I knew it from the moment Back to the Future, a movie that holds a special place in the hearts of every child of the 80’s, made its way into the long intro to this year’s Academy Awards: they’re aiming this Oscars at me.
Apparently, Disney is fed up with the Academy and their blatant overlook of mainstream entertainment and has decided to make their own awards – and then give them to themselves. Already nominated, of course, are the not even-released-yet Tangled and Tron: Legacy. Also in the running are Toy Story 3 (which could actually win a real award, from what I hear), Tim Burton‘s embarrassing Alice in Wonderland, and Secretariat. Maybe it’s normal practice for a business as big as Disney to internally reward their staff by saying which person did the best job. What would be hilarious is if the award was granted by stockholders, with the Best Supporting Actress statuette going to the actress who’s billing generates the best aggregate box office tallies. Maybe then we can finally inject some market economics into the creative process and finally complete Walt Disney’s magical dream.
One of my favorite new summer traditions returns to Hollywood Blvd tomorrow night, and this year it looks like it’ll be better than ever. The 3rd Annual Feel Good Film Festival starts this Friday with their trademark yellow carpet opening night hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines. I love specificity in art, and by cutting such a warm and fuzzy niche from the WithoutaBox universe, FGFF has hit a heart-warming motherlode. Film festivals can be intimidating, they’re often a hodge podge of not only quality but also tone. […]
That’s right. This little guy made his way from radio to TV and won an Emmy for Best On Camera Talent for Commentary. Parentdish has a little interview with him which is funny, especially since he calls out Clash of the Titans as the worst movie of the year. How does this fit into the critical cosmology of amateur vs. professional, blogger vs. print? I think it’s fairly obvious that if you’re getting your movie-going advice from a 5th grader you’re unlikely to need the experience of an Harold Bloom […]