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by The Original BJ
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2007
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: Best Cinematography 2007

If someone were to make the case that this is the best Oscar Cinematography lineup ever... I'm not sure I'd put up much of an argument. There were other exciting options as well -- I'm Not There and Zodiac probably most worth mentioning -- but it seemed pretty obvious these would be the five nominee...
by The Original BJ
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: The First Century
Topic: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread
Replies: 222
Views: 34487

Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Precious Doll wrote:Skyscraper (1928) nominated for 'Best Writing' is available on YouTube.


Wow, thanks for this. That one was on my list of nominees I assumed I'd never find in a million years (along with a bunch from that year.)
by The Original BJ
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Halfway Through 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Halfway Through 2018

I had two overall thoughts while writing this post. The first is a reiteration of a thought I had months ago, that the first half of 2018 has been unusually solid. Certainly not as exciting as the back half of any year, but hardly anemic for films worth seeing. The second thought I had is that my cr...
by The Original BJ
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2006
Replies: 9
Views: 324

Re: Best Cinematography 2006

Letters From Iwo Jima is my top omission -- given that it pulled through to nab all those top on-the-bubble nominations, I was surprised such a beautifully photographed Best Picture nominee couldn't place here. I also see that I had The Good German down, but talk about a movie I haven't given ANY th...
by The Original BJ
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2005
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Best Cinematography 2005

My alts would have been 2046 and A History of Violence. I found The Dark Knight a considerable improvement on Batman Begins in all areas, including the photography. I know there are many who instantly admired the grittier look of Pfister and Nolan’s take on Batman, but I thought this first film had ...
by The Original BJ
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2004
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Best Cinematography 2004

I thought this was an odd cinematography year for a few reasons. The first is, I remember having NO idea what was going to be nominated -- only The Aviator struck me as a certain nominee. The second is, many of my own favorites were atypically off-Oscar, whether due to ineligibility (Hero, my vote f...
by The Original BJ
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 578
Views: 21465

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Just when you thought this week couldn't get ANY worse...
by The Original BJ
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 3797

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

Anonymous, perhaps you should white out the spoiler section of your post? Just a quick cursory glance at your post easily reveals what you’re intending to hide, without giving anyone a chance to avert their eyes when seeing SPOILER.
by The Original BJ
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 3797

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

A few thoughts on some recent releases: I agree with Sabin that A Quiet Place is effectively mounted, and generates suspense in some smart ways -- the concept of creatures only being able to identify victims through sound feels fresh and leads to some very nerve-wracking sequences, the use of silenc...
by The Original BJ
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2003
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Best Cinematography 2003

Not a very strong year for this category. The Return of the King is probably the only omission that really disappoints me, and even that is tempered by the fact that the series had already been rewarded here. Seabiscuit is a pretty paint-by-numbers affair across the board, and I find its goopy Depre...
by The Original BJ
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 33
Views: 1176

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Once The Band's Visit had picked up Best Book and (seemingly from nowhere) Featured Actor, it became clear that voters simply thought that was the only acceptable option in most categories, and despite large nomination hauls, Mean Girls and SpongeBob Squarepants just weren't viewed as serious enough...
by The Original BJ
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2002
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Best Cinematography 2002

I was a bit surprised this branch decided they were over the Rings films after the first installment. Although The Two Towers was shot in a similar style as its predecessor, it was still quite an impressive visual achievement, and the work here wasn't nearly as much of a retread as in other areas th...
by The Original BJ
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 578
Views: 21465

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

GULP, every day just takes us further and further into uncharted territory.
by The Original BJ
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 578
Views: 21465

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Sabin, I DEFINITELY think the MAGA base is a cult. But I do think if the Republican party leadership had taken a different approach in the 2016 election -- honestly, if they took a different approach NOW -- they would be able to persuade a decent amount of Republican voters that bad faith/conspiracy...
by The Original BJ
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 578
Views: 21465

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

So, no one appears to be responding to this. Not to say people are obligated to reply to things I post, but...isn't anyone else alarmed by this? Well... I have spent the weekend knocking on doors (in 100 degree heat) for the Democratic congressional candidate I've been volunteering for over the las...

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