Oscar History

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"After an absolutely crappy day at work; when life feels like a total roadblock - this podcast just makes me so happy!" - Adam

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Months of Meryl: Plenty (1985)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep. 

Charles Dance and Meryl Streep in "Plenty"

#11 — Susan Traherne, resistance fighter turned diplomat’s wife with a gnawing sense of unease about the life she must lead.

MATTHEW:  “I just wish she were more ordinary,” a persnickety commercial director grumbles about an offscreen model hired to play the mother in a promo for dog food. “Will the audience identify?” he frets. We’re in England in the postwar 1940s and Susan Traherne, a former agent in the French resistance, is rolling her eyes through a mind-numbing advertising job that she will promptly vacate. The scene is quick but Susan walks out just in time for the director’s comments to resonate as a sly statement on the woman herself, the reliably erratic anti-heroine played by Meryl Streep in Fred Schepisi’s tepid cinematic adaptation of David Hare’s Plenty. Will an audience identify with a figure so brazenly, even coldly unconventional? And does such identification even really matter...?

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The Film Experience is (mostly) on vacation.

by Nathaniel

Heads up everyone. Aside from a few intermittent pieces, we're taking a post Oscar break (for the first time in herstory!) for recuperation and HQ revisions. We return to full content mode once you've had a chance to see Isle of Dogs, Pacific Uprising, and Unsane (for those weirdos who use actual dates as calendar rather than movies that's March 26th or so).

If you'd like to be notified of our return, please sign up to for the newsletter on facebook or right here below which will begin going out weekly shortly after our return!

The newsletter will feature random exclusives plus utterly non-fancy but thus more frequently updated Oscar charts. Why are we doing a newsletter you might ask? Well, various potential advertisers keep asking if we have one and we're behind the times on that front! We have to drum up more advertising or get more donations (see sidebar) to survive so we're working on revamps to make ourselves more attractive to them...

COMING IN APRIL: Tully, Avengers Infinity War, The 1970 Supporting Actress Smackdown (so get to watching: Airport, Five Easy Pieces, The Landlord, and M*A*S*H), William Holden Centennial Celebration, Where is Kyra?, You Were Never Really Here and all the randomness you've come to love or at least tolerate.


Podcast: Nick's Oscar Adventure!

For the season finale of the podcast Nathaniel R and Katey Rich grill Nick Davis about his FIRST TIME ATTENDING THE OSCARS!

Hear how the room responded to the Coco, Shape of Water, and Get Out wins. Name dropping galore ahead: Justin Paul, Aaron Sorkin, Sandy Martin, LaKeith Stanfield, Roger Deakins, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, etc 

Index (43 minutes)
00:01 Intro: snack boxes, commercial breaks
02:30 Gags, speeches, celebrity sightings
11:00 Wins and spreading the wealth
18:00 Song performances, mistaken identity
21:00 Laura Dern and Timothée Chalamet
24:30 Time's Up and "inclusion riders"
30:00 Los Angeles and Nick's Faye photoshoot
35:30 Moving on from these movies
42:00 Byeeeee 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunesContinue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

Nick at the Oscars!


Film Bitch Awards: Heroes, Villains, Divas, Thirst Traps...

by Nathaniel R

We're racing to the finish line for the 2017 film season. One more day until we can safely put that film year behind us and enter 2018 where y'all already are no doubt. Now we turn our eyes to the bold strokes categories. The men and women who inspired through heroics, were fun to hate, who preened fabulously, or (ahem) aroused us. So click on over to the Film Bitch Awards for:

  • Hero of the Year
  • Diva of the Year
  • Villain of the Year
  • Sexpot of the Year
  • Movie Poster of the Year

Films honored include Thor Ragnarok, The Shape of Water, Spider-Man Homecoming, Colossal, The Ornithologist, Wonder Woman, mother!, Phantom Thread, andmore. Hope you enjoy and report back with your own thoughts on these "extra" honors!


Doc Corner: Andre Leon Talley and Jayne Mansfield Lead the Melbourne Queer Film Festival

By Glenn Dunks

Down here in Melbourne where I live, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival is gearing up for its 28th year. It's got the best line-up I have ever seen for the festival, and in particular the documentary section is full of must see titles. I know The Film Experience readers like to hear about LGBTQI cinema so I thought I'd choose three that focus on the movies and pop culture worlds to look at that will hopefully make their way to cinemas and VOD soon: The Gospel According to Andre, Mansfield 66/67 and Queerama.


Shame on me, I suppose, for putting on The Gospel According to André and expecting a breezy 90 minutes of glam connoisseur André Leon Talley dishing cutting fashion commentary in caftans and calling everybody “darling” while rattling off designer names like he’s Edina in that Pet Shop Boys song about Absolutely Fabulous. Names! Names! Names!

Talley is, after all, a mainstay of fashion documentaries since his appearances in the classics Unzipped and Catwalk from 1995 on through the likes of The September Issue, The First Monday in May, Valentino: The Last Emperor and the recent House of Z about Zac Posen. What I did not expect from Kate Novack’s documentary was a film that takes the story of one of the American fashion world’s most iconic and recognisable names as a launching pad for an exploration of race and racism through history via the POV of a gay black man.

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Yes No Maybe So: "Book Club"

by Nathaniel R

First things first: how utterly fabulous does Jane Fonda look in the trailer for Book Club? She's 80 (!!!) Don Johnson isn't even 70 year but he should be so lucky. She looks great as a ginger. 

Now that the mandatory Jane worship is out of the way (I just saw Klute again -which is a renewal of breathless fandom for her gifts every time), let's break down the trailer for this romantic comedy of sorts about four golden girls who aren't willing to stop living and are dating again. Whilst they read books? We're really not sure how the books fit into it to be honest. Neither is the trailer...

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Film Bitch Awards: More Acting Honors!

by Nathaniel R

Twenty acting nominations (i.e. the traditional Oscar-like honors) just aren't enough at the Film Bitch Awards. Here where we also like to shout to rising stars, actors who make vivid impressions or give full characters with barely any screen time, cast chemistry, and the men and women who collect all the talent in these thrilling combinations. So click on through for our nominations in...

• Best Actress in a Limited Role or Cameo
• Best Actor in a Limited Role or Cameo
• Best Juvenile Performance (17 and under)
• Breakthrough Performer
• Best Ensemble
• Best Casting 

Films scoring multiple nominations on this page include Lady Bird, Get Out, Lady Macbeth, Wonder and The Big Sick.


Box Office: A Fantastic Woman, A Wrinkle in Time, and More...

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (March 9th-11th) Estimates
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. Black Panther  $41.1 (cum. $562) PODCAST
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Thoroughbreds $1.2 on 549 screens NEW REVIEW
2. ๐Ÿ”บ A Wrinkle in Time (pictured) $33.3 NEW REVIEW  2. ๐Ÿ”บ  A Fantastic Woman (pictured) $287k on 166 screens (cum. $1.1)  REVIEW  | OSCAR WIN
3.๐Ÿ”บ Strangers Prey at Night $10.4 NEW
3.๐Ÿ”บ The Death of Stalin $181k on 4 screens NEW REVIEW
4. Red Sparrow $8.1 (cum. $31.1) REVIEW | JENNIFER IN VERSACE
4. ๐Ÿ”บ The Leisure Seeker $119k on 28 screens NEW
5. Game Night $7.9 (cum. $45) REVIEW
5.  The Party  $98k on 91 screens (cum. $483k)


It's a history-making weekend at the box office. For the first time ever the two top grossers are both from African-American directors. Ryan Coogler's Black Panther continues its astonishing run. It's now the biggest non-Star Wars hit since Jurassic World three years ago and The Avengers before that six years ago and likely to outgross them both). It was also opening weekend for Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. $33 million for a movie with no bankable stars that's not a sequel is good though people are calling it a failure due to its heavy price tag.  How the Oscars affected the box office after the jump...

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