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Movie Quote of the Day – Almost Famous, 2000 (dir. Cameron Crowe)


Penny Lane: Maybe it is love, as much as it can be, for somebody…
William Miller: Somebody who sold you to Humble Pie for fifty bucks and a case of beer! I was there! I was there!… Look- I’m sorry.
Penny Lane: [sniffs] What kind of beer?

The Best Pictures That Weren’t Nominated For Best Picture


This list is twenty-one films that were nominated for multiple Oscars, including several that were nominated for Best Director, yet somehow missed out on a Best Picture nomination. I’m starting in 1951 because I went all the way down to 1927 and mostly, until 1951, the best films managed to get nom’d for Best Picture. I think this mostly had to do with all the years wherein ten films were nominated for the top prize. Although, last year when there were ten slots again there were several films I would have nom’d over say, The Blind Side. I’m not going to talk about any of those though, because that would take up almost the whole post. Instead, I have twenty-one films from 1951 to 2008 that I think should have gotten one of the Best Picture slots of their year.

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Auteur of the Week: Cameron Crowe


Cameron Crowe has directed 6 movies. I love and own on DVD 5 of those movies. His sixth film I really disliked. What I love so much about Cameron Crowe’s films, more than the great stories and characters he creates, is his use of music. There are few directors who infuse music so deeply into the stories they’re telling the way Crowe does. I’m sure this has to do with his background as a writer/editor with Rolling Stone Magazine. I owe a lot of my taste in music to the soundtracks of Crowe’s films. Crowe introduced me to Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Sigur Rós and Spiritualized, just to name a few of the bands that have graced his soundtracks.

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20 Years of Best Supporting Actress nominees


Continuing my countdown of favorite Academy Award nominated performances, I now present my top ten favorite performances nominated for Best Supporting Actress since 1989. If you’re interested in buying any of the films listed below, click here.

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