Archive for May 11, 2011

The Great Movie Moments of Life: Movie Deja Vu

There are certain universal moments that everyone goes through, that, when someone else puts their experience with these moments into words, you undoubtedly end up remembering your own version of them, like, “Oh shit, that happened to me too!”

I’ll skip over examples (though you remember that time as a kid when you thought for a second that you might actually have psychic powers because a few things you thought coincidentally happened? That’s the kind of stuff that I’m talking about), but, this story is going to be my own personal experience with movie deja vu.

I’m defining movie deja vu as the experience of seeing a movie as a child, then vividly remembering a scene from that movie years later, despite having absolutely no idea what the movie in question was. All you know is that the scene stuck with you, and no matter what you do, you can’t figure out what the hell that movie was. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor – 1974

1974’s a fun year. The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, The Conversation, Lenny, The Towering Inferno — and those are just the Best Picture nominees.

The Godfather Part II wins Best Picture in a decision nobody can contest, no matter how much we all love Chinatown. It also wins Best Director for Francis Ford Coppola — finally — after he was snubbed for The Godfather in favor of Bob Fosse for Cabaret a decision that works in the historical sense (both directors have Oscars, which is great), but not in the specific category. Best Actor this year was Art Carney for Harry and Tonto, a veteran/career Oscar, and one of the worst decisions of all time. I love Art Carney, but, come on, when you see who else was nominated in that category (hint, three of the four come from the Best Picture nominees), it was a terrible decision. Best Actress was Ellen Burstyn for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (most likely a makeup Oscar from 1973, but we’ll get to that another time), and Best Supporting Actress was Ingrid Bergman for Murder on the Orient Express, which I talked about already. So this year is almost like the opposite of — whatever other year I talked about recently, which had a bunch of good acting decisions but a bad Best Picture decision.


And the nominees were…

Fred Astaire, The Towering Inferno

Jeff Bridges, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Robert De Niro, The Godfather Part II

Michael V. Gazzo, The Godfather Part II

Lee Strasberg, The Godfather Part II (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Yes, well, when I see five weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of a hundred people, I shoot the bastards. That’s my policy.” “That was a Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Julius Caesar’, you moron! You killed five actors! Good ones!”