Archive for August 31, 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.”