Variety reflects on foreign Oscar history

Posted by · 7:15 pm · December 4th, 2009

The mark of a true Oscar geek is the self-assignment of nuttily completist viewing exercises. Only a select few understand the drive to track down every Oscar-affiliated titles in existence — however obscure, expensive or awful — all so one can say with absolute authority who should have won, say, Best Actor in 1952. (Alec […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Best Foreign Language Film winners

Posted by · 1:13 pm · June 2nd, 2009

It is with a notable silence that Yojiro Takita’s “Departures” – best known to many of you as that film that beat “Waltz With Bashir” to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar – slipped onto U.S. screens last week. Of course, there are various reasons for the lack of hoop-la surrounding its release. The film […]

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POLL: The most influential films of all time, round one, part two

Posted by · 2:07 pm · April 22nd, 2009

And with that, part one of the first round of voting comes to a close.  Go here for the background on our survey. Today, we have 10 fresh titles in the left sidebar for you to rifle through on the way to choosing THREE worthy of moving forward to the next round.  Each poll throughout […]

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Get your votes in

Posted by · 5:39 pm · April 21st, 2009

Part one of the first round on our big, mammoth “most influential movie ever” poll closes tomorrow and part two will launch on Thursday, so make sure you get your votes in.  I’m happy to see “Rashomon” has pushed into the top five, but poor “Battleship Potemkin” is left in the cold, apparently largely unseen […]

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TCM’s top 15 most influential classic movies

Posted by · 12:33 pm · April 13th, 2009

Well, here’s something I guess.  Rope of Silicon points us to TCM’s list of the top 15 most influential “classic” films of all time.  I actually started working up such a list for the site a while back but abandoned it for whatever reason.  It was going to include all comers, though, not just classic […]

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