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The Best Picture Project – Gladiator (2000)

A man standing at the center of the image is wearing armor and is holding a sword in his right hand. In the background is the top of the Colosseum with a barely visible crowd standing in it. The poster includes the film's title, cast credits, and release date.Directed by Ridley Scott

Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson

Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris and Connie Nielsen

I am not a fan of Gladiator and never have been – there’s no point in burying the lead so there it is, right up front.  Ever since I first saw the movie in theaters, after it was already on its way to being a massive box office success, I’ve been nothing but disappointed in it and it shouldn’t surprise anybody I’ve only seen it three total times in my life.  The first was in the theater, where my opinion was formed.  The second, when it first came out on video, when I watched it again to see if maybe I’d gotten it wrong – I hadn’t.  The third was for this project. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – Oliver! (1968)

Directed by Carol Reed

Written by Vernon Harris

Based upon the stage show by Lionel Bart

Taken from the novel by Charles Dickens

Starring Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Mark Lester, Shani Wallis and Jack Wild 

Oliver! is a movie musical made in the tradition of the great movie musicals of the 1950s, but coming out in 1968, when the world had just about turned its back on them – at least the traditional musicals – it was instantly a curiosity, the last gasp of the studio system trying to stay alive before more independent based producers and stars really upended the system in favor of smaller and more personal films – see TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars:  A History of Hollywood for more. Continue reading

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