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Jon Halsey: On Academy Awards nominations and Revenant hype

'Now I'm sitting here wondering about the significance of a film that seems to glorify the neamh mairbh (living corpse). The lore of the dead returning began during a period of the Middle Ages characterized by the organization of peasants into villages that owed rent and labor services to the nobles, and feudalism, were two of the ways society was organized in the High Middle Ages.' - JON HALSEY

After listening to all the Hoop-lah regarding the Academy Awards nominations and the hype regarding the leading contender "The Revenant", I couldn't help but reminisce about the winners from my youth.

The list includes such classics as :

Mrs. Miniver, Casablanca, Going My Way, The Best Years of Our Lives, Hamlet, All the King's Men, The Greatest Show on Earth, On the Waterfront, Marty, Around the World in 80 Days, The Bridge On the River Kwai, Gigi and Ben-Hur.

Although I enjoyed From Here to Eternity, I still can't figure out how Shane lost out.

Now I'm sitting here wondering about the significance of a film that seems to glorify the neamh mairbh (living corpse). The lore of the dead returning began during a period of the Middle Ages characterized by the organization of peasants into villages that owed rent and labor services to the nobles, and feudalism, were two of the ways society was organized in the High Middle Ages.

Attempts by Western European Christians to regain control of the Holy Land from the Muslims. Kings became the heads of centralized nation states, making the ideal of a unified Christendom more distant. Intellectual life was marked by scholasticism, a philosophy that emphasized joining faith to reason, and by the poetry of Dante.

Although we can draw parallels to some situations today, hopefully this nomination and heightened interest is not a portent of where we're headed. But I feel confident in predicting that "The Revenant" will not join the pantheon of great art displayed by many of the previous choices. - Jon Halsey, Knifley


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