And the Oscar Goes to…: You Can’t Take It with You

The video version of this review can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mA0ozPIrTE

You Can't Take It With YouI think it’s safe to say no other film I’ve watched for this series has left me as divided as You Can’t Take it With You. On one hand, most of it wasn’t engaging or funny enough to warrant much praise, but on the other, there are some fantastic moments in the last 45 minutes that are pushing me to give this 1938, Frank Capra film a recommendation. Continue reading

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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