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THIS is entertainment??

by northstar at 06:20 PM on March 25, 2002

I am endlessly amazed at the degree of media whorage that surrounds the Academy Awards. I find it difficult to understand why I should care about a group of spoiled, pampered, overpaid group of therapy cases- but apparently enough people due to make my point of view irrelevant. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy movies as much as the next person, but what does any of this have to do with art? I’ve always believed that cinema is an art form, and that art and competition are mutually exclusive. Ah, but this is America, where everything is about competition and money.

I think what turns me off the most about Hollywood is the sheer volume of commercial crap that is churned out and slapped onto movie screens. Movies have become purely commercial enterprises; what is valued is not the quality of the product but the quantity of dollars generated for investors. As it turns out, Americans will flock to see just about anything that is hyped enough to make it seem interesting. We are, apparently, a nation of cinematic Philistines.

My personal whipping boy in this respect is “Training Day”, which is to cinema what dog excrement is to haute cuisine. Denzel Washington got “Best Actor” for that? Please…. Unless the Academy has an award for a script using the phrase “punk-ass bitch” the most, there was nothing in “Training Day” that seemed worthy of anything but going straight to video. Of course, it did have full-frontal nudity, but I doubt the Academy uses that as a voting criteria.

But, I digress…back to the media whorage. I did marvel at the volume and shamelessness of the ego-stroking that took place during the “pre-game” show: "Hey look, it's Cameron Diaz! Cameron, women adore you and men want to tie you up and put it to you; where DID you find that FABULOUS dress? How does it feel to be the idol of millions of adoring, sybaritic fans tired of their own miserable, pointless lives??" Don’t we all have better things to do??

Apparently, we as a nation have little else to do but critique the dresses, hairstyles, and cleavage of movie starlets. Yawn. Will someone wake me up when Kate Winslet’s boobs fall out of her dress??

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If you want to see boobs out of dresses, take a look over here.

I disagree that the taste of the average person is any different than they were 100, or 500, or 2000 thousand years ago. People, generally, are always going to choose mindless entertainment over art. Yet, occasionally people will choose art. For every 20 Joe Dirts, there is 1 Momento. And while I love a good quality film, I can't sit through Shindler's List every day, you know what I mean?

by mg at March 25, 2002 7:39 PM


The phrase "90% of it is crap" applies to everything. Even movies. You have to look for the other 10% and disregard the rest.

by MrBlank at March 26, 2002 5:23 PM



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