Look, I can't live without IMDb, same as the rest of us. Bitching about it would be pretty pointless. But I'm going about today, looking up info on Meryl Streep for work, making sure this year was her 15th Oscar nomination and not 16th or 35th, when I look at her list of career Oscar nominations and see one in 1988 for a movie called Evil Angels. Now. I'm not gonna say I'm some kind of expert. But I know Oscar history pretty well. Particularly during the timespan that I have been alive. But this freaked me out, because I had never heard of such a movie, and certainly I hadn't heard of Meryl getting nominated for it. Am I an incomplete Movie Guy? Or worse, and incomplete Meryl Fan?
Of course, I clicked on the link and saw that -- DUH! -- in 1988 Meryl was nominated for A Cry in the Dark. "Evil Angels" is merely the stupid Australian title. Because apparently "Dingo! The Baby Devourer" wasn't classy enough. Whatever. Anyway, this is what drives me crazy about IMDb, that they list any foreign title, even now apparently English-language movies that were made outside the U.S. Which means I have to travel the long way to find out that "Wu Ho Cang Long" is "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Or that "Le Scaphandre el le Papillon" is "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." I'm not being xenophobic here -- I love those movies. I'm just ... okay, I'm probably being a little xenophobic. Whatever! It's not "Le Internet Database du Cinema"! And PLEASE don't start down that slippery slope where English-language alternate titles like "Evil Angels" start showing up. You're a database. More clarity, not less. Thank you.