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.

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Interesting Destination and Recent Consumption

28 01 2008

Someone brought this website┬áto my attention recently. It produces t-shirts based on obscure pop culture references including John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Big Lebowski, etc. It’s pretty interesting.

On another note, I saw There Will Be Blood this weekend. Wow, that is some movie. Everything about it was fantastic. I’m not sure where to begin so I’ll leave it there for now.

Also just finished reading Philip Roth’s novella Goodbye, Columbus. This was a really good book. I picked it up in the airport as the I couldn’t get into the Rick Moody book I was reading. It’s a coming of age story, but considering it was published in 1959, I feel it still has a lot of relevance today. The class themes may be somewhat different, but the struggle with love, a finite summer, and distance seem pretty universal and true until today. I’m going to start hitting Roth’s works and go through them one by one.