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by Mister Tee
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 113
Views: 6226

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

So...Avengers: Infinity War. SPOILERS, THOUGH PROBABLY NO ONE CARES BY NOW What a big, bloated mess. An hour in, and they were still throwing more characters into the mix. It got hard to keep track of which bunch of characters was where -- and I'm not sure that mattered, in the end, because at some ...
by Mister Tee
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Best Cinematography 2016

The Handmaiden is the obvious miss, and one that stands out because of the branch's propensity for honoring Asian films. We speak of random inclusions, but this was a random omission. Lion has its merits, particularly in the early night-time scenes. But it's also the easiest to dismiss, and it's har...
by Mister Tee
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: 88th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2015
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: Best Cinematography 2015

Since we're almost ready to go forward-into-the-past with the 60s slates, I'd better catch up on these recent years. Son of Saul is the definite miss as far as I'm concerned. It strikes me that the credit sequence of The Hateful Eight is what largely accounted for its win in musical score and its no...
by Mister Tee
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: The Post-Festival Landscape
Replies: 6
Views: 310

The Post-Festival Landscape

Venice, Telluride and Toronto are history. Prizes have been given out, and, from here, we proceed full-on into a potentially interesting Fall film season. As expected, the three festivals have substantially populated what was previously a barren landscape. We now have a decent idea of what films wil...
by Mister Tee
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Honorary Oscars Wish Lists and Speculation
Replies: 59
Views: 1038

Re: Honorary Oscars Wish Lists and Speculation

This discussion prompted me to go back and look at the history of the honorary awards, to see how they evolved. The first year award to Chaplin was more a one-off -- a way for the small committee to give the man something without including him in their official competition. For the next several year...
by Mister Tee
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Honorary Oscars Wish Lists and Speculation
Replies: 59
Views: 1038

Re: Honorary Oscars Wish Lists and Speculation

Both Dietrich and Irene Dunne could have easily been honored during the 1950s. After all Garbo was in 1954. Irene Dunne was retired from films by the early 1950s but was very active elsewhere. Dietrich was active in films till the early 1960s and was up, about and very active until the 1970s doing ...
by Mister Tee
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: Honorary Oscars Wish Lists and Speculation
Replies: 59
Views: 1038

Re: Honorary Oscars Wish Lists and Speculation

To the general matter of What do you think the honorary awards should be?... When I was younger, I saw these awards as a way to honor those who had never managed to win Oscars despite significant careers and/or nominations -- Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Howard Hawks -- or those who'd made contribu...
by Mister Tee
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Marin Mazzie
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: R.I.P. Marin Mazzie

This is indeed crushing news. I was lucky enough to see her in Passion, Ragtime, Next to Normal and Bullets over Broadway; always loved her (though Bullets was a pretty crappy show). As BJ notes, in Normal, she was the replacement, but I didn't feel remotely short-changed by seeing her -- it's hard ...
by Mister Tee
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 113
Views: 6226

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

Did you pick this up from the movie, or were you acquainted with the book? I'm just curious if I was particularly slow-on-the-draw in grasping all the relationships (I have to admit, several of the peripheral characters I had difficulty placing -- there were thrown at me pretty fast). It's stated i...
by Mister Tee
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 113
Views: 6226

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

And Gemma Chan, as sister Astrid...I kept thinking, dye her hair blonde and she's a ringer for Ivanka Trump. She plays his cousin, not that it's mather. And Astrid's face most probably had work done to it by the same plastic surgeon as Ivanka's. Did you pick this up from the movie, or were you acqu...
by Mister Tee
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 113
Views: 6226

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

Crazy Rich Asians offers up two hours of wealth porn, food porn, fashion porn, even botany porn -- all wrapped inside a romance-among-beautiful-people that follows the most hackneyed of formulas (old-fashioned mother resentful of the woman her son wants to marry). Is it enjoyable? I guess, in the sa...
by Mister Tee
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Green Book reviews
Replies: 0
Views: 79

Green Book reviews

Reports are that crowds at Toronto LOVE this. It has the feel of a movie that'll make some of us cringe, but Oscar voters might fall for.

https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/g ... 202937442/

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/revie ... ce=twitter
by Mister Tee
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Cinematography 1939-1966
Replies: 11
Views: 208

Re: Cinematography 1939-1966

I think the color categories go back to 1939, not 1947. This is probably something we should debate pros and cons on. The pro two-at-a-time case: There are going to be years where one category or another will contain films many haven't seen, especially in the black-and-white categories in the 60s, w...
by Mister Tee
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Widows reviews
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: Widows reviews

Add Variety. You know, if you'd told me, after Hunger and Shame, that this director would go on to make a best picture winner, I'd have been skeptical. But I think I'd have been even more startled to hear he'd make a super-entertaining heist film. https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/widows-review-...

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