Sunday, 19 January 2014

Everyone's critiquing

"Just look at all the awards shows now. It has turned into a catwalk. You have to be wearing a certain designer, a certain dress, and everyone's critiquing." - Portia de Rossi

The non-stop madness of "Awards Season" is everywhere in the media at the moment - the Golden Globes are over, but excitement is building for the BAFTAs next month and The Oscars in March. Meanwhile, in the real world...

Let's enjoy an appropriately-themed musical interlude (courtesy of the ever-wondrous Soft Tempo Lounge) - and transport ourselves back to the days when stars were stars - it's Hollywood Lament:

[Music: Daydreams in the Night by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Voices]


  1. I must say I don't really give a crap anymore about those award shows, especially the Oscars. There have hardly been any films coming out in the last few years that I had any interest in seeing, there are very very few actors/actresses out there that I particularly like and there are so many smear campaigns going on before the Oscars every year that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

    I haven't watched the Oscars in well over a decade - in fact, not a single entire award show (and that goes for music too). But least the music shows may have a live performance or two that I enjoy watching. So what I am left with besides the performances is a mild interest in who's attending, hosting and what people are wearing. But even that has become very dull in recent years - everyone seems to be wearing the exact same two types of dresses every year and the hosts are usually even more boring the films being awarded.

    I think Cher needs to make a massive film comeback so she can show everyone just how you dress for the Oscars ;)

    1. I don't think I have ever watched an Oscars, Grammys or whatever - three hours of mutual ego-masturbation is not my idea of an ideal viewing evening - and it's not even evening time when it's broadcast here, so one would have to stay up all night. Not likely! And you are right, nowadays there is so much "same old, same old" crap around that even the results make for yawn-worthy reading. I have honestly never even seen Jennifer Lawrence in anything - and certainly wouldn't recognise her in the street. Oh, where are the actresses worthy of the name "star"?! Jx

  2. I don't even know who Jennifer Lawrence is!

    The era of the actual movie stars seems to be long gone. There is no glamour any more, no mystique and no real personalities. Do we have anyone today with the talent and attitude of Bette Davis? The star quality of Marilyn Monroe? Everyone seems to look and act the same, which is the reason why I hardly bother anymore with recent films. I feel that by the end of the 90s we were pretty much out of movie stars and it's pretty much been that way since.

    I watch a film for the story first and foremost, but I also want to see actors and actresses that elevate the film with their talent, their presence and even their looks. I can't say that someone like Anne Hathaway falls into any of those categories!

    1. I really don't like Ann Hathaway (nor Keira Knightly for that matter) - she has the "Susannah York" effect upon me; a bit like when you see a snail and just want to pour salt on it. Jx


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