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by The Original BJ
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2003
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Best Cinematography 2003

Not a very strong year for this category. The Return of the King is probably the only omission that really disappoints me, and even that is tempered by the fact that the series had already been rewarded here. Seabiscuit is a pretty paint-by-numbers affair across the board, and I find its goopy Depre...
by The Original BJ
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Once The Band's Visit had picked up Best Book and (seemingly from nowhere) Featured Actor, it became clear that voters simply thought that was the only acceptable option in most categories, and despite large nomination hauls, Mean Girls and SpongeBob Squarepants just weren't viewed as serious enough...
by The Original BJ
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2002
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: Best Cinematography 2002

I was a bit surprised this branch decided they were over the Rings films after the first installment. Although The Two Towers was shot in a similar style as its predecessor, it was still quite an impressive visual achievement, and the work here wasn't nearly as much of a retread as in other areas th...
by The Original BJ
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 562
Views: 20145

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

GULP, every day just takes us further and further into uncharted territory.
by The Original BJ
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 562
Views: 20145

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Sabin, I DEFINITELY think the MAGA base is a cult. But I do think if the Republican party leadership had taken a different approach in the 2016 election -- honestly, if they took a different approach NOW -- they would be able to persuade a decent amount of Republican voters that bad faith/conspiracy...
by The Original BJ
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 562
Views: 20145

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

So, no one appears to be responding to this. Not to say people are obligated to reply to things I post, but...isn't anyone else alarmed by this? Well... I have spent the weekend knocking on doors (in 100 degree heat) for the Democratic congressional candidate I've been volunteering for over the las...
by The Original BJ
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2717

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

It's flown a bit under the radar, but I wanted to recommend First Reformed as a film worth seeking out -- I think it's one of the stronger efforts of the year so far. It's quite a sad film -- I think there's barely a laugh in the whole movie -- but despite dealing with heavy subject matter, it doesn...
by The Original BJ
Thu May 31, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Original Story 1950
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Best Original Story 1950

I'm sure that some John Ford auteurists could make a case for it, but I found When Willie Comes Marching Home close to insufferable. As others have said, the material was the sort of lightweight stuff that could have been mined for comedy, but it's aggressively sincere to a fault. And since we're ta...
by The Original BJ
Wed May 30, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2001
Replies: 7
Views: 217

Re: Best Cinematography 2001

I'm a bit surprised some of you are so down on this lineup. I rate it easily one of the best of the decade -- not superior to 2007's extraordinary slate, but a highly praise-worthy list. But I'm in lock-step agreement with the consensus on what films merited inclusion: In the Mood for Love (virtuall...
by The Original BJ
Tue May 29, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 562
Views: 20145

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

I know we’re all laughing now, but Roseanne’s odds of becoming the next National Security Advisor just skyrocketed.
by The Original BJ
Sat May 26, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2000
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: Best Cinematography 2000

The color-coded stylings of Requiem for a Dream and Traffic would be my top alts. And among more fringe choices, the Malick-inspired beauty of George Washington also stands out. But the other candidates many of you cite are solid as well (I agree, Sabin, that Wonder Boys is more lovingly shot than o...
by The Original BJ
Sun May 20, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Glenda Jackson was interviewed on Vanity Fair’s podcast this week, and she was asked — in lieu of her Oscar/Emmy absences — if she’ll be attending the Tonys. Sounds like she is!
by The Original BJ
Sat May 19, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 1999
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Best Cinematography 1999

I think 1999 is one of the greatest years for cinematography ever. I can come up with so many top-tier alts that could have easily been in the discussion -- Eyes Wide Shut, The Straight Story, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bringing Out the Dead, Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, Three Kings, Magnolia. You cou...
by The Original BJ
Wed May 09, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2717

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

The tricky thing about Love, Simon is that the very thing that makes it groundbreaking is also the exact same thing that limits it. Which is to say, it's a mainstream mall movie through and through, so the fact that a film geared to this audience (and released wide) features a gay teen protagonist m...
by The Original BJ
Mon May 07, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 1998
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: Best Cinematography 1998

I think Sabin's analysis pretty much nailed it. I'm fond of the alternates he listed -- the inventive show-within-a-show camerawork of The Truman Show, the pops of Technicolor through B&W in Pleasantville. And I, too, would offer up Beloved, a film which isn't up to the extraordinary level of th...

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