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  • BrokenFan
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    #154732

    The title may sound silly, but since nothing is really happening on the awards front, why not?

    I think it’s fun to speculate about several broad major recurring theme/motifs that appear across films that gain award traction or released under the same award season. 

    For instance, last year we had several films that feature motif of “survival” in American Hustle (survival through deception), Gravity (survival in space), 12 Years a Slave (survival from horrors of slavery), Her (survival from lost love), Dallas Buyers Club saw a man trying to survive the ravages of HIV/AIDS,

    Does anyone have any thoughts about this or other themes that appeared in other years? or am I just sleep deprived? Probably the latter. 

     

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    Eddy Q
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    You forgot survival at sea in All Is Lost, and survival under captive (and also at sea) in Captain Phillips.

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    Malick
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    My comment
    doesn’t really apply to one specific year but I did notice a theme that reoccurred
    in the past that seems to have vanished now.

    Full Metal Jacket and Born on the Fourth of July = anti-establishment movies
    that shine a light on the government’s questionable actions to say the least 
    Zero Dark Thirty and Argo = conformist movies that gloss over the governments
    questionable actions to say the least

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    babypook
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    There are the established religious themes which occur and reoccur from decade to decade, to varying degrees of Oscar attention.

    It’ll be interesting seeing how a surprising box office film like Heaven is For Real will do during the circuit. Somehow I dont think the Teen Choice Awards is going to be the only group that remembers it.

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    babypook
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    My comment
    doesn’t really apply to one specific year but I did notice a theme that reoccurred
    in the past that seems to have vanished now.

    Full Metal Jacket and Born on the Fourth of July = anti-establishment movies
    that shine a light on the government’s questionable actions to say the least 
    Zero Dark Thirty and Argo = conformist movies that gloss over the governments
    questionable actions to say the least

    Have you seen Che Pt 1&2 (2008) ? I’ll have to think about this but it does seem a lot easier remembering films from “the past” that had no fear of expressing themselves. O, and there’s Brick Mansions for something recent. If you havent see Catch 22, you just might enjoy that one. Hamburger Hill doesnt pull any punches either. Gach. There are a bunch of these. Wag the Dog, Under Fire….

    I suppose you’d have to go back to the 40’s to see the propaganda machine churning away like it can. But, as cynical as this may sound, that never goes away.

     

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    There are the established religious themes which occur and reoccur from decade to decade, to varying degrees of Oscar attention.

    It’ll be interesting seeing how a surprising box office film like Heaven is For Real will do during the circuit. Somehow I dont think the Teen Choice Awards is going to be the only group that remembers it.

    I’ve noticed the sudden rise of religious themed films, recently. I worked part-time at school where we sold discount movie tickets and I swear one evening every other sold is for ‘Heaven is For Real’.

    Don’t forget the horrific disqualification that Ms. Joni Eckerson-Tada received for ‘Alone, Yet Not Alone’ lolol I feel silly every time I say that title. 

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    Beau S.
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    I’ve mentioned this before!

    2012 was all about pivotal moments in American history (Lincoln with the ending of slavery, Zero Dark Thirty with killing bin Laden, Argo with the Iran hostage crisis, Beasts of the Southern Wild with Hurrican Katrina).

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    Malick
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    [quote=”MalickFanboy”]My comment
    doesn’t really apply to one specific year but I did notice a theme that reoccurred
    in the past that seems to have vanished now.

    Full Metal Jacket and Born on the Fourth of July = anti-establishment movies
    that shine a light on the government’s questionable actions to say the least 
    Zero Dark Thirty and Argo = conformist movies that gloss over the governments
    questionable actions to say the least

    Have you seen Che Pt 1&2 (2008) ? I’ll have to
    think about this but it does seem a lot easier remembering films from
    “the past” that had no fear of expressing themselves. O, and there’s Brick Mansions for something recent. If you havent see Catch 22, you just might enjoy that one. Hamburger Hill doesnt pull any punches either. Gach. There are a bunch of these. Wag the Dog, Under Fire….

    I suppose you’d have to go back to the 40’s to see the propaganda
    machine churning away like it can. But, as cynical as this may sound,
    that never goes away.[/quote]

    Che & Under Fire were already on my must-see list but i’ll be sure to add the few others you brought up. And I take you agree with my line of thinking 🙂

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