AC Radio: A Decade of Art

by Corman

We’re back this week discussing the most important art from the last decade.

AttentionCrash Radio: A Decade of Art

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DM January 19, 2011 at 1:40 am

I was far, far too lazy to put the time into thinking about an entire decade’s worth of art (after 5 minutes or so, I started realizing all of the things I found important were from the 90s).

But hey, criticizing other people’s opinions is easy!
Let’s do this thing.

-The Wire: First season is great, others… not so much.

-The Lord of the Rings: At various points dull, plagiarized, and cartoonish, with aggressively mediocre acting throughout. I laughed my way out of the theater for Fellowship, fell asleep during Towers, and probably only found King decent because I’d been drinking. I hated Avatar, but it’s going to end up as the far more important film because every action movie is going to 3D from here on out.

The Office: Honestly, I’m just tired of hearing how “the version was better!” It’s like every box-framed hipster bragging about seeing some band “back in ’03, before they got big.” Williamsburg called, they want their elitism back.

Brokeback Mountain: I can’t enjoy it because the entire film feels forced to me. I just picture some guy being really, really angry about the ’04 elections (understandably) and desperately wanting to stick it to flyover country (“I know! I’ll write a movie about about THE GAYS! And I’ll make them COWBOYS too! That’ll show those damn rednecks!”).

Banksy: This is actually what popped into my head as soon as I gave any thought to the subject– not Banksy specifically, but the rise of street art in general. Too much art ends up sitting unseen in closets and sketchbooks, and I’m happy to see it out in public (and pissing people off).

That being said, I couldn’t agree less with the piece you chose. Bashing Israel in the art community is about as ballsy and controversial as a heroin addiction. Frankly, I’m amazed that people didn’t see this coming from a mile away. It’s beyond typical, and I expected better from him.

Also: Grand Theft Auto came out before Halo.

In conclusion: You’re wrong, you suck, and your parents edit your faces out of family photos.


Izzen January 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm

You teased me with this title. This is more like, “Pop Culture phenomenons we liked over the decade. And also hated.” How long did these bullet points even take to think up?

I mean, it’s tough to even find “art” that changes anything outside of its own niche more than just commenting on it. And don’t be confusing “cool” with “important”, now…


Will January 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I had thought about a response to this for a decent amount of time, but was stumped. I came to the realization that we can’t really judge what is “art” or “important” in this moment. It will be another decade (or even longer) before we are able to properly assess the importance of art in the 2000s.

For example, I think we can all agree that something like the Berlin Wall or Harry Potter were important in one way or another, but it really took some time to realize just how important these things were.


Dr. Rob January 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

The cool yet frustrating part about this list or group or whatever you want to call it is that it’s so incredibly open to interpretation and opinion. A top ten movies of the year list is hard enough, let alone expanding it to a decade AND to virtually all forms of creative expression. So don’t hate, love. Or at least hate and recognize that it’s virtually impossible for anyone to completely agree with whatever list you’d come up with.


BL1Y January 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I don’t understand how Rob can have a problem with crediting the American Office’s importance because it’s a remake, but is fine with Lord of the Rings. Uh, didn’t they do a book or something first? And maybe a cartoon?

The American Office might take a ding in importance because it’s a remake, but why not just consider the two series as a single thing, the Office Franchise, the same way you looked at LotR as a single movie, even though it’s 3 movies based on 6 books.

As for Avatar, it is important only in that it showed how utterly pathetic the movie going masses are. Yes, the special effects were cool, but so what? I think the visuals in LotR were much better, because they had actual people with real life horses and big heavy armor and weapons. It looked and felt more real because so much of it was real.

The visuals would be cool if the movie was made just as a popcorn flick action film. But the action was retarded. They attack the Na’vi tree thing with a fucking space shuttle? Their helicopters are less effective than Little Birds. And the mechanized armor? Why the fuck do they have hands? Why is the gun built to fit these giant hands? Just make the gun the entire arm. Jesus Christ. And a fucking giant robot suit fighting a Na’vi with a giant knife? It would have been a cool action film if I wasn’t forced to scream in my head “This is so fucking retarded” every five minutes.

What made Avatar so ridiculously unremarkable was how much time James Cameron had spent on it. During all those years of having this story rolling around inside his head, he never found a way to make the story unique or compelling in any way.

And despite everything so obviously wrong with the film, people creamed their pants for it. It wasn’t just “oh, well that was kinda neat.” No. People started naming their kids after the characters and committing suicide because they couldn’t go live on Pandora.

Fuck Avatar, fuck James Cameron, and fuck the fucking trilogy they’re making.

And as for video games, Diablo 2, no question about it. Halo would have been better if they spent more time on the plot, and ditched the vehicles. They didn’t spend enough time fine tuning how the vehicles work and how to make levels where they make sense, so they just end up as a clumsy annoyance.


Dr. Rob January 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

@BL1Y: The remake of the Office is different, ironically, because it’s the same medium as the original. LoTR on paper is night and day when compared to the films. They are completely separate forms of art. And yes, fuck Avatar, your points on that are awesome. Fuck Corman as well.


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