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Academy Awards Challenge (Official, February 2020)

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Post by Traveller » February 6th, 2020, 6:07 pm

14. Ryan’s Daughter (1970) - 6/10
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Post by OldAle1 » February 6th, 2020, 6:24 pm

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1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz/William Keighley, 1938) Picture, Art Direction, Film Editing, Music-Original Score
2. Bus Stop (Joshua Logan, 1956) Supporting Actor
3. Phaedra (Jules Dassin, 1962) Costume Design - Black and White
4. Klaus (Sergio Pablos, 2019) Animated Feature

Meh. Though I do wish I'd seen this on the big screen - no idea where it played near me or for how long, most of what I have are AMC and Marcus theaters that don't play Netflix stuff - because animation even more than a lot of live action benefits from it, I doubt I'd have liked it much more. I do like the animation/visuals for the most part, and I don't mind the calls back to earlier Disney animation (Pablos got his start there during the "Renaissance" era) and I think there are some nods to films like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and 101 Dalmatians that are nice. But the story is really just a melding of several different Christmas stories - most obviously the Rankin/Bass Santa Claus is Coming to Town and more than a bit of Chuck Jones' original Grinch - and the one really novel feature, making Klaus this forbidding and initially very dour character - just didn't work for me despite the perfect casting of J.K. SImmons in the role. And I felt like the film's just not bothering to explain in any way how Santa Claus still exists today - just saying he "returns every Christmas" was a cop-out in a film that wanted to play it safe by neither kowtowing to nor criticizing the relgious/mystical/spiritual elements in the holiday. Then again I'm not 5 or 10 so maybe I'm not in this case capable of being the film's intended audience or understanding it.

5. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) (cinema) Picture, Actor, Actress, Screenplay - Original, Score, Supporting Actress

This is the fourth Noah Baumbach film I've seen, and like the three others I like it a lot but... there are just things that either I don't get, or that don't work for me. Baumbach's particular kind of comedy and the way he integrates it here doesn't always work, and I have to use the word "mannered" like everybody else does about him. This isn't necessarily a problem for me at all times - nobody is more mannered than Whit Stillman and I tend to love him; but Stillman's films never feel bound in any way to the constraints of realism, and this film - based clearly and heavily on the breakup of Baumbach's marriage to Jennifer Jason Leigh a decade ago - certainly does. And many bits - particularly the comic bits but also most of the scenes with Laura Dern as Scarlett Johansson's rather over-the-top lawyer - do come off to me as forced and more movie or theater than real life, and to me this too often undercuts the emotional power of the film.

BUT this is unquestionably a film primarily about two people and dominated by two actors, and Baumbach probably couldn't have done better than to have Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson - both maybe giving the best performances of their careers so far - as his leads. When the two of them are on screen together, and quite a bit of them time when it's just one of them, they seem to be able to power through the artificiality and give it a fair amount of emotional reality. I also liked Alan Alda and Ray Liotta as Driver's two very different lawyers; Dern is getting the plaudits for a showboating performance and I think that was the intention; as one reviewer I read suggests, this lawyer is the one character from real life, presumably modeled on Leigh's lawyer, who Baumbach can't stop hating. And to be fair she makes some very good points at times and she is no more aggressive or obnoxious than Liotta, it just feels to me like we're supposed to see her as something of a villain and that doesn't work for for me. And Dern is better in Little Women, and gave the best performance of the whole decade of the 2000s in Inland Empire so to see her win for this, if she does, will just be another stupid Oscar moment IMO.

6. Jojo Rabbit (Taikia Waititi, 2019) (cinema) Picture, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Screenplay - Adapted, Supporting Actress

I don't know quite how to deal with this one right now, but I seriously doubt I'll bother to see it again anytime soon (probably ever) so here goes. There are obviously inherent problems in taking the Holocaust and World War II and making them into objects of humor or ridicule; I know the intent is much the same as it always is when ridicule is used against authoritarian leaders, monarchs, oligarchs, etc - it's to cut them down to size, it's to make of the situation not a joke per se but to make those doing evil seem stupid and clueless and ultimately self-destructive - which of course the Nazis were. But I don't know that this ever really works in real life - if you mock the powerful you usually just end up dead - and so we only see it often long after the fact, where it may have the effect more of sanitizing or humanizing evil, and turning the whole event into a picture-book, than damning and condemning the atrocities. I guess on the whole this brand of historical revisionism, which I think encompasses La vite è bella, Forrest Gump and three of Quentin Tarantino's last four films, doesn't work for me, though this is probably the least-offensive and most successful effort along these lines. I think perhaps it's the way in which Hitler (director Waititi), as the imaginary friend of our title character, a 10-year-old boy in the waning days of the war, is basically just a familiar figure of hope and the shining future - as all too many Germans really thought he was - but is never portrayed as having anything more than a pernicious effect outside of Jojo's daydreams. Scarlett Johansson as the boy's mother and a secret partisan delivers another terrific performance in a role that mingles comedy and drama more successfully than Baumbach's film, though the film itself ultimately ends up to me as much ado about nothing. It's creative and different, I'll give it that - not really much like the other Best Pic nominees this year - but as a comedy it's only intermittently funny, and as a film about a very serious and awful time in our history which we will no doubt, sadly, continue to repeat on other peoples in other places for the few years or decades humans have left, it doesn't really have anything very pointed to say.

And this finishes off the Best Pic nominees for me; somehow I again managed to see them all in the cinema before the awards show, but with Netflix and other streaming services getting more and more dominant I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last time that happens.

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Post by hurluberlu » February 6th, 2020, 7:29 pm

6. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) 6-
7. Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019) 7

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1. Hoosiers (David Anspaugh, 1986) 6
2. I Lost My Body / J'ai perdu mon corps (Jérémy Clapin, 2019) 8-
3. Mogambo (John Ford, 1953) 7-
4. The Judge (David Dobkin, 2014) 6
5. The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) 6
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Post by VincentPrice » February 6th, 2020, 11:11 pm

7. The North Star-1943: 7/10

Nominated for
  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay
    Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
    Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White
    Best Sound, Recording
    Best Effects, Special Effects
    Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
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1. BlacKkKlansman-2018: 10/10
2. Bugsy Malone-1976: 6/10
3. Summer of '42-1971: 7/10
4. Hope and Glory-1987: 8/10
5. Emma-1932: 7/10
6. Parasite-2019: 9/10

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Post by AB537 » February 7th, 2020, 4:43 am

3. The Diary of Anne Frank (George Stevens, 1959) 7/10 ... Won Supporting Actress (Shelley Winters), Cinematography (Black & White), Art Direction - Set Direction (Black & White) ... Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Supporting Actor (Ed Wynn), Score, Costume Design (Black & White)
4. All This, and Heaven Too (Anatole Litvak, 1940) 6.5/10 ... Nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Barbara O'Neil), Cinematography

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Post by Nathan Treadway » February 7th, 2020, 6:26 am

flavo5000 wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:02 pm
12. Richard Jewell (2019)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates)
Can I just say it's criminal that Paul Walter Hauser wasn't nominated for Best Actor for this? He was phenomenal in it.
Too many great performances, not enough spots. I think the box office performance really hurt this film this awards season. It was primed and expected to make a push, then it flopped at the box office, and it was completely written off, for whatever reason. But, yes, he was phenomenal in this.

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Post by Tarris1 » February 7th, 2020, 12:08 pm

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1. Nebraska (2013) 7/10
2. Field of Dreams (1989) 7/10
3. Breaking Away (1979) 7.5/10
4. A Farewell to Arms (1932) 6/10
5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) 6/10
6. Little Women (2019) 5/10
7. The Irishman (2019) 7/10

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Post by flavo5000 » February 7th, 2020, 12:59 pm

Nathan Treadway wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 6:26 am
flavo5000 wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:02 pm
12. Richard Jewell (2019)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates)
Can I just say it's criminal that Paul Walter Hauser wasn't nominated for Best Actor for this? He was phenomenal in it.
Too many great performances, not enough spots. I think the box office performance really hurt this film this awards season. It was primed and expected to make a push, then it flopped at the box office, and it was completely written off, for whatever reason. But, yes, he was phenomenal in this.
I think the problem with the movie was that controversy around how it portrayed the reporter who first went after him as implying she traded sex for info from a source (which honestly I think much of that controversy was manufactured by the media to distract from the movie's condemnation of them).

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Post by flavo5000 » February 7th, 2020, 1:05 pm

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22. Marriage Story (2019)
Nominated: Best Picture, Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Actor (Adam Driver), Supporting Actress (Laura Dern), Original Screenplay, Original Score

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23. Bombshell (2019)
Nominated: Best Actress (Charlize Theron), Supporting Actress (Margo Robbie), Makeup & Hairstyling

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24. Capharnaüm (2018)
Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film
...And the Winner Is...Maybe...Show
1. Dorp aan de rivier a.k.a. Village by the River (1958)
2. Rocketman (2019)
3. Belle Epoque (1992)
4. Invictus (2009)
5. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
6. 1917 (2019)
7. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
8. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
9. The Two Popes (2019)
10. The Irishman (2019)
11. Little Women (2019)
12. Richard Jewell (2019)
13. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
14. Indigènes (2006)
15. Dolor y gloria (2019)
16. Plácido (1961)
17. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
18. Exodus (1960)
19. Mr. Turner (2014)
20. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
21. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
22. Marriage Story (2019)
23. Bombshell (2019)
24. Capharnaüm (2018)

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Post by blueboybob » February 7th, 2020, 1:12 pm

15. Blood and Sand (1941)
16. Phantom of the Opera (1943)
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Post by Teproc » February 7th, 2020, 1:53 pm

3. Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019) - 4/10

Too cute for its own good. You can't just do Moonrise Kingdom in Nazi Germany and expect it to play exactly the same. As for its nominations, I'm fine with Production Design and Costumes, and ScarJo is doing her best with very tricky material, but I sure don't agree with the Screenplay, Editing and Picture noms.

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1. The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980) (Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Original Score, Costume Design, Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing)
2. The Village (M. Night Shyamalan, 2004) (Original Score)
3. Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019) (Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Production Design, Costume Design, Film Editing)

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Post by blueboybob » February 7th, 2020, 5:55 pm

17. Joan of Arc (1948)

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Post by Traveller » February 7th, 2020, 10:54 pm

15. The Great Ziegfeld (1936) - 6/10
16. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) - 4/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by VincentPrice » February 8th, 2020, 2:17 am

8. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood-2019: 10/10

Nominated for
  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
    Best Achievement in Directing
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Achievement in Cinematography
    Best Achievement in Costume Design
    Best Achievement in Production Design
    Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
    Best Achievement in Sound Editing
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1. BlacKkKlansman-2018: 10/10
2. Bugsy Malone-1976: 6/10
3. Summer of '42-1971: 7/10
4. Hope and Glory-1987: 8/10
5. Emma-1932: 7/10
6. Parasite-2019: 9/10
7. The North Star-1943: 7/10

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Post by sol » February 8th, 2020, 3:24 am

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1. The Irishman (2019) Best Supporting Actor
2. Marriage Story (2019) Best Actor/Actress
3. The Blind Side (2009) Best Actress
4. Lady for a Day (1933) Best Actress

5. Poetic Justice (1993) Best Song

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The hate-to-love character trajectory is pretty obvious and predictable here and there is a lot of repetitive shouting and arguing to sit through before the film rather abruptly ends. The performances are really spot-on though, with both Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson providing very three dimensional turns. The film also has a nifty opening that parodies Woody Allen's Manhattan, while an interrupted family barbecue is a real highlight.
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Post by AB537 » February 8th, 2020, 5:47 am

5. Cimarron (Wesley Ruggles, 1931) 4/10 ... One of a few inexplicable early Best Picture winners ... I found this one boring and containing a few aspects that would definitely be considered offensive now ... if nothing else I suppose this is a good example of how tastes and sensibilities change over time (but apparently this one lost money in its theatrical run) ... also won Adapted Screenplay and Art Direction, with nominations for Director, Actor (Richard Dix), Actress (Irene Dunne) and Cinematography

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Post by jdidaco » February 8th, 2020, 7:20 am

Thank you for hosting, shugs!

(Screenshots from 'El amor brujo', Dolor y gloria' & 'Mémorable'),

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1. Kitty (Mitchell Leisen, 1945) 9/10
2. Torch Song (Charles Walters, 1953) 6.5/10
3. El amor brujo (Bewitched Love, Francisco Rovira Beleta, 1967) 7.5/10
4. Paix sur les champs (Peace Over the Fields, Jacques Boigelot, 1970) 8/10
5. Mahogany (Berry Gordy & Tony Richardson, 1975) 6.5/10
6. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018) 7.5/10
7. Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar, 2019) 8/10
8. Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019) 7/10

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A collection of shorts,

9-10. How to Avoid Friendship (Gene Deitch, 1964) 7/10 (7 min), Hypothèse Beta (Jean-Charles Meunier, 1967) 7.5/10 (7 min), The Shepherd (Cameron Guess, 1969) 6.5/10 (8 min), Is It Always Right to Be Right? (Lee Mishkin, 1970) 6.5/10 (8 min), The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (James R. Rokos, 1970) 6.5/10 (21 min), Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet (John D. Hancock, 1970) 7/10 (23 min), Mei mei/Sister (Siqi Song, 2018) 7/10 (8 min), Hair Love (Matthew A. Cherry & Everett Downing Jr. & Bruce W. Smith, 2019) 7/10 (7 min), Kitbull (Rosana Sullivan, 2019) 7.5/10 (9 min), Dcera (Daughter, Daria Kashcheeva, 2019) 7.5/10 (15 min), Mémorable (Memorable, Bruno Collet, 2019) 9/10 (12 min) (Total: 125 min)

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Post by connordenney » February 8th, 2020, 1:19 pm

1. Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019) – Picture, Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Film Editing
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1. Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019) – Picture, Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Film Editing

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Post by flavo5000 » February 8th, 2020, 1:31 pm

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25. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Nominated: Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Film Editing

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26. Judy (2019)
Nominated: Best Actress (Renee Zellweger), Makeup & Hairstyling

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27. Frozen II (2019)
Nominated: Best Song

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28. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks)

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29. J'ai perdu mon corps a.k.a. I Lost My Body (2019)
Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film

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30. American Factory (2019)
Nominated: Best Documentary Feature
...And the Winner Is...Maybe...Show
1. Dorp aan de rivier a.k.a. Village by the River (1958)
2. Rocketman (2019)
3. Belle Epoque (1992)
4. Invictus (2009)
5. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
6. 1917 (2019)
7. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
8. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
9. The Two Popes (2019)
10. The Irishman (2019)
11. Little Women (2019)
12. Richard Jewell (2019)
13. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
14. Indigènes (2006)
15. Dolor y gloria (2019)
16. Plácido (1961)
17. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
18. Exodus (1960)
19. Mr. Turner (2014)
20. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
21. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
22. Marriage Story (2019)
23. Bombshell (2019)
24. Capharnaüm (2018)
25. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
26. Judy (2019)
27. Frozen II (2019)
28. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
29. J'ai perdu mon corps a.k.a. I Lost My Body (2019)
30. American Factory (2019)

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Post by shugs » February 8th, 2020, 1:45 pm

1. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) - 9/10
2. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019) - 9/10

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Post by sebby » February 8th, 2020, 1:59 pm

01 The Two Popes (2019) 3/10
02 Toy Story 4 (2019) 2/10
03 Parasite (2019) 6/10
04 Speed (1994) 7/10
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01 The Two Popes (2019) 3/10
02 Toy Story 4 (2019) 2/10
03 Parasite (2019) 6/10
04 Speed (1994) 7/10

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Post by sol » February 8th, 2020, 4:06 pm

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1. The Irishman (2019) Best Supporting Actor
2. Marriage Story (2019) Best Actor/Actress
3. The Blind Side (2009) Best Actress
4. Lady for a Day (1933) Best Actress
5. Poetic Justice (1993) Best Song

6. Little Women (2019) Best Costumes

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Not read the novel or seen any of the other film versions. I thought that the four sisters were well cast and all credibly acted like real siblings. I didn't find the random jumping back and forth in time particularly useful though, especially with so little to distinguish which timeline is which (the actresses looked very similar). All of the authorship stuff is compelling though with shades of Adaptation. - but I didn't feel that this angle was really in focus.

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Post by Obgeoff » February 8th, 2020, 4:24 pm

4. Parasite (2019, Bong Joon Ho) 9
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Post by Obgeoff » February 8th, 2020, 4:27 pm

5. Topsy-turvy (1999, Leigh) 8
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Post by Traveller » February 8th, 2020, 6:08 pm

17. Capernaum (2018) - 5/10
18. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) - 7/10
19. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980) - 5/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 8th, 2020, 6:25 pm

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1. Kinsey (2004) Best Supporting Actress - Laura Linney [nom]
2. Ex Machina (2015) Best Visual Effects [win]
Rewatch because I was in the mood for something visually awesome... but too high for anything new.

3. The Weather Underground (2002) Best Doc Feature [nom]
This was an interesting documentary - I knew just a little bit about the group from other sources, but not much about their politics or reasonings behind the bombings. It was very cool seeing their thought processes, especially now that I have some better context about the 1970s and Vietnam and the American culture in which they were operating.

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Post by OldAle1 » February 8th, 2020, 7:33 pm

#OscassoICMShow
1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz/William Keighley, 1938) Picture, Art Direction, Film Editing, Music-Original Score
2. Bus Stop (Joshua Logan, 1956) Supporting Actor
3. Phaedra (Jules Dassin, 1962) Costume Design - Black and White
4. Klaus (Sergio Pablos, 2019) Animated Feature
5. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) (cinema) Picture, Actor, Actress, Screenplay - Original, Score, Supporting Actress
6. Jojo Rabbit (Taikia Waititi, 2019) (cinema) Picture, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Screenplay - Adapted, Supporting Actress
7. Little Women (Gillian Armstrong, 1994) Actress, Costume Design, Original Score

Had to see it after going crazy for Greta Gerwig's new version, and had to assume it would pale in comparison. Well, it's no masterpiece, but this first version directed, written (Robin Swicord) and produced (Denise di Novi) by women is a very respectable if fairly conventional effort. It feels a little long overall -despite being 20 minutes shorter than the new version - and it's got a significant problem, which just about everybody seems to have mentioned, in the fact that young Amy (Kirsten Dunst) is sooo much better than older Amy (Samantha Mathis); in fact Dunst's performance, filmed right around her 12th birthday, immediately shoots to my shortlist of great child acting performances. It's not so much that Mathis is bad as that she doesn't have much interesting to do, a problem also suffered by Claire Danes as Beth, and a problem I'm guessing with most adaptations prior to Gerwig's - and Gerwig doesn't succeed entirely in making Beth exciting either. And the development of her relationship with Laurie just doesn't come across as naturally as it does in the new film, thanks in part I think to Gerwig's choice of time structure. Trini Alvarado is fine as Meg, and Susan Sarandon solid as Marmee; where the film works nearly as well as the current one is in the roles of Bhaer and Laurie, here played by Gabriel Byrne and Christian Bale, both quite fine IMO, though I agree with some others that the scene with Bale and Dunst in the carriage is creepy - no fault of the actors, just our modern sensibilities seeing a 21-year-old male in a romantic situation with a 12-year-old female. Winona Ryder is a solid Jo and a good choice in 1994, not sure who could have done better, but I think having her narrate doesn't really add anything. I liked the conversation about abolition, and there were a couple of other brief conversations that add something to the moral compass of the work that I think Gerwig might have done well to include; overall this beats out the '33 version pretty easily for 2nd place, the '49 is still to be seen. I haven't seen a lot of the nominees in the awards this got notice for, so hard to say if I agree whether it deserved the recognition or not. Newman's score is really nice but sounds an awful lot like his work on The Shawshank Redemption and some other films from the same period.

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Post by albajos » February 8th, 2020, 10:32 pm

03. Mudbound (2017) USA 1 official list 1 547 checks [double]
4 nominations: Best Actress - Supporting, Best Screenplay - Adapted, Best Cinematography, Best Original Song

2017: 13/24 Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Animated Feature Film categories completed

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01. Lady Sings the Blues (1972) USA 185 checks [double]
5 nominations: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Screenplay (original), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Song Score
02. The Wiz (1978) USA 185 checks [double]
4 nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Song Score
03. Mudbound (2017) USA 1 official list 1 547 checks [double]
4 nominations: Best Actress - Supporting, Best Screenplay - Adapted, Best Cinematography, Best Original Song

02 Best Art Direction
02 Best Cinematography
02 Best Costume Design
02 Best Song Score
02 Best Writing - 01 Best Screenplay (original), 01 Best Screenplay (adapted)
01 Best Actress - Leading
01 Best Actress - Supporting
01 Best Original Song

1972: 1/21 Best Director category completed.
1978: 1/21 Best Director category completed
2017: 13/24 Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Animated Feature Film categories completed

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Post by connordenney » February 8th, 2020, 11:36 pm

2. The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019) – Cinematography
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1. Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019) – Picture, Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Film Editing
2. The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019) – Cinematography

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Post by VincentPrice » February 9th, 2020, 1:23 am

9. None Shall Escape-1944: 8/10

Nominated for
  • Best Writing, Original Story
10. Neptune's Daughter-1949: 7/10

Won for
  • Best Music, Original Song
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1. BlacKkKlansman-2018: 10/10
2. Bugsy Malone-1976: 6/10
3. Summer of '42-1971: 7/10
4. Hope and Glory-1987: 8/10
5. Emma-1932: 7/10
6. Parasite-2019: 9/10
7. The North Star-1943: 7/10
8. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood-2019: 10/10

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Post by connordenney » February 9th, 2020, 4:30 am

3. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey, 1935) – Picture
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1. Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019) – Picture, Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Film Editing
2. The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019) – Cinematography
3. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey, 1935) – Picture

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Post by blocho » February 9th, 2020, 5:30 am

1. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Thoroughly mediocre. I know this movie has been attacked a lot by cultural critics over the past 30 years, but I thought I would add my two cents, in spoilers:
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I'd like to think the ending of this movie is a carefully balanced exploration of the failure of two people to overcome racial/gender/class boundaries. I'd like to think that the filmmakers wanted to show how the gestures towards friendship were false. I'd like to think this was the intention of the filmmakers when they showed Daisy's last-second non-invitation to Hoke to attend the MLK speech, when they showed that Daisy called Hoke her best friend only in the incipient grasp of dementia, when they showed that Daisy's son clearly knew nothing about Hoke's family life despite employing him for 25 years, and when they showed that Hoke only visited Daisy in the nursing home because he was still on Daisy's son's payroll. But I don't think that was their intention at all. I think the filmmakers saw this as a triumphant story. And if they did, that's both sad and troubling.

2. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
I think this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I don't say that lightly. Before today, I had officially disliked only 11 movies on icm, or 0.27% of all my checks. This is number 12. I find it difficult to explain what's wrong with this movie. Aside from some shaky sound design, there's nothing wrong with it technically. And the acting is actually pretty good. The only thing I can really say is that every idea this movie has is wrong, wildly wrong. It reminds me of another Holocaust movie, one that neither I nor almost anyone else has ever seen: Jerry Lewis' infamous The Day the Clown Cried--the movie Jerry buried the moment he finished it because he realized he had created something so bad that no one could ever see it. Harry Shearer saw it at some point somehow, and he made a comment that I think could be equally applied to Jojo Rabbit: "This was a perfect object. This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is."

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Post by sol » February 9th, 2020, 10:23 am

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1. The Irishman (2019) Best Supporting Actor
2. Marriage Story (2019) Best Actor/Actress
3. The Blind Side (2009) Best Actress
4. Lady for a Day (1933) Best Actress
5. Poetic Justice (1993) Best Song
6. Little Women (2019) Best Costumes

7. Grand Canyon (1991) Best Screenplay

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Covering more than half a dozen main characters, this film sometimes feels choppy as it cuts and changes between intertwining story threads, but there are many memorable moments. Danny Glover and Kevin Kline's first scene together is remarkably intense; same goes for Steve Martin's encounter and Mary McDonnell's discovery. There are couple of spectacular astral projection dream/nightmare scenes for good measure too (see above).
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Post by hurluberlu » February 9th, 2020, 11:03 am

8. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019) 7+
9. Klaus (Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López , 2019) 7

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1. Hoosiers (David Anspaugh, 1986) 6
2. I Lost My Body / J'ai perdu mon corps (Jérémy Clapin, 2019) 8-
3. Mogambo (John Ford, 1953) 7-
4. The Judge (David Dobkin, 2014) 6
5. The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) 6
6. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) 6-
7. Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019) 7
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Post by jeroeno » February 9th, 2020, 1:18 pm

12. Honeyland (2019)
13. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
14. I nuovi mostri (1977)
15. Macskajáték (1974)
16. Avengers Endgame (2019)
17. Irma La Douce (1963)

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Post by flavo5000 » February 9th, 2020, 1:35 pm

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31. Utomlennye solntsem a.k.a. Burnt By The Sun (1994)
Won: Best Foreign Language Film

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32. Klaus (2019)
Nominated: Best Animated Feature

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33. Since You Went Away (1944)
Won: Best Original Score
Nominated: Best Picture, Actress (Claudette Colbert), Supporting Actor (Monty Woolley), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Jones), B&W Cinematography, B&W Art Direction, Film Editing, Special Effects

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34. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Won: Best Supporting Actress (Katina Paxinou)
Nominated: Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Actress (Ingrid Bergman), Supporting Actor (Akim Tamiroff), Color Cinematography, Color Art Direction, Film Editing, Original Score

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35. Harriet (2019)
Nominated: Best Actress (Cynthia Erivo), Original Song

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36a. Dcera a.k.a. Daughter (2019)
36b. Hair Love (2019)
36c. Mémorable (2019)
36d. Sister (2018)
36e. The Dam Keeper (2014)
Nominated: Best Animated Short Film
Of the crop of animated shorts this year, I personally think Mémorable is the best of the bunch, painting a beautiful picture (quite literally) of the effects of Alzheimer's. I doubt it will actually win though. I feel like Hair Love or Kitbull probably will take this one. They both have that sweet sentimentality that the Oscars usually like in addition to both being American and produced by major studios. The Dam Keeper is a nominee from a previous year to round out the point.
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1. Dorp aan de rivier a.k.a. Village by the River (1958)
2. Rocketman (2019)
3. Belle Epoque (1992)
4. Invictus (2009)
5. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
6. 1917 (2019)
7. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
8. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
9. The Two Popes (2019)
10. The Irishman (2019)
11. Little Women (2019)
12. Richard Jewell (2019)
13. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
14. Indigènes (2006)
15. Dolor y gloria (2019)
16. Plácido (1961)
17. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
18. Exodus (1960)
19. Mr. Turner (2014)
20. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
21. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
22. Marriage Story (2019)
23. Bombshell (2019)
24. Capharnaüm (2018)
25. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
26. Judy (2019)
27. Frozen II (2019)
28. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
29. J'ai perdu mon corps a.k.a. I Lost My Body (2019)
30. American Factory (2019)
31. Utomlennye solntsem a.k.a. Burnt By The Sun (1994)
32. Klaus (2019)
33. Since You Went Away (1944)
34. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
35. Harriet (2019)
36a. Dcera a.k.a. Daughter (2019)
36b. Hair Love (2019)
36c. Mémorable (2019)
36d. Sister (2018)
36e. The Dam Keeper (2014)

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Post by AB537 » February 9th, 2020, 2:30 pm

6. The Great Race (Blake Edwards, 1965) 7/10 ... Won Sound Effects, Nominated for Cinematography (Colour), Film Editing, Song and Sound ... silly but fun, reminds me in some ways of its near-contemporary, Stanley Kramer's 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

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Post by OldAle1 » February 9th, 2020, 2:40 pm

#OscassoICMShow
1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz/William Keighley, 1938) Picture, Art Direction, Film Editing, Music-Original Score
2. Bus Stop (Joshua Logan, 1956) Supporting Actor
3. Phaedra (Jules Dassin, 1962) Costume Design - Black and White
4. Klaus (Sergio Pablos, 2019) Animated Feature
5. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) (cinema) Picture, Actor, Actress, Screenplay - Original, Score, Supporting Actress
6. Jojo Rabbit (Taikia Waititi, 2019) (cinema) Picture, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Screenplay - Adapted, Supporting Actress
7. Little Women (Gillian Armstrong, 1994) Actress, Costume Design, Original Score
8-10. SHORTS 17+25+21+22+17+7+15+8+12+9+28=181 minutes total

a) Une soeur (Delphine Girard, 2018) Live Action Short Film
b) Brotherhood (Meryam Joobeur, 2018) Live Action Short Film
c) The Neighbor's Window (Marshall Curry, 2019) Live Action Short Film
d) Saria (Brian Buckley, 2019) Live Action Short Film
e) Nefta Football Club (Yves Piat, 2018) Live Action Short Film

Cinema. This was a bit less gloomy overall than last years' program, though Saria - about the horror of a girls "reformatory" in Guatemala that climaxes in fiery tragedy - would have fit right in. It's a tough one, made with heart for sure and if the amateur actors aren't always perfect, it's overall well done. The first two are also pretty serious, the first about a fateful connection between a caller from a car who is apparently being kidnapped and a travel emergency service, the second about an ISIS fighter returning home to Tunisia and not being particularly welcomed by his father. They're both pretty solid with the first probably a bit more cohesive and exciting. The Neighbor's Window didn't do a lot for me - it starts out a comic story of a thirty- or maybe forty-something couple watching a young couple across the way who seem to fuck all the time, and then turns quite serious. It felt very incomplete to me - like this was the beginnings of a feature that didn't get made. The last is the only purely comic short, about what happens when a couple of kids near the Algeria/Tunisia border attain accidental possession of a lot of white powder, with the younger kid thinking it's laundry detergent...this was my favorite, maybe mostly because I wanted some laughs at this point.

f) Hair Love (Matthew A. Cherry/Everett Downing Jr/Bruce W. Smith, 2019) Animated Short Film
g) Dcera (Daria Kashcheeva, 2019) Animated Short Film
h) Sister (Siqi Song, 2018) Animated Short Film
i) Mémorable (Bruno Collet, 2019) Animated Short Film
j) Kitbull (Rosanna Sullivan, 2019) Animated Short Film

Cinema. The animation program on the whole was less impressive IMO, with the first and last being fun but not much more - the first one kind of goes into some serious stuff but it's too short to really develop the black is beautiful/kinky hair is cool vibe as well as it could. Sister is a sad little bit about the narrating boy wishing he had one, in the years of China's one child policy, and Mémorable is a nicely crafted claymation work about memory loss that calls to mind last year's Late Afternoon but isn't in the same league. That leaves Dcera, on all counts the most impressive work, which is shot in a way I don't recall ever seeing in animation - it looks like it's all handheld throughout; not necessarily Paul Greengrass shaky-cam, though there are a few moments of that, but just handheld and in your face or rather the faces of the stop-motion animated puppets. A bleak story of a father-daughter relationship, but so beautifully done and distinctive if not outright unique. I will definitely keep this director in mind.

k) In the Absence (Seung-jun Yi, 2018) Documentary Short Subject

Powerful expose of the incompetence and outright lack of humanity that helped lead to the deaths of hundreds of people - most children - in the sinking of the South Korean ferry Seyom in 2014. This doesn't get very much into the background, like the lack of seaworthiness of the boat in the first place, but it's only half an hour and the choice to focus on the accident and it's aftermath is a good one; it's a clear case of hubris, passing the buck, and elitist unconcern for the lives and deaths of others, on the part of the SK President at the time and a good chunk of her administration and the Coast Guard, and the heroes of the story are the civilian divers who went in to help, and later to retrieve the dead, when the government's own divers just weren't good enough. Strong stuff.

11. J'ai perdu mon corps / I Lost My Body (Jérémy Clapin, 2019) Animated Feature

I've only seen two of the nominees in this category this year (Klaus, reviewed above, is the other) but I feel pretty safe in saying that this is the standout, given that two of the others are sequels in apparently endless series and the other looks indistinguishable from dozens of other cutesy CGI American animated films of the past decade. This French production, digitally made but then converted to 2D and given a hand-drawn look, is not only unusual and special in it's creation but in it's narrative, the story of a hand trying to get back to it's body in a harrowing journey across a dangerous city in the winter snow, interspersed with the story of the hand's owner and his generally traumatic life. The way it weaves memory and fantasy and makes us question whether we're seeing a dream or reality at most points in the story is right up my alley when it comes to narrative pleasures, and I have to admit I felt a powerful (and unfortunate) sense of recognition in our young man Naoufel's attempts to get to know Gabrielle. Great use of music as well; easily the best of the admittedly small number of animated films I've seen this year, probably the best I've seen actually since Kimi no na wa three years ago, and most certainly deserving of it's nomination this year.

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Post by ororama » February 9th, 2020, 3:02 pm

3. Cybèle ou les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray (1962) * 111 min.
(Winner Best Foreign Language Film)
(Nominee Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Serge Bourguignon, Antoine Tudal)
(Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment Maurice Jarre)
4. When Father Was Away on Business (1985) * 136 min.
(Nominee Best Foreign Language Film)

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1. Marriage Story (2019) * 137 min.
(Nominee Best Motion Picture of the Year
(Nominee Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role  Scarlett Johansson)
(Nominee Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role  Adam Driver)
(Nominee Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role  Laura Dern)
(Nominee Best Original Screenplay  Noah Baumbach)
(Nominee Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)  Randy Newman)
2. Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008) * 6 min.
(Nominee Best Short Film, Animated)
The Bead Game (1977) * 6 min.
(Nominee Best Short Film, Animated)
Period. End of Sentence. (2018) * 26 min.
(Winner Best Documentary Short Subject)
Dear Basketball (2017) * 5 min.
(Winner Best Animated Short Film)
If You Love This Planet (1982) * 26 min.
(Winner Best Documentary, Short Subjects)

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Post by Traveller » February 9th, 2020, 5:51 pm

20. With Byrd at the South Pole (1930) - 6/10
21. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) - 2/10
22. The Assault (1986) - 6/10
23. Indochina (1992) - 7/10
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