LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1979 and 1980

Posted by · 7:00 pm · September 28th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. After I saw “Apocalypse Now,” I thought to myself that it was a much, much better movie than “Kramer vs. Kramer.” A quick glance at the internets revealed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had already determined that “Kramer vs. Kramer” was in […]

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Remembering ‘Raging Bull’

Posted by · 8:08 am · July 31st, 2009

The first time I saw “Raging Bull” was in 1980, the second day the film was in theater after release. I was an acting student at the time, heading to the theater with my friend Kevin McDonald, who went on to fame as one of the “Kids in the Hall” stars and film roles in […]

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The angel says…

Posted by · 7:59 am · January 30th, 2009

Here is a movie from a director who had gotten typed into being a success only in x-treme cinema, set in another country, often in another language, with three sets of young, inexperienced actors playing the same kids from single-digits to 20-ish, delving into the internationalism of both human aspiration and the medium of television […]

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The 80s yielded one great Best Pic winner: ‘Platoon’

Posted by · 5:04 pm · May 10th, 2008

Ten awards for Best Picture were handed out throughout the 1980s, one of the worst decades for film in history, and I’d wager that only “Platoon,” the Oscar winning giant of 1986, can lay claim to being a great film. Oh, that is not to say there were not great films made in the 80s; […]

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