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by Big Magilla
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Web of Sex Scandals
Replies: 29
Views: 559

Re: Web of Sex Scandals

The state to worry about is New Jersey. If the ethics committee recommends and the senate agrees to expel Menendez before his Democratic successor takes over, Chris Christie gets to name his replacement. Why would this happen when the prosecution ended in mistrial? It shouldn't, of course, and hope...
by Big Magilla
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Web of Sex Scandals
Replies: 29
Views: 559

Re: Web of Sex Scandals

Working today but here a thought...if the tax plan doesn’t pass the senate will they cry foul bc Franken should have resigned? What would Franken's resignation have to do with it? The governor of Minnesota is a Democrat. He would replace him with another Democrat. The state to worry about is New Je...
by Big Magilla
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 419
Views: 13277

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

I think when they say Biden "would have won" what they really mean is he would have won Pennsylvania and Ohio, but that assumes he would have won every other state that Hillary won. Donna Brazile clarified her statement somewhat when she said on the TV talk shows what she said in her book ...
by Big Magilla
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1991
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Best Cinematography 1991

The cinematographer most conspicuous by his absence among the nominees is Tak Fujimoto for The Silence of the Lambs , but the only nominee who gives Robert Richardson a run for his Oscar for JFK is Adrian Biddle for Thelma & Louise . I'd also nominate Eric Alan Edwards and John J. Campbell for M...
by Big Magilla
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 419
Views: 13277

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

If the election were held today, Biden would be an easy winner. I think it likely that he would beat Trump if he were still standing in 2020, but the only way Biden would win the primary for sure would be if he ran unopposed and that's unlikely to happen. With Trump out of the picture, it would stil...
by Big Magilla
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Other Film Discussions
Topic: Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings
Replies: 5606
Views: 220684

Re: Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

When I first read Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express in the 1960s, I thought it would make a great film with an all-star cast. I can't recall who I cast as Poirot in my mind, possibly David Niven, but I do remember casting Deborah Kerr in the Lauren Bacall/Michelle Pfeiffer role and Ingr...
by Big Magilla
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: The Best Picture Formula Ramble
Replies: 27
Views: 335

Re: The Best Picture Formula Ramble

Big Magilla wrote People have been impugning the integrity of the Academy Awards since their inception, and with good reason, so impugn away. However, to paint all old white people with the same brush is not only unfair, it's ridiculous. Some of those old people fought the fight for fairness all th...
by Big Magilla
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: The Best Picture Formula Ramble
Replies: 27
Views: 335

Re: The Best Picture Formula Ramble

Ernest Borgnine and Tony Curtis notwithstanding, Brokeback Mountain 's loss to Crash was more likely at the hands of the at-large members, the agents, publicists and other sycophants who only vote for Best Picture, not individual branch members who vote in all categories. I thought at-large members...
by Big Magilla
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: The Best Picture Formula Ramble
Replies: 27
Views: 335

Re: The Best Picture Formula Ramble

Big Magilla wrote To Sabin's point of La La Land's lack of a SAG ensemble nomination foreshadowing its Oscar loss - no. This was basically a two-character piece, there was no ensemble to speak of. Sabin wrote Yes, as you can see I mentioned as much. Sorry, I must have glossed over that. Big Magilla...
by Big Magilla
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: The Best Picture Formula Ramble
Replies: 27
Views: 335

Re: The Best Picture Formula Ramble

So much to take in, most of it well thought out, but then... To Sabin's point of La La Land 's lack of a SAG ensemble nomination foreshadowing its Oscar loss - no. This was basically a two-character piece, there was no ensemble to speak of. As I've said many times, this is an actor's award, not a Be...
by Big Magilla
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR
Replies: 243
Views: 5800

Re: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR

Stronger and Breathe are both the type of film that struggles to find an audience in theatres these days and will probably become extinct in a few years when the only place to find them will be on cable TV or through streaming. Sadly, with rare exception, the only films that make money at the box o...
by Big Magilla
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR
Replies: 243
Views: 5800

Re: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR

I think the one we're underestimating the most for Supporting Actress is Claire Foy as Andrew Garfield's supportive wife in Breathe . Granted, the film received mixed reviews and had no traction at the box-office, but will likely get attention on screeners from the legion of fans she picked up with...
by Big Magilla
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Liz Smith
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: R.I.P. Liz Smith

She was both one of a kind and the last of a breed.

I never realized it, but apparently I first read her in the New York Journal-American that my father used to bring home in the 1950s and early 1960s when she anonymously wrote the Cholly Knickerbocker column.
by Big Magilla
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR
Replies: 243
Views: 5800

Re: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR

Since we're dealing with long-shot candidates, in the category that REALLY needs one -- best actor -- is there any possibility for Richard Gere in Norman? He got good reviews, the movie did a not-hideous-for-a-cheap-indie $3.8 million, and I'd think Gere is a guy with enough personal industry relat...
by Big Magilla
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Supporting Actor 1960
Replies: 8
Views: 1287

Re: Best Supporting Actor 1960

Apropos of watching The Apartment silently in a coffee shop, do you think Fred MacMurray would have a viable shot at the supporting actor had he been pushed in that category? Had he been so pushed, he probably would have taken the place of Jack Kruschen, but then Trevor Howard would probably have b...

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