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by Big Magilla
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. John Heard
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: R.I.P. John Heard

His best film was 1981's Cutter's Way in which he played the title role opposite Jeff Bridges and Lisa Eichhorn. It was both his and Eichhorn's best performance and one of Bridges' best as well.
by Big Magilla
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1974
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: Best Cinematography 1974

I forgot that Amarcord wasn't Oscar eligible until 1975, so let's take that one off the table and add either Lenny or The Towering Inferno to the mix of creditable nominees, but not both since Badlands should have been there in place of one of them and The Godfather Part II certainly should have bee...
by Big Magilla
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1974
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Best Cinematography 1974

What should been a two-way race between Gordon Willis for The Godfather Part II and John A. Alonzo for Chinatown and could have been an easy win for Alonzo without Willis in the race turned out to be something quite different. Also conspicuous by their absence, in addition to Willis, were Giuseppe R...
by Big Magilla
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Picture and Director 1974
Replies: 23
Views: 3289

Re: Best Picture and Director 1974

Interestingly, I re-watched both The Towering Inferno and Lenny in preparation for this week's vote on cinematography. This may have been the first time since 9/11 that I could bring myself to watch The Towering Inferno , but it's still a tough movie to sit through having had to lead a group down fr...
by Big Magilla
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Martin Landau
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: R.I.P. Martin Landau

As I tend to do when someone dies, I picked up my copy of David Thomson's The New Biographical Dictionary of Film to see what Thomson had to say. With Thomson you never know who he'll randomly love or hate. For Landau, he said this: His Lugosi was, beyond dispute, a daunting recreation thrust into ...
by Big Magilla
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Martin Landau
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: R.I.P. Martin Landau

And as dws said, it seemed like he never stopped working. He didn't. He had the starring role in The Last Poker Game which was shown at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, but lacks an official release date. He had the title role in Without Ward , which is in post-production. He was to have played A...
by Big Magilla
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 307
Views: 7628

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

"Piddle, twiddle and resolve. Not a damn thing do we solve." - John Adams, the Continental Congress, 1776

Nothing's going to happen as long as Trump's support among Republicans remains at 84% unless it's a Lonesome Rhodes (A Face in the Crowd) open mic moment on live TV.
by Big Magilla
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 307
Views: 7628

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

For the first time, there are reports that Pence met with Russians during the campaign.

Please let it be true. Please let him be taken down with the rest of them if and when that ever happens.
by Big Magilla
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1973
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Best Cinematography 1973

Let's be charitable and call 1973 an off-year for movies. Between the highs of 1972 and 1974 in which there were cinematic highs aplenty, 1973 provided films that were interesting diversions at best - Tom Sawyer , Brother Sun, Sister Moon and Ludwig were films that scored Oscar nods in other categor...
by Big Magilla
Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Psychic Oscar Predictions Contest!
Replies: 80
Views: 2217

Re: Psychic Oscar Predictions Contest!

I don't know if Dolores Hart needed a waiver or not, but they would have been crazy not to have given her one if needed. She has always been a strong supporter of the Academy, making it her business to watch every single screener she's sent, though drawing the line at sharing some of them with the l...
by Big Magilla
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Nelsan Ellis
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: R.I.P. Nelsan Ellis

True Blood's Lafayette was only 39, way too young to die of heart failure.
by Big Magilla
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1972
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Best Cinematography 1972

Greg wrote:Nykvist won the Oscar for Cries And Whispers, albeit in 1973.

Of course he did. Good catch.
by Big Magilla
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1972
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Best Cinematography 1972

Correction regarding other awards for cinematography: The National Society of Film Critics began giving awards for cinematography with their 1967 awards. Shockingly, none of their winners through 1974 received an Oscar nomination for their efforts, let alone a win. Winners through 1973: 1967 In the ...
by Big Magilla
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1972
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Best Cinematography 1972

I have to strongly dissent from Magilla's contention that Cabaret was a sure winner even if The Godather or Deliverance had been nominated. In fact, I spent most of the year assuming that one of the two of them would triumph, and it was only their exclusion that made Cabaret such a clear choice. Th...
by Big Magilla
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1972
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Best Cinematography 1972

I think Cabaret would have won this even if the other nominees were The Godfather , Deliverance , The Emigrants and Tokyo Story , but the fact that it won over such lame competition shouldn't diminish its worthiness. The film, which opened in February, a month before The Godfather , was like The God...

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