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The Collected Also-Rans Project, and other news

6x9_bw_4701Hello, all.

While for you, my loyal readers, the Also-Rans Project came to an end just two weeks ago, it’s basically been over for me for about six weeks.  That’s when I wrote the last of the entries and scheduled them for publication.  In that time, and even before then, I was hard at work on collecting all the entries together and editing them all over again.  Well, after three passes at it, the work is done, and you can now buy the collection in digital and paperback form.  The digital copy is $3.99, the paperback is $19.95.  You can click on the link here, or the cover photo at left, to go to the page to buy it.

Be aware that I do not get rich on the backs of these books or this blog.  I don’t even make enough money to justify my time in doing this.  I only do it because I love it and, while I’d love it if the whole world would buy copies of everything I write, I know that won’t happen.  Nevertheless, because you’ve enjoyed this site for free for years now, it would be good kharma if you bought something for a change.

In other news, I’m going on a slight hiatus here as I contemplate my next project.  I promise to be back by March 15, 2019 with more info as we kick off something new.

Thanks for reading!

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The Also-Rans Awards

44433_lgThis is a fact: everything ends.  Good, bad, or indifferent, nothing lasts forever.    So it goes in life, and so it goes with The Also-Rans Project.

I announced this project way back on March 30, 2015, and made the first actual entry on May 31 of that year, with Ruggles of Red Gap.  Even then I knew this project would come to an end, I only hoped it wouldn’t take the 6 ½ years it took to get through The Best Picture Project.  Mercifully, it has not.  Still, that first year was slow, with just three entries, the obvious result of me trying to put an end to The Best Picture Project and focusing my energies there.  As that project ended in 2016, I pushed this one forward in earnest. Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project – Another Year (Best Original Screenplay Also-Ran 2010)

Another year poster.jpgDirected by Mike Leigh

Written by Mike Leigh

Starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

Spanning four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter), Another Year revolves around a long-married couple, Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen), as they interact with the various friends, family, and co-workers in their lives.  There is Tom’s friend, Ken (Peter Wright), his brother Ronnie (David Bradley), Gerri’s client, Janet (Imelda Staunton), and Tom and Gerri’s son, Joe (Oliver Maltman).  The most enduring of the friends, though, is Gerri’s co-worker, Mary(Lesley Manville).  Mary is a longtime friend of Gerri’s, mostly harmless, who has been sweet on Joe for years, despite the sizeable age difference between them, and the oddly incestual feel to Mary’s attentions.  Things come to a head when Joe introduces his new girlfriend, Katie (Karina Fernandez), to the family, which causes Mary to not-so-subtly break.  Offended by Mary’s behavior, Gerri basically ghosts her, though in the end Mary comes round and atones for what she’s done. Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project – The Robe (Best Picture Also-Ran 1953)

The Robe (1953 movie poster).jpgDirected by Henry Koster

Screenplay By Gina Kaus, Albert Maltz and Phillips Dunne, from the book of the same name by Lloyd C. Douglas

Starring Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Dean Jagger and Jay Robinson

This entry of The Also-Rans was originally reserved for Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Shakespeare adaptation, Julius Caesar.  For weeks and months, and probably more, doing an entry on that film was the plan, and seemed a good choice.  After all, the man won Best Director and Screenplay twice each, in back-to-back years, the only time that has been accomplished.  Crazier than that, is neither of those films won Best Picture.  So squeezing in a look at his take on Julius Casear was a good way to work him into this project.

Except—

Except Julius Caesar stars Marlon Brando, who I’ve ever-so-recently come to realize sucks.  And faced with he prospect of watching Brando bring the same level of ‘acting’ to Shakespeare as he brought to Sayonara, I chose to pass.

And that’s how we got here.

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