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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 11
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2013-07-22 01:56:40 PM  
2 votes:

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 03:10:14 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:41:14 PM  
1 votes:
Crash and Gump are both offensively bad. Gladiator is bad, but at least it entertained.
2013-07-22 12:26:02 PM  
1 votes:
Oh good another chance for to say how badly The Hurt Locker sucked. 
I made it 25 minutes into The Hurt Locker. I watched in on bootleg sitting in a small combat outpost in southern Iraq.
I was in Baghdad where the movie took place, in 2006 when the movie took place. It was absolutely nothing like that. I'm not saying I needed Saving Private Ryan Omaha beach verisimilitude, but something resembling reality would be nice.
As great as having EOD nearby was, they are not all encompassing bad-asses. They're actually quite fragile. They have a specific job to do and in order to get them to do that job, you have to sit around and wait for them to get there. While they spool up all their toys and their security. They're not johnny-on-the-spot assets. And they certainly did not roll around Baghdad all by their awesome lonesome. They usually had giant trails of security in tow. I am I grateful for the handful of bombs they defused for us? Kinda, but sitting around pulling security for 6 hours waiting for them to show up was also a really good way to get mortared, rocketed, or sniped. 
Speaking of which, no one rolled around alone. At least by choice. I was left behind from a convoy once. And it was terrifying driving around Baghdad in the dark in just a single vehicle trying to find the rest of the convoy. No one chooses to do that. Especially not if you're EOD. There was no commandeering of local national vehicles and the one guy I heard about from a nearby fob who left the fob by himself was luckily returned to by some Iraqi Police who stopped him and brough him back before he was found in sewage plant with holes drilled through his eyes and kneecaps (which was the style at the time).
The movie had no concept of how rank structure worked.
It had no idea how PTSD manifests itself, nor how combat stress counselors work. I knew lots of guys who loved the war, but none of them fit that "adrenaline junkie" stereotype that Bigelow loved so much she made a whole other movie about it called Point Break. 
It infuriates me that this crap pile of movie is the movie that everyone points to as "the definitive movie about the Iraq war." It's like calling The Lord of the Rings "the definitive movie about the 100 Years War" because they both had swords in them.
2013-07-22 12:20:54 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-07-22 11:44:43 AM  
1 votes:
Shawshank was a better BP than Pulp Fiction, as much as I love Pulp Fiction.
2013-07-22 11:39:30 AM  
1 votes:
Crash and Gladiator didn't deserve their Best Picture Oscars. 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.
2013-07-22 10:30:44 AM  
1 votes:

PizzaJedi81: Okay, did anyone else hate Hurt Locker as much as I did? I thought it was an over-rated, meandering mess that had no real, coherent plot, and did not delevop the characters past, essentially, the charicature stage. We watched it well after it was on dvd. When I looked at my wife after, my first words were, "Well, that was two hours of my life I want back."


This. Also: "Zero Dark Thirty" was a mediocre piece of feminist crap.
2013-07-22 09:45:19 AM  
1 votes:
Should movies that opened in the pre-multiplex, pre-home video days count?
Up until the late 70s, it really didn't matter when a movie opened, because there weren't enough prints for a wide release. Some cities wouldn't get a certain movie for months, and in many cases, the average theatrical run was up to a year or longer.
2013-07-22 09:44:36 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-07-22 09:31:53 AM  
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Okay, did anyone else hate Hurt Locker as much as I did? I thought it was an over-rated, meandering mess that had no real, coherent plot, and did not delevop the characters past, essentially, the charicature stage. We watched it well after it was on dvd. When I looked at my wife after, my first words were, "Well, that was two hours of my life I want back."
 
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