lok said:Has anyone ever considered the fact that Crash might not be an exaggeration of what the racial climate is in southern california? You're canadians living in a fairly liberal metropolitan city with one of the most subdued racial tempers possibly in the world - you really have no clue, and frankly neither did I.
I have spoken to several californians on this movie, specifically those who live in Los Angelas, and they all agree this movie hits home to them. I used the words exaggeration and they would respond with "? No man thats how some people are here". Throw in the fact that 85% of the Oscar voters live in Southern California and the whole 'mystery' as to why this was voted Best Picture becomes very clear.
As Deep said previously, this movie does not present one-sided charicatures of racism, though admittedly its not nearly as 'grey' as I wanted it to be. Say what you will about the plot, the acting was excellent given the very heavy handed theme.
I think if you people were more racist you would like this movie more
MoFo said:Oh, so in California, Latino locksmith fathers give their kids invisible capes to protect them against raging Iranians? I see.
No one said it wasn't an accurate depiction. That's not the point. The issue is that it was literal for the sake of being literal. You didn't think it was like a made for tv movie or an afterschool special? I can see them showing this in highschool social studies classes but to win an Oscar for Best Picture? Come on.
To me, praise-worthy films about controversial topics are supposed to stir up a certain kind of discomfort, ambivalence and romanticism (TRUE romanticism, not the kind of cliche bullshit that Haggis wrote). There wasn't that movie magic happening even. This film could've been made by that hack Shamalayan and we still wouldn't have known the difference.
I think the people who are hating it DO know what racial climates are like in the States. I certainly know from first-hand experience. Any visible minority who has spent longer than a week in the States can attest to that.
I still love how people are now calling it Magnolia Lite. Haha. That's awesome.