So, the 85th Academy Awards are this weekend.
And I’m just not ready. There are only a handful of days until the 85th Academy Awards, which air THIS Sunday, February 24. I had really wanted to see more nominated films. I am so-so-so disappointed!
And also, FUCK. Here’s a list of important categories for the 85th Academy Awards, along with other categories which aren’t really important in my opinion, but which contain a movie I have seen. Desperate times makes for desperate list material. Shaddup. Also? I just wanted to say the 85th Academy Awards one more time. Ha!
(1 of 9: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
(1 of 5: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
Actor in a Leading Role
(1 of 5: Denzel Washington in FLIGHT)
Actress in a Leading Role
(1 of 5: Quvenzhané Wallis in BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
Actor in a Supporting Role
(0 of 5)
Actress in a Supporting Role
(0 of 5)
Animated Film Feature
(4 of 5: BRAVE, FRANKENWEENIE, PARANORMAN, and THE PIRATES!)
(4 of 5: FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, THE INVISIBLE WAR, and SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN)
(1 of 5: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
(2 of 5: FLIGHT and MOONRISE KINGDOM)
(1 of 5: “everybody needs A Best friend” in TED)
(2 of 5: MIRROR MIRROR and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN)
(3 of 5: THE AVENGERS, PROMETHEUS, and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN)
How is your own 85th Academy Awards list coming along?
I hope you are doing better than I am. I couldn’t possibly guess any winners at this late date. I have several of these fine movies reserved on Netflix, so I can watch them whenever they come out, but we’re talking like March, April, and even beyond for many of them. And some may never be easy to obtain for my viewing pleasure. The foreign language films are sometimes quite difficult, and yet I do enjoy them so.
So, I should take a moment and discuss (read: tear apart) the movies I have seen since last week. After all, isn’t that what the 85th Academy Awards is really all about?
This was really interesting from a “right versus wrong” – “whose fault was it” – “redemption” – perspective. My feelings flip-flopped throughout the film, and I was really angry and disgusted with the main character, Whip, right up until the end. But I was also angry with the airline for which he was a pilot. And I also had to wonder, since religion was introduced, if Whip’s bad choices didn’t end up being “for the best” after all, since (a) it was stated multiple times that no one else could have handled the landing of the plane the way Whip did, even all fucked up as he was on cocaine, and (b) it was stated multiple times that God’s will plays a part in everything we do – namely, that Whip was acting as God’s hand in bringing the plane to safety.
I was glad Whip did the right thing at the end, but I also wanted more details on why he was in jail – was it for being impaired while on the job, or was it for manslaughter? If it was for the former, I’m okay with that, because YEAH, dude was a mess. If it was for the latter, I have serious issues, since it was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was most definitely NOT his fault the plane fell apart, and again, his impairment might have actually saved some people due to his quick thinking and fearless instructions in the face of chaos. I would also be interested to know if the freaking airline was held responsible for the deaths in any way whatsoever.
The ending really, really touched me. As someone who has had to make peace with my demons, I related to Whip’s final soliloquy about redemption – asking forgiveness of all those he had hurt, and understanding that some would be able to forgive him while others wouldn’t. I also liked that his son came to visit him, and that their relationship might have a chance to mend.
I’m really rambling now, but I guess my lasting impression is that this was a really great movie since I’m still contemplating how I feel about the whole thing. Such a mix of emotions means the film did what it intended – made me think, made me feel, made me wonder.
FLIGHT was nominated for Best Actor, which I can totally see, since Denzel Washington was truly a despicable character, yet someone you wanted to see pull out of his personal destruction. He really nailed it. This could easily have been a documentary, based on a true story or something, because his portrayal was quite believable. I forgot for a while how hot Denzel is, because for a large portion of the movie he was simply disgusting. It was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Definitely deserves the nom for this as well, since the story is intriguing.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
A tidy summation of how the group Act Up pushed for more and faster drugs to fight the HIV and AIDS epidemic, this documentary was only startling in that the ignorant things which will fly out of a Conservative’s mouth never cease to amaze. While we knew the basics of the struggle for AIDS awareness, neither of us was very familiar with the names, dates, and events in the ongoing war. One of the most touching scenes was a demonstration at which the participants dumped the ashes of their passed loved ones who had succumbed to the ravages of the plague over the White House gate and onto its verdant lawns.
As an aside, while I know this film was geared more toward discussion of AIDS than homosexuality, my hubz and I discussed at the film’s end how shocked we are that gay marriage is still such an issue in most states. It seems such an odd thing to be against at this point. Over and over I ask, why the hell does anyone care who has sex with whom and in what fashion, so long as it exists between consenting adults? How does it impact anyone else? Why is a legal union between two people who are committed to each other such a big deal? I fail to see how it impacts anyone else on a personal level. Be with the one you love, and love the one you’re with. Hetero or Homo… it just should matter!
Going back to the movie – we were surprised to see by the numbers at the end how many people still die of HIV or AIDS related illnesses, and even further shocked by how many of those deaths are caused by unaffordable health care / lack of insurance coverage. Fucking ridiculous. The whole god damn thing is fucking ridiculous. Best medicine in the world, right here in America, and our own people can’t have it. That makes no freaking sense. If helping my fellow humans NOT DIE makes me a socialist, I will bear that title gladly, for it means I give a shit about people. You know what the opposite of a socialist is? A fucking murderer, that’s what.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE was nominated for Best Documentary. I doubt it will win, because women’s rights trumped gay rights in the news this past year – I think THE INVISIBLE WAR will win this category.
I have to say, this film made me very uncomfortable, mostly because I couldn’t figure out who the target audience was supposed to be. It was too childish for adults, but too adult for children. If I had to guess, the projected audience age range was supposed to be maybe 8-12, but I’m telling you as a parent, it missed the mark.
First of all, the cursing. Okay, I know I drop f-bombs like mad, so this will totally sound hypocritical of me. But I also drive cars, drink wine, vote, and have sex. Not every single thing I do is something that a child should do as well. Anyone who says that a “Do as I say, not as I do” policy is bad… is a fucking liar-face. This film depicted the ghost of a grandmother referring to her adult son as a jackass, and a teenaged girl very obviously sexually attracted to a young man as she utters, “Hell, yes!” when he asks if he can help her with anything. But this could have been somewhat overlooked if not for other matters that I felt were not appropriately addressed.
Death. Now, obviously in any ghost and/or zombie movie (of which this was both) there is going to be death. But usually this topic is handled somewhat delicately, if at all, in a children’s feature film. Not so, in this one. My 8yo daughter would have been somewhat disturbed over the subject matter, if I had to guess, but fortunately she did not want to see it. I’m glad. Because I don’t think she would have been happy with the thought that the ghosts of the dead are all around us, and that certain individuals are “blessed” with a special “sight”.
On a positive note, I do admit there was a very nice anti-bullying theme. During the final confrontation, Norman faces off with the “witch” Agatha, and tells her that hurting others just because she was hurt herself isn’t nice – that she had, in fact, become just like her aggressors and as such was nothing more than a big bully. He pointed out to her that while, YES, there are a bunch of jerk-faced individuals roaming this planet (my words, not his), she shouldn’t overlook the fact that there are also a lot of good people, too, and they don’t deserve her cruelty.
PARANORMAN was nominated for Best Animated Feature. It will lose. Pixar, anyone? DUH.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
I don’t know that this was the most awesome documentary I ever saw, but we did enjoy watching it. Mostly, though, it made us kind of sad for the main character, Rodriguez, who finds out like fifty years after the fact that he is a super celebrity who sold millions of records that served as a symbol for protest over in South Africa during the Apartheid. It made me want to go hire a lawyer on his behalf and sue the sum-bitch here in America who didn’t pass on the royalties. Rodriguez has lived in the slums of Detroit leading a hard, meager life, with zero understanding that he should totally be rich and living the high life. I’m glad he is a nice guy who is above it all and doesn’t seem to care much for the riches he missed out on, but that bullshit would never fly if it happened to me. Just sayin’.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN was nominated for Best Documentary. I’m pretty sure it will lose (see above).
So that’s where we’re at with the 85th Academy Awards , people.
I’m suckin’ it. I’m theater-bound this Thursday to see LIFE OF PI, but otherwise, I think that’s it for me. Bummer.
How about you?