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The Also Ran’s Project – Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Ruggles_of_red_gap.jpg (578×886)Directed by Leo McCarey

Written by Walter DeLeon and Harlan Thompson, Story by Humphrey Pearson, based on the novel by Harry Leon Wilson

Starring Charles Laughton, Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland and ZaSu Pitts

Charles Laughton had a good year in 1935.  He was in three films , all nominated for Best Picture: Les Miserables, Ruggles of Red Gap and Mutiny on the Bounty.  And while it’s fair to say he benefited from an expanded field of nominees – they did an even dozen that year, ladies and gentleman – it’s also important to remember he starred in the winner: Mutiny on the Bounty.

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The Also Rans Project — By Year

Below are all entries in The Also Rans Project

2020 –

2019 –

2018 –

2017 –

2016 – Hacksaw Ridge, dir. by Mel Gibson (Best Picture Also Ran); Lion, dir. by Garth Davis (Best Picture Also-Ran)

2015 – Room, dir. by Lenny Abrahamson (Best Picture Also Ran)

2014 –Selma, dir. by Ava Duvernay (Best Picture Also Ran)

2013 –

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Announcing — The Also Ran’s Project

Oscar StatuettesHello, loyal readers, I’m pleased to announce that, as The Best Picture Project winds down – admittedly, it’s a slow wind-down – I’m starting a new project to carry me through the next four or five years, which is about the length of time it’s taken me to get through The Best Picture Project.

The new one?  The Also Ran’s Project.

What is The Also Ran’s Project, you ask?  Well, to answer that, I have to start with a digression.

With The Best Picture Project, my goal was to watch every Oscar winner for Best Picture and weigh in with my thoughts of them in a very uncoordinated way.  The posts came on no timetable, in no discernible order, and with no overt structure.  In essence, they were my free-form thoughts on anything that interested me about the particular movie or that the particular movie inspired in me.  The only thing that seemed a piece of them all was I decided whether that film was, or wasn’t, the Best Picture of that year.

Curiously, I was never wrong.

The Also Ran’s Project will be similar to The Best Picture Project in that I will watch an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture from every of the Oscars – particularly a nominee I haven’t seen before, so as to close in some of the blind-spots in my cinema experience.

Obviously, there will be years where I’ve seen everything nominated so there me be a time or two of improvisation, but we’ll cross those bridges when we come to that.  And much like The Best Picture Project, I’ll share my thoughts on the movie, life, and anything else that seems relevant.

Hopefully, completion of this Project will not take five years.

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Hot Water Cold — Available Now…

Cover 2…sort of.

Loyal readers might have heard me mention my latest book, Hot Water Cold, at least one time already.  Well, now it’s available.  Sort of.  To get any bit of it you have to go to the Kindle Scout page and peruse the sample and nominate it for publication.  If chosen, I get paid.

You want to help me get paid, right?

If you wanted, you could go ahead and go here or here to buy my other work.

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The Accidental Randian?

Ayn_Rand1I am a writer – of novels, short stories, essays, this blog, girls soccer recaps for the online version of my local paper and, occasionally, grocery lists.

To be fair, I don’t earn income as a writer – not really – which is why I’m an attorney by day.  But just because I make little money at writing[1] doesn’t mean I’m not a writer.  After all, hardly anybody makes a living as an artist of any type, so if income is the dividing line between ‘writer’ and ‘not writer,’ as opposed to metrics like ‘I write’ or ‘I don’t write’, I guess John Kennedy Toole and Emily Dickinson weren’t real writers because they earned no income from writing in their lifetime.[2] Continue reading

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