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Monday
Nov132017

111 days 'til Oscar

Can you believe Germany's WINGS OF DESIRE (1987) was not nominated for Best Foreign Film? It won numerous prizes that year but Oscar skipped it.

According to numerologists 111 is a very powerful number, sometimes called an "angel number" for spiritual guidance. It signifies that a gate of opportunity is opening -- your dreams can become manifest with positive thinking. (Or some such. Don't ask me I'm not a numerologist. I'm just trying to find cute ways to count down to Oscar, okay?)

In other words those current long shot Oscar campaigns need to be harnessing all their positive thinking on this very day! So tell us your #1 dream for Oscar night this coming March 4th. What reality shall you will into being, nomination-wise or statue win? You know mine already

Monday
Nov132017

The Furniture: 25 Years Trapped in Castle Dracula

"The Furniture," by Daniel Walber, is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail. 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula turns 25 years old today. It is, appropriately, not dead. Not that a film can die, exactly, but this one has held onto its toothy vigor with particular success. Even the ridiculous way Keanu pronounces “Bewdapest” still charms. Eiko Ishioka’s Oscar-winning costumes seem simultaneously ancient and way ahead of their time. The same goes for the Oscar-winning makeup, which transforms Gary Oldman across centuries with bewildering commitment. The visual effects, which went unnominated, remain thrilling, a dizzying phantasmagoria of cinematic shadow-puppetry.

But I’m here to rave about the only nominated category that the film didn’t win. Production designer Thomas E. Sanders and art director Garrett Lewis were nominated, but they lost to Howards End. Hard to argue with that, of course. Yet their work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula is just as worthy in its complexity, engaging with the material deep within the extravagance and color. Sanders and Lewis demonstrate a creativity well beyond the Gothic castles and thick cobwebs of the genre’s lesser films, shining a newly bloodstained light on this most famous of vampire stories.

The home of the monstrous count itself is a perfect example. Dracula lives in a decaying tower, but a fraction of his former seat of power. It hovers over a cliff in a remote corner of Transylvania, all but removed from the eyes of the living. It cascades upwards, every story more mangled than the last...

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Sunday
Nov122017

Thor and Lady Bird Reign at the Box Office

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Nov 10-12)
W I D E
800+ screens
L I M I T E D
excluding prev. wide
1. Thor Ragnarok  $56.6 (cum. $211.5)
REVIEW, YOUR QUEEN
1.🔺 Lady Bird $1.2 on 37 screens (cum. $1.7) REVIEW
2.🔺 Daddy's Home 2 $30 2.🔺 Let There Be Light $1.1 on 773 screens (cum. $6)
3. 🔺 Murder on the Orient Express $28.2
3.🔺 Florida Project $579k on 229 screens (cum. $3.8) REVIEW 
4. A Bad Mom's Christmas  $11.5 (cum. $39.8) 4.  Loving Vincent $515k on 212 screens (cum. $3.9)
5. Jigsaw $3.4 (cum. $34.3)
5. LBJ $509k on 608 screens (cum. $2)  

 

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Sunday
Nov122017

72 days until Oscar nominations. Let's talk '72

What's your favorite movie of 1972? My top ten goes like so...

01 Cabaret (Bob Fosse)
Come to the cabaret 🎵

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Sunday
Nov122017

Beauty Break: 10 Greatest Photos from the 2017 Governors Award

by Nathaniel R

Varda & Jolie dancing

As you surely know by now the Academy held the annual Governor's Awards last night honoring directors Agnes Varda and Charles Burnett, actors Donald Sutherland, and cinematographer Owen Roizman who we've been celebrating here on the blog this past week. The giddiest moment was surely Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda doing a little dance when the Mother of the French New Wave was presented with her statue, complete with spins and everything.

As something of a surprise to yours truly (did I miss a press release somewhere?) they also honored director Alejandro González Iñárritu with a special Oscar for an experimental VR project...  

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Sunday
Nov122017

Would you rather? 

Time for another edition of our fantasy life instagram game (with a few tweets we couldn't pass up thrown in). The circles we all travel in (virtually) these days! So, would you rather:

... proofread Agnes Varda's Honorary Oscar speech while she naps?
... design lingerie with Megan Fox?
... contemplate the newly chilly weather with Jharrel Jerome from Moonlight?
... look at baby photos with Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan?
... hang out with Rebel Wilson & Anne Hathaway on the set of Nasty Women?
... model perfect jackets with Taika Waititi?
... indulge in a plushy moment with Jesse Bradford?
... hike and rock-hunt with Goldie Hawn?
... get your hair did with Jennifer Ehle?
... do some Mission Impossible stunts with Henry Cavill in glorious Norway?
... sing with Chris Evans' dog?
... or walk an impromptu runway with DJ Lina Bradford and the legendary Candis Cayne?

You own everything!

Pictures are after the jump to help you decide.

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