Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Closer Look: 1971 Best Picture

"Why are those films winning our Fistis?"

What a great year for film.  I’m wrapping up my personal awards for the year, and while I’ll have no time to actually get them posted before I leave for vacation, I wanted to leave you with some thoughts on the year that was and Oscar’s Best Picture lineup (as well as my Fisti lineup).  As I said, this was an astonishing year for film all around, and Oscar’s lineup is refreshingly reflective of that richness.  I don’t love all five films nominated by Oscar, but I appreciate that they are really diverse, cover a wide range of genres and showcase how incredible the year was, overall.

So let’s take the list one by one; and I’ll go ahead and rank them:

5 for the Fifth: my belated answers to Ruth's questions!

So, I’m late with this, but I do love me some Flixchatter, and I especially love Ruth’s 5 for the Fifth series, and whenever I can I try and participate with my own post to answer her five questions.  In all the chaos at my house, trying to prepare for our Disney trip and trying to wrap up some posts I had planned for the blog here, I completely forgot to jump on this back ON THE FIFTH, which is when I like to play along, but better late than never, right?

So, if you haven’t read through Ruth’s post, do that here first.  If you’re new to Flixchatter, add it to your blog roll NOW, since her blog is incredible (one of my personal favorites), and you’ll not want to miss another episode of 5 for the Fifth.

And now, to answer your questions Ruth, here we go!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blind Spot Series 2014: Monsieur Verdoux

Well, I'm really early with this one, but due to vacation cutting into the entire center of my month, if I don't post this now I will miss the deadline.  I actually watched this on the 1st and have been dragging out posting this as long as I can, but it's now or never (or late) and so I'm choosing now.  For those unfamiliar, this is part of the Blind Spot series that The Matinee is hosting this year, and so far this has been a really rewarding year for Blind Spot movies here at A Fistful of Films!  I decided to delve into the 40's for my personal selections, and I couldn't be more happy with that decision.  

You can click here to see all Blind Spot entries.

So, this month I saw a film from one of my favorite actor/directors, Charlie Chaplin.  I have mixed feelings on this, but we might as well just dig right on in.

Friday, September 5, 2014

You Mean They Don't Have Oscars, Part 2: The Women

So, yesterday I posted my list of Top Ten Twenty Actors You Won’t Believe Don’t Have Oscars, and I wanted to follow that up with the actresses.  I guess it’s less a follow up, but more the closing act.  It all started with an actress.  I was sitting in my bed, watching an incredible movie starring an incredible actress and then it dawned on me…she DOESN’T have an Oscar…at all…for anything!  From that small grain of a thought, this was born.  I stayed up half the night compiling my lists and it kept growing and growing and I wound up typing out a collective list of 65 names…which I then condensed to 40 (twenty men/twenty women).

If you haven’t checked out the male list yet, here it is.

So, like yesterday, I’m not going to rank those that landed in the 11-20 spots, but merely present them in a group form.  Then we’ll get into the Top Ten.

Again, like with the Actor’s List, I’ve only listed actresses who have been nominated for an Oscar, so some of the greats have been left off.  Like, take Marilyn Monroe.  I’m actually dumbfounded that in the height of her fame she didn’t receive an Oscar, but she was never nominated and so she is not on this list.  The Top Ten itself is mostly composed of classic actresses, because I really wanted to think about the ones who have attained a reputation that would suggest they are Oscar winning actresses.  I want you to read these names and think to yourself, ‘wait…they DON’T have Oscars?’…

But of course, there are many who haven’t won that we are all very much aware of the snubs, because we are reminded of them all the time…and some of those make up the Top Twenty.

Here we go:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

So, I saw Jennifer Lawrence's boobs last week...

The irony in this gif right now was too much to pass up...

Ok, so it's been almost a week since I was alerted via Twitter than Jennifer Lawrence's phone was hacked her her naked everything was all over the internet.  I'm not going to lie, I looked.  In fact, I was at my best friend's house when I got the infamous tweet and so he pulled out his laptop and we sat on his bed and looked at them together.

I'm ashamed of what happened next...

I wasn't really going to talk about this, since it's been talked about so much over the past week, but Sati told me I needed to give her my opinion on the matter before I left for vacation next week, and since she just dropped this hilarious take-down on the subject, I figured I'd throw some words on a page.

I'm slightly on the fence about the whole thing.  I know that so many actors are tweeting in support of the victims here, stating that looking is gross and awful and pervy and while it may be all of those things, it isn't really the worst thing in the world.  I mean...you did take those pictures, and while they do have a point in the issue of privacy, I do find this whole concept of taking naked pictures on your phone to be, well, ridiculous.  You're famous, and when you're famous you KNOW that people are going to do these things.  This isn't the first time that this has happened, and it won't be the last.  That being said, I usually make it a habit NOT to look at this kind of stuff.  I mean, we live in a world where we can pretty much see whatever we want, whenever we want, for free.  All you need to do is turn off safe search on Google or Bing or whatever search engine you use and then type it in.  The amount of actresses who have done nude scenes in films of on television or done a sex tape or whatever is more than enough to make looking at things like this kind of, unnecessary.  

I mean, I didn't even look at the leaked ScarJo nudes, and I've been in love with her for YEARS.  I saw the list released.  I know who was hacked.  I didn't look up anyone else and I have no plans or desire to.

But yes, I looked at Lawrence.  

I blame my bestie (I can, he won't read this), but afterward I felt a little dirty, and while I do feel that these actresses dumb enough to take pictures of themselves in such compromising and questionable positions do share some blame for making this stuff available to the average hacker with too much spare time, private is private and they should be afforded that.

So that makes me question, why was seeing Jennifer Lawrence so important to men (and some women) all over the world?  With the amount of porn stars who are just as good looking (many even better looking) at our fingertips, why did we all jump at the chance to see the forbidden fruits of an actress like Lawrence, even when we knew that it was a horrible violation of her privacy?  I guess maybe that is the point.  We live in a world where these porn stars are available to us.  They aren't forbidden anymore.  They are waiting for us, pleading with us, to look.  We, as a people, want everything we can't have because that makes it more exciting, and despite the fact that Jennifer Lawrence may look more like your grade school kid's babysitter than an actual sex-kitten, she's not attainable.  She's an actress, a mighty, actress who is above us; far away from our leagues.  We cannot have her.

Well, we couldn't have her.

I almost don't know what I'm saying anymore.  Maybe I should just delete this post.  I guess in closing the real thing that Jennifer Lawrence's boobs taught me was that we as people are kind of pathetic.  We aren't criminals, we didn't rape anyone (please, with those dumb comparisons), but we also didn't need to look but yet we all needed to look, and that need to look (call it questionable curiosity) makes me just roll my eyes at this thing we call humanity.

But I looked, so who am I to judge?

You Mean They Don't Have Oscars, Part I: The Men

So, the other night I was watching this movie with this certain actress who DOESN’T have an Oscar and the thought came to my mind that maybe, just maybe, she did and I was confused.  I mean, she HAD to have an Oscar to her name.  She’s one of those actresses, you know, the ones that everyone knows by name and generally respects as one of the all-time greats; one of the best that ever worked in the industry.  How does she not have an Oscar?

She doesn’t.

So this got me thinking of those actors and actresses who, on name alone, sound like Oscar winners.  I wanted to compile a list of names that we’d all be rather shocked to realize don’t have that golden statue.  Sure, there are some names that are famously associated with a lack of an Oscar, the same names that get brought up as DUE for an Oscar every time they make a movie, but there are some more classic actors and actresses who the average moviegoer probably assumes has an Oscar.

They would be wrong.

So, this is a two part series.  I’m going to talk about the actors today, and then we’ll get into the actresses tomorrow.

I want to clarify before we get into this list that this is concerning ACTING wins, not any other Oscar win.  Some of these actors have won Oscars in other categories (writing/score/directing/honorary) but they never snagged a win for their acting talents.  I also only considered names that actually had Oscar nominations attached to them, so while I find it baffling that someone like Peter Sarsgaard, despite his string of remarkable turns in the mid-aughts, doesn’t have an Oscar, he isn’t on this list because he still hasn’t been nominated for anything yet.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

1997 Fistis!

Nominate me like one of your French girls...

I did it!  I finished up the Fistis for 1997 before leaving for vacation.  Hell, I even had time to spare.  Bounce on over and check them out and let me know what you think.  I'd love to hear all your thoughts.  A pretty neat little fact about the Fistis and this particular year; it is only the second published year (39, 56, 57, 67, 74, 81, 87, 88, 90-97, the aughts, 2010-13) where Oscar's actual Best Picture winner wound up in my personal Top Five.  Yup, I shamelessly love me some Titanic and I still consider it an astonishing film, despite the fact that it really isn't a very good movie.

The other year where Oscar's BP is in my lineup is 1974, duh.

So dig in and comment, comment, comment!