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by ITALIANO
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: Screen Actors Guild Awards
Replies: 54
Views: 1023

Re: Screen Actors Guild Awards

If she wins, it will be one of the most unworthy acting victories in the history of the Oscars. . It would be one of the most embarassing Oscar wins ever. And I guess that especially the Acting branch will realize that (before it's too late, I hope). But of course, it's not just the actors who vote...
by ITALIANO
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: Screen Actors Guild Awards
Replies: 54
Views: 1023

Re: Screen Actors Guild Awards

Christian Bale winning a second Oscar over an actor who has never won before but whom they clearly love and who has been nominated four times, who plays a tragic role in a movie which made them cry and which they will give many nominations to, and which - most importantly - he also directed? And co...
by ITALIANO
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: Screen Actors Guild Awards
Replies: 54
Views: 1023

Re: Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Regina King omission upended what seemed the one sure thing this year's Oscars had (well, apart from best song). And apart from Best Actor, which now is the surest thing ever. It was sure even before, especially after I saw First Reformed and realized that Ethan Hawke - good as he is - could ne...
by ITALIANO
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: Screen Actors Guild Awards
Replies: 54
Views: 1023

Re: Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Regina King omission upended what seemed the one sure thing this year's Oscars had (well, apart from best song). And apart from Best Actor, which now is the surest thing ever. It was sure even before, especially after I saw First Reformed and realized that Ethan Hawke - good as he is - could ne...
by ITALIANO
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Roma reviews

I don’t disagree with much of what Italiano says here, but I hold the film in higher esteem than he -- I’m more a masterpiece-half-full than masterpiece-half-empty guy.. Or maybe, simply, not a masterpiece at all, Mister Tee? :) For the record, I mainly used that phrase for the glib sound of it. I'...
by ITALIANO
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....
Replies: 69
Views: 1164

Re: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....

Sabin wrote:
Which means he was probably never a good fit for this awards show.


From what you write, he definitely wasn't.
by ITALIANO
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....
Replies: 69
Views: 1164

Re: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....

Some of us on this site had never heard of him I certainly have no idea of who this person is or what he did or said. In theory, of course I agree that anyone who expressed racist, sexist or homophobic ideas - even in the distant past - should be prevented from hosting an event which is even vaguel...
by ITALIANO
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....
Replies: 69
Views: 1164

Re: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....

"Faggot" is a terrible word. Always - but I'd say even more if it is used by the "gay community". It doesn't change its meaning - or its derogatory aspect - depending on who uses it.
by ITALIANO
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Roma reviews

I don’t disagree with much of what Italiano says here, but I hold the film in higher esteem than he -- I’m more a masterpiece-half-full than masterpiece-half-empty guy.. Or maybe, simply, not a masterpiece at all, Mister Tee? :) As always, I read your reviews - ONLY after I have seen the movie - wi...
by ITALIANO
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: AFI Top Ten
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: AFI Top Ten

Either it's been a terrible year for American cinema, or these people of the AFI don't understand anything about movies. (A Star is Born? A Quiet Place? And I haven't seen Green Book or Mary Poppins yet, but, I mean, come on...). And yes, the Roma mention is a sign of such a cultural and intellectu...
by ITALIANO
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: AFI Top Ten
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: AFI Top Ten

Either it's been a terrible year for American cinema, or these people of the AFI don't understand anything about movies. (A Star is Born? A Quiet Place? And I haven't seen Green Book or Mary Poppins yet, but, I mean, come on...). And yes, the Roma mention is a sign of such a cultural and intellectua...
by ITALIANO
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Roma reviews

For a movie which could be the first foreign language film (The Artist doesn't really count) to win the Best Picture Oscar, I expected much, much more, honestly. Technically flawless, obviously made with great care, but sadly ultimately lacking a real "raison d'etre". Well, Bergman, Felli...
by ITALIANO
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Roma reviews

At the end of the day I'll take Fellini over Cuaron any day. Actually I really should not even mention them in the same sentence. Yeah, it made me cringe. Gravitt's directon AND Fellini?! And I was right. To cringe, I mean. Yes, there is a scene which can be seen as a hommage to Fellini (you'll eas...
by ITALIANO
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: List of submissions to the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
Replies: 35
Views: 4437

Re: List of submissions to the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The Cakemaker (Israel) 7/10 This has been one of those films that kept alluding me. I missed it at the Jewish Film Festival last year, then missed it at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival earlier this year and then missed it on its general release because its virtually impossible to find any websi...
by ITALIANO
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: National Board of Review
Replies: 19
Views: 617

Re: National Board of Review

According to Schrader on the DVD and Blu-ray, Diary of a Country Priest was his main influence. I thought there was more of his Hardcore than Taxi Driver in it. Schrader himself is a bit scornful of being known primarily for Taxi Driver. He often says that no matter what he does, his obituary will ...

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