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The Best Picture Project – Wings (1927/1928)

Directed by William Wellman

Written by Hope Loring and Louis Lighton, from a story by John Monk Saunders

Starring Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Richard Arlen, Clara Bow and Gary Cooper

Some movies deserve the scorn heaped upon them.  After all, they’ve been given every chance to succeed, been given all the money to succeed, and failed and deserve to whither on the vine and die.  These would the pretentious, the superficially-important, and the later-career Michael Bay movies — in other words, films that could have — should have — been better, but just weren’t. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard,

Screenplay by William Anthony McGuire

Starring William Powell, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan and Myrna Loy

For the first time in this series – in what is my 50th post in this series – we start with a quiz.  From the list below, find the outlier and tell me why it’s the outlier:

2005 – Brokeback Mountain

1990 – Goodfellas

1982 – ET

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The Best Picture Project – The Lost Weekend (1945)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, based on the novel by Charles R. Jackson

Starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman

I must apologize for the delay in making this post, because it has been a few weeks since the last, to say the least.  When I started this project, and this blog, I always imagined I’d do weekly updates, maybe bi-weekly at worst, and yet here it is that I’ve been several weeks between.  In most cases I could blame work and other commitments and to a certain extent that’s true here as well.  Unfortunately, it’s not the only culprit. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – The Apartment (1960)

Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine, Ray Walston and Fred MacMurray

There’s a terrible habit with the Academy to bestow awards on actors and filmmakers for the wrong film, making up for past slights or losses. Bette Davis took the award for Dangerous the year after she wasn’t even nominated for Of Human Bondage and lost as a write-in candidate.  Henry Fonda couldn’t win with Tom Joad or even get a nomination as Frank, in Once Upon a Time In The West, but could go home victorious for dreck like On Golden Pond.  Paul Newman couldn’t get love for Fast Eddie Felson until 20 years too late, with the lesser film The Color of Money.  Martin Scorcese could lose for four strong films that would be the crown-jewel of any other career  – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Aviator – and yet win somehow he won Best Picture and Best Director for the good, yet lesser, The Departed. Continue reading

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