Academy Awards Dump 2019 is here but I really don't have much to say about this year's nominees (Links to old Oscar dumps can be found at KOTCB The Hart of the Matter). The only films I saw from the best picture category are "The Favourite" and "Roma" which are both pretty awful stories about miscarriages and frailty of human life. "The Favourite" explains why the American Colonies formed a revolution against the British Crown and created their own nation. "Roma" explains why the US Government, after marching to the gates of Mexico City in the 1848, turned around and gave the land back to the Spanish. There were also some movies about black folks, "Black Panther", "BlacKkKlansman" and "Green Book" but I haven't seen any of them. Also Bio-epics on Freddie Mercury, Dick Cheney and Lady Gaga but I didn't see any of them either. No, a pretty boring year as far as cinema is concerned - I did see "At Eternity’s Gate" about VvG and it was very good - especially the scene where Willem Dafoe as van Gogh is discussing the life and ministry of Jesus Christ with Mads Mikkelsen who plays a priest passing judgement on the painter. Hmmm... a lot to think about. A. Lot. To. Think. About.
You know what? I'm really thinking about KTLA #FakeNews anchor Chris Burrous who kicked the bucket (in a manner of speaking) this past Christmas and was praised as a wonderful colleague, husband, father and all around citizen by those who knew him best.
He died on Dec. 27th and it was sort of shocking - a mystery really - what the hell happened? Very little information was forthcoming. "Three Weeks After His Death, Still No One Has Said Why KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Overdosed at a Suburban Days Inn" - that was on Jan. 20th. Well, a month later the circumstances of this guys death were finally made public and wow, it really makes Hollywood movies look kind of tame and boring. "KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Died from Overdose on Crystal Meth During Wild Tryst" is the nicest possible way of explaining what happened. "Burrous’ companion was cooperative throughout the investigation and no foul play is suspected in his death." Er, ummm, come again...
"Burrous allegedly told his companion he was feeling fine until the man noticed him making a strange noise, and flipped him over to realize Burrous had vomited inside his S&M mask."