LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1969 and 1970

Posted by · 6:29 pm · August 25th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. As the 60’s came to a close, Oscar decided to embrace its dirty side and give X-rated “Oliver!” makes it quite a juxtaposition and the film remains one of the most interesting picks by the Academy, particularly as it triumphed in the “Year of the Western.” […]

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Going to war with Oscar

Posted by · 12:41 pm · March 2nd, 2010

Over at The Big Picture, Patrick Goldstein spent some time revisiting the three “bona fide” war films to win the Oscar for Best Picture (in the last 40 years): “Patton,” “The Deer Hunter” and “Platoon.” He notes that each of those films, when adjusted for inflation, grossed over $300 million, $280 million and $160 million […]

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Coming in June: Coppola’s ‘Tetro.’ Will it bring him back?

Posted by · 3:39 pm · March 13th, 2009

No other director in the history of the cinema dominated a 10-year span as Francis Ford Coppola did the 1970s. Beyond directing four of the decade’s greatest films — “The Godfather”, “The Godfather, Part II”, “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now” — his name was on “Patton” and “The Great Gatsby” as screenwriter and “American Graffiti” […]

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