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The Best Picture Project – The English Patient (1996)

The English Patient Poster.jpgDirected by Anthony Minghella

Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe.  Also featured were Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth and Jürgen Prochnow

To my mind it’s always been a hallmark of weak writing to reference the work of others, at least when it’s done for the explicit purpose of latching onto the credibility of the work of the other without actually having to create it organically yourself.  In other words, rather than actually create something on your own, you simply reach out, grab something by somebody else, shine it up a little bit and then say, “Ta da, look at what I did.” Continue reading

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There’s More Where That Came From: The Best Severed Digit Movies

imagesCAEGVH5CI don’t know what gave me the idea to do a list of the best movies with severed digits – in this case, digits is not meant in a mathematical way, but in the fingers and toes way – but since all lists are inherently arbitrary constructed and a little stupid (AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs, anybody?), it seemed all right just to embrace these lists for all their stupidity and pick something outre.

So, here it is, the ten best movies that prominently feature a severed finger.  Or toe.

(Incidentally, I thought about calling this ‘pieces and parts’ but chose an equally silly title.)

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The Best Picture Project – 2010

Loyal readers of this site are no-doubt familiar with my quest to see all 82 Best Picture winners, otherwise known as The Best Picture Project. So far I’ve seen 33 of the 82, with The Deer Hunter and Gandhi the next on tap.

Because this is the Best Picture Project it only makes sense that at Oscar time I weigh in on this years nominees for Best Picture.  And, in the spirit of the Academy’s move towards the preferential voting system I’ll go ahead and rank my choices as well, from highest to lowest. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – No Country For Old Men (2007)

No Country For Old Men

Written and Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

From the novel by Cormac McCarthy

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Kelly Macdonald

There was a great debate in my house after watching No Country For Old Men, between me and my almost-14 year-old daughter, about whether No Country For Old Men, your 2007 Best Picture winner, was a more deserving film that what was presumably it’s fiercest competition, There Will Be Blood.  And since she and I both generally agree that There Will Be Blood was the superior film, it’s not really much of a debate. 

Back in late 2006, or early 2007, when I heard that the Coen’s were adapting Cormac McCarthy’s novel I went ahead and bought a copy of the book and read it.  I’d never read anything by McCarthy but figured if the Coen’s felt him worthy of adaptation he couldn’t be all bad.  Unfortunately, McCarthy can be a bit of a difficult writer – his prose is spare, unbroken by quotation marks, and though it might sometimes be ‘lyrical’ it can sometimes feel like a slog.  Continue reading

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