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by Mister Tee
Thu May 17, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Ready Player One reviews
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: Ready Player One reviews

I wouldn't say I have a wildly higher opinion of this film than BJ or Precious Doll, but I have to emphatically disagree on one point: I think it is hugely enhanced by its being directed by Spielberg and not one of the many directors who've headed up the Marvel/DC films of the past decade. On the le...
by Mister Tee
Wed May 16, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Tom Wolfe
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: R.I.P. Tom Wolfe

Along with Hunter Thompson, and maybe Norman Mailer, he did more to change/enliven American journalism in the last half-century. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff are glorious reads, great books. The Bonfire of the Vanities was a compulsive page-turner, but its societal view curdle...
by Mister Tee
Tue May 15, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Historical Oscar Short-Lists
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: Historical Oscar Short-Lists

Correct on Mrs. Robinson. The version in the film consists of the chorus only; the verses first appeared on Bookends (and didn't hit radio play till a week or two after the Oscars). Thus, the song's most famous line ("Where have you gone, Joe Dimaggio...?") was missing. Of course, the same...
by Mister Tee
Mon May 14, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Historical Oscar Short-Lists
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: Historical Oscar Short-Lists

When Damien wrote inside Oscar, one section that always interested me was the "songs not nominated." Were these his own observations or were these the shortlists? His (their) own -- he and Mason, in fact, included many of those songs Magilla and I noted below as missing from even the shor...
by Mister Tee
Mon May 14, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Historical Oscar Short-Lists
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: Historical Oscar Short-Lists

There's really too much information in these lists to hunt out all the interesting elements, but a few things I looked for or noted: Two hugely famous musical themes -- The Third Man and A Summer Place -- were not only not nominated, they didn't even make the cut of 10. John Lennon and Paul McCartne...
by Mister Tee
Mon May 14, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Margot Kidder
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: R.I.P. Margot Kidder

Loved her in Sisters. A very cool 70s chick; that she was chosen to play Lois Lane was a sign of the off-beat approach taken with that version of Superman. Post-Superman, she seemed to get more publicity for her life issues than her acting. But, looking at her IMDB page, it appears she never stopped...
by Mister Tee
Mon May 14, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Historical Oscar Short-Lists
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Historical Oscar Short-Lists

Those of us who've been around a long time will remember there was a time when the crafts branches, at some point shortly after Christmas, released lists of the ten finalists from which the ultimate five nominees (then released in mid/late February) would be culled. In those days, when Oscar nerd-do...
by Mister Tee
Thu May 10, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 1998
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Best Cinematography 1998

I'm late getting to this due to "busy", and much of what I think has already been expressed. Very happy to see people touting Pleasantville, which I thought I might be alone in mentioning. Sabin is probably right, that the branch saw it as a visual effects things -- though the VFX branch c...
by Mister Tee
Tue May 01, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

At first I thought, how great that someone my age will finally get to see Glenda Jackson give an acceptance speech at an awards show... until I did some digging and learned that she wasn't present to accept her Oscars or Emmys either! I'm surprised you didn't know this before; it was even the subje...
by Mister Tee
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1997
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Best Cinematography 1997

My choice on the year, unavailable to me here, is The Ice Storm -- a film as exquisitely shot as it is written and directed. I'd also have gone for Boogie Nights, though Sabin's take on why it was omitted rings true. Muddy is indeed the word that comes to mind when I think of Amistad -- the images (...
by Mister Tee
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2222

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

Precious Doll wrote: Only hope it doesn't score a technical Oscar nomination next year....

Bank on it getting a visual effects nomination, and all of us holdouts grudgingly watching it sometime next winter.
by Mister Tee
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2222

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

The Original BJ wrote:But of course, it is 100% my own fault for putting myself through this interminable THREE HOURS when I obviously know better by now!

Three hours??????? This is getting to punishment level.
by Mister Tee
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1996
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: Best Cinematography 1996

A year after a slate completely different from my choices, the branch came up with one exceedingly close to mine. My top alternate would be Courage Under Fire -- like many Ed Zwick movies, its impressive visual look somewhat offset its turgid narrative. I'm afraid I don't buy into the idea that Brea...
by Mister Tee
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1995
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: Best Cinematography 1995

Ah, 1995 -- the year there were so many candidates, and the Academy did such a generally poor job of selecting from them. I look back at old notebooks, and find that, as under best picture, the five I chose failed to match the Academy list even once. My 20-odd-years-ago picks: Heat, Dolores Claiborn...
by Mister Tee
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 179
Views: 13699

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

Way later than everyone else, but, yeesh, The Greatest Showman is terrible. I had BJ's exact response: horror at it from literally the opening number. It's got a crappy score (I think WAY inferior to La La Land), not just bad but repetitively bad choreography (I felt like every time the circus freak...

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