Archive for August, 2011

Pic of the Day Update

Until now, the Pic of the Day has been me putting up shots in a very haphazard way. I just put the ones I had the most screenshots of, then filled in the gaps with what I hadn’t used yet. But back in May I thought to myself, “Self,” (never gets old) “Why not have “theme” months?”

September seemed the best place to start. It’s my birthday month. So the Pics of the Day for September are shots that, along with the quotes I chose, are the most representative of who I am and what I like. Interpret that as you will.

Then October, that’s gonna be Horror month. In honor of Columbus Day, naturally. 31 days of screenshots from horror films. Mixed and matched. Fortunately I had more than 31 choices, so that means some good stuff is still available for next year.

November (which I’m most excited for) will be Studio Logo month. Specifically logo variations. I love when studio logos are altered to fit films. Example: the Columbia logo before Men in Black II is the torch lady holding a neuralizer (the flashy thing that wipes your memory), and she neuralizes the audience (ironic, since I wish someone had done that to me after seeing the movie). I want to make it a game, so you won’t be able to click on the picture and find out what film it is. You can just look up the quotes, though, if need be. But most are very easy to guess.

December, as you can guess, is Christmas month. So that’ll be a collection of images from famous holiday films (including cartoons). I’m very excited for this, since I won’t be able to see snow for the next few years. Plus I love Christmas. I’m one of those crazy festive people.

And (I just thought of this right now) maybe January and February will be Oscar-themed. That’d be appropriate. 60 classic Oscar films (It’s leap year. So we get 60 days). I like this. That’s what we’re doing. See? Things are going. We’re generating. It’s very exciting. Stay tuned.

In Appreciation of Character Actors (M-R)

(NOTE: The Full List is the only list being continually updated.)

Part III, of the character actors.

Fred MacMurry

Where you know him from: 

The Apartment, as Mr. Sheldrake

Double Indemnity, as Walter Neff

My Three Sons, as Steve Douglas

Also look for him in: Alice Adams, as Arthur Russell, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, as Jack Hale, The Egg and I, as Bob MacDonald, The Caine Mutiny, as Lt. Tom Keefer, The Shaggy Dog, as Wilson Daniels, The AbsentMinded Professor, as Prof. Ned Brainard. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1996

I cringe when I see 1996. The English Patient is such a terrible movie to have won Best Picture. Fargo was so much better. Anthony Minghella winning Best Director for it, though, (talked about here) is understandable. Usually with one comes the other. But it still doesn’t make it a good decision.

Best Actor was Geoffrey Rush for Shine, which, as I said here, is a decision I consider one of the worst of all time. Not because of the actor, because of the performance. Read the article if you want to find out why. Then Best Actress was Frances McDormand for Fargo, which I love as a decision (as I said here), even though it wasn’t the best performance in the category (it was my favorite, though). And Best Supporting Actor was Cuba Gooding Jr. for Jerry Maguire, which is just troublesome. I talked about it  here, but basically, William H. Macy should have won for Fargo, yet Cuba Gooding is so likable in the movie, it swayed a lot of people to vote for him (even I did in when I wrote up the article!), and then after the fact we all realized, “Yeah…we should have given it to Bill Macy. That was dumb.”

So that’s 1996. Bad Best Picture and Best Director choice, terrible Best Actor choice, great Best Actress choice, but one that’s shaky because there was a better (or two) performance in the category, and a Best Supporting Actor choice that feels okay, but then you realize it probably shouldn’t have won. Then, there’s this category. It’s by far the weakest of the bunch (though that’s always been the case, historically), but they did made the right decision. Most people assumed Lauren Bacall was the odds-on favorite here (because she’s Lauren Bacall), but no one takes into account just how much an Oscar-winning performance actually requires a halfway decent film in order to be taken seriously.


And the nominees were…

Joan Allen, The Crucible

Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces

Juliette Binoche, The English Patient

Barbara Hershey, The Portrait of a Lady

Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets & Lies (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Why do you wanna fight?” “Because I can’t sing or dance.”

In Appreciation of Character Actors (G-L)

(NOTE: The Full List is the only list being continually updated.)

Part II, of the character actors. Starting with a goodie:

James Gammon

Where you know him from:

Major League and Major League II, as Lou Brown

Natural Born Killers as the Redneck’s Buddy in the Diner (at the very beginning)

Cold Mountain, as Esco Swanger

Also look for him in: Cool Hand Luke, as Sleepy, Urban Cowboy, as Steve Strange, Any Which Way You Can, as Palomino Bartender, Silverado, as Dawson, Ironweed, as Reverend Chester, The Milagro Beanfield War, as Horsethief Shorty, I Love You to Death (1990), as Lt. Larry Schooner, Wyatt Earp, as Mr. Sutherland, The Man in the Iron Mask, as The Commandant, The Iron Giant as the voice of Foreman Marv Loach and Floyd Turbeaux, The Cell, as Teddy Lee, Life or Something Like It, as Pat Kerrigan, Silver City, as Sheriff Joe Skaggs, Don’t Come Knocking, as Old Ranch Hand, Appaloosa, as Earl May, In the Electric Mist, as Ben Hebert. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1971

Strong year, 1971. Especially in terms of who won. Check this out. First, Best Actor — Gene Hackman, for The French Connection. Classic character, great performance, not totally win-worthy, but the category isn’t all that strong, so it makes sense. Then, Jane Fonda wins her first Best Actress Oscar for Klute. Definitely the best decision in that category, and she as an actress definitely deserved it. And then this category — Cloris Leachman … I mean, it’s Cloris! Agree or disagree — it’s Cloris. And then Best Supporting Actor was Ben Johnson for The Last Picture Show, which is the one decision this year I really disagree with, mostly because I love Roy Scheider (and because Johnson didn’t do anything in the film).

Then you have The French Connection winning Best Picture and Best Director (which I talked about here), which I find to be amazing decisions because the film really signifies what the 70s were all about as a decade. Sure, people will say A Clockwork Orange should have won, but, me, I’ll take The French Connection any day. Kubrick belongs on his own level. But, that’s 1971. It might be considered weak compared to some other years from the 70s, but its actually very strong on its own.


And the nominees were…

Ellen Burstyn, The Last Picture Show

Barbara Harris, Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show

Margaret Leighton, The Go-Between

Ann-Margret, Carnal Knowledge (more…)

Pic of the Day: “You mean you’re dropping out?” “I don’t look at it as dropping out. I look at it as a very strategic career move.”