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Archive for August 12, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1995

I get in a lot of trouble with 1995. It’s one of those things where — whenever I disagree with the majority, and don’t like something everyone loves, I keep my mouth shut. It’s a no-win situation. If they find out you don’t like something, they start attacking you, because why don’t you like it? And why do you like that other piece of shit instead? And it get malicious. And who needs that? So I just keep quiet. But here is kind of where a few of those things I don’t like come to light. There are two films in particular here that people seem to love that I just don’t.

Braveheart wins Best Picture, which, I don’t really think was a great decision. Braveheart is a great film, but, I think Apollo 13 was a better film (based on the nominees). Just because, each has its problems, and I find Apollo 13 to be the more watchable film and the one that holds up better. Braveheart‘s a little too romanticized for me. And people love that film, which is why I hate to speak ill of it. But, it really shouldn’t have won. And Mel shouldn’t really have won Best Director for it. But since Ron Howard wasn’t nominated (which I talked about here), it was a good decision. Then, Best Actor was Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas, which I think was a great (albeit tough) decision (which I talked about here). Best Supporting Actor was Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects, which speaks for itself. And Best Supporting Actress was Mira Sorvino for Mighty Aphrodite, which I’m over the moon about (as I said here). So that’s 1995. In all, a very good year.

Now, my main dissension that shows with this year is in thinking Braveheart shouldn’t have won Best Picture, and here. I just don’t like Dead Man Walking. People just love saying that Sean Penn should have won Best Actor for it, and think Sarandon winning was a great decision. And I just don’t get it. I mean, the film was fine, but, I don’t think it should have won anything it won. And that’s where most people get upset. But, I’m gonna be honest with you, I just don’t see what the appeal with the film and that performance is.

BEST ACTRESS – 1995

And the nominees were…

Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking

Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas

Sharon Stone, Casino

Meryl Streep, The Bridges of Madison County

Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “Listen, this is a serious situation. I mean, I’m kicked out of school. I don’t know what I’m gonna do, man. My mom’s gonna kill me.” “C’mon, she’s not gonna kill you.” “Yes she is. See, I’m the first one to go to college in my family and when I left she said, ‘Weensie, if you screw this up, I’ll kill you.’ She showed me the knife!”


The Box Office Report – August 12-14

Last week, in Box Office…

Wow. Who saw this coming? Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes $54.8 million. All estimates had it making $40 million. This, was a lot more than that, he said, being obvious. And, actually, after seeing the film, I’m not all that upset by it. Clearly they bought the weekend with a lot of money in advertisements, but still, I’m not against this movie making money. Because it was actually quite good. The first few minutes were a bit rough, but once Franco took Caesar home, it got exponentially more interesting. It was actually quite entertaining. I loved that they had the balls to spend most of the time on Caesar and not on Franco. And that they had the balls to let sign language happen and make people read subtitles. That’s like, a no-no for mainstream film. That took balls. But, the film was actually really interesting, and while it did have its problems, I think it was pretty successful on the whole and could lead to a pretty decent sequel as well (which is almost certainly going to happen now, with this opening weekend). So I’m actually very okay with this. What a difference a week makes.

The Smurfs finished second, as I said it would, with another $20.7 million. Good for this movie. I didn’t love it, but, it was what it was. They won’t make their money back anyway (at least domestically), so I guess it’s okay. You know they spent a lot of money marketing this. But, with the $110 million budget and $128 million made after two weeks (including worldwide), maybe they will make their money back. Meh. Whatever. Kids movies do what they do. They’re not for people like me. I can’t get too upset. (more…)