#FPQ 214: Movies…

Fandango asks a question today about AMPAS’s decision to award the Best Picture Oscar only to a production that meets certain quotas with respect to the cast and crew, starting with the 2024 awards. His question:

Do you think that the metrics the Academy Awards will start applying in 2024 regarding composition of at least 30% of the cast and crew by under-represented groups in order for a film to even qualify for a Best Picture Oscar nomination is appropriate? Or, do you share Richard Dreyfuss’ opinion that because filmmaking is an art form, imposing such criteria in order for a film to even be considered for an Oscar is inappropriate?

The truth is, I don’t really care. The motion picture industry’s target audience is the 18-35 crowd, so anything I might have to say about it would be ignored, anyway. I’m simply returning the favor. I haven’t been to an actual theater in over ten years. It’s too expensive, I have trouble getting in and out of the seats, and they haven’t made a film that I would consider worth the money and aggravation. We don’t watch movies at home, either on the channels we can receive over-the-air or Hulu (I have a subscription to Hulu as part of Spotify, and have for a couple of years, but still haven’t used it). We don’t do Netflix, period.

As for Richard Dreyfuss, I thought he was hilarious in The Crew, the logline for which reads "Four retired mobsters plan one last crime to save their retirement home."

Now, that was a good movie.

12 thoughts on “#FPQ 214: Movies…

  1. Love The Crew! So…wait, now they want to change things to the point where, if a film take place in a WW2 dugout, you need minorities and women in the film…seriously? I’m getting sick of this. And if one complains, you are labeled prejudiced etc… I am all for having people better represented but stop bullying to have it your way ( not you John, the people out there in the world who look at you sideways if you say you like Gone With The Wind). It goes from one end of the pendulum to another.


    1. I think it’s ridiculous, but those are the minds of the people who run Hollywood. I hope the pendulum starts swinging in the other direction, and soon, or they won’t have much of an audience.


  2. We haven’t been to a movie theater in years. My hubby watches movies on TV every now and then. Unless, it is an exceptional movie, I don’t bother.


    1. We don’t evem do that. The only movies we watch are the ones Svengoolie shows on Saturday nights, and that’s only if it’s a good horror pic. This Saturday, “The Thing with Two Heads!” starring Ray Milland and Rosie Grier as the two heads…

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  3. Same here as in we just don’t care. We haven’t been out to a movie in many years, and we don’t watch much on TV, unless it’s some old one in re-run, and we don’t have any of those subscription services, either. :)


      1. We happened to find “The Crew” when we were looking through the offerings at a video store (remember those?) YouTube and Amazon are probably the best bet there.

        The old B&W movies are great entertainment, even the not-so-good ones.


        1. Hubby deliberately puts one of those not so good ones on when he wants a nap! We visit a DVD store when we have a hospital appointment and our friend is looking after Maya for us. We get to browse and see if anything takes our fancy, which these days, is not a lot! We are also trying to replace some of the DVDs we gave away when we bought the boat.

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