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September 2016 in Films


After two months in a row of lots and lots of films, this month slowed back down. This was mostly due to me going on a week long Joseph Cotten research trip. I’m also posting this early because I’m traveling again on Friday (shhh it’s a secret!) As always a list of what I watch and a few favorites can be found after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Cold Mountain, 2003 (dir. Anthony Minghella)


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Ruby: Every piece of this is man’s bullshit. They call this war “a cloud over the land” but they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say “Shit, it’s rainin’!”

Movie Quote of the Day – Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, 2004 (dir. Beeban Kidron)


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Bridget Jones: I’m enjoying a relationship with two men simultaneously. The first called Ben, the other Jerry.

Female Filmmaker Friday: Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001 (dir. Sharon Maguire)


It’s Friday, so it’s time for another edition of Female Filmmaker Friday. Next week I might not post one because of TCMFF, but I think you guys can handle that. This week I’m going to talk about one of my all-time favorite films. There’s a lot to say about Bridget Jones’s Diary and I’m definitely not going to hit all the points; instead I’m just going to write about the aspects and scenes that have stuck with me over the years. I’ve seen this film a million times since it came out in theaters (it was one of the very first DVDs I ever owned) and I’ve also read the book(s). As much as I enjoyed them, this film is my favorite interpretation of the iconic Ms. Jones.

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Oscar Vault Monday – Jerry Maguire, 1996 (dir. Cameron Crowe)


I’ve been reticent to discuss 1996 because my all-time favorite film came out that year: The English Patient. In fact, it won Best Picture. So in my eyes, Oscar got it very right that year. That being said, there is a film that came out in 1996 and was nominated for Best Picture that I absolutely adore. I saw Jerry Maguire in theaters when I was ten and loved it and as soon as it came out on VHS (remember, this was nearly 15 years ago) I bought it and watched it over and over and over. I  have seen this film so many times I have every line of dialogue and every little nuance of every performance memorized. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one: Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. (won), Best Actor Tom Cruise and Best Picture. The other films nominated that year were: Fargo, Secrets and Lies, Shine and winner The English Patient.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Chicago, 2002 (dir. Rob Marshall)


Roxie Hart: What do you want?
Amos Hart: I want you to come home. You said you still wanted to. And the baby.
Roxie Hart: Baby? What baby? [beat] Oh , Jesus. What do you take me for? There ain’t no baby.
Amos Hart: There ain’t no baby?
[beat]
Roxie Hart: They didn’t even want my picture. I can’t understand that. Why didn’t they even want my picture?

Movie Quote of the Day – Jerry Maguire, 1996 (dir. Cameron Crowe)


Jerry Maguire: I love you. You. . .you complete me. And I just. . .
Dorothy: Shut up, just shut up. You had me at “Hello.” You had me at “Hello.”

Movie Quote of the Day – Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001 (dir. Sharon Maguire)


Bridget: Where the fuck’s the fucking tuna? [beat] This is Bridget Jones, for Sit Up Britain, searching for tuna.

An Ode to TCM


Sorry I’ve been m.i.a. since the Oscars. I’ve been having some problems at work. Long story short work’s no longer a problem, so I’m back. I’ve got a few posts related to film in 2010 that I want to post, but I’ve got to flesh them out a little before I post them.

However, today I spent quite a bit of time watching Turner Classic Movies. They had an amazing line-up today. I’d recommend all four of the films I watched today, but each one for very different reasons.

The first film I watched was Some Like It Hot. I’ve seen this film numerous times. It is definitely one of the absolute funniest films of all time. Billy Wilder truly is a genius.

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20 years of Best Actress nominees


Inspired by this post @ awardsdaily I’ve gone through the Best Actress nominees from 1989-2009 and picked by favorite nominated performances. Only two of my ten favorite performances went on to win the Oscar. Granted, I haven’t seen every Best Actress winner, let alone nominee, from the last 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of them. If you’re interested buying any of the films discussed below, click here.

My list after the cut.

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