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May 26 2018

Burning Question: Most egregious Weinstein-backed Oscar Nods?

Upon seeing Harvey Weinstein in handcuffsyesterday our friendRob asked a very timely question on Twitterwhich we though we'd share here for rabid discussion purposes.

In the spirit of the day: Which ridiculous Oscar nomination that Harvey Weinstein facilitated was the most infuriatingly egregious?

My personal vote goes to Chocolat's 5 nominations (including Best Picture!!!) in 2000.The fluffy disposable film was nominated over obviously well-liked films likeBilly Elliott,Wonder Boys,andAlmost Famous...and great but divisive films likeDancer in the Darkand.

And though Juliette Binoche is one of the all time great screen actors,there was simply no excuse for that Best Actress nod when Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and Björk (Dancer in the Dark) were both RIGHT THERE,totally inspired,and more than worthy of nominations.Even further outside the race there were still other leading ladies who were running circles around one of Binoche's least impressive performances including Michelle Pfeiffer's genre transcending inWhat Lies Beneath,Renée Zellweger's comic skill inNurse Betty,and Gillian Anderson,all tragic and ravishing inThe House of Mirth!

But what's your answer to the question?And if you are 2000 focused,please let us know you're ideal Best Picture/Best Actress lineupthat year.

Jan 25 2017

Two silly questions about dressing up and playing house with the Oscar contenders

Okay,one final round of question forTeam Experienceabout the Oscar nominations.We've talked aboutpeople who didn't make the listandthe nominations that delighted us.Now,two burning questions inspired by the Production Design and Costume nominations.

Which production design nominated picture would you most want to live inside?

GLENN:Hail,Caesar!,but only if Tilda Swinton and I find ourselves running around movie studio backlots set to a zippy orchestral soundtrack.I might just sneakily pop intoPassengers' robot bar for a drink when we're done.

DAVID:The moment I saw the ridiculously giant Ingrid Bergman wall inLa La Landis the moment I knew that film was definitely on my wavelength...

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Sep 09 2016

What Does Tom Hanks Have to Do to Receive Another Oscar Nomination?

by abstew

The world was a very different place in January 2001.George W.Bush was being sworn into office for the first of his two terms as President,people used disposable cameras and brought the film to be developed at...drug stores,and the main places to watch new films was in the actual movie theater (where the average ticket price was $5.39) and then later going to the nearest Blockbuster to rent it.It also happened to be the last time that Tom Hanks was nominated for an acting Oscar.

With a total of 5 Best Actor nominations forBig(1988),Philadelphia(1993),Forrest Gump(1994),Saving Private Ryan(1998),andCast Away(2000) and back-to-back wins (only the second Best Actor to accomplish the feat after Spencer Tracy almost 60 years before and only one of five actors (the others are Luise Rainer,Katharine Hepburn,and Jason Robards) to have achieved the distinction in the Academy's 88 year history) it's not like Hanks is hurting for accolades.And if that weren't enough,he's even taken gold for television,winning 7 Emmys so far as a producer and director on multiple miniseries.

The Academy often has brief but passionate affairs when it comes to actors...

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Apr 19 2016

Newish Home Viewing: The Lady in the Van,The Oscar in the Franchises.

Here's what's new recently for your eyeballs.

Newish to DVD/BluRay
Fifty Shades of Black.Marlon Wayans sends up theGreyS&M movie.
The Force Awakens.Not available for rental yet but when it is we shall rewatch
The Forest.In which Natalie Dormer enters Japan's Suicide Forest to confront true terror: the reviews of Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees' which is also set there.
Ip Man 3.For your completists.I haven't seen any of these since I figured The Grandmaster covered it for me.You?
The Lady in the Van.In which Maggie Smith gets grittier and descends the economic ladder for once.Maintain high society snobbier via her delusions of
Norm of the North.Animated.Though probably nothing we need worry aboutAPP亚博娱乐 .
The Revenant.That which did rob George Miller of his rightful Best Director Oscar in February.

new to streaming
AJIN(S1) on Netflix.An anime sci-fi series about a teenager who realizes he is not human.Cue: suspenseful music,giant expressive eyes.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt(S2) on Netflix.I haven't started yet due to travels.Can't wait to see my Jane Krakowski again.Tell me NOTHING.
Mad MaxonAmazon Prime.The original.Roughly 20 years before everyone realized Mel Gibson was also Mad.
Kong,King of the Apes(S1) on Netflix.This is a kids sci-fi series about Kong battling robot dinosaurs or some such.Has Netflix been doing kids series for awhile and we're just now noticing?
Tangerineson Amazon Prime.Not the awesome LA trans hooker comedy but the Estonian Oscar nominated drama.

All theBournefilms (2002-2012 - 4 films thus far) and all theX-Menfilms (2000-2014 - five films thus far) have been reissued on DVD & BluRay for the obvious reason: new theatrical outing about to happen.This prompted head spinning when randomly thinking about their Oscar histories.Weirdly both series have been popular from the start with audiences but have just one film within them that Oscar responded to:The Bourne Ultimatum(2007,3 Oscar noms/wins) andX-Men Days of Future Past(2012,1 Oscar nomination).

Rehearsing a fight scene for Bourne Ultimatum.Photograph by Greg Williams

Isn't it fascinating how non-patterned Oscar is with franchises as a general rule?Sometimes they're not into themat alland then all of a sudden they are (those franchises and James Bond of course).Other times it's steady if halfhearted interest (superhero films in particular categories).Often it seems vaguely disconnected to the particulars of individual films.Consider this:Batman Foreveris easily the Academy's second most all time favoriteBatmanfilm?WTF.They've also been weirdly sporadic inHarry Potterlove ignoring one of the best entries (Order of the Phoenix) that actually worked hard for an Art Direction nomination while rewarding the film that took place mostly in a tent (Deathly Hallows Part 1).

On the broad surface of things you'd think that Oscar voters,many of whom are ordinary working people who just happen to be in showbiz (like Emmy voters) would treat franchises the way that Emmy treats TV...which is all franchises.Not that we recommend this!With Emmy if they don't notice you at beginning they almost never do -- and they're loyal to the point of stupidity if they like you at all!Oscar doesn't really equate with that at all in ongoing narratives.What doyoumake of that?I ask because I'm not sure.I don't have all the answers!!!Is it just happenstance involving the every shifting competition in each calendar year at the movies?

Mar 31 2016

Burning Question: What current star would have benefitted most from the Studio System?

This post is brought to you by agonizing advertisements for The Huntsman: Winter's War.Which looks dreadful.

Sometimes when I look at Charlize Theron,it hurts.She has such old school "MOTION!PICTURE!SPECTACULAR!"scale to her persona,this inarguable magnificence / screen beauty.The catch: she's almost never in movies that do anythingfor herwhen she's doing so muchfor them.

She might be my #1 choice for current star whose career is alright but would have been spectacular under the Studio System when star magnetism was carefully catered to,packaged,and regularly served up rather than an "extra"your random movie can sometimes benefit from.

Who is yours?

Mar 26 2015

TCM Classic Film Festival Starts Today!

Greetings and salutations,cinephiles!Anne Mariehere,reporting from sunny (andhot) Hollywood,CA as the 6th annual TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off.For the next four days,I'll be reporting what's new (and old) at Hollywood's largest festival devoted entirely to celebrating the classics.

This year,the theme of the festival is "History According To Hollywood".Films range in period and subject from the French Revolution (Reign of Terror),to the American West (My Darling Clementine), to the Civil Rights Movement (Malcom X), and the Apollo missions (Apollo 13),with historians and even an astronaut onhand to lend perspective.Of course,it wouldn't be TCM if they didn't roll out the red carpet for icons of a bygone era of the silver screen: Sophia Loren,Shirley MacLaine,and Ann Margaret will discuss their films before special screenings.And tonight,the entire festival kicks off with the 50th Anniversary ofThe Sound Of Music,with Dame Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in attendance.

However,the TCM Film Festival has courted some controversy this year for exactly the wide range of films that they are celebrating.

After the festival schedule was announced,TCM fans took to social media to denounce it as "too new"and "lacking true classic film."Adding to the controversy was the decision to screen many films digitally,instead of on film.Sides were taken,articles were written (the best explanation is courtesy of The Black Maria),and all of it seems to boil down to one question:

How do you define a classic?

Is a Classic film defined by age?Quality?Time and place of origin?By expanding this definition to include films that are only 20 years old,are we adding diversity or devaluing already great work?Film is,comparatively speaking,a very new artform;only a little over 100 years old.It's been regarded as "legitimate"art for less than half of that.Considering that movies are still new and ever-changing,maybe we should focus less on labels and more on celebrating what's been accomplished in a century.

Today,dear TFE readers,you get to choose whatyouthink is a classic.Below are five films being shown at TCMFF.On top of the daily updates,I will go to whichever of these five you choose,and report back on it during the Monday wrap up.So,I'll ask again:how doyoudefine a classic?

What Should Anne Marie See at TCMFF?
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (1961) w/ Shirley MacLaine0%
LENNY (1974) w/ Alec Baldwin,Dustin Hoffman 0%
42ND STREET (1933) w/ Christine Ebersole 0%
MALCOLM X (1992) w/ Spike Lee 0%
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) w/ Keith Carradine,Peter Fonda 0%

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