The 1st Edition cover of the brilliant spy novel.

The 1st Edition cover of the brilliant spy novel.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  • Author:  John Le Carré
  • Published:  1974
  • Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
  • Pages:  317  (Pan paperback)
  • First Line:  “The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.”
  • Last Line:  “The gun, Bill Roach, had finally convinced himself, was after all a dream.”
  • Film:  1979 TV series  (****), 2011  (**** – dir. Tomas Alfredson)
  • First Read:  December 2011

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This is my kind of film and behind it is the single best view of my old city.

This is my kind of film and behind it is the single best view of my old city.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing 10 in each category because there are a strong Top 10 in most of the categories but only the top 5 make the nomination list (except for Actor).

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Rebel Without a Cause
  2. Mister Roberts
  3. Bad Day at Black Rock
  4. To Catch a Thief
  5. East of Eden  *
  6. Lady and the Tramp
  7. Othello
  8. The Man with the Golden Arm
  9. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday
  10. Samurai I: Miyamato Musashi

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The film that taught me that the book is usually better.

The film that taught me that the book is usually better.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part IX:

The Secret of NIMH

  • Director:  Don Bluth
  • Writer:  Don Bluth  /  John Pomeroy  /  Gary Goldman  /  Will Finn  (from the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien)
  • Producer:  Don Bluth  /  John Pomeroy  /  Gary Goldman
  • Stars:  Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacob, Dom DeLuise, Peter Strauss (voices only)
  • Studio:  MGM/UA
  • Award Nominations:  none from groups I track
  • Length:  82 min
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated)
  • MPAA Rating:  G
  • Release Date:  2 July 1982
  • Box Office Gross:  $14.66 mil  (#52  –  1982)
  • Ebert Rating:  ***
  • My Rating:  ***.5
  • My Rank:  #23  (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  Best Animated Film
  • Nighthawk Notables:  Best Animated Voice Performance (John Carradine)
  • First Watched:  on HBO when it first came to cable
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  10-15

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Still one of the best scenes in all of film history.

Still one of the best scenes in all of film history.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing 8 in each category, namely because that’s how many **** films there are, but only the top 5 actually earn nominations and in many categories there aren’t even 8 on my list.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. On the Waterfront  **
  2. Rear Window  *
  3. Forbidden Games
  4. A Star is Born
  5. Sabrina
  6. Gate of Hell  *
  7. Hobson’s Choice  *
  8. The Country Girl  *

Analysis:  There are many who would pick Rear Window but to me On the Waterfront is the easy winner here.  Gate of Hell is a close 6th place, but then there is a couple of points drop to Hobson and another couple to Country Girl.  Because I weight the BAFTA and Oscars the same, there is a glut of films tied for 5th place in the Consensus thanks to their BAFTA nom, including Rear Window, Gate of Hell and Hobson’s Choice. (more…)

Joad got out and stood beside the cab window.  The vertical exhaust pipe puttered up its barely visible blue smoke.  Joad leaned toward the driver.  'Homicide,' he said quickly."

“Joad got out and stood beside the cab window. The vertical exhaust pipe puttered up its barely visible blue smoke. Joad leaned toward the driver. ‘Homicide,’ he said quickly.”

My Top 10:

  1. The Grapes of Wrath
  2. The Philadelphia Story
  3. His Girl Friday
  4. Rebecca
  5. Pinocchio
  6. The Letter
  7. The Shop Around the Corner
  8. La Bête Humaine
  9. The Baker’s Wife
  10. Pride and Prejudice

Note:  I finally have, not only a full slate of 10, but films that I consider for my list and don’t make it, though that film is discussed below because it was nominated for the Oscar (The Long Voyage Home).  This is the best group of 10 to date, hands down.  The Letter is much better than any #6 so far except for Bride of Frankenstein.  Shop and Humaine, at the #7 and 8 spots would be in the Top 5 of any year to this date except 1935. (more…)

I have already used this picture twice.  It's not stopping me from using it again.  It's simply the right picture.

I have already used this picture twice. It’s not stopping me from using it again. It’s simply the right picture.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. From Here to Eternity  **
  2. Stalag 17
  3. The Big Heat
  4. Roman Holiday  *
  5. Pickup on South Street

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The Little Brown edition that matches my other Waugh, but is not the edition I have (see below).

The Little, Brown edition that matches my other Waugh, but is not the edition I have (see below).

Scoop: A Novel About Journalists

  • Author:  Evelyn Waugh  (1903 – 1966)
  • Published:  1938
  • Publisher:  Chapman and Hall
  • Pages:  222  (Penguin Books)
  • First Line:  “While still a young man, John Courteney Boot had, as his publisher proclaimed, ‘achieved an assured and enviable position in contemporary letters.’”
  • Last Line:  “Outside the owls hunted maternal rodents and their furry brood.”
  • Film:  1972 BBC serial, 1987 TV movie
  • Acclaim:  Modern Library Top 100 English-Language Novels of the 20th Century #75; The Observer’s Top 100 Novels of All-Time
  • First Read:  Spring 1993

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