Dr. Duncan:Step one: Get his attention. 'Hey, chief?' Step two: state your concern in a non-confrontational manner. ... 'I might be wrong but I think we're low on fuel.' Step three: let him know how you feel about this. 'This makes me feel uneasy.' Step four: propose a solution. 'One thing we could do is reduce our speed.' Step five: Obtain buy-in to your idea. 'How does that sound to you?'
Douglas:Well, frankly, it sounds like the biggest load of —
Dr. Duncan:No, no, that's what you might say. 'How does that sound to you?' So, do you want to role-play that through now, Douglas?
Douglas:I would love to. Hey, chief. I might be wrong but I think we're flying into a mountain. This makes me feel scared of the mountain. One thing we could do is pull up and fly over the mountain. How does that sound to — POW!
Douglas:(clears throat) Hey, chief.
Douglas:I might be wrong — hahaha, I really must learn to say that with a straight face. I might be wrong, but I think Arthur is about to lose us all our jobs.
Carolyn:This is not —
Douglas:Hang on, I'm only on step two. This makes me feel ... unemployed.
“We hope you’re enjoying the flight
On your left, we’re just coming in sight
Of Swindon or Stroud, all covered in cloud
And it’s much the same thing on the right.”—Douglas Richardson (Roger Allam); Limerick, Cabin Pressure (206)
84th Academy Award Best Picture Nominees: The Mini Review Edition
Reviewing the Best Picture Nominees in two sentences or less…
The Artist – At the risk of getting too gimmicky with its silent film presentation, The Artist makes it work and makes it captivating. The likely winner for Best Picture this year.
The Descendants - Lovely film and will likely nab the Best Adapted Screenplay award (though my heart lies with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy… on the other hand, I would love to see Jim Rash on stage. I’m torn)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - I came into this movie with no expectations so… it exceeded them. In all honesty, it is a sweet and beautiful film that will tug at your heart.*
The Help – The performances, by far, outweigh the script. Not particularly a worthy piece to be up for Best Picture.
Hugo – A wonderful love letter to films. Get ready for a softer side of Scorsese.
Midnight in Paris - A very charming and clever film. I liked it.
Moneyball - I love a good underdog story and this is it. Not a strong contender for Best Picture but a good film nonetheless.
Tree of Life – The most pretentious film ever. It angered me and I hated it.**
War Horse – The Award for Phoned In Performance from a Director goes to… While this is a nice film, we know what Spielberg can do with the subject matter of war and this was far from his best efforts.***
* It dawned on me that it seems like I avoided any film about 9/11 for over 10 years because of the emotional turmoil I’d find myself (documentaries notwithstanding).
** This film was also recommended to me by two people who said it was the best film they’ve ever seen… I realize now that they are two of the most pretentious douchbags I know so I should have seen that coming.
*** Could it be that my expectations for a Spielberg war film are too high? He has himself to blame. Small detail that annoyed me: The French and Germans did not speak in their own language… even to each other! Lazy!