81 Days With Oscar And Me

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

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Entries Tagged as 'Orion Pictures Corporation'

Silence Of the Lambs, The

October 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · 1991, Adaptation, Anthony Hopkins, C-Word, Color, Composer: Howard Shore, F-Word, Hannibal Lecter, Jodie Foster, Mid-Point, Orion Pictures Corporation, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Silence of the Lambs, Thriller

“Good evening, Clarice.”
The Silence Of the Lambs creeps me out. It did when I first saw it nearly 20 years ago.
And it still does.
There’s a grotesqueness to this movie that emits a kind of psychic stench that clings to me, like the cloying smell of maple-flavored bacon that lingers in the kitchen many hours after [...]

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Dances With Wolves

October 21st, 2009 · No Comments · 1990, Adaptation, Color, Composer: John Barry, Dances With Wolves, Drama, John Barry, Kevin Costner, Orion Pictures Corporation, Panavision (Widescreen), THX

Whatever happened to THX?
This DVD starts with that enormous, room-filling THX sound and the rectangular “The Audience Is Listening” box on the screen. I used to love going to the theater just to see/hear/experience that. Sometimes, the THX intro was so awesome that the audience would gasp, then chuckle. And, believe it or not, [...]

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Platoon

October 17th, 2009 · No Comments · 1986, Color, Drama, F-Word, Left-Leaning Politics, Oliver Stone, Original Screenplay, Orion Pictures Corporation, Platoon, War

Oliver Stone is to directing movies what a croquet mallet is to carving a turkey.
Platoon is yet another movie – the most heavy-handed to date – that proves war is hell.
War is hell.
I get it, Hollywood. I get it. In fact, I’ve been getting it since All Quiet on the Western Front back in [...]

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Amadeus

October 15th, 2009 · No Comments · 1984, Adaptation, Amadeus, Classical Period, Color, Jasper Rees, Milos Forman, Orion Pictures Corporation, Sir Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is my favorite composer of the Classical period (1750-1825).
“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (A Little Night Music) is one of my favorite pieces of music, as are the Horn Concertos 1-4, especially the Dennis Brain/Herbert von Karajan (1954) recording.
In addition, the crown jewel of my possessions is the Philips 180-CD Complete Mozart collection, [...]

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