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post #51 of 380

CRASH - Welcome to our "After School Special" movie.

 

This shit actually won Best Picture?

 

 

post #52 of 380
Ron Howard has two legitimately great movies:; RUSH and APOLLO 13. Most of the rest are competent yet forgettable, with only a few real clunkers in there (FAR AND AWAY, for one).
post #53 of 380

Have you even seen Willow? 

post #54 of 380
I even saw WILLOW in the movie theaters. Val Kilmer is great (awesome, actually), but the film is a big pile of nothing.
post #55 of 380
Willow is my favorite Tolkien movie.
post #56 of 380
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I even saw WILLOW in the movie theaters. Val Kilmer is great (awesome, actually), but the film is a big pile of nothing.

Outta the way, Peck!

post #57 of 380
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Yeah, but we're CHUD...

I work with a kid who's never heard of Steve Martin. Don't underestimate that generational divide.

 

 

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Seeing as we all love to forget about Ron Howard's movies: Where do we stand on Apollo 13?

Should have been shot 1.33:1, for claustrophobia.

 

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Ron Howard has two legitimately great movies:; RUSH and APOLLO 13. Most of the rest are competent yet forgettable, with only a few real clunkers in there (FAR AND AWAY, for one).

Splash. Goddammit.

post #58 of 380
What Dreams May Come - it was marketed as though it was to be the definitive film of the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.

Hey, I loved Splash. Currently in the DVR.
post #59 of 380

There's a difference between prestige pictures and pedigreed pictures, yes? I feel that Prizzi's Honor falls in the second category.

post #60 of 380

Did anyone at all see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

post #61 of 380
Definitely not.
post #62 of 380

NO.

STOP ASKING!

post #63 of 380
Adverbs are shittily.
post #64 of 380
Cold Mountain.

Has anyone even watched that since like 2004?
post #65 of 380
Is there a difference between Forgettable Prestige and Oscar Bait?
post #66 of 380
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Is there a difference between Forgettable Prestige and Oscar Bait?
Maybe. Oscar Bait is memorable because it TRIES SO HARD. You remember the pandering efforts.
post #67 of 380

I really like The Last Emperor, although I freely concede that it's pretty much because of the incredible production design. I also have Chariots of Fire on Blu, so maybe forgettable prestige is my thing.

 

One forgotten one from the 70s: The Turning Point with Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine. Received 11 Oscar nominations, but I don't think it even came out on DVD in America.

 

I'm pretty sure we've all already forgotten The Imitation Game.

post #68 of 380
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I'm pretty sure we've all already forgotten The Imitation Game.

Nice try.

Eddie Redmayne was amazing in that.
post #69 of 380
Didn't the Imitation Game get released as "Batman Begins?"
post #70 of 380

2005: Kate Winslet appears on Extras, playing a version of herself who stars in a Holocaust drama purely in order to snag an Oscar

 

2008: Kate Winslet wins an Oscar for The Reader, a Holocaust drama

post #71 of 380
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2005: Kate Winslet appears on Extras, playing a version of herself who stars in a Holocaust drama purely in order to snag an Oscar

 

2008: Kate Winslet wins an Oscar for The Reader, a Holocaust drama


That's AMAZEBALLS

post #72 of 380

Does The English Patient hold up at all? I love Ralph, but I've never seen it.

post #73 of 380
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Does The English Patient hold up at all? I love Ralph, but I've never seen it.


Speaking of Minghella (writer of The Reader), it can be a tad overwrought from what I remember. I prefer his work on the Storyteller. ;)

post #74 of 380

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy was kinda being touted as a Prestige film that was going to make Gary Oldman a NAME , and while it is indeed a fine film, it just didn't seem to do much in BO or in Oscar noms.

 

And that's kind of a big deal, because the novel and the BBC miniseries are a cultural touch stone in the UK from what I understand (Brit Chewers, please confirm or deny).

post #75 of 380
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Does The English Patient hold up at all? I love Ralph, but I've never seen it.

 

 

Boring.


The Verdict, Last Emperor and Prizzis Honor are not. All worth watching. 

post #76 of 380

Read this book on WWII and John Ford, John Huston, Frank Capra, William Wyler, and George Stevens.  Five Came Back.  Great book by Mark Harris.  Anyhow, Frank Capra seems to fit into this category.  He started Columbia Pictures' foray into the prestige films market (IIRC).  The themes and messages of his films were quite broad and/or muddled, however, leading them to be dubbed 'capra-corn', heh heh heh.

post #77 of 380
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Tinker Tailor Solider Spy was kinda being touted as a Prestige film that was going to make Gary Oldman a NAME , and while it is indeed a fine film, it just didn't seem to do much in BO or in Oscar noms.

 

And that's kind of a big deal, because the novel and the BBC miniseries are a cultural touch stone in the UK from what I understand (Brit Chewers, please confirm or deny).

 

Miniseries was one of the greats. 

 

Lonesome Dove might meet the criteria of a 'prestige miniseries' which deserved all the kudos it received, while 'The Winds of War', which didn't.

 

The Remains of the Day is maybe my favourite novel, and while the film got notice, I didn't think it captured Ishiguro's novel the way Never Let Me Go did.

post #78 of 380
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Did anyone at all see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

That movie Oscar baited hard. It's horrible but worthy of a Chud Watch-a-long.
post #79 of 380

Agreed on THE ENGLISH PATIENT.  Great cinematography and excellent acting don't make up for the fact that the film's an absolute slog.

post #80 of 380
Cast Away fit into this mold?

Because I hate it too.

Where did the old Robert Zemeckis go? What's the last thing he did that was awesome, even remotely like the BTTF trilogy?
post #81 of 380

I have high hopes (pun intended) for THE WIRE.  It looks to be a jaw dropper.

post #82 of 380

THE WALK you mean?

post #83 of 380

Sorry...yes, I meant THE WALK.  I had MAN ON WIRE on my brain when I wrote that.

post #84 of 380

Wait. Judas isn't posting here from 2002? I thought this was like Frequency and I was Jim Caviezel. 

 

:(

post #85 of 380
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Tinker Tailor Solider Spy was kinda being touted as a Prestige film that was going to make Gary Oldman a NAME , and while it is indeed a fine film, it just didn't seem to do much in BO or in Oscar noms.

 

And that's kind of a big deal, because the novel and the BBC miniseries are a cultural touch stone in the UK from what I understand (Brit Chewers, please confirm or deny).


Wait, Oldman is not already a NAME?

post #86 of 380
Pretty sure he's been around for eons. OLD MAN.

Wasnt he the hermit in the cave that gives Link a sword?
post #87 of 380
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Wait, Oldman is not already a NAME?

 

 

I'd put him in the category of a Paul Giamatti or Seymour Hoffman. Great actor no doubt, and can elevate anything he's in. But he's not recognized by the general public like a Pacino or (Young) De Niro.

 

I think the Studios or the PR types tried to make him into that, but it didn't take.

post #88 of 380
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I really like The Last Emperor, although I freely concede that it's pretty much because of the incredible production design.[/I]
Saw this as a kid and I liked it a lot but I don't remember much about it except for the scene when he was a prisoner and had to piss in the middle of the night into a bucket. Someone chastises him for pissing in the center of the bucket, waking up the other inmates.

To this day I piss on the side of the bowl so I don't make too much noise.
post #89 of 380

I hope you get out of prison soon, dude. Unless you're in there for rape, murder or manslaughter.

post #90 of 380
The Newton Boys, a decent flick with a great cast that no one saw, directed by Richard Linklater.

Avatar.
post #91 of 380
Thread Starter 

Self-indulgently resurrecting my old thread, but I just stumbled on another of these.

 

The Sand Pebbles (1966)

 

Robert Wise directs Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough in a 1920's war epic, also co-starring Mako from Samurai Jack! A commercial hit! 8 Oscar Nominations, including McQueen's one and only oscar nomination! And I don't think I've ever heard of it before in my life.


Edited by Paul C - 2/4/17 at 8:32am
post #92 of 380

Saw the thread title and immediately thought of The Imitation Game. Eight Oscar nominations, and it was on its way to being forgotten halfway through the Oscar ceremony.

post #93 of 380
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Originally Posted by Paul C View Post
 

Self-indulgently resurrecting my old thread, but I just stumbled on another of these.

 

The Sand Pebbles (1966)

 

Robert Wise directs Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough in a 1920's war epic, also co-starring Mako from Samurai Jack! A commercial hit! 8 Oscar Nominations, including McQueen's one and only oscar nomination! And I don't think I've never heard of it before in my life.

 

This was the most boring Prestige Action Movie I can remember. After it was over I just wondered how the hell Steve McQueen was ever considered a movie star. 

 

The only time there's any life in the movie at all is when DAVID LO PAN appears in the bar for like two scenes. 

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Saw the thread title and immediately thought of The Imitation Game. Eight Oscar nominations, and it was on its way to being forgotten halfway through the Oscar ceremony.

 

Was it any good?

post #94 of 380

It's a prestige hodgepodge. It can't decide whether to be a WWII 'untold heroism' story, a gay-identity story, or a living-on-the-atutism-spectrum story. Apparently, telling the actual historical story was out of the question.

post #95 of 380
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Was it any good?

 

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It's a prestige hodgepodge. It can't decide whether to be a WWII 'untold heroism' story, a gay-identity story, or a living-on-the-atutism-spectrum story. Apparently, telling the actual historical story was out of the question.

Naturally, I barely remember it, but Hammerhead's description is pretty much dead-on. 

post #96 of 380

Sully. I think all anyone remembers about the movie is they had to invent adversity for the obligatory triumph over adversity.

post #97 of 380
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I'm pretty sure we've all already forgotten The Imitation Game.

This was from August 2015. The movie's so forgettable that I forgot that I had forgotten about it.

post #98 of 380
I saw "Sully" in IMAX.

There's no reason to see "Sully" in IMAX.
post #99 of 380

The overlooking of NEVER LET ME GO (2010) is almost criminal.

post #100 of 380

When I was a kid The Fabulous Baker Boys got so much damn press I couldn't miss it.  Even with a mum who abhored television(and removed it entirely for a while) and never really watching much of commercial TV anyway  I somehow osmosed that Michelle Pheiffer sang a slinky torch song lying on a grand piano.  (which was then parodied in  The Naked Gun or Hot Shots or one of them. Possibly both)

Years later I remembered this and thought I'd better find out what that was all about, partly because in most cases when I remembered some fleeting impression of a movie I'd never seen, I at least had some inkling of what the film was about.

So I watched it and, yeah,  It's the one where Michelle Pheiffer does a slinky torch song lying on a piano.

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