And the Oscar Goes to…: Gone with the Wind

The video version of this review can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvVM_uMz7Ok

Gone With The WindWell, we’ve reached one of the big ones, folks. Up till now, we’ve talked about movies with varying degrees of public awareness, but this time, it’s a film known the world over. It’s the first Best Picture I would label as epic and truly grand in scale. It’s the first film in this series to be shot in color, Technicolor to be more precise. It features two of the most recognizable (by name anyway) lead characters to be put on film. It’s the first picture to win 10 Oscars, one of those 10 being the first Academy Award ever given to an African American (Hattie McDaniel for Best Supporting Actress). It’s often acknowledged as one of the best films of all time. I am, of course, talking about the classic Gone with the Wind. Continue reading

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And the Oscar Goes to…: Mutiny on the Bounty

The video version of this review can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss_2FL14nag

Mutiny On The Bounty PosterIn recent years, I’ve noticed I keep going back to a certain complaint when it comes to an exorbitant amount of bad films. It’s a problem that I’ve seen the best directors fall prey to, and it can ruin what otherwise might have been a good movie. The issue I am referring to is that of pacing, which is at the heart of what doesn’t work in the somewhat solid but still flawed adventure drama Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). Continue reading

And the Oscar Goes to…: It Happened One Night

NOTICE: I will now be providing video versions for all the entries in this series. Let me know what you think of it and if you want me to go back and make video versions of the other entries. WARNING, video version may contain more spoilers. The video version of the review can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOSf3tXLa_g

It Happened One NightAs I looked through the list of Best Picture winners after watching today’s film, I realized a lot of the winners that come to mind when people think of the award tend to be the hard-hitting dramas or the films with a message about society, life, death, war, etc. Today’s film doesn’t really fall under any of those categories. It doesn’t have a message, it isn’t dark, or edgy but is instead a light, funny, touching, and optimistic romantic comedy made in the midst of the Great Depression by the legendary director Frank Capra. Continue reading