11 items from 2010
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Justin Timberlake is the guy who virtually every girl wants and virtually every guy wants to be — he’s smart, he’s sexy, he’s charming, he’s funny, and, most impressively, he’s super-talented at a wide variety of things. Timberlake is a six-time Grammy-winning singer (you first heard him as the lead singer of the immensely popular ’90s boy band ’N Sync and subsequently as a charts-topping solo artist); a two-time Emmy-winning TV comedian (both for unforgettable guest appearances on “Saturday Night Live”); and, in January, might well add yet another impressive credential to that resume: Academy Award-nominated actor.
Timberlake has given standout performances in a number of films in the past — among them “Alpha Dog” (2006), “Black Snake Moan” (2006), and “Southland Tales” (2006) — but he has earned the best reviews of his career, by far, for his performance in this year’s »
- Scott Feinberg
What is a classic Christmas movie? It took “It’s a Wonderful Life” a couple of decades after its TV debut to achieve this status in the late 1970s, when it showed for years on a dozen channels until a clarification of its copyright status turned into an NBC holiday franchise. Robert Osborne’s Christmas Eve marathon on Turner Classic Movies opens with an obvious choice, “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), starring Cary Grant an angel who helps out the titular cleric (David Niven) and spouse (Loretta Young). This, incidentally, »
- By LOU LUMENICK
The Academy Awards are such serious business that comedies rarely get recognized. Sure, there are those occasional breakthroughs dating back to the 7th annual awardsfest in 1934 when Frank Capra’s romantic comedy "It Happened One Night" swept the top 5 awards (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay). Capra struck gold again four years later with the farcical "You Can’t Take It With You." Since then, several comedies tinged with drama have won the top prize including "Going My Way" (1944), "The Apartment" (1960), "Tom Jones" (1963), "The Sting" (1973), "Annie Hall" (1977), and "American Beauty" (1999). And these films often prevailed in other races too, including those for acting and directing. In the past decade, comedy wins at the Oscar have been restricted to two categories: Supporting Actor -- Chris Cooper ("Adaptation," 2002) and Alan Arkin ("Little Miss S »
Have you seen all of the Best Picture winners over the years? I'm nearing my personal finish line. (Mea culpa. 5 remain unseen: Gentlemen's Agreement, Hamlet, A Man For All Seasons, The French Connection and *gulp* The Godfather Part II. I am deeply ashamed) If you're semi-new to The Film Experience, check out this tri-blog series wherein Nick, Mike and Nathaniel (c'est moi), rescreen the winners starting from both ends of Oscar's chronologally. (We began in 2008 which is why Slumdog Millionaire and The Hurt Locker do not kick the festivities off)
Best Pictures From the Outside In (so far)
episode 1 No Country For Old Men (07) and Wings (27/28)
episode 2 The Departed (06) and Broadway Melody (28/29)
episode 3 Crash (05) and All Quiet on the Western Front (29/30)
episode 4 Million Dollar Baby (04) and Cimarron (30/31)
episode 6 Chicago (02) and Cavalcade (32/33)
- NATHANIEL R
It's been nearly six months since the last episode of the tri-blog series Best Pictures From the Outside In. At this rate we'll be done in 2021! Literally. "Stay tuned!!!" Nevertheless we're finally back with a new installment pairing 1990's Dances With Wolves & 1945's The Lost Weekend.
Read it @ Nick's Flick Picks
and comment on that discussion there.
Since those conversations are rarely about the Oscar field but just the winners, I thought I'd share a few quick words on 1990 and 1945 right here. I've noticed in my own lists over the years that the further back in time I go the more I agree with Oscar's choices. I'm guessing this is not a case of Oscar once having better taste (i.e. mine - haha) but simple math. I've seen more films from the modern era so the chance of disagreeing grows. For instance, Oscar's best picture field for 1990 was composed of. »
- NATHANIEL R
Leo McCarey poses with ZaSu Pitts and Charles Laughton on the set of Ruggles of Red GapIf he had made only the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup, Leo McCarey would have a place in the pantheon of American comedy. He did much more, of course, from a superb series of silent two-reelers with Charley Chase and some of Laurel and Hardy’s finest comedy shorts to such great feature films as The Awful Truth and Love Affair. His name isn’t invoked as often as other giants of his era, perhaps because his later films became sentimental (Going My Way and The Bells… »
Early this morning I was watching a piece of classic cinema that I'd seen several times before. (It was Resident Evil.) And since you need something else to do while a movie like that dances across your television screen, I found myself checking the list of the Academy Awards Best Picture winners to figure out which ones I'd never seen. Or ones I couldn't remember seeing. Or ones I saw in my college film classes and disliked because I bristle when told what to watch -- especially by lazy professors who just hit Play and then walk out of the room.
Turns out that of the 82 films that have won the Best Picture Oscar, I need to see (or revisit) only 24 of them. Perhaps I'm a little more cultured than I thought. (Unlikely.) And since I believe chronology is vastly overrated as a method for list-making, I'd like to ask you, »
- Scott Weinberg
Hollywood might be run by Scientologists these days, but the Catholics once called the shots, John Patterson reminds us
Jessica Hausner's new movie Lourdes, which revolves around what may or may not be a "take up thy bed and walk" kind of miracle, is the kind of movie about religious faith that you don't see coming out of Hollywood any more in these days of The Passion Of The Christ, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.
Hollywood hasn't developed an anti-Catholic bias; it's just that the church was once so prominent in Hollywood it almost had to come to grief sooner or later, with or without the aid of its retrograde teachings on birth control and ongoing sexual abuse scandals.
The old canard goes that the Jews run Hollywood. And certainly the industry was founded by immigrant Jews, barred from the more salubrious professions by anti-semitic Wasps. But for three decades, »
- John Patterson
Gold Derby reader Jeff Commings suggests this trivia quiz. Only one artist was the original singer on four Oscar-winning songs. Who? To see the answer, click the "Continue Reading" link below. Answer: f.) Bing Crosby sang four Oscar-winning songs: "Sweet Leilani" ("Waikiki Wedding," 1942), "White Christmas" ("Holiday Inn," 1944), "Swinging on a Star" ("Going My Way," 1951), "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" ("Here Comes the Groom," 1938). Jennifer Warnes was the original singer on three Oscar-winning tunes: "It Goes Like It Goes" ("Norma Rae," 1979), "Up Where We Belong" ("An Officer and a Gentleman," 1982) and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" ("Dirty Dancing," 1987). These thrushes sang two winners each: »
What happened with all good old films that used to make us cry out of laughter? Really, guys, I want to see some movies that will make me laugh.
Ok, maybe we became too occupied with every day routine, maybe we still think too much about our jobs, money, family problems? Problems with our neighbors? No, no, I’m not hinting on any movie… (yet)!
While watching this year’s Oscar nominations, one can’t help but wonder – why isn’t there category for best Comedy? Go out and tell some director – “man, that was a good job, here’s the Oscar!” Is it possible that somewhere out there does not exist some great, funny masterpiece that will make our stomach hurt?
Or is there some problem in Academy policy that just thinks that is not worth our attention? And yes, we do understand that we’re living in some crazy time, »
It's time for another installment of the "Best Pictures From the Outside In" series. Mike, Nick and I have been having these mash-up conversations off and on for what seems like forever and we're only 17 episodes in! I don't want to sound like I'm bemoaning how long we have to go... just that it's taken us so long that soon we'll have not just one (Slumdog Millionaire) but two (Up in Avatar's Inglourious Locker?) "Best Pictures" screwing up the concept of our original bookend timeline mashups. Anyway, I'm not complaining. I love the refreshers in Oscar history and the opportunity this affords me to see some films for the first time. I'd never actually seen the 1944 winner Going My Way, starring Bing Crosby as a saintly singing Irish priest and this was my first chance to revisit Silence of the Lambs on Blu-Ray.
Went Away. »
- NATHANIEL R
11 items from 2010
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