Crash only works as a litany of white racial fantasies. In a certain sense, it's instructive as such. There are people (Haggis and the Oscar board at least) who see in this hyperbole a believable portrait of Los Angeles. And, within that, they value his attempts to entertain and instruct us about this portrait. The arrogance and unwillingness to listen that enables the film to succeed is darkly impressive. The grandeur of imagining society as pieces on your chessboard, manhandling them, then lecturing us about how those pieces behave.
So the question becomes: what is Crash trying to make real? Phrased differently -- what realities are masked by the dramatic, well-lit 'Reality' of Crash?
I know some people who really, REALLY loved this movie. That kinda scares me.
In other Oscar blogging, I love this picture of Three 6 Mafia backstage at the Oscars, from CBS News/So Many Shrimp.
Per Paul's request, I have to mention this amazing Juvenile video that was posted by The Shrimp. It takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans, and not the part that's "coming back" as they say. In addition to giving you a good hard look at what it really looks like down there, the video and the song are both intelligent and disturbing commentaries on life in New Orleans. I'll take this video over crash any day. Of course it contains obligatry Bush-hating, which is warranted, but there's so much more, which is why you really should click it up.
P.S. Watch what you say about Weezy F. Baby.
The other really great moment in the Oscars was when Jake Gyllenhaal laughed after reading the bullshit the Academy wrote for him about how some movies demand to be seen on the big screen rather than watched at home on DVD. Hard to believe the extent to which the moguls are willing to keep their blinders on as the industry is revoutionized by DVDs, cheaper, bigger, better quality televisions, and soundsystems, and dowloading. You can't beg people into giving up their DVDs and going back to the theater. Pardon me while I download some illegal shit.