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by Mister Tee
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Ann Wedgeworth
Replies: 2
Views: 26

Re: R.I.P. Ann Wedgeworth

Loved her. Saw her onstage in Herb Gardner's play Thieves, in which she was the saving grace. She was indeed wonderful in Handle with Care, and as Patsy Cline's mother in Sweet Dreams. Under-appreciated for sure.
by Mister Tee
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri reviews
Replies: 22
Views: 472

Re: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri reviews

I've found a lot of McDonagh's work, for stage and screen, exceedingly enjoyable, but too often within a narrow range -- a jokey, violence-heavy universe that felt similar to Tarantino's films. The Pillowman, a truly wonderful play, persuaded me he's capable of a good deal more, and Three Billboards...
by Mister Tee
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: General Off-Topic
Topic: 2017 Baseball Playoffs
Replies: 44
Views: 772

Re: 2017 Baseball Playoffs

The last vestiges of the 2017 season came with this week's awards presentations. I imagine the results left both me and Bog a bit disgruntled -- Bog because his guy came SOOOO close to being a repeat MVP, me because my guy didn't come as close as he deserved. I'm fine with Altuve winning -- in fact,...
by Mister Tee
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Web of Sex Scandals
Replies: 29
Views: 559

Re: Web of Sex Scandals

The state to worry about is New Jersey. If the ethics committee recommends and the senate agrees to expel Menendez before his Democratic successor takes over, Chris Christie gets to name his replacement. Why would this happen when the prosecution ended in mistrial? I don't want to fall into the hab...
by Mister Tee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR
Replies: 243
Views: 5800

Re: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR

I know the analogy isn't perfect, but Mark Rylance in Dunkirk reminds me a bit of Sean Astin in Return of the King. In each case, the film was (rightly) considered a prime best picture hopeful, and, given that such films often generate acting nominations, the search was on for who in the cast MIGHT ...
by Mister Tee
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: The Best Picture Formula Ramble
Replies: 27
Views: 335

Re: The Best Picture Formula Ramble

we still don't know if Dunkirk will definitely miss the Screenplay category -- it seems like an impossible get, given the nature of the movie, and the competitive slate on the original side -- but what if it gets that nomination? Then I'd suspect that, like Gladiator (whose screenplay nod shocked u...
by Mister Tee
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: The Best Picture Formula Ramble
Replies: 27
Views: 335

Re: The Best Picture Formula Ramble

Sabin's original post, and the comments following, raise a number of thoughts. I may not be able to coherently address all of them, but here are some things I'll throw out: I'm not entirely ready to declare that last year's result means the old farts are gone and a new world of diversity and wokenes...
by Mister Tee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Web of Sex Scandals
Replies: 29
Views: 559

Re: Web of Sex Scandals

In a sane world, this would be the end of it, but who knows now: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/locals-were-troubled-by-roy-moores-interactions-with-teen-girls-at-the-gadsden-mall/amp OscarGuy, I understand the Machiavellian idea of Dems making GOPers stew in a Moore Senate election, but I...
by Mister Tee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 419
Views: 13277

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

In case anyone had forgotten about Russia. Good god.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/ar ... ks/545738/
by Mister Tee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1990
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Best Cinematography 1990

The clear omission is The Sheltering Sky, which won the NY critics' prize and finished second in LA. Apparently the kink in the plot blackballed the film from all consideration. It's odd, how some of the directors who swept in this era for their big epics were then almost wholly ignored with their f...
by Mister Tee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Liz Smith
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: R.I.P. Liz Smith

She worked in a disreputable field, but, unlike many compatriots, she never seemed to be trying to be mean -- while others took pleasure in it. And she devoted a column to Nine, featuring my wife, shortly after it opened, and sent a copy along with a nice note, both of which hang on the wall of our ...
by Mister Tee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR
Replies: 243
Views: 5800

Re: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR

Since we're dealing with long-shot candidates, in the category that REALLY needs one -- best actor -- is there any possibility for Richard Gere in Norman? He got good reviews, the movie did a not-hideous-for-a-cheap-indie $3.8 million, and I'd think Gere is a guy with enough personal industry relati...
by Mister Tee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Web of Sex Scandals
Replies: 29
Views: 559

Re: Web of Sex Scandals

Thanks, dws, for the local report. I know a number of people who are probably close to your political profile -- people who would like to view themselves as moderate conservatives, but have become increasingly horrified by the direction of the GOP. Should Doug Jones win -- and I still view that as a...
by Mister Tee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR
Replies: 243
Views: 5800

Re: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR

I think the one we're underestimating the most for Supporting Actress is Claire Foy as Andrew Garfield's supportive wife in Breathe . Granted, the film received mixed reviews and had no traction at the box-office, but will likely get attention on screeners from the legion of fans she picked up with...
by Mister Tee
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR
Replies: 243
Views: 5800

Re: Oscar Predictions Thread - TIFF to NBR

You could look at it this way: we'll find out if Oscar is truly an eternal sucker for such films, or if it was just that Harvey Weinstein knew how to pitch them to voters. coughcoughTheTheoryofEverythingcoughcough Also, both have 72 at metacritic Full disclosure: I don't remember the advance praise...

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