Monday, February 25, 2008

Thoughts on the Oscars

I did not watch so I can't comment a whole lot but I have seen some footage and heard some sound bites.


John Stewart? Remember Bob Hope? That pretty much sums it all up.

When did the show become a political rally? I know it's been awhile but when I was a young lad, I couldn't wait to see the glamorous stars gather for this event. Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, James Stewart, John Wayne, etc.

These people came together to celebrate the craft of film making.

Now it is a platform for whatever the "artists" want to convince the "sheeple" they are missing out on.

Every year now it is foul, disgusting films and horrible characters that dominate the winning categories.

John Stewart even said that Hollywood needed a hug due to the amount of violent and dark movies that were up for nomination. The even sadder thing though was his comment "thank God for unwed mothers" referring to "Juno" a movie about teenage pregnancy.

Yep, that is the state of America!

We honor teenage pregnancy.

I do hope that you did not waste your time honoring these evil people and their foul lifestyles.

Prayer service was awesome!


Dawn said...

Hi Bill,
What a nice change from politics!! I agree with your assesment of the Oscars and the movies!! I had just written recently in your blog that we had made it a rule to not bring "R" rated movies into our home. Well, after sticking to that for some time we rented Michael Clayton thinking, "Well, we like George Clooney as an actor and the rating didn't say anything about sex." We were once again mightily convicted that the no to "R" rated movies is still a good rule for us. Yes, the acting was good but what was the cost for us...having horrible language in our house, darkness, depravity of man, dialogue of completely depraved acts (the crazy man spouting off about what a couple of women had done to him), disturbing murder scene...pretty much everything that God commands us to stay away think on whatever is lovely, good... Please forgive us Lord. You are way more worthy!! The Hollywood junk is filthy rags or pig slop in comparison with your infinite beauty and glory. Ps. 103:15-18 "As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the fields; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear HIM, and His righteousness to children's children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments."

mick b; Brady Bunch guy said...

I watched several clips of movie stars from by-gone years, including a very, humble John Wayne receiving his Oscar for "True Grit". The closer that we got to modern day, the recipients were much less gracious for the accolade that they were receiving. I agree with Dawn's comments regarding "Michael Clayton". Though I thought that the premise of the movie was interesting, the vulgar dialogue was way over the top. I was embarrassed to be watching it with my wife. Wait a minute....can you hear it?....Archie and Edith are singing their theme song!!!

Bill's Waste of Air said...

Hmm, John Stewart or Bob Hope???
How about even Billy Crystal?
Class, both of them.
John Stewart.....nice man I am sure, but not quite up to the previous hosts.
As for the stars, well I heard several cuts from presenters and winners and all I heard were political speeches and anti-Bush, anti-US and pure unadulterated hatred for everything about America.
Sad sad state Hollywood is in. Gary Cooper, William Holden, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, William Powell, the list could go on but the point is, really take a look at those old shows and then look at the last 20 years. Man, what a change, you hit the nail on the head Mick.
Did you know that John Wayne was actually "booed" when he won that award? You know why? He had the year before done a film called "The Green Berets" and in Hollywood he had the AUDACITY to make a Pro-American stance on the Vietnam War. How dare he? That was when I started becoming aware that something had changed in Hollywood.
One of the soldiers featured last night was quoted this morning as saying "He felt used by the Academy". They were merely pawns for the elite to show they "support" the troops but not the war. That would be fine if it were true, but there is one problem. Not one time were the soldiers referred to by an actor as "troops, soldiers or fighting men and women".
I have to stop or I get too upset!

Bill's Waste of Air said...

One more note from the Associated Press this evening:

The Associated Press

The Oscars are a ratings dud. Nielsen Media Research says preliminary ratings for the 80th annual Academy Awards telecast are 14 percent lower than the least-watched ceremony ever.

Nielsen said Monday that overnight ratings are also 21 percent lower than last year, when "The Departed" was named best picture.

The least-watched Oscars ceremony ever was in 2003, when there were 33 million viewers.

Nielsen has no estimate yet on how many people watched Sunday night, but based on ratings from the nation's biggest markets, the Oscars will be hard-pressed to avoid an ignominious record.

The show had a 21.9 rating and 33 share.

pizalmers said...

I'm sure God loves you more than those "evil" Hollywood people because you were at prayer service...there's a special place in heaven for prayer warriors.

Have you even seen "Juno"? If you haven't, you should.

By the way, my wife was a Juno and that's how she came to know Christ.


Bill's Waste of Air said...

Well well young Jedi.
A word to the wise, this is not Fantasy Football.
I don't do smack fests here.

As a matter of fact, there IS a special place in Heaven for prayer warriors.
Read Revelation.

"Juno" may have been a fine movie indeed, but Hollywood's continual glamorization of sinful lifestyles is not for me. I struggle enough with sin without having it on a big screen in front of me.
Carin may have been a "Juno" but I assume she would not choose that path now, having been "enlightened" by the Word as Paul put it.
Praise God that she IS Saved! That is the great part. So, why can't Hollywood do a movie about a pregnant teen who eventually comes to know Christ and eventually becomes a music director for a church or something like that? Would that not be a good movie?
How about Micheal Moore do a movie called "Sicko" about the Shiites who pull Sunni women out of their houses, rape them and then cut off their hands and send them home? Or the Taliban who torture and then cut off the head and hands of their enemies? Or the Castro government in Cuba who imprisons 16year old boys for "political dissension" and because they don't want to offend, they wait until that boy is 21 and execute him?
How about a love story about two regular people, male and female, they don't have sex before marriage, they don't mess with other's of the opposite sex and they just have a great relationship and get married?
Oh wait, we have "Brokeback Mountain". So, I think I have a pretty good case for "evil" Hollywood. I can go on but the evidence is so overwhelming it stuns the senses.

Jen said...

Being the "pro-life" girl I am, I'm just grateful that Juno got as far as it did, many kids will watch it and I'm almost 100% positive that young women will look at the option of adoption as a choice for them, rather than aborting their babies. I'm thankful that God has used this movie the way he as, even if she doesn't become a Christian in the end.

The pregnancy in the movie wasn't glamorized, she made it through, but had the scars of giving up her baby. And, she chose abstinence as her future path. Jen Green

Anonymous said...

What do you care about Juno? Nobody is "putting that on a screen in front of you" as you said. You have a choice to go see it or not. Don't go see it if you don't agree with the content. By the way, John Wayne wasn't real. He was fiction, an actor who made his persona up and sold it to the sheep who thought he was a tough guy.
Also, Jon Stewart said that comment in jest. And, again, you report the parts you hear rather than watch the telecast. I'm not surprised, that's what Christians do--ro real research. And, nobody makes movies about being a Christian becasue people are bored to death of those films.