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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rashomon

There may be no truth. But there is one of the most brilliant films ever made.

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 going with a top 8 this time, even though only the top 5 in each category earn nominations .

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Rashomon
  2. Singin’ in the Rain
  3. High Noon  **
  4. The Bad and the Beautiful
  5. The Lavender Hill Mob
  6. Miss Julie
  7. The Quiet Man  *
  8. Moulin Rouge  *

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With three appearances (twice solo, once as a member of Genesis), Phil Collins deserves this place of honor at the top of the post.

With three appearances (twice solo, once as a member of Genesis), Phil Collins deserves this place of honor at the top of the post.

80’s music has been on my mind lately.  To be fair, it’s taken up a considerable portion of my brain since the 80’s.  But I just made a pile of CDs for my sister’s birthday, all of them 80’s.  And then, driving to work, a song came on the radio which reminded me of a conversation from college:

“Lyrics today just aren’t very deep,” said one person at our table.  “Songs used to have so much more to say.”

“De do do do de da da da is all I have to say to you,” replied someone else at the table, very slowly.  And that was all that needed to be said. (more…)

1950 has Sunset Blvd, the greatest film ever made.  1951 has A Streetcar Named Desire, with the greatest acting ever put on screen.

1950 has Sunset Blvd, the greatest film ever made. 1951 has A Streetcar Named Desire, with the greatest acting ever put on screen.

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 going with a top 8 this time, even though only the top 5 in each category earn nominations (except Actor, but that will be explained).  I went with 8 because there are 8 great films in this year.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. A Streetcar Named Desire  **
  2. Strangers on a Train
  3. Detective Story  *
  4. The African Queen
  5. A Place in the Sun  *
  6. Oliver Twist
  7. Ace in the Hole
  8. La Ronde  *

(more…)

30 years later and I still can't connect to it.

30 years later and I still can’t connect to it.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part VIII:

The Dark Crystal

  • Director:  Jim Henson  /  Frank Oz
  • Writer:  Jim Henson  /  David Odell
  • Producer:  Jim Henson  /  Gary Kurtz
  • Stars:  Jim Henson, Frank Oz  (notable as the “first live action film with no humans”)
  • Studio:  Universal
  • Award Nominations:  BAFTA: Best Visual Effects
  • Length:  93 min
  • Genre:  Fantasy
  • MPAA Rating:  PG
  • Release Date:  17 December 1982
  • Box Office Gross:  $40.57 mil  (#16  –  1982)
  • Ebert Rating:  N/A
  • My Rating:  ***
  • My Rank:  #49  (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notable:  none
  • First Watched:  on HBO when it first came to cable
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  @2 or 3

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