Monthly Archives: January 2013
The Warner Archive recently released a triple feature – all on one disc – of some rare Boris Karloff films from the 1930s. While these may not be the greatest films, they are definitely must-haves for Karloff enthusiasts and are interesting in that they feature Karloff in non-horror films. The set includes two films directed by John Farrow: West of Shanghai (1937) and The Invisible Menace (1938), as well as William Clemens’s Devil’s Island (1939).
Joanna Eberhart: Am I crazy? Aren’t they good? Please say something. I don’t care. No, I do care. Don’t say anything bad.
Mr. Atkinson: These are, um, really quite good.
Joanna Eberhart: You’re not just saying that be cause you’re frightened I, I might be a crazy lady?
Mr. Atkinson: Clearly you are a crazy lady, but clearly again, these are nice.
Joanna Eberhart: Wait a minute. You said ‘Good’. ‘Really quite good’ you said. ‘Good’ is better than ‘nice’. You’re not changing your mind, are you?
Mr. Atkinson: No, the results are lovely. Don’t get upset again. ‘Lovely’ is better than ‘good’. But, um, what fascinates me is: What is it you want from it all? Do you know?
Joanna Eberhart: I want – somewhere, someday, someone to look at something and say ‘Hey, that reminds me of an Ingalls’. ‘Ingalls’ was my maiden name. I guess I want to be remembered.
Mr. Atkinson: Yes, don’t we all?
Believe it or not, the Irwin Allen produced The Towering Inferno was not only nominated for eight Academy Awards, it won three of them. This star-studded ensemble disaster flick was not the first of its kind, but it is definitely one of the best. I remember when I first watched it, I was dubious of its merit and wondered about its Oscar pedigree, but in the end, I was sucked in by it and entertained from start to finish. If you look at a lot of the other Oscar nominated films from 1974 – and the 70s in general – The Towering Inferno is like a breath of fresh air made of pure entertainment. I hate the notion that Oscar nominated films need to be serious or arty or what have you. This is cinema in all its glory. The Towering Inferno’s Oscar nominations were as follows: Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Original Song (won), Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Supporting Actor Fred Astaire and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were Chinatown, The Conversation, Lenny and winner The Godfather Part II.
Gaston Monescu: I know all your tricks.
Madame Mariette Colet: And you’re going to fall for them.
Gaston Monescu: So you think you can get me?
Madame Mariette Colet: Any minute I want.
Gaston Monescu: You’re conceited.
Madame Mariette Colet: But attractive.
Gaston Monescu: Now let me say. . .
Madame Mariette Colet: Shut up. Kiss me.
- Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
- John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
- Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
- Denzel Washington – “Flight”
- Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
- Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
- Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Helen Mirren “Hitchcock”
- Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
- Alan Arkin – “Argo”
- Javier Bardem – “Skyfall”
- Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
- Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
- Sally Field – “Lincoln”
- Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
- Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
- Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”
- Maggie SMith “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
- “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
- “Les Miserables”
- “Silver Linings Playbook”
- “The Amazing Spider-Man”
- “The Bourne Legacy”
- “The Dark Knight Rises”
- “Les Miserables”
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Rise of the Guardians
- Wreck-It Ralph
- The Gatekeepers
- A People Uncounted
- The Other Dream Team
- The Island President
- Searching for Sugar Man