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by Mister Tee
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Broadcast Media
Topic: R.I.P. Aretha Franklin
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

There's a paradox: the greater the stature someone has, the less it's necessary to churn out words of evaluation. Aretha was such a giant of a figure that one almost feels silence -- Respect-ful silence, as it were -- is the most fitting tribute. But, to try for a bit more than that...it's hard to e...
by Mister Tee
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: 84th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 225

Re: Best Cinematography 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive are my two strong substitutions. (In the latter case, I close to hated the film, but couldn't deny its visual panache.) War Horse was, I suppose, pretty but, like the film overall, it left me wondering, to what end? My general feeling about the film is that Spielb...
by Mister Tee
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 680

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

So, I think it's kind of sweet that, the very week the Academy highlighted the dire need to acknowledge Popular Movies, filmgoers of America turned out en masse for a ridiculous movie about a giant shark.

#EmmysforSharknado
by Mister Tee
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 680

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

How is this different than the Hoop Dreams for documentary anger, or the foreign film changes after 2007, in your mind? The three changes are the same in the narrowest sense: each is meant to engender different results in the categories involved. But I think there are significant differences in the...
by Mister Tee
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 680

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

I can't remember a more universally scorned roll-out since New Coke in the 80s. Look it up; it was a complete fiasco. I guess the Edsel was viewed the same (that one was before my time), since it still endures in the popular lexicon as the definition of commercial catastrophe. I think this is seen b...
by Mister Tee
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 598
Views: 23152

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Kudos to you, Bog, for putting your time and effort where many of our mouths are. I'm sure you were heartbroken at the (apparent) outcome -- I was following it on various sites/twitter accounts, and the way it dribbled to a so-close-but-so-far end crushed me. But you're right to take the long view: ...
by Mister Tee
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 680

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

By the way: the idea that the only way to cut the show to three hours is to cut out "minor" awards is bullshit. Those of us who've been around long enough -- meaning Magilla and I -- know that, back in the 60s, there were about the same number of awards (no make-up or animated feature, but...
by Mister Tee
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 680

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

And moving it up to early February? Good god: there'll be no time to see the foreign/documentary nominees. And the precursor season, which already feels like fraternity rush, will be crammed into an even tighter window. Is there time now? Even last year, I only watched Faces Places, The Breadwinner...
by Mister Tee
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast
Replies: 43
Views: 680

Re: Major Changes to Oscar Telecast

I hate every single one of these notions. The only way to look at it without bile is to take Sabin's view, that it's only an awards show and not a crumbling American republic. Ask the people whose Tonys have been shunted off-air if they think that change was for the good. I could maybe be talked int...
by Mister Tee
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Festival Line-ups
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Re: Festival Line-ups

For purposes of completeness, the NY Festival line-up. Though I think every film on the schedule will have previously been screened somewhere else: Opening Night The Favourite Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos Centerpiece ROMA Dir. Alfonso Cuarón Closing Night At Eternity’s Gate Dir. Julian Schnabel 3 Faces Dir...
by Mister Tee
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: 83rd Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Best Cinematography 2010

All my prime substitution candidates have already been mentioned: I Am Love, Shutter Island and 127 Hours. The King's Speech was beneficiary of the ever-popular "we love EVERYTHING about you" best picture nomination sweep. I think this might be something of a dying tradition -- though La L...
by Mister Tee
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 598
Views: 23152

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

He didn't confess anything. He admitted the Trump Tower meeting was to get dirt on his opponent , but still claims he didn't know about it beforehand as if he would've stopped it. In essence, he just threw his son under the bus. Gee, a lot of people think that bolded portion is a pretty big confess...
by Mister Tee
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 598
Views: 23152

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Robert Mueller's interior monologue: "Geez, I spend a year carefully piling up evidence, and then the SOB just tweets out a confession."
by Mister Tee
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Halfway Through 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Halfway Through 2018

Catching up late on a couple of the so-far entries BJ cited: Even though A Quiet Place has a remarkably similar profile to last year's Get Out -- Spring sleeper with unique premise, a debuting actor as director, strong critical score, domestic gross between $175-190 million -- I'd say it's far less ...
by Mister Tee
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: 82nd Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2009
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Best Cinematography 2009

I read all the Harry Potter books and saw all the movies , but even with that I have trouble remembering anything about the look of the Half-Blood Prince. By me, Prisoner of Azkaban was the only one of the series hat had any distinction as a film. This is the most surprising thing I've read here in...

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