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Movie Omnimbus: Exposing Silliness, Fears, and Naughty Bits

Juno, Genies and the Canadian Content Gorgon

Jason Reitman HeadshotThe Movie Blog posted on Juno not qualifying for a Genie: Canadian Awards "The Genies" Snub Juno and Make A Joke of Itself In The Process.

Turns out the Juno folks didn't even apply: Juno Genie snub explained.

Except the Juno folks didn't apply because they didn't qualify. The Genie PR shill totally dodged Reitman's question regarding why this is the case. Way to face the issue head-on.

In no particular order:

  • Right on Jason Reitman for being proud of enough of Canada to be pissed off in the first place. This can't be a commercial issue after scoring Golden Globes and Oscar recognition, so I believe it's a personal point of pride.
  • The Genie folks totally missed turning this into a pre-award ceremony PR dream by engaging the public in a dialog of what exactly a Canadian film is. All they had to say was: these are the current rules, maybe something is wrong, tell us what you think. The discussion might have even made people aware of some other great Canadian films.
  • The Genie qualifiers need updating to include the gambit of Canadian films from Juno to Away From Her.
  • I didn't watch the Genies, but then, I didn't watch the Oscars, either. I like publicly recognizing good movies, but award shows seem an imperfect way of doing it.

Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy Run is the latest movie starring and co-written by Simon Pegg of Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame. Something starring Simon Pegg now automatically gets my attention, and based on the Run Fatboy Run trailers this latest movie is looking good . . . except . . . it's directed by David Schwimmer of Friends fame. I hope he's a better director than he is an actor. We'll find out later this month.

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