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by ITALIANO
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Your best picture ballot
Replies: 31
Views: 1152

Re: Your best picture ballot

Almost immediately after I wrote what I wrote on this thread, I started to have second thoughts, about what I chose to say and why. I was frustrated but that's no excuse. If there's one place where people should be able to express their opinions exactly as they are it's here. The only truly malicio...
by ITALIANO
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: On to BAFTA
Replies: 17
Views: 639

Re: On to BAFTA

Mister Tee wrote:There was a sweet, affectionate moment between Cuaron and his presenter, Salma Hayek -- which somehow brought to my mind the fact he'd had his young actors masturbating to her in Y Tu Mama Tambien.


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by ITALIANO
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Your best picture ballot
Replies: 31
Views: 1152

Re: Your best picture ballot

I certainly was never "vocally rooting for Jennifer Hudson", as I didn't even see Dreamgirls until about four days before the Oscars that year; Well, one can be "vocal" even for four days, right? I'm glad to know that you have changed your mind about her perfomance :) Anyway I w...
by ITALIANO
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: (D)Evaluating the nominees
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: (D)Evaluating the nominees

I wonder if, when it comes to Adams, there’s something of an American/non-American thing. (At first, I thought straight American thing, but no). It's the cross-race effect – you seem to be more attentive to nuances and depths I tend to rather blindly generalize, as you say. For me, she appears to b...
by ITALIANO
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: The Nominees
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: The Nominees

If this doesn't bolster Richard E. Grant's chances nothing will. But what does it say about Streisand's ignoring a 14-year-old's heartfelt letter at the height of her popularity? https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/richard-e-grant-left-tears-193752804.html She probably used to receive thousands of lett...
by ITALIANO
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Can You Ever Forgive Me? reviews
Replies: 8
Views: 746

Re: Can You Ever Forgive Me? reviews

Ok, at least a good one. Not a revolutionary work of art, but a solid, professional effort, well-written, and very well acted. These days this is more than enough. And it takes courage, I think, to make a movie about such a potentially uncinematic subject as literary forgery. I personally would have...
by ITALIANO
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: If Beale Street Could Talk reviews
Replies: 13
Views: 1085

Re: If Beale Street Could Talk reviews

It's a sweet little movie, made with evident honesty - which is not bad these days. Yet, I mean, it's really not much more than that. Structurally, it's quite messy - not the flashbacks, of course, they have become by now even too predictable - but there are scenes which go on forever and rather poi...
by ITALIANO
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Web of Sex Scandals
Replies: 229
Views: 7931

Re: Web of Sex Scandals

Bryan Singer's Accusers Speak Out If there's anything good that comes out of the Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar hype, maybe it's that this story could finish Singer in the way that Spacey's and Weinstein's allegations finished them. Just a warning: The article has some pretty graphic language. In addition...
by ITALIANO
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Green Book reviews
Replies: 40
Views: 1473

Re: Green Book reviews

In the recent Mary, Queen of Scots not only there are several black actors - and yes, in England and Scotland in those times there WERE black people, but not many - but some of these play roles of ambassadors, etc - high positions which a black man back then couldn't even dream of getting to. If we...
by ITALIANO
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Green Book reviews
Replies: 40
Views: 1473

Re: Green Book reviews

For example the fact that lately each year there MUST be at least one black actor - or actress - among the four winners - deservedly or not deservedly. In the recent Mary, Queen of Scots not only there are several black actors - and yes, in England and Scotland in those times there WERE black peopl...
by ITALIANO
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Green Book reviews
Replies: 40
Views: 1473

Re: Green Book reviews

The biggest problem I have with all this is that it was specifically AIMED at bringing down an Oscar contender (talk about low stakes). The tweet was evidently uncovered and then sent viral by somebody at Awards Watch who objected to the movie's politics and set out to "take it down". Peo...
by ITALIANO
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: PGA Winner
Replies: 16
Views: 374

Re: PGA Winner

We've not seen a film's awards prospects collapse like A Star is Born's since -- what? -- Dreamgirls? Well, there is a difference. Dreamgirls basically collapsed the moment it came out - the reviews were mixed at best, and only this board (collectively - I was the only one who tried to tell the tru...
by ITALIANO
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Vice reviews
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Vice reviews

To me, and many others, Cheney was a horror show that deserved more serious exposure, not a sophomoric yuck-yuck fest. What will we get when the Trump show ends its run, an All the President's Men style rebuke or something like this? Ok. Well, political satires can be as good, and as biting, as pol...
by ITALIANO
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Vice reviews
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Vice reviews

Ok, but why "smarmy"? The director and his actors were smarmy in the sense of dictionary meaning number while the film itself was smarmy in the sense of dictionary meaning number 2: 1. Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest. 2. Relating to or indulging in lewd conduct; smutty: sm...
by ITALIANO
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Vice reviews
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Vice reviews

I wonder if one of the (unconfessed, maybe even unconscious) reasons why this admittedly imperfect effort has been attacked by so many is, simply, an unconfortable reaction to what the movie says about American politics, the war in Iraq and more generally, power. No, it's the smarmy way it's done. ...

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