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Oscar Time with Bruce

Friday, 02.22.2013 / 10:05 AM PT
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With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, there is no better Duck to talk to about the nominated movies than Bruce Boudreau. Bruce is a huge movie buff who, thanks in part to the lockout, says “I’ve probably seen every movie out.” (It’s not quite true, but it’s close.)

So following an arduous Ducks practice yesterday afternoon, after he had spent 20 minutes with reporters talking [of course] Ducks hockey, I chatted with Bruce for a conversation about the other topic near to his heart.

First off, are you even going to be able to see the Oscars? We have a game that night.
Yeah, my wife is a little upset because we have the game and we’re bussing to LA afterward. She loves watching the Oscars, as do I, but for different reasons. She wants to see what everybody’s wearing. I just want to see who wins. I want to see if my movie won, because you’re right in there whether it’s your favorite movie or actor or actress, you want to see them win.

Years ago, I used to like to see which song won, but I don’t pay much attention to that anymore. And I always remember, it was probably 1977 or something, Neil Diamond came out with Barbra Streisand and sang, “You Don’t Send Me Flowers” and the crowd went nuts. I thought that was pretty cool.

Let’s talk about this year’s Best Picture nominees, starting with Argo.
It was a good movie. The only thing I didn’t know about Argo, and subsequently found out, is that the ending isn’t really the ending. It’s more of a Hollywood ending. But I really liked the story, partly because a Canadian was so instrumental in it. But any of those true stories, that you don’t know the full story about, are often very interesting, and I thought Argo was very good.

What about Lincoln?
I saw it four times.

No you didn’t. Seriously?
Yeah. The first time I had to walk out because I had an important phone call. The second time I fell asleep. The third time I didn’t realize it was as long as it was, so I didn’t plan well and I had to leave early. I had a space of maybe two-and-a-half-hours and it was a three-hour movie. The fourth time I sat by myself and watched the whole thing. I love those history-related movies and I thought Lincoln was very good. I really enjoyed it.

How about Daniel Day-Lewis in it?
Well, he won with There Will Be Blood and I remember him in My Left Foot, so he’s a very good actor. I imagine he’s the front-runner.

How about Zero Dark Thirty?
I thought it was very slow to start off with, but very good at the end. I was really anxious to see it, because the story itself was crazy. We don’t know what those people go through. That part was great to me, but I just thought it was very slow in getting all the characters into it. It was like watching a Marvel movie that hasn’t been shown yet because they have to get all the characters in sync.

Silver Linings Playbook?
I really liked it. It was different, wasn’t anything that I expected. I thought it was a really good movie. The ending really came together for me, but there were parts where I was going, “What is this?” Then all of a sudden it came together. When I leave the theater feeling good about the movie, then it’s worth it.

Bradley Cooper was good.
Yep, Bradley Cooper was good and … who was the girl?

Jennifer Lawrence.
Yeah, she was really good. She was good in Hunger Games, but this was a totally different side?

You saw Hunger Games?
Yeah, I did. I see everything.

Did you see Django Unchained?
Again, a really slow movie with some tremendous dialogue in there. But too phony for me. Like, he shoots 100 people in the house and never gets winged once. And I thought the way they made the blood spatter was a little much, but that’s Quentin Tarantino, so…

Les Miserables?
My wife wanted to see it. I saw so many movies around Christmas, and before every one they had this five-minute dissertation on Les Miserables that it made me not want to see it. I felt like I saw it 20 times already.

Are you a musicals guy?
Yes, love musicals.

Have you seen any of the foreign films?
No, especially because I haven’t had a lot of time since the season started. I’ve maybe seen one or two on the road. If one of those foreign films make it in, then I’m done, because I have no idea what they’re talking about. Those artsy movies.

There is one foreign film nominated called Amour.
Yeah, didn’t see that. I don’t want to see it “any-mour.”

Beasts of the Southern Wild?
Haven’t seen it, but I’m going to.

Going down the list here … Life of Pi?
Didn’t want to see it. It looked interesting, but I’m not really into fantasy.

So what’s the favorite?
I want Argo to win. That was probably the most entertaining one that I’ve seen in the past year, and I’ve always like Ben Affleck’s  stuff. We’re going with Argo.

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