Archive for February 3, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Weakest Best Director Categories

Earlier today, we took a look at the Strongest Best Director categories of all time. Now, it’s time to flip the coin and take a look at the weakest.

Some years you can just tell. It just feels weak. Of course, the pitfalls with a list of the “weakest” anything are numerous. The big one is when the list is filled with several terrific individual efforts. Sometimes there two or even three great single efforts on a set of nominees, but because of circumstances (that person already had a couple of Oscars, or they were never going to win (David Lynch), or the film was too on the nose, or that effort was a shadow of that person’s previous/later work), it doesn’t really help make the category any stronger. When looking at who to vote for (and taking into account Oscar history — because you have to, as much as you don’t want to. Because even if you don’t, they do. You have to navigate through the waters), you’ll find that these years actually are really, really terrible.

Again, as I said with the list of Strongest categories — don’t go so much by individual rankings as much as the fact that the category is on the list. Think of it as these 10 (and extra 5) as being what I consider the worst (I think we can all agree these belong here), and then the rankings as my personal preference as to how I’d rank them after we’ve established that they’re weak.

All right, now let’s look at all these pieces of shit: (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Strongest Best Director Categories

Today we’re starting a whole new section of what I’m calling my “Oscar Quest Pages.” Since this whole thing is drawing to a close soon (seriously, almost five months to the day from now, it will be completely finished), I wanted to make some lists for stuff, to give people some resources for actually seeing the movies in question. It’s one thing to look up who won what year, or look at who won and was nominated based on all those giant lists I have, but when it comes to actually finding movies to watch, I wanted to provide as much pseudo-analysis and suggestions as possible.

This doesn’t so much have to do with movies to watch as much as it does analysis of the Quest itself. I wanted to see which years were the absolute best and worst in the history of the Oscars. Some years (like the one we’re in) just feel weak. Others feel insanely strong (like many of the ones in the 70s, which you’ll see are a recurring theme at the top of most of these lists).

So, starting today, I’m going to single out what I think are the best years for each of the individual Oscar categories. Today, I’ll be listing the strongest and weakest Best Director categories of all time. And I’ll work through the rest of the categories over the next few days. Keep in mind, these are only the categories. Just the sets of nominees. We won’t be concerning ourselves with what won, just — how strong was the list of nominees? (more…)

Pic of the Day: “I don’t think about that much with one shot anymore, Mike.” “You have to think about one shot. One shot is what it’s all about.”

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The Box Office Report – February 3-5

Last week, in Box Office…

Liam Neeson beats the shit out of more things. The Grey wins the weekend, overperforming (though I don’t see how this wasn’t the expected number in the first place), to the tune of $19.7 million. It makes sense, considering Unknown (a vastly inferior film, if the reviews are to be believed. I’ll be seeing it this weekend, probably. I’m in that three week zone where I don’t watch anything, then gear up for the new year. AKA, Oscar month) also made around $20 million its first weekend. I hear good things, so, good for them.

Underworld: Awakening drops to second place, falling a standard 50%, making $12.4 million. That’s a standard drop, and the film has made $44 million after two weeks. That’s right on track with all the other entries in this franchise.

One for the Money, that fucking movie (I’m hearing Unforgivable things about this. I’m excited to see it), made $11.5 million, good for third place. I honestly don’t care that it made that much, since it’s looking like the film will barely cross $30-35 million, against a budget of $40 million, plus marketing. They’re not gonna make their money back here, and that’s all I care about. (more…)