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Altitude Film Distribution have, this week, released a collection of Ang Lee’s first three Chinese language films entitled The Ang Lee Trilogy. Discover the early work of a celluloid legend who would go on to become the first Asian to win an Oscar for Best Director and receive 2 Academy Awards. The Ang Lee Trilogy consists of Pushing Hands. The Weddign Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman. It is available to own in a 3-disc set from today, 24th August 2015 at an Rrp £34.99.
To coincide with todays release of The Ang Lee Trilogy on DVD we have 3 copies to give away, as well as 3 copies of Whitney Dilley’s book The Cinema of Ang Lee: The Other Side of the Screen. To win, just answer the following question:
Which of the following Ang Lee films won an Academy Award? Was it:
a) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
c) Brokeback Mountain »
- Phil Wheat
It's been 10 years since "Crash" became the Best Picture everyone loves to hate. The racially charged drama defeated "Brokeback Mountain" at the Oscars in 2005, and the academy has been charged with homophobia ever since. But in 2015, in the wake of widespread videos of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, is it time to reconsider its legacy? -Break- "Crash" director Paul Haggis himself has said publicly he would have voted for a different film, but is he right, or is he being falsely modest? Click here to see updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions We asked our forum posters and discovered the passion for and against the film is undiminished a decade later. Read some select comments below, and join the live discussion right now! ETPhoneHome: I actually found it compelling. So sue me. I actually think it was a pretty weak year as far as Best Picture line-ups go, »
The Academy’s choice of Best Picture inspires some grumbling every year, but one of the most controversial upsets in recent memory occurred in 2006, when Crash won over Brokeback Mountain. Ten years later, even director Paul Haggis is willing to concede his film didn’t deserve the top prize. “Was it the best film of the year? I […]
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- Angie Han
It’s hard to argue that one of the most shocking Academy Award upsets of all time happened close to a decade ago, when Crash took home Best Picture over Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (and three other nominated films hailed as more deserving) at the 2006 Oscars. Considering that many were even surprised to see the movie nominated in that category in the first place, its win outraged film fans everywhere.
In a new interview with HitFix, writer/director of the film Paul Haggis, who also garnered an Oscar that night for Best Original Screenplay, admits that even he wouldn’t have picked Crash for the coveted award.
Haggis was asked about the criticism directed at the film, to which he replied, “Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night, and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. »
- Justin Cook
Crash, alongside Driving Miss Daisy and Shakespeare in Love, is often cited as one of the least deserving Best Picture winners of all time. In 2006 Paul Haggis’ drama about intersecting lives and prejudices in La was a surprise Best Picture winner (Haggis also scooped Best Director), much to the chagrin of many who felt the alternate options (namely Brokeback Mountain and Munich) were stronger.
Now, almost a decade after his greatest triumph, Haggis is willing to concede that opinion might be valid.
Talking to Hitfix, the director admitted the other movies exhibited superior artistry:
“Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year. “Good Night and Good Luck,” amazing film. “Capote,” terrific film. Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” great film. And Spielberg’s “Munich.” I mean please, what a year. “
Haggis sees Crash more as “social experiment »
- Daniel Kelly
It is considered one of the more unlikely Oscar-winners of recent times, a film that triumphed over heralded competition such as Brokeback Mountain, Munich, Capote, and Good Night, and Good Luck. It also faced criticism for what some considered to be racial stereotyping. Now director Paul Haggis has admitted his film Crash did not deserve to win the 2005 Academy award for best film.
Interviewed by Hitfix, Haggis dismissed criticism over the movie’s treatment of ethnicity, suggesting he had intended to draw the viewer into prejudiced reactions to racially charged scenarios, before subverting them.
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- Ben Child
After the results were read, many were shocked or angry, criticizing the Academy. “Crash’s” director Paul Haggis apparently agrees with the sentiment that it wasn’t the best film. In an interview with HitFix Tuesday, Haggis lauded the other nominated films and expressed doubt about the outcome.
“Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so,” Haggis admitted. “There were great films that year. ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ amazing film. ‘Capote,’ terrific film. Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ great film. And Spielberg’s ‘Munich.’ I mean please, what a year. ‘Crash’ for some reason affected people, it touched people. And you can’t judge these films like that. I’m very glad to have those Oscars. »
- Reece Ristau
It's coming close to a decade since Paul Haggis' "Crash" took home three Oscars, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, and many are still upset about it. The film competed against "Brokeback Mountain," "Munich," "Capote," and "Good Night And Good Luck," and many thought it wasn't worthy of any Academy Award honors. To this day, it's trotted out as an example of the industry voters getting it wrong, but Haggis has plowed ahead and returns this week behind the camera of David Simon's terrific miniseries "Show Me A Hero." But in the course of doing the interview rounds for the show, the inevitable question were asked about "Crash." "Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year. 'Good Night and Good Luck' —amazing film. 'Capote' —terrific film. Ang Lee’s 'Brokeback Mountain' —great film. And Spielberg’s 'Munich. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At first glance, the odds seemed stacked against Crash's Best Picture chances. It was up against Spielberg (Munich), Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck), a biopic (Capote), and the year's most controversial film (Brokeback Mountain). But in the end, Crash's liberal-humanist take on race proved more attractive to Oscar voters than Brokeback's unflinching look at homophobia, and so it took home the night's top prize. That decision has long been regarded by critics as one of the Academy's worst; while Brokeback's reputation has only grown, Crash still earns criticism for its oversimplification of racism and misrepresentation of America's racial history. As Ta-Nehisi Coates once wrote, Crash is "propaganda ... the apotheosis of a kind of unthinking, incurious, nihilistic, multiculturalism." Paul Haggis, the film's director, hears those complaints and, surprisingly, agrees with some of them. In an interview with HitFix, Haggis admits Crash wouldn't have been his pick for Best Picture either:Was »
- Dee Lockett
When it comes to the Oscar race, there.s always going to be debate. Should Dances With Wolves really have beat out Goodfellas? Should Al Pacino really have won for Scent of a Woman over both Denzel Washington in Malcolm X and Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven? One of the most questionable choices was Crash, which walked away with Best Picture at the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Almost no one, including the director, thinks it should have won. Talking to HitFix about the upcoming HBO drama, Show Me a Hero, which he directed, Crash helmer Paul Haggis talked about the controversy surrounding the choice. He said: Was it the best film of the year? I don.t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. Ang Lee.s Brokeback Mountain, great film. And Spielberg.s Munich. I mean please, what a »
Ten years on and people are still smarting about how the 2005 Best Picture Oscar race went down. It was a banner year with the favourite being "Brokeback Mountain" whilst "Munich," "Good Night And Good Luck" and "Capote" offered some very serious and healthy competition.
Yet when the award was announced, it was Paul Haggis' "Crash" that look home the big gong (along with best original screenplay) and no-one has really forgiven the Academy ever since. These days it's often the pin-up child of "that time the Oscars got it wrong," taking over from the position that "Shakespeare in Love" had occupied for several years.
That's not to say it was a bad film by any means, "Crash" certainly got its healthy share of rave reviews and it did touch a raw nerve in American society at the time. Haggis himself forged ahead with a strong career and returns to »
- Garth Franklin
Sunday night at 8, HBO debuts the first two hours of "Show Me a Hero," a new miniseries co-written by "The Wire" creator David Simon and directed by Paul Haggis, an Emmy and Oscar-winning writer and sometime director, whose movie "Crash" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006. Last month, Haggis and I had a long talk about his career, his shifts between movies and television, and "Show Me a Hero." It was a really interesting conversation, and I recommend reading the whole thing. That said, I know how the internet works, and I know that one passage of the interview would overwhelm all discussion of the rest of it, so I'm making this separate post just on that portion, in which we discuss the controversies over "Crash," its depiction of race relations, and the many people — Paul Haggis included, it turns out — who don't think it should have won Best Picture that year. »
- Alan Sepinwall
The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Early on the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay club in Manhattan, New York. In and of itself, this was nothing new; the police had been conducting raids there every few weeks for months on end. But on this hot summer night, the gay community there had finally reached their limit of police harassment. A riot broke out in the streets that morning, primarily concentrated on Christopher Street. The rioting continued for five days, immediately resulting in numerous injuries to protesters and police and millions of dollars in property damage within the community.
However, the long-term message was clear: homosexuals and transgender people have the same rights as any other minority group in America and should be free of harassment and suppression. Every year since, the gay community commemorates this seminal moment of social upheaval with a Gay Pride parade as a way to »
- Ray DeRousse
"They called it career suicide for a straight actor to play a gay person. We just thought that was ridiculous."– Diana Ossana, screenwriter for "Brokeback Mountain." It’s been 10 years since the release of one of our generation’s most ground-breaking films, where Jake Gyllenhaal (Jack Twist) and the late Heath Ledger (Ennis Del Mar) pursue a love forbidden and unheard of for Wyoming cowboys in 1963. To commemorate the film’s 10-year anniversary, Out Magazine interviewed the cast and crew, who looked back on what made the film so special and shared memories about the late Ledger. “I knew it would be a difficult film to make and something that would put people off,” Gyllenhaal told the mag, “but I didn’t know how difficult it would be to get made. My closest family members – my godfathers – were a gay couple, so it was something I just inherently had no prejudice about. »
- tooFab Staff
As much as filmgoers seem to agree that "Crash" was an undeserving Best Picture winner over "Brokeback Mountain," it feels like everyone has forgotten why "Brokeback" -- an epic still-life of sexual repression in the deep West -- actually ruled. I remember Richard Roeper, a film critic I usually love and agree with, saying that "Brokeback Mountain" is "a classic love story" regardless of the gayness at the film's center. Can't say I know any other straight romance complicated by emotionally battered wives, brutal homophobia, and the fatalism of two conflicted, secretive lovers who call their bond "a goddam bitch of an unsatisfactory situation." Yes, we'd seen forbidden love tales prior to the debut of "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005, but we hadn't seen a more vivid, IMAX-sized portrait of a specifically gay and tragic affair. For that reason it remains one of a kind and -- somehow -- underrated. The synopsis »
- Louis Virtel
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
Not to call your character and integrity into question, but a lot of people out there have fibbed or at least stretched the truth when it comes to our resumes. I know I certainly have. And it turns out we.re not alone, as celebrities lie about their applicable skills as well. Anne Hathaway perjured herself just a bit in order to land one of her biggest roles, in Ang Lee.s Brokeback Mountain. Out interviewed the Oscar-winning actress, and other key players, as part of a ten-year retrospective on the groundbreaking movie. Talking about how she got the part of Lureen Newsome Twist, the unknowing wife of closeted cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), Hathaway recalled a critical juncture in the audition process. She said: When I left the audition, the last thing Ang said was, .Oh, by the way, can you ride a horse?. My parents have given me »
Meant to be. The late Heath Ledger famously met his former love Michelle Williams on the set of the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain in 2004, and according to the then-couple's costars, there was no question that the two had something special. The cast and crew of the drama got back together in honor of the movie's 10th anniversary, and dished to Out magazine in a new interview about the moment that Ledger fell in love with Williams. "I'd known Heath for a really long time before that movie," Jake [...] »
For the tenth anniversary of Brokeback Mountain's release, Out has an oral history of the film. As expected, it's full of loving remembrances of the late Heath Ledger, who, besides being one of the best actors of his generation, comes off like an absolute mensch. In his co-star Jake Gyllenhaal's memory, Ledger hated the way the movie was turned into a meme — "the gay cowboy movie" — which he felt diminished its resonance. "He was extraordinarily serious about the political issues surrounding the movie when it came out," Gyllenhaal says. "A lot of times people would want to have fun and joke about it, and he was vehement about being serious, to the point where he didn’t really want to hear about anything that was being made fun of." As the cast and crew recall, the intense emotions on set were aided by Ang Lee's decision to house »
- Nate Jones
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