1987 was a bonkers-good year for movies! Take a listen to the episode and hear a list of SO many good movies released that year. The Last Emperor was also released that year. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and, somehow, won every single one for which it was nominated. Somehow.
Somehow, in 1966, director Fred Zinnemann filmed a movie about Sir Thomas Moore and his opposition to King Henry VIII's decision to cast aside the Catholic Church and obtain a divorce so that he could remarry. And somehow this film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. A Man for All Seasons is languid and a bit stodgy - but it does feature Orson Welles in a terrifically crazy performance as a Catholic Cardinal! So there's that.
Listen to this episode to hear the guys discuss:
What they liked:
- Some of the costumes and cinematography, both of which were honored with Academy Awards.
- The over-the-top performance of Robert Shaw as King Henry VIII
- Paul Scofield's portrayal of Sir Thomas Moore
What they did not like:
- The pace of the film
- Some of the supporting characters and plot contrivances
All About Eve, the 1950 Best Picture Oscar Winner, is the tale of a plucky young stalker with dreams of meeting, and then devouring, the actress she idolizes. While dreaming of wearing her skin and drinking her bath water, Eve orchestrates her rise to the top. If, by "top" you mean winning one award for one play in New York.
This week's episode features a discussion about the Academy Award winner for Best Picture from 1969, Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. This movie was the only Best Picture winner to be rated X. You could say "this isn't your father's x-rated movie." Unless, of course, your father watches x-rated movies. Well, it still isn't what you are thinking of. Or even what your father is thinking of. Either way, the movie was re-rated as R a few years after its original release. So, I guess it is now an R-rated Best Picture winner - and there are a ton of those. Give the episode a listen to hear what the guys thought of the film.