Nostalgia Is The Devil! It's Really Dangerous!

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And this year it's taken over to the point of ridiculousness!

Check out my new column in which I talk about the fact that eight out of the nine Best Picture nominees were period pieces, as our culture takes quantum leaps back in time in hopes of escaping from today while clouding the past.

I'm getting nostalgia for Woody Allen movies about the present!

For flicks that don't rewrite historical epics to make them more gratifying!

For movies where there's actual dialogue!

The safety of nostalgia can be deadening and even threatening if it overtakes one's connection to the world and is used as a buffer from real emotions and actions.

It's a desperate situation -- so much so that I might even stop watching TCM for a day in protest!

In any case, you will surely look back on this column with warm and fuzzy appreciation.

But please read it right now, suck in the moment, and deal with it.



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Horror Movies
Horror Movies

I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star.

VonD
VonD

Hollywood is afraid of movies about the present. There are too many brown, poor, and queer people running around the country these days. So nostalgic fantasies and biopics and curdled sequels it is!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Movie nostalgia is comfort food for the soul.

And who can deny they made better movies "back then"? Or wrote better books?

I even love the B-movies and Z-movies. Thank God "Cobra Woman" is out on DVD, but why won't Universal bring "The Spiderwoman Strikes Back!" back?

I saw more nominated movies this year because of this trend.

When I want contemporary relevance, I go to the theater.

nostradavid
nostradavid

Nostalgia for the here & now.We cannot see today uncolored by our memories without psychedelic help.

anonymouse
anonymouse

Screenwriters will have to set everything in the past--before the smart(?)phone and facebook and twitter.  Otherwise, most plots could be easily solved by instant communication.  And who the hell wants to watch actors staring down into little tablets of light instead of looking at each other...

Movielover
Movielover

You're right about why we like nostalgia so much.  Because we are fond of what was (or is thought to have been) good and we don't have to deal with the shitty stuff of the past because we don't pine for that.  But one hates to feel as Roxy says in Chicago (another harker-back-to!) you (might) feel like time has passed yuh by.  So much of what is present is so wretched.  We can hardly embrace nostalgia for the '80s yet.  I still like the black and white movies and photos better.  They seem more artful that the schlocky glory of all the colors.  For color, love the gorgeous paintings from all the periods.

CMG
CMG

I miss Scorsese and Woody doing present-day New York movies like it is not some rarity all of the sudden.

Sass
Sass

I got the same thing you did from the Woody movie: That no matter what the character supposedly learns, the past is always better. And I bet that's how Woody really feels!!

Vim
Vim

Good points. But The ARtist had current relevance because the film industry is going through a whole new transition (with 3D, CGI, etc). But you're right, I'd rather see a movie about THAT.

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