Oscar bits and bites









The Carpetbagger beats the drum of Les Miserables and Affleck, with some Sundance thrown in — can you hear the people sing?

Jeff Wells has a beautiful photo of Marilyn when she attended the Oscars for All About Eve.

What you will not see in Zero Dark Thirty – HuffPo’s Jan Lisa Hunter goes to bat for Bigelow.

The NY Times’ Manohla Dargis and AO Scott talk up the  influence Obama has had on films lately, — his second term is having a hell of an impact on this year’s Oscar race too:

The Lincoln in Mr. Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s film represents the triumph of the moral good, achieved through rational discourse, the law and backroom wrangling. In Quentin Tarantino’s “Django,” by contrast, the salt-and-pepper team played by Christoph Waltz and Mr. Foxx embodies a blood-drenched fantasy of justice achieved through the rule of the gun. It’s a fantasy that has deep roots in American history, on screen and off. What these period pictures have in common is a sense that righting our wrongs is a shared burden. Or, as Nick Fury, in describing another battle between good and evil, puts it: “There came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat.”

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  1. Watermelons
    January 18, 2013

    Inspiring to see Lincoln continuing to rack up box office success!

    OT but VERY important!!!: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2264184/Kate-Winslet-goes-gardening-leave.html

    Kate Winslet (All the King’s Men, Titanic) in an Alan Rickman-directed period film about gardeners falling in love? I’d like to buy my ticket YESTERDAY!!

  2. Akumax
    January 18, 2013

    Thanks for the link to Jan Lisa Hunter’s article: very good, detailed and to the point.
    As weeks pass by, and madness about this masterful film spreads, I too keep on going back to see it one more time and yet another one; and it doesn’t stop growing in my mind: this is really a piece of cinema that brings us to discuss and question our lives in relation to our history and to the big question: where do we go from here?

  3. rufussondheim
    January 18, 2013

    Yeah, that Hunter article is superb. She leaves out a couple of things that are important, but she gets most of it right. I liked her last line “If only it were that easy!” and it’s true. The torture here might have set back the investigation, we just don’t know. The film isn’t conclusive either way and that’s what makes it brilliant.

  4. kasper
    January 18, 2013

    I think the biggest surprise to me is that Lincoln is over two hours because it didn’t seem that long because everything was packed with so much narrative and visual interest. While Django should have gone the Kill Bill route with two movies. Is it a coincidence that his first project without his usual editor is the one being criticized for its pacing, its structure?

  5. Dominik
    January 19, 2013

    Wow, didn´t know that “Django” is Tarantinos biggest hit at the BO. Opened this week in Germany, will check it next tuesday.
    Haven´t seen “Lincoln” so far, but I´m pretty sure it has everything the Academy adores. It´s oldfashioned, about an US-icon, an epic period piece, extremely successful – great acting can´t hurt neither. Speaking about it´s winning chances, it has one important thing going for it: There is no real competition. “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” are handicapped because their directors are not nominated, “Life of Pi” is a 3-D spectacle, but probably not considered as too serious, and “Silver Linings” – perfect entertaining as it is – is also too much of a lightweight candidate.

  6. Jerry
    January 19, 2013

    Who would have thought two films on slavery making over $130 Million each. Impressive. Very impressive.

  7. Janet
    January 19, 2013

    Django and Lincoln will both do 160 million plus. That is the power of outstanding WOM.

  8. Chris
    January 19, 2013

    So happy Lincoln and Django will be the top two bear pic nods at the Boxoffice. Two great films indeed.

  9. Jerry Grant
    January 19, 2013

    Lincoln and Django: an incredible pair of movies, both of which will go down in history, and which stand out to me as examples of how phenomenal a year 2012 is.

  10. Bob Burns
    January 20, 2013

    Huttner’s article once again demonstrates how entertainment writers have been utterly irresponsible and ignorant writing about ZD30 and have willfully ignored the film’s far more credible detractors…. the people who beat back the Bush Cheney neo-cons who created the archipelago of torture…. and came within a few percentage points of coming back to power last November.

    This is not about Bigelow. This is about her film.

  11. January 21, 2013

    Not to diminish Django’s box office success at all, but it’s silly to act as though Pulp Fiction isn’t Tarantino’s best box office performer. Box Office Mojo’s adjusted gross calculator pegs its performance at a bit over $201 million in price-adjusted 2012 receipts.

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