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by The Original BJ
Sun May 20, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Glenda Jackson was interviewed on Vanity Fair’s podcast this week, and she was asked — in lieu of her Oscar/Emmy absences — if she’ll be attending the Tonys. Sounds like she is!
by The Original BJ
Sat May 19, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 1999
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Best Cinematography 1999

I think 1999 is one of the greatest years for cinematography ever. I can come up with so many top-tier alts that could have easily been in the discussion -- Eyes Wide Shut, The Straight Story, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bringing Out the Dead, Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, Three Kings, Magnolia. You cou...
by The Original BJ
Wed May 09, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2234

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

The tricky thing about Love, Simon is that the very thing that makes it groundbreaking is also the exact same thing that limits it. Which is to say, it's a mainstream mall movie through and through, so the fact that a film geared to this audience (and released wide) features a gay teen protagonist m...
by The Original BJ
Mon May 07, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 1998
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Best Cinematography 1998

I think Sabin's analysis pretty much nailed it. I'm fond of the alternates he listed -- the inventive show-within-a-show camerawork of The Truman Show, the pops of Technicolor through B&W in Pleasantville. And I, too, would offer up Beloved, a film which isn't up to the extraordinary level of th...
by The Original BJ
Wed May 02, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1997
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: Best Cinematography 1997

The alternates that I think could have been in the discussion have all been cited by you guys already -- the chilly winterscapes of The Sweet Hereafter and The Ice Storm, the visual energy of Boogie Nights, the swoony romanticism of Happy Together (especially the Iguazu Falls sequence). But I though...
by The Original BJ
Tue May 01, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

I do take note that Prior Walter -- which won Stephen Spinella a supporting Tony in 1993 -- is now the lead in Angels in America, while Roy Cohn -- which won Ron Leibman the lead Tony that year -- is now supporting. Tonys doing Tonys. And Hailey Kilgore is nominated as lead actress for the same rol...
by The Original BJ
Tue May 01, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

This was a pitifully thin season on the musical side. The four Best Musical nominees were just about the only available options, despite not-exactly raves for many of them. (And it's really depressing that all of them are film/tv adaptations, though at least the presumed frontrunner -- The Band's Vi...
by The Original BJ
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2234

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

Mister Tee wrote:
The Original BJ wrote:But of course, it is 100% my own fault for putting myself through this interminable THREE HOURS when I obviously know better by now!

Three hours??????? This is getting to punishment level.


Technically, 2 hours and 40 minutes... and it's still only part one of an essentially two-part story!
by The Original BJ
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2234

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

When I first heard of this, I was concerned that it was gonna be an overlong, bloated mess with all those dozens of characters I was very concerned about this before, during, and after I was watching it. (Surprise!) One thing I would give credit for this one is the ballsy ending. Wow, they must rea...
by The Original BJ
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: New Oscar Rules for 91st
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: New Oscar Rules for 91st

Well, this seems like it's going to eliminate the tradition of the Best Song nominee from a movie you've never heard of, a tradition that always kind of amused me.
by The Original BJ
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1996
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Best Cinematography 1996

Breaking the Waves was one of the first movies I saw where I realized that a beautifully shot film didn't necessarily have to be "beautiful" -- I don't think it ever would have had a chance with Oscar, but its bleak look is distinctive and intoxicating, and would have been a worthy inclusi...
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: 480

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: 781

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: 578

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: 6
Views: 462

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 ...

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