My weekly TV column is up at Torontoist.
I think that hyperlink might have gotten messed up.
The Help will win. The Help will win because Crash won, and the Academy loves movies that address serious issues whilst simultaneously reminding the audience to feel good about themselves because they’re so much better than these people and racism is over forever.
‘The Tree of Life’ did have a point: it’s point was that all life is fragile and fleeting, yet precious. And don’t say that that’s a useless message, because sometimes stories need to remind us of supposedly obvious facts. I already knew that racism was bad, and I still loved ‘Glory’.
I’m still a little fuzzy on why MGK seems to dislike “The Artist” so much.
“I’m still a little fuzzy on why MGK seems to dislike “The Artist” so much.”
I can’t speak for MGK and haven’t seen “The Artist”, but I liked the argument Tales to Enrage made here:
I thought it was an enjoyable movie that was just good. Not great, not amazing, just good. Which easily curdles into rage when you realize that better movies will have their nominations stolen because Hollywood loves, loves, LOVES anything that makes movies seem magical and amazing and life changing, and the Artist shoots for all 3 of those, since the plot boils down to “Talkies ruin this film star’s life, but this sweet young woman becomes a huge star, and she loves him, and that’s the redeeming power of cinema!”
It’s not that it’s bad, apparently, just that it’s a certain shameless kind of Oscar bait.
Having seen ‘The Artist’, I can get behind Tales to Enrage’s view on it. It’s not a bad movie, it just doesn’t deserve to win any awards.
I never watch the Oscars, and could care less about the nominees this year out.
Throw Momma From The Train is indeed the best thing that Billy ever starred in, though City Slickers (the first one, not the abominable sequel) and When Harry Met Sally are also very good.
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