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by Mister Tee
Thu May 24, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: Wonderstruck reviews
Replies: 16
Views: 989

Re: Wonderstruck reviews

I have no idea why this took so long to hit DVD -- Paddington 2, which only opened in February, beat it to home viewing. But I can finally weigh in. Basically, I'm with BJ: I got to the end, and thought "And...?" -- there had to be more of a story than that, to occupy two hours of screen t...
by Mister Tee
Wed May 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 1999
Replies: 9
Views: 317

Re: Best Cinematography 1999

I've been sluggish about getting to this group, partly because I couldn't remember what my own choice that year was. I finally dug up the old notebook, and found I'd gone for Three Kings, which BJ finally mentioned. I'd also highlighted already-noted efforts like The Straight Story, The Talented Mr....
by Mister Tee
Tue May 22, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: R.I.P. Philip Roth
Replies: 0
Views: 36

R.I.P. Philip Roth

I think I've read more Philip Roth than pretty much any other contemporary novelist. Not every book was great, but the breadth of his work, over more than half a century, is incredible. Personal favorites: I Married a Communist, The Great American Novel, Letting Go, the Zuckerman trilogy (The Ghost ...
by Mister Tee
Thu May 17, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Ready Player One reviews
Replies: 6
Views: 462

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: 76

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: 12
Views: 173

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: 12
Views: 173

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: 12
Views: 173

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: 70

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: 12
Views: 173

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: 373

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: 389

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: 448

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: 2235

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: 2235

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.

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