February 3rd, 2010 at 3:33:34 PM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBearCall me crazy, but I think some of the members have died since then.Quote: Nareed
This is the same academy that snubbed "Citizen Kane" and gave a Best Picture prize to "How Green Was My Valley", right? ;)
Orson Welles did die since then.
Seriously, much of the mindset is still there, namely the favoring of known and liked poeple over outsiders, without much regard for the quality of their work.
But, aslo seriously, I've stopped caring about the Oscars since the late 90s. I hardly even go to the movies anymore.
Donald Trump is a fucking criminal
February 3rd, 2010 at 8:17:12 PM permalink
But, seriously, I've stopped caring about the Oscars since the late 90s. I hardly even go to the movies anymore.
In general a lot of adults don't go to movies anymore. The expansion of the nominations for best picture from 5 to 10 was a reaction to the fact that very few people watched the TV presentation.
In Vegas they are going to open the new Deluxe theater calledGold Class cinemas in the Tivoli Village at Queensridge which is under construction across from the Suncoast Casino. It will be interesting to see how many people will pay $22 to $29 a ticket to see a movie in elite privacy (plus the price of drinks). Beer prices are $6 to $15 and Dom Perignon is available for $295.
The top 20 R-Rated movies are recently heavy on comedies (Hangover, Wedding Crashers), and beefed up teen films with a little adult blood and gore (300, Matrix films). With the exception of the Passion of the Christ (religous snuff film) it's been a while since Saving Private Ryan came out.
2009 The Hangover
2005 Wedding Crashers
2004 The Passion of the Christ
2003 The Matrix Reloaded
2000 Scary Movie
1999 The Matrix
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1998 There's Something About Mary
1997 Air Force One
1996 Jerry Maguire
1993 The Firm
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1990 Pretty Woman
1988 Rain Man
1987 Fatal Attraction
1984 Beverly Hills Cop
1973 The Exorcist
March 21st, 2010 at 7:59:33 AM permalink
I'm glad that Avatar didn't get nearly as many awards as its hype would have suggested; it kept me from giving up entirely on the awards system and condemning it all as a giant farce. I watched Avatar in 3D and it should be put in the dictionary along with any word that is a synonym of unoriginal. To me the story is the most important element of any movie, and just because a dumbed down action/romance with political overtones entertained a ton of people doesn't qualify it as a good film. I'll never get the idea that just because a film appeals to the most people and thus becomes popular, it legitimizes it as quality work. Appealing to the most people usually entails a dumbing down element.