Tag: Oscars

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America think Republicans ought to be pleased with the radical liberals now running the DNC.  They also rip everyone involved in the flap over the White House excluding some media outlets from Friday’s gaggle.  And they discuss the annual self-righteous preening of the Hollywood elite and how their air of superiority blew up in their faces at the biggest moment of the night.

Oscar Reflections

 

Miss me, Ricochet? I’ve been busy trying to place my reflections on American-prestige-at-the-movies in various venues, trying to tell conservative America: Pay attention, at least a little attention, at least during awards season! The ugly truth is, it’s really hard to get people to care, but very easy to get them angry and contemptuous at Hollywood out-of-touch-elitism, so I’m busy trying to avoid all the dark passions. But while people still make lovely movies worth the praise, I will try to show you what they’re about and how to navigate through the sophisticated concerns that give poetry its great dignity.

So here’s my list of Awards movies conservatives should support, nay cherish. They’re all but one featured at the Oscars. I picked three all-American stories, two of which are true stories such that the movies actually understate the miracles they depict. They’ve all been remarkably successful at European art-movie festivals, even at the highest level. They’ve not been too successful in America, but they’re doing ok mostly, and getting another chance at prestige in awards season. This is the sort of stuff conservatives should support, both because it is poetry worth supporting and because it supports the conservative case for American goodness and greatness.

  1. Hacksaw Ridge. The best show of Christian America at war I can think of — so naturally, the conservative press ignores it altogether. A war picture, a remarkable technical achievement, independently financed and produced with great savvy — and then it gets lots of Oscar nominations, including the first for Mr. Mel Gibson in perhaps 20 years. Shock after shock. I think we should be bipartisan about this and do at least as much as Hollywood liberals have done, so I’m doing my part!
  2. Kubo and the Two Strings. This is the most beautiful surprise of 2016. A film almost entirely free of the sordid, which tells a broken-family story Americans should love, while at the same time doing the sophisticate poetic work of analyzing grief in terms of the grief song, threnody, and trying to show where poetry stands in-between the city and the moon.
  3. Hell or High Water. This was the anguished manliness movie of the year. I’ve written about it at length on my website, but those are notes for a very limited audience. I’ve also produced a popular essay, but I’ve not found someone willing to publish it yet…
  4. Loving. This is the most surprising sort of civil rights picture you’re going to see. It’s a respectful and very American portrayal of the moral virtues that make private life a joy, a shelter, and a benefit to the country as a whole at the same time. It’s one those true stories that makes so many of us wonder at the ways in which Americans are blessed and innocent.

Then there are movies really worth the attention of conservatives who care about the culture, but they are not really lovable and I cannot recommend them. I suppose I don’t need to, either, as they’ve been plenty successful:

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.  They also get a kick out of flailing liberals showing up to protest the Supreme Court nomination with fill-in-the-blank signs so they could protest anyone who was chosen.  And they fully support the push from Vox to cancel the Oscars, although their reasons are somewhat different than those offered by Vox.

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The troublesome Oscars monologue, the least important, most perfunctory part of the show–the leave your coats & pay your tickets part of the spectacle–the unpleasant prelude to celebrity worship–the strange, embarrassing attempt on the part of the Academy to be part of the popular culture–well, this year it had uncharacteristic bite to it, & is […]

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Must we as a nation go through yet another round of indignation and accusations of racism by yet another sector of the African-American population?  Yes, we must, because that’s what we continue to do, well into the 21st century, fifty years after the wildly successful civil rights movement and nearing the end of the second […]

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  Dear Academy Awards – It’s become clear that burdens of acting and filmmaking have an inordinate impact on minorities and women.  Given your unique position in Hollywood, I call on you to institute neither quotas nor set-asides but simply this: when it’s close, the Oscar should go to the minority. In the case of two […]

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Jada Pinkett Smith is having a viral moment after calling for a boycott of the Oscars due to a lack of diversity in the Academy’s nominations. To that end, she released the above video on MLK Day, stating that she would not be watching the awards ceremony and that it was time for the black […]

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Hollywood: So Progressive. So Racist.

 

The Oscar nominations were announced yesterday morning and Hollywood — that bastion of hyper-liberalism — has once again proven itself to be super-duper-mega-ultra racist. I hear your saying “But didn’t 12 Years a Slave win Best Picture just two years ago, with Lupita Nyong’o winning Best Supporting Actress? Didn’t Octavia Spencer win that same award two years earlier? Haven’t the last four Best Director winners been a French-Lithuanian Jew, a Sino-Taiwanese, and two Mexicans? Wasn’t Selma nominated for Best Picture last year, and didn’t John Legend and Common win Oscars for Best Song last year?”

Fall TV: What Are You Watching?

 
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Fall TV has begun and in spite of the fracturization of media consumption, enough people still watch the Big Four (and CW) that the rhythms of fall, spring and summer programming persist. Entertainment sites tout the cool shows to recap and analyze “The Walking Dead” in its various forms, “Game of Thrones,” and whatever show HBO is taking too seriously this season.

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Has everyone already read this? Mr. Mark Judge is trying to say a few things about a problem one does not much read about: Men committing suicide. This is called male suicide & I think I alone am bothered by that. I think the piece is a failure on every level. It’s hard even to understand how […]

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Los Angeles – Paul Krugman took home the Academy Award for Economics yesterday for his role as a pundit posing as a morally-vain economist who couches his arguments in contemptuous terms toward dissenters. “Those who disagree with my views are either fools, knaves or foolish knaves” he said in his acceptance speech, transforming into the award-winning roll before his colleagues who comprise […]

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Open Oscar Thread

 

Nate D. Sanders Auctions Collection Of Academy Award Oscar Statuettes Set To Be AuctionedBoring? Lame? Too many actor-bating lectures? All of the above? Here’s an article which highlights many of the cringeworthy moments as a jumping off point.

10 Craziest Most Memorable Moments from the 2015 Oscars

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Our local classical music station (listener, not government, funded) every year plays movie music the week before the Oscars. The movie music they play is suggested by listeners. Today they introduced soundtrack music that was described by a listener as “the ultimate Western soundtrack, The Big Country.” Preview Open

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