Skip to comments.And the Oscar for most depressing . . .
Posted on 02/25/2008 12:20:00 PM PST by Caleb1411
I'm didn't watch the Oscars. Normally I do. But I've spent enough time and money on the most depressing, dark and disturbed lineup of movies I ever can remember. I don't need to see them get rewarded.
Am I the only one who remembers when they actually gave Oscars to movies that had happy endings? There's not one happy ending in this lot unless you consider an unplanned teenage pregnancy resulting in someone else's adoption a happy ending. That's the big payoff in "Juno."
Otherwise, you have "There Will Be Blood," in which a tyrannical oil baron destroys everyone and everything around him; "No Country For Old Men," in which a serial killer destroys everything and everyone around him; "Michael Clayton," in which greed gets nearly everyone killed; and "Atonement," in which a false accusation ruins the lives of all involved.
Um. Remind me again.
Why do we go to the movies?
THERE'S NO DEBATE HERE
Now, I'm not a Pollyanna. I enjoy films. I collect them. And I understand that not every story ends with music swirling and heroes walking off into a sunset.
But lately there's this sense that unless a movie is dark, violent and hopeless, it can't be "real." It can't be "art." It can't truly "matter." I put these words in quotes because it feels as if critics and awards committees define things that way.
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Art is dead.
It had no business being up for an Oscar.
Say it ain't so!
I thought Art Bell was just retired and living in Thailand.
I thought No Country for Old Men was a very good movie. But then I love all of the Cohen Brothers movies, starting with the first one I saw: Blood Simple.
Anyone remember that old one?
What I notice are the message movies. The oil barron. Wow, that was a stretch. Greed? Oh those pescky republicans need to be taken down a notch. You know damned well that’s what they producers were thinking.
I’m sick of this anti-American swill, and I’m tired of the globalist nonsense that sees foreign actors and actresses all the rage today in our effort to force multi-culturalism all the way down the digestive tract of U. S. Citizens.
I love people of all races, nationalities and places on the planet. Is it okay if I love my own race too? Evidently not. Nah, don’t root for one of those people. Ewwwwwwwwwwww...
Ever since “Midnight Cowboy” swept the Oscars forty years ago it has to be dark and depressing to be “authentic.”
Nowadays, if it isn’t dark/violent/sexed up, it’s automatically considered “family fare” and presumably beneath serious attention.
Mitch is a whiner.
Some ideas aren’t all Disney-fodder and aren’t meant “for the whole family”.
Get over it, Mitch.
They just gave it to Clooney becuz he’d gnaw the zits off Obama’s backside out of Love.
And the Oscar for most depressing
And who cares. The acting is poor, and without conviction. I wish we had the old actors and actresses back. John Wayne, Charles Bronson, Etc. they made it come real
I watched about 30 seconds of the pre-hype then went to the NASCAR races. The Rain break was better than the Oscars ever were.
It seems in the original 1927 Upton Sinclair novel: “Oil!” the Daniel-Day Lewis character was the hero rather than villain. The small, independent oilman struggling to make a living in the shadow of the Rockefellers, et al.
The same Cohen brothers who produced Raising Arizona and Fargo?
Michael Clayton” was a dull, TV-quality film.
It had no business being up for an Oscar.”
Except that George Clooney was in it so it automatically gets nominated.
Of course the hypocasy is lost on these people. Bill Gates, Steve Job’s et.al. Democrats and rich, just like many corporate CEO’s.
The current wave has been the” brilliant” Chinese actors who do a very bad impression of Snake Pliskin or Tony Curtis in drag. Its all to prepare us for our new overlords.
Ever since “Beerfest” was not even nominated for an award, I knew the Oscars was fixed.
I have boycotted ever since.
And thus the individual is now the villain.
I don’t watch negative, depressing movies. I have my own problems in my own life, and I tend to deal with them rather nicely, thank you. So, I sure as hell don’t need to hear about someone else screwing up everything around them. Geesh, I hate Hollywierd. Movies are a “slice of life.”
Hollywood used to try to give us uplifting, positive slices of life that helped us cope or briefly escape — either of which is acceptable. Now, the leftwing movie moguls and their airheaded “stars” insist upon foisting the most negatives slices of life they can find on us — and telling us that’s all there is.
My idea of a happy ending now would be for everyone in Hollywierd — with the possible exception of Arnold the Pig — to drop dead.
Now, that’s a mouthful.
“Blood Simple” was definitely something. Frances McDormand was still a hottie then and it was the first time I really sat up and took notice of character actor Dan Hedaya (the abusive husband who conspires to kill her but ends up the victim).
Wonderfully sleazy role for fellow bit player M. Emmett Walsh as the private-eye-turned-assasin.
I’ve never looked at yellow leisure-suits the same way since...
Same Cohen Brothers. Yes.
Blood Simple. Check it out. Released around 1983.
That’s kindof funny actually. Isn’t it patently absurd what the leftist movie industry has turned into? These folks are infantile in their approach to life.
Not much would suit me more than to see their industry replaced by a conservative industry that actually made movies that heralded the good things about our nation, and it’s potential for the good of mankind.
Oh, I forgot. That really doesn’t exist... /s
Exactly right. They’d trash their own just to get in a jab at those they loathe.
Mitch hits it on the head!
Agreed, an excellent movie. Also agree about all the Cohen movies with the exception of "The Ladykillers" which wasn't (IMO) up to their usual standards.
Blood Simple is one of my favorites, but I can’t find it in my local video store.
If you get to read a book called “The Prize”. Its a very comprehensive book on the oil industry. Really interesting.
Isn’t No Country full of violence?
It’s happened before. 44 years ago all four acting awards went to foreign born actors (Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Peter Ustinov, Lila Kedrova).
This was actually the best crop of Best PIcture nominees in a long time.
Brolin carried the movie. It fizzled thereafter into a dumb movie IMO.
“Anyone remember that old one?”
Old One? That was just in the early 80’s. What are you 30? :-)
The average person simply wants an equitable situation. When things get out of whack, it festers in our minds. It is inconceivable to me, that we would short up a communist state intent on replacing the United States as the world’s leading hegemon.
What possible rationality could be used to justify what we have done? None.
When the Mogels ruled Hollywood and the Studio owned YOU, Frank Capra made movies where Good was Good, Evil Was Evil, and nobody you really liked got killed in the end. They understood that movies were like cans of beans or any other product. You might feel like cooking for yourself once and awhile, but it didn't really make the Studio as much money as making something the public actually wanted. The "stars", for all their glory, were cattle, traded and loaned out between studios when need be. If they slept with one-legged chimpanzees in their spare time, they damn well better keep quiet about it, and there were assigned press agents to do whatever was required to keep it away from the paying public; most of what went on in Hollywood stayed in Hollywood, and everybody like it that way.
When the stars finally broke loose with the dawn of TV ("that devil box"), they started making "art" for themselves; before long we had blood splatter and stabbings, and the way you got real recognition was by impressing your peers with how much you could push the envelope and re-educate the rubes, not by telling a story people wanted to hear.
I thouight Brolin was excellent in American Gangster.
Why do we go to the movies?
To look into the mirror.
I can only watch films w/violence at home with my fast forward button at the ready.
The movie did not transform a novel into a left wing political vehicle. Upton Sinclair was an avowed socialist who himself admitted that he wrote the novel Oil! only to portray capitalism (through Day’s character) and religion (through Dano’s) character as evil. If anything, the movie toned down these societal references.
The novel was by Cormac Maccarthy who has been called one of the most violent writers in American history.
He’s a brilliant stylist in an age when about six people care about style or brilliance. Oh wait, Harold Bloom is dead. Make that five people.
I do have “The Prize” and it is fascinating.
I also recommend a more recent book by Professor Yergin titled: “The Commanding Heights” about the slow postwar ascendence of Hayekian economics over statist Keynsianism.
What I don't get is that the Left seems to think that humans are basically "good" (in contrast to Christians who see our nature as inherently flawed) and that the reason Man appears damaged is that our social institutions are flawed. Through the Social Gospel (and lots of government programs) Man will eventually achieve perfection.
Now, I think that's a flawed way to look at the human situation, but I believe that's how the Left sees us.
Question: with a worldview like that, why on earth does the Left constantly make movies showing people who are totally messed-up, in hopeless situations, and with no happy ending in sight?
“Isnt No Country full of violence?”
Only about half full. Some of it’s graphic. Great movie though.
Last movie I saw in a theater was Saving Private Ryan.
Before that, I don’t remember...or care.
My opinion, it is not overly gruesome. It is sadistic in a psychological way, not in a physical way. The story line: about a paid killer who is looking to kill to retrieve money stolen during a gone-bad drug deal.
Thanks for the note. I hadn’t realized that took place. I enjoyed the first three quite a bit over the years, but don’t remember Lila. I’d probably recognize her if I saw her picture.
Rex Harrison and Peter Ustinov were great.