81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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American Beauty

October 30th, 2009 · No Comments · 1999, Allison Janney, American Beauty, Color, Drama, Dreamworks Pictures, Drug Use, Homosexuality, Kevin Spacey, Mid-Point, Original Screenplay, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Sex, Swearing

I love movies that start at the end.
Like Sunset Boulevard, and Memento (sort of – who can tell where that one starts?), and Gandhi, and The English Patient, and Citizen Kane, and, well, you get the idea.
When a movie starts at the end, the audience knows more than the characters in the movie do. [...]

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Last Emperor, The

October 18th, 2009 · No Comments · 1987, Adaptation, Bernardo Bertolucci, Biopic, Color, Communists, Criterion Collection, Dalai Lama, Drama, Drug Use, Hemdale Film, Last Emperor, Puyi, Tibet

This is an incredibly sad movie. Not sad in the sense of Out of Africa or Terms of Endearment. Rather, sad in a passing-of-an-era sense.
From its entry on Wikipedia: The Last Emperor is a biopic about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China…Puyi’s life is depicted from his ascension to the throne [...]

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Midnight Cowboy

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments · 1969, Adaptation, Color, Drama, Drug Use, Dustin Hoffman, John Schlesinger, Jon Voight, Mid-Point, Midnight Cowboy, Nudity, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, R-Rating, Screenplay Structure, Smoking, Swearing, United Artists

The difference between Oliver! and Midnight Cowboy is the difference between day and night. Oliver!, the previous Best-Picture winner, is a G-rated movie that’s, as they say, suitable for the entire family. Midnight Cowboy is an X-rated movie (later reduced to R) that’s, as they say, suitable for the entire family – if it’s [...]

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