Question: I was absolutely floored to see Dave G.'s comments on the Oscar telecast. How can someone claim to love quality like Friday Night Lights but not recognize Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill? And he hadn't even heard of the movie Once, or as I like to call it "the little movie that could." I don't mean to knock Dave — it's hard to see every last movie and TV episode — but it did make me realize two things: First, as much as the public claims to want quality, there's a reason Moment of Truth gets better ratings than a show like Friday Night Lights — people will watch anything. Secondly, shouldn't winning an award drive people to go discover the piece of work which was just awarded? I'd like to make the recommendation to Dave, and all of your other readers who may not have seen the fine little Irish film Once to please go rent it. I know your column is about television, but if there's any movie that deserves as many mentions as it can get, it's this one.
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Ratatouille courtesy Pixar/Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
RottenTomatoes.com's Golden Tomato Awards, which single out the pics that have gotten the best reviews, have put on a pedestal both Ratatouille and the Irish musical Once (in the limited release and musical categories). Also being lauded are Atonement (best romance), The Bourne Ultimatum (best action/adventure movie) and Juno (best comedy). The Moldy Tomato, which is hurled at the worst-reviewed pic of the year, went to Because I Said So. Yeah, I don't remember that one, either. Thank you, merciful amnesia. — Ben Katner