire awards show is contrived. Time is better spent with the children in family worship instead of ignoring them in front of a glowing Asherim flatscreen...

6. NHE - 03/04/2014 8:59 am CST

"Nebraska" is an Alexander Payne film - he did "About Schmidt", "Sideways", and "The Descendants" - all of which I liked, About Schmidt being my favorite of the 3.

Nebraska looks really good.

I know we should have seen Gravity on the big screen, but we're never much dazzled by affects, so we'll rent it this weekend.


Did you guys happen to see U2 do an acoustic "Ordinary Love" at the Oscars? I loved it, youtube it if you haven't.

Anyone want to help me get Neo to a movie? We need to get him out of the house. I'm buying!


7. David - 03/04/2014 9:23 am CST

You should go see Frozen. All I need to say. :)

8. NHE - 03/04/2014 9:53 am CST

Everything I've heard about "Frozen" is Gospelicious......look forward to seeing it

I think Neo might even go with us to that one :)

9. Bill - 03/04/2014 10:17 am CST

Frozen is excellent. Highly recommended.

Upthread someone mentioned Hanks in Captain Phillips - I actually saw the last 20 minutes or so of that movie and his performance blew me away. It was so authentic: rather than the normal cliche amazing heroism coming from nowhere that you normally see in these things, he acted the way a sea captain in a similar situation would really act, trying to make things happen but still scared to death and the final scene in the sick bay was a masterpiece.

10. Karl - 03/04/2014 12:49 pm CST

Took my girls to see Frozen last weekend. We all loved it.

I first heard of Daft Punk on the extended edition DVD's of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings - which are probably over a decade old now. In an interview on those DVD's, Elijah Wood says he likes their music. To my knowledge though I've never heard any of their music personally.

11. NHE - 03/04/2014 1:35 pm CST

I agree Bill, that final scene in sick bay may have been the best I've ever seen Hanks act, which is saying something. How on earth he wasn't nominated was beyond me.

12. Quaid - 03/04/2014 5:29 pm CST

Nebraska is an excellent film. Bruce Dern really is good in the movie and deserved the nomination. As an SNL fan, I was happy that Will Forte fell into something so great.

The movie isn't exactly a glowing review of Nebraska, but the state does play a "role" of sorts in the film, similar to how Hawaii held such a strong presence in The Descendants. I recommend it to everyone. I don't get turning a film off because it's in B&W, but I won't throw stones right now.

I'm going to guess that Bruno Mars and Flea were a joke. If not, Bruno Mars churns out hits like sneezes (he writes both for himself and others) and Flea is the bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, a band who was quite famous in 1992.

13. Bill - 03/04/2014 11:21 pm CST

Thanks Quaid. I was actually slightly hip to Bruno M. Knew about the red hot chili peppers, mainly from their appearance on the Simpsons, though didn't know about this Flea guy.

If the movie belittles Nebraska, whoever made it is evil. :-)

14. Quaid - 03/06/2014 4:12 pm CST

I'm not so sure it belittles Nebraska, as much as it gives an honest impression of the state, from Payne's perspective.

To the extent that you believe a "state" is made up of its people, you might walk away with a strange taste in your mouth. To the extent that you believe a state exists in spite of, or separately from, its people, (i.e., its natural beauty, industry, general state of mind, etc.) you might be quite pleased with the film. Of course, all states are filled with characters (with Texas being the worst offender?). Some characters you'd rather not deal with, but they're made in the image of God, too. You take the bad with the good.

All to say, see the film. I definitely would love to hear your take, given your experience with the state. I've never been there. Aside from football and Berkshire Hathaway, this is the "closest" I've gotten to Nebraska.

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