People Who Are Wrong
I’ll start with the argument I respect least. This dude or lady—he or she has one of those names that could go for either—offers five reasons why GLASS was a failure. And he or she is wrong on all five points. As I stated in my own review of the film, just because a person didn’t care for it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. It just means that it didn’t meet your expectations—which this dude or lady admits. But your expectations, dude or lady, are not the be-all and end-all of qualifiers for proficiency in filmmaking. Moving on.
Bret Easton Ellis, author of AMERICAN PSYCHO, got in trouble for suggesting that Kathryn Bigelow won her Oscar back in 2012 just because she was a woman. Now he’s put his foot in his mouth again, claiming that BLACK PANTHER doesn’t deserve an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, that it only got one because of politics. I myself expressed concern after the “white Oscars” debacle a few years back that we would in the future see works and performers nominated based on skin color rather than on artistic merit. Tokenism, in other words. I won’t get into whether or not that has happened, but in the case of BLACK PANTHER it most certainly has not. Ellis is just plain wrong. Sometimes an Oscar is awarded to a movie because of its *importance.* And there have been instances where an important movie got overlooked in favor of something that appealed more to the artsy mindset, and the Awards’ reputation suffered for it. The Oscars became a laughingstock after giving one of the little shiny statues to a Woody Allen movie instead of to STAR WARS, for example. BLACK PANTHER is nominated because it is a culturally important movie and also a technically proficient movie. And if it wins—and it just might—it will be for these reasons.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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