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October 25, 2014 at 10:26 pm #164291
^^^ So is James Cameron, though his style is different from Tarantino’s. I thought Wolf was better than Scorsese’s other recent films, but nothing comes close to his earlier works, agreed. Taxi Driver’s just on a whole other level. No one mentioned here, even Spielberg, has a movie of that caliber. The Internet generation definitely has their favorite directors. I was hoping a few other names would be chosen in lieu of Tarantino and Fincher. I like Ang Lee, but Life of Pi wasn’t his best work though he won the Oscar. Crouching Tiger means so much more to me, I should rewatch it again.October 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm #164286
Wow, I can’t believe some people on here think Ben Affleck is the best director working today. Argo was pedestrian and Ben is no thinking man. In the extremely competitive year that was 2012, he certainly didn’t deserve a director nomination as the media would have us all believe. I think I interpreted this differently than some people. Best film director today doesn’t mean career work but where someone is right now. When was Soderbergh’s last good film (not television movie)? Martin Scorsese five masterpieces in last decade? I don’t know about that…Shutter Island, Aviator, Hugo? Wolf of Wall Street was pretty great, but it needs some time before we go off and call it a masterpiece. And Tarantino, ugh, stop making your own narcissistic version of history and grow up.October 25, 2014 at 11:06 am #164279
Disappointed Kathryn Bigelow wasn’t chosen for the feature for the same cool names the Internet loves like Tarantino, Fincher and PTA. Unlike Ang Lee, PTA (not since There Will Be Blood), and Tarantino especially, you can really see that she is at a career peak. The craft of her films is really at another level, especially Zero Dark Thirty. Tarantino hasn’t had a good original film in over 15 years. I understand though if people think Bigelow should move out of the war genre….kind of surprised no one mentioned Terrence Malick or even Scorsese (who’s nominated for every movie he does these days).
Chris Nolan, I’m interested to see what he’s done with Interstellar. He’s a big spectacle director, but plot sometimes gets away from him for gimmicks and reveals (Batman movies, Prestige, Memento), and his action sequences gear more toward blockbuster director than auteur. Stubtlety and camerawork and editing don’t make him stand out as much as the concepts behind his films. James Cameron is a better director and more of an auteur. And Steven Spielberg is simply in another league. People forget how fantastic he is as a technical director. This is a really cool video on Spielberg: http://vimeo.com/94628727October 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm #403665
Tusk, Fleetwood Mac
Led Zeppelin (not sure which album…but come on? where are they?)
More Film Soundtracks: Empire Strikes Back (Yup)
White Album, The Beatles
Exile on Main Street + Let It Bleed, Rolling Stones
Blue, Joni Mitchell
More Jazz albums
Random aside: Star Wars got an album of the year nomination!! That’s incredible!October 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm #164415
This number of producers these days for movies has gotten way out of hand. People thought it was bad in the late 90s when executives were getting producer credits and were never on set (looking at Harvey). Now, actors “producing” movies? I’m just curious how often Reese Witherspoon was there for Gone Girl and what she contributed, if that has been made clear. We know how actors can be such primadonnas. Yes, it might be historic for a woman to get producer-actor noms in the same year, but I’m not so sure it’s a good thing, more actors taking on producing roles for the prestige of it. Actors have always been the ones to secure financing; now they get a credit for it? Some surely make huge contributions (we can go over BP winners and I can tell you who probably deserved a credit)…others, well….October 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm #164262
Only thing is she has directed two films in the past decade: Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.
She has proved she can out-gun the guys, bringing two ambitious stories to the screen in recent years. In my opinion, there is no better director today of action cinema and at capturing war, particularly the mindset and obsessions of the different people who fight. Her casting sense has been impeccable, giving people like Willem Dafoe, Jamie Lee Curtis, Keanu Reeves, Angela Bassett, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Jessica Chastain, and Jason Clarke career igniters. Zero Dark Thirty was a craft powerhouse of scoring, editing, sound design (the best in the biz Paul Ottison), and visual storytelling. Plus, unlike many other directors like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese (who are the best directors with the best resumes with the longest careers and still working), Bigelow is at a career peak. Clearly the strong work over many years—Near Dark, Point Break, Strange Days, K-19—led her to this place and it is richly deserved. Personally, I’d wish she would go back to sci-fi, but she’ll knock her new projects out of the park.October 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm #164174
They also seem to be setting everything up like OMG this is important! The slow mo of the ring falling, the nameless “evil” rising, the implications of the dragon helping Mordor….it would’ve worked better I think in not forcing that stuff and staying more true to the innocent, unaware tone of the book. No need to set up Lord of the Rings in every possible instance. I agree, two films would have sufficed. It’s more interesting if we don’t know where the hell Gandalf went.October 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm #403506
Whitney Houston – One Moment In Time at the 1989 Grammy Awards
100% definitely!! People were ecastic, it was live…she had the audience jumping up and down!! Surely one of the best of all time. Go watch this now! Required viewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSrzJnTCPqI
I don’t get why so many of the suggestions above were from last year or the past few years. How are those the best of ALL-TIME?? You have to look back in Grammy history for some truly special moments. That’s like picking the best Oscar moments from last year alone….watch the videos online, they’re all on YouTube. Adele’s Rolling in the Deep got a great reception…but her vocal wasn’t that great; she was coming off nodule surgery.
Two more divas…
Tina Turner singing “What’s Love Got to Do With It” in 1985… coming up the stairs. This was her year, it was the biggest comeback in music history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEQVSnzQPXc
Aretha Franklin singing Nessun Dorma. No she’s not classical, but the moment was special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmXkEhs00loOctober 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm #164171
I think it mirrors the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Both filmmakers…Lucas and Jackson…created industries around them. They have to support (had in Lucas’ case) thousands of people and jobs. The quality became less important than the potential revenue. George Lucas himself was caught on camera lamenting that Star Wars Episode I wouldn’t be able to beat Titanic at the box office. The switch for him happened after Empire. I wish Return of the Jedi was made to the same level of the first two films. In the case of The Hobbit, in some ways it’s worse, a beloved piece of literature was butchered and recast as Jackson’s story. Some of his changes they claim were based on the appendices are plain bad.October 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm #164182
On screen or off screen?? LOL The Renee Zellweger funny business is quite funny…and all over the news. Yes, everyone in Hollywood looks good because they feel good. That has to be it. They stay out of the sun, take care of themselves, and use facial lotion from Academy give-aways. They don’t actually physically alter their bodies through surgery. Gasp!October 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm #164168
Ok, here goes LOL. I didn’t hate The Hobbit movies, but I was irritated at some of the creative decisions and don’t think they’re good films. The overly long exposition—seriously, it took 40 minutes for Bilbo to leave Bag End on his adventure. The Erebor flashback/histories looked like cartoons…and were probably even longer than the much more epic and compelling history prologue that begins LOTR. I hate the Azog change from the book. I was probably most bothered by the over-reliance on visual effects, which reduced the elements of LOTR—the natural New Zealand scenery, the hybrid computer-model-set effects—that made the trilogy so successful, iconic and such a vividly real rendering of Middle Earth. The Hobbit underground sequence was so over-the-top that I did agree with the critics who called Goblin Town one big video game. This was added upon in the second film with that ridiculous river fight and the even more ridiculous half-hour Smaug fight with the gold cast and fire. Ugh…these are not good action sequences…Jackson feels some need to one-up his previous battles but now we’re in the realm of the absurd and again the video game-ic. Look at the Battle of Helms Deep in Two Towers…or the end of Fellowship when Boromir is killed. They are incredible sequences and feel like real battles. Something tells me this Battle of 5 Armies won’t come close.
Why Lord of the Rings is better:
– better screenplay and story…greater fidelity to the books. 3 3-hr Hobbit films for a 150-page book…such a mess and they lose the tone of the book. Plus, the drama and gravitas are greater in LotR. As is the EMOTION, which is not forced.
– better characters…seriously missing Aragorn now aren’t you? Now we understand how vital his character was. They try to recreate his magic with Thorin and Kili but they don’t have the same raw magnetisim as Viggo. Look at his entrance at Bree…so dramatic and iconic. Nothing in the Hobbit comes close.
– better cinematography…The Hobbit looks like every other fantasy-sci-fi film that followed Fellowship of the Ring. Oversaturated, glossy colors, too perfect looking, CGI light everywhere, digital camera movements. There’s little to no realism. LotR set the bar and offered wonderful color tones, camera trickery, and most importantly looked fresh.
– better use of visual effects…blending models, CGI, and real sets = much better success. Now almost every orc is digital…why???
– where is New Zealand in The Hobbit? All the backgrounds are created digitally, as are sets.
– You cannot possibly say The Hobbit movies are on the same level as the earlier films. Watch Fellowship of the Ring again…it is one of the all-time great spectacle adventure films. I think it comes down to the reasons why the films were made. Nobody thought LotR would be a massive success. It was more a product of guerilla filmmaking and established the New Zealand VFX industry. Their heads were in the right places…not so sure for The Hobbit.October 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm #155570
Why are Oscar bloggers writing off this film? Its Rotten Tomatoes rating is in the 80s, several top critics have written positive reviews. No it doesn’t have 100 Metacritic scores across the board, but this film hit me as being in the Academy wheelhouse and it was much better than I expected. Anyone know how Academy screenings have gone (have there been any yet)? It could be really competitive for a Best Picture nom, as the only Sony contender (right?). And outside of Best Actor, supporting actor has room for someone like Logan Lerman.October 18, 2014 at 9:27 am #402831
I think for top 10 albums of all time, you really have to be an artist, not just a vocalist. That’s key…because the expression and vision has to be personal, coming from the band or singer through their words and experiences. So you’re targeting the singer-songwriters of the highest caliber…not “artists” like Beyonce who buy off songwriting credits. Joni Mitchell’s Blue is very highly regarded for those reasons; she’s up there for female artists. Maybe Dolly Parton’s Jolene too, which gave a few incredible songs…Jolene, I Will Always Love You. Stevie Nicks’ best music came with Fleetwood Mac, especially from a production standpoint. Adele had a great album a few years ago, but it’s way to soon to call it top 10 all time…there are a few duds on that album too (Rumour Has It eek). There has to be space of many years. I’ll be curious to see whether anyone votes for a soundtrack, and which one. If it’s The Bodyguard, by golly thank Dolly!October 18, 2014 at 7:53 am #163492
You guys have made me want to watch Crouching Tiger again!! I loved Michelle Yeoh; she was devastating in this movie. Wonderful performance and sincere, should have been nominated. That ending, so crushing.