Oscars and the State of Movies

13 02 2008

I’ve been hearing a lot of people say they’re not excited by this year’s Oscars. Even yellow journalists CNN have jumped on the bandwagon. The problem is that apparently people aren’t interested in No Country for Old Men or There Will be Blood. They’re both too bloody, too violent, too bleak, too serious, etc. I think if there is a problem it’s with the movie going public. Too many movies of late seem to be throw away fillers. It’s like the studios think, we have to put something on the screen just to keep seats filled. Let’s see, this year we’ve had box office poison such as One Missed Call, Fool’s Gold, Jumper, 27 Dresses, Welcome Home Roscoe Jennings… Not one of them is worthy of being remembered in 2009 let alone winning anything. Personally, I’m very excited that two movies I thought were fantastic are up for best picture. I’m even more excited that I don’t know who I want to win!

There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men make the audience think and feel. What’s wrong with that? These are two films that will hold up with the passage of time, that are worthy of watching over and over again. Isn’t it time that we, as the movie going public, start to demand quality on a consistent basis? Movies don’t need to be dumbed down. It seems like Juno or Little Miss Sunshine or even Superbad are movies worth making. We don’t need more vapid, mindless crap. We don’t need Definitely, Maybe or 27 Dresses. And we don’t need to start dumbing down the movies nominated for the Oscars just because Baby Boomers and their Gen Y kids don’t like them.


Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

12 02 2008

The Coen Brothers seem to be on board to produce a film version of Michael Chabon’s Yiddish Policeman’s Union. This was a very good book with the potential to be an entertaining and interesting movie. For you comic book fans, I’d heartily endorse another of Chabon’s books, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. It’s a great story set in the Golden Age and Silver Age of Comics. It’s a great read and a difficult book to put down.