Grab the popcorn and get ready for awards season, as our team gives you the score on Maestro, May December, Poor Things, Priscilla, Napoleon and more.
Niall Ferguson points out in yesterday's coming year predictions of why no one young can contemplate the US losing a war with China and the consequences of it. The answer is no further than a young mind absorbing the awfulness that is modern Hollywood.
What kind of society do you get when you are soulless, ill-educated, lack substance or any kind of values that flow from philosophy and religion? You get modern Hollywood. Sprinkle in the education system from the progressive fools in the NEA, and this is what we get. I went to a movie for the first time in three years and almost walked out watching the coming attractions; everyone was awful. Oliver Weisman's terrible take is that it's storytelling about a world-historical figure, so history and facts don't matter; to me, it does. I despise banal stupidity, and that is what Hollywood is.
This is one of the many reasons why we have minds full of mush who like to chant from the River to the Sea and cheer on the Houthis. I would love to see a competitor to Hollywood that produces something good, but I guess that is what the Classics are for.
So I have zero interest in watching The Golden Globe Awards unless Ricky Gervais & Macaulay Culkin are hosting and they open with the naming of every Hollywood elite who's been involved in Epstein's pedophilia ring. Now there's a Hollywood award show worth watching.....
Thanks for saving me the trouble and avoiding a waste of a few hours.
And thanks for the laugh - "Barack and Michelle Obama’s production house, Higher Ground, which is dedicated to 'elevating new and diverse voices in the entertainment industry.'” If only they had the good grace just to slink away.......
The comments from TFP readers are more entertaining than most of today's movies. How about a few political awards like best testimony before a congressional committee
Its laughable to see Hollywood continually put out movies hyping anything involving people of color, gayness, gay people of color, oppressed gay people of color, STRONG gay oppressed people of color and superheroes (who lately have a lesbian young woman of color as herione).
I can just see the title: "Twelve Years a Lesbian Slave" winning an Oscar in the near future.
Thanks but no thanks to all these movies. May we please have some fun, funny movies without stereotypes?
And while I’m at it, has anyone else noticed that TV ads now have mostly POCs and mixed race marriages? The occasional white guy is the idiot loser mocked by a black woman. And fat women are IN. Football season is coming to an end so my TV watching will go back to zero soon.
"is a swiftly moving, often devastating chronicle of a life (two lives, really) both audacious and unshakably confined by mid-century morality." - Ah yes, the "confining" morality of those years gone by, the quaint ideas of marriage, family, belief in God, hard work, investment for the future - and how are we doing as a society now that we have shaken off the shackling confines of those antiquated notions that server society and culture for thousands of years? Are we better? Happier? Healthier? Come on man!
I want Cillian Murphy to win all the awards for Oppenheimer. The end.
(Also Barbie was absolutely overrated. I laughed more during the few funny bits in Oppenheimer than during the whole of Barbie. An absolute mess of a script which seems to confuse the characters giving weighty speeches with storytelling. The production design was nice though.)
Napoleon should have been called “Napoleon and Josephine.” Ridley Scott adopted Marvel’s recent practice of having a man’s name in the title (e.g. Thor: Love and Thunder) but making the movie mostly about a female character.
There was so much to explore about Napoleon’s rise and reign, and Scott instead chose to focus on his wife and depict Bonaparte himself as a simple-minded brute who really enjoys doggystyle.
The hour spent on Josephine could have yielded 3 more CGI-cheat battle scenes, or maybe 2 of those plus 20 minutes on the Napoleonic Code, which transformed European government and persists largely unchanged in many countries to this day.
I hate this movie all the more because I was so looking forward to it. I bought tickets for opening day. Definition of a wasted opportunity.
Maestro was a POS. Cooper took the life of a world class conductor/composer and trashed it with all the gay shit instead of concentrating on Bernstein’s works. What crap.
Thank you for reminding me why I haven’t set foot in a movie theater in 20 years (although I love popcorn).
Completely..Totally..Utterly Off Topic
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Ben K. writes "a life (two lives, really) both audacious and unshakably confined by mid-century morality."
Revisionism sneaks in everywhere. Social distaste for broadcast homosexuality is not a mid-century phenomena. Rather, it is the norm since antiquity.
The current (female dominated) Western culture, embracing LGB then T, is the abberation.
Yawn and sorry but could care less about the crap from the so called film industry.
Love this recap! The dry-witty captions and, of course, the quality of writing one would expect from TFP. Looking forward to reading next year’s edition.
“Bernstein’s long-suffering wife, Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan, breathtaking), and his ardent homosexuality. He practiced the latter”
If pressed, I would say that I practice desultory heterosexuality.