March 4, 2004

and the oscar goes to???


That's right folks, Bill Murray! I am tired of all of these hobbits winning everything. Bill Murray gets my Oscar nod. I demand a recall. If Arnie can do it than so can I. While we're at it I am giving the best picture award to Lost In Translation. Whatever happened to good old character development? A film that actually took place and wasn't totally computer animated. C'mon you guys, who's with me? Bill Murray was so wonderfully restrained and elegant. He is my winner and want to send him a glass of iced tea in the mail. Does the post office send drinks? Will you guys please give me your Oscar picks that you feel should have won? Is everyone a Hobbit? Do I really need to see these films?
Please advise.

Steven "Oscar misses Felix" Poltz

P.S. Sofia Coppola is a Goddess.

Posted by steve at March 4, 2004 5:16 PM


I haven't seen Lost in Translation, I haven't seen the Ring's thing, I haven't seen Mystic River (although I hear tell it's the feel good movie of the year!), I haven't seen this, I haven't seen that, I most certainly didn't see Cat in the Hat.
I did see Pirates, and I've got to say, that Depp gets my vote everyday.

LOVE the picture of you and Bill -- :)

Posted by: ms p at March 4, 2004 5:23 PM

i hated mystic river. i was pretty bored. i in fact didn't see any of the other movies but the rings...but come on, it was just technically amazing, not exactly the best acting or etc. Steve, I will have to defer to you, but Bill Murray looked DAMN PO'd not winning. I think he thought it was his serious "chance." I wanted the Whale Rider girl to win. And mmmjohnnymmm. Steve, when will see you as best song that runs over the credits?!

Posted by: peach gurl at March 4, 2004 6:10 PM

I loved Lost, and Bill, and I don't even have any idea what a Hobbit is. I went to Catholic school we weren't allowed to read those Hobbit was immoral contraband...I swear that's what they told us.

We just rented Pirates, and I didn't understand what was going on, Lou said it was because of the Martinis. I get very confused. But I LOVE Johnny. And I want to see Mystic River asap. While drinking Iced Tea.

Posted by: Rain at March 4, 2004 6:19 PM

Lost in Translation is probably one of the best (and funniest) movies I have seen. Bill Murray definitely deserved the Oscar, but I thought Sean Penn was pretty good too. Sorry, but Mystic River is probably one of the most depressing movies ever (but very good... just definitely not feel good). I think LOTR deserves some sort of accolades, but not for EVERYTHING!! Especially not for the Song of the Year because Alison Krauss is wayyyy better than Annie Lennox. Anyway.. thats my whinge for the day!! I would have loved to see Sophia win, but if she keeps making movies like Lost in Translation she will soon have one. Ooooh... and I also think that Keisha C-H should have won for Whale Rider... I don't think i've cried so much in a film for a long time! (which is a good thing!)

Posted by: Bilby at March 4, 2004 7:21 PM

You can't even compare Lost in Translation and Lord of the Rings, they're 2 completely different movies. Awards don't really mean anything anyways, do they? And Lord of the Rings won so many cuz it didn't win barely any the 2 years before. It was an achievement, though, for Peter Jackson. I agree with Bilby, Alison Krauss got robbed. She rocks. And I do think Bill Murray shoulda won. His performance was awesome, but it made me sad cuz he seems like he didn't have to look too deep to find that lost part of himself. You should send him some CDs, Steve. It'd cheer him up.

Posted by: Megs at March 4, 2004 7:54 PM

you're right---the oscars dont mean anything because the general public doesn't vote on them. people's choice is much more valid.


she'd get my vote anyday...

Posted by: jlmott at March 4, 2004 8:49 PM

Steve, completely agree with you. Bill should've definately got that award. im not a fan of lotr, but but i can still appreciate a good movie when i see one. saying this, im sick of all these movies that use so much computer generated stuff. it totally takes out the art of movie making if you ask me (too bad if you dont). if you're going to do that, make it a cartoon. dont put it up against real people such as Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, who absolutely crap all over them.

my two cents - like it or lump it

Posted by: jaan at March 4, 2004 8:58 PM

i just saw the last samarai today and i think ken watanabe should have won best supporting actor. now i need to go see whale rider.i liked charlize theron for best actress but i really loved diane keaton in that movie she was in with jack n.
one day i am going to win an oscar for writing dick's automotive. then i will retire in oxnard. any town that has the guts to name themselves after an ox's balls is fine by me.

Posted by: steverino at March 5, 2004 12:25 AM

I think their should've been some sort of Oscar nod to Scarlett Johansson's underwear....

....I don't know how many hours I've lingered over the opening credits of "Lost in Translation".....sigh...

Posted by: j eastman at March 5, 2004 6:29 AM

I can't say too much of anything here, I haven't seen any of those movies...

But, I would have liked to see Bill win... I mean, come on... didn't you see What About Bob? genius.

I'm going to watch Lost in Translation this weekend.
I have no desire to see any LOTR.

and um.. Scarlett Johanson... I think i'm in love with her. Mmmmmm.

Posted by: Carence at March 5, 2004 7:19 AM

lord of the rings is for 6 year olds. who cares aboot that movie. were the awards for best picture created by a computer? i'm tired of these award shows being driven by sales, popularity, and studio politics. boo hoo.

bill murray should have left. why did he listen to billy crystal? who listens to that guy? and why does he have a career? he isn't the least bit funny or entertaining in any way.

bring back letterman!

Posted by: cummy at March 5, 2004 7:32 AM

Wha?! I love Letterman, but Billy did a fine job.

The bring down daddio of the whole show were the lackluster musical numbers. I think I can safely say that I yawned four times while Elvis Costello was on stage. What was that all aboot? And that thingy that Stink was "playing". :|

I liked Sean Penn's speech. And although I haven't seen Mystic River, I think they were paying him back for all his outstanding performances over the years like the death row inmate in Dead Man Walking and of course Spicoli.

Posted by: ms. p at March 5, 2004 7:46 AM

i forgot aboot the issues that georgie boy has with herr crystal. i am a letterman freak too but i thought crystal's opening number was very keen. sean's speech was ok but the acacdemy always seems to do these payback votes which i think is b.s. i do agree with you though dana, spicoli was a defining role. i even read the book "fast times at ridgemont high." What the hell was that thing that the stinger was stroking? i was laughing so hard i had to change the channel and run to the loo and splash on some chanel (" 14 that is)

Posted by: steverino at March 5, 2004 8:04 AM

the best line ever in cinema....

"you dick!"

jeff spicoli

Posted by: cummy at March 5, 2004 9:29 AM

the song by jack black and will ferrell was amusing! and LOTR is not for six year olds. its is a great literary achievement and a mediocre movie plagued by too many special effects.

Posted by: jlmott at March 5, 2004 10:59 AM

Dear Steve,
Everytime you type Georgie Boy, I get that feckin Georgie Girl song in my head. It's more than a little annoying. Would you mind altering your phrase ever so slightly to Boy George? I prefer The Crying Game.

Thanks in advance!

Posted by: ms p at March 5, 2004 11:06 AM

I think that Will Farrell should win an Oscar for delivering Sting's name to us with such... how do I say, ah yes... gusto. I haven't cried so much in a reeeal long time...

Sting was playing a hurdy gurdy, man.

In 2001, Sting lost the Oscar to Dylan. He was up for his stellar work on The Emperor's New Groove.

ARTIST: Donovan
TITLE: Hurdy Gurdy Man
Lyrics and Chords

Thrown like a star in my vast sleep
I opened my eyes to take a peep
To find that I was by the sea
Gazing with tranquility

/ G Bm / C D7 / :

'Twas then when the hurdy gurdy man
Came singing songs of love
Then when the hurdy gurdy man
Came singing songs of love

/ F C / G - / :

Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang

Histories of ages past
Unenlightened shadows cast
Down through all eternity
The crying of humanity

'Tis then when the hurdy gurdy man
Comes singing songs of love
Then when the hurdy gurdy man
Comes singing songs of love

Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Hurdy gur-dy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gur-dy, hurdy gurdy hurdy gurd
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang

Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Here comes the roly-poly man
He's singing songs of love
Roly poly, roly poly, roly poly poly he sang
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Roly poly, roly poly, roly poly poly he sang

It is said that when Donovan was writing this song, George Harrison
was listening and offered this verse:

When the truth gets buried deep
Beneath a thousand years asleep
Time demands a turnaround
And once again, the truth is found

Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy...

Posted by: Donovan at March 5, 2004 11:18 AM

First off, very suprized at the number of people who commented on your coffee or tea ques. still lmao. anywho, whatched the oscars for a minute before it put me to sleep.....had i not partied sooo hard the night before and had they shown more of billy crystal trashing on the over-dressed celebs.....i might have cared who got an oscar and who didnt. I think they should pass out bottles of yager instead of oscars, and call it a night.

Posted by: dana at March 5, 2004 11:31 AM



Hi Dana,


Posted by: ms p at March 5, 2004 11:36 AM

i guess what i was trying to say is the oscars just weren't edgy enough.

Posted by: boy george at March 5, 2004 11:39 AM

The only Oscar that matters is Meyer. And best key grip.

Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at March 5, 2004 11:57 AM


I'm a little concerned that Boy George would make you think of "The Crying Game" instead of classics like "I'll tumble 4 ya" or "Karma Chameleon".

Please explain.

Posted by: carence at March 5, 2004 1:00 PM

My Darling Carence,

I thought we'd been over my harmless but odd obsession with seeing two men kiss. Ergo -- The Crying Game.

My favorite movie kiss ever: Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix. I believe it was called; My Own Private Libido.

Posted by: dana at March 5, 2004 1:05 PM

Dana!! You freak!!


But, doesn't every boy george song give you somewhat of a vision of two men kissing?

maybe not. River Phoenix. yum.

Posted by: Carence at March 5, 2004 2:09 PM

one of the danas spelled jager wrong. the spelling police have been notified. IT IS NOT YAGER DAMMIT!

Posted by: steverino at March 5, 2004 3:24 PM


Have a great show tonight, sugar dumpling. :)

Posted by: The Innocent Dana at March 5, 2004 4:01 PM

Best Everything of 2003: The School of Rock.

The DVD just came out. Buy it!


Rob the Drummer

Posted by: Rob the Drummer at March 5, 2004 9:59 PM

Nah mate... sorry Rob the Drummer... would have to disagree there... Pirates of the Carribean would have to be up there as one of the best, along with Whale Rider and Bend it Like Beckham (even though that one was released in 2002 in Australia.. it still rates a mention in 2003!).
I'd have to say that my favourite movie kiss would be in "Dude, where's my car"... one of my all time favourites because of its stupidity (dude.. its a llama!)
Can't wait to see you in Perth Stevo... only 41 days to go :D

Posted by: Bilby at March 5, 2004 10:28 PM

Whale Rider? Sounds like a bad Free Willy rip-off. Bend It Like Beckham was good, but The School of Rock is borderline-genius.

"Those who can't do, teach...and those who can't teach, teach gym."

Seriously, everyone should buy the DVD. It's a genuinely funny movie and is well worth the $20 it costs.


Rob the Drummer

Posted by: Rob the Drummer at March 5, 2004 10:45 PM

Dear Rob the Drummer,

Hola and Salutations! We all think Carence rocks, so you'd better be sweet to her. School of Rock you say?! The dear sweet husband bought it for me yesterday. We haven't watched it yet, but I'm very 'cited aboot seeing it later today. $12.99 at Best Buy! :)

Nice to meet ya!

Posted by: ms p at March 6, 2004 4:38 AM

Dear Ms. P.,

Nice to meet you, too. Carence does rock indeed, as do I. After all, I am The Drummer.

Movies of 2003: Finding Nemo was another good one.


Rob the Drummer

Posted by: Rob the Drummer at March 6, 2004 7:46 AM

This blog bisiness scares Rose

Posted by: nicefreckles at March 6, 2004 8:13 PM

I meant business.
Shut up.

Posted by: nicefreckles at March 6, 2004 8:15 PM

Finding Nemo... oh yeah!! Gotta love the seagulls! Oh... just a moment of contention... what is everyone's opinion about what the seagulls are actually saying? There are total message boards devoted to this... is it "Mine" or "Mate" or both?

Haven't seen School of Rock yet, but looking forward to it. Oh and for those who don't know (**cough Rob the drummer cough**) Whale Rider is about a little girl in New Zealand who was born to lead a "tribe", but because she is a girl she has to overcome tradition... gorgeous film and scenery... but have a box of tissues on hand if you are a "weeper" like me!

Posted by: Bilby at March 6, 2004 8:50 PM

Dear Bilby,

The seagulls in Finding Nemo are definitely saying "Mine!" which is why the joke is funny (the seagulls in the movie are always being greedy and going after stuff).


Rob the Drummer

Posted by: Rob the Drummer at March 6, 2004 11:18 PM

Dear Rob T.D... Are you sure? If you say it with a really bad Aussie accent it sounds like they are saying "Mate"... I think tho that you have to be an Aussie to understand that though. I agreed with you at first, but then one of my friends began to convince me otherwise. I reckon it might be a combination in some parts. Told you it was contraversial!!

Posted by: Bilbychick at March 7, 2004 10:31 PM

Dear Bilby,

According to the Internet Movie Database (, the seagulls in Finding Nemo say "Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine."

That's the official answer. Have a nice day.


Rob the Drummer

Posted by: Rob the Drummer at March 8, 2004 7:47 AM

Dear Rob,

Didn't mean to cause offence at all... I was just drawing attention to the fact that MANY people still think they say "mate" instead of "mine". this website gives you an idea of how widely debated this topic is. I don't think its as cut and dry as you suggest, but thats just my opinion.

I hope you have a nice day too :)

Yours truly,


Posted by: Bilbychick at March 8, 2004 5:53 PM

How did this become some sort of serious conversation about seagulls??

I demand you put a stop to this right now!

Thank you in advance.

Posted by: Carence at March 8, 2004 7:18 PM

Wow, I turned off the Oscars after best actor award. Im excited to know somebody feels the same way. Lost in Translation was my favorite movie this year. As Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums (also with Bill Murray) have been in past years. I think the iced Tea is a good idea.

Posted by: Melissa at March 9, 2004 8:05 AM

"In America" was the best movie of the year. Funny, sad, real, and an amazing cast.
I haven't seen "Lost In Translation" yet, but I did feel that Sean Penn overacted in Mystic River. But, yes, I know, Sean Penn is the new Jack Nicholson - he can do no wrong in the eyes of Hollywood. I agree that he's good, just no the second coming of the messiah. They got it right with Charlize Theron, she was amazing. Personally, I thought Monster was a solid movie too. There you have it. "Lost In Translation" is next on the list if I can ever find it available at Blockbuster.

Posted by: Peter at March 9, 2004 11:07 AM

Good movies never make it to my burg. I think "Twister" is still playing here, double-billed with "Gigli".

Any Harry Potter fans here?

Posted by: Rev. Spankaolt at March 9, 2004 12:12 PM

had "lost in translation" come out any other year, it definitely would (er, well, SHOULD) have been awarded "best picture." bill murray was amazing, i agree (and i think he should have gotten the best actor nod, but then again, i think scarlett johannsen should have at least gotten a nom, so who am i to talk?). but "LOTR" deserved it ... while "return of the king" was great, the award really went to the whole triology. and was much deserved.

Posted by: vickei at March 9, 2004 5:55 PM

Dear Rev.,

Your theater still plays Twister, the Helen Hunt movie from 1996 about tornadoes?


Rob the Drummer

Posted by: Rob the Drummer at March 9, 2004 9:16 PM


Have you ever been to Lompoc?

Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at March 9, 2004 10:37 PM

Update: I drove by the local Bijou tonight, and "Armageddon" is now playing with "Independence Day".

Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at March 9, 2004 11:39 PM

Dear Rev,

Where is Lompoc? I assUme it's in California and not tooo awful far off the beaten path as you get to see Meester Poltz sometimes. And uh, I hesitate to admit it here, but I love Harry Potter. What are you going to make out of it?! HUH?! Come on dude, put up your dukes!
Send me an owl,
ms. p

Posted by: Ms. P at March 11, 2004 2:48 PM

Lompoc's aboot an hour northwest of Santa Barbara, where Stevy has been kind enough to play several times.

Fred and George Weasley RULE!


Posted by: Rev Spankalot at March 12, 2004 8:18 AM

I'm watching Lost in Translation right now on pay-per-view.

"Scarlett, you need to be kissed and kissed often. And by somebody who knows how" (or something like that)

--Rhett Butler, 1939
--Rev. Spankalot, 2004

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