March 09, 2006

Film Critic Quote of the Week

"In the future, we may look back on 2006 as the year the Oscars officially went from irritating to depressing. The year the crudely manipulative and politically anachronistic racial melodrama Crash won Best Picture is also the year American commercial cinema settled into its nursing home bed, stuck the morphine drip in its arm and began the long, slow journey toward the sweet hereafter.

Over the past couple of decades, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has had a hit-and-miss record with Best Picture winners, usually preferring to avoid giving the top prize to thematically or artistically daring movies. We’ve seen the prize go to handsome, safe movies (Out of Africa) or slick, safe movies (American Beauty) or earnest, safe movies (Driving Miss Daisy).

Once in a while the award goes to a movie with no sell-by date, a film like Amadeus or The Silence of the Lambs that’s so superlative in every respect that if you made a list titled, “Reason To Watch this Movie,” the phrase, “positive message” would be Number 9 or 10, if it was on there at all."

-Matt Zoller Seitz, on the Oscars.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 9, 2006 12:46 AM

Get over it BLOGGER!!! The same could have been said about last year's predictable and stupid Oscars.

Posted by: A at March 9, 2006 09:44 AM

Yeah, and besides, This will be the death of Hollywood until next time they picka great film, and then we'll see the same critics writing about how the reports of Hollywood's demise were greatly exaggerated.

Posted by: Dan at March 9, 2006 05:13 PM
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