OscarQuest #2

As an aside from my debt paydown diatribes, I’ll give a quick weekly review of the films I watched in the past week.  You can read about the start of OscarQuest and the parallels to my debt paydown at the original post.

thinredlineThe Thin Red Line (1998)

Directed by: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick (SP), James Jones (Novel)
Starring: Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn
Oscar Noms: Director, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Cinematography (John Toll), Best Sound (Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Paul Brincat), Editing (Billy Weber, Leslie Jones, Saar Klein), Original Score (Hans Zimmer)
Lost Best Picture To: Shakespeare in Love
Random Fact: Malick’s first cut of the film was over 6 hours long.
Rating:

4.5 upward tree shots out of 5

4.5 upward tree shots out of 5

Summary in 140 characters or less:

Thin Red Line: “Caviezel’s solemn performance anchors Malick’s visual WWII epic. The birth of Malickean filmmaking. Also, Nolte = bad ass”

4weddingsFour Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Directed by: Mike Newell
Writer: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet
Oscar Noms: Original Screenplay (Curtis)
Lost Best Picture To: Forrest Gump
Random Fact: According to IMDb, Curtis wrote the film after realizing he went to 72 weddings in 10 years.
Rating:

4 hugh grants out of 5

4 hugh grants out of 5

Summary in 140 characters or less:

Love can be inconvenient.  Fin.

quiz-showQuiz Show (1994)

Directed by: Robert Redford
Writer: Paul Attanasio (SP), Richard  Goodwin (book)
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow
Oscar Noms: Supporting Actor (Paul Scofield), Director (Redford), Adapted Screenplay (Attanasio)
Lost Best Picture To: Forrest Gump

Random Fact: Martin Scorsese, who was born in Queens, New York has the line “Queens isn’t New York!” during a phone call with John Turturro’s character.
Rating:

4 Scorsese brows out of 5

4 Scorsese brows out of 5

Summary in 140 characters or less:

TV game show is rigged (I’m shocked!), Scorsese has an awesome cameo, Turturro is Turturro.  Very reminiscent of Network, except based on a true story.

crossfireCrossfire (1947)

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Writer: John Paxton (SP), Richard  Brooks (book)
Starring: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan
Oscar Noms: Supporting Actor (Ryan), Director (Dmytryk), Adapted Screenplay (Paxton), Supporting Actress (Gloria Grahame)
Lost Best Picture To: Gentlemen’s Agreement
Random Fact: While the film dealt with anti-Semitism, the book actually dealt with homophobia.
Rating:

3 three stars named Robert out of 5

3 three stars named Robert out of 5

Summary in 140 characters or less:

An anti-semite soldier kills a Jewish soldier.  That’s kinda it.

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