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by The Original BJ
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1995
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Best Cinematography 1995

We're now getting into years where my childhood self had very strong opinions on some of the nominated films. I'm agreement that the list overall is lackluster, not only because some of the nominees are obviously unworthy, but also because so many strong efforts were overlooked. Many have mentioned ...
by The Original BJ
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Isle of Dogs
Replies: 11
Views: 610

Re: Isle of Dogs

Co-sign the general consensus that Isle of Dogs is a very enjoyable movie. Visually, it's dazzling -- I kept wanting to freeze frame individual images just to catch all of the details, many of which were often quite funny in offhand ways. And the narrative is engaging, and full of plenty of typicall...
by The Original BJ
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1994
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: Best Cinematography 1994

The most outrageous exclusion is Ed Wood, which had all three critics prizes in its pocket, and still couldn’t overcome Oscar's resistance to black-and-white. I would also advocate for Heavenly Creatures, a film full of visual imagination. I can’t say I rate this a spectacular lineup -- I don’t even...
by The Original BJ
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Ready Player One reviews
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Ready Player One reviews

Ready Player One seems like the kind of material that's tailor-made for Spielberg, at least in terms of what we think of as old-school Spielberg -- it's an adventure film set in the future, featuring as its central character a young man who has lost both of his parents (natch), that almost seems to ...
by The Original BJ
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1993
Replies: 9
Views: 361

Re: Best Cinematography 1993

The Age of Innocence is the most obvious omission -- that's a simply gorgeously shot film. But it was such a strong year there were plenty of other good also-rans, most of which have been listed -- The Remains of the Day, The Secret Garden, Blue, A Perfect World. The Fugitive is muscularly shot, and...
by The Original BJ
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Broadcast Media
Topic: R.I.P. Steven Bochco
Replies: 3
Views: 165

Re: R.I.P. Steven Bochco

His heyday was a bit before my time -- my parents were avid viewers of NYPD Blue, and I remember watching it plenty growing up, but I was too young to really have an opinion about it. And I never saw his other famed shows at all, though I certainly was aware of their legacy. I see on social media th...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 791

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

I don't think The Death of Stalin quite hits the highs of In the Loop -- that earlier film had me consistently laughing out loud, dazzled by the caustic wit of the nonstop great one-liners. The Death of Stalin is more smile/chuckle-funny, clever from beginning to end, but in a more low-key way. Part...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 519
Views: 17565

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

I marched in LA. (Right next to, randomly, Marisa Tomei!) Hugely inspiring to see the number of young people out there, who are, quite frankly, humiliating the NRA (and the elected GOP officials) in a way we haven’t really seen before on this issue. There just isn’t really a way to fight against the...
by The Original BJ
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1992
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Best Cinematography 1992

Should we figure out a schedule to start these up again?
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Oscars' Hat Tricks party game
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Oscars' Hat Tricks party game

Well, our musical preferences don't line up quite as well as our general film taste. Maybe not exactly, but we may be in more agreement than you think once I qualify some things... 1. I don't in any way dislike "Thanks for the Memory" (or "The Last Time I Saw Paris" for that mat...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Oscars' Hat Tricks party game
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Oscars' Hat Tricks party game

To venture below the line, I thought the best Original Song stretch would be a no-brainer... until a double-check had me realize that "White Christmas" was separated from "Over the Rainbow" and "When You Wish Upon a Star" by one year, with "The Last Time I Saw Pari...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Best Supporting Actress 2017

The women just boxed out (Hong Chau & Holly Hunter) would have been the ones I'd have considered above... ...Blige, though I will say I definitely felt she was an actress first, and a pop star trying her hand at drama second. I just don't think the role offers her anything that should prompt bes...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actor 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Best Supporting Actor 2017

I lament the exclusion of Michael Stuhlbarg, like so many. Extra-cinematic circumstances certainly helped propel Plummer to his nomination...but he isn't unworthy in the role at all. It's a meaty enough part, which he fits like a glove. (Honestly, way more than Kevin Spacey ever would have.) Harrels...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Actress 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Best Actress 2017

Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game would be my top alt, though the year offered bountiful options in this category. It took me a second viewing to appreciate that Streep was more than a default nominee -- her delivery of "Let's go, let's publish" is a really crowd-pleasing piece of acting --...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Oscars' Hat Tricks party game
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Oscars' Hat Tricks party game

Under Director, I think my worst stretch would be (no contest) 1930/31 to 1932/33: Norman Taurog for Skippy, Frank Borzage for Bad Girl, and Frank Lloyd for Cavalcade. There are actually some decent trios of directors throughout Oscar history, but I think for my best I’ll go with the 1991 to 1993 st...

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