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by The Original BJ
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 37
Views: 676

Re: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

I enjoyed this series well enough at the beginning, but thought it really lost its way near the conclusion, with last night's episode the worst of them all. As I said last week, the creators just didn't do a great job exploring a deep enough thesis to fill out eight hours of content -- all the last ...
by The Original BJ
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1929/30
Replies: 6
Views: 85

Re: Best Screenplay 1929/30

Pandora’s Box and Blackmail are both far stronger movies than most of the slate, though the Academy by this point was in silents-need-not-apply mode. Of films within Oscar’s wheelhouse, The Love Parade is a stronger script than many of these. Disraeli is a giant snooze, the kind of glacially paced, ...
by The Original BJ
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1929/30
Replies: 6
Views: 85

Re: Best Screenplay 1929/30

These are the Cinematography nominees, not the Screenplay nominees.
by The Original BJ
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 37
Views: 676

Re: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

I think this last episode was pretty good evidence that this material either needed to be a feature, or Ryan Murphy and Co. just needed to find something deeper in the subject than they have. Because it's basically gotten to the point where it's hitting the same beat over and over -- I didn't think ...
by The Original BJ
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Original Story 1932/33
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Best Original Story 1932/33

I agree that Duck Soup is an easy substitution -- even beyond the Marx Brothers' trademark zingers, it probably has the most cohesive plot of any of their films as well. Mister Tee wrote in another post that a lot of films from this era come off pretty creaky today -- while that's true, the number t...
by The Original BJ
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Other Film Discussions
Topic: Potential WGA Strike
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Re: Potential WGA Strike

Greg wrote:My main question is, if there is another strike, whether the WGA will allow the same exceptions they did with their strike ten years ago.


I have absolutely no idea. This is pretty far from the main question anyone involved in this situation is asking at the moment.
by The Original BJ
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 37
Views: 676

Re: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

I don't like playing extreme pedant about factual errors in real-life stories like this, but...how can a show, that went to such great lengths last week to get every detail right about the Oscar night events, be so cavalier about calling My Fair Lady the biggest hit of the year (and saying George C...
by The Original BJ
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: New Oscar Rules
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: New Oscar Rules

The difference, BJ, is that the three Original Score nominees share a single credit and win a single Oscar statuette to share between them. In all other categories with more than three recipients being eligible, the individuals each get a statuette. That's why the score change seems idiotic. I gues...
by The Original BJ
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Picture/Director 1927/28
Replies: 18
Views: 2012

Re: Best Picture/Director 1927/28

I finally made it over to the Academy Film Archive to watch Sorrell and Son. I've found these sorts of viewings of rare films to be a unique experience -- on one hand, it wasn't remotely difficult to make an appointment, and it cost nothing. At the same time, there's something about screening a movi...
by The Original BJ
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: New Oscar Rules
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: New Oscar Rules

They almost had to do something about the O.J. situation, though reading that article, it still seems like the actual rule change is a bit vague. Though perhaps this is for the best, allowing for wiggle room for the spirit of the law to take precedence in certain cases. (You do wonder if Netflix wou...
by The Original BJ
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: DVD Discussions
Topic: Missing in Action - Films still not released on DVD/Blu Ray
Replies: 34
Views: 987

Re: Missing in Action - Films still not released on DVD/Blu Ray

I'm pretty sure I saw The Devils on TCM, or some movie TV channel, years ago. Probably the much censored US version. The complete version which wasn't shown anywhere in the world on it's first release and has only gotten a couple of screenings about 10 years ago in the UK that include the 'rape of ...
by The Original BJ
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1931/32
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Best Screenplay 1931/32

This one is a no-brainer. As with a lot of these early years, you have to wonder why some of the better Best Picture nominees didn't place -- in this case, Grand Hotel and Shanghai Express, both of which juggle a lot of characters and plot lines effectively. Though I'd never have endorsed its Direct...
by The Original BJ
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 37
Views: 676

Re: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

The thing I find the most interesting about Feud is its self-conscious awareness of the camp legacy that Davis and Crawford left behind them. I guess I haven't found this in and of itself campy -- though there have been a few moments where the series has pushed into that territory -- but then, I don...
by The Original BJ
Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: How Did Moonlight Win Best Picture?
Replies: 14
Views: 293

Re: How Did Moonlight Win Best Picture?

One podcast I listened to discussed it in more numeric terms, talking about a user who had contacted them with some analysis of the preferential ballot. (I'd be hard-pressed to find it now...most of my driving time is spent listening to podcasts.) It was Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men podcast, the p...
by The Original BJ
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Motion Picture Story
Replies: 16
Views: 512

Re: Motion Picture Story

Since this is where we had previously listed our sources for more obscure titles, here's one I just found: The 1929/30 Screenplay nominee Street of Chance is available online. It's the one writing nominee that year that isn't a Best Picture nominee, so I assume some people might be missing just that...

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