"The whole night, down to Rihanna’s eloquent performance of 'Lift Me Up' from 'Wakanda Forever,' felt well oiled but entirely preprogrammed because, of course, it was."
What?! Everyone seemed drunk? I might have watched if I'd known that.
Hey, WaPo, "well oiled" means drunk. If you don't mean literally that oil, the lubricant, was used, you have to get "machine" in there — something like The show worked like a well-oiled machine — if you want to say it functioned effectively.I'm reading "It was a lovely, back-to-basics Oscar night. Sorry about that. At Sunday’s 95th Academy Awards, a focus on the winners, not the drama" (WaPo).
Yes, the Oscars took place last night. The thing that we'd be hearing criticism of if it didn't happen happened, so there's no way to know what motivated the Academy, and I just don't care anymore.
I don't know if Rihanna somehow injected "eloquence" into "Lift Me Up," but I read the lyrics, and they're the opposite of eloquent:
Burning in a hopeless dreamHold me when you go to sleep
Keep me in the warmth of your love
When you depart, keep me safe
Safe and sound
But that nonsense did not win. This won:
Translated lyrics here. Like the shrill voice of a bird that can ring your ears... Like singing a song that can make your fingers snap to the beat....
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Does anyone Care if they do?"
And I learned what "U-Haul lesbian" means.
And Banshees of Inisherin. I think it lost because people didnt realize it was a Laurel and Hardy remake. Perhaps they were put off by the way Jenny the donkey died. So was I."
Is this a variation of the joke, "what do lesbians get for their third date?" "A U-Haul"? The joke being that because they are two women, they are quick to commit. Three dates is long enough to decide to move in together."
But I'm a (guilty pleasure) fan of Bollywood dance numbers. They are a hoot. So thanks for the Utube."
Proudly didn't watch the Awards show. Cannot stand Jimmy kimmel. Hollywood is dead to me. "
If you're over 60, look over this list of Best Picture winners. Compare the 80s and 90s with the 00s and 10s. Quite jarring to see how far movies have slipped in terms of good storytelling.
It’s a bit bizarre to point out the Oscars seem like a well-oiled machine. They always have been, with a few memorable exceptions. "
Oldest lesbian joke — right up there with what's the deal with airplane food."
I don't know that joke either.
Also, a movie "made for the Oscars" doesn't mean it's gonna be bad. (Although I too disliked "English Patient".)"
Show business kids making movies of themselves
You know they don't give a fuck about anybody else..."
But I am glad to hear about all the diversity. I was really worried about that."
2001: A Space Odyssey
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Anne of the Thousand Days
The Dirty Dozen
So, what is playing at your local multiplex this week? I checked the three nearest me here in Cumming, GA, and there is not a single movie I would pay to see right now. I might see John Wick 4 when it opens next week. Yet, I saw every one of those movies back in 1970. Except for "Bob & Carol...", which I really didn't think was all that good, I would watch any of those movies again right now. Quite a few Oscars spread across that list, and all of them deserved."
God is off his game lately..."
And the Goonies guy -- it is a nice touch that a boat person has won an Oscar. Only in America!
I'm not a fan of Kimmel, he's too needy as a late-night host IMO. (But I admit he's not as mean as James Corden) So that was not an inducement to watch. Plus on the night after the time change? I'm tired!"
Gone With The Wind
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Music Man
Fiddler On The Roof
I didn't watch the Oscar broadcast. They'd have to apologize, bring flowers and chocolates, and attend many therapy sessions before I would let them back in my life."
Lenny Kravitz sang the worst song I've ever heard, at least melodically (I couldn't understand the lyrics), to accompany the In Memoriam section, which didn't include the woman shot dead by Alec Baldwin.
The second worst song I've ever heard was one of the nominated songs. "
I wouldn't say Kimmel's monologue was LOL-funny but at least it was unslappable. The production was well-paced and the clips gave a good representation of the essence of the films. The speeches were heart-felt without being too weepy or too long. Jamie Lee Curtis was great (how can you not win as an IRS auditor of an Asian laundromat owner?). And Vietnamese immigrant Ke Huy Quan reminded Americans that the American Dream still lives for non-Americans. Too bad Americans just aren't that interested in it anymore.
But best of all, this was a year of exceptional movie titles. "Everything Everywhere, All at Once" won pretty much everything everywhere all at once. It (the title) also captures exactly the obsessive pursuit that is driving the current generation into spiraling emptiness. Now I may need to see the movie to see if this was a lucky accident. And last of all, the all-time Best Title Ever goes to "My Year of Dicks," which didn't win anything, but should have won an Oscar just for that title.
Talk about the perfect summation and characterization for the reality shitshow we've been living through. Thanks for finally nailing it, Hollywood."
People watch out of habit. It's also a social thing. For some people it's an excuse for a get together. For others, it's something to talk about at the watercooler, like sports or the weather. But more and more people without the habit come of age every year and more and more people with the habit shuffle off this mortal coil each year.
Better questions would be why doesn't the industry make pictures people want to see, and why does it expect people who haven't watched the movies to watch the awards ceremony."
I thought it might refer to some arcane sexual maneuver."
Yeah, I used to link to them a lot, but then one day I saw that they'd blocked me on Twitter. I have no idea why, but I took that to mean that they didn't want links from me, perhaps because some people who followed my links were disrespectful toward them. So, I still read them, on their blog (not on Twitter!) and I listen to their podcast, but I will never link to them again."