Chi-Raq: A powerful movie and why the Oscars don’t matter

Watching the movie now and I’m 45minutes into the film where the priest is giving the funeral eulogy – a powerful speech that I think that every person should watch. It is an amazing movie so far and it is a sad indictment that it hasn’t had the same level of promotion when compared to some of the vapid and pointless movies. I have to admit, this is the first movie I’ve actually been excited about watching in years with the latest movie being Interstellar dating to 2014 with the prior one being ‘Thank you for smoking’ which dates back to 2006, which is a pretty sad indictment on the quality or there lack of when it comes to movie producing these days. Oh, another funny spoiler – not only did the women take the vow but also gay, bisexual men and transgendered women said no to the guys who were on the down low.

Having watched the movie it is amazing when I see people boycotting the Oscars because not enough black people or people or colour are given awards but really who honestly cares about the giant circle jerk that is the Oscars? the lovely people telling each other how wonderful each other are whilst blowing smoke up each others ass’s not to mention the fact that the selection process is entirely subjective and arbitrary so it isn’t as though there is an objective set of criteria that you must meet to obtain x number of points and thus the movie or actor with the most points wins. Just look some of the great movies and how not a single one has one an oscar, Interstellar didn’t win anything, ‘Thank you for smoking’ didn’t win anything, Event Horizon didn’t win anything, Once were Warriors didn’t win anything, The Producers (2005 remake) no award, The Blues Brothers which is a cult classic didn’t win an award, Little Shop of Horrors another cult classic and not an award to be seen – anyone see a pattern emerging here?

After looking at all the films that never receive Oscars maybe those ‘boycotting the Oscars’ would realise that the Oscars don’t mean much in the grand scene of things. The Oscars are nothing other than bunch of self-important narcissists fondling each others balls and telling each other how great they are rather than a reflection on the success or failure which at least would be some sort of objective measurement based on the feedback by the public going to the cinemas to watch movies. Whatever the case maybe the best thing that these activists can do is just ignore the Oscars in future – keep making good content, keep your fans happy and if you win something then just ignore the nomination. Maybe once enough people stop caring about the Oscars then people will stop caring about whether they win an award or not.

Edit: Movie just finished then – if you’ve been thinking about watching it then go ahead, it is definitely worth it.

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