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"But the ending is kind of a question mark."

 

Yeah, it tweaked me a bit when I first saw it, as well. But if you think about it, it ended just as it should have. They simply chose not show it to us. But it resolved just as the Tommy Lee Jones character knew it would......in other words, he would be "too late". He knew he couldn't keep up, and he was not able to.

So much is made of that films "action". But the entire film is in the dialog. These guys are risky film makers, even if they are now "A listers" as opposed to independents.

BTW, CS. Something you said got me to thinking as to the "WHY" of "Singing In The Rain" being ignored.

Kelly-Donan had cleaned up the previous year for "American In Paris". Maybe a case of "reverse discrimination"? They'd won it all last year? Oh no, not again?

After all, they could not have possibly known how much of a real classic "Singing In The Rain" was going to turn out to be. That kind of stuff usually works itself out much later.

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Of the first six best pictures, four do not have a very good critical reputation. "Wings" and "The Broadway Melody" are generally considered mediocre dramas, with great aerial scenes in the first and sound in the second, while "Cavalcade" and "Cimarron" are viewed even worse. To be fair, I haven't seen any of these four. Nor have I seen "The Great Ziegfeld," generally considered the next mediocre best picture.

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WINGS was an enormous achievement and a big hit. THE BROADWAY MELODY was an important film as MGM's first talkie and the first big musical (a huge hit). In the context of their times, these 2 films were blockbusters. The wins for CIMARRON and CAVALCADE are interesting because neither film was a big hit. Indeed, CIMARRON was a notorious flop.

 

As noted previously CIMARRON beat out

SKIPPY

TRADER HORN

EAST LYNN

THE FRONT PAGE

 

CAVALCADE's win is more astonishing, winning over

 

42nd Street

A Farewell to Arms

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Lady for a Day

Little Women

Private Life of Henry VIII

She Done Him Wrong

Smilin' Through

State Fair

 

an interesting ten films

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The Soviet Union and Communist Bloc nations endured quite nicely for another thirty-seven years after SINGIN' IN THE RAIN came out. The idea that that film, or any American movies, "turned people away from Communism" is ludicrous, especially since most American films were never released in the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe.

 

Those Western European countries with strong Communist parties, like France and Italy, were distinctly un-aligned with Moscow, anyway, so the influence of U.S. culture in keeping them from drifting eastward was limited, to say the least.

 

*My parents and grandparents came from Italy where they had fallen under the thumb of Mussolini and they and their friends were turned toward a love for America and the draw of capitalism through our movies as were many of their friends. They saw Singin? in the Rain when it was released there in 1953 and many other films from our country.*

 

Of the first six best pictures, four do not have a very good critical reputation. "Wings" and "The Broadway Melody" are generally considered mediocre dramas, with great aerial scenes in the first and sound in the second, while "Cavalcade" and "Cimarron" are viewed even worse. To be fair, I haven't seen any of these four. Nor have I seen "The Great Ziegfeld," generally considered the next mediocre best picture.

 

*Wings was the technical marvel of the time but today the dogfight sequences are confusing, you can?t tell who?s who except in close-ups. The Broadway Melody successfully added sound to a musical and added a story as well. Cavalcade is a nice British production but it?s kind of stiff. Cimarron is a lumbering dinosaur, an elongated bunch of epic ho-ha with a lot of grandure and little else. +The Great Ziegfeld? is the worst of the Best Picture winners.*

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Agree abt our boy Forest and the bloviating All The King's Men. I thought it was just me that Brod's never-let-up yelling was awful! I assume the director thought it was ok, what was he thinking???

And I must say I found Gandhi a big snore.

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"Agree abt our boy Forest and the bloviating All The King's Men. I thought it was just me that Brod's never-let-up yelling was awful! I assume the director thought it was ok, what was he thinking???

And I must say I found Gandhi a big snore."

 

So, What do YOU like Great One...

 

All, I see you do is take shots at great films...

 

Please, tell us your greatest list and I promise you I will give some RAPID responses...

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"lame as it was"

 

You got that right...

 

Gandhi, Forest Gump and All the Kings Men are wonderful and very meaningful films...

 

All of them are classics...

 

Your turn?

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Ahhhh, Gump. It's tough to dislike this movie. After all, it sends great romantic messages.

I will say this. "Forrest Gump" for me , could have just as well been called "The Idiot Savant Meets Frank Capra".

I'm not saying it's bad. I'm saying it's "over the top" sappy.

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Thumbs up...

 

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!

 

Barry Goldwater

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I named my son after Barry Goldwater. My "Barry" is now a lawyer and is never fails to tell me on Mother's Day how happy he is to have been named after such a great man.

 

In all sincerity, God bless you for your service in Viet Nam. And in all sincerity, I have only watched Forest once and I will rent it soon and probably find that I like it a lot better than I did the first time. Will look for the good in All The King's Men when tcm airs it again...

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May God forgive me for insulting this Great Lady...

 

I mean this truly...

 

Barry Goldwater is the reason Ronald Reagan was elected...

 

It was not about high gas prices...

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"It's one of our greatest presidents."

 

As a die hard conservative, my favorite Democrat President is none other than the Great Harry Truman...

 

I love Harry Truman...

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Which, BTW, doesn't make me a conservative, brother. But I can look beyond the aisle for great Americans. They come in all shapes and sizes. But you know that, and I know you know that.

Peace.

 

Who is the mechanical eye SELK...

 

I fear you not....

 

May Freedom ring....

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1967

They Picked: In the Heat of the Night

I would have Picked: Bonnie and Clyde

 

1968

They Picked: Oliver!

I would have Picked: 2001: A Space Odyssey

 

1969

They Picked: Midnight Cowboy

I would have Picked: Easy Rider

 

1970

They Picked: Patton

I would have Picked: MASH

 

1971

They Picked: The French Connection

I would have Picked: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

 

1972

They Picked: The Godfather

I agree

 

1973

They Picked: The Sting

I would have Picked: American Graffiti

 

1974

They Picked: The Godfather Part II

I would have Picked: Chinatown

 

1975

They Picked: One Flew Over the Coo Coo?s Nest

I would have Picked: Nashville

 

1976

They Picked: Rocky

I would have Picked: Taxi Driver

 

1977

They Picked: Annie Hall

I would have Picked: Star Wars

 

1978

They Picked: The Deer Hunter

I would have Picked: Gates of Heaven

 

1979

They Picked: Kramer vs. Kramer

I would have Picked: Manhatten

 

1980

They Picked: Ordinary People

I would have Picked: Raging Bull

 

1981

They Picked: Chariots of Fire

I would have Picked: Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

1982

They Picked: Gandhi

I would have Picked: E.T.

 

1983

They Picked: Terms of Endearment

I would have Picked: The Right Stuff

 

1984

They Picked: Amadeus

I would have Picked: This is Spinal Tap

 

1985

They Picked: Out of Africa

I would have Picked: Blood Simple

 

1986

They Picked: Platoon

I would have Picked: Platoon

 

1987

They Picked: The Last Emperor

I would have Picked: The Princess Bride

 

1988

They Picked: Rain Man

I would have Picked: The Last Temptation of Christ

 

1989

They Picked: Driving Miss Daisy

I would have Picked: Crimes and Misdemeanors

 

1990

They Picked: Dances With Wolves

I would have Picked: Goodfellas

 

1991

They Picked: The Silence of the Lambs

I would have Picked: Beauty and the Beast

 

1992

They Picked: Unforgiven

I would have Picked: Malcolm X

 

1993

They Picked: Schindler?s List

I agree

 

1994

They Picked: Forrest Gump

I would have Picked: Pulp Fiction

 

1995

They Picked: Braveheart

I would have Picked: Leaving Las Vegas

 

1996

They Picked: The English Patient

I would have Picked: Fargo

 

1997

They Picked: Titanic

I would have Picked: The Sweet Hereafter

 

1998

They Picked: Shakespeare in Love

I would have Picked: Happiness

 

1999

They Picked: American Beauty

I would have Picked: Being John Malkovich

 

2000

They Picked: Gladiator

I would have Picked: Almost Famous

 

2001

They Picked: A Beautiful Mind

I would have Picked: The Center of the World

 

2002

They Picked: Chicago

I would have Picked: Far From Heaven

 

2003

They Picked: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

I would have Picked: City of God

 

2004

They Picked: Million Dollar Baby

I would have Picked: The Passion of the Christ

 

2005

They Picked: Crash

I would have Picked: Brokeback Mountain

 

2006

They Picked: The Departed

I would have Picked: United 93

 

2007

They Picked: No Country for Old Men

I would have Picked: Juno

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Personal opinon. If I picked the Best Picture Winners this would be it.

I am not swayed by popular opinion, these are the films I would have chosen for every year.

 

1927-28

They Picked: Wings

I would have Picked: Metropolis

 

1928-29

They Picked: The Broadway Melody

I would have Picked: The Wind

 

1929-30

They Picked: All Quiet on the Western Front

I agree

 

1930-31

They Picked: Cimarron

I would have Picked: City Lights

 

1931-32

They Picked: Grand Hotel

I would have Picked: Scarface: Shame of a Nation

 

1932-33

They Picked: Cavalcade

I would have Picked: King Kong

 

1934

They Picked: It Happened One Night

I would have Picked: The Thin Man

 

1935

They Picked: Mutiny on the Bounty

I would have Picked: The Informer

 

1936

They Picked: The Great Ziegfeld

I would have Picked: Modern Times

 

1937

They Picked: The Life of Emile Zola

I would have Picked: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

1938

They Picked: You Can?t Take It With You

I would have Picked: La Grande Illusion

 

1939

They Picked: Gone With the Wind

I would have Picked: The Wizard of Oz

 

1940

They Picked: Rebecca

I would have Picked: The Grapes of Wrath

 

1941

They Picked: How Green Was My Valley

I would have Picked: Citizen Kane

 

1942

They Picked: Mrs. Miniver

I would have Picked: To Be or Not To Be

 

1943

They Picked: Casablanca

I agree

 

1944

They Picked: Going My Way

I would have Picked: Double Indemnity

 

1945

They Picked: The Lost Weekend

I would have Picked: Scarlet Street

 

1946

They Picked: The Best Years of Our Lives

I would have Picked: It?s a Wonderful Life

 

1947

They Picked: Gentleman?s Agreement

I would have Picked: Monsieur Verdoux

 

1948

They Picked: Hamlet

I would have Picked: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

1949

They Picked: All the Kind?s Men

I would have Picked: The Third Man

 

1950

They Picked: All About Eve

I would have Picked: Sunset Blvd

 

1951

They Picked: An American in Paris

I would have Picked: The Day the Earth Stood Still

 

1952

They Picked: The Greatest Show On Earth

I would have Picked: Singin? in the Rain

 

1953

They Picked: From Here to Eternity

I would have Picked: Pick Up on South Street

 

1954

They Picked: On the Waterfront

I would have Picked: Rear Window

 

1955

They Picked: Marty

I would have Picked: Night of the Hunter

 

1956

They Picked: Around the World in 80 Days

I would have Picked: The Searchers

 

1957

They Picked: The Bridge on the River Kwai

I would have Picked: Paths of Glory

 

1958

They Picked: Gigi

I would have Picked: Mon Oncle

 

1959

They Picked: Ben Hur

I would have Picked: Some Like It Hot

 

1960

They Picked: The Apartment

I would have Picked: Psycho

 

1961

They Picked: West Side Story

I would have Picked: Victim

 

1962

They Picked: Lawrence of Arabia

I would have Picked: The Manchurian Candidate

 

1963

They Picked: Tom Jones

I would have Picked: Toys in the Attic

 

1964

They Picked: My Fair Lady

I would have Picked: Dr. Stranglove

 

1965

They Picked: The Sound of Music

I would have Picked: Dr. Zhivago

 

1966

They Picked: A Man for All Seasons

I would have Picked: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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