81 Days With Oscar And Me

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

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Departed, The

November 6th, 2009 · No Comments · 2006, Adaptation, C-Word, Color, Composer: Howard Shore, Departed, Drama, F-Word, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, N-Word, Nudity, Sex, Warner Bros. Pictures

Few movies are as violent, foul-mouthed, and bloody as The Departed.
I can’t help but wonder what audiences in, say, 1939 would have thought of The Departed had this film been inserted into the projector instead of Gone With the Wind. I dare say every last one of them would have run, screaming, out of [...]

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Million Dollar Baby

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments · 2004, Adaptation, Clint Eastwood, Color, Drama, Mid-Point, Million Dollar Baby, Morgan Freeman, Paul Haggis, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Warner Bros. Pictures

I think I’ve seen this movie before – when it was called Gran Torino. Or was it Rocky? Or maybe it was The Wrestler. Or Who’s Life Is It Anyway? I don’t know. There’s a little of each of those movies in Million Dollar Baby.
There’s something very familiar about this movie. Maybe I think [...]

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Unforgiven

October 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · 1992, C-Word, Clint Eastwood, Color, F-Word, Gene Hackman, Mid-Point, Morgan Freeman, Original Screenplay, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Sex, Unforgiven, Warner Bros. Pictures, Western

With a cast that includes three of my favorite actors (Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Gene Hackman), there’s no way this movie could fail.
And it doesn’t. (WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Don’t read on unless you want to know how the movie ends.)
But how could it? All those actors, direction by Clint Eastwood, and it’s a [...]

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Driving Miss Daisy

October 20th, 2009 · No Comments · 1989, Adaptation, Color, Composer: Hans Zimmer, Dan Aykroyd, Drama, Driving Miss Daisy, Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Warner Bros. Pictures

I love everything about this movie.
I can’t think of a sweeter, kinder, more uplifting movie in the pantheon of Best-Picture winners. Not even Marty, as sweet as it was, beats Driving Miss Daisy. It doesn’t get any better than this. And, truth be told, few movies can bring a tear to my eye like [...]

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My Fair Lady

September 25th, 2009 · No Comments · 1964, Adaptation, Alan Jay Lerner, Audrey Hepburn, Color, Composer: André Previn, George Bernard Shaw, George Cukor, Marni Nixon, Musical, My Fair Lady, Panavision (Widescreen), Rex Harrison, Swearing, Warner Bros. Pictures

Now this is a musical I can enjoy. The songs are memorable. The characters are rich. The story is delightful. The actors are magical. The costumes are vibrant.
My Fair Lady is one of two musicals I hold near and dear to my heart, the other being Singin’ In the Rain, my favorite musical of [...]

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Casablanca

September 4th, 2009 · No Comments · 1943, Black and White, Casablanca, Claude Rains, Composer: Max Steiner, Drama, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Michael Curtiz, Original Screenplay, Peter Lorre, Smoking, Sydney Greenstreet, War, Warner Bros. Pictures

Every scene. Every song. Every character. Every line of dialogue. Every plot twist. Everything about Casablanca is perfect. If you haven’t seen this move, shame on you. Frankly, this is the one movie that should be issued at birth. “Mr. and Mrs. Stevens? You have a lovely baby daughter. Here’s the birth certificate. And [...]

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Gone With the Wind

August 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment · 1939, Adaptation, Clara Bow, Clark Gable, Color, Composer: Max Steiner, Drama, Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, Olivia de Havilland, Swearing, Victor Fleming, Vivien Leigh, War, Warner Bros. Pictures

Rhett Butler. Scarlett O’Hara. Melanie Hamilton-Wilkes. Mammy. Prissy. Ashley Wilkes. Gowns as big as Tara. A cause as lost as the Robinson family in space.
Gone With the Wind is the first Oscar-winning movie in color – and a darn good thing, too. No movie yet (not even The Great Ziegfeld) so demanded to be [...]

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Life of Emile Zola, The

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments · 1937, Adaptation, Biopic, Black and White, Composer: Max Steiner, Donald Crisp, Drama, Left-Leaning Politics, Life of Emile Zola, Paul Muni, Warner Bros. Pictures

I approached this movie with three primary questions at the forefront of my mind:
1. Who was Emile Zola?
2. Who was Paul Muni?
3. What is this movie about?
To the first, I turn to an entry on Wikipedia:
Émile François Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important [...]

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