Category: Movies

Reel Life Oscar Challenge Episode 10: 2003

Michael, Lars, and Kathleen discuss the Best Picture nominees of 2003. Is it the best Oscars year since 1994? They think it might be, and at the very least it was good enough to inspire some bad Boston accents and horse jokes. The films discussed are:

-The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (1:27)

-Lost in Translation (12:14)

-Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (22:17)

-Mystic River (30:51)

-Seabiscuit (42:24)

The Odds of Every Headliner Surviving Infinity War Are Questionable

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It was all over in a chilling snap; Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe, ending his Malthusian quest for balance, at great personal cost to our antagonist. Plenty of heroes survived and are sure to regroup and seek to avenge their fallen comrades in Avengers: Endgame in a few weeks. Marvel recently unveiled character posters for those who survived and those who fell by Thanos’ hand, which give us some insight as to who is still around and what the team-up will look like. Conveniently, Thanos’ random snap left all six of the original Avengers — Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye — standing and ready to reunite to do whatever it takes to defeat him and restore order to the universe. This serendipitous team-up reminds audiences how far these heroes have come from 2008 since the original Iron Man through the first time they assembled in 2012’s The Avengers and of the ghosts of tragedy in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. It’ll make for what is sure to be a nostalgic, tragic, and ultimate reminder of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a behemoth of a cultural moment the likes of which the world has never seen, that has delighted audiences worldwide. So I’m going to ruin it for myself and for you, dear reader, with some math.

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Reel Life Oscar Challenge: 2002

Michael, Lars, and Kathleen discuss merry murderesses, harried hobbits, worried women, incensed Irishmen and dance around the awkwardness of having to watch a Roman Polanski movie as they discuss the Best Picture nominees from 2002. The films discussed are:

-Chicago (1:21)

-Gangs of New York (18:21)

-The Hours (32:28)

-The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (44:15)

-The Pianist (57:09)

Reel Life Oscar Challenge: 2001

Michael, Lars, and Kathleen watch the Best Picture nominees of 2001 and discuss Russell Crowe’s hallucinations, Baz Luhrmann’s glitter fetish, the beauty of Middle-Earth, and William Mapother’s sweet bleached hair. The films discussed are:

-A Beautiful Mind (2:06)
-Gosford Park (17:02)
-In the Bedroom (26:59)
-The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (41:07)
-Moulin Rouge! (51:37)

Reel Life Oscar Challenge: 2000

Despite the best efforts of a pesky cat, Michael, Lars and Kathleen ring in the second season of the Reel Life Oscar Challenge by talking the Best Picture nominees of 2000. The films discussed are:

-Chocolat (2:27)
-Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (12:56)
-Erin Brockovich (22:57)
-Gladiator (30:43)
-Traffic (43:33)

The Postrider’s 2019 Oscars Preview

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They haven’t aired yet, but the 91st Academy Awards are already a huge mess. Last year’s ceremony pulled the smallest audience ever, prompting ABC to press the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make changes to the broadcast in order to attract more viewers, which, in turn, precipitated some of the worst ideas in the organization’s history. It all started with the Achievement in Popular Film award, which followed the logic that people would tune in if they knew a movie like Black Panther or Mission Impossible: Fallout was guaranteed a nomination for something. That proposal was skimpy on the details and, more importantly, hated by everyone from audience members to Academy voters, forcing AMPAS to “postpone” establishing the category until a later date. Then came the search for a host for the show, which started out bad enough when it became clear that nobody wanted the gig, and somehow got even worse when Kevin Hart, the man hired for the job, decided to step down from his duties rather than refuse to apologize for a string of homophobic tweets he wrote almost a decade ago. The tradition of having last year’s acting winners give out this years acting awards was eschewed to get bigger names on the stage, until it wasn’t. The plan to shorten the ceremony by adding a hard three hour time limit and relegate the presentation of the Cinematography, Editing, Hair and Makeup, and Live Action Short Awards to occur during commercial breaks was met with open revolt from the Academy ranks, and ultimately went the way of all of the other plans.

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