We all got it comin, kid.

We all got it comin, kid.

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 (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee.  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 the top 10 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Unforgiven  **
  2. The Crying Game  *
  3. The Player  *
  4. The Last of the Mohicans
  5. Howards End  *
  6. Reservoir Dogs
  7. Raise the Red Lantern
  8. Aladdin
  9. Flirting
  10. Singles

Analysis:  These are the only **** films.  There’s a four point drop from the #10 to the #11 film.  The #11 film is also an Oscar and Consensus nominee: A Few Good Men. (more…)

The wonderful opening narration of Sabrina has no corresponding scene in the original play.

The wonderful opening narration of Sabrina has no corresponding scene in the original play.

My Top 10:

  1. Sabrina
  2. Forbidden Games
  3. Hobson’s Choice
  4. The Country Girl
  5. A Star is Born
  6. Rear Window
  7. The Caine Mutiny
  8. Gate of Hell
  9. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  10. Beat the Devil

Note:  After the list topped out at seven last year, it’s back to a full 10 this year (with a few left over down at the bottom).
Note:  On the Waterfront would possibly today be considered adapted.  But I already decided to keep it in Original, if for no other reason then I’m not going to be able to track down the newspaper articles that inspired the film, making its inclusion here rather pointless, since I’ve already reviewed it.
Note:  This is the first year where full records exist at oscars.org.  That means from this year on, there might be a list at the very bottom of adaptations I haven’t seen.  These will be things I choose based on the original source, not by the quality of the film.  I have tried to find any film with a major literary work as a source (or by a major author). (more…)

Astute readers will realize I have used this picture before. Being astute, they will also realize it's the perfect image to encompass the only film to sweep the big 5 at the Oscars that deserved all five.

Astute readers will realize I have used this picture before. Being astute, they will also realize it’s the perfect image to encompass the only film to sweep the big 5 at the Oscars and the Nighthawks.

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 (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee.  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 the top 12 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.  I’m going with 12 because most categories have at least that many, if not more on my list and they stay strong 12 deep.  In future years, it will probably even expand beyond 12.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Silence of the Lambs  **
  2. JFK  *
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. The Fisher King
  5. Boyz N the Hood
  6. Europa Europa
  7. The Commitments  *
  8. Grand Canyon
  9. Thelma & Louise
  10. Dead Again
  11. Homicide
  12. Barton Fink

Analysis:  All 12 of these films are **** as well as three others: The Killer, Truly Madly Deeply and City of Hope.  The Top 10 for this year are the third best to-date and the Top 20 are the best to-date (the rest of the Top 20 are Life is Sweet, Ju Dou, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Bugsy and La Femme Nikita).  The #6-10 films are the third best to-date and the #11-20 are the best in a single year so far (beaten out by the combined year of 1912-26).  Dead Again is the best #10 film since the combined year of 1912-26.
The Silence of the Lambs is the first Oscar winner I agree with since 1984.  It is also the first film to win four critics awards and go on to win the Oscar.  Even today, it is one of only four films to do that (Schindler’s List, No Country for Old Men, The Hurt Locker).  It is still in the Top 10 today of all critics winners with 1187 points and is one of only four films in history to earn at least 250 points from four different critics groups (GoodFellas, LA Confidential, The Social Network).
Since 2011, when I wrote my most recent review of JFK, I have had my view on what happened on November 22, 1963 changed considerably by reading all 1600+ pages of Vincent Bugliosi’s masterful Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, including going through a lot of the footnotes on the accompanying CD-ROM.  That Bugliosi’s book changed my mind about what happened on that day has not changed my mind about Stone’s film.  I think now what I thought then: “Stone isn’t really showing us an analysis of anything, no matter how many research notes he gives us.  He is using one particular case to explore history.”
This category earned a 71.8 Oscar Score, the highest in nine years. (more…)

I am working on a number of future posts, including the next Nighthawk Awards (1991 – possibly this weekend), the next Adapted Screenplay (1954 – soon) and the various fill-in posts that come between (one RCM done, a few Great Reads done, working on FLOB: The Adventures of Tintin).

There is one post I am not currently working on.  This is around the time that I start work on the next History of the Academy Awards: Best Picture as things turn towards Oscar prognostication.  But I haven’t.  And I’m not, at least anytime soon.  The last several years I have really pushed it to get to all the big Oscar potential movies so I could put my reviews up immediately after the Oscars.  But those take their toll.  So this year I’m not doing that.  It means I won’t have the posts up until probably months later, but it also means I won’t be going to three movies on the same day, two of them by myself, like I did one day last year.  I can relax more and just see the films I most want to see (which is probably Rogue One, then Rogue One again, then most likely Rogue One again).  Last year, in the month between Force Awakens opened and the Oscar nominations, I went to the movies 14 times and that runs into money (“What will you take to run into an open manhole?”  “Just the cover charge”).  Two of those movies were with Veronica and Thomas and one more with Veronica while the other 11 were by myself.  It gets lonely.  Also, I have a new job that is very tiring while, at the same time, I am looking for a more permanent job.  So, between work, Thomas, being married and getting all the other posts done, it doesn’t leave a lot of time.  I sent a petition to the higher authorities to extend the day by several hours, but it turns out atheists don’t have higher authorities, so that didn’t get me anywhere.

So, for those few of you who wait for my reviews, well, I’ll get them done when they get done, which will depend on what the films are and when they get released on DVD.  Please don’t ask in the comments field of a different post when they will be done – I’ll try to do some sort of post around the Oscars about that.  I will still do my reactions to the nominations because I don’t have to have seen the films to do that, but the Year in Film will likely be delayed as well.  That should have a benefit though, in that the last few Years in Film were posted with a lot of films not having been seen yet that will eventually be superseded by the Nighthawk Awards.  Hopefully that won’t be as big a deal with this year, since it will be posted later.

One last thing about the comments.  I appreciate most comments, even if they’re not in agreement with me.  However, because this began as a family blog, and because I don’t tolerate nasty comments, all comments have to be approved before they appear.  I no longer am able to do that while at work, so if your comment doesn’t show up for several hours after posting it, well, that’s because it has to be approved.  Unless it’s exceedingly impolite, it is likely to be approved as soon as I get a chance.  I try to reply to most comments if they seem like they require a response.  Corrections I rarely reply to, but I often make the corrections.

To thank you all for reading and to hope that you continue reading, I leave you this recent picture of me that I think says it all.  Amusingly, as it is the only picture in this post, it will post on Veronica’s Facebook page, no doubt confusing my family members, but since I’m not on Facebook, it doesn’t really bother me.

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Revisiting Childhood Movies Part XIX:

Silver Streak

  • The film is a lot better than the poster would make you think.

    The film is a lot better than the poster would make you think.

    Director:  Arthur Hiller

  • Writer:  Colin Higgins
  • Producer:  Edward K. Milkis  /  Thomas L. Miller
  • Stars:  Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty
  • Studio:  20th Century-Fox
  • Award Nominations:  Oscars – Sound; Globes – Actor – Comedy; WGA – Original Comedy
  • Length:  114 min
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • MPAA Rating:  PG
  • Release Date:  8 December 1976
  • Box Office Gross:  $51.07 mil
  • My Rating:  ***.5
  • My Rank:  #18 (year)
  • Nighthawk Globe Nominations:  Picture – Comedy, Original Screenplay – Comedy, Supporting Actor – Comedy
  • Nighthawk Notables:  Best Film to Watch Over and Over, Best Scene (stopping the train)
  • First Watched:  sometime on television
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  more than 5

As a Kid:  There was a goofy television show in the early 80’s called The Fall Guy.  I don’t remember much of it, but I do remember the opening credits.  The song was called “The Unknown Stuntman” and it was actually sung by star Lee Majors (I think that’s how my family ended up watching it – we had been big fans of The Six Million Dollar Man).  It featured several stunts from movies, with the notion that this unknown stuntman that the show was about (played by Majors) had really been the person performing those stunts.  One of them involved a person on top of a train hitting a light switch and being dragged off the train (it’s just 20 seconds in). (more…)

The second Marty film to win the Nighthawk. It won't be the last.

The second Marty film to win the Nighthawk. It won’t be the last.

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 (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee.  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 the top 10 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. GoodFellas  **
  2. Dances with Wolves  *
  3. Miller’s Crossing
  4. The Grifters
  5. Presumed Innocent
  6. The Hunt for Red October
  7. Cinema Paradiso
  8. Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
  9. May Fools
  10. Reversal of Fortune

Analysis:  GoodFellas sets new Consensus records for points, wins (6) and nominations (8).  It has the highest percentage of points since 1946.  All of these will be thumped in 1993.  But it begins the trend of a film dominating the critics awards (and sometimes the BAFTA) but losing the Globe, PGA, DGA and Oscar.  That trend will repeat in 1994 and 1997 and, with some variations, in 2010, 2012 and 2014.  It remains in the Top 10 all-time for Consensus points in spite of the BFCA not existing yet at this point. (more…)

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The Five Doctors

Eventually, once Veronica and I have watched our way through all of Doctor Who, there will be a variety of lists to go up, much like we did with Star Trek.  It’ll take quite a while. We were on Season 10 when I did a very small bit on it back in March of 2013.  The other day we finished Season 20.  That leaves us six more seasons and the movie before we finally get the lists up.  Quite probably the trickiest will be the list where we rank all the Doctors. (more…)