Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CLASSIC MOVIE POSTER PICTOGRAMS

Here's a collection of some of my favorite classic movie poster pictograms.

Which one is your favorite?

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL NEWMAN!

From his early days in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Hustler", to his iconic roles in "Cool Hand Luke", Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting", through his crowd favorites "The Towering Inferno" and "Slap Shot", all the way to his later roles in "Color of Money", "Road to Perdition" and "Cars", Paul Newman remained one of Cinema's singular icons for decades.

He also used his celebrity to draw attention to causes that were important to him and through his Newman's Own charity raised over 400 Million Dollars (and counting).

A true legend. He is missed.

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Academy Conversations: "The Wolf of Wall Street" (+playlist)


Saturday, January 25, 2014

DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS RESULTS

FEATURE FILM: "Gravity"
DOCUMENTARY FILM: "The Square"

FIVE STAR FLICKS PREDICTS: DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS

 
A lot of people will tell you that whoever wins the Directors Guild award tonight will go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. I think no matter what happens, "12 Years a Slave" will win Best Picture. Here's why. Even though I think Alfonso Cuarón will win the DGA tonight for "Gravity", I think it is too far behind to catch up to "12 Years". Same goes for "American Hustle". Here's my rationale. First off, here's how I think DGA will go...
 
1. Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity”
2. Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave”
3. David O. Russell for “American Hustle”
4. Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street”
5. Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips”
 
Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if anyone wins tonight, other than Paul Greengrass. In the end though, "Gravity" will take it.
 
Next Saturday the Writers Guild (WGA) will announce their winners, which I predict will go to "Her" and "Wolf of Wall Street". That following Friday the ACE Eddies will be announced where I predict "American Hustle" and "Gravity" will win. This will be the point in the race where the three front runner are almost at a complete three-way tie. That only leaves two events left for the Awards Season, the BAFTA's and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.  "12 Years a Slave" will win both of them. It will come down to the last minute, but in the end, "12 Years a Slave" will be your Best Picture of the Year, because IT IS the Best Picture of the Year!
 
 
Also being awarded tonight is the Best Director award for documentaries, and I predict "The Act of Killing" will continue to dominate the category. It's available to watch now on Netflix right now, by the way, as are three other Academy Award nominated Docs from this year.

1. Joshua Oppenheimer for “The Act of Killing”
2. Jehane Noujaim for “The Square”
3. Zachary Heinzerling for “Cutie and the Boxer”
4. Sarah Polley for “Stories We Tell”
5. Lucy Walker for “The Crash Reel”

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Friday, January 24, 2014

THREE HORSE RACE: WHAT DOES HISTORY TELL US?


This year marks only the fourth time since 2000 that the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Producers Guild (PGA) and LIKELY the Directors Guild (DGA) will award three different movies with their top prize. “American Hustle” won the SAG Ensemble award to much fanfare this year, only to be shut out by the “tie heard round the world” at the PGA’s, where “Gravity” and “12 years a Slave” split the prize. If history is any indicator, this weekend’s winner at the Directors Guild will be in great shape for a Best Picture Oscar win. Here’s the full breakdown of the last three times the guilds were split three different ways, and how the Writers Guild (WGA) and Editors Guild (ACE) may play a role.

2000
“Traffic” won SAG Ensemble, “Gladiator” won PGA and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won DGA.
“Traffic” went on to win WGA and “Gladiator” won ACE.
“Traffic” went on to win Best Director Oscar and “Gladiator” won Best Picture Oscar. PGA and ACE predicted Best Picture winner.

2001
“Gosford Park” won SAG Ensemble, “Moulin Rouge” won PGA and “A Beautiful Mind” won DGA.
“Gosford Park” and “A Beautiful Mind” went on to win WGA and “Moulin Rouge” won ACE.
"A Beautiful Mind” went on to win Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. DGA and WGA predicted Best Picture winner.

2004
“Sideways” won SAG Ensemble, “The Aviator” won PGA and “Million Dollar Baby” won DGA.
“Sideways” went on to win WGA and “The Aviator” won ACE.
“Million Dollar Baby” went on to win Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. DGA predicted Best Picture winner.
 
So if you weren’t keeping track, here’s the breakdown…

DGA predicted the Best Picture Oscar winner 2 out of 3 times (67%).
PGA, WGA and ACE predicted the Best Picture Oscar 1 out of 3 times (33%).
SAG never went on to predict the Best Picture Oscar winner (0 out of 3, 0%).

If “Gravity” or “12 Years a Slave” go on to win the DGA as predicted, they will be in a very good position to take the Oscar come March. “American Hustle” on the other hand, with only SAG under its belt, will officially fall to third place, after starting out in front initially.

OR… The DGA throws a wrinkle into the whole thing and goes with Martin Scorsese and “The Wolf of Wall Street, making it truly the most wide open race this century! Not going to happen, but I can always hope.

Here’s the full grid of all 5 Guilds, from 2000 all the way up until this year’s awards…



BEST PICTURE WINNER

SAG
WINNER

PGA
WINNER

DGA
WINNER

WGA
WINNER

ACE
WINNER

# OF
FILMS

Gladiator (2000)

N (Traffic)

W

N (Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon)

NA (You Can Count On Me & Traffic)

W (+Almost Famous)

5

 

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

N (Gosford Park)

N (Moulin Rouge!)

W

W (+Gosford Park)

N (Blackhawk Down
+Moulin Rouge!)

4

 

Chicago (2002)

W

W

W

N (The Hours
+Bowling for Columbine)

W (+Gangs of New York)

4

 

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)

W

W

W

N (American Splendor
+Lost in Translation)

W (+Pirates of the Caribbean)

4
 

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

N (Sideways)

N (The Aviator)

W

N (Sideways +Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

N (The Aviator
+Ray)

5
 

Crash (2005)

W

N (Brokeback Mountain)

N (Brokeback
Mountain)

W (+Brokeback Mountain)

W (+Walk the Line)

3
 

The Departed (2006)

N (Little Miss Sunshine)

N (Little Miss Sunshine)

W

W (+Little Miss Sunshine)

W (Tied w/ Babel
+Dreamgirls)

4
 

No Country For Old Men (2007)

W

W

W

W (+Juno)

N (The Bourne Ultimatum
+Sweeney Todd)

4
 

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

W

W

W

W (+Milk)

W (+Wall-E)

3

 

The Hurt Locker (2009)

N (Inglorious Basterds)

W

W

W (+Up In The Air)

W (+The Hangover)

4

 

The King's Speech 2010)

W

W

W

NA (Inception &
The Social Network)

N (The Social Network
+Alice in Wonderland)

4

 

The Artist (2011)

N (The Help)

W

W

NA (Midnight in Paris & The Descendants)

W (+The Descendants)

4
 

Argo (2012)

W

W

W

W (+Zero Dark Thirty)

W (+Silver Linings Playbook)

3
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

??? (2013)

American Hustle

Gravity &
12 Years a Slave

???

???

???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

7 WINS

9 WINS

11 WINS

7 WINS

9 WINS
 

NOMINATED

13 NOMS

13 NOMS

13 NOMS

10 NOMS

13 NOMS

 

WINNING PERCENT

54% WIN

69% WIN

85% WIN

54% WIN

69% WIN

 

NOMINATED PERCENT

100% NOM

100% NOM

100% NOM

77% NOM

100% NOM

 


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