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One closes, one passes, and one quits

Friday, January 29th, 2010

"Why aren't you laughing?"

Today’s a sad day for the lovers of art.

Miramax pictures has closed down. After 30 years of releasing films both blockbuster and indie, the studio has been shut down by Disney.

Mickey Mouse has effectively stepped on every heart of independent filmmakers out there, with his trademark “Hah HAH!”.

Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus are the way to go for independent acts these days. I heard one of the Jonas is going solo.

At least they’re dying off one by one…

I’d like to take a moment to remember the films that the Weinstein brothers helped put to the big screen that I appreciated (in order of release date):

Best 'Bud'dies! AHAHA!

Sex, Lies, and Videotape (“culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” – Library of Congress’s National Film Registry)
Reservoir Dogs
(“Greatest Independent Film ever made.” – Empire Magazine)
(cult classic. Won the “Award of the Youth” and the “Mercedes-Benz Award” at 1994 Cannes Film Festival and kickstarted Kevin Smith’s career)
From Dusk till Dawn
(another Tarantino film. Another classic)
The English Patient
(won nine awards at the Academy Awards at the 1996, including Best Picture)
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
(the Wayans at their best. Trust me)
Chasing Amy
(another massive hit with Kevin Smith fans. Joey Lauren Adams was nominated for a Golden Globe)
Air Bud: Golden Receiver
(he played basketball in the first one! What an awesome dog!)|
Shakespeare in Love
(seven Academy Awards)
(Kevin Smith gold. Say “Bless you” to any angels you encounter)
(distributed the French film that won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four César Awards, two BAFTA Awards and nominated for five Academy Awards)
Kill Bill series
Garden State
(Grand Jury prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, also Zach Braff as writer, director and not a doctor)
No Country for Old Men
(three British Academy of Film awards, two Golden Globes and four Academy Awards)
There Will Be Blood
(nominated for eight Academy Awards in 2008)

So yeah, there aren’t any good titles that made this studio a success. Not one.

Except maybe Air Bud 2.

Not the conventional way...

But wait, there’s more. J.D. Salinger, who wrote a book that gave voice to the adolescent with themes of alienation and rebellion, has also passed away. The Catcher in the Rye author died of natural causes, and with that he takes away a bit of literary class that Danielle Steel will never offer us.

To add salt to this miserably agonising wound, Lily Allen’s just announced an indefinite hiatus from music.

Love her or be jealous of her, but Lily actually gave more flying-foot-to-the-head songwriting than Pink did (Pink’s great by the way in terms of pop music, don’t worry).

Ugh. What next? Michael Jackson’s kids singing their dad’s songs at the Gramm…oh…wait…

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