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by The Original BJ
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: Dunkirk reviews
Replies: 19
Views: 521

Re: Dunkirk reviews

A few more award-y thoughts: With its combination of subject matter, reviews, and now box office, Dunkirk has to be considered a top awards candidate. But I don't understand the inclination -- which I've seen elsewhere as well -- to declare the Oscar race over before it's even started. It's not even...
by The Original BJ
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: Dunkirk reviews
Replies: 19
Views: 521

Re: Dunkirk reviews

Given the genuinely exceptional reviews, I had hoped that this would be the kind of war film that surmounted my usual issues with the genre to become something I found truly impressive (the way both Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line did nearly two decades ago now). And though I didn't find m...
by The Original BJ
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1974
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Best Cinematography 1974

I certainly agree that The Godfather Part II, with amber-lit flashback sequences of almost heavenly beauty, and Badlands, the first of Malick's many dreamlike portraits of the American landscape, should have placed. I would also throw out The Conversation as another strong option. OH MY GOD EARTHQUA...
by The Original BJ
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: Famous Celebrity Hotel Check-In Names
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Famous Celebrity Hotel Check-In Names

Some big actors use the character name of whoever they're playing on their current film.
by The Original BJ
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Martin Landau
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: R.I.P. Martin Landau

This might seem a strange thing to say for someone of my age, but this feels like a little piece of my childhood died. I loved Mission: Impossible as a kid. LOVED it. Watched it in re-runs every single day after school in my later elementary school and junior high years. And Landau was my favorite a...
by The Original BJ
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions & Race Discussion Thread - July to Toronto
Replies: 64
Views: 1338

Re: Oscar Predictions & Race Discussion Thread - July to Toronto

So, while everybody's discussing months-away films here, the online reactions to Dunkirk seem to be over the moon. Even with the Nolan discount, it looks like a serious contender. A lot of us thought after the Inception omission that Nolan would probably need a "serious" movie to break in...
by The Original BJ
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2016-2017 Emmy Awards
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: 2016-2017 Emmy Awards

My TV watching has gotten pretty slim in recent years, but I've dipped in to a few of the series with short runs. We discussed Feud pretty thoroughly in its own thread. It had its merits -- I certainly don't object to any one of the acting citations -- but got too ridiculous by the end for me to be ...
by The Original BJ
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 308
Views: 7791

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

America, you were supposed to watch Arrested Development, not elect it. "I may have committed some light treason." I wrote two papers for my Introduction to Television class in college during the fall of 2004. One was on Arrested Development. The other was on The Apprentice. Such a simple...
by The Original BJ
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1973
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Best Cinematography 1973

Although this year had its deserving alternates (American Graffiti, Paper Moon, Last Tango in Paris), and a WTF nominee, you can at least understand why most of the nominees were cited -- these were movies voters responded to in general, so it makes sense that such big-ticket entries would pop up he...
by The Original BJ
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 68
Views: 3604

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

(and why, given that Spacey specifically said he never used the same crew twice, why was there not a word of explanation when he suddenly brought everyone back?) I initially had the same bump you did, but figured that Spacey meant that he never used the same EXACT crew twice (i.e. all three jobs de...
by The Original BJ
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1972
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Best Cinematography 1972

Even by the standards of the era, this is a GRIM lineup. I think there's only ONE worthy nominee, four complete WTF nominees, and as usual, some head-scratching omissions. I'm sure there was some crony-ish reason why The Godfather was excluded, but its omission is an enormous injustice. I can still ...
by The Original BJ
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Halfway Through 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 276

Re: Halfway Through 2017

As for Get Out , the early release date is probably an advantage due to its un-Oscary genre. It worked for The Silence of the Lambs and Mad Max: Fury Road . To be honest, contrary to popular wisdom, early release dates should start being thought of as an advantage PERIOD. Although way more nominees...
by The Original BJ
Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Actress 1972
Replies: 33
Views: 3978

Re: Best Actress 1972

I generally find Maggie Smith a delight, but in Travels With My Aunt she's just way too broad, in a part for which she's decades too young, impeded by layers of makeup, in a lame movie. Diana Ross acquits herself surprisingly well in Lady Sings the Blues -- you don't see the strain of a singer tryin...
by The Original BJ
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Psychic Oscar Predictions Contest!
Replies: 80
Views: 2250

Re: Psychic Oscar Predictions Contest!

Some of y'all have an awful lot of certainty about who will and won't be recognized from a crop of movies that literally aren't even finished being made yet.
by The Original BJ
Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Halfway Through 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 276

Halfway Through 2017

Believe it or not, the year is half over. (But it’s felt more like five years, no?) Mark Harris Tweeted last week that it’s way too early to talk about the Oscars, and his point is a valid one. So consider this post mostly a discussion about some movies from the first half of the year, with scattere...

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