Back from the movies.

Well…looks like everything's mostly back up to speed. For this I"m pleased; the implementation was pretty smooth.

I'm still going to try to hack together a page that looks something like this page for the users whose browsers hork on valid 4.0 code. I'm not going to spend a ton of time on it, though. But surely there's some sort of way.Saw Traffic tonight. That completes the list of all five Best Picture nominees. My picks, in order of preference:

  1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  2. Traffic
  3. Gladiator [tie]
  4. Chocolat [tie]
  5. Erin Brockovich

Surprisingly, EB and Traffic had the same director. I thought Traffic was a much, much better film, though. I question why Erin Brockovich received a Best Picture nomination; I don't think it was deserving. Sure, it was a good way to spend a couple of hours, but I can think of several movies that were better.

I really think Gladiator will probably win the Best Picture award. It seems the Academy has a fondness for epics, but for once I am not inclined to agree with that leaning. I think Gladiator had a lot of potential, but it was painfully inaccurate (historically speaking) and the tiger CGI at the end just really made my skin crawl.

For Best Picture, I expect just that—perfection. Few movies even come close. Crouching Tiger is as close as anyone got this year. I just don't think the Academy has the guts to give a Best Picture award to a non-English movie.

But oh, how I would love to be wrong.

Tomorrow: more tinkering with the site. Now that everything works, I want to clean up some of the directory structure. It'll make me happy. For now, though, sleep.