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Old Ass Oscars: The Front Page (1931)

13 February 2011 12:39 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Every Sunday in February, Film School Rejects presents a nominee for Best Picture that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents the movie behind the movie that everyone else knows in an attempt to prove that remakes aren’t necessarily all bad. Also to prove that the Academy doesn’t always know what they’re doing even when they know what they’re doing. The Front Page (1931) Directed by: Lewis Milestone Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O’Brien, Mary Brian, and Edward Everett Horton The Front Page didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture the year it was up for it (the 4th annual). In fact, it didn’t win for Best Actor or Best Director either. By all accounts, it didn’t deserve to win. The expansive Cimarron (which was based off an Edna Ferber novel, just »

- Cole Abaius

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CGI and the Banality of the Incredible part 2

2 January 2011 9:30 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In 1993, audiences gazing on the truly imposing sight of dinosaurs come to life in Jurassic Park felt the same sense of jaw-dropping awe displayed by the movie’s human characters.  Nothing in movie history could compare to what Steven Spielberg and his CGI crew were able to put on the screen:  not the herky-jerky stop-motion-animated lizards of 1950s monster-on-the-loose movies like The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), nor the pet store lizards made up to look like supposedly threatening beasts in Irwin Allen’s back lot The Lost World (1960), and certainly not a man in a rubber reptile suit rampaging through a miniature Tokyo in the original Godzilla (1954).  But as impressive a sight as it was, once the novelty of Jurassic’s CGI creations wore off, so did some of their appeal.

Jurassic Park earned a whopping $350.5 million domestic gross, and while its sequels were, without question, major box office successes, none »

- Ricky

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