Archive for June 17, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1948

This is one of my personal favorite individual categories of all time. Not so much based on the nominees, based on the winner. This, to me, is a top five Best Actress decision of all time. I love it so much. Which is great, because, without this, 1948 would be practically intolerable.

1948 is the year Hamlet wins Best Picture. Easily the single worst Best Picture decision of all time. Hamlet itself is not a terrible picture. In fact, had it won in 1947, I’d probably say it’s a fine and even admirable decision. But, here’s what it beat: Johnny Belinda (which, if you know nothing about it, wait a second, I’ll tell you. Also, watch it. You’ll see), The Snake Pit (also, I’ll be talking about it in a second), The Red Shoes (I bet you’ve heard of this one. One of the most beautiful films ever made, and contains the most breathtaking dance sequence ever put to film), and some little film called The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I think we can all agree — the choice was not okay.

Best Actor this year was Laurence Olivier, for Hamlet. This was a perfect decision. Especially since Humphrey Bogart wasn’t nominated. Best Supporting Actor was Walter Huston and Best Director was John Huston, both for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Best Supporting Actress was Claire Trevor, for Key Largo (which, coincidentally, was also directed by John Huston. Nice bit of trivia. He directed both Supporting Oscar-winning performances this year). Still, that Hamlet decision is not cool.


And the nominees were…

Ingrid Bergman, Joan of Arc

Olivia de Havilland, The Snake Pit

Irene Dunne, I Remember Mama

Barbara Stanwyck, Sorry, Wrong Number

Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda (more…)

Pic of the Day: “It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?” “Yes. Sometimes just one time can be enough.”

The Box Office Report – June 17-19

Last week, in Box Office…

In what is a surprise to no one — especially me — Super 8 wins the weekend with $35.5 million. It also made an extra million or so from midnight showings. But, if I remember correctly — and maybe I’m just misremembering — but I do believe that most people said the film was gonna do like, $30 million for the weekend. And I feel like some intrepid young box office predictor said “I feel like this is a film that could surprise with close to $40 million…I’m gonna say like $38 million.” Wow. Imagine that. The person who suggested that must be a real sarcastic and roundabout son of a bitch too.

I did see Super 8. I didn’t go to the midnight showing like I’d planned. And that actually turned out to be the better decision, because it didn’t really need my money, nor did I really want to be giving my money to it. I was right in thinking that, once I saw the film and didn’t like it as much as everyone else was going to, that it would make more money than everyone was expecting. Still, though, it wasn’t a bad film. I was actually very entertained. My big problem with it was — aside from the whole attempt at doing the Spielberg thing, which failed miserably the second the kids started cursing in minute two of the film — it’s two separate movies. It starts off as just the kids making a movie, and that’s interesting. Not wonderful, but interesting. And before that can even get developed, boom, big action sequence. Which was well done, but, overdone too. I mean, you really didn’t need that much. And then — monster movie. I mean, really? Didn’t you get that out of your system with Cloverfield (a film I fucking despise, by the way, in case nobody knows this)? Why put the unnecessary CG of a monster in this movie? Seriously. It was entertaining though. I’ll give it a solid 3, and it was probably at least more entertaining than most “summer” films I’ve seen so far since May. But it’s not gonna be remembered in ten years. Hell, it won’t be remembered next year. So, whatever.

But, I was right when I said it would make more than everyone was predicting. (Insert catch phrase here.) (more…)