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Sunday
Mar172013

Happy St. Patrick's Day !

It's the one day of the year in which it's not easy being green...


Have fun but play safe. So no Hulk smashing. And don't drink too much (absinthe).

Any big plans?

Saturday
Mar162013

Vintage 1983

With nothing new in theaters worth getting excited about my head has been all over the (time) map of cinema. I picked this year somewhat arbitrarily to discuss.

Were you alive in 1983? Even if you weren't do you think of it fondly? To give you a little context for the year: Ronald Reagan was POTUS and Nancy had just contributed "Just Say No" to the vernacular; M*A*S*H ended its lengthy run on television; Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was all anybody listened to; Cheers and Hill Street Blues were the Emmy champs.

Let's savor 1983's cinematic crop for a moment. Are these movies (and people) and things aging well? Is there much left to savor? 

Best Movies According To...
Oscar: The Big Chill, The Dresser, Tender Mercies, Terms of Endearment, and The Right Stuff were the best pictures nominees but they also loved Cross Creek, Fanny & Alexander, Educating Rita, Silkwood and Zelig
Golden Globe: (drama) Reuben Reuben, The Right Stuff, Silkwood, Tender Mercies, and Terms of Endearment* (comedy/musical) The Big Chill, Flashdance, Trading Places, Yentl*, and Zelig
Cannes: The Ballad of Narayama
Box Office: 1) Return of the Jedi 2) Terms of Endearment 3) Flashdance 4) Trading Places 5) War Games 6) Octopussy 7) Sudden Impact 8) Staying Alive 9) Mr Mom 10) Risky Business
Nathaniel: The King of Comedy, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Pauline at the Beach, The Return of the Jedi, The Right Stuff, Silkwood, Terms of Endearment, The Year of Living Dangerously and Yentl. I'm holding a spot in my top ten open for Fanny & Alexander or Zelig which are weirdly movies I never get around to seeing even though I am likely to worship both given the time frame in their auteur's filmography in which they land...

Adorable '83 Babies after the jump...

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Saturday
Mar162013

Show Me The Linky

The Broadway Blog reviews Smash's "Bombshell" CD and Megan Hilty's solo album "It Happens All The Time"
Blouin Art Info Christopher Doyle, one our our favorite DPs who ought to have plentiful Oscar noms by now but has none is disgusted with the Academy for continually choosing visual fx heavy movies in the cinematography category (we heartily agree that it's a huge "how is that cinematography?" problem) 
Bryan Singer behold the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. I'm happy that Fan Bingbing is in it but who on earth will she be playing?
The Guardian will Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby spark a 20s deco & flapper revival?

 

Empire The cast of Divergent, a female led dystopian sci-fi drama (yes, they are a dime a dozen these days thanks to Hunger Games - Divergent's jacket cover even purposefully tries to look like a Hunger Games sequel) is coming together with Theo James & Aaron Eckhart joining to support Shailene Woodley in the lead
Empire (again) Willow's Warwick Davis gets his own podcast to celebrate the anniversary of that fantasy landmark
/Film apparently Ennio Morriconne is not as big of a fan of Quentin Tarantino as the director is of him
Salon on Justin Timberlake's week-long media blitz 
WSJ on the return of the beard with male celebrities -- no, not that kind! -- and with civilians, too.
i09 argues that historical anachronisms are better at recreating history than historical reenactments in movies. Via A Knight's Tale  

Saturday
Mar162013

Today's Pet Peeve: Why Doesn't Oscar Allow Embeddable Videos?

The title is all wrong. It's Everyday's Pet Peeve. I was as thrilled as any Oscar Fanatic when they established a YouTube channel and began to upload plentiful old acceptance speeches from ceremonies past. But why, pray tell, are they non-embeddable? I legitimately wonder what purpose this serves when what's shared on social networks is so determinative of what gets seen, discussed and becomes beloved.

Of course the dread "embedding disabled by request" message is most tiresome and even downright evil when a YouTube channel that uses it is just a fan channel which owns the rights to nothing but still insists that you can't steal what they stole. (This is especially icky when it's exactly the clip you need and want to share.)  I won't name account names but my guess is this refusal to share is an older generation problem dating back to mindsets that existed before the internet -- I also existed before the internet but some of us adapted --  when sharing was something your parents told you to do with your friends and siblings but would never have dreamed of telling you to do with complete strangers. This is my guess primarily because the accounts most likely to refuse embedding seem to be the ones that are most devoted to material that predates the internet be it old movies, music, tv or what have you. I think this is terrible for everyone and does a great injustice to the art. If things aren't shareable in the modern sense they're more likely to stay forgotten and relegated to the dustbins of history.

Morgan Fairchild and Robert Hays -- anyone remember them?

This came up today because the latest video the Oscar channel posted was the Costume Design presentation for 1981's "Chariots of Fire" and I wanted to discuss it for about 10 different reasons but then thought "why bother?" since I couldn't embed it with the discussion and didn't have time for screencaps. Pity that. It's not that it's 'must-see' interesting. I shouldn't oversell. 

Moving on...

Saturday
Mar162013

Can Oscar Sustain His Unlikeliest New Love Affair?

*Not all films discussed here exist outside my head.

Amir here, to obsess about the Oscars because, you know, March is never too early to start doing that around these parts.  Recently, I’ve started to wonder whether Oscar might have started an unlikely love affair with Iran.

Stop laughing and allow me to explain. Oscar took a long while to take notice of Iranian cinema or any of the Iranians who were working in Hollywood. To be fair to the shiny gold man, he wasn’t really spoiled with choices, but still took his time before deciding that Darius Khondji was a worthy cinematographer (Evita, 1996) and Habib Zargarpour’s did fine fx work (Twister, also 1996). Oscar has taken short trips to Iran a few times since then and last year, after watching A Separation, finally decided to stay awhile... in Asghar Farhadi’s house.

No one expected Oscar to go back so soon, especially with no major Iranian films present on the festival circuit, but AMPAS had other ideas. Oscar went back and took one of Hollywood’s golden boys along with him. Famously, they had such a hard time getting out of Iran they had to fake Canadian passports. Britain aside, Oscar doesn’t really embrace any foreign countries two years back to back, let alone a Middle Eastern one. What is happening?

Could this once politically forbidden passion turn into a stable relationship? I turned to the festival circuit, but to no avail. So I've decided to take the intiative and suggest a few projects that might turn the trick again with Oscar. more...

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Friday
Mar152013

Here He Comes To Save The Day

JA from MNPP here, just taking a brief moment to delight over the fact that Bryan Singer just tweeted that for the new X-Men movie Daniel Cudmore will be returning as Colossus. He previously played the character in X2 and X3. Singer actually tweeted a picture of sixteen actors that will be in the movie, most of whom we already knew about (did we know about Anna Paquin and Ellen Page? I can't keep up), but I think you'll forgive me for having happy thoughts seeing Cudmore specifically, for you know... obvious reasons, and what not. Perhaps he and Michael Fassbender can have a scene where they fight each other at the suana? Or maybe he and James McAvoy take up Turkish Oil Wrestling? I'm just spitballing ideas here - feel free to use whatever, Bryan. You don't even have to give me credit - just make it happen.