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by Sabin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1996
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Best Cinematography 1996

The 69th Academy Awards went like this... First ten minutes: fresh and innovative in a way no Oscar I've seen since has exactly replicated. Next hour: boredom. Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Binoche??? Rest of show: boredom. Good for Billy Bob Thornton. I've never quite understood the hate for Th...
by Sabin
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: R.I.P. Barbara Bush
Replies: 2
Views: 118

R.I.P. Barbara Bush

Haven't seen any other posts about this so... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/us/barbara-bush-dead.html The first president I was really cognizant for was George H.W. Bush, so Barbara Bush was my first First Lady. But really she seemed like the First Grandmother. My impression of her at the time ...
by Sabin
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1995
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Best Cinematography 1995

It certainly couldn’t have been unexpected though, right? It’s a big historical epic with war scenes. Those have a track record.

I vaguely recall the movie Miami Rhapsody. Was it any good? I recall hearing it was Woody Allen-lite.
by Sabin
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1995
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Best Cinematography 1995

Just like in every category from 1995, these nominations are strange. In addition to all the other films you've mentioned, they could have just as easily nominated Nixon. Robert Richardson had three previous nominations from working with Oliver Stone. The most baffling omission here has to be Dean C...
by Sabin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: Wonder Wheel reviews
Replies: 12
Views: 617

Re: Wonder Wheel reviews

Mister Tee wrote The press seems to have effectively ended Woody Allen's career by letting actors know they'll be shamed if they choose to work with him. I'm opposed to this on moral grounds -- I think history will view it as blacklist-y -- but, having seen Wonder Wheel, I'm not sure it matters muc...
by Sabin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1994
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Best Cinematography 1994

Greg wrote The films that won joint visual effects/cinematography awards used their effects to create unique worlds where the effects and cinematography would work together, for example all the dream worlds in Inception. In Forrest Gump, the effects were used to transport Gump into conventional wor...
by Sabin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 911

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

I’ll write more on A Quiet Place soon, but this is definitely a high water mark in the horror renaissance. It is one of the most suspenseful films I’ve ever seen. If I didn’t quite respond to the emotions of the story (which are totally earned), it was because I was too caught up in my admiration fo...
by Sabin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 521
Views: 17753

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Precious Doll wrote However, an international issue that has been raging for years now could lead the world down a very dangerous path in coming weeks/months. It's not in the forefront of most peoples minds but it's bubbling away with no end of resolution in sight: Syria is very much at the forefro...
by Sabin
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 521
Views: 17753

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

This is the first story that's truly given me hope that he's going down the river. Also, is this guy a character from Veep? https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/4/11/1756173/-Unnamed-Republican-congressman-goes-off-in-profane-rant-We-might-as-well-impeach-the ANONYMOUS REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN: "...
by Sabin
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1994
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Best Cinematography 1994

dws1982 wrote Sabin's point about Forrest Gump is a good one. Although since Gump tries to use its visual effects in a realistic manner, I wonder if it would impress voters the way Inception and Life of Pi--which put their visual effects front and center--did. I will say that for a movie that cover...
by Sabin
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 521
Views: 17753

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Sad. I wanted to see him get crushed by Randy Bryce. It's important that we see high profile conservatives go down in flames this year. Not empty suits or batshit crazy Nazis and cowboy pedophiles. Rising stars crashing and burning. Oh well. I can always hold out hope that Beto O'Rourke defeats Ted ...
by Sabin
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1994
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Best Cinematography 1994

Precious Doll wrote So glad Pulp Fiction didn't get a nomination. I haven't watched the film since it's cinema release but there was nothing visually impressive about it as I recall. I can't imagine it was ever in the conversation seriously, although it's curious for me to learn it actually was nom...
by Sabin
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1994
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Best Cinematography 1994

Yes, the Oscar should go to Red. It's worth noting that in "The Year of Gump," the Academy did a pretty good job of rectifying committee errors by giving Hoop Dreams a Film Editing nomination and three nominations to the ineligible Red. Forrest Gump's defeat in this category makes less and...
by Sabin
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1993
Replies: 9
Views: 387

Re: Best Cinematography 1993

There was a time when I was torn as to which film deserved to win, The Piano or Schindler's List. I think the reason is it became easy to dismiss the choice Steven Spielberg made to shoot in black and white. But it's so much more than that. Not since the fucking shark has Steven Spielberg paid more ...
by Sabin
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 521
Views: 17753

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

I've been losing sleep over the John Bolton appointment. One of the few sighs of relief I had during Trump's transition was that this guy was passed over. Now, I think maybe it would have been a good idea to cycle him in and out during the chaos. At this point, it's crazy to think that anybody will ...

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