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#1 John Drake

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

Anyone seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture Oscar this year?


AMOUR

ARGO

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

DJANGO UNCHAINED

LES MISERABLES

LIFE OF PI

LINCOLN

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

ZERO DARK THIRTY

I've seen two (Les Mis and Lincoln - preferred Lincoln), never heard of two more (Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild) and never got round to seeing the others. What have I missed?

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#2 hindle xiii

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:50 PM

I know 4 things of this year's Oscars;

Jennifer Lawrence tripped,
Adele blubbed,
Seth McFarlane f-bombed big time,
TheOnion.com called the 9-year old girl who was up for best actress "a c**t".

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#3 Methven Hornet

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:15 PM

John,

I have seen Lincoln and it was an excellent film. Excellent acting, of course, but I thought it was an excellent political thriller. The ending of slavery was such a noble course, but the film reminds us that there are often moral compromises to be made when it comes to introducing much needed change.

After my son explained the nature of Django Unchained there is no way my wife would entertain the idea of a night out at the cinema to see it. Gonna have to wait until he buys the dvd!
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#4 Wolford6

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

I know 4 things of this year's Oscars;


All three news channels exploded into sycophancy about it.
Argo doesn't tell the truth about the UK's involvement in the affair.
Some Yank made disparaging remarks about the assembled luvvies; well it saved me a job
It's still not safe to switch the news on or read the Daily Mail.

Edited by Wolford6, 26 February 2013 - 02:15 PM.

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#5 John Drake

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:21 PM

All three news channels exploded into sycophancy about it.
Argo doesn't tell the truth about the UK's involvement in the affair.
Some Yank made disparaging remarks about the assembled luvvies; well it saved me a job
It's still not safe to switch the news on or read the Daily Mail.


Yes, yes, yes, but have you seen any of the films...? ;)

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#6 MikeW

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

Lincoln. The ending of slavery was such a noble course,


So as historically accurate as that one where the US Submarine cracks the enigma code during the war then?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

Yes, yes, yes, but have you seen any of the films...? ;)


The last time I went to the pictures it was in black and white, with an old dear playing the piano.

I knew it would never catch on.
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#8 John Drake

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

So as historically accurate as that one where the US Submarine cracks the enigma code during the war then?


It's a movie, not a documentary, but it does show (in fact this is its central storyline) that achieving the abolition of slavery was the result of some extremely ignoble political manoeuvring, bullying and outright bribery.

At least Lincoln doesn't kill any vampires in it and Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent.

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#9 John Drake

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

The last time I went to the pictures it was in black and white, with an old dear playing the piano.

I knew it would never catch on.
:D


You're not as out of touch as you may think. You would have liked last year's Oscar winner for Best Picture! ^_^

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#10 MikeW

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

It's a movie, not a documentary, but it does show (in fact this is its central storyline) that achieving the abolition of slavery was the result of some extremely ignoble political manoeuvring, bullying and outright bribery.

At least Lincoln doesn't kill any vampires in it and Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent.


You're right John, apologies to Methven Hornet I misread this bit of his comment:

"but the film reminds us that there are often moral compromises to be made when it comes to introducing much needed change."

Edited by MikeW, 26 February 2013 - 03:28 PM.


#11 Wolford6

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

Perhaps Hollywood will now get Daniel Day Lewis to play George Washington next. It'll be historically accurate apart from the fact that Washington owned 300 slaves and the British were making moves to abolish slavery.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

BAFTA ruined the Life of Pi when they said the tiger wasn't real.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

BAFTA ruined the Life of Pi when they said the tiger wasn't real.


They ruined it for Wiganers when they said the Pi wasn't real.

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#14 hindle xiii

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

They ruined it for Wiganers when they said the Pi wasn't real.

Too long for me to sit and watch a film.

It's 3.14159265359 hours long.

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#15 JohnM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

So as historically accurate as that one where the US Submarine cracks the enigma code during the war then?


or as historically accurate as any of Shakespeare's plays?

I've read Les Miserables, I've seen the stage play and I've seen the film and they were all very very good.

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#16 Methven Hornet

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

So as historically accurate as that one where the US Submarine cracks the enigma code during the war then?


As John says, you have to be careful when watching any fictional film based upon historical events. Having done a quick bit of research, though, the main tensions and dilemmas come across, especially the fact that Lincoln possibly could have achieved peace earlier, saving many lives, but would have put the constitutional amendment that outlawed slavery at risk.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

Seen most of them - Argo is excellent, as are Django, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Life of Pi is stunning, especially in 3D and is my favourite film of last year just ahead of a little known British film called Wild Bill.

Day-Lewis is brilliant in an OK film. Christoph Waltz is excellent again, at least this time he plays a good German!

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#18 Severus

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

Argo was alright but not sure it's the best film of the year.

Jennifer Lawrence can do no wrong IMO. Intelligent, funny, down to earth and posses the finest backside known to man. Check out her post ceremony press conference, she gets asked some really inane questions.


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#19 Methven Hornet

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:10 PM

Seen most of them - Argo is excellent, as are Django, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Life of Pi is stunning, especially in 3D and is my favourite film of last year just ahead of a little known British film called Wild Bill.

Day-Lewis is brilliant in an OK film. Christoph Waltz is excellent again, at least this time he plays a good German!


Hang on - you said in your first sentence that Lincoln is excellent, but then go on to say that Day-Lewis is brilliant in an OK film. I'm confused.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

Hang on - you said in your first sentence that Lincoln is excellent, but then go on to say that Day-Lewis is brilliant in an OK film. I'm confused.


Yes - that is confusing. Day Lewis raises what would be a average film (if Lincoln was played by Bradley Cooper) to an excellent one by the power of his performance - HTH.

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