Are the Academy Awards This Weekend? Really? Oh.

I used to go to a lot of movies.  A lot.  Three, four a week.  Now I may go to three or four a year.

Why?  High ticket prices. I can’t afford the vig on the loan I need to take out to buy popcorn.  Commercials before the movie starts.  Sticky floors.  People texting during the movie.  People talking during the movie.  And because I live away from downtown, most of the movies at my local multi-plex are of the blockbuster or family-friendly variety.  I think you know what I mean.

Of all the Best Picture nominees this year, I’ve seen exactly one:  Gravity.  And being a science nerd and a stickler for proper science in movies, I thought it was just…okay.  As for the other nominated films, I’m content to wait for them to appear on my on-demand services of choice.

Seeing the big movies in movie theatres just isn’t important to me anymore.  And when I do take in a film, I find that I’m almost always disappointed in what I saw.  Having been burned too many times, I’ve hunkered down with my home theatre.

But TV–ah, that’s a different story.  TV is where all the action is now when it comes to quality entertainment.  TV has the best writers and some of the best actors–including many who have stepped down from the big screen.  

True Detective. Shameless. Breaking Bad.  The criminally overlooked Episodes, which just might be the funniest thing on TV right now (Matt LeBlanc rocks!).  Hell, even Community, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are more important to me than whatever Brad Pitt is doing these days.  Today’s Globe and Mail has a column that more-or-less echoes the same thing.

The Oscar people do their best to hype things up in order to get people to watch the telecast.  This year that includes this “feud” over who will win Best Song.  Will it be Pharrell and his Hat, U2 or Karen O?

Honestly?  I don’t really care.  And I wonder how many people do.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Are the Academy Awards This Weekend? Really? Oh.

  • March 1, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Today’s home theatre systems have made movie theaters obsolete. The industry needs a way to deliver content into homes if its to survive. Right now it’s like the music industry before iTunes. Illegal downloading is rampant but there’s no legal way to buy or rent new movies.


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