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by Mister Tee
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Jimmy Breslin
Replies: 0
Views: 43

R.I.P. Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin covered so many areas that I wasn't even sure of the proper place to put this obituary -- film? politics? literary? simply "off-topic"? (he'd probably love that.) But I also wonder if some younger people even know who he is. To many, he's probably the image of a New Yorker: b...
by Mister Tee
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Chuck Berry
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: R.I.P. Chuck Berry

Someone wrote years ago that any definition of Artist that wasn't big enough to include Chuck Berry was of no use. The Beatles and Stones were considered the poles of mid-60s rock 'n' roll -- and BOTH acknowledged Chuck Berry as major influence. Sweet Little Sixteen. Johnny B. Goode. You Never Can T...
by Mister Tee
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Original Story 1934
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Best Original Story 1934

1934 is either one of the worst early Oscar years or I'm simply unacquainted with the hidden gems (I've only seen about 30 or so movies from the year). I can't come up with an alternative to this flimsy list. If I DID have an alternative, I'd quickly use it to jettison The Richest Girl in the World,...
by Mister Tee
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great Again
Replies: 99
Views: 1656

Re: Everything Is Great Again

When and why did we change this thread title? The Maddow tax thing was so overwrought and pointless you could almost believe she owed Trump a favor. Colbert last night did an absolutely devastating parody of Maddow's "I'm going to tell you something, but first I'm going to describe 100 things b...
by Mister Tee
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1790

Re: Trivia

Since I never offered my own opinion when asking the question, I should chime in. I lean a bit toward Virginia Woolf, but kind of in okri's way: the film opened when I was just becoming a mayor film (and Oscar) fan, so it's always felt contemporary to me in a way none of the others do. By the time I...
by Mister Tee
Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1790

Re: Trivia

I assume many of you have noted TCM is covering Richard Burton as star of the month. While I was looking at some of the movies on the schedule last night, something occurred to me: The Taylor/Burton team made four movies during the 1963-66 period (the pair's zenith as tabloid fodde). Despite only on...
by Mister Tee
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: 2016
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2016
Replies: 169
Views: 28988

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2016

Because I (like all of us) was so deep in Oscar mode for most of February, I never stopped to comment on two films that failed to make the race but I wanted to see anyway because I'd read the novels on which they were based. A quick catch-up: We'll never know if critics would have been less hostile ...
by Mister Tee
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Robert Osborne
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: R.I.P. Robert Osborne

I feared this was coming, given his recent extended absence from TCM. He obviously knew movies backwards and forwards, and, despite his age/identification with old films, he didn't automatically gravitate to old-fart taste (as I recall, he thought little of Titanic). He was basically perfect for his...
by Mister Tee
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: The 18th Annual Who'll Be Back?
Replies: 26
Views: 594

The 18th Annual Who'll Be Back?

Well, this year’s a bit different from the last several. In those years just past, by the time I got around to posting this annual thread, people had fully moved on, generally in apathy, from the presentations. This year, this buzz feels like it’ll linger a long time (Mark Harris referred Thursday t...
by Mister Tee
Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: 89th Oscars: General & Ceremony Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 1426

Re: 89th Oscars: General & Ceremony Discussion

A few things: I kind of like the dog-pile of everyone remotely connected to the movie being onstage for the best picture presentation. The older tradition, of just the producer being up there, was once analogized to having only the publisher accept the Pulitzer for fiction. I'm not sure I want to ta...
by Mister Tee
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1790

Re: Trivia

Fred Zinnemann is also in the general ballpark. Zinnemann's an interesting one, because he covers all three music categories: song and original score for High Noon, and adaptation score for Oklahoma! But he never got (as it was then called) art direction/set decoration, visual effects, or -- despit...
by Mister Tee
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1790

Re: Trivia

I'm thinking Scorsese has had the best showing in this angle -- his films have won Oscars in all categories but original screenplay (both Gangs of New York and The Aviator were at least nominated there), original score, song (The Hands That Built America was actually the favorite there, but lost) a...
by Mister Tee
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1790

Re: Trivia

More an oddity than trivia, but... Two years ago, Whiplash rather unexpectedly won Oscars for sound mixing and film editing. Sunday night, Chazelle's follow-up film was widely expected to win those two prizes, but didn't. Partly as a result of this, Chazelle, with only two films, has scored Oscars i...
by Mister Tee
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: 89th Oscars: General & Ceremony Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 1426

Re: 89th Oscars: General & Ceremony Discussion

Don't know if this is the place to put it, but both PwC accountants ave been told they'll never work the Oscars again. Which seems a bit unfair to Martha Ruiz, whose only fault was not calling out the mistake faster. But I guess Cheryl Boone Isaacs was determined to make a big stand. (She does seem ...
by Mister Tee
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1790

Re: Trivia

To something more trivial/technical: Hacksaw Ridge's win in Editing gives us a seven-year stretch where the best picture winner took the prize only once (Argo). There was one case where the winner (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) wasn't even a best picture nominee, and you can argue that nether Whiplas...

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