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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  I just watched the live stream of the Oscar nomination announcements, so I thought I would post the nine nominees for best picture:

Call Me by Your Name
The Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I think I got that right, if I am deciphering my scribbles correctly. As always, She Who Must Be Nominated, Meryl Streep, is a nominee for best actress for her Katharine Graham role. I believe this is number 21 for her. Another one and she will have as many nominations as Katharine Hepburn (12 ) and Bette Davis (10 ) combined, which is ludicrous on its face.

"The Post" is nominated for best picture but without nominations for director, screenplay, or Tom Hanks. So kind of a mixed bag for that movie.

"Dunkirk" -- my impression was it got a lot of technical nominations, as you would expect. Gary Oldman is a nominee for his Churchill, as is the makeup artist for that movie. Good.

"The Phantom Thread" nominations surprised me a little bit, but pleasantly because it sounds intriguing. Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis, who says he is retiring, but no one believes this ), and Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville ).

"Wonder Woman" didn't seem to rack up any significant nomination, so a lot of millennial gals and the entire staff of Vanity Fair will be sobbing in their lattes this morning. They were certain the year of MeToo would mean nominations all around for "Wonder Woman." Oscar will not earn "woke" points with the WW fans.
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   StormCnter  Thanks, Rich, for the info, the background and the analysis. You are appreciated.

I'm surprised "The Post" didn't run the Oscar table. It's exactly the sort of film Hollywood usually kowtows to.

Has anyone seen "Ladybird"?

I hope you were teasing about "Wonder Woman". Surely, that movie wasn't going to be seriously considered. If the year of the woman leads to this female being required to admire/revere a comic book character as my icon, I may lie down in the freeway.
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   Richdet  If only I were teasing. There is a crew of bloggers/podcasters at Vanity Fair who do nothing but cover movie awards, festivals, and so on, and for some months now they have been advocating that "Wonder Woman" should be honored by the Academy, for picture, director (the director is a woman, natch ), best actress, and so on. And for the reason I mentioned -- that in the current environment of female "empowerment," this movie and its female hero should take center stage at the Oscars.

Last night I was checking out predictions for the nominations at the Gold Derby website and other places, and "Wonder Woman" was being mentioned by some of the "experts." I didn't notice during the live streaming if it got nominations in the technical categories, but it didn't seem to get anything in the acting, writing, directing areas. "Logan," the X-men movie, however, did get nominated for screenplay, and is the first superhero movie so honored, I believe. So that is not going to go over well with the people who wanted their superheroine to carry the day, and instead she got bumped for the superhero.

We always hear about scandalous Oscar "snubs" annually on this day. I imagine Wonder Woman is at the top of that list for some this year. Oscar put Wonder Woman in the corner, so to speak.
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   Tulsa  I read reviews on two (2 ). The Shape of Water - crazy woman falls in love with The Creature from The Black Lagoon (my interpretation of the review )

The Phantom Thread - There was a sentence in the review that led me to believe their is 'unimaginable cruelty' in this movie. ..or perversion of some sort.

Zero interest in seeing either.

I would not consider even reading reviews for Call Me, etc. or The Post.
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   Tulsa  there is, not their is. duh
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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  I was just checking out TCM's schedule for today, and they are honoring Luise Rainer, who was born on this date in the year 1910. She lived to be almost 105, dying about two weeks short of her birthday on 12/30/2014.

Very curious character, in that she turns up at MGM in the mid-30s, wins Best Actress two years in a row (first to win two acting Oscars ), then basically goes down the memory hole. You probably have to be a diehard fan of old movies or old Hollywood (c'est moi ) to have the remotest idea who she is. Her fame was short-lived even if the lady herself wasn't.

Robert Osborne did an interview with her on TCM when she was at least 100 I imagine, and she neglected to wear her hearing aid, which hobbled the interview. Seemed like a very Luise Rainer situation. All these people gathered at a film festival to finally hear what this woman, out of sight for 70-plus years and still sharp, has to say for herself and her experiences in Hollywood, and no hearing aid. Specialist in bungling opportunities.
January 12 at 09:59 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Patiently waiting for the quiz with the picture of the guy thumbing a ride on some desert roadside to be resolved. Curious about that one ....... Has he been forgotten?
January 2 at 16:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm sorry. I answered it at the quiz and I've copied and pasted it here. I have an excuse. I've been down with what my mother used to call "the epizootie", a catchall for the various bugs and ills befalling some of us around the holidays. Spray your keyboard in case I sneezed on it, ok?
"Sorry about letting this remain unanswered. It's "Into the Wild" with Emile Hirsch, screenplay and directed by Sean Penn based on the Jon Krakauer's book. "
January 2 at 17:28 EST .

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   Richdet  Thank you -- directed by Sean Penn? How did that happen?

Sorry you are under the weather. If I could, I would bring you a big bowl of chicken soup. You should be resting.
January 2 at 18:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks, Rich. I'm rapidly recovering.
January 3 at 08:22 EST .

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   StormCnter  Not recovering as "rapidly" as I had hoped yesterday> I'll try to get back here sometime today to answer my quizzes. In the meantime, all of you stay healthy.
January 4 at 05:59 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Martin Scorsese is not only a fine director but also a discerning and enthusiastic student/fan of movies. So in honor of Halloween, here is a listing he did a few years ago of his Eleven Scariest Movies of All Time, which has been reproduced on many web sites, and certainly belongs here. I chose a site that offers clips of his selections:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/martin-scorseses-scariest-movi
es-of-all-time


I also would place "The Haunting" at the top of my list -- the 1963 version (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn ) not the one from the 90s with Liam Neeson. Avoid the remake. It is based on Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House." I would place "The Innocents" higher on the list -- also from the early 60s, with Deborah Kerr, based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw."
October 31 at 13:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  I remember "The Innocents" very well. It was a riveting story.
October 31 at 13:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good article along with the scene snatches - some I skipped or only watched mid-way - still affected by the Psycho shower scene all these years later.
October 31 at 16:24 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  "The Song of Bernadette" was one of the most popular Hollywood releases during World War II, made a star of Jennifer Jones, and featured a cast of exceptional character actors (Charles Bickford, Vincent Price, Gladys Cooper, Lee J. Cobb, Anne Revere ). However, one star in that cast went uncredited -- she plays the Virgin Mary, "seen" only by Bernadette (and the movie audience ).

She was a young leading lady at the time at 20th Century Fox, starring in several movies with Tyrone Power, and regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Later, she would star in a movie based on a much-publicized best-seller. Who is she?
September 14 at 09:05 EST .

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   StormCnter  She is Amber forever, I think.
September 14 at 09:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  The only one who comes to mind, having starred in several movies with Tyrone Power, is Linda Darnell.
September 14 at 11:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ah, Jennifer Jones: Years ago, I read Irene Selznick's memoir and found it fascinating. She was Louis B. Mayer's daughter. For anyone interested, here is an enlightening article article from Slate in 2015 about the "terrible doomed romance of David Selznick and Jennifer Jones".
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/y
ou_must_remember_this/2015/11/the_terrib
le_doomed_romance_of_david_o_selznick_an
d_jennifer_jones.html
September 14 at 12:01 EST .

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   Richdet  Linda Darnell she is. It seems, from what I read, that her movie career zigged and zagged, with signature roles in "Forever Amber" (the best-seller adaptation ) and "A Letter to 3 Wives."

About "Amber" -- apparently it was the best-selling novel for the entire decade of the 1940s, despite -- or more likely, because of -- being banned as pornographic in several states.
September 14 at 12:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  My parents rarely censored anything I read. Of course, my choices were limited to the book club offerings crowding the shelves on our remote ranch. When I was 10 or 12, my mother found me reading "Grapes of Wrath" and confiscated it. However, she didn't blink an eye, when I substituted "Forever Amber". I think she thought "Amber" would be over my head. She was right, but I loved the story.
September 14 at 13:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  Wondering what David O. looked like, in a roundabout way had me find this letter of Jennifer's to him. It catalogs her dismay & behavior towards John Huston as well as fellow cast mates. https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2016/
02/jennifer-jones-john-huston-west-of-ed
en
Not a confident soul, phew.....
September 14 at 22:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  He looked like John Sununu, Mei. I'll post a photo.
September 15 at 07:34 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Mei -- I belatedly saw your post about "The Danish Girl" just now, when it was already on the second page. However, I did respond with my own reaction just in case that movie is of general interest.

Spoiler alert: I am not a fan! I guess I left an impression at some point I am a Redmayne fan but I have "moved on." And I would advise anyone else to "move along" -- swiftly -- if "The Danish Girl" beckons from your Netflix queue.
September 13 at 13:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for responding. From his/her memoir: [Lili Elbe was, as she set down in letters and notes for an autobiography], "a thoughtless, flighty, very superficially-minded woman, prone to fits of weeping and barely able to speak in front of powerful men". But despite her womanly defects, by February 1930 she was becoming too powerful for Wegener to resist. “I am finished,” he wrote at the time." Perhaps that explains his acting (direction? ) that was so off-putting to you. I liked him in Pillars of the Earth and Fantastic Beasts; and while he may have taken this role as a challenge to his craft (isn't that what they all say? ) it's not his best choice. Besides he has a too easily recognizable face - it seems to me a tough one to blend into & become the character. Too, the topic doesn't appeal to a very wide audience.

I have to agree to skip this one in favor of maybe Fantastic Beasts - a fun fantasy.
September 13 at 15:00 EST .

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   Richdet  I haven't seen "Fantastic Beasts," but I am with you. I would rather see a fun fantasy, or a serious one on the scale of "Lord of the Rings," than an agenda-driven transgender fantasy about a man who dies trying to become a "flighty, superficial" woman. The movie would have you see this as an inspiring tale of an historic pioneer, while I imagine many sit there appalled and/or horrified at this madness. The world of Harry Potter is more convincing than the world of Einar Wegener.
September 13 at 18:21 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  My response to last night's Oscar ceremony:

And then THAT happened.

It's taken 40-plus years for somebody to upstage Brando's Indian and David Niven and the streaker, but I think Dunaway and Beatty and Price Waterhouse pulled it off last night.
February 27 at 13:14 EST .

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   Safetydude  The last Oscar 'ceremony' I watched was hosted by Bob Hope.
February 27 at 16:45 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Since we're talking movie-related books, let me recommend one I read recently: "Tinseltown," by William J. Mann, a "true crime" account of the never-solved murder of director William Desmond Taylor, whose body was discovered in his home on this very day in 1922 (easy date to remember: 2/2/22 ). Mann sorts it all out, goes into the fascinating stories of the various "suspects," plus some of the bigger players, such as Adolph Zukor and Will Hays, whose task it was as a public voice for Hollywood to address Tinseltown's damaged image and keep the censors at bay. (The Fatty Arbuckle trial was ongoing when Taylor was murdered, and there had been other scandals hitting the newspapers regularly. )

Mann persuaded me that he has solved this case. Very well written, absorbing book. One caution: it does not have an index. But if you check out the book jacket, the index is available online, and it is probably worth printing before you read the book. First time I have noticed a book doing that.
February 2 at 19:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  This has been picked up for a series to be aired on cable.
http://deadline.com/2014/11/tinseltown-t
v-series-aaron-kaplan-tracy-katsky-12012
84269/
February 2 at 20:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm thankful you made it safely, Mei.
February 8 at 13:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you - Me too (! ) going nowhere any time soon. As long as we have electricity I have no complaints.
February 8 at 19:22 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  The mother site has a banner headline concerning the announcement of Oscar nominations this morning. Shouldn't be long before there are news stories to post, but I watched the live streaming, and can tell you that the most nominations went to "The Revenant" (12 ), "Mad Max: Fury Road" (10 ), and "The Martian" (7 ).

Grumbling has already begun that, once again, all the acting nominations have gone to white faces.

Acting nominations of note: Sylvester Stallone nominated for supporting actor for "Creed," and Tom Hardy, a topic on this wall recently, in the same category for "The Revenant." I was glad to see movie legend Charlotte Rampling nominated for best actress for "45 Years." Another Wall favorite, Eddie Redmayne, is a nominee for best actor.

The best film choices are: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight.
January 14 at 09:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  How many have you seen, Rich? My daughter and SIL really liked "Brooklyn", and SIL enjoyed "Mad Max...", but that one is a guy thing.
January 14 at 10:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  "Brooklyn" critics give it 5 stars ... how do you pronounce the leading lady's first name: Saoirse?
January 14 at 10:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Did a search - it's pronounced: Sur Sha - rhymes with inertia.
January 14 at 10:45 EST .

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   Richdet  Only one I have seen is the new "Mad Max," just a few nights ago on cable. I was really beat so I am not sure about it. I think I might enjoy the old Mel Gibson ones more.
January 14 at 17:54 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Seems to be a low-traffic weekend on the Movie Wall. I will leave my quizzes open until Monday am, just in case someone wanders in who wants to play. Plus I won't be around for several hours now, so all in all that seems my best plan right now.
January 10 at 10:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good quizzes, thanks for participating! I'll post some new ones as the open ones are answered or commented on.
January 10 at 10:56 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.....that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
January 10 at 16:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  Good stuff, Rich. I'm always happy to see your quizzes.
January 11 at 05:27 EST .

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