It’s Oscar season and I have been binge watching as many of the Oscar nominated films as I can.
To be honest – most of them are pretty disappointing. Should that come as a surprise? No. Does it still disappoint me? Yes.
The Imitation Game is the exact premise of The King’s Speech (and basically every historical film ever produced) with a different cast of characters.
Boyhood is being lauded for its format – a 12 year project is quite impressive, however that doesn’t make it a great film (that was 3 hours of my life I can never get back – I’d rather watch the Friday the 13th remake – twice).
Birdman was the most relevant film I’ve seen thus far, and by far the most creative and artistic. Sure there were moments where I scratched my head a bit, but it was far more enjoyable and thought provoking then the others.
No one is talking about The Judge which was a truly great ensemble and a touching story. One of the few films I’ve seen this year that didn’t feel like a walking cliché (and yes I know Robert Duvall got a nom for the film but does any one else feel that it was sort of obligatory?).
Guardians of the Galaxy – yes, it’s about a bunch of petty villains that save the universe in space but does that make it any less of a great film? Just because a film doesn’t take itself seriously (or happens to have a racoon with a bazooka and a talking tree) shouldn’t mean it gets passed over for other less innovative films.
Apparently Captain America was a great film (no I haven’t seen it yet don’t judge me), as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Now, I’m not saying that I want to see every decent movie that is released make it on the nomination list – but I would like to see a little more variety. Every year it’s always the two or three dramatic historical events and then a couple experimental pieces.What’s the matter with comedy? A movie that we don’t have to take seriously or think critically about?
ORRR or let’s get crazy and throw in an animated film – whhaaatttt. I mean, when was the last time an animated film was nominated for Best Picture? (I looked and it was for Toy Story 3). Both The Lego Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2 were well received this year, and they aren’t even Disney films.
Why don’t we even rephrase that question and ask – when was the last time an animated film was looked upon as a film and not merely children’s entertainment?
In case you were wondering – the last genre film to be nominated and win Best Picture was LOTR: Return of the King. Though to be fair there are far less decent genre films than there are animated ones (I’m looking at you Hobbit).
Let’s make some changes people! Art itself is not discriminatory – so why should we in turn discriminate against its different forms?