Archive for August, 2016

The Oscar Quest: Reconsidered (Best Actress, 1932/33-1934)

The Oscar Quest began in May of 2010. I finished about fifteen months later, and wrote it up for this site. That was essentially the first thing I did on here. Five years have passed since then. I’ve grown as a person. My tastes have changed, matured (or gotten more immature, in some cases). So it feels fitting, on the five year anniversary of the site and of the Oscar Quest, to revisit it.

I want to see just how my opinions about things have changed over the past five years. I didn’t do any particular work or catch-up for this. I didn’t go back and watch all the movies again. Some I went back to see naturally, others I haven’t watched in five years. I really just want to go back and rewrite the whole thing as a more mature person, less concerned with making points about certain categories and films than with just analyzing the whole thing as objectively as I can to give people who are interested as much information as possible.

This is the more mature version of the Oscar Quest. Updated, more in-depth, as objective as possible, less hostile. You can still read the old articles, but know that those are of a certain time, and these represent the present. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Hey, you old drunk, what did I tell you about drinking in front of my stoop? Move on; you’re blocking my view. You are ugly enough; don’t stare at me. The evil eye doesn’t work on me.” “Mother Sister, you’ve been talkin’ about me for 18 years. What have I ever done to you?” “You a drunk fool.” “Besides that?”

Do the Right Thing - 7


The Oscar Quest: Reconsidered (Best Actress, 1930/31-1931/32)

The Oscar Quest began in May of 2010. I finished about fifteen months later, and wrote it up for this site. That was essentially the first thing I did on here. Five years have passed since then. I’ve grown as a person. My tastes have changed, matured (or gotten more immature, in some cases). So it feels fitting, on the five year anniversary of the site and of the Oscar Quest, to revisit it.

I want to see just how my opinions about things have changed over the past five years. I didn’t do any particular work or catch-up for this. I didn’t go back and watch all the movies again. Some I went back to see naturally, others I haven’t watched in five years. I really just want to go back and rewrite the whole thing as a more mature person, less concerned with making points about certain categories and films than with just analyzing the whole thing as objectively as I can to give people who are interested as much information as possible.

This is the more mature version of the Oscar Quest. Updated, more in-depth, as objective as possible, less hostile. You can still read the old articles, but know that those are of a certain time, and these represent the present. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “It’s a good story today. Tomorrow, they’ll wrap a fish in it.”

Ace in the Hole - 65


The Oscar Quest: Reconsidered (Best Actress, 1927/1928-1929/1930)

The Oscar Quest began in May of 2010. I finished about fifteen months later, and wrote it up for this site. That was essentially the first thing I did on here. Five years have passed since then. I’ve grown as a person. My tastes have changed, matured (or gotten more immature, in some cases). So it feels fitting, on the five year anniversary of the site and of the Oscar Quest, to revisit it.

I want to see just how my opinions about things have changed over the past five years. I didn’t do any particular work or catch-up for this. I didn’t go back and watch all the movies again. Some I went back to see naturally, others I haven’t watched in five years. I really just want to go back and rewrite the whole thing as a more mature person, less concerned with making points about certain categories and films than with just analyzing the whole thing as objectively as I can to give people who are interested as much information as possible.

This is the more mature version of the Oscar Quest. Updated, more in-depth, as objective as possible, less hostile. You can still read the old articles, but know that those are of a certain time, and these represent the present. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Hasta la vista, baby.” (25th Anniversary)

Terminator 2 Judgment Day -- 75


2016: The Year in Reviews (Part II)

Time for my second batch of reviews. This is covering all the films I saw between May and now.

Pretty simple, I gather a list of all the films I saw in each third of the year and write up reviews for them. This makes it easier for me come December (and documents what I thought, to keep everything above board), and allows me to see how my thoughts have changed after initial watches.

The final set of reviews will go up in December just before the end of the year review articles.

Let’s get right into the reviews, since I know you’re all excited to know how much I loved Warcraft: (more…)


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Pic of the Day

Employees Leaving the Factory Lumiere - 5


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Pic of the Day: “Hi. Where’d you come from?” “We found the bottle with-with your message, and we’ve come to rescue you.” “Did you hear that, Teddy? Our bottle worked!”

the-rescuers-62


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Pic of the Day: “As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe… keep breathing.”

The Revenant - 144


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Pic of the Day: “You know where you’re going?” “Uptown, I believe?” “Uptown? You headed into Harlem, man!” “Well you just stay on the tail of that jukebox and there’s an extra twenty in it for you.” “Hey man, for twenty bucks I’d take you to a Ku Klux Klan cookout!”

Live and Let Die - 236


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Pic of the Day: “Sometimes I think that’s all this place is. One… long… count. The prisoners count the hours, the bulls count the prisoners and the king bulls count the counts.”

Escape from Alcatraz - 4


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Pic of the Day: “What happened to us? What happened to the American Dream?” “What happened to the American Dream? It came true! You’re lookin’ at it…”

Watchmen - 1


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Pic of the Day: “What is this? What are you… selling?” “Oh. It’s a game.”

The Game - 14


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Pic of the Day: “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.”

Rocky IV - 24


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Pic of the Day

The Jazz Singer - 7


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Pic of the Day: “In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”

Casino - 9


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Pic of the Day: “You’re looking so well, darling, you really are… they’ve done a marvelous job. I don’t know what sort of cream they’ve put on you down at the morgue, but… I want some.”

The Grand Budapest Hotel - 107


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Pic of the Day: “What ever happened with that thing about your wife?” “It’s not over yet.”

The Fugitive - 8


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Pic of the Day: “You know, I sometimes think that children should never grow past the age when you have to tuck them into bed every night.” “That’s right. When they get older, and you can’t give them as much as other choldren, they’re ashamed of you, and when you give them everything and put them through college, they’re ashamed of you.”

Make Way for Tomorrow - 11


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Pic of the Day: “Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one. Brought it up to me like room service. It was a real choice mission, and when it was over, I never wanted another.”

Apocalypse Now - 3


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Pic of the Day: “I realized my true calling in life.” “What’s that?” “Shit, man, I’m a natural born killer.”

Natural Born Killers - 130


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Pic of the Day

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - 6


The Oscar Quest: Reconsidered (Best Supporting Actor, 2013-2014)

The Oscar Quest began in May of 2010. I finished about fifteen months later, and wrote it up for this site. That was essentially the first thing I did on here. Five years have passed since then. I’ve grown as a person. My tastes have changed, matured (or gotten more immature, in some cases). So it feels fitting, on the five year anniversary of the site and of the Oscar Quest, to revisit it.

I want to see just how my opinions about things have changed over the past five years. I didn’t do any particular work or catch-up for this. I didn’t go back and watch all the movies again. Some I went back to see naturally, others I haven’t watched in five years. I really just want to go back and rewrite the whole thing as a more mature person, less concerned with making points about certain categories and films than with just analyzing the whole thing as objectively as I can to give people who are interested as much information as possible.

This is the more mature version of the Oscar Quest. Updated, more in-depth, as objective as possible, less hostile. You can still read the old articles, but know that those are of a certain time, and these represent the present. (more…)