Make The Oscars Great Again

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony looks to be especially troubled, and it’s coming as no surprise. We’ve seen the writing on the wall as the Academy first toyed with doing a “Best Popular Film” category, and then through the mishigoss that has led to a year without a host. Then the Academy decided to do away with the tradition of last year’s winner announcing this year’s winner in the gender-opposite category, likely due to a fear of a repeat of the Casey Affleck situation. We also got word that the show would be presenting performances for only a couple of the Best Song nominees, kneecapping one of the more delightful (and often weird) parts of the night.

Now the Academy has come to the ‘insult to injury’ stage of it all, announcing that four categories will be presented during the commercial breaks. And they won’t be minor categories, at least not to film lovers – they include cinematography and editing. Editing, I shouldn’t have to tell you, is literally the foundational discipline of what makes cinema cinema. Without editing you don’t have the art of the movies. And without cinematography you have radio plays.

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What A Night For Monster Kids

Those of us who grew up with copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland and Universal Monster and Planet of the Apes movies on TV, who pored over the Crestwood Monster books like the Torah, who tried out all the make-ups in Dick Smith’s Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook – sometimes we call ourselves Monster Kids. We grew up with the weird and the wild, and we took comfort in the outcast and weirdo monsters.

Last night’s Oscars were like a love letter to us.

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