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Monty, The Reluctant Pundit, Meets "Bernie"

Everyone knows that cats are psychic. Their mysterious moods including strange swerves from autonomy to neediness, and sudden flights of whimsy and imagination at war with narcolepsy suggest as much! Each year as longtime readers know I consult my beloved Monty on the Oscars. Last year he pretended not to care about Bridesmaids, a cryptic response that did little to help us determine the film's Oscar future (it ended the season with two Oscar nominations for Supporting Actress and Screenplay) but in 2010 he was absolutely prescient when it came to Fox Searchlight's collection: Yes to 127 Hours, Hell No on Conviction and zzzz to Never Let Me Go.

So I couldn't resist presenting him with the season's first tea leaves if you will. The For Your Consideration DVD of Richard Linklater's Bernie arrived on Saturday and straight to my fuzzy boy it went.


At first he refused to look. I rearranged the film's FYC postcard and DVD to see if he would deign to comment.


He sniffed the FYC card and the DVD briefly -- promising. Then...


Back to sleep Monty went. Sorry Bernie !

 p.s. FTR I liked the movie more than Monty and besides, isn't it always smart to be the first FYC out?)

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Reader Comments (9)

I hope it's good to be first. Jack Black's pretty good in the movie. I'm thinking maybe a Globe nomination?

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

Bernie is one of my favorites of the year. Great performances from Black, McConaughey and Maclaine. Wanna know what you think of it

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Any chance to see Shirley in a new flick is worth the redbox rental! :)

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid


Do you think Shirley will receive another Oscar nomination before her career ends?

She is always so good...and still working.

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

Definitely a movie worth watching. I daresay that I preferred Matthew McConaughey's performance here to his one in "Magic Mike."

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz N.

Conrado: Agreed. I think Black will get a Comedy/Musical Actor nod at the Globes.

And great to see Monty back! I hope 'The Reluctant Pundit' moniker means this will be a regular Fall series...

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

I am happy that Monty is back for the Oscar season. I hope w will see more of his opinion (and of him).

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

Bernie was a bore. Other than the very strong performances the movie was very uninteresting and dull with not a single likeable character.

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

I'll have to see this on Redbox, haven't had a chance to catch it at all.

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColin Biggs
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