Monday, February 25, 2019

Why they hate "Green Book"

They held the Oscars last night. Spike Lee made an ass of himself when "Green Book" got the best picture instead of his movie.

Deadline Hollywood reported, "Our Pete Hammond reported from the Dolby Theatre that Lee clearly was furious, got up and walked toward the back of the auditorium in a huff. He then turned back and appeared to get into an intense conversation with Jordan Peele, who was behind him. Lee paced the aisle and stormed to the back of the auditorium. When he came back, he turned his back to the stage during the speech."

He shared an Oscar for best screenplay adaptation.

"Green Book" was one of three black-themed movies nominated for best picture. The others were "Black Panther," a comic book movie, and Lee's "BlacKkKlansman." There has been lobbying to give more Oscars to minorities and women.

Why not? These awards seldom are about merit. Perhaps I will start #PulitzersSoWhite.

"Green Book" Director Peter Farrelly said, "This whole story is about love. It's about loving each other despite our differences and finding the truth about who we are: We're the same people."

But most people say the movie is a remake of "Driving Miss Daisy" with Morgan Freeman's role played by a white man and Daisy played by a black man. This time, a bouncer from New York City drives a world-class pianist, who is black, through the South in 1962.

As Lee's previous best picture nomination, "Do the Right Thing," lost to "Driving Miss Daisy," his reaction was understandable.

That and the fact that he is a loon.

But Lee is not alone in hating "Green Book."

The Wrap reported, "Within moments of 'Green Book' winning the Oscar for Best Picture, the Los Angeles Times published a story Sunday night by critic Justin Chang with the the headline: 'Green Book is the worst best picture winner since Crash.'"

The New York Times had called it "A Road Trip Through a Land of Racial Clich├ęs."

Its reviewer wrote, "Every suspicion you might entertain — that this will be a sentimental tale of prejudices overcome and common humanity affirmed; that its politics will be as gently middle-of-the-road as its humor; that it will invite a measure of self-congratulation about how far we, as a nation, have come — will be confirmed."

Chang wrote, "It reduces the long, barbaric and ongoing history of American racism to a problem, a formula, a dramatic equation that can be balanced and solved."

The movie is set in the 1960s when the goal was racial equality.

Nearly 60 years later, that no longer is the goal. Retribution is. In his acceptance speech, Lee talked about slavery that began 400 years ago, and how thanks to his grandmother he became the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Instead of gratitude, he showed anger. He is an unhappy person. Reparations will do nothing to remove that anger.

I don't know if the movie was the best picture, but the turquoise 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille in "Green Book" certainly deserved the Best Supporting Automobile award.

Car and Driver said, "The movie draws its title from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide published from 1936 to 1967."

Gone are those days, thank God and Martin Luther King.

26 comments:

  1. Aside from the racial politics, my wife and I thought it was brilliantly acted. Ditto on the Caddy.

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  2. sorry, but to clarify, the racial politics on the Oscar stage. The movie seemed to be largely devoid of the post-MLK version of racial politics.

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    1. Post mlk version of racial politics is a euphemism for hate whitey?

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    2. Why the question mark?

      The uniparty insisted?

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  3. Have not watched anything out of Hollyweird in a decade or longer. When they went full retard I quit.

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  4. Another Bingo from Don.

    The Obvious:

    There is no power to control and compel in Unity of Humanity.

    Thus, the uniparty all vehemently resist said Humanity.

    Whilst the uniparty disparate elements devour each other.

    Whilst MAGA continues to provide Hope that Humanity may choose to be United.

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  5. Democrats hate "the South" because Southern Democrats were ejected from political power after their racist policies where highlighted by George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door to stop a black girl.

    Ever since, Democrats excuse their history by claiming they're Republicans now, only with the Democrat label.

    Democrats are a pathology of hatred and denial.

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  6. Spike Lee did not win best director. He and three white guys shared
    credit for best adapted screenplay. Spike's opinion of himself is much higher than his actual ability as a director.

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    1. Easy to assume that when a director gets an oscar it was
      for directing. Otherwise spot on about Lee.

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    2. My opinion of him is also much higher than his ability as a director. FWIW my opinion of whale shit is higher than both of them as well.

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    3. Spike's got the Mickey Rooney syndrome, without the talent, moxy and balls that Mickey had.

      Always gonna be pissed that he didn't get the tall genetics.

      And always gonna be craving, like a starving for approval lackey, the praises of all whom he covets to be.

      Sad.

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  7. And, of course, no Green Book would have been needed if not for the Democrats and their enforcement army the KKK. Has any Democrat ever acknowledged the Democrat party's role, apologized and reached into Democrat party coffers to offer reparations? I only hear them offering other people's money in payment.

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  8. If they'd played a rerun of the 1939 Oscars, when excellent movies were still being made and the great John "Duke" Wayne won Best Actor, I would have watched it.

    As it is, I missed nothing.

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    1. May one ask for which film The Duke took Best Actor in 1939?
      Unaware here of any wins or noms for him til 1949/'50, when he was nominated but did not win Best Actor for his portrayal of Sgt. John Stryker training men for battle, then leading them in battle in Sands Of Iwo Jima.

      No offense, brother, but The Duke won his only oscar for True Grit, @ 1969, if memory serves...
      :-)

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    2. If memory serves, 1939 was the year they made Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz. Now they make remakes of remakes based on comic books.

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    3. John Wayne is now public enemy #1 for his 1970 playboy interview. They will recall his Oscar and give it to Spike Lee.

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    4. In 1939 John Wayne appeared in John Ford's Stagecoach. The movie was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, but only won two (Best Supporting Actor and Best Music.)

      So Duke Wayne was in a movie that won two Oscars in 1939, but he himself was not nominated for an award. During his career, Wayne was nominated for three Oscars, two for acting (Sands of Iwo Jima, True Grit) and one for producing (The Alamo.) He won a single Oscar for True Grit.

      The 1939 Oscar winner for Best Picture went to You Can't Take It With You.

      Any awards or accolades won by Spike Lee should be given to Elaine and David McClain instead.

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    5. My mistake, I thought I remembered The Duke winning an Oscar for Stagecoach (a brilliant film,) but I remembered wrong. Thanks for the corrections!

      I still didn't miss anything by not watching the Oscars in modern times, and Spike Lee isn't worthy to polish The Duke's boots.

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  9. Spike wasn't storming out. He just had to get back to his taxi-cab.

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  10. It sounds like we'll be needing our own book soon.

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  11. It is the theater tradition, before an actor goes on stage, for all the other actors to say to him or her, “Break a leg!”.

    And some of them MEAN it.

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    1. Isn't "break a leg" a dog whistle for assassinating a GOP president?

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  12. It's important to remember that if this nation were half as awful as Spike Lee thinks it is, he'd be lucky to be tending bar within ten miles of the afterparty, not an honored guest at the Academy Awards. What a shithead.

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  13. Naw, they wouldn't let him bartend. They would make him a valet and have him stand out front wearing a jockey uniform.

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  14. All the good of America is assumed, so those over-endowed with a feeling of deserving entitlement, they can, and do, complain. Incessantly. Like little children. About not getting their way. Exactly as they want. When they want.

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