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Old 01-10-2008, 08:32 PM   #271
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I've been well aware that Into The Wild was going to be getting major noms all around. Doesn't make it any easier in my gut though.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:36 PM   #272
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I could wind up eating these words, but I doubt it will actually win anything.

And in other news, you had to know this was coming:

http://idrinkyourmilkshake.com/
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:40 PM   #273
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I could wind up eating these words, but I doubt it will actually win anything.

And in other news, you had to know this was coming:

http://idrinkyourmilkshake.com/
That soundbite...
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:44 PM   #274
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I feel like I'm spoiling myself without really being spoiled. I can only imagine what happens before, during, and after this line.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:58 PM   #275
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Well I'm sure whatever you're imagining isn't nearly as awesome as what the scene actually achieves.
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I was just reading about the Academy's nominating process, and it's a bit confusing. But I still think we can pull it off and have our own awards using the same methodology:


It starts when the members of each branch select their five favorite performances or pieces of work in order of preference for their category. When these ballots arrive at PricewaterhouseCoopers, they’re sorted by hand according to everyone’s first choice.

In order to be deemed nominated, an artist or movie must receive a qualifying number of first-preference votes. The number of votes it takes to lock up a nomination is determined by taking the total tally of votes cast in a particular category and dividing it by the number of nominee slots available plus one. So that’s six for categories like best actor (five noms allowed) and four for categories like visual effects (where there are only three nominees).

“We divide by that number because it means there’s significant support among the voters for that nominee if they get that number of votes,” says Rosas.

Still, this process doesn’t always produce nominees right away.

“It’s often the case that on the first pass, no one gets nominated,” Rosas says. “You’re talking about people, so everyone has their own opinion, and what we’re trying to do is tease out which five have the most support amongst the broadest number of voters.”

When the first count produces no nominees, the accountants start eliminating from the bottom up. They take the candidates who had the fewest amounts of first-place votes and remove them from further consideration.

Even though those people or films are taken out of consideration, their ballots are redistributed individually according to the person or film selected as the second-preference nominee by the voter. So, for example, if you voted for “Film A” as your first-choice nominee and “Film B” as your second choice nominee, should “Film A” be eliminated, your vote would be re-allocated to “Film B.”

At that point, the accountants re-tally and see where everybody stands after the redistribution of votes. This process of elimination and redistribution continues with second (or third, fourth or even fifth) choice if necessary until there are six stacks of votes. The five with the most votes are the nominees.
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Bitches.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:43 PM   #278
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I'm having a hard time believing anyone ever improvised anything on a Ridley Scott set.
I'd think the same thing, too, but it's on the new Dangerous Days doc and other places, so it's more than likely true.
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I caught about 30 minutes of A Good Year on cable today at the hotel.

Only Ridley Scott could make Provence look so hazy and moody.

Admirable that him and Crowe would try to broaden their palettes, but...no. At least the actor seemed to pull off the lightheartedness, but then again I think he could probably do anything.
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For anyone who didn't manage to catch the Critics Choice Awards, here's a look at Talent & Class Incarnate accepting an award.

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Is there still going to be a list drawn up?

1. I'm Not There
2. Babel
3. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
4. The Fountain
5. Little Children
6. Zodiac
7. This Is England
8. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
9. The Darjeeling Limited
10. Rescure Dawn

Honourable mentions go out to Ratatouille, Control and The Lives of Others.

2007 knocks 2006 around the room, rips off it's dress, ties it up on the bed and then has it's way with her till she bleeds and screams. Those top eight are all 5-star films for me and the other two are there for more reasons than to make up the numbers. I've said before why The Lives Of Others doesn't make the cut, maybe another viewing will make me reassess this list. In fact, I've only seen Little Children and Perfume more than once so it's all subject to change at some point.

Disclaimer - this is based on 2007 releases in the UK. Therefore films such as Lust, Caution, No Country For Old Men and the forthcoming There Will Be Blood will be in contention for the 2008 list.
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It's weird reading your list, MS, because of the release date differential between here and the U.S. Babel, The Fountain, Little Children, and Perfume were all from last year here.

Little Children was actually my #2 for last year (behind The Departed), and I admired the others as well. I suspect you'll get some shit for rating Babel so high, but I think it's taken too much shit from people, and was somewhere near the bottom of my Top 10 list.

I'm not sure if Lance has replaced I'm Not There with There Will Be Blood, but it's nice that we all have the same #1.
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I don't know. It's tough to say which film I prefer. I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to pick just one of the two.
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I think they were all January releases, maybe February. It's a shame it means that our lists aren't in sync but ah well.

As for Babel I seemed to be alone in praising it so highly on another forum too. On that one it got criticised for being a preachy anti-guns film whereas I didn't really think that was the case. Seemed to me the crux of the film was all down to communication (hence the title and trailer narration) and how it takes actions to get people to 'listen' to one another all around the world.

Here's my 2006 btw:
1. Brick
2. Pan's Labyrinth
3. The Proposition
4. Goodnight, And Good Luck
5. The Departed
6. Little Miss Sunshine
7. United 93
8. Volver
9. The Squid and the Whale
10. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Casino Royale, Clerks II and Brokeback Mountain not quite cutting it.
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Well, I can't put this off any longer. I don't know when I will get the opportunity to see The Diving Bell & The Butterfly, and I was able to get another viewing of There Will Be Blood under my belt (though it didn't change my ranking at all). Sorry if these seems irrelevant almost 4 weeks into the New Year:

1. I'm Not There
2. No Country For Old Men
3. There Will Be Blood
4. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
5. Youth Without Youth
6. The Lives of Others
7. Black Book
8. Zodiac
9. Knocked Up
10. Paprika
11. Eastern Promises
12. Ratatouille
13. Lust, Caution
14. The Darjeeling Limited


I've let this list run out at 14, because anything afterwards would be films that I liked a lot, but don't feel the need to revisit again and plumb for further meaning or enjoyment.
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