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Thursday, February 28, 2013

League Assignment: The Oscar Goes to...

Honestly the last time I cared about the Oscars was around the time Fargo, L.A. Confidential and Good Will Hunting were major contenders...as of now, the "it" crowd in Hollywood just seems like an unjustifiably overprivileged group who throw this annual shin-dig to further line their pockets, stroke their egos and give themselves prizes for existing...cynical, no?  Seriously...each nominee gets 47,000 dollars worth of Swag???? and that is a major drop from the 103,000 worth they received 2 years ago!  I guess 20 mill a picture just isn't enough...

Honestly, I think back to my high school years when there just seemed to be a whole lot more movies worth seeing coming out...maybe that was because tickets were 4.90 a piece and my friends and I saw like 3 movies a weekend no matter how shitty.   Even the first years of college had some stuff that was really worth seeing in the theaters, Fellowship...Memento, Snatch, the Royal Tenenbaums

It was such visceral experiences seeing those now formulaic war, action and graphic styles that seem to be everywhere when you caught Saving Private Ryan, Sin City, 300, Saw, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kill Bill for the first times.

It pissed me off the year No Country for Old Men and There Will be Blood were big winners and everyone called it the "downer year"...sorry that the filmmakers were out of sunshine and farts for the shiny,happy crowd.

Eh, stuff like this just makes me a crabby bastard so I'll just level off with some Oscars I do like...

Oscar Wilde, Oscar Madison and Oscar Barret


1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with you. Sounds like we were in high school and college around the same time and I too saw my fair share of great movies....and a few bad ones. Lol on the Oscar from Ghostbusters 2. I thought of him as well when thinking about this topic. Oh and on the current state of Hollywood, couldn't agree more!

    Good stuff man


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