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Archive for March 30th, 2013

1984

by Allan Fish

Best Picture Amadeus: director’s cut, US (5 votes)

Best Director Milos Forman, Amadeus: director’s cut & Jim Jarmusch, Stranger Than Paradise (3 votes each, TIE!)

Best Actor F.Murray Abraham, Amadeus: director’s cut (6 votes)

Best Actress Mia Farrow, Broadway Danny Rose (7 votes)

Best Supp Actor Christopher Guest, This is Spinal Tap, Haing S.Ngor, The Killing Fields & M.Emmet Walsh, Blood Simple (3 votes apiece, TIE!)

Best Supp Actress Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India (6 votes)

Best Cinematography Chris Menges, The Killing Fields (4 votes)

Best Score Ennio Morricone, Once Upon a Time in America (5 votes)

Best Short Frankenweenie, US, Tim Burton (4 votes) (more…)

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By Bob Clark

It’s almost peculiar to see just how much emotional investment there is paid to a franchise of cartoons, comics and now movies that have, for all intents and purposes, been based on a line of cheap action-figures from the 1980’s, but there you have it. To be sure there’s no shortage of big blockbusters for film and television that capitalize on the merchandizing potential of their stories and characters as a way of boosting sales– Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro and Neon Genesis Evangelion might not’ve existed on public awareness if it weren’t for how “toyetic” they could become (the last one having heavily sexualized fetish-objects branded in its image that nearly wound up driving the series’ creator nuts). It’s not even terribly surprising nowadays to see the tail start wagging the dog and see the toys and merchandise be created before the multi-media franchising– in truth it’s something we’ve seen happen at least since the 80’s, with the Transformers line and other Japanese-imports. But there’s something even more bizarre with the myriad of creative turns that some franchises have taken over the decades,  primarily for how they sometimes exceed the boundaries of mere generational nostalgia. What stands out about GI Joe, for instance, is just how seriously it can be taken.

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