Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
The Academy Award nominations were announced today.
Chris Hemsworth and President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture in Beverly Hills.
No. Make that super yawn.
I’m not a movie buff.
Not since my days as a kid and teenager have I been a frequent patron. I really, really, really have to want to see a movie in the worst way meaning it better live up to any hype or my expectations before I head out to a theater. And that’s not very often. Add the fact that I’m not enamored with the Hollywood establishment. That overpaid liberal crowd that grossly overestimates their importance in the world nauseates me.
Plus it’s tough these days to see a flick with a nearly five-year old.
I know people who see movies once a week, sometimes twice. Conservatively that’s about 75 a year. And that’s fine. Some people spend their discretionary funds on the symphony. Some like bowling or bingo or the slots. For me, movies don’t cut it.
Hollywood, in my view, doesn’t crank out five productions worthy of my wallet in a year’s time. Yet the Academy believes nine were good enough to be nominated for Best Picture. One of them…
The film is about the true-life founder of a 1990’s brokerage firm, Jordan Belfort who spent time in federal prison. An Atlanta website writes in its review, Brokerage house meets Animal House:
“In an early scene, Jordan's Wall Street mentor (an amusing Matthew McConaughey) explains how the keys to financial success lie in sex and drugs, a lesson that both Jordan and the film take to heart. Through a combination of massive wealth, high testosterone, and uncontrollable appetites, Jordan and his cohorts engage in bacchanals worthy of Roman emperors. At one point, Jordan mentions that his colleagues were copulating so much at the office, they had to ban it during work hours. (Director Martin) Scorsese shows so much more interest in sex and drugs than high finance...”
In a recent column, Brent Bozell, the wonderful watchdog at the Media Research Center writes:
“Inside twisted Tinseltown, Martin Scorsese has marked a new career achievement. His latest film, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ includes a mighty 506 uses of the F-bomb in its three-hour running time. That's almost three curse words a minute. Someone has proclaimed this the new record for F-bombs. Another Hollywood high mark. Scorsese often has hundreds of F-bombs in his films about crooks. But this takes the cake.”
As for defenders of the raunch who claim there are inherent real-lessons to be learned, Bozell counters:
“Scorsese isn't really trying to scold Wall Street. He's being a cinematic sensationalist, a linguistic and sexual exhibitionist. He wants this to be dramatically over the top, even while everyone proclaims it's incredibly true to life."
I'm not a prude or altar boy. However nothing here could entice me to waste my time.
Bozell compares Wolf of Wall Street to Disney's Frozen. No, not that way. The animated feature is stomping all over the sex and drug parade at the box office.
After last weekend, Frozen had taken in $319.8 million, Wolf of Wall Street, $81.7 million.
“People are getting from the movie (Frozen) exactly what they wanted,” said Phil Contrino, chief analyst for researcher BoxOffice.com. “It’s very impressive.”
CNNMoney.com reports, “Disney Animation has its first bona fide smash in almost two decades, and, (Disney CEO Bob) Iger tells Fortune, the company's plans for the franchise include a Broadway show.”
Frozen has been nominated for Best Animated Feature but I’ll not be watching when the Oscars are handed out on March 2 when these phonies pat each other on the back telling one another how charmingly wonderful they are, and for what? Remembering lines?
The super-hype is already starting with story after story? OMG, how could they possibly snub dear ol' Oprah?
Nope. I won't be watching. I’m a proud member of the “They Don’t Make ‘em Like They Used To” club, and that includes the show hosts.