Friday, October 24, 2014

Twice a Best Actress Bloggers Roundtable: Jane Fonda

This week was amazing!  I couldn't have hoped for a better panel for this because the complete all over the place nature of these reviews and perceptions of performances was just so delicious!  Yup, it's another Friday, which means Twice a Best Actress is delving into yet another pair of Oscar wins, this time for Jane Fonda!  I don't even want to say anything more...just take a gander!

First, our panel:

Andrew from The Films the Thing
Drew from A Fistful of Films
Sati from Cinematic Corner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ranking the 90's: Oscar's Best Picture Lineups

Alright, so Josh over at The Cinematic Spectacle posted a ranking of the Best Picture Lineups of the 90's, and I thought the idea was a great one, so I copied it.  Be flattered Josh!  Anyways, this was one of those instances where the outcome was not what I expected and I'm kind of baffled at how it happened.  I want to first explain how I went about this.  I started ranking every individual film, which got to be almost exhausting because giving everything an exact order can be hard and quite frankly it always fluctuates.  So then I decided to give each film a grade (I used the same grade system as we do for the Twice a Best Actor/Actress series), and then add the grades for the collective ballot together, giving us our overall ranking.  This gives me a chance to put aside personal preference and just grade each ballot as a whole, because really this is about the entire lineup and NOT individual films.

The result was NOT what I was expecting.

Like, I'm not sure how this happened; at all.

Gotham Award Nominations!

Awards Season is officially getting kicked off with the Gotham Award Nominations this morning!  Yes, these are kind of like the poor man's Spirit Awards, but this is the start of the season, and there have been many smaller films who have carved a successful Awards run, starting with their nominations here.  This is also the place where the beloved performances and films that don't have the legs to carry themselves all the way to Oscar can get some recognition.  So, while we can't learn a whole lot from these nominations, we can at least bask in some of their inspired choices.

Let's take a look:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fisti Awards Update (1998)

Richards and Campbell, waiting to hear their names on nomination morning...

So, I'm slowly getting the 1998 Fisti Awards done and ready for publication, but this may take a little while since I have some other obligations here and elsewhere.  So for now, let's talk about Best Picture, Director and Film Editing!  You can check them out here, but I've also included them below.  As you'll see, I went a little mainstream, MTV Awards here, fawning all over a certain film(s) that the average Oscar watcher/lover may find unworthy of a prestigious accolade, but these are the Fistis and we are not impartial!

So bring on the love for Wild Things!

Off the top of my head, Guy Ritchie's director nom is one of my favorites simply because I feel like he's not given the respect he deserves for what he achieved here.  His filmography as a whole may not be incredible or anything, and he may have resorted to creating nothing but Blockbuster fodder, but his beginnings were rich with real promise, and he started a movement with his stylistic approach to film-making that wasn't really seen in other directors at that time.

So, let's look at these noms:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A not so obvious gem…

I’m just going to be honest here; I was really anxious about seeing this.  Abortion is not a light subject.  It’s not really something I can get behind, at all.  In fact, when that Duggar girl was under fire a few weeks ago for likening abortion to the Holocaust, I was one of the ones who tweeted “she’s right”.  I am unapologetically pro-life and will always, ALWAYS be that way.  Now, I know that many will not find my viewpoint politically correct, but it’s my viewpoint so deal with it.

That being said, I’ve seen films on the subject before.  In fact, my favorite film (favorite being codename for ‘film I think is the best’ and not necessarily a film I would actually desire to be entertained with) of 2007 was the soul-wrecking ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’ which was, you guessed it, about abortion.  For me, that film and it’s detached approach and ambiguous ending made it such a remarkable study on the subject, no matter what side of the debate you are on.  But ‘Obvious Child’ was touted as that comedy about abortion, and quite frankly I don’t think abortion is funny, at all. 

I didn’t want to see this.

All that said, I kind of felt like I needed to see this movie.  The raves were pouring in, and it isn’t the first (and it won’t be the last) where I fight my seeming better judgment to see something that everyone else adores so that I can settle on my own opinion about it.  I’ll either be won over (on the film, not the position it takes) and have nice things to say about it, or I’ll have a nice new film to tear to shreds.

I loved this movie!

Staring into the void…

The trailer for ‘Ida’ had me hooked immediately.  The glassy cinematography, the sullen stares, the instant mood, the subtitles!  This looked like it was going to be right up my alley.  I prayed that it come to a theater near me, but that never happens.  The reviews started to pour in and Oscar buzz was made and every critic was salivating over the film like it was some truly remarkable character study.  The prose was so rich with purpose, so rich with promise.  Finally, I got my hands on this film and rushed to get it into my DVD player.

And then nothing happened.

No, the DVD worked and the movie played, but, like, nothing happened…at all.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Twice a Best Actress Bloggers Roundtable: Luise Rainer

So, we've reached a pretty special week here in Twice a Best Actress; the week of Luise Rainer, the very first actor period (in any category) to win two consecutive Oscars.  The cool thing about this one is that most on the panel had not seen these performances yet, so we were looking at these from VERY fresh eyes (you know, all of us except Fritz, who has seen practically everything!).  

Enough talking, let's get to discussing these two VERY different performances from an iconic actress.

Once again, our panel:

Andrew from The Films the Thing
Drew from A Fistful of Films
Sati from Cinematic Corner