We’ve been invited to several “Oscars” parties this year and are looking forward to some good times.
Despite my lifelong love of movies, though, I care little about the awards and even less about the award show itself with all its artificial glitz and glamour. I’m much more interested in the movies and how they make their way to the screen. Movie production involves extensive project planning; as a project manager I’m fascinated by how such complex mixes of resources make their way onto the screen.
The Oscar show seems disconnected from the art form and the awards seldom have any connection with what I watch and review.
I couldn’t tell you who won awards last year nor am I even sure who all has been nominated this year. There are more movies available to watch now via services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes and HBO GO that I don’t need to buy or rent discs or go out to see a movie to find something to watch.
The majority of the movies reviewed on my website were not released within the past year. When a movie was released doesn’t really matter. Many of the best films I saw 2014, for example, were not released in 2014. Credit Netflix and Amazon Prime for that.
But the Oscar show is a pop culture event so like the Super Bowl it’s hard not pay attention. The best movie I saw in 2014 – Interstellar — was not nominated for Best Picture. I’ve come to expect that. Lack of recognition like that makes no real difference to me as a viewer.
Of course, we still go out to see first run films with family or friends. I love to see action on a big screen and will always go see a Peter Jackson film or a major sci-fi release. But most of my movie watching and reviewing is based on streaming services that make available older films that often still look and sound like they were made yesterday.
- What Kind of a Project Manager is King Kong?
- Pixar’s Lessons for Project Communication & Collaboration
- Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace’s CREATIVITY INC.: OVERCOMING THE UNSEEN FORCES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF TRUE INSPIRATION
- Thoughts on Project Goliath and the MPAA’s “War Against Google”
- Is the Movie INTERSTELLAR “Good for Girls”?
- Stephen Alter’s FANTASIES OF A BOLLYWOOD LOVE THIEF: INSIDE THE WORLD OF INDIAN MOVIEMAKING
- Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s MISSION KASHMIR
Copyright © 2015 by Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. Dennis is a management consultant based in Alexandria, Virginia. His experience includes consulting company ownership and management, database publishing and data transformation, managing the integration of large systems, corporate technology strategy, social media adoption, statistical research, and IT cost analysis. Clients have included the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Library of Medicine. He has worked as a project manager, analyst, and researcher throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Egypt, and China. His web site is located at www.ddmcd.com and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter he is @ddmcd.