February 8, 2010
Ok, I can accept the Miss America Pageant downgraded from the weekend after Labor Day to February (or was it January?) doldrums TV. Who needs Atlantic City? Las Vegas is fine for this talent/current affairs contest. But the Academy Awards are the Academy Awards -- and I want to see some of the nominees.
Maybe I missed the postings, but I don't think The Hurt Locker, An Education, A Serious Man, District 9, Crazy Heart, Invictus, The Messenger or The Last Station -- all with nominations for picture or an actor --have darkened the Sandhills Cinema 9 door. Precious and Up in the Air were here for a while.
As I recall, multiplexes elsewhere bring back nominees after the list is announced and draw a sizable crowd. We don't even get a first shot.
True, the Sunrise does an excellent job of picking good stuff but they have only one screen and limited showings.
On rainy afternoons I see cars in the Sandhills Cinema parking lot. Occasionally I catch a weekday matinee and believe me, the adult audiences would appreciate something more than Alvin's antics and every forgettable slasher/scifi/chick flick Hollywood churns out.
As for Time Warner premium and movie channels the roster is glutted with movies I never heard of -- probably because they were awful, therefore released directly to DVD. Is there a living soul who hasn't seen The Painted Veil, Marley & Me, Sex and the City -- all good enough, but enough's enough? Exceptions exist: Inglorious Basterds and Amelia are now available for purchase. Otherwise, a preponderance of the same armageddon/transformer/blood-n-guts stuff that's plays the popcorn palace.
Surely we have the demographics to support a better choice of films, don'tcha think?
Until then, I'm thumbing a ride to Greensboro.