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(Onion AV Club)   Twenty-two movies released between January and July--the "dead" months--that won Best Picture at the Oscars   (avclub.com) divider line 77
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2013-07-22 01:54:17 PM

advex101: I loved it.  Strictly speaking as a veteran.  The director captured the viewpoint of the people on the ground very well.  It doesn't look that way to the brass or to the media but it sure looks a lot like that to the participants. There was certainly some artistic license taken but all in all pretty close.


My buddy is an Iraq vet and kept complaining that no one in Hurt Locker appeared to have a chain of command.  Not being in the military myself, it all seemed pretty decent to me.
 
2013-07-22 01:56:40 PM

homarjr: What's the worst thing that happened in the 1999 Academy Awards?

Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love? Or American History X not even being nominated?

Edward Norton should have won over Reberto Farking Benigni.


The best movies of that year weren't even nominated:
Run Lola Run
Following
Rushmore
Out of Sight
Zero Effect
St. Ives

AliceBToklasLives: You may not care for Zero Dark or Crash, but they are in no way as bad as two of the older films on the list.

The Greatest Show on Earth is a sad, tired film - even Jimmy Stewart's scenes seem like a funeral.

Gigi just comes across today as creepy (it opens with a guy singing about little girls in a fake French accent) and anyway the music sucks.

Zero Dark 30 is Hamlet compared to these crapfests.


Maurice Chevalier has a fake French accent?
 
2013-07-22 02:01:59 PM

Jekylman: homarjr: What's the worst thing that happened in the 1999 Academy Awards?

Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love? Or American History X not even being nominated?

Edward Norton should have won over Reberto Farking Benigni.

The best movies of that year weren't even nominated:
Run Lola Run
Following
Rushmore
Out of Sight
Zero Effect
St. IvesAliceBToklasLives: You may not care for Zero Dark or Crash, but they are in no way as bad as two of the older films on the list.

The Greatest Show on Earth is a sad, tired film - even Jimmy Stewart's scenes seem like a funeral.

Gigi just comes across today as creepy (it opens with a guy singing about little girls in a fake French accent) and anyway the music sucks.

Zero Dark 30 is Hamlet compared to these crapfests.

Maurice Chevalier has a fake French accent?


oops. confused two posts. LOL
 
2013-07-22 02:02:23 PM

xria: So they have run the awards more than 80 times I think, and the first half of the year accounts for 22 of the best picture awards, so on those stats it seems the second half of the year is 3 times more likely to get best picture, and thus the first half of the year do seem like dead months.


I think it's more about the cut off date of December 31 and awards date of Feb/March.  That encourages "buzz" movies especially of the non-blockbuster and independent variety to open near the end of the year so it is fresher in the minds of the public and the voters.  Some of them will even do the absolute minimum necessary to qualify just before the cutoff date and most people won't get to see the movie until the next year when it gets closer to the Oscar date.
 
2013-07-22 02:06:35 PM

homarjr: Or American History X not even being nominated?


That year of the Academy didn't happen, this is the only reason I can accept on why that movie didn't get the accolades it so deserved. That entire film was a brilliant masterwork even if Norton hated doing it.
 
2013-07-22 02:56:58 PM

Waldo Pepper: johnny queso: Crash and Gump are both offensively bad. Gladiator is bad, but at least it entertained.

I sort of enjoyed Crash but not sure why and I've only watched it once. Gump was an entertaining story and fun. but again not a movie I watch over and over again.

I haven't seen Hurt locker and really have no desire and even less desire after seeing less then stellar comments about it on here. I saw Argo and found it a decent movie but not Oscar worthy and less Oscar worthy after reading how inaccurate is the storyline.


The Hurt Locker wasn't a bad movie at all. It was more of a character study than anything else, and a pretty good one. It was about a very specific role in a very dangerous place.

Black Hawk Down is much, much better, however. It seems like a forgotten movie at this point.
 
2013-07-22 03:10:14 PM

Mugato: skinink: And I still can't believe Forrest Gump won Best Picture over Pulp Fiction. Pulp Fiction was good and influenced a lot of movies that came after it.

This. Goddammit I hated Forrest Gump.

Oh and fark Annie Hall for winning best picture over Star Wars.


I liked Forrest Gump when I first saw it (About 14 yrs. old).

I steadily liked it less over time, but then I started liking it again.

Forrest Gump about a mentally-disabled man who symbolizes the Baby Boomers. Forrest constantly lucks himself into these amazing situations, he has talent but uses it to no great end, and then he's all chill about it like it was no big deal.

If that's not a huge F*CK YOU to a whole generation, then I don't know what is. I laugh my ass off at it now.
 
2013-07-22 04:13:43 PM
To me, the "dumping ground" for movies are from January to right before Memorial Day in May, then late August to early November. I don't judge a movie on when it's released. It's good, so be it. It sucks, so be it.
 
2013-07-22 04:38:51 PM
Generally speaking, January through April are the dead months, with a lull between around late August through November. April and September are typically the deadest months (although trends in recent years may have shifted this all a bit.) The summer blockbuster season is usually kicked off the first weekend of May. This year it kicked off with Iron Man 3, which is a very strong candidate for being the highest grossing movie this year.

Even under the Hurt Locker's entry, it mentions it was released during the same weekend as a Transformers movie. May through July are typically the biggest months of the year.
 
2013-07-22 04:39:05 PM
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2013-07-22 04:42:13 PM

homarjr: What's the worst thing that happened in the 1999 Academy Awards?

Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love? Or American History X not even being nominated?

Edward Norton should have won over Reberto Farking Benigni.


That was the single greatest example of Academy politics ever.  Sell yourself to the public and drum up a bunch of hype through a sly PR campaign and voila, you get on the list over more deserving works.  IIRC LotR TT got passed over on a lot of technical awards(The Time Machine won best costume design that year, I kid you negative) because Peter Jackson refused to play the game.

/2008 was also an abomination
 
2013-07-22 05:29:16 PM

Jekylman: Maurice Chevalier has a fake French accent?


Ha the dude is actually French!  Sounded fake to me.

/damn the French are odd
 
2013-07-22 05:48:02 PM

Flappyhead: homarjr: What's the worst thing that happened in the 1999 Academy Awards?

Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love? Or American History X not even being nominated?

Edward Norton should have won over Reberto Farking Benigni.

That was the single greatest example of Academy politics ever.  Sell yourself to the public and drum up a bunch of hype through a sly PR campaign and voila, you get on the list over more deserving works.  IIRC LotR TT got passed over on a lot of technical awards(The Time Machine won best costume design that year, I kid you negative) because Peter Jackson refused to play the game.

/2008 was also an abomination


Wasn't part of passing of LOTR was they didn't want it to win 3 straight years, so they saved it all for the 3rd one. 

This year other than Beast of the Southern Wild I had not seen a single Best picture nominee so I was confused as to Silver lining playbook being in the mix as I assumed it was romcom.   

I've now have watched 

Lincoln: DDL never fails to impress me, enjoyed the movie but wasn't as great storyline as I expected
Argo: Good movie and well done but not even close to Oscar material
Life of Pi: Beautifully done movie and lovely story.
Les Mis: Got about 20 minutes in and turned it off, total turd, If I'm watching a musical give me actors who can sing over famous names.
Django: Haven't watched yet.
Zero Dark 30: no interest
Amour: haven't watched yet

Silver Lining playbook: Much better than I expected, if this was the 70's it would have one hands down.
 
2013-07-22 05:58:44 PM

Waldo Pepper: Les Mis: Got about 20 minutes in and turned it off, total turd, If I'm watching a musical give me actors who can sing over famous names.


Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are great singers.

Russel Crowe... notsomuch.

The movie was a turd, I agree.  Mostly because of pacing issues.
 
2013-07-22 06:43:25 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Waldo Pepper: Les Mis: Got about 20 minutes in and turned it off, total turd, If I'm watching a musical give me actors who can sing over famous names.

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are great singers.

Russel Crowe... notsomuch.

The movie was a turd, I agree.  Mostly because of pacing issues.


Yeah you are right about Hugh and Anne.  Agree with you on the pacing issues and I love Anne Hathaway but just felt during her performance somewhere in her head she was playing this for all the abused women out there and to me her performance didn't feel true.
 
2013-07-22 07:47:28 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I liked The Hurt Locker quite a damn lot but then when the producers started suing the shiat out of file sharers thieves I refused to see it again or purchase it, despite the fact that it's when I would definitely own under normal circumstances.


FIFY

/you can't "share" what isn't yours to begin with
 
2013-07-22 07:52:57 PM

peterthx: The All-Powerful Atheismo: I liked The Hurt Locker quite a damn lot but then when the producers started suing the shiat out of file sharers thieves I refused to see it again or purchase it, despite the fact that it's when I would definitely own under normal circumstances.

FIFY

/you can't "share" what isn't yours to begin with


Lol sure.
 
2013-07-22 07:53:34 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Waldo Pepper: Les Mis: Got about 20 minutes in and turned it off, total turd, If I'm watching a musical give me actors who can sing over famous names.

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are great singers.

Russel Crowe... notsomuch.

The movie was a turd, I agree.  Mostly because of pacing issues.


I'm curious about the pacing issues you mention. I mean, all-sung musicals sort of let you get away with things you wouldn't normally do in a typical storyline due to the song aspects. So I can kind of forgive some wackiness in that regard.

And yeah, Russel Crowe; I guess he can sing well enough to be a singer in a garage band, but I agree that he doesn't really have the musical range for something like Les Mis. In the end, that was probably a bad casting call, but I certainly can't blame him for trying and accepting the role when offered. He does a good job taking the header off the bridge, though.
 
2013-07-22 07:56:06 PM

snowshovel: I'm curious about the pacing issues you mention. I mean, all-sung musicals sort of let you get away with things you wouldn't normally do in a typical storyline due to the song aspects. So I can kind of forgive some wackiness in that regard.


It was long... which was to be expected... but I found for every 2 minutes of exciting action sequence or rousing song, there were 10-15 minutes of really slow boring songs.  Especially towards the end which could have been so much more exciting given the story.  That combined with the length made it almost unbearable.
 
2013-07-22 09:17:03 PM
In other news, people still take the annual Hollywood popularity contest/glad-handing/back patting/voter wining and dining seriously?
 
2013-07-22 09:46:12 PM
shiatty list is shiatty

should have won


1991- SotL
1942- Magnificent Ambersons
1943- Casablanca
1972- Aguirre...
2009- A Prophet
2005- Three Burials...
1934- L'Atalante
1970- the Conformist
1969- the Wild Bunch
1995- Sense and Sensibility
1977- Star Wars
1960- Psycho (very very slightly over Breathless)
1955- Night of the Hunter (very very slightly over Diaboliques)
1944- Double Indemnity .... a travesty...
1958- Touch of Evil
1965- Battle of Algiers
2000- Memento
1940- Rebecca
1936- Modern Times
1994- Red
1954- Seven Samurai
1952- Ikiru


so... agree with....the Academy and this site ... on 3/22  meh.


and yes, the Academy release dating system is stupid shiat. I'm using what they and the site do.
 
2013-07-22 10:00:09 PM
Bloody hell, 1995 was a good year for movies:

Braveheart
Apollo 13
Seven
Casino
Heat
Toy Story
12 Monkeys
Goldeneye
 
2013-07-22 10:11:41 PM

Leader O'Cola: shiatty list is shiatty

should have won


1991- SotL
1942- Magnificent Ambersons
1943- Casablanca
1972- Aguirre...
2009- A Prophet
2005- Three Burials...
1934- L'Atalante
1970- the Conformist
1969- the Wild Bunch
1995- Sense and Sensibility
1977- Star Wars
1960- Psycho (very very slightly over Breathless)
1955- Night of the Hunter (very very slightly over Diaboliques)
1944- Double Indemnity .... a travesty...
1958- Touch of Evil
1965- Battle of Algiers
2000- Memento
1940- Rebecca
1936- Modern Times
1994- Red
1954- Seven Samurai
1952- Ikiru


so... agree with....the Academy and this site ... on 3/22  meh.


and yes, the Academy release dating system is stupid shiat. I'm using what they and the site do.


Didn't Silence of the lambs win best picture?
 
2013-07-22 10:15:24 PM

Waldo Pepper: Leader O'Cola: shiatty list is shiatty

should have won


1991- SotL
1942- Magnificent Ambersons
1943- Casablanca
1972- Aguirre...
2009- A Prophet
2005- Three Burials...
1934- L'Atalante
1970- the Conformist
1969- the Wild Bunch
1995- Sense and Sensibility
1977- Star Wars
1960- Psycho (very very slightly over Breathless)
1955- Night of the Hunter (very very slightly over Diaboliques)
1944- Double Indemnity .... a travesty...
1958- Touch of Evil
1965- Battle of Algiers
2000- Memento
1940- Rebecca
1936- Modern Times
1994- Red
1954- Seven Samurai
1952- Ikiru


so... agree with....the Academy and this site ... on 3/22  meh.


and yes, the Academy release dating system is stupid shiat. I'm using what they and the site do.

Didn't Silence of the lambs win best picture?


yes, that's why it's in bold and I said I agree with Academy/Site on 3/22 of their list(s)
 
2013-07-22 10:20:25 PM

Leader O'Cola: Waldo Pepper: Leader O'Cola: shiatty list is shiatty

should have won


1991- SotL
1942- Magnificent Ambersons
1943- Casablanca
1972- Aguirre...
2009- A Prophet
2005- Three Burials...
1934- L'Atalante
1970- the Conformist
1969- the Wild Bunch
1995- Sense and Sensibility
1977- Star Wars
1960- Psycho (very very slightly over Breathless)
1955- Night of the Hunter (very very slightly over Diaboliques)
1944- Double Indemnity .... a travesty...
1958- Touch of Evil
1965- Battle of Algiers
2000- Memento
1940- Rebecca
1936- Modern Times
1994- Red
1954- Seven Samurai
1952- Ikiru


so... agree with....the Academy and this site ... on 3/22  meh.


and yes, the Academy release dating system is stupid shiat. I'm using what they and the site do.

Didn't Silence of the lambs win best picture?

yes, that's why it's in bold and I said I agree with Academy/Site on 3/22 of their list(s)


Gotcha, I thought I recalled it correctly as it was I believe the first best picture winner to have one with it already being out on video
 
2013-07-22 10:57:52 PM
List is shiat. The summer movie "season" started with Jaws in 1975.
 
2013-07-23 06:37:18 AM

snowshovel: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Waldo Pepper: Les Mis: Got about 20 minutes in and turned it off, total turd, If I'm watching a musical give me actors who can sing over famous names.

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are great singers.

Russel Crowe... notsomuch.

The movie was a turd, I agree.  Mostly because of pacing issues.

I'm curious about the pacing issues you mention. I mean, all-sung musicals sort of let you get away with things you wouldn't normally do in a typical storyline due to the song aspects. So I can kind of forgive some wackiness in that regard.

And yeah, Russel Crowe; I guess he can sing well enough to be a singer in a garage band, but I agree that he doesn't really have the musical range for something like Les Mis. In the end, that was probably a bad casting call, but I certainly can't blame him for trying and accepting the role when offered. He does a good job taking the header off the bridge, though.


I am NOT going to sit through 158 minutes of something called 'The Miserables'
 
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