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by dws1982
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Jonathan Demme
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: R.I.P. Jonathan Demme

His original cut of Swing Shift was supposedly a great film that got butchered by the studio. If I remember right, there had been hopes of putting it back together, but when Demme was asked about it, he said that as far as he knew the original negatives no longer existed. I haven't seen a lot of his...
by dws1982
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Coming Soon
Topic: Four "Avatar" Sequals In The Works
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Four "Avatar" Sequals In The Works

I feel like if Titanic had come out in the 2010's rather than the 1990's, Cameron would be trying to find a way to do a sequel.
by dws1982
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1101

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

I liked the book when I read it several years ago, but going into the movie I couldn't recall much about it beyond the very general "English explorer in the jungle" aspect. I will say that I'm a big James Gray fan; Everything he's made from The Yards on (haven't seen Little Odessa ) has ma...
by dws1982
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1101

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

The Lost City of Z is excellent. There are shades of several other films, ranging from Barry Lyndon to Apocalypse Now to The New World to The Man Who Would Be King , but to me it most evokes one of my favorites of the 1990's, Bob Rafelson's Mountains of the Moon . Not just in the basics of the plot...
by dws1982
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2016
Replies: 172
Views: 29326

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2016

Why did Harvey Weinstein so obviously throw this film away? Part of it is clearly that Harvey only goes for the maudlin vote these days, and Lion was more in that Imitation Game range. From what I read, they were in too bad financial shape to release or market anything properly. The production comp...
by dws1982
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Cannes 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Cannes 2017

Netflix, if they could, would bypass theatres altogether. None of their films, and only one of their series ( Grace and Frankie ) as far as I can tell, has been released on DVD and that through Lionsgate. Several of their TV series have been released--in fact, I think most have. But a lot of those ...
by dws1982
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Michael Ballhaus
Replies: 2
Views: 83

R.I.P. Michael Ballhaus

I guess his mostly known in the States for his Scorsese collaborations, but he really did build up a solid filmography over the years, both in other American films, and definitely in those Fassbinder films in the 70's. ----- Michael Ballhaus, ‘The Departed’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Cinematographer, Dies at ...
by dws1982
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: How Did Moonlight Win Best Picture?
Replies: 14
Views: 295

Re: How Did Moonlight Win Best Picture?

I have my final portfolio of grad school due tomorrow, but once I finish that, I'll try to come up with a longer response. After thinking on it, I think the "first films eliminated" thing is only going to be important in a very special kind of year: One where there are two movies that are ...
by dws1982
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: How Did Moonlight Win Best Picture?
Replies: 14
Views: 295

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.) His explanation was something like this: A movie doe...
by dws1982
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1874

Re: Trivia

And in college I saw the Katherine Hepburn version, which didn't do much for me. I think that Hepburn really torpedoes that film. Waterston and Moriarty are both very good, but Hepburn, from my memory, plays Amanda as a sort of long-lost cousin to Blanche DuBois, which is a fundamentally misguided ...
by dws1982
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: The 18th Annual Who'll Be Back?
Replies: 26
Views: 636

Re: The 18th Annual Who'll Be Back?

Definitely dumb to bet against Streep in a Spielberg-directed historical film. But I wonder if the Florence Foster Jenkins nomination, especially with the perception that she screwed several more deserving actresses out of a nomination*, could follow her and hurt her? Sometimes when the internet and...
by dws1982
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: DVD Discussions
Topic: Missing in Action - Films still not released on DVD/Blu Ray
Replies: 34
Views: 990

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

If the choice is between a Twilight Time version and UK version (from Indicator, Masters of Cinema, Arrow), you might be better off with the UK version. Those Twilight Time releases are so expensive that they aren't worth it unless you catch a sale. The Indicator releases seem to have better special...
by dws1982
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Actor 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 392

Re: Best Actor 2016

Easily Affleck. If Garfield had been nominated for Silence instead, it'd be really tough to decide. As of right now, for the year (keeping in mind I still have several films left to see), my list will consist of some combination of: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Timothee Chalamet, Miss Steven...
by dws1982
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1101

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

A Cure For Wellness Saw this a few weeks back when I was in Fort Worth for the weekend. Given how completely it tanked at the box-office, it looks like a studio disaster that was relegated to the February dumping ground. But it's not that, exactly. It may be at times a mashup of other movies ( The ...
by dws1982
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1874

Re: Trivia

A shame that Sally Field's The Glass Menagerie revival is apparently not good; In 2004 she headlined a production at the Kennedy Center that was just excellent, top to bottom, especially and including her performance. I felt like this one was questionable as soon as I saw that Joe Mantello, who's in...

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