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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:30 pm

The ultimate Oscar completist coup:

Saturday 11/5, 10:30 AM: TCM is showing High Society -- according to their guide, yes, the infamous Bowery Boys movie mistakenly nominated, then un-nominated, for Motion Picture Story in 1956.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:11 pm

Ah, yes, The Fighting Sullivans, the film that inspired Saving Private Ryan, another film that played endlessly on TV when I was a kid.

I'm pretty sure it's a public domain title. I have it on DVD, but it's long been available on YouTube.

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Postby The Original BJ » Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:23 pm

Tuesday, August 16, 6:15 AM PST: The Fighting Sullivans (aka The Sullivans) airs on TCM. This is a not-terribly-available nominee in the upcoming 1944 screenplay race we'll be discussing.

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Postby Mister Tee » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:54 pm

Coming up on TCM, a big one for Oscar completists:

Fri. Aug. 5th, 12AM EDT: Thunderbolt (1929), featuring one of the least-seen best actor nominees, George Bancroft

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby Big Magilla » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:17 pm

The Original BJ wrote:Some upcoming, more obscure screenplay nominees featured on TCM's 31 Days of Oscar:

2/3 - The Star Witness (1931)
2/7 - Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
2/10 - Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
2/10 - Pat and Mike (1952)
2/16 - Bachelor Mother (1939)
2/17 - The Blue Dahlia (1946)
2/18 - The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
2/22 - A Foreign Affair (1948)
2/22 - Hide-Out (1934)
2/23 - Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
2/23 - Comrade X (1940)
2/28 - One Way Passage (1932)

The Star Witness and Hide-Out are certainly obscure, but the others should be familiar to anyone who watches TCM on a regular basis as they're all pretty much in heavy rotation.

One Way Passage , A Foreign Affair and Pat and Mike are genuine classics and Bachelor Mother is a near-classic. Our Dancing Daughters made a star of Joan Crawford, but Anita Page is the film's standout. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet is one of Warner Bros. better biographical dramas and The Blue Dahlia is an outstanding film noir. The War Against Mrs. Hadley gives Fay Bainter a rare starring role.

The only two I don't recommend, except for those who need to see everything nominated for an Oscar, are Comrade X, which is a second-rate Ninotchka and Tom, Dick and Harry which was cornball nonsense even then.

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby The Original BJ » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:50 pm

Some upcoming, more obscure screenplay nominees featured on TCM's 31 Days of Oscar:

2/3 - The Star Witness (1931)
2/7 - Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
2/10 - Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
2/10 - Pat and Mike (1952)
2/16 - Bachelor Mother (1939)
2/17 - The Blue Dahlia (1946)
2/18 - The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
2/22 - A Foreign Affair (1948)
2/22 - Hide-Out (1934)
2/23 - Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
2/23 - Comrade X (1940)
2/28 - One Way Passage (1932)

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:07 pm

ksrymy wrote:I'm a completist myself, but there are films almost not worth it as you mention.

Well, I never said it wasn't worth it. I just said that there are some that are hard to get through.

Conversely, though, to use my own example, even something as plodding as Cavalcade can have some merit. I learned a little about the Boer War and advanced my use of the word "tinny" when I reviewed the film (referring to its sound quality).
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Postby ksrymy » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:08 pm

flipp525 wrote:
ksrymy wrote:
Mister Tee wrote:Another tip-off for when we resume the screenplay discussions: This Tuesday at 5:45AM ET, TCM is showing 1938's Blockade, one of the nominees I'm missing from the Original Story category.

I wouldn't bother. It's godawful with Henry Fonda giving one of his worst-ever performances.

But kudos to your solidarity.

I think you might be missing the point of being an Oscar completist. A lot of what was nominated in the past is a slog to get through (would anyone willingly pop in 1933's Cavalcade if they weren't trying to mark it off their Best Picture list?), but get through it you must if you want to complete the nomination list.

I'm a completist myself, but there are films almost not worth it as you mention.
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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:06 pm

ksrymy wrote:
Mister Tee wrote:Another tip-off for when we resume the screenplay discussions: This Tuesday at 5:45AM ET, TCM is showing 1938's Blockade, one of the nominees I'm missing from the Original Story category.

I wouldn't bother. It's godawful with Henry Fonda giving one of his worst-ever performances.

But kudos to your solidarity.

I think you might be missing the point of being an Oscar completist. A lot of what was nominated in the past is a slog to get through (would anyone willingly pop in 1933's Cavalcade if they weren't trying to mark it off their Best Picture list?), but get through it you must if you want to complete the nomination list.
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Postby ksrymy » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:50 pm

Mister Tee wrote:Another tip-off for when we resume the screenplay discussions: This Tuesday at 5:45AM ET, TCM is showing 1938's Blockade, one of the nominees I'm missing from the Original Story category.

I wouldn't bother. It's godawful with Henry Fonda giving one of his worst-ever performances.

But kudos to your solidarity.
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Postby Mister Tee » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:19 am

Another tip-off for when we resume the screenplay discussions: This Tuesday at 5:45AM ET, TCM is showing 1938's Blockade, one of the nominees I'm missing from the Original Story category.

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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:53 pm

Last minute alert: For those planning ahead on the screenplay vote, TCM at 7AM EDT tomorrow is showing Star Witness, one of the more obscure nominees. I can't exactly recommend it (SPOILER ALERT: I think it's pretty unbearable), but it's another tick off your list.

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:23 pm

Thanks for the heads-up!
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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Precious Doll » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:10 pm

The Original BJ wrote:I wasn't sure where to put this -- technically it has nothing to do with VCR/DVR -- but in doing some research for the upcoming screenplay fields, I noticed that The Bold and the Brave (a nominee for Original Screenplay as well as Supporting Actor for Mickey Rooney) is now available for rent on iTunes. Not sure how long this has been available, but I remember some people here saying this movie was one of the more obscure ones nominated for major Oscars, so I thought I'd point that out.


Strange that The Bold and the Brave has not been released on DVD in the US. It has been out on DVD in the UK since June 2010.
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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby OscarGuy » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:56 pm

I think this is the right thread for it. I changed the title.
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