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by The Original BJ
Sat May 27, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Cinematography Next?
Replies: 14
Views: 274

Re: Cinematography Next?

If consensus is for Magilla's idea, I will not complain.
by The Original BJ
Thu May 25, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Cinematography Next?
Replies: 14
Views: 274

Re: Cinematography Next?

I was thinking we could do this in two phases. Phase 1 would start with the 1967 awards, the first year since the expansion to separate categories for black-and-white and color to have just one category, and work our way through 2016 or 2017 depending on when we get there. Phase 2 would begin with ...
by The Original BJ
Thu May 25, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Cinematography Next?
Replies: 14
Views: 274

Re: Cinematography Next?

I am totally fine with whatever, but Cinematography definitely seems like a category that would provoke interesting discussion.

Would be good to start with the most recent years again, so more people will have the option to participate.
by The Original BJ
Wed May 24, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1943
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: Best Screenplay 1943

Of the excluded options under Adapted, I agree that The Ox-Bow Incident definitely should have been there. (Kudos, though, to the writers for being basically the only branch to pass on For Whom the Bell Tolls.) Watch on the Rhine is the weakest nominee. There’s the usual filmed play problem -- and t...
by The Original BJ
Wed May 17, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay (1930/31)
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Best Screenplay (1930/31)

Taking a break from the implosion of America... Interestingly, four of the nominees here were eventually remade, and the one that wasn't (Skippy), spawned a sequel. In terms of genre/subject matter, Skippy is a really weird movie to have gotten major nominations across the board -- it's virtually im...
by The Original BJ
Fri May 05, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1972
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: Best Screenplay 1972

On the Adapted side, I agree that there were plentiful alternates -- The Heartbreak Kid (the one time I genuinely loved Neil Simon), Deliverance, Frenzy, Slaughter-House Five -- and also that the slate was solid enough there wouldn't necessarily have been room for all of them, but at least ONE of th...
by The Original BJ
Fri May 05, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great Again
Replies: 185
Views: 3791

Re: Everything Is Great Again

I think the most terrifying thing I read yesterday was a Tweet suggesting that the GOP is currently acting like a party that does not anticipate having free and fair elections ever again.
by The Original BJ
Thu May 04, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1927/28
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Best Screenplay 1927/28

Doing the polls in this order has me looking more fondly on this group than I might have -- after sitting through a good number of clunky early talkies from the '30's, I found myself relieved to be back in the silent era, with movies that are quite a bit more engaging. Which isn't to say that the Or...
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: 38
Views: 865

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: 132

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: 132

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: 38
Views: 865

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: 152

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: 2
Views: 121

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: 38
Views: 865

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...

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