SOL2020 6/52: Thinking About the Oscars. Am I Old?

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When I look at what made the Best Picture Nominations for this year, I saw the above three before Oscar night on Sunday. Today I can add Little Women to the mix (and it is vastly different from the ones listed.)

I read this post about the Oscars. I respect Benji Grundner’s post. He makes me think. A lot.
And what I realized as I read his post was the connection with those bottom of the pack movies. As you can see by the dates of when each of these movies took place I was between 13- 23 years old.

These movies resonated with me (not that I approve of violence) because of my historal context with them. I would say that is especially true with Once Upon a Time, I lived seven miles from the Manson family. (which pretty much sealed the deal that I could not live in SoCal). I watched the Tarantino movie knowing there would be violence. I left his movie wondering ‘”what if…history had been different.” 

I found The Irishman interesting if long. Then I read an article about how Scorsese took poetic license with who killed Hoffa. This lead me to the book, IN HOFFA’S SHADOW by the stepson of Chuckie O’Brian. It disputes the claim that The Irishman makes as to who killed Hoffa. 

As of today, I can add Little Women to the list of Oscar nominated movies I saw. It was delicious and certainly robbed of awards. It brought me back to going to the library and checking out that book.

So if I like a movie lie Once Upon A Time, what does it mean? Am I of the old guard and endorsing/supporting violence? Am I numb to the violence? I don’t believe so. Posts such as Grundner’s makes me think about these things. Now I need to see Parasite and JoJo Rabbit.

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2 Responses to SOL2020 6/52: Thinking About the Oscars. Am I Old?

  1. Benji Grundner says:

    Cinema is so subjective! I love that movies like OUATIH had impact for you. A lot of my love for Little Women also has to do with stuff specific to my life so I totally understand that feeling. I’m so glad Taika Waititi and Bong Joon-Ho got very deserved recognition but it’s a joke that Greta Gerwig wasn’t even nominated. Thanks for the shoutout! 🙂

  2. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I enjoyed your post. I only saw “Little Women” and it was a hit in my eyes. My husband saw the De Caprio/Pitt movie and loved it. I am wondering if I will be able to sit through “Parasite”. I am not a big fan of subtitles but everyone says it is wonderful. Thank you for your take on the Oscar nominees.

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