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The Also Rans – Selma (2014) — Best Picture Nominee

Selma poster.jpgDirected by Ava Duvernay

Screenplay by Paul Webb

Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and more stars than there are in heaven

Selma is an important movie.  If you didn’t know it going in, you figured it right quick, and kept figuring it, because instead of being the joke fest you imagined[1], they play it straight as the soberest teetotaler.  Which is a seriously wasted opportunity because, if you ask me, the jokes practically write themselves.  All you have to do is turn on the spigot and here they come.

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The Best Picture Project – Gandhi (1982)

Directed by Richard Attenborough

Screenplay by John Briley

Starring Ben Kingsley

Is a movie – or any work of art – about a great man inherently a great movie? The answer is clearly no. There are many terrible films about great men – how many times has Jesus been on the big screen in a steaming pile of crap? Similarly, there are films about despicable men that are not automatically despicable themselves. For example, see A Clockwork Orange, or Taxi Driver. Both films are about morally bankrupt individuals, and yet, they are great films.

Clearly, a great subject does not naturally make a great film, just as a reprehensible subject doesn’t naturally make a reprehensible film. Continue reading

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