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RE: You need, then, to see films that do not rely on sensationalism.

I like all sorts of films and you can't spell sensationalism without the word sensational. Obviously, the voters at Cannes felt otherwise. Granted these things are highly subjective - you either like something or you don't. And I think had people read the reviews I posted they would have an understanding as to why people like it. That doesn't mean you will change your mind but they offer insightful reasons why Titane is considered very good and why many voters liked it enough to pick it as the best film. I found Titane to be a great love story the same way I found the original Terminator to be a love story. "Two people who are not determined in any ways to love each other manage to reach that level where they are really dependent and rely on each other and are everything to each other, regardless of the lies they've been telling each other when they met."

The movie is polarizing - plenty of critics have given it 4/4 stars and some have given it 0/4 stars. That was true of Pulp Fiction which won the Palme d'Or in 1994. As such, these films have no chance to win Oscars because the majority choose the safe films (Forest Gump) that tends to please the widest possible audience.

I am 35 minutes into "Drive My Car" but didn't realize it was 3 hours so I have to watch the rest later. So far it is better than the other 5 nominated films I have viewed, but I also think feel it needed another go round in editing.

So far Dune, Licorice Pizza, The Power of the Dog, Don't Look Up, West Side Story are all meh - Albeit I am not a big fan of Musicals where they seem to be highly repetitive - a fight scene (song and dance), boy loves a girl (song and dance), fight scene (song and dance) girl loves boy (song and dance), fight scene (song and dance), fight scene (song and dance), another fight scene (song and dance) one main character dies (song) - meh. Oddly, I quite like them as stage plays but not so much as movies. Plus the film has already been done so I kind of put them into a lower-tier of Academy contender as I did with A Star is Born.

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