Intertextuality is the way that we construct our identity or a story of ourselves through the culture that we are living in and the different texts, the books, the music, the films that sort of support the narrative of, "what is the world we are living in?"
"Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me."
- Tim Burton
A friend asked me the other day if I had seen the last episode of Downton Abbey. With a sense of guilt and apology, I told her that I was behind on Season 5 and therefore couldn't even begin Season 6. There was a sadness in my friend's voice when she told me she had watched the finale: the end of an era. I immediately felt like I had missed out on something important. I made a mental note to finish the show when I had time.
For better or worse, the Academy Awards is a spectacle like no other. This "Greatest Show on Earth," second only to Ringling Brothers is one of the mostly highly anticipated events of the year. Christmas, New Years and the Super bowl wrapped up in a big red Oscar bow. The Oscars provide us with entertainment, even if we tell others that we can't be bothered to watch. Many people (myself included) say that they cannot wait for the Oscars. There are Oscar parties and themed Oscar parties. Other people prefer to relish their viewing pleasures and watch with a select few.