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by Big Magilla
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: 85th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Best Cinematography 2012

I don't have a problem with any of these nominees. I actually liked the cinematography of Les Miserables , though not enough to displace one of the actual nominees. There was more to it than those notorious close-ups. Lots of crowd scenes among other things. I wasn't too enamored of Joe Wright's tak...
by Big Magilla
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Patricia Swift
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: R.I.P. Patricia Swift

Really, Reza? I never heard of "Patricia Swift" and neither, I suspect, did anyone else here. She was known professionally as Patricia Benoit and the only role for which she is remembered is that of Wally Cox's girlfriend on the TV series Mr. Peepers from 1952-1954. This is the most obscur...
by Big Magilla
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 637

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

I'll always love the idea of the Academy Awards and the concept of awarding the very best in quality even though that concept has been flawed from the very beginning with studio and later guild politics dictating nominations and affecting wins throughout its history, but the show itself is another m...
by Big Magilla
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 637

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

Here's Anne Thompson Indiewire Post - in a nutshell, ABC asked for an even tackier Best Blockbuster category to bolster ratings which some saw as a ploy to get ABC/Disney owned Marvel an easy Oscar for Black Panther.

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/08/black ... 201992483/
by Big Magilla
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Margot Kidder
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: R.I.P. Margot Kidder

Except it wasn't a lie to say she died peacefully in her sleep. That was the purpose of taking the pills and alcohol.
by Big Magilla
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 637

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

Are speeches actually longer now? I'd need to fact check that. Many of them are on You Tube. With the exception of Greer Garson's legendary 5 1/2 minute radio speech in 1943 long erroneously reported as taking "over and hour" there were no long speeches in the days before and during the e...
by Big Magilla
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 637

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

By the way: the idea that the only way to cut the show to three hours is to cut out "minor" awards is bullshit. Those of us who've been around long enough -- meaning Magilla and I -- know that, back in the 60s, there were about the same number of awards (no make-up or animated feature, bu...
by Big Magilla
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 637

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

I think what they want to eliminate with the below-the-line Oscars is the dead air while the winners from the back of the auditorium walk to the stage. Didn't they attempt to fix this in the early aughts with the presenter in the audience and the winners accepting from their seats? Did it last beyo...
by Big Magilla
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 637

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

Ask the people whose Tonys have been shunted off-air if they think that change was for the good. I could maybe be talked into pushing the shorts into that slot -- though I have a sentimental attachment to them as traditional who-cares-but-they-might-win-the-pool intermissions. But if someone like R...
by Big Magilla
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 637

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

These changes could end up having the opposite effect to their intention. The core Oscar audience could be so turned off that they stop watching. I don't really have a problem per se with trimming the time on the below-the-line presentations by filming them earlier and showing an edited version. Thi...
by Big Magilla
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 598
Views: 23041

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Well, it's not over until the absentee ballots are counted but it probably is a lost race at least until November. Why they would even bother to have a special election this close to the real one is a bit of a headscratcher. The projected blue wave is probably still coming but the size of it may not...
by Big Magilla
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: 84th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Best Cinematography 2011

I'll be the contrarian again! I refuse to vote for a film that is nothing but a collection of pretty pictures in a contrived bunch of nonsense in which whatever dialogue there was is drowned out by either loud music or unnecessary narration. No Tree of Life for me. I'll definitely go along with Robe...
by Big Magilla
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 598
Views: 23041

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

He didn't confess anything. He admitted the Trump Tower meeting was to get dirt on his opponent, but still claims he didn't know about it beforehand as if he would've stopped it. In essence, he just threw his son under the bus. It doesn't matter, though, because if by some chance Don Jr. is convicte...
by Big Magilla
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: 83rd Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: Best Cinematography 2010

Granted, there weren't a lot of alternatives but Shutter Island (Robert Richardson), Never Let Me Go ( Adam Kimmel) and 127 Hours (Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle) were all better photographed than The King's Speech . One of them should have taken its place and the other two should have been ...
by Big Magilla
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 598
Views: 23041

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Great, we’re bombing Iran. Why did we EVER think he’d go quietly like a bumbling fool without starting a war? Where did you get that from? All this blustering is obscuring the real tragedy going on right now with 650 deported asylum seekers and their children being deemed "ineligible" for...

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