I’m not sure what this is ultimately going to turn out to be but for now it’s being teased by the Academy as something coming up. Documentaries? Profiles?
Buzzfeed puts us to the test to see how many Best Picture winners we’ve actually seen. I missed six, though I suspect I will have to watch all of them so I can say I’ve seen them all. I get bogged down most in the very early Best Picture winners. Take the quiz and tell us how you did.
The only problem I had with this infographic, and I brought it up with the person who made it, was that I would put Spike Lee in the influential filmmakers section. But I got, I think, a fair response which essentially said that this info graphic was more about the up and comers, those who are movers and shakers. So, I asked, where is Ava DuVernay? They included her production company AFFRM but not her. To my mind, and perhaps I am not someone who knows everything after all, there is no more influential black filmmaker working today than DuVernay. But hey, have a look and let us know what you think. Full infographic after the cut.
A piece over at European CEO wonders whether this is, in fact, true. Jean Luc-Godard said of the fest, “Now, it’s just for publicity. People come to Cannes just to advertise their films.” Perhaps that is truer today than it’s ever been as the entire year feels like one rolling publicity tour for the same handful of films. It used to be that the PR train stopped with the Oscars for a while. Cinema would then be in the dead zone for a few months until the summer movie season hit. But now, with Captain American pushing up summer movies to April, and Cinemacon already starting the necessary fluffing, then Cannes, then Comic-Con just around the corner and after that Telluride, it begs the question whether there really is any break anymore. Of course, who can complain when it’s so difficult to get any movies funded now – especially movies that aren’t pre-branded with our overly branded culture. Any championing of films like Under the Skin and Only Lovers Left Alive is good. Those movies were supposedly part of the PR train from last season but now are enjoying some singularity with all of the Oscar movies out of the way.
From my seat, Cannes is one of the few stops left that truly celebrates diverse, worthy filmmaking from all over the world. It isn’t just the main competition (which, I have to say, always blows my stupid American brain right the fuck away) but everything else going on at Cannes – the producers workshops, the short films, the networking between up and coming filmmakers and potential financiers. It isn’t just about promotion but about opportunity – as long as you can get there.
However, according to British filmmaker Andrew Lang, Cannes still has its artistic integrity. “Cannes is still the festival that everyone tries to get their films into. For serious art house cinema, there’s no better place to launch a film. Films that might be considered ‘difficult’ to distributors because of their lack of stars or challenging subject matter premiere at Cannes, and with that stamp of approval might then be seen throughout the world. No other festival – except perhaps Sundance – has the same transformative power on a film’s fortunes.”
He told European CEO that while commercial factors may have crept into Cannes, it still showcases a great deal of challenging cinema. “There’s definitely a creeping commercialism, but where isn’t there? I can understand what Godard misses. In 1968, he had the festival closed in solidarity with the French Student protests. I can’t imagine many modern directors doing that.”
1939 – won juvenile Oscar
1940 – nominated for Best Actor in leading role, Babes in Arms
1944 – nominated for Best Actor in The Human Comedy
1957 – nominated for Supporting Actor in The Bold and the Brave
1980 – nominated for Supporting Actor in The Black Stallion
1993 – Honorary Oscar win
Eminem is one of the most talented musicians out there — his bothersome use of the f-word (not fuck) has calmed a bit through the years, thankfully. There is no denying his genius. He just confirmed on his Facebook page that Spike Lee will be directing Headlights, the apology song he wrote to his mother, which is already a tearjerker. As is.
Ladies and ladies, we’ve hit the top six! And as Darienne Lake would say, “Any little slip can take you out of this game.” Which is why girlfriend was throwing banana peels everywhere. For this week’s mini-challenge, RuPaul asked the queens to cover their bodies in paint to create a “Twerk of Art” inspired by marriage equality. These ladies, grinded, twerked and humped their canvases. (Do these mini challenges actually mean anything anymore? Did they ever? The only thing that it did ...
I’ve just about had it with the internet. I used to think, wow it’s so great that there are so many young strong voices protesting things that matter. I used to think that the youth’s collective outrage over things like sexual assault and racism was a good thing. But what it has turned into, what it is in danger of becoming is about as helpful to the collective well being of people overall that driving a hybrid SUV does for the economy. You see, this outrage at Stephen Colbert,...
Right? I mean, right? That was the year to beat all others. We try to go there and talk about the individual films probably spending the most amount of time on Brokeback but 2005 overall turned out to be a great year for film with History of Violence, The Constant Gardener, Walk the Line all just missing Best Picture, though they might have gotten in if there were more than five. Have a listen! ...
Million Dollar Baby takes down Sideways and The Aviator. Probably the only film that really resonates from this year was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which just gets better with each viewing, as does Sideways. Okay, fine, so do the Aviator and Million Dollar Baby. Ultimately it was not the best year for film but not bad overall. Have a listen....