Monday, December 14th, 2009

Manohla! Alphabet City Represent!

"Let's acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them…. Crash as best picture? What the fuck." -The wonderful New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis.

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HiredGoons (#603)

The Oscars are simply part of the Hollywood machine – a part designed to perpetuate a semblance of relevancy and self-importance.

It has nothing to do with cinematic accomplishment, quality, or (ha!) acting.

The Independent Spirit Awards are kind of OK.

I've met very few successful females in Hollywood that were remotely likable human beings. Though Kathryn Bigelow seemed ok and I liked her movie and her work in general.

HiredGoons (#603)

Frances McDormand is awesome and really down to Earth, though she lives mostly in New York.

I am thinking of people like Gail Berman or Lynda Obst.

HiredGoons (#603)

HA! A friend of mine used to work with Lynda Obst – CRAZAZYBITCH!!!

Also read her book which was actually very interesting.

I don't know why but most female producers seem to think they have to follow the Scott Rudin role model. Rarely do they wake up and think "how about if today I don't be psychotic?"

HiredGoons (#603)

See Also: Christine Vachon (who I used to work for).

SemperBufo (#1,849)

It bears noting that Hurt Locker isn't exactly, or rather isn't merely, an action picture. It's smarter and darker than that.

It would be interesting to see how a woman might make an honest-to-god dumb action movie, where cars get totaled, shit blows up and that's about it. Would it be any different, or do the conventions of the genre already blot out any chance of individuality?

You mean like Point Break?

(see: Kathryn Bigelow, Director)

Natan (#1,967)

As persuasive as I found a lot of the praise for The Hurt Locker, I could too vividly recall my agony watching a moronic film of Bigelow's called Strange Days, years ago, to be able to physically drag myself to the new one. She's made some spectacularly braindead movies in the past.

As for Dargis–pretentious person cusses, read all about it.

mickeyitaliano (#2,202)

"Point Break"was like Bigelow's fuck you to the studio's. She was Bodhi, riding out that big wave. Unfortunately, 15 years later she got screwed again. As much as Dargis seems pretentious she was always accesable at the 'Voice' where I cornered her one time to talk about how she dissed "Living in Oblivion" (I think) or it was "Bright Angel."

gaytheist (#929)

thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.

I literally cried when Crash beat out Brokeback Mountain. Such self-indulgent Hollywood crap. Brokeback will be poignant years from now, Crash felt like it was already 15 years out of date. A pure joke of a film.

bb (#295)

so true. I saw brokeback the other day again and it is so damn good.

Oh Manolies, think you meant: "Let's acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we LOVE them."

"LOVE. LAV LAV LAV"- Lady Gaga

That was interesting and sensible. So why's she such a shit critic?

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