Friday, May 27, 2016

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep. 80 – You Talkin’ to Me? (My Favorite Film #2 - TAXI DRIVER (1976)



Well who else are you talkin’ to? I’m the only one here!

Kick off your Memorial Day weekend in style with the latest episode of YOUR favorite movie podcast, FORCED PERSPECTIVE! Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guest HEADCASE, as they add another entry into their MY FAVORITE FILM series with a discussion of Headcase’s favorite film – celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this year – Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. PLUS:

-A film that many people profoundly misunderstand

-The “socially irresponsible” aspect of the original script that had to be changed

-Why Taxi Driver is still embraced after 40 years

-New York in the 1970s…simply fascinating

-Adolfo wants to know why they even sell CANDY at the porn theater…

-A possible misprint on the Taxi Driver Criterion Collection commentary track – was it really recorded in 1986?

-Travis Bickle – “the walking contradiction”

-Filmmaker interpretations vs. audience interpretations

-Bernard Hermann’s score – a hint of romance among hell on Earth

-Betsy and Iris – the Madonna/Whore syndrome

-The greatness of the climactic shootout

-Did the final scene really happen?

-The very weird disclaimer on some TV airings of the film

-The legacy of Taxi Driver

-…and MORE!

OVER 90 MINUTES OF TAXI DRIVER TALK!! GRAB YOUR BAG OF CHUCKLES AND A CUP OF ROYAL CROWN COLA AND DOWNLOAD STREAM NOW!!!


A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Headcase for allowing the use of the track Taxi Driver off of his album LUNATIC FRINGE: A SELF PORTRAIT (available on Amazon and ITunes now).







Friday, May 20, 2016

RETRO Essential Film Awards: 2009

The Essential Films was first started in 2009, with only a small number of posts. Since then, the site has expanded to include Top 100 countdowns, a podcast and the site's own version of the Oscars: The Essential Film Awards. The first Essential Film Awards celebrated the films of 2010, with Inception sweeping earning Best Film of the Year and most technical awards like Visual Effects and Editing.  In this series, the RETRO Essential Film Awards, we will take a look back at the best films of the years before this site's existence, starting with 2009.  Enjoy.

Celebrating the cinematic achievements of 2009

Official 2009 Selections


 

 


 


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Best Film of the Year


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Quentin Tarantino
153 Minutes • 2.35:1 • United States, Germany
Color • English, French, German, Italian • Universal

Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent, BJ Novak
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Cinematography: Robert Richardson

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Best Actor in a Leading Role


MOON
Sam Rockwell

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Best Actress in a Leading Role


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Noomi Rapace

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Christoph Waltz

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Mélanie Laurent

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Best Ensemble


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent, BJ Novak

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Best Director


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Quentin Tarantino

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Best Screenplay - Original Material


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Quentin Tarantino

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Best Screenplay - Adapted or Historical Material


THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES
Eduardo Sacheri, Juan José Campanella based on the novel by Eduardo Sacheri

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Best Animated Feature Film


UP
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

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Best Documentary Film


THE COVE
Louie Psihoyos

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Best Foreign Language Film


THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES
Juan José Campanella

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Best Film - Limited Theatrical Release


THE MESSENGER
Oren Moverman

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Best Cinematography


HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
Bruno Delbonnel 

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Best Film Editing


THE HURT LOCKER
Chris Innis
Bob Murawski

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Best Visual Design


STAR TREK
Production Design: Scott Chambliss
Supervising Art Director: Keith P. Cunningham
Costume Design: Michael Kaplan
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Best Visual Effects


AVATAR
Joe Letteri 
Stephen Rosenbaum 
Richard Baneham 
Andrew R. Jones 

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Best Stunts/Stunt Choreography


SHERLOCK HOLMES
Stunt Coordinators: Frank Ferrara, Mark Henson
Fight Coordinator: Richard Ryan
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Best Make-Up


STAR TREK
Barney Burman 
Mindy Hall 
Joel Harlow 
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Best Music - Original Score


HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
Nicholas Hooper

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Best Music - Soundtrack


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Best Sound Design


STAR TREK
Anna Behlmer 
Andy Nelson 
Peter J. Devlin
Mark P. Stoeckinger 
Alan Rankin  
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Best Action/Adventure Film


INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Quentin Tarantino

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Best Comedy Film


THE HANGOVER
Todd Phillips

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Best Fantasy Film


HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
David Yates

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Best Horror Film


ZOMBIELAND
Ruben Fleischer

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Best Science Fiction Film


MOON
Duncan Jones

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Best Animated Short Film


PARTLY CLOUDY
Peter Sohn

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Best Voice Acting Performance


MOON
Kevin Spacey

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The following films did not win any Essential Film Awards but are noteworthy for their cinematic contributions in 2009:

500 DAYS OF SUMMER
AN EDUCATION
BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL - NEW ORLEANS
BEST WORST MOVIE
CRAZY HEART
DRAG ME TO HELL
THE GIRL THAT KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
PRECIOUS
THE ROAD
UP IN THE AIR
WATCHMEN
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Thursday, May 12, 2016

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.79 – My Favorite Film Series: "The World is Yours" (Scarface - 1983)


Say hello to my little friend!

On this VERY SPECIAL episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, SportsGuy515 and Adolfo begin a brand-new mini-series known simply as MY FAVORITE FILM. For this first entry into the mini-series, the duo are joined by special guest BIG D as they thoroughly discuss and dissect SportsGuy’s all-time favorite film – from 1983, the gangster classic, Scarface. PLUS:

-The appeal of not only the story of Scarface, but the character of TONY MONTANA himself.

-How this film saw the birth of the phenomenon known as “Loud Al Pacino.”

-Let’s not forget that this is a remake of the Howard Hawks’ 1932 Scarface film…

-The film’s reception among the Hispanic/Latino community, and the “accuracy” of Pacino’s accent.

-How the opening interrogation scene is one of the most perfect intros for a character in film history.

-The infamous CHAINSAW SCENE, and what you think you see vs. what you actually see.

-The incredibly fun SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS video game.

-The (seemingly apparent) incest undertones of Tony and Gina’s relationship.

-A quick production history of the film, including its battle with the MPAA over its initial X RATING.

-The best way to watch Showgirls (according to Adolfo) is…

-The fantastic Giorgio Moroder score.

-Another Scarface remake??

-The legacy of Scarface

-…and MORE!

OVER 2 HOURS OF AWESOME SCARFACE DISCUSSION!! REMEMBER TO NOT GET HIGH ON YOUR OWN SUPPLY, AND INSTEAD DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!







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