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by Mister Tee
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 31
Views: 563

Re: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

Well, to put a period on it: There were the usual examples of poor research -- Crawford's claim the Academy gives nominations to independent movies pre-dated that reality by 20-25 years; Bob Aldrich had some hits, hardly became a highly respected auteur; and, though there was a montage of star death...
by Mister Tee
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2016
Replies: 172
Views: 29286

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2016

Catching up on a few late entries: I don't want to oversell The Founder -- it's got plenty of built-in genre limitations -- but I have to say I'm astounded a director like Hancock, whose work at best has been at Disney-level (and at worst, like The Blind Side, gag-inducing), could turn out something...
by Mister Tee
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 31
Views: 563

Re: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

can someone here explain to me what all this Joan Blondel/Olivia De Havilland 1978 footage is all about? Is it based on some real stuff? It feels so arbitrary. I read elsewhere that the original version of the script -- entitled "Best Actress" -- was structured around two actresses who we...
by Mister Tee
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 31
Views: 563

Re: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

You know, I heard that line go by and thought, WTF? -- and until you mentioned the ex post facto inclusion of Of Human Bondage, I didn't have a clue where the 11 came from. I distinctly recall when Hepburn got her 10th for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, it was reported as "Hepburn Ties Bette Da...
by Mister Tee
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great Again
Replies: 139
Views: 2709

Re: Everything Is Great Again

It's moments like these that I recognized how incredibly party-affiliated I am. When I read the reports yesterday, I just felt sick and horrible about the implications of what is to come. But then I ask myself, would I feel the same way if Hillary Clinton were the President? IYes, I know he has bee...
by Mister Tee
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay (1930/31)
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Best Screenplay (1930/31)

Well, the writers' branch, if no one else, acknowledged the predominance of the gangster film, with five of its ten nominations this year going to the genre. In so doing, they passed on a couple of films whose source material had a lot of cachet: Private Lives, An American Tragedy, and The Front Pag...
by Mister Tee
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Broadcast Media
Topic: Mad Men
Replies: 326
Views: 19371

Re: Mad Men

Reza wrote:Nobody here commented on Season 7. Did everyone skip it?


We made a new thread, Mad Men's Final Season:

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by Mister Tee
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 31
Views: 563

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...
by Mister Tee
Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 31
Views: 563

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 Cu...
by Mister Tee
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Don Rickles
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: R.I.P. Don Rickles

An odd mixture of standard borscht belt and one-of-a-kind: the first to make insults of all stripes his entire shtik. I first saw him, memorably, on a Dick van Dyke Show in the 60s -- he played a hold-up man who trapped Rob and Laura in an elevator. I'd never have dreamed he'd remain a prominent fig...
by Mister Tee
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Tim Pigott-Smith
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: R.I.P. Tim Pigott-Smith

I never watched Jewel in the Crown, but I saw him do King Charles III last year, and he was excellent. Also, a few months ago, caught him doing a small part in a 70s British miniseries The Glittering Prizes -- so his career was very long. A salute.
by Mister Tee
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: New Oscar Rules
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: New Oscar Rules

"No More OJ"'s seems the clear purpose behind the doc change, and, honestly, I can't muster much argument against it. OJ was terrific, but I -- like most -- saw it as a TV miniseries. The animated feature change is more opaque: was it meant to prevent the blackballing of The LEGO Movie, or...
by Mister Tee
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Feud: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien
Replies: 31
Views: 563

Re: Ryan Murphy mentions Damien

So, since this episode is the one that got me to watch the show (and apparently was Murphy's inspiration), some comments: The 1962 (not 1963, as Feud annoyingly called it) show holds special meaning for me, as it was the first time I saw the Oscars. I recall the winners vividly (especially the ones ...
by Mister Tee
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great Again
Replies: 139
Views: 2709

Re: Everything Is Great Again

Yesterday was a perfect illustration of why I think having the Intelligence Community as an adversary is lethal for Trump. The day began with the right wing puke funnel putting out a wholly misleading story trying to make Susan Rice a villain. (SIDE ISSUE: The last three people the right has gone af...
by Mister Tee
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: DVD Discussions
Topic: Missing in Action - Films still not released on DVD/Blu Ray
Replies: 34
Views: 980

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

TCM has shown Last Summer twice in the past few years, so a print exists, but I can't say it was a very good looking one. And it may have had edits to the climactic sequence -- it felt more abrupt than I remembered, but 1) I was basing this on a 40-year-old memory and 2) the scene had been cut somew...

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