Monthly Archives: August 2010

Auteur of the Week: Baz Luhrmann

I’ve been a fan of Baz Luhrmann since I saw his version of Romeo + Juliet when it was first released in theaters. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. He wowed me again five years later with Moulin Rouge! a film that is so dear to my heart. Luhrmann is a showman in every sense of the word and his films are some of the showiest films to come out in the last twenty years.

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Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard and Eli Wallach to receive Honorary Oscars

The Envelope reports that:

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that it would present “The Godfather” director-producer Francis Ford Coppola with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and give honorary Oscars to British film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, French “New Wave” director Jean-Luc Godard, who made his feature directorial debut 50 years ago with the seminal “Breathless,” and veteran actor Eli Wallach, who has appeared in such films as “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

I really love this selection. I love all three of these artists and I look forward to their montages, etc. at the ceremony next year!

Movie Quote of the Day – Goldfinger, 1964 (dir. Guy Hamilton)

James Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Auric Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.

Movie Quote of the Day – Sliding Doors, 1998 (dir. Peter Howitt)

James: Cheer up, you know what the Monty Pythons always say…
Helen: “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition”

Oscar Vault Monday – Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 1958 (dir. Richard Brooks)

This is one of my favorite classic films. It’s a masterful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play of the same name. Like many a Williams play, it is hot and steamy and filled with tension. Richard Brooks is such an amazing director and he hits every note of the film perfectly. Somehow this masterpiece lost the Best Picture award to the overblown, boring musical adaptation Gigi. I watched Gigi recently I was aghast that it had won nine Oscars. I thought it was absolutely one of the most boring, overwrought films I’d ever seen. Then to add insult to injury I discovered it beat Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. This is definitely a case of pomp winning over substance. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof was nominated for six Academy Awards, but didn’t win a single one: Best Actor – Paul Newman, Best Actress Elizabeth Taylor, Best Color Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director – Richard Brooks and Best Picture. Aside from the two acting categories, it lost all the awards to Gigi. The other nominees for Best Picture that year were Auntie Mame, Separate Table and The Defiant Ones.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Air Force One, 1997 (dir. Wolfgang Petersen)

President James Marshall: Get off my plane!

Movie Quote of the Day – Hud, 1963 (dir. Martin Ritt)

Hud Bannon: Nobody gets out of life alive.

Movie Quote of the Day – Frost/Nixon, 2009 (dir. Ron Howard)

Bob Zelnick: You gonna shake his hand?
James Reston, Jr.: Am I gonna shake… are you kidding me? After everything that prick’s done to this country? I’m not gonna shake his hand.
Frost: May I present Bob Zelnick, my executive editor?
Nixon: How do you do?
Bob Zelnick: Pleasure, Mr. President.
Frost: And Jim Reston, one of my researchers.
Nixon: Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Reston.
James Reston, Jr.: Mr. President.
[beat]
Bob Zelnick: Wow. That was devastating, withering.
James Reston, Jr.: Fuck off.

Movie Quote of the Day – Holiday, 1938 (dir. George Cukor)

Ned: [whispers] Happy New Year.
Linda: Same to you.
[beat]
Linda: What’s it like? To get drunk, Ned?
Ned: It’s…how drunk?
Linda: Good and drunk?
Ned: Grand.

Movie Quote of the Day – Pretty In Pink, 1986 (dir. Howard Deutch)

Blane: Let’s go upstairs, huh? Come on.
Andie: I didn’t come here to get you off. That was not my idea.
Blane: That’s not what I meant. I haven’t even tried to kiss you, have I? Look, it’s quieter up there, OK? Come on. These hands will remain in these pockets, I swear to God. Look at me here. Come on. I’m utterly defenceless. And utterly foolish. Come on.