Monday, January 28, 2019

Oscars and Esoteric-icity

Yes.
Oscar time is on the horizon, with all its flash and glamour. The red carpet has been vacuumed and shaken out, light bulbs tightened, egos spit-polished, and statuettes lined up.

Enthusiasm here has waned considerably. Thank you, Lord, for DVR and the remote. I will read and my dear one will work on Sudoku until we can speed through the profundity spewing from those more knowledgeable than the rest of the world. 

The thing is that it does not matter at all which are the movies many have enjoyed, but the movies that hold the most meaning and assuage the politically correct need.

(Man, I just read the above paragraphs and I AM IMPRESSED with the sentence structure and vocabulary used. This deserves an Oscar.)

Such verbosity is a result of reading this blog, Word Splash with Joanne Faries .  In her blog, Joanne has chosen some excellent quotes from some superb directors: 


Samuel Goldwyn, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, and 

film critic Pauline Kael.

These talented people clearly state what movies should do. 
And, they should know.

Please visit Joanne Faries' site.

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54 comments:

  1. I see so few movies it would be ludicrous for me to watch the Oscars.

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    1. Turn off the volume and watch it without distraction.

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  2. I see no movies so I would have to join Elephant's Child. I sometimes think my loss of hearing is a blessing. My wife joins me and for 15 years the TV alone is on less than 2 hours a year EXCEPT in a terrible incident like 9/11 or the space shuttle disaster. However we hang here on a monitor. LOL

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    1. We tend to watch re-runs a lot, like CSI: Las Vegas.

      My m-in-l was nearly totally deaf. I can understand your struggles.

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  3. I enjoy movies. I do not watch war movies and very few other movies with all that violence. The newer horror movies with all the gore are also off my list. I guess that leaves little for my choices. I used to like to watch the Oscars but they aren't fun any more. So I will find something else to do too.

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    1. The types of movies follow the awards.Movies slated to be profound will be released later in the year to slip under the cut-off.

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  4. I only watch one awards show every year and it's the Oscars. Force of habit from childhood when it was the only awards show broadcast.

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    1. Lately there are the SAG awards, Golden Globe, Emmy award,...worldwide there are 564 award shows .

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  5. I haven't ever watched the Oscars, only seeing bits on the news each year. I hope at least this year's dresses are worthy of the name. I'm rather sick of seeing otherwise beautiful women in something that looks like they tore down a curtain and wrapped it around, or maybe stapled together bits of granny's old lace tablecloth and then lost a few pieces along the way to the venue.

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  6. I used to love watching the Oscars. I'd have a list with my picks for the main categories. That was when I actually saw the movies that were nominated. Then I saw fewer of them each year, until now I've barely heard of them. I prefer my movies (and acceptance speeches) without a message.

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    1. We noticed that Netflix shows these big movies on our humble screens these days. That says a lot. Their revenue was slight.

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  7. I have never watched one all the way through, don't watch it at all now. Just a bunch of holier than thou crap they spew these days.

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    1. Do they believe that we, the viewers, believe what they are saying? Or appreciate the lack of respect they give to other non-winning artists.

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  8. Every so often...maybe once n a blue moon, I see a movie advertised and think \I might like to see that' but I never do. I'm losing interest in what the 'experts' seem to think is entertaining. Must be old age.

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    1. No, it is not old age. It is the trend that big studios are pushing onto the audience.

      the movies that have the big revenue on the first weekend are not those movies at all. Aquaman brought in 3 digit million worldwide.

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  9. Do you know what I'd love to see at the Oscars someday? More appreciation for the techies. Sure, we identify with the actors because we see them and they speak well because they do it for a living. But the film medium would not be possible without the tireless work of editors, cinematographers, sound techs, special effects staffs, costumers, makeup experts, art designers...

    I realize this inequity will never change but the Academy could do a lot more to bring better appreciation for the behind-the-scenes work. It frustrates me that they choose not to.

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    1. Absolutely true. Today's movies would be nothing, nothing at all without the tech and time they give. Do the winners acknowledge them at all? Not one bit.

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  10. We gave up watching them and just read about the winners the next day. Too much political spewing.

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    1. Do you remember hearing of Jane Fonda's 45 minutes speech? It was truly awful.

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  11. Sometimes I wonder why they pick what they pick. This year I don't even have a dog in this show. I never thought I'd hear myself say I'm not all that interested this year, but this might be the time.

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    1. It will be interesting to see which movies are culled to be the final five. I am predicting there will be very few we have enjoyed.

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  12. I do tend to fast forward through a lot of the Oscars. I don't have a nearby theater so most of the movies I haven't seen and barely if at all recognize a lot of the celebrities. Sigh.

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    1. This time in history has celebrities of flash and glitz.

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  13. I love to go to the movies and see films on the big screen and also have a night out. Alas, there are so few movies this year that I really want to see, although I really enjoyed A Star is Born and Fred Roger’s, Won’t You Be My Neighbor. We saw others but they were all forgetful. This week I am going to see Greenbook and I am hoping it lives up to all the buzz about it.

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  14. I used to be so into the Oscars. I don't much care anymore. Strange. I guess it's just that I don't see many movies in the theater anymore.

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    1. We are selective in our movie going. Don't see any of the art type movies. I want to be entertained, not challenged to make political decisions based on their take on life.

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  15. Don't own a tv so there will be no Oscars for me.

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    1. Coming in from the day by the bay is probably worth reflecting on that, not watching inanity.

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  16. I just read who won and whatnot.

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  17. I can't ever remember watching the Oscars …

    All the best Jan

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  18. Its neat to stay updated about winners and losers. Star Trek can forget about it for this year, Star wars story at least is in with a shot.

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    1. Fascination with Star Wars for me, ended a few years back. Maybe the special effects will have a chance.

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  19. I've never watched the Oscars, it's all a bit too beautiful and perfect for me.

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    1. Oh absolutely. The process the women go through to get prepared for the big nite starts about 2 weeks before.

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  20. Excellent quotes, all, and i don't watch, i read the results in the paper the next day.

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    1. I enjoy seeing the dresses. The people not so much. We'll fast forward.

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  21. I don't watch them. It's the self congratulatory tone of awards shows that makes me roll my eyes.

    I do, however, have a tradition for several years of writing the Oscars as they should go.

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    1. Ha! I do too! Also I create new dialogue in shows which are so poorly written or just plain stupid.

      Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a hoot.

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  22. Films are a life-saver for my disabled husband, Susan. Mainly old cowboys films 😊

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    1. Cowboy movies are one of my favorite genre. The images of some just flashed through my head when I saw this comment.

      Glad that this gives some entertainment for your husband.

      It is so good to see your name.

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    1. We watch the edited version only. So narcissistic.

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  24. The Oscars use to be excited but lately, it is boring but the new movie about Freddy Mercury, I saw it while on my cruise. I thought it was fantastic. I didn't think it would be that great. I totally enjoyed it.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. That was an entertaining movie. We knew nothing about Freddie Mercury. Such a talented musician.

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  25. I record them and then fast forward through most of it all.

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  26. Susan:
    ---Having grown up actually waiting and watching the Oscar shows in decades past, I can say that it SURE isn;t what it used to be.
    ---I guess the turning point for me was the Sacheen Littlefeathjer deal back in 1973 who declined the Oscar on behalf of Brando.
    ---I did agree with George C. Scott's philosophical reasoning in 1971 (Patton - Best actor), but that wasn't POLITICAL in nature, while Brando's was.
    ---Since then, I have not watched the show at all, because it's just another political platform rather than a way to appreciate motion pictures.
    I feel the same for all the other "award" shows.
    The movies that win ANY awards for me are the ONES I LIKE...period.

    Good post and comments.

    Stay safe (and keep warm) out there.

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    1. You nailed it. Once it became a political platform, Oscars lost its purpose.

      I remember 2 years ago (or so) when Meryl Streep profusely thanked Harvey Weinstein for his support of actors/actresses, the industry, and how important he was.

      I remember when Jane Fonda went off on a tirade for ?45? minutes. I remember how, last year, Wes Studi was an interim speaker who gave a clear message about his experiences in Vietnam and the veterans. The welcome clapping was vague and then many continued chatting. Mr. Studi acknowledged them for their "politeness".

      I guess we could see who and what was more important that night.

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  27. The usual suspects will be out with the P/C helmets on. I will watch the Oscars...I always do...but switch my mind off some of the mind-numbing comments made. I love seeing the fashions etc., though...

    I wish those who sprout forth would keep their political and similar views to themselves. Just get on with the show!!

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    1. This year there will be no funny host who moves it all along. So, it will be interesting to see how they all handle it.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!