The Oscars Should Give Up

Although I did enjoy all the movies up for 2013 Academy Awards Best Picture, nothing quite stole my heart this year. I was surprised by Silver Linings Playbook and I have a soft spot for David O'Russell, but I wasn't head over heels for it. Django was great but not as good as Inglorious Bastards or Kill Bill. Argo, the winner, was hampered down by sappy Hollywood cliche. The best movie I saw last year was Bellflower but that was released in 2011. I have to wonder how long the Oscars will matter? The whole affair seems like a relic and I'm waiting for something to kill it. For lack of a better idea, how about an American Idol type show with viewers picking the winner. Yeah, I know, that means Bieber wins every category but so what? Was I the only one who hated, hated, hated, Forest Gump and could't get through Dances With Wolves? Gladiator? Lord of the Rings? Titanic? Good Grief.

Apple as Censor

Apple has pulled the iOS app 500px from the App Store. Here is Apple statement:

"The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines. We also received customer complaints about possible child pornography. We’ve asked the developer to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app."

I'm not sure what "possible child pornography" means. The developers claim they were told their app easily allowed users to search for nude photos. A forth coming app update will apparently rectify the matter. It will be interesting to see how the update will fulfill Apple's guidelines. The developers claim they already pull any pornographic material but do allow for artistic nudes.