Monday, December 10, 2018

The Poet Doth Protest Too Much

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Shakespeare in Love is turning 20 tomorrow and in its honor I'm re-pitting it against its age old foe, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" at The Film Experience. Click on over to vote! I love both films but have come to prefer the former, since the hysteria that met Shakespeare's Oscar win over the years has been a wee bit much, quite honestly. 
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4 comments:

Pierce said...

16 War Pictures won the Oscar for Best Picture. That's quite enough. Molly Haskell once analyzed the two types of movie that win Best Picture: They like big, loud epics and that includes war pictures and musicals, or personal stories about the little man who overcomes a difficulty, like Rocky or Marty. If you think about it, she's right.

Anonymous said...

Label Joseph Fiennes, not his brother!!

Unknown said...

My choice for the best movie of 1998 is: Out of Sight.

Anonymous said...

SIL over SPR, definitely. SPR has two amazing war sequences and a good performance by Tom Hanks. But the script makes no sense (how could Matt Damon's character be the framing device when he wasn't there for 95% of it?), and the supporting characters are all one-note.

SIL is good/great/exquisite on every level. Even Affleck is perfectly well cast and fits right in. Dench's and Paltrow's Oscars might be a bit overkill but it definitely earned Best Picture.