September 2015


Michael's descent into darkness is captured in this amazing shot by Gordon Willis.

Michael’s descent into darkness is captured in this amazing shot by Gordon Willis.

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 the top 8 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.  I’ve dropped it from 10 because in a lot of categories I only have 8 or fewer listed.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Godfather  *
  2. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie  *
  3. Sleuth
  4. Cabaret  **
  5. Deliverance  *
  6. Play It Again, Sam
  7. Murmur of the Heart
  8. The Emigrants  *

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Revisiting Childhood Movies Part XIII:

Yes, the cow is an important plot point that will lead to a really tasteless gag.

Yes, the cow is an important plot point that will lead to a really tasteless gag.

Top Secret!

  • Director:  Jim Abrahams / Jerry Zucker / David Zucker
  • Writer:  Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Martyn Burke
  • Producer:  Jon Davison / Hunt Lowry
  • Stars:  Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Christopher Villiers
  • Studio:  Paramount
  • Award Nominations:  none
  • Length:  90 min
  • Genre:  Comedy (Parody)
  • MPAA Rating:  PG
  • Release Date:  22 June 1984
  • Box Office Gross:  $20.45 mil  (#52 – 1984)
  • My Rating:  **.5
  • My Rank:  #131  (1984)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notables:  none
  • First Watched:  On HBO sometime in 1985 probably
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  at least 5

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It was tough finding a picture that perfectly embodied the film without being too disturbing or obscene for the main picture in a post on what is still a family blog.

It was tough finding a picture that perfectly embodied the film without being too disturbing or obscene for the main picture in a post on what is still a family blog.

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 the top 10 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. A Clockwork Orange  **
  2. The French Connection  *
  3. The Last Picture Show  *
  4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday  *
  6. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  7. Harold and Maude
  8. Klute
  9. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  10. The Hospital

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daulaires

My mom’s copy no longer looks like this because the dust jacket is destroyed from me having read it so many times as a child.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

  • Author:  Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
  • Published:  1962
  • Publisher:  Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • Pages:  192
  • First Line:  “In olden times, when men still worshipped ugly idols, there lived in the land of Greece, a folk of shepherds and herdsmen who cherished light and beauty.”
  • Last Line:  “Also the Muses fell silent, but their songs love on this very day, and the constellations put up by the gods still glitter on the dark blue vault of the sky.”
  • Film:  none specifically
  • First Read:  Around 1981 or so

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Suicide is painless indeed.

Suicide is painless indeed.

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 the top 7 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.  Why am I only listing the Top 7 when I’ve been listing the Top 10 for quite a while now?  Well, how should I put this?  This is a TERRIBLE YEAR FOR FILM.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. M*A*S*H  **
  2. Five Easy Pieces  *
  3. Patton  *
  4. The Twelve Chairs
  5. Women in Love
  6. Mississippi Mermaid
  7. Lovers and Other Strangers

Analysis:  How terrible a year in film?  Well, there are only three **** films.  It’s the first year since 1930 that there have been less than four.  Patton is also the weakest #3 film since 1930.  Five Easy Pieces is the weakest #2 film since 1945.  In the 1960’s M*A*S*H would have won the award in several years; Five Easy Pieces would have only been nominated in three years.  In the 1950’s, M*A*S*H would only have won the award in two years and Patton would have never finished higher than sixth.  Both the Top 5 and the Top 10 are the weakest since 1945. (more…)