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Tuesday, March 01, 2005  

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Man, Google just better and better. First there was GoogleSMS, then Google local w/ Google Maps, and now Google Movies. Just preface a search in Google with “movie:” and you can search for movies by title, actor, even key words in the plot synopsis. Add your zip code to the query and you’ll get show times as well! This of course integrates with GoogleSMS so you can text “movie: Million Dollar Baby 90028” to 46645 and you will get a text message(s) back in a few moments w/ local showtimes. Fantastic!

I guess I’ll also take this opportunity to talk about the Oscars. Generally I thought the show was pretty dull, ill-paced, and unsurprising. I hardly saw any of the nominated films, but I was happy that Cate Blanchett and Charlie Kaufman took home gold dudes. Last year’s awards excepted, the past 4 or 5 years have really shown that the Academy needs to update the awards from they way the selections are made to the way the show is put together. There is a huge risk of this venerable institution becoming stale and irrelevant to the film industry the way that it lost its relevance to the art form of film. (And for those keeping track, my (unpublished) picks went 14/24 this year.)

posted by JMV | 3/01/2005 04:48:00 PM
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