Archive for June 19, 2011

Update on the Oscar Quest: 13 Months

This is going to be my favorite Oscar Quest update of all. Next to the one that says, “I’m finished, motherfuckers!” But next to that one, this will be my favorite. I’ve accomplished A LOT in the past three weeks. That’s why this update is coming so soon. I met my quota ten days early.

I finished last month with 230 films left to watch. And what I planned on doing this month was make it so I didn’t have any excess nominees anymore. That is, I saw a lot of categories on the list that had three or even four nominees left on them. And that just felt like effort. Three films just to finish one category? I could watch a different set of three and finish three entire categories. And I didn’t want it to get too lopsided. So the plan was to make it so that every remaining category had one nominee left in it. That way, from then on whenever I watched one film, I’d finish a category, no matter what the film was. And guess what? I fucking did it. And then some. That’s right. I’m a fucking boss.

To throw some numbers on this bitch — I have exactly 150 films left to go. And of those, 41 are legit unavailable. They’re not on DVD (sort of. I’ll explain that better next month), can’t be found online — not available. Those will be the last ones I see. 9 of them are definitely available on DVD, but have to be purchased. Which means money. But, they can be gotten. Once I have the funds to drop a couple hundred on them, that’s when I’ll see them. And so we’re on the record, the 9 will be marked in green down there on the list. Also, there’s 1 film still in my Instant Queue — Little Dorrit, a 6-hour miniseries. Once I’m done trying to watch movies in bulk, then I’ll try and tackle that beast.

So that’s where we are. 150 films left. 41 unavailable, 9 I have to buy on DVD, 1 in my Netflix Queue, and 99 in my possession. We’re almost there, folks. When this is over I’m gonna get so shitfaced. The only difference is, this time it’s for a purpose. Welcome to the final 150. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1991

What a stacked year for Best Director this is. Seriously. Just, wow.  There was not one bad choice to make here. I mean, there would have been a weak one compared to the category, but still, all these nominees were really fucking strong.

Just to recap, before we get into it, The Silence of the Lambs sweeps the Big Five, which means, along with Best Screenplay (Adapted), it wins Best Picture, Best Director for Jonathan Demme (talked about here. No link. I mean here, here, where we are now), Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins (talked about here) and Best Actress for Jodie Foster. All great decisions. Also this year, Jack Palance wins Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers (which I talked about here), and Mercedes Ruehl wins Best Supporting Actress for The Fisher King. So, in all, 1991 is a great fucking year, aside from that one category I don’t really agree with so much.

But still, how about these fucking directors, right? How great is this list?


And the nominees were…

Jonathan Demme, The Silence of the Lambs

Barry Levinson, Bugsy

Ridley Scott, Thelma and Louise

John Singleton, Boyz n the Hood

Oliver Stone, JFK (more…)

Pic of the Day: “What have we got here, a fucking comedian? Private Joker. I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you, you can come over to my house and fuck my sister!”