Yep, it’s link-dump time. Here are a few articles that I’ve enjoyed looking at lately that really don’t need much comment fr0m me, so I’m just passing them along.
1) First up is an article from Movie Morlocks entitled Forgotten Oscar: 1928 -1934 Edition. In it they discuss early Oscar nominees that have unfortunately been lost to the ravages of time. Here’s an excerpt:
Each year the Oscars ignite arguments between movie lovers between what did win and what didn’t win, what could have won and what should have won. And more often than not, by the very next year, they’re all forgotten. Since the Oscars don’t exactly measure true quality, most movie lovers take the whole dog and pony show with a grain of salt. It’s peer recognition and we all understand that which is why it’s so disconcerting to see such hyperventilated fights each year about the winners (seriously, who cares?). But when we say that “next year no one remembers who won” that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten the movie, just the award. Even if the general public doesn’t know many of the Best Picture winners from yesteryear, most cinephiles do. However, if you go back to the twenties and thirties, you’ll find some of the nominees have been tragically lost, ignored and all but forgotten.
To read the rest of the article, just click on the link above.
2) Next, from one of my favorite time-sucking sites, Cracked.com, a list of 5 Annoying Trends That Make Every Movie Look the Same.
From #5, Movies are Color-Coded by Genre:
What’s Going On?
It’s called digital color correction. Back in the day, if you wanted your movie to have an artistic, stylish color palette, you had to go through the pain in the ass process of using filters on your lights and camera, or get the footage exposed just the right way. It was expensive, it was difficult and it was limited to people who really knew what they were doing. So if someone took the trouble, it meant they had a good reason, dammit.
Now? If you’re a Hollywood director, with a few clicks of the mouse you can immediately look stylish and artsy by making the audience feel like they’re watching your movie through a pair of novelty sunglasses. Hell, if you’ve got a Mac and a thousand bucks, you can get a color-correction program and give your home movie of a toddler farting on a cat an otherworldly green tint.
The Coen brothers didn’t invent it, but Oh Brother, Where Art Thou was the first movie to heavily use digital color correction, to the point that every frame was digitally colored to give it that old-timey sepia tone.
Again, the entire article is available at the link above.
While most film scholars, critics, and fans consider 1939 to be classic-era Hollywood’s greatest year (start with Gone With The Wind and work up from there), New York City’s Film Forum is making a case for the year 1933 as the cinematic annus mirablis. Beginning Friday, February 8, 2013, the city’s pre-eminent revival cinema is running “1933: Hollywood’s Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year,” a four-week series on the films released during the year that can be thought of as the depth of the Depression and the height of pre-Code. The result was a torrent of some of the most freewheeling, energetic, and radical movies ever to sizzle on this country’s screens.
4) Next, Film.com lists The Top 50 Movies Never Nominated For Best Picture at the Oscars. This is from the intro to the list:
In the last month before the Oscars, you’ll race through as many Best Picture nominees as you can, resting assured that you’re tackling the best that Hollywood has to offer for the year. Well, not so fast. We put together this list of 50 amazing movies that weren’t nominated for Best Picture, and you won’t believe some of the films that never even got close to the Academy’s highest honor.
Cutting this list down to 50 was a painful task, but we went the extra mile, ranking them in descending order. The truth, of course, is that all of these movies could fit neatly in the top 10. Our writers Laremy Legel, Elisabeth Rappe and Joe Reid make the case for why Oscar was a fool to leave these gems out.
5) Finally, one that’s more for your viewing, instead of reading, pleasure. I mentioned time-sucking sites above when I was talking about Cracked, but as far as film-centric sites that you can completely get lost (in the best of ways) in, there may be none mre incredible than Cinephilia & Beyond. Here’s just one post which links to what they call “All the essential documentaries on Alfred Hitchcock“. Now whether this really is all of them I can’t say, but there certainly are a lot. Here’s the list:
All the essential documentaries on Alfred Hitchcock, including Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999), The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock (1973), Reputations: Alfred Hitchcock (1999), In the Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy (2008), Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (2009), American Masters: Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood (1999), Alfred Hitchcock Directs ‘Frenzy’ in 1972, Hitchcock: Alfred the Great (1994), Alfred Hitchcock – Masters of Cinema (Complete Interview in 1972), and A Talk with Hitchcock (1964).
And yes, most of the docs are right there on the page for your viewing pleasure, along with notes.
Okay, that should give you plenty to read and/or view either while you’re waiting for tonight’s Oscar broadcast, or as an alternative to it. Hopefully you’ll find something here that you like. And if you have suggestions for great movie-related sites or articles, don’t be shy, let me know in the comments below.
And, as always, Happy Viewing!
- Oscar the Grouch (shakebakeandparty.com)
- Oscars have clear favorites, wild-card MacFarlane (thenewstribune.com)