Do you remember what Jack Black sang this sunday?
"This is what you sound like: movies, movies, wow, they rock. Listen up, kid, it’s all a big crock. Now it’s market trends and fickle friends and Hollywood baloney. Believe me, Neil, you’re better off just polishing your Tony. This industry’s in flux, it’s run by mucky-mucks pitching tents for tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks. Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts! And after Fifty Shades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips! In a world where our greens dropping common machines, only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans. Screens in our jeans! Screens in our jeans! The only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans!"
If we see others recent Best Picture winners -The Hurt Locker, The King Speech, The Artist, Argo and 12 Years a Slave- they all have something in common, they were the odd movies.
In the 87th Academy Awards all nominees for Best Picture were the classic favorites of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences... and that was a problem.
For sure. all those movies have all the chances to win and that's the problem we're talking about.
They have the elements:
- Social problems: Selma and The Imitation Game
- Nostalgia: Boyhood
- Patriotism: American Sniper
- Totally film independent: Whiplash
- Biopics: American Sniper, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Selma
- Movies-you-don't-know-what-the-director-was-thinking-about: Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
After all, just one movie stays...
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance made an awesome critic about what is going on in the film industry. Billions in (very often but not always) poor movies full of merchandising, trending topics, media going viral and my favorite, the difference between an actor and a celebrity.
While the other movies represent the everlasting school of the Academia, Birdman represents both sides: art vs ticket office.