Best Picture Oscar Winners : The Good, The Bad and The Really?

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  1. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    lol, sorry, :targettiphat: I was thinking its gonna look so aggressive if you don't know the reference, my bad!

    strong disagree! but I love Altman so im biased, I think its the running for best of the decade
     
  2. NettleBed

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    The murder at the end was possibly - to that point in American cinema - the most important killing of a female on-screen to ever have occurred, with the possible exception of Psycho. At the time it was considered incredibly unexpected and disurbing. It was so disturbing that the film was blamed - 5 years later - for inspiring the John Lennon assassination.

    It's in my top 3 Altman films, so I obviously support it being there.
     
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  3. wwaldmanfan

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    I remember going to see Bound For Glory and I was, literally, the only person in the theater.
     
  4. Monosterio

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    Well, I’ve probably seen a few movies I liked where I was alone in the theater. But I guess you mean that you agree it’s meh?
     
  5. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born in the '50's

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    I remember that I liked it at the time, but Carradine was a bit low-energy for the role. Imagine if someone like Oscar Issac (Inside Llewyn Davis) had played him.
    The problem with biopics is if you ask the average person on the street who Woody Guthrie was, they wouldn't have a clue, so they're not going to pay to see it.
     
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  6. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    A friend and I went to see ' Scarface ' on Christmas Day and we were the only two people in the theatre. Kind of weird.
     
  7. Monosterio

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    1971 was another strong one, marred only by Nicholas and Alexandra. The other four:

    The French Connection
    A Clockwork Orange
    Fiddler on the Roof
    The Last Picture Show

    Replace N&A with McCabe & Mrs. Miller and that would be another perfect year for me.
     
  8. Big Jimbo

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    A friend and I went to a 500PM showing of Talking Heads “Stop Making Sense” and we were literally the only ones in the theatre. At least they showed it to us. 15 years earlier two other friends and I went to a showing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. They refused to show it unless more people came. We literally begged other people passing by to come see the movie but no one did. So they didn’t show it and I still have never seen it.
     
  9. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    I thought they were legally obligated to show a movie if it was said or stated that there would be a showing at any specified time.
     
  10. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    Harold and Maude is a good one too + straw dogs, 2 lane blacktop, klute…..
     
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  11. Hyacinth House

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    That’s incredible The Player wasn’t nominated. I’ve watched it twice in the last month on The Criterion Channel, and I think it’s a masterpiece. I love the meta nature of the film. Tim Robbins was perfectly cast. The Player is the master, Altman at the height of his craft.
    I love this exchange:


    Larry Levy: I'll be there right after my AA meeting.

    Griffin Mill: Oh Larry, I didn't realise you had a drinking problem.

    Larry Levy: Well I don't really, but that's where all the deals are being made these days.
     
  12. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    I don't love "Carrie", but it's a better movie than "Glory".

    "Marathon Man" would be my pick for BP over "Glory" or "Carrie"...
     
  13. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Yeah, it had a "you're a loser in your basement" vibe - which might be true! ;)



    I like some Altman but in general, his style doesn't work for me.

    The whole "179 lead characters!!!" thing in "Nashville" seemed like a bad idea...
     
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  14. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    It's weirder that you chose to see "Scarface" on freakin' Christmas Day!!! :laugh:
     
  15. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    I dunno about that, but one good thing about digital projection systems is that there's zero reason for theaters not to run movies - even if they sell no tickets.

    They don't have to deal with projectionists or worry about problems with the print, so they might as well...
     
  16. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    Criminal.
    I thought he should have been nominated too for ' Bob Roberts ' ( and the movie as well). If memory serves he got a nomination from the Golden Globes for it but that didn' t carry over to the Academy Awards.
    Great film.
     
  17. HaileyMcComet

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    True, but he never won for best picture, directing, writing or acting.
     
  18. HaileyMcComet

    HaileyMcComet Forum Resident

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    They started in 1929 for movies released in 1927-1928, in time for The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Monsieur Verdoux and Limelight. All very memorable.
     
  19. HaileyMcComet

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    He said publicly that movie people patting themselves on the back with their own awards was a stupid idea.
     
  20. MSG ‘74

    MSG ‘74 Indonesian

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    Do you guys think Spotlight deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture?
    The nominees were:
    The Big Short
    Bridge of Spies
    Brooklyn
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    The Martian
    The Revenant
    Room
    Spotlight
     
  21. Bobby Boogaloo

    Bobby Boogaloo Heavy on the grease please

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    Most are decent movies (except the awful Bridge of Spies), so I guess...?
     
  22. Monosterio

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    I do, but not by much. I wasn’t hugely impressed by any 2015 film, and just this year alone there are a handful of pictures I would pick over anything on that list.
     
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  23. MSG ‘74

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    I haven't watch that one. Why do you think it's awful? And what's your favorite from the list?
     
  24. Bobby Boogaloo

    Bobby Boogaloo Heavy on the grease please

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    I found it very boring, and it seemed like folks were trying too hard.

    Hard to pick a favorite from that list, and I havent seen Room or Brooklyn. So I guess Spotlight, even though it's a bit by the numbers.
     
  25. MSG ‘74

    MSG ‘74 Indonesian

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    I watch Spotlight a couple of weeks ago. It's a good film. But a Best Picture winner? Come on.. Just because the topic is heavy, doesn't make it the best film of the year. That's what I hate about the Academy. They did tge same thing with Argo. But Argo is definitely a great film IMHO.
    I don't think I like 2019 films as much as you do. I still prefer 2015 hehe
     

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