May 2013


Still a powerful ending after 83 years.

Still a powerful ending after 83 years.

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.  Films in blue were nominated.  But remember, there’s still only eight categories at this point.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. All Quiet on the Western Front
  2. Lucky Star
  3. Asphalt
  4. The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna
  5. A Cottage on Dartmoor

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"So long as I don't know his name perhaps I may still forget him, time will obliterate it, this picture."  All Quiet on the Western Front, p 224

“So long as I don’t know his name perhaps I may still forget him, time will obliterate it, this picture.” All Quiet on the Western Front, p 224

My Top 5:

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front
  2. Lucky Star
  3. Anna Christie
  4. Au Bonheur des Dames
  5. The Cocoanuts

Note:  Again, we only have a top 5.  It was originally more, but in re-watching some films, while I have found more to add in the acting categories, I have found more to subtract in the writing categories.  The Great Gabbo was here at one point, as was Hitchcock’s Blackmail and even Murnau’s City Girl but I ended up cutting all three of them.  This is what I am left with and it’s not an impressive top 5.  All Quiet would be a winner in most years but in a decent year, none of the others would even come close to my top 10, let alone earn actual nominations. (more…)

The first film from a board game, and it's still fun to watch.

The first film from a board game, and it’s still fun to watch.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part II

Clue

  • Director:  Jonathan Lynn
  • Writer:  John Landis  /  Jonathan Lynn  (based on the Parker Brothers board game)
  • Producer:  Debra Hill
  • Stars:  Tim Curry, Lesley Ann Warren, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKeon, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull
  • Studio:  Paramount
  • Award Nominations:  none
  • Length:  94 minutes  (with all three endings)
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Mystery)
  • MPAA Rating:  PG
  • Release Date:  13 December 1985
  • Box Office Gross:  $14.64 mil  (#57  –  1985)
  • Ebert Rating:  **
  • My Rating:  ***
  • My Rank:  #51  (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notable:  Best Guilty Pleasure
  • First Watched:  on video, sometime in 1986 or 1987
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  10 or so

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delrey-comingofconan

The first volume in Del Rey’s awesome Fully Illustrated Library of Robert E. Howard.

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

  • Author:  Robert E. Howard
  • Published:  2003
  • Contents Originally Published:  mostly 1932-1934 in Weird Tales
  • Publisher:  Del Rey
  • Pages:  463
  • First Line  (sort-of):  “Over shadowy spires and gleaming towers lay the ghostly darkness and silence that runs into dawn.”
  • Film Version:  Conan the Barbarian  (1982  –  *** – dir. John Milius), Conan the Destroyer  (1984  –  **  –  dir. Richard Fleischer), Conan the Barbarian  (2011  –  *.5  –  dir. Marcus Nispel)
  • First Read:  Fall, 2006 (more…)

NosferatuShadowYou can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  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.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  But remember, there were only a handful of Oscar categories in this, the second year of the Oscars (and, in fact, several fewer than the year before).

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Nosferatu
  2. The Wind
  3. Steamboat Bill Jr
  4. L’Argent
  5. Lonesome (more…)
One of the brilliant scenes in Murnau's Nosferatu that's not in the original source.

One of the brilliant scenes in Murnau’s Nosferatu that’s not in the original source.

My Top 5:

  1. Nosferatu
  2. L’Argent
  3. The Wind
  4. The Docks of New York
  5. Street Angel

Note:  There is only a top 5 for this year.  There were more than enough adapted screenplays to have a Top 10 if the quality of the scripts had merited it.  They do not.  And there wouldn’t even have been 5 if I hadn’t seen L’Argent last week. (more…)

sunrise7shotsYou can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  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.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  But remember, there were only a handful of Oscar categories in this, the first year of the Oscars.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Sunrise
  2. Metropolis
  3. The Man Who Laughs
  4. The Circus
  5. 7th Heaven (more…)