March 02, 2004

The Oscars

No wonder Hollywood films are so shit, with scripts this bad. What is more inept - the lame lines they give the actors to read at the ceremony or the appallingly stiff way in which they perform them? This sappy, sentimental, self-congratulatory awards show sums up much that's loathsome about America.

Does anyone else want to kick Renee Zelwegger downstairs?

Posted by mark at March 2, 2004 12:46 AM | TrackBack

hell yeah! i think renee herself sums up everthing bad about America!

Posted by: jed at March 2, 2004 01:17 AM

Meanwhile, the clean sweep by Lord of the Rings sums up everything that's loathsome about New Zealand!

Posted by: Angus at March 2, 2004 12:15 PM

...and Sean Connery's opening speech about why 'we' all love the move-ies ('our common humanity etc.etc.'). aargh!

Posted by: Peter at March 2, 2004 01:44 PM

Painful to watch but worth it to see Erol Morris being presented an Oscar for 'Fog of War'. And Adrien Brody was the only presenter unphazed by the audience. Did you know he writes music?

Posted by: nick.K at March 2, 2004 02:21 PM

Connery's speech was indeed final proof that the man has no shame....

Posted by: mark k-punk at March 2, 2004 06:39 PM

At least he didn't dance or sing.

But Cintra Wilson's piece in Salon almost made up for the chore of watching. "Squarer than robot-shit" has to be the best opening sentence to a review evah.

Posted by: Nigel R at March 3, 2004 10:35 PM

You're right about that cintra wilson piece, brilliantly funny.

Posted by: mark k-punk at March 4, 2004 12:52 PM

i have some advice for you lot. next time the oscars, or the brits, or anything else that you know full well is going to be total shite comes on tv, don't watch it. otherwise you might as well be mary whitehouse deliberately watching things so as to be appalled and outraged. either admit you secretly love being appalled and outraged, or use a little foresight. don't listen to chris moyles, don't watch trash on tv, don't follow the pop charts, life becomes so much easier.

Posted by: luke at March 4, 2004 01:07 PM

No, Luke, sometimes I do enjoy the Oscars --- that's why I watch. Likewise the Brits, there's sometimes some entertaining drama on it and the occasional worthwhile performance too. But both were just boring this year.

Posted by: mark k-punk at March 4, 2004 02:44 PM

i'll have to take your word for it of course, but i'm highly sceptical. is it really worth sitting thorugh 3 hours of award ceremony to see jarvis cocker wiggling his arse at the camera or gywenth paltrow bursting into tears, or even michael moore denigrating the president? and i'm not just talking to you and i'm not just talking about the oscars, i'm making a more general point about whinging about matters of no consequence and irritations which are easily avoided. if the general public, that is to say, me you and all the other individuals that comprise society, stop watching crap tv, stop listening to inane radio presenters, stop buying crap singles, stop talking about mediocrities and manufactured scandals, stop buying tickets for overblown hollywood movies, stop caring who wins prizes at prizeshows, stops engaging with that big media spectacle entriely then it would collapse. advertisers would stay away and the money would no longer be available to make all that rubbish. it's not essential to human survivial. you can quite easily do without tv and hollywood and mainstrem radio and chances are you'll be happier for it. if you like getting irritated theres lots of other, more important things to get irritated about, otherwise you can just relax and do your own thing. spend more time writing or exploring, or cooking, or painting, or making things or talking to your friends or whatever it is you like to do. there are choices.

Posted by: luke at March 4, 2004 05:52 PM


Posted by: luke at March 4, 2004 05:54 PM

You're sceptical because you yourself don't enjoy these type of things; I and others do. But I won't deny there's a certain pleasure in moaning - why would I? The aim of disconnecting from the spectacle is perhaps a laudable one, but a bit too moral(istic) for me, I have to say. There are more important things to whinge about, I suppose, but - like you - much as I want to, I can't really get interested in 'important things' such as politics.

Posted by: mark k-punk at March 4, 2004 11:42 PM