Wednesday, March 08, 2006

hollywood not liberal enough?

(this post is a day late but i was busy. btw word liberal is used here in the american sense which means, as far left as one can go while remaining respectable. american liberals being scared stiff to be honest and accept the fact that their views are more or less socialist).

to judge by the almost hysterical reaction from assorted liberals to upset caused by crash beating liberal darling brokeback mountain to the best film oscar, hollywood had suddenly turned conservative. it's almost laughable. to read them we are going to see a gay bashing cowboy as governor of california when the present idiot's term ends.

according to them crash won because,
  • members of academy are still not advanced enough to accept gays (forget the fact academy members are disproportionately gay, as was repeatedly remarked on before the ceremony),
  • crash is set locally in los angeles and it's car culture (forget that l.a. in the film is lot more shittier than it actually is),
  • crash had a large number of actors (as if that is not a reason not to vote for it, as well as to forget history and the fact that it had the lowest budget),
  • crash's studio sent out huge number of film's dvds to academy members at a cost reportedly of 4 million dollars on the theory that if they see it they will vote for it (imo well done, given that the movie, unlike the others, was handicapped because it opened way too early for oscar consideration and was backed by a studio- lionsgate films - that makes money mainly by producing bad horror movies),
  • academy members were tired of seeing brokeback winning so many other awards (this is only from really desperate but only half jokingly).

crash won because it was the better film and academy chose to judge the nominees on their merits instead of their theme. i am glad they did so and proved my assumptions wrong.

btw crash consistently held the lead in imdb ratings (it has been in top 250 at no 75 for sometime, a feat none of the other four achieved) though like almost everywhere else brokeback was the favorite to win in specific oscar poll at imdb.

people who think brokeback was the better film should recall any other good film with a tragic love story (a surprisingly rare breed among quality films btw) and do a comparison. they will then hopefully understand that there was something missing in brokeback.

in addition oscars clearly confirmed that jon stewart is a bit player. his usual toothless uncontroversial jokes (as i have remarked in passing earlier) only capable of appealing to the limited sensibilities of political liberals who watch his show. as a washington post columnist said he should have kept his 'daily' job. that he fell flat on his nose should not have come as a surprise, but media chose overlook his forgettable record as a grammy host in the run up to the oscars. instead speculating that his presence will attract 'young and hip' to the oscars, as if 2 million people (at most) who regularly watch his show, are not the same kind of people who watch the oscars already. it's curious how american media can be blind to the obvious when in hype mode.

11 comments:

Keshi said...

I havent seen Crash or Brokeback Mountain...but alot ppl were going for the latter...well Crash cashed it :)

Anyways...I watched the show on TV and really couldnt laugh at Jon Stewart's jokes if he calls them that...


Keshi.

Sweet Idiot said...

Interestingly enough, Brokeback Mountain is based on a short story written by E. Annie Proulx...have you read it? If you haven't - I have a copy with me...could email it to you...let me know?

prose said...

No, no, no! This is all wrong. It's not about why Brokeback didn't win, but why Crash did! It's all messed up and I can't put forward a coherent argument to save my ass, so I am going to point to this instead. I really think Crash did not have the makings of an Oscar's Best Pic, but whatever, Oscar pimholes.

No way dude, what's the matter with you guys? I love Jon Stewart! Jon Stewart rules! Yea! He he.

sittingnut said...

keshi:
lolz!

sweet idiot:
i have not read the short story. it may be as prose said in earlier post film missed something.

please do email the story. my email is in my blogger profile page. thanks a lot. :-)

prose:
No, no, no!...
yes , yes , yes! :-)
if you can get that worked up about brokeback it may be that all was not lost when it lost :-)

we all have different tastes. i wrote why i think crash is better in that blog you linked to before (basically what i wrote in my previous post)

sittingnut said...

btw
I love Jon Stewart! Jon Stewart rules!
you should really get a new boyfriend,
bc this one falls
like a sack of flour
flat on his nose.
:-)
sorry couldn't help myself.

prose said...

Hahaha, no way, Jon Stewart's the MAN!

Yes everyone has their own tastes and Brokeback did it for me. I wish I was a gay man then I might be able to relate to the feel of the movie better.

That's the oddest thing I have ever said.

sittingnut said...

Jon Stewart's the MAN
ok it's your life :-)

I wish I was a gay man then I might be able to relate to the feel of the movie better.
That's the oddest thing I have ever said.

that's not quite odd as you believe.
i don't think there is anything called a 100%(or as they say born) gay or straight or even male or female persons. imo everybody is bi more or less.

Keshi said...

Jon Stewart needs to upskill his humor :)

Keshi.

prose said...

It's not the "I wish I was GAY" part that's odd, but the "I wish was a gay MAN"!

imo everybody is bi more or less
Agree with you 100% there!

sittingnut said...

keshi:
Jon Stewart needs to upskill his humor :)
and some teeth

prose:
It's not the "I wish I was GAY" part that's odd, but the "I wish was a gay MAN"!
i guessed, but was not clear.
i don't think there is anything called a 100%(or as they say born) gay or straight or even male or female persons
:-)

Agree with you 100% there!
at last we agree on something :-)

Keshi said...

lol hahaha @teeth!

Keshi.