At the 2011 Oscars (held in 2012 of course) in the Cinematography category, we have Jeff Cronenweth and Eduardo Serra doing masterful work creating available light looks in two very different movies. Yet one of them gets a nomination and the other doesn’t. The Academy website only lists eligibility requirements - not criteria. How am I to know WHY Cronenweth’s peers judged his work worthy if there is no public explanation of such and no scoring system or criterion that I can refer to? Obviously there is no way to objectively quantify these sorts of things and I don’t wish to. I want to talk about it, write about it, debate it.
Dear Santa, This Christmas, we realize that times are tough and you may not be able to get us all we wanted. Instead, we're writing you this letter in hopes that you could bring us our favourite Christmas movies of all time. Don’t worry, we're not relying on you having to go back over your books. They are presented here, in this never seen website, in an easy to read, and well presented list, almost though we're trying to present them as a list for the readers of this site. Almost... Thanks Santa, Spackler.
This week we follow the trials and tribulations of a man with nothing left to live for, except revenge, and what happens when black guys dress up as white women in a "comedy" that forgot to add funny to the script.
... for the inaugural Netflix Flick of the Week (NFW), I have chosen Taken starring Liam Neeson. A very safe pick, much like picking the Yankees to spend a lot of money and fail miserably, yes, but still a great film to start off on.
A short 5 years after Goodfellas was released, Casino emerged. It had the same director, writer, main stars, similar subject matter, tone, violence, basis on real events and characters, rich use of period music and prominent narration. Both films feature a scene of Pesci's character viciously attacking someone at a bar. And both have heaping portions of elderly Italians in shiny suits who are not the correct weight for their height. The similarities don't stop there, but in the interest of not taking 178 minutes to make my point, I'll move on to the differences.