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Archive for April 6, 2012

Citizen Kane and Cinema’s Most Underrated Comedy Scene

You hear the title Citizen Kane and you think — “greatest film ever made,” “classic,” and all those things that have been laid upon this film’s reputation over the years. The film is a technical masterpiece, using form in such a way that — well, I’m sure you know by now. It’s been discussed tens of thousands of times. But I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about something else this film does aside from all that. Specifically one particular scene that I feel is one of the funniest ever written.

Of course, this is only a hilarity that occurs in context, but even so — watching this scene makes me think that Orson Welles and the other writers had as much fun writing it as George Clooney and the rest of the cast had making the Ocean‘s movies.

The scene in question is one of the first in the film — right after the “News on the March” newsreel ends and the reporters are talking inside the projection room. This scene is — when viewed in full context — hilarious.

Not just regular hilarious. Actually, “Oh my God, I can’t believe they did that” hilarious. Let me show you: (more…)

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The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1975

1975 is a pretty basic Academy year. No need to get complicated with it.

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest wins Best Picture, Best Actor for Jack Nicholson (talked about here), Best Actress for Louise Fletcher (talked about here), and Best Director for Milos Forman (talked about here). All are great in their own way, though I didn’t think Best Director was absolutely necessary, even though it makes sense. And Best Supporting Actor was George Burns for The Sunshine Boys (talked about here). Great veteran Oscar.

So that leaves this category. Whoa, is it weak. Really weak. Fortunately, they made the best decision, so it worked out.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – 1975

And the nominees were…

Ronee Blakley, Nashville

Lee Grant, Shampoo

Sylvia Miles, Farewell, My Lovely

Lily Tomlin, Nashville

Brenda Vaccaro, Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Go home Martins, like a sensible chap. You don’t know what you’re mixing in, get the next plane.” “As soon as I get to the bottom of this, I’ll get the next plane.” “Death’s at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.”


The Box Office Report – April 6-8

Last week, in Box Office…

Surprise, surprise. The Hunger Games wins again. $58.6 million. A 60% drop, but when you make $155 million, these things are bound to happen. Put it this way — their budget was $78 million. they needed to make — pretty much what they’ve made as of right now to break even. They’re doing fine.

Wrath of the Titans opened to an as-expected second place and $33.5 million. They advertised this enough to where it was bound to open to that number. So, yeah. It made that. It made less than the first one, and will do most of its business overseas. Whatever.

As you can tell, I care greatly about the films that are out.

Mirror Mirror opened to third place and $18.1 million. That feels like what it should have opened too. It was either $13 million or $18 million. And honestly, with a number like that, it doesn’t make me hate this. It’s a bit sad this is going to fail, but who didn’t see that coming? (more…)