Other considerations for this update’s title were “What Did the Five Fingers Say to the Face?”, “Will Smith is the New Moe”, and “My Parents Are Deeeaaaaad!!”, but I ultimately decided to instead pay homage to the German/English avant-pop band Slapp Happy that did two albums with Henry Cow (Desperate Straights and In Praise of Learning). Check those out if you like experimental, jazz-flavored progressive rock.
Films watched in March 2022:
- The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion, 2021)
- Nightmare Alley (Guillermo del Toro, 2021)
- Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021)
- CODA (Sian Heder, 2021)
- Belfast (Kenneth Branagh, 2021)
- King Richard (Reinaldo Marcus Green, 2021)
So, yeah, that just happened. And now it has its own Wikipedia page.
I do like how a lot of Oscar purists took one look at Will Smith slapping Chris Rock across the face on live television and declared the sanctity of their event to have been forever ruined. Anyone actually familiar with the history of the Oscars and not suffering from some kind of metaphorical myopia can probably name a few incidents that prove that boat has long sailed.
As for the victories themselves, I was kind of surprised to see Dune win as many awards as it did, and while I was hoping Drive My Car would pull the same upset victory Parasite pulled two years ago, I’m fine with CODA winning. I was expecting The Power of the Dog to win, but I do give credit to the Academy for shining the light on a solid indie film. As I said, it’s the kind of indie film we need more of – not meandering, plotless stuff like Nomadland.
Plus, it is definitely one reason why, as flawed as they are, the Oscars do have a leg up over their video game equivalents. The Game Awards treat indies as though they’re lesser efforts by putting them in their separate category the way the Academy separates animated and international efforts. As bad as the latter approach is, at least indie and mainstream efforts are forced to compete on an even playing field for an Oscar. The Game Awards should take note of that if they want to remain be relevant.
Actually, you know what? I take back everything I said about any potential snubs occurring. It was worth the Academy nominating Don’t Look Up simply so Amy Schumer could dunk on them for their poor judgement (actual quote: “I guess Oscars ‘Don’t Look Up’ critics’ reviews”). Granted, she backpedaled a few seconds later, but the look on Adam McKay’s face was priceless; that was the look of a deflated ego if I ever saw one. Coupled with his film being one of two to get completely shut out (the other being Nightmare Alley, which was fairly good, but it’s definitely not one of Guillermo del Toro’s better efforts), and I consider that and CODA’s victory to be a 100% positive result.
Top Ten Unused Batman Villains For Future Films – With Matt Reeve’s The Batman having hit theaters recently, Starloggers take a look at Batman villain who should be considered for future films.
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline – Writing for his new site, Roars and Echoes, Lashaan Balasingam takes a look at Ready Player Two. Considering that it’s a token sequel to a book that, even just eleven years later, has aged rather badly (although unlike most instances, it’s not really the author’s fault), that it failed to generate waves is unsurprising.
Clash of the Titans (1981) Review – Alex of Alex’s Review Corner takes a look at Clash of the Titans – a classic film from a time when fantasy was starting to hit the mainstream.
Film in 500: The Worst Person in the World Review – Never mind. If the Academy couldn’t make it to ten films, they should’ve gone with the best another country had to offer as opposed to a poor effort from a creatively exhausted, yet domestic source. WCRobinson reviews one of said “Best International Picture” nominees: Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World.
My Generation: The Who’s Timeless Youth Angst Classic – Mr. Wapojif highlights the hit single off a classic rock record wherein The Who sings “My Generation” (wasn’t it called The Who’s First Album?). A classic of the 1960s, to be sure.
Talking shop #2: Two types of success in online writing – AK discusses what it may take to be a successful blogger, and criticizing the profit-driven nature of certain endeavors.
Top 5 Gaming Controllers – Matt Doyle Media takes a look at five gaming controllers – some from this generation and others classic blasts from the past.
Top 10 Kirby Games – With Kirby hitting his 30-year anniversary, Scott of the Wizard Dojo ranks his top ten personal favorite Kirby games.
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