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Mar 07 2016

Beauty vs Beast: Man Made Woman

Jason fromMNPPhere,hoping y'all have by now nursed your Oscar hangovers from last week,whether literal or figurative,and are feeling at least somewhat happy about what won (or maybe what didn't win - no judgment here) this year.I go into the show as cynical as a storm cloud every year but there was a long stretch in the middle of the show,asMad Maxswept up everything in sight like one of its desert twisters,where I was making many happy noises,and that's as good as it ever gets.

But my happiest noise of all issued forth (kind of an ecstatic coo,you might call it) at the night's biggest surprise,which our friend Manuelgave good love toright after the show --Ex Machina's out-of-nowhere win for Best Special Effects over a crowd of popular behemoths.Those gears glowing and shimmering inside Ava's mid-section were low-key,gorgeous movie magic,and there's one image in the film (of a robot's self-abuse) that I won't be forgetting any time soon.

That said it seems time to finally place the Woman against her Maker here in our "Beauty vs Beast"series;I'd have nominated both of these actors for their performances myself,so this will contest of ours have to suffice...

It's been a couple of weeks since our last edition,whichfaced off the Witches of Ozin honor of the release ofThe Witch,but I don't know about you - I still haven't stopped thinking and talking aboutThe Witch.Anyway as for Oz it was a blow-out for her beautiful wickedness herself - The Wicked Witch of the West walked away with over 80% of your vote!Take that,goody-two-shoes Glinda.Said Yavor (sharing the sorts of factoids that make TFE great):

"Nicole Kidman says that watching the WWOTW was what first made her want to act."

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Let's be honest: I voted Team Ava based on the actual movie,but I am 100% Team Oscar-as-Nathan.

March 7,2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Jason,wow,you gave us a good one this week!I have to say,I'm at a stalemate--both actors and characters are sublime.I just cannot,I just CANNOT....Oscar should have been nommed for Best Actor and Alicia should have been up for Best Actress.Sigh.Can't wait to see what the tote board comes up with on this cinematic duel!

March 7,2016 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Team anti-rape avenger every time.(As opposed to team rapist creator).We shall not get lost in Isaac's dreamy pecks.

March 7,2016 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

I'll add that I like how this one actually seems tied to the original beauty vs beast theme,although who is which is part of the film's riddle.

March 7,2016 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

Nat I posted on facebook my fave Atonement shot,hope you get it.

https://www.facebook.com/

March 7,2016 | Unregistered Commentermark

Wow-this was difficult,but I cannot deny Oscar Isaac in any incarnation,even sociopath.

March 7,2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Hardest one ever!I just can't...

March 7,2016 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

mark -- that's not until next week so you'll have to remind me then with an actual link as there are lots of "mark"s :)

March 7,2016 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

okay i shall.

March 7,2016 | Unregistered Commentermark

Ava vs.Nathan is a true "Beauty vs.Beast"but which is which?

March 7,2016 | Unregistered CommenterMojo

Nathan is a selfish prick who likes to screw with his employees minds and discard them.Naturally I prefer Ava to him.(and I don't care if he can bust a dance move).

March 7,2016 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

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