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tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 9:25 PM

YOUR OWN PERSONAL OSCARS

Post one movie per year from whatever years you want as your own list of Best Picture Oscars. I will post my list in a bit. I have to finish it up.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 9:50 PM

2008 -- The Dark Knight
2007 -- Bridge to Teribithia
2006 -- tie -- The Devil Wears Prada / Pan's Labyrinth / Running Scared
2005 -- Memoirs of a Geisha
2004 -- No winner
2003 -- Lilya 4-Ever
2002 -- Spirited Away
2001 -- Amelie
2000 -- Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon

That is enuff fer now. Remember, these are personal lists. No one else has to agree, and no one is right or wrong.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 12:12 AM

OK, I'll give it a shot. Mine are also favorites and not necessarily "Oscar Winner" material.

2008 The Visitor
2007 There Will Be Blood
2006 The Lives of Others
2005 The Squid and the Whale
2004 Hotel Rwanda
2003 Lost in Translation
2002 Monsoon Wedding
2001 The Royal Tennenbaums
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 4:25 AM

This was a challenge ... great films some years, sparse during others ... nice to see "Lives of Others" on Dave's list.

2008 The Reader
2007 Tied -- Into the Wild, Charlie Wilson's War
2006 The Lives of Others
2005 Tied -- Memoirs of a Geisha, Crash
2004 nada
2003 The Station Agent
2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence
2001 A Beautiful Mind
2000 Tied -- Traffic, Snatch



bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 5:39 AM

I'll try:

2008 - Doubt
2007 - Persepolis
2006 - The Queen
2005 - I don't think I saw any, except for Harry Potter. no vote
2004 - Super Size Me
2003 - Capturing the Friedmans - only because he lived a few blocks away from me, and we went to a showing where the whole family spoke, as well as the attorneys and the filmmakers
2002 - Spiderman
2001 - Shrek
2000 - Best in Show

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 5:41 AM

Absolutely loved "Best in Show". Wow, did you know the Freidmans Alice?

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 5:44 AM

No, I didn't know them. But my daughter had some friends who went to his house for computer lessons. They, by the way, had no problem.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 5:47 AM

I've only seen clips from it. Painful.

tiggerdb
Tiggerdb  (Level: 82.2 - Posts: 37)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 8:59 AM

Some years, I just couldn't pick only one.

2008 - The Happening
2007 - Waitress / Enchanted
2006 - The Illusionist / Stranger Than Fiction
2005 - Bewitched / Rent
2004 - The Village / The Terminal
2003 - Mona Lisa Smile
2002 - Sweet Home Alabama
2001 - The Others / Moulin Rouge
2000 - Chocolat

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 9:59 AM

Collen, I totally agree with your selection of Station Agent. It's a shame that more people did not see that movie. Peter Drinkard and Patricia Clarkson were magnificent.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:01 AM

I should have added "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) to the tie. Obviously, for me, 2006 was a great year in movies.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:02 AM

What's "Station Agent" about? I know I could google it, but I'm lazy

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:05 AM

The Station Agent
(2003)
When his only friend dies, a young dwarf named Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) relocates to an abandoned train station in rural New Jersey, intent on living the life of a hermit. But his solitude is soon interrupted by his colorful neighbors, which include a struggling artist (Patricia Clarkson) coping with the recent death of her young son and a talkative Cuban hot dog vendor (Bobby Cannavale).
Starring: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Genre: Independent
Format: Widescreen ...
Language: English
Subtitles: French ...
Awards: Sundance Film Festival® Winner ...
Rated RFor language and some drug content
The Station Agent


knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:07 AM

It's definitely worth a see, Sandra - forgot to say how good Bobby Cannavale was in this movie also. It's a movie about relationships - friends - funny and sweet.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:07 AM

Sounds intriguing!

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 12:40 PM

Karen, that's neat you saw it. I saw Peter Dinklage on someone's talk show and was fascinated by him. He has done a lot of stage work and clearly is a gifted actor. The movie was meant for him. He was understated, he could communicate so much with his eyes and facial expressions. It was one of the best character development films I've ever seen, and how perfect they all were in their on-screen relationships. All the elements -- humor, grief, tenderness, anger.

One of my best friends since high school is a dwarf, shorter than Peter Dinklage, and we've had long long talks about the challenges of dwarfism. They have a great support and social network through Little People of America. My friend taught school for 30 years and now does custom sewing for little people. One time she laughed and said, picture a pair trousers with a 40" waist and 7" inseam. I could write pages about her and her equally remarkable husband.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 3:11 PM

2006 Little Miss Sunshine

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 3:13 PM

Oops hit the wrong key; let me try this again:
2006 Little Miss Sunshine
1999 The Green Mile
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1997 Anything but "Titanic"
1996 Fargo
1985 Prizzi's Honor
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1977 Star Wars
1953 Shane
1939 The Wizard of Oz

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 178.6 - Posts: 909)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 3:55 PM

Ok, my own personal list

2008 The Dark Knight
2007 Bridge to Teribithia
2006 Eragon and X-Men: The Last Stand
2005 Cinderella Man
2004 Hellboy and The Ladykillers
2003 X2- X-Men United
2002 Catch Me If You Can and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
2001 Ocean's Eleven
2000 Cast Away---Frequency---Meet the Parents

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Fri, 26th Jun '09 6:58 AM

Prior to 2000:

1999 The Green Mile (unforgettable)
1998 (so many choices) American History X; Pleasantville
1997 ditto As Good as it Gets; Grosse Pointe Blank; Jackie Brown
1996 Fargo, Fargo, Fargo; Slingblade
1995 Il Postino; Babe
1994 The Shawshank Redemption
1993 Remains of the Day; Philadelphia
1992 My Cousin Vinny; A River Runs Through It
1991 The Fisher King
1980's An Officer and a Gentleman
1970's The Godfather
1962 Advise and Consent
1961 Judgement at Nuremberg
1959 Anatomy of a Murder
1952 With A Song in My Heart

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 26th Jun '09 3:55 PM

I can't believe it "Lost in Translation" one of my all time favorites. I went to rent it and the guy at blockbuster goes "No one likes that movie". It was like my 4th or 5th time renting it. My kids don't like it, who cares. Just love it, still working on my list. I like weird, so mine will be different.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 26th Jun '09 4:15 PM

I will give two for a decade starting from the 60's. This is by no means a complete list.
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1967 To Sir With Love
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1977 Annie Hall
1980 Blues Brothers
1986 Platoon
1994 Pulp Fiction
1997 She's So Lovely
2000 Castaway
2003 Lost in Translation

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Fri, 26th Jun '09 6:27 PM

Bobo, interesting about Lost in Translation -- I don't know anyone who is neutral, either thought it was great or hated it. I loved it, my s-i-l told the ticket taker on the way out it was a rip and she should get her money back.

That film was really more about a character than a story -- everything else seemed like a prop. He was jaded and depressing ... and Bill Murray did a great job in that role. I probably wouldn't watch it a second time, though.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 26th Jun '09 6:51 PM

I would and did. But if I really like something I can watch it over and over. I just loved the improbablity of the relationship between the two characters. I would still like to know what he whispered to her in that last embrace.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 26th Jun '09 11:14 PM

OK, at risk of killing this enjoyable thread, I took a hint from a few folks, and named a film for EVERY year since 1930! Yep, I'm that kind of movie freak. And, again, these are movies I love to watch. Several, particularly 1984, 1985, 1997, and 1999, are definitely not Oscar material! I wanted to name a lot more ties, but I used a little restraint and kept it to only two years: 1933 and 1994.

1999 South Park: Bigger, Louder, and Uncut (Sorry to those with taste)
1998 Shakespeare in Love
1997 Men in Black
1996 Fargo
1995 Se7en
1994 Crumb/Pulp Fiction (Crumb is my favorite documentary of all time)
1993 Groundhog Day
1992 A River Runs Through It
1991 Beauty and the Beast
1990 Goodfellas
1989 Lonesome Dove (The one and only "TV movie" on the list)
1988 The Thin Blue Line (Excellent documentary)
1987 The Last Emperor
1986 Blue Velvet
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
1984 Repo Man
1983 A Christmas Story (Of all the fine films this year, this is the only one I still look forward to watching)
1982 Blade Runner
1981 The Road Warrior
1980 Raging Bull
1979 Life of Brian
1978 Days of Heaven
1977 Annie Hall
1976 Harlan County, U.S.A. (An incredible documentary)
1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1974 Chinatown
1973 The Exorcist
1972 The Godfather
1971 A Clockwork Orange
1970 Little Big Man
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey
1967 Graduate, The
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1965 The Flight of the Phoenix (Remake was horrible)
1964 Dr. Strangelove
1963 The Haunting (Remake was horrible)
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1961 West Side Story
1960 Spartacus
1959 North by Northwest
1958 Vertigo
1957 12 Angry Men
1956 The Searchers
1955 The Night of the Hunter
1954 On the Waterfront
1953 Stalag 17
1952 The Quiet Man
1951 The African Queen
1950 Sunset Boulevard
1949 The Inspector General
1948 The Treasure of the Sierre Madre
1947 The Bicycle Thief
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
1945 Children of Paradise
1944 Double Indemnity
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident
1942 Casablanca
1941 Citizen Kane
1940 Grapes of Wrath
1939 The Wizard of Oz
1938 Bringing Up Baby
1937 Grand Illusion
1936 My Man Godfrey
1935 A Night at the Opera
1934 The Thin Man
1933 Duck Soup/King Kong
1932 Horse Feathers
1931 City Lights
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front


sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 26th Jun '09 11:30 PM

"Goodfellas" is my favorite movie of all time. The way the soundtrack was used--brilliant.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 7:27 PM

Sandy, love that movie and Casino I have watched em both many times. Do I amuse you? Dance Spider, you mumbling, stumbling, p--- ya! Too funny!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 7:30 PM

In case anyone may be interested it is 24 hours of Hitchcock films on TCM all day ending with 39 steps in the am. They have been doing directors this month. Yesterday it was Norman Jewison, day before it was Stanley Kubrick. Great movies it definitely is a directors medium.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 7:35 PM

Thanks Bobo. had no idea!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 7:38 PM

Nobody's better than Cary Grant!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 7:39 PM

No problem. My kids make fun of me, they won't watch anything unless it is in color. They tease me and say I like films from the silent film era. Actually I do love Chaplin!

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 7:58 PM

My 17 year old refuses to watch anything made before Star Wars. He thinks everything before looks shabby. I suppose I see his point (a tiny bit) given all the new technology. But, wow, he's missing some great stories and acting. When I was his age, I had already fallen in love with great classics like Citizen Kane, Grapes of Wrath, Casablanca, etc. I can't imagine being deprived of that stuff. They sure don't look shabby to me--that B&W could be absolutely gorgeous!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 8:01 PM

I so agree, I don't like colorizing, don't believe in it or scan and pan. I love the film noir and the texture of B&W films. The grit of it, just like I love B&W photography. If it is a classic, the story stands the test of time. It is all about the story. I hope you all agree.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 8:04 PM

Notorious is next Sandy, just so you know. If you are on here set your DVR! I think I will.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 8:36 PM

I'm watching it. Ingrid Bergman, My oh my. they don't make'em like that anymore

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 8:54 PM

Have any of you watched Red Rock West? I guess they call it a neo noir. It is the best noir made since Chinatown.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 11:58 PM

Red Rock West. Nicholas Cage used to be in really great films!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 12:58 AM

Oh yeah that rings a bell now. There was a really good looking brunette in that movie. Who was she, I can see her face. It was out west and there was a murder that is about all I remember. I think the girl was in Men in Black, thin brunette pretty.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 12:59 AM

I loveeeeee Nick Cage. Did you ever see Wild at Heart. Great movie, my favorite performance by him is Leaving Las Vegas.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 1:13 AM

I also loved "Leaving Las Vegas". He moved there cause alcohol sales were 24 hrs a day. And loved the "prickly pear" scene.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 1:16 AM

I love the performance, and the soundtrack. Lonely Teardrops, you know when he is buying all the alcohol. Yeah it is kinda personal for me and bittersweet. You kinda have to know me to know what I mean. Love Bobo

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 2:14 AM

Vertigo on next! The best of the bunch IMO.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 8:46 AM

If you are real noir fans, and you only remember it as a Nick Cage/Lara Flynn Boyle movie, you need to rent it again and think noir as you watch. It is classical accurate. Dennis Hopper and J.T. Walsh are also excellent in it.


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