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by Big Magilla
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: 2019
Topic: The Lion King reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: The Lion King reviews

The long-term among you may remember a post I wrote back at the old board called The Gigli Syndrome, which hypothesized that critics went after the much-maligned Bennifer film not because it was so much worse than other movies of the time, but because everyone seemed to tacitly agree this particula...
by Big Magilla
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1942
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Best Cinematography 1942

Most conspicuous by their absence: Cat People (NIcholas Musuraca); Random Harvest (Joseph Ruttenberg); Sullivan's Travels (John F. Seitz) and Yankee Doodle Dandy (James Wong Howe), all in black-and-white and all overlooked in favor of Take a Letter, Darling and Ten Gentlemen from West Point . At lea...
by Big Magilla
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Valentina Cortese
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: R.I.P. Valentina Cortese

This continues to be a bad year for Oscar nominees in their 90s - Carol Channing, Doris Day, Sylvia Miles, Franco Zeffirelli, now Valentina Cortese off the top of my head.
by Big Magilla
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1943
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Best Cinematography 1943

Black-and-White Ten nominees for some pretty impressive work, but nothing for The Ox-Bow Incident (Arthur C. Miller), The More the Merrier (Ted Tatzlaff) or In Which We Serve (Ronald Neame). Voted for Miller for the Oscar winner, The Song of Bernadette , but would have been just as happy to vote for...
by Big Magilla
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: New Academy Members
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: New Academy Members

I missed Trintignant. I figured Giannini's name set off a light bulb when they decided to give an honorary award to Wertmuller this year.

Counted 20 British actors and actresses.
by Big Magilla
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: New Academy Members
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: New Academy Members

Interesting list. Most surprising is Claire Bloom who finally makes the list at 88, 67 years after she became a major star in Limelight and more than 50 years after her then husband, Rod Steiger, won his Best Actor Oscar.
by Big Magilla
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Campaign 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 1894

Re: Campaign 2020

I don't know about the first instance, but in the second one she said she heard the question as "would you give up your private coverage" to which she said she gave a different answer than she would have had she understood the question to be "would you give up all private coverage&quo...
by Big Magilla
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1944
Replies: 7
Views: 154

Re: Best Cinematography 1944

Wilson was the most expensive Hollywood movie made up to that time. It cost more than Gone With the Wind and opened at New York's Roxy Theatre to the highest gross of any movie in a single theatre up to that time, but failed to repeat that single day success and became one of the biggest flops of a...
by Big Magilla
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1944
Replies: 7
Views: 154

Re: Best Cinematography 1944

I can't complain about any of these nominees. Black-and-White Laura , Double Indemnity , Gaslight and The Uninvited are just stunning films noir with the breathtaking Laura the best of the bunch. Going My Way , Since You Went Away , The White Cliffs of Dover and Dragon Seed capture the look of their...
by Big Magilla
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Campaign 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 1894

Re: Campaign 2020

Night 2 was to Night 1 what the Oscars are to the Golden Globes. Harris clearly won the night and will likely gain in the polls but by how much remains to be seen. Biden is right to say that it's about the future, not the past and Sanders is right to say that attacks on him and Biden are ageism, com...
by Big Magilla
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Campaign 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 1894

Re: Campaign 2020

DeBlasio - you'll figure it out in time. Ryan - speaks to the average guy in ways that elude most of the other candidates. While they all talk about increasing the minimum wage to $15 for everyone and equal pay for women - he's the only one I've heard say that's all well and good for those that don'...
by Big Magilla
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Campaign 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 1894

Re: Campaign 2020

The country didn't know the last NYC mayor to run for president, now the current president's TV lawyer, when he first ran either, but they sure found out. Ryan was flustered by Gabbard. That's a minus, but he quickly recovered by stating that the Taliban didn't attack us but protected those who did....
by Big Magilla
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Campaign 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 1894

Re: Campaign 2020

De Blasio is insufferable. Toward the end he had a couple of impassioned speeches, namely those about his father and his son, but anyone in or near NYC has heard them before. His constant interruptions and talking over other candidates up to that point were bullying and unpleasant. He is a generally...
by Big Magilla
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Campaign 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 1894

Re: Campaign 2020

Quick thoughts.

Warren and Booker came off best with Klobochar right behind. Ryan and Castro were strong, Gabbard stronger than I would have thought.

O'Rourke was pretty bad. DeBlasio was totally obnoxious. Delaney was pretty bland. Insley was one-note and forgettable.
by Big Magilla
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1944
Replies: 7
Views: 154

Re: Best Cinematography 1944

Nice conversations I'm having on these things, mostly with myself.

Voted for Laura and Meet Me in St. Louis.

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