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Oscar Vault Monday – Good Night, and Good Luck., 2005 (dir. George Clooney)


I remember seeing this film in theatres when I was in college and being completely blown away by it. I watched it again with my mother a few years later, but I don’t think I’d seen it in close to five years before rewatching it last night. I forgot how simple and elegantly orchestrated it is. It’s an ensemble, but you never get lost in a sea of characters, nor do you truly get invested in most of them. I don’t mean that as an insult, though. The ensemble works as one to fight the system and topple Senator McCarthy with his own words (more on that later). The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, though it didn’t win any: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor David Strathairn, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were Brokeback MountainCapoteMunich and winner Crash.

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Movie Quote of the Day – A Scanner Darkly, 2006 (dir. Richard Linklater)


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Waitress: Hey, how is everything?
James Barris: Everything is super good.
Charles Freck: Not with me. I’ve got a lot of problems that nobody else has.
James Barris: Freck, come on. More people than you’d think and more people each day. This is a world getting progressively worse. Can we not agree on that? What’s on the dessert menu?

Movie Quote of the Day – Heart and Souls, 1993 (dir. Ron Underwood)


Harrison Winslow: Who came up with this ridiculous concept anyway? Resolve your entire life in one bold stroke? What if I fail? And I will. I’ll fail. I’m telling you. I always fail. Then my whole life will be a complete failure.
Thomas Reilly: No offense, Harrison. But you died a failure because you never tried.

Second Trailer for ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’


This trailer uses some of the same imagery from the first trailer, but has the added bonus of some shots of Rachel McAdams reprising her role as Irene Adler. and more banter between Holmes/Watson. Cannot wait for this film.

The film is due out in theaters on December 16th. You can watch the new trailer here.

Movie Quote of the Day – Zodiac, 2007 (dir. David Fincher)


Templeton Peck: Paul, you wrote the Justice Department asking to be put in charge of the Zodiac investigation?
Paul Avery: I merely suggested–
Templeton Peck: On our letterhead?
Paul Avery: –that those with knowledge of the case create an information clearinghouse to promote an exchange and free flow of ideas.
Templeton Peck: And that you run it.
Paul Avery: Well, who better than me? [beat] The marked man.

Movie Quote of the Day – Tropic Thunder, 2008 (dir. Ben Stiller)


Kirk Lazarus: I’m a lead farmer, motherfucker!

Movie Quote of the Day – Only You, 1994 (dir. Norman Jewison)


Faith Corvatch: How could you do this to me?
Peter: Because I’m in love with you!
Faith Corvatch: Ha! What kind of an excuse is that?

Movie Quote of the Day – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 2005 (dir. Shane Black)


Gay Perry: My $2000 ceramic Vektor my mother got me as a special gift. You threw in the lake next to the car. What happens when they drag the lake? You think they’ll find my pistol. Jesus. Look up “idiot” in the dictionary. You know what you’ll find?
Harry Lockhart A picture of me?
Gay Perry: No! The definition of the word idiot, which you fucking are!

(500) Days of Summer and 9 Other Great Films the Academy Completely Ignored This Decade


I was really shocked that (500) Days of Summer was completely ignored by the Academy this year. It was on several critic’s top ten lists. It had won several critic awards for its screenplay. I really thought, at the very least, it would get nods for Original Screenplay and Editing (hello, that Expectations vs. Reality scene was fucking awesome). I even had it on my predictions for Best Picture.

Alas, this was not the case and was probably, for me, the biggest disappoint of Tuesday’s announcements. However, this is not the first time an amazing piece of cinema has gone completely un-lauded by the Academy. I’ve picked one film from each year of this past decade that also has zero Oscar nominations to its name.

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My Oscar Nominations Predictions


The Academy Award nominations will be announced at 5:30AM PST tomorrow, February 2nd. I’ve got predictions for 10 of the 24 categories. I’m also going to supply some alternates. I love being able to predict what the nominations will be, but at the same time, it would be nice for some surprises to sneak in there too!

Best Picture:

  1. (500) Days of Summer
  2. An Education
  3. Avatar
  4. District 9
  5. The Hangover
  6. The Hurt Locker
  7. Inglourious Basterds
  8. Precious
  9. Star Trek
  10. Up In The Air

(Alternates: Up, Invictus, A Serious Man)

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