|I don't know that a large viewership denotes a good film. I mean millions of people eat at McDonalds and that does not mean good food. I rarely see a "popular movie" I like small quirky films. Luckily, I'm in a city that gets all the films. Even my friends who are as close as NJ have to come here to see the stuff they want. I saw none of the films this year, due to school, but I do want to see Million Dollar Baby and most of all Vera Drake. I don't want The Academy to decide on who will be nominated due to a big box office, I want them to decide on, what is art?
Yes, you are right!! I too, like the smaller, quirkier films. Donnie Darko
is a prime example. The movie is BRILLIANT and is a real "thinker" with "horror-style" moments. The critics just didn't get it and the movie got bad reviews. It barely got any theater time. It only received recognition and "cult" status after it was released to cable and DVD. I see something different everytime I watch it.
Too often, the academy snubs the real "art" and goes for the depressing/contraversial films, no matter how "formulaic and predictable" they are