Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Best Picture Project – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next (1975)

Produced by Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas

Directed by Milos Foreman

Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman

From the Novel by Ken Kesey

Cinematography by Haskell Wexler

Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, Danny Devito, Christopher Lloyd

 Of the fourteen films I’ve watched for this project so far, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest might be the first truly great film I’ve seen.  Annie Hall is no slouch, but of the rest – Dances With Wolves, Patton, From Here To Eternity, included – none really have the depth or subtext of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest . Perhaps that’s a personal bias of mine – I can’t imagine what people will say when they realize that, after I watched fourteen films, Platoon could hardly find it’s way into the top ten so far.  Still, that doesn’t change the fact that One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is simply a marvelous film. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – The Story of Adele H.

Even though I consider myself a bit of a cinephile, it wasn’t really until I got cable and was turned on to the wonders of Turner Classic Movies and the Independent Film Channel that I think I was really exposed to a lot of foreign films.  Or silent films, for that matter.  Sure, I’ve liked German movies – especially by Herzog – and I’d seen The Seven Samurai, but I hadn’t ever seen any films Bergman, Felinni or Truffaut.  While Bergman and Fellini are a bit hit and miss, for my tastes, it was Truffaut who was the real find.  Looking back, I can’t believe what I’ve been missing.  Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – Dances With Wolves (1990)

Directed by Kevin Costner

Written by Michael Blake

Starring Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene and Rodney A. Grant

The Oscars were originally thought to be a promotional tool – the way for Hollywood to congratulate itself – but over time it’s not been without its share of controversy. Yes, there are little blips, such as Vanessa Redgrave and her ‘Zionist hoodlums’ speech, but really the most controversy is reserved for the Best Picture race and those years when it’s perceived the wrong film won. Continue reading

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