The Politi-Felix©: Recalling 2013

Oscar© has announced a slate of candidates he is running for the cinematic election that will be held on March 2, 2014. This date was moved up as there was controversy surrounding the previous date as well as emerging conflicts surrounding the dates of other award elections.

Oscar©’s ballot clearly represents the standard filmic party system, as the choices he has nominated for top honors are unsurprisingly typical. Oscar© has a narrow range of tastes that constrains what he is comfortable nominating and picking, which can be defined as conservative, safe and what he considers “Oscar©-worthy,” which is another way of saying he knows it when he sees it. It sure doesn’t leave room for the risky, experimental and progressive.

Critical gaze

Blue is the Warmest Color

Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux; directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

Male gaze: A feature of gender power asymmetry in film, the concept proposes that women are objectified in film because heterosexual men are in control of the camera. The male gaze occurs when the camera puts the audience into the perspective of a heterosexual man. It may linger over the curves of a woman’s body, for instance. The woman is usually displayed on two different levels: as an erotic object for both the characters within the film, as well as for the spectator who is watching the film. The man emerges as the dominant power within the created film fantasy. The woman is passive to the active gaze from the man. In mainstream cinema, this adds an element of patriarchal order as the male gaze typically takes precedence over the female gaze, reflecting an underlying power asymmetry. (Source: Wikipedia entry for the general term “Gaze”)

Slave to critical correctness

12 Years a Slave

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt; directed by Steve McQueen

Whistle while you watch

Escape from Tomorrow

Starring Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez; directed by Randy Moore

Searching for the “god particle”


Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney; directed by Alfonso Cuarón

On a scale of 1 to XXX

Don Jon

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson; directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Old red eyes is back

The World’s End

Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike; directed by Edgar Wright

Movies are like a box of chocolates…

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz; directed by Lee Daniels

Metaphorical movie myopia

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Killer docs


Statement of Critic Man

On the films The Act of Killing and Blackfish