Monday, March 13, 2006

For all the movies I've watched before

Wherein its all about the popcorn. No butter please and no I don't want a larger size

I think I’ve seen a lot of movies, then I do little exercise like this and I think maybe not. Below is a list from 1964 to the present of all Oscar Best Film nominees. Movies pulled from Filmsite.

From 1964 on, there are ten Best Picture winners I have not seen. I was doing pretty well until 1996 when I got married. “A Man for all Seasons” (1966), “In the Heat of the Night” (1967) “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “The English Patient” (1996), “Titanic” (1997), “American Beauty” (1999), “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), “Chicago” (2002), “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), “Crash” (2005).

But I have seen a fair amount of total nominees; so maybe I have wasted a lot of time in the theater. Which I did in the 1980s. Lots of time spent at the U of Minn Film Society, or at the Uptown Theater (back when it ran double headers of old movies and foreign language movies). For the record, most of my movie viewing has been solo. Just too much hassle to find someone to see a movie with, plus most of my friends have always had different movie interests than me. Like the time a bunch of guys dragged me to see Porky's when I wanted to see Das Boot on the glorious 70MM screen. Yes, both movies were released the same summer. I went to Das Boot the next night, and afterwards was always busy whenever they proposed a movie.

For me, the most disappointing year has to be 1979, when Kramer vs Kramer won. A truly horrible and insulting movie. And three of the nominees are probably on my list of all-time great movies, "All That Jazz", "Apocalypse Now", "Breaking Away." "Norma Rae" was the other nominee and also was better than Kramer.

Years I have seen none (0, zero) of the nominees: 2004, 2005. By now, I'm seeing 4-5 movies a year and let's say 75% will be appropriate for preschoolers. Plus, we don't have HBO or Showtime, so we're not seeing anything until it comes out on free cable - about 2 years later. We've been loaned the DVD of Sideways and are still trying to find the time to watch it.

Years I have seen four of the nominees: 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991.

Years I have seen ALL of the nominees: 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994.

1964: "MY FAIR LADY", "Becket", "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying...", "Mary Poppins", "Zorba the Greek"

1965: "THE SOUND OF MUSIC", "Darling", "Doctor Zhivago", "Ship of Fools", "A Thousand Clowns

1966: "A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS", "Alfie", "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming", "The Sand Pebbles", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

1967: "IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT", "Bonnie And Clyde", "Doctor Dolittle", "The Graduate", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

1968: "OLIVER!", "Funny Girl", "The Lion in Winter", "Rachel, Rachel", "Romeo and Juliet"

1969: "MIDNIGHT COWBOY", "Anne of the Thousand Days", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "Hello, Dolly!", "Z"

1970: "PATTON", "Airport", "Five Easy Pieces", "Love Story", "M*A*S*H"

1971: "THE FRENCH CONNECTION", "A Clockwork Orange", "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Last Picture Show", "Nicholas and Alexandra"

1972: "THE GODFATHER", "Cabaret", "Deliverance", "The Emigrants", "Sounder"

1973: "THE STING", "American Graffiti", "Cries and Whispers", "The Exorcist", "A Touch of Class"

1974: "THE GODFATHER, PART II", "Chinatown", "The Conversation", "Lenny", "The Towering Inferno"

1975: "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST", "Barry Lyndon", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Jaws", "Nashville"

1976: "ROCKY", "All the President's Men", "Bound for Glory", "Network", "Taxi Driver"

1977: "ANNIE HALL", "The Goodbye Girl", "Julia", "Star Wars", "The Turning Point"

1978: "THE DEER HUNTER", "Coming Home", "Heaven Can Wait", "Midnight Express", "An Unmarried Woman"

1979: "KRAMER vs. KRAMER", "All That Jazz", "Apocalypse Now", "Breaking Away", "Norma Rae"

1980: "ORDINARY PEOPLE", "Coal Miner's Daughter", "The Elephant Man", "Raging Bull", "Tess"

1981: "CHARIOTS OF FIRE", "Atlantic City", "On Golden Pond", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Reds"

1982: "GANDHI", "E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial", "Missing", "Tootsie", "The Verdict"

1983: "TERMS OF ENDEARMENT", "The Big Chill", "The Dresser", "The Right Stuff", "Tender Mercies"

1984: "AMADEUS", "The Killing Fields", "A Passage to India", "Places in the Heart", "A Soldier's Story"

1985: "OUT OF AFRICA", "The Color Purple", "Kiss of the Spider Woman", "Prizzi's Honor", "Witness"

1986: "PLATOON", "Children of a Lesser God", "Hannah and Her Sisters", "The Mission", "A Room with a View"

1987: "THE LAST EMPEROR", "Broadcast News", "Fatal Attraction", "Hope and Glory", "Moonstruck"

1988: "RAIN MAN", "The Accidental Tourist", "Dangerous Liaisons", "Mississippi Burning", "Working Girl"

1989: "DRIVING MISS DAISY", "Born on the Fourth of July", "Dead Poets Society", "Field of Dreams", "My Left Foot"

1990: "DANCES WITH WOLVES", "Awakenings", "Ghost", "The Godfather, Part III", "GoodFellas"

1991: "THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS", "Beauty and the Beast", "Bugsy", "JFK", "The Prince of Tides"

1992: "UNFORGIVEN", "The Crying Game", "A Few Good Men", "Howards End", "Scent of a Woman"

1993: "SCHINDLER'S LIST", "The Fugitive", "In the Name of the Father", "The Piano", "The Remains of the Day"

1994: "FORREST GUMP", "Four Weddings and a Funeral", "Pulp Fiction", "Quiz Show", "The Shawshank Redemption"

1995: "BRAVEHEART", "Apollo 13", "Babe", "Il Postino", "Sense and Sensibility"

1996: "THE ENGLISH PATIENT", "Fargo", "Jerry Maguire", "Secrets and Lies", "Shine"

1997: "TITANIC", "L.A. Confidential", "As Good As It Gets", "Good Will Hunting", "The Full Monty"

1998: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, "Elizabeth", "Life is Beautiful" (Best Foreign Language Film winner), "Saving Private Ryan", "The Thin Red Line"

1999: "AMERICAN BEAUTY", "The Cider House Rules", "The Green Mile", "The Insider", "The Sixth Sense"

2000: "GLADIATOR," "Chocolat," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic"

2001: "A BEAUTIFUL MIND," "Gosford Park," "In the Bedroom," "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "Moulin Rouge"

2002: "CHICAGO," "Gangs of New York," "The Hours," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "The Pianist"

2003: "THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING," "Lost In Translation," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Mystic River," "Seabiscuit"

2004: "MILLION DOLLAR BABY," "The Aviator," "Finding Neverland," "Ray," "Sideways"

2005: "CRASH," "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Munich"


Blogger Icepick said...

Ah, "Apocalypse Now", one of the all-time best movie comedies. Added bonus: it inspired a good scene in "Hot Shots: Part Deux". "I loved you in 'Wall Street'!"

3/14/2006 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger Icepick said...

I could have perhaps added a header to that last comment:

Wherein I see if I can make Bill's head explode.

But since "Scanners" wasn't on the list....

3/14/2006 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Comedy, sure, I can go there.

never get out of the boat

3/14/2006 02:51:00 PM  
Blogger Icepick said...


3/14/2006 03:00:00 PM  

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