This weekend the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science holds its annual celebration of the movies for the past year and I couldn’t be any less enthusiastic. I will probably tape the show and play back the opening number and the monologue by this year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, but that’s about it. There was a time in my life when I enjoyed the show, but lately the movie industry has just disappointed me. There were some very good movies out there, but I saw absolutely none of those nominated for major awards this year.
When I was younger I loved going to the movies. I remember seeing the original “Star Wars” trilogy on the big screen as a really young boy. I remember my mother taking me to see “Raiders of the Lost Ark” when I was 11 years old, and how excited I was to the nonstop action. This was back when you had to go all the way to the Showcase Cinemas on Bardstown Road because there was nowhere to see first-run movies on this side of the river until I was a teenager.
Raising small children, I spent several years only going to the movies when the most recent Disney or Pixar animated movie would be released that I could take my children to see. Then there were the times when a comic book superhero movie would be released that I could take my older son to see. I had a pretty good stretch when they released the Harry Potter movies at just the right time when my children were the right age that they could understand the story and be interested in what was going on. Meanwhile there were just a few movies that I would see myself, but not too many.