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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Worst Best Picture Snubs In Oscar History.

The English Patient (1996)
This good film featured nothing more than a dragged out love story. How this beat the clever, entertaining and rewatchable Fargo still baffles me. Coen brothers, I am sorry.

Forrest Gump (1994)
Don’t get me wrong, Forrest Gump is a great film with an all-time great performance. However, despite how much we all loved Forrest Gump and its catch phrases, Pulp Fiction is one of the most influential films ever. Tarantino’s picture is an amazing work of art. While I can’t fault people voting for Gump, I would have hands down voted for Pulp Fiction.

Dances With Wolves (1990)
It's a good thing Martin Scorsese won Best Picture for The Departed in 2007. Otherwise, I may have stolen an Oscar and given it to him myself. First Raging Bull loses and then this dragged out Kevin Costner film beats out Goodfellas! arguably the greatest crime film of all-time!?!?! Insane!

Gandhi (1982)
I could barely sit through the very long biopic despite how good Ben Kingsley was. I don’t understand how this was even considered in the same league as E.T. or Tootsie. Can someone please explain this to me?

Chariots of Fire (1981)
The slo-motion was awesome, the soundtrack epic but there is no way this was a better film than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Adventure is defined as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Even Reds could have beat out Chariots!

Ordinary People (1980)
In the greatest snub of all-time, a film which is essentially a Lifetime movie beat out Raging Bull. Raging Bull was a lesson in acting and film making that should have taken home the Oscar. Period. End of Story.

Oliver! (1968)
That exclamation point in the title is easily the most exciting thing about this Dickens musical. While a good film, Oliver!’s win essentially shows how square the Academy is. The fact that neither Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey or Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby were even nominated is shocking.

How Green Was My Valley (1941)
This film beat Citizen Kane. Ladies and Gentlemen, what has happened to the universe?

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
A clever film basically pushed its way for an Oscar. But to think that Shakespeare in Love will ever be rated higher than Saving Private Ryan scares me. Spielberg epic film will be remembered forever. I have already forgotten Shakespeare in Love.

Crash (2005)
For a movie about race and stereotypes, Crash is both simplistically black-and-white and loaded with characters who are themselves stereotypes. Brokeback Mountain should have won.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The 10 Best Comedies On Right Now.

Its Friday morning and there was no 30 Rock to watch. We have said goodbye to one of the greatest and most revolutionary comedies ever. This got me thinking. We need to appreciate the comedy we have on TV while it is on TV. So without further or due I figured we should recognize the 10 best comedies on TV right now (removing the Simpsons, Family Guy, and SouthPark).

10. Louie, FX
Louis C.K. is arguably the funniest comedian working today. His stand-up is globally praised and he has captured viewers with this hilariously dark comedy about a fictionalized version of himself. As a divorced comedian father, Louie makes fun of himself and life, and we enjoy every second of it.

9. How I Met Your Mother, CBS
Though many feel the show has run its course as it wraps up its 8th season, there is no doubt of the mark this comedy has left on the world. Many of the show’s catch phrases have become part of every day language. With awesome stars like Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris, the show is hilarious. NPH’s Barney Stinson will go down as one of the greatest comedic characters ever, like Kramer before him.

8. Parks and Recreation, NBC
This very funny show stars Amy Poehler as a mid-level government worker in the parks department of a fictional town in Indiana. The small town politics mixed with the mid-American humor spells pure genius. With an excellent supporting cast, this comedy in its 5th season continues to please viewers.

7. Shameless, Showtime
Though the show takes some very serious turns, this UK converted comedy is amazing. With an amazing cast, the Galligers led by Frank (William H Macy) wreak havoc on their Southside community. The show knows no boundaries and the audience benefits from that.

6. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX
I absolutely love this show. With an unreal cast the show flourishes on amazing characterization. The short but sweet episodes are comedic magic. The mid-seasons’ addition of Danny Devito really raised this show to new and unimaginable heights.

5. The League, FX
Though no one will ever say it, the characters of this show are loosely based on ‘Its Always Sunny’. The show revolving around a group of best friends who share a love for Fantasy Football provides hilarious laughs. The show creates unreal situations that truly feed into the amazing characters. This trait, I believe separates this show from many others.

4. Community, NBC
Thank god this show has been brought back. Though way too over the top at points, there are very few shows that have made me laugh as much as Community. Some of their works and storylines are the funniest ever seen on TV.

3. The New Girl, Fox
In only its second season, the New Girl continues to shock in its hilarious ways. The emergence of Schmidt as an all-time classic character and the growth of Jess and Nick’s relationship is something special to watch. Please go and watch this show now.

2. Modern Family, ABC
Modern Family has totally dominated the comedic awards for a reason. This show about the most functional/dysfunctional family ever is so funny I promise you that you will laugh. If you need any motivation at all to watch, just realize that Ed Bundy is on the show.

1.       The Office, NBC
If there was ever a college course in the formation of characters in a work of art, theater, TV or Film, they should simply show the office. The show requires some dedication but with an appreciation for great storylines and amazing characters, the Office will wrap up its final season this winter, thus ending one of the best comedies ever.