Sunday, February 28, 2010

Academy Award winners...

12 (or thirteen) best picture Oscar winners. And some quick thoughts on each-- six sentences or less.

'The best years of our lives' (1946) Important film, and a worthy winner. But a film so melodramatic hasn't aged extremely well, and is just asking to be made fun of. ("Do you, Wilma, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?" "Yes. I Yabbadabba do.")

'Hamlet' (1948) Laurence Olivier as Hamlet. Couldn't have done it better myself... No, really.

'Around the world in 80 days' (1956) Goofy little flick, but i dug it.

'Gigi' (1958) This is bound to go down in history as the worst film to ever win nine academy awards. Not a horrible movie, really-- great music. But, sheesh! NINE Oscars?!?! Maybe if Maurice Chevalier was in every scene...

'My fair lady' (1964) Great movie. Crap ending. The Audrey Hepburn I know and love is a lot stronger than that!

'Oliver!' (1968) Urgh. What a crap movie. Seriously. Crap movie. And this was named best picture while 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' wasn't even nominated. Bah.

'Tom Jones' (1963) Eh... I preferred 'Tristam Shandy: A cock and bull story.'

'A man for all seasons' (1966) So much better than i expected it to be! Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw are amazing! A must see!!!

'The Sting' (1973) I really miss Paul Newman.

'The Last Emperor' (1987) Even after seeing 'Avatar' I can tell you that this is the most visually stunning film I have ever seen.

'Titanic' (1997) Not to harp on 'avatar' too much, but this is clearly James Carmeron's best movie. Kate Winslet is just plain great, and that ship is an incredible achievement.

'Gladiator' and 'Braveheart' (1995) and (2000) Pretty much the same movie, enit? I mean, y'know, i love them both, but... really. FREEEEEDOM!!!!! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!?!?! Same movie, no?

the five things i fell in love with today...

1) i'm really enjoying twitter. except for all the spam. my favorite tweeters so far: conan o'brien and questlove.
2) peter o'toole.
3) killer game today-- crushing defeat for us Americans, but probably the best hockey i've ever seen.
4) The Flintstones.
5) had a great time at the MOMA yesterday, until i almost got kicked out. blog to follow...

song of the day...
"what more can i say" by jay-z

movie of the day...
'Terminator 2' okay, actually, maybe this was james cameron's best.

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