Directed by John Madden
Screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Collin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson
The essential question with Shakespeare in Love is this: By winning the Oscar for Best Picture, did it deprive, i.e. rob, Saving Private Ryan of it’s just reward? Yes, there are other questions we can ask, and other rabbit holes we can dive down – plot summary, anybody? But all of those other questions and discussions will pale in comparison to the big one.
Was Saving Private Ryan robbed?
The short answer? No. Continue reading
Dir. by Robert Benton
Screenplay by Robert Benton, from the novel by Avery Corman
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander and Justin Henry
Of all the movies I’ve watched over the long, long duration of this project, Kramer vs. Kramer is probably the one I most anticipated getting into, because it’s a triple-threat of things that interest me: Continue reading
(NOTE: This post has been slightly modified to serve as the Best Picture Project entry for 2012)
Since I started the Best Picture Project – so many years ago now it’s becoming somewhat pathetic how long it’s taking me to complete it – I’ve posted every year at Oscar time about the Best Picture race and my preferences for the films in the race. In some ways, the post behaves very much as a true Best Picture Project post behaves and in that it tends to evaluate all the films and stands as my take on all the films. Since that’s the usual plan, I’ll do my best to make sure that this one can be seen that way.
So here it is, the Best Picture Race 2012, as seen through the eyes of the Best Picture Project. Continue reading
Tedious and boring and unimaginatively directed. Importance of subject and quality of movie is a false equivalency. The most interesting parts were the machinations to get the amendment passed. All other business – the son’s return, the soldiers at the beginning, anything to do with Mrs. Lincoln, anything within twenty minutes of the ending – were extraneous. When it was over I really believed there was a fantastic 100 minute thriller about the politicking involved in politics being smothered inside a 150 minute movie. At least Daniel Day-Lewis was good.
(Apologies for this being less-than-terse, but as Lincoln seems fated to win Best Picture at the Oscars, it seemed fair to go big.)