I just got done watching the Oscars award show. I actually only watched the last 30 minutes of it, which means I skipped past all of the boring awards. But to be honest, I didn’t think what I watched was extremely entertaining either. Although I did like Daniel Day Lewis‘ acceptance speech.
I didn’t intend to watch. I just decided to spend some “in the room” time with my family as they watched. I actually spent the time writing a post for one of my other blogs. And, this is actually the first time in more than five years (I can’t think of the exact number at this time) that I have actually been in the room when the show was on TV.
So were any of the awards a surprise? Can’t say. I mean, how can I be a critic of who should receive an award and who shouldn’t when I haven’t seen a single movie that was up for the awards. Well, except for “Brave”. Nor do I plan to see most of them. I have already heard enough about “Les Miserable” to know that the stage play is better, Wolverine and Catwoman can sing well, and Gladiator plays a character that thinks he can sing but can’t. I have been told that “Zero Dark Thirty” is intense, exciting, and a great way to know how Osama Bin Laden was taken out. Or not.
From my son, all I know about Skyfall is that James Bond has a homosexual encounter…to some extent…or so he says. But others have told me it isn’t as good as the other Bond movies. Well, I honestly don’t think that the Bond movies made since Roger Moore stopped playing the spy of all spies.
I haven’t heard much about “Lincoln”, other than everyone in the world telling me I need to see it. So I probably will. I bet he gets elected. But that’s all I claim to know about the movie.
So why do I not watch movies and keep up to date with what Hollywood is producing? Well, I will…this summer. If the movie excites me enough, I will watch it. Unless my wife and I can’t find time to go see one. And then we get to frequent our local Red Box.
Movies are not as appealing to me as they used to be. Maybe it is the cost of the tickets. Maybe it is the increased use of language that isn’t necessary. Regardless, I am not the movie-goer that I once never was. It’s just hard for me to want to spend the money required at a theater when I can wait a few short weeks for it to arrive at the dollar theater. Or in Red Box…which is better since I can pop popcorn for a lot cheaper at home.
Through all of this, I want you to know that I will play along with your discussions about the movies and make it seem like I am interested, in touch, or possibly well informed. Maybe I should get an Oscar. Let’s call the category “Best Supporting Conversationalist”. I think I will call The Academy first thing in the morning.
So, do I win?
Just another view from a Palmtree.