Come on, admit it, when you were in school you loved the school dance. You loved getting slightly dressed up, feeling even more awkward than usual, and spending all night debating whether you were going to ask your favorite girl to dance you, only to find yourself trying not to get aroused the moment she said yes.
Good times. Continue reading
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise
Screenplay by Eric Roth, from the Novel by Winston Groom
Forrest Gump is probably not the worst film to ever win Best Picture. After all, it’s hard to be the worst when films like Cavalcade, Gigi and Around the World In 80 Days all took the top prize. But just because it’s not the worst, it’s victory might just be the most egregiously wrong in Academy history.
After all, to get the crown, Gump had to overcome two other classic movies – Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption – but even taking those two out of the equation, it’s still not nearly as good as the two other movies left in the race, Quiz Show and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Quite simply, Forrest Gump might not be the worst to win Best Picture, but it’s easily one of the creakiest. Continue reading
(Author’s note: This piece was originally a four part essay that has been joined together here as one)
It’s generally accepted that since the advent of motion pictures, movies have gotten longer the further we’ve gotten away from the first motion picture. However, pinpointing the exact reason for the increase may be impossible, probably because there is no one cause. Still, while it might be impossible to pinpoint exactly why, I’ve been curious to know just how the ‘auteur theory’of filmmaking might have played into the ballooning of run times, specifically, does the more revered a director becomes, either critically or financially, result in longer films? Continue reading