2019 Oscar Host will be Cinema Shame

With the Oscars right around the corner and airing on February 24th, it’s time to put forth the annual focus on award winners.

Usually, I enjoy the Oscar season, playing catch up with all the nominees and striving to sneak in a viewing of all the Best Picture nominees, but this year, I haven’t even taken time to watch the one that is accessible on Netflix.

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Even though I may not be as hyped about the Oscars this year, I still enjoy the ceremony. I viewed something with an Oscar stamp as a seal of approval. I learned over time, of course, an Oscar nomination or win doesn’t guarantee quality. (If it did then my old James Bond VHS tapes would have been covered in little Oscar statutes.) They were an entryway, a guide for helping me access cinema. Thanks to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, I was able to watch dozens upon dozens of Oscar nominated greats… and, well, not-so-greats.

During the month of February, Cinema Shame turns its focus on not just Oscar movies, but Oscar-Winning Performances, specifically Best Actor and Best Actress. Major Oscar performances you have overlooked in the past? Did you not catch Al Pacino’s career-defining (for better and worse) performance in A Scent of a Woman? Maybe you ant to get a grasp on how someone else beat Michael Keaton for his role in Birdman? Ahem. Bruce Dern over McConaughey, as well. 

My major resource, besides recommendations from Cinema Shame contributors and the Cinema Shame podcast, will be Danny Peary’s Alternate Oscars. The book goes from 1927 to 1991 and picks alternates for Best Picture, Actor and Actress. I will choose the performances that Peary did not change, which aren’t many. if you got the royal seal of approval from the Academy and Peary, you must be the cream of the crop. I’m picking four of these performances as my Cinema Shames for the month of February.

And the Oscar for my February Cinema Shame… Best Unwatched Best Performances goes to….

Vivien Leigh’s performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Joanne Woodward’s performance in “The Three Faces of Eve”

Daniel Day-Lewis in “My Left Foot”

Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull”

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While the prompt focuses on performances, feel free to share other Oscar-related Cinema Shames. Let us know about your choices on twitter (@CinemaShame) or by email cinemashame@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing about your Oscar picks. 

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Calling All 2019 Cinema Shame Statements

A new year is upon us, which means another year of knocking off those unwatched films that might bring out a little bit of shame. It doesn’t matter where they come from, it could be a movie gathering dust on an unsteady ‘to-watch’ pile, or a film you’ve heard mentioned on multiple podcasts, or a film you just haven’t found the time to watch it.

This month we request contributors to proclaim the films they plan to take on in 2019. Create your list, post it and we will share it (shame it but in a loving manner). Feel free to add some background details for your picks, such as why you are picking it or the reason you haven’t had to chance to view this film.

I will be stating my shame this weekend, building my list from books (Danny Peary’s multiple books), podcasts (Cinema Shame’s episode on Hammer Horror and Pure Cinema Podcast’s recent episode on Martin Scorcese’s filmography), and some statistical data (letterboxd).

If you need ideas, you can check out the Shame Statements from previous years.

As the months roll around we will provide a specific prompt which may focus on an unwatched film from a specific genre, a favorite director or a favorite actor or actress. We still want you to discuss the films from your shame statements these prompts are meant to increase discussion of films and hopefully help everybody uncover some hidden gems.

Contact us by email cinemashame@gmail.com or tweet at us @Cinemashame.

November – Criterion Collection and Film Struck

For the month of November, the focus for Cinema Shame will be films released through the Criterion Collection and ones available on Filmstruck. With the recent disappointing news of the beloved streaming service discontinuing on November 29, 2018, it would be a great opportunity to support this platform during its final month. If we crash the service from overuse maybe it’ll at least make a statement about the importance of classic film. There have been a lot of recommendations floating around the web on what to watch before the service ends and those suggestions are listed below.

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With the holiday season rolling around, you can always count on Barnes and Noble’s 50%-off Criterion Sale, which starts November 2nd and runs through the entire month. ‘Tis a joyous time when my twitter feed becomes flooded with people stressing about the small things in life… such as which Criterions to purchase, multiple failed attempts to get the clerk to accept a coupon, or the lack of selection at your particular B&N. After those small quibbles, photos appear of recent hauls, creating envy, and influencing wish lists. Should I purchase the Ingmar Bergman box set? My wife says no, but the Internet says YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES (but only after you’ve sold your already owned Bergman’s to cover the cost). The Criterion sale is a beautiful celebration, but also a double-edged sword of film consumerism.

You may be asking yourself, “So wait… I have to spend money to participate in this Cinema Shame prompt?” Of course not. If you’re like me, someone who owns a large quantity of unwatched Criterions beautifully gathering dust on a shelf, there is no need to purchase more than you already own. (But I probably will.) I know the following discs are upstairs waiting for me: Gilda, Nashville (a long time Cinema Shame), Cat People, His Girl Friday, The Last Temptation of Christ, just off the top of my head.

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As you prepare to pick your Cinema Shames, don’t forget to share watch recommendations and maybe even a few potential blind buys. There is always room on your Criterion shopping list.

A petition has been going around to “Save Filmstruck.” If you enjoy classic cinema I highly recommend signing it. It can’t hurt to let these soulless media conglomerates know that classic film matters. Here’s a link to the “Save FilmStruck” Petition – https://www.change.org/p/warnermedia-keep-filmstruck-alive

FilmStruck Recommendations:

A Classic Film Blog’s Recommendations – @classicmovieblg – https://www.change.org/p/warnermedia-keep-filmstruck-alive

Alicia Malone’s Watchlist on Letterboxd – @aliciamalone – https://letterboxd.com/aliciamalone/list/my-filmstruck-watchlist/

New York Times Recommendations – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/29/movies/filmstruck-closing-best-movies.html

If you have a Filmstruck To-Watch-Before-Service-Ends List, tell us on twitter @CinemaShame and we’ll send it out through the loudspeakers.

Don’t forget to check out Episode 16 of the Cinema Shame Podcast where James Patrick and Dan Day, Jr. discuss Hammer Horror:

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October Prompt: Horror, if you must

October is here which brings us to our prompt focusing on the genre of films involving the United Nations to celebrate United Nations Day on October 24th!

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Hold on. I’m getting word that nobody cares about United Nations Day. You goddamn xenophobes. It’s about what? Horror? Well, alright then. Horror it is.

For me personally this is a genre that I’ve always overlooked, I assume its because I’ve seen more bad horror movies than good. I grew up with middle of the road horror in the late 1990s and early 2000s, such as the return of the teen slasher film (Halloween H20, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legends), a large influx of PG-13 horror movies  (The Ring, What Lies Beneath, Darkness Falls) and a flurry of remakes (The House on Haunted Hill, House of Wax, 13 Ghosts).

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Due to my bad choices, I have some gargantuan Cinematic Shames to hack off the list. This is going to be the month I eviscerate some big ones off the list. Such as John Carpenter’s The Thing, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre and Browning’s Dracula (1931).

The saddest part of that incredibly sad confessions is that I own all of these films. The Thing has been sitting on my self for two years collecting dust. I’m hoping these films will give me a broader foundation for the horror genre. I want to be better!

If you want to do an extreme challenge for this month there is the Hooptober Cinco rules (https://letterboxd.com/cinemonster/list/hooptober-cinco-your-terror-is-a-locked-room/) created by The Cinemonster. There are rules and guidelines but the overall objective is to watch 31 horror films during October. You can view 007hertzrumble’s post about his October plans here.

Let us know what horrible and terrifying Cinema Shames you have planned. Along with that, throw in your Halloween costume ideas. Submit your Shames by tweeting your post to @CinemaShame or emailing us at cinemashame@gmail.com. Use the banners below to tag your posts and spread the horrific October Shame! Or UN Shame. Either way.

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September Prompt: Burt Reynolds

Our delinquency has been noted. However, we here at Cinema Shame have been grappling with some strong emotions regarding the passing of Burt Reynolds on September 4th. As a result, we’ve scrapped our planned prompt for September — instead we’re going to celebrate Burt.

As one of the great movie stars in the history of Cinema Reynolds’ on-screen career spanned 60 years. Reynolds made his first TV appearance in 1958 on two episodes of a series called Flight.

James wrote a short piece on Burt Reynolds for the Action a Go Go website.

Instead of rehashing a summary of all that text here, we’ll give you the opportunity to link on over and read the piece in its entirely.

The takeaway, in case you don’t feel like a click, is that Burt made a lot of great movies that many movie fans overlook as a result of a populist, good ol’ boy beer swilling, car driving, mustache grinning late 70’s persona. Burt Reynolds made musicals and comedies and action films and detective thrillers, many of which settle into the shadows behind his “Bandit” persona.

Before we turn to horror in the month of October, we’re going to ask you to toss in a few of those Burt Reynolds movies you might have overlooked. Like Smokey and the Bandit? Try Hooper. Did you think that Burt’s career peaked with Deliverance and The Longest Yard? Take a chance on Sharky’s Machine, Hustle or Breaking In. Maybe you prefer the lighter side? He sings and dances (at least better than Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!) in Peter Bogdanovich’s At Long Last Love and makes for a fascinating comic duo with Ryan O’Neal in Nickelodeon. His surprising pairings with Jill Clayburgh in Semi-Tough and Starting Over will make you wonder why they didn’t make a dozen movies together.

We’re asking you, during these last few weeks of September, to set aside some time for Burt. If you need any recommendations for deep cuts, James (@007hertzrumble), as our resident Burt aficionado, will be happy to supply you with a lengthy list of worthy choices.

Rest in Peace, Burt Reynolds. May your movies continue to endure and entertain for generations to come.

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Remember to post your thoughts on your blog or on the pages of the CinemaShame website. We’ll post a roundup at the end of the month featuring the thoughts of all of our grieving moviewatchers. Submit your Shame by tweeting your post to @CinemaShame or emailing us at cinemashame@gmail.com. Look forward to an upcoming episode of the Cinema Shame Podcast featuring a collection of conversations about Burt and his films.

 

–JDP

 

 

 

July Prompt – Summer Blockbusters

Some of my fondest memories growing up were summer vacations at Emerald Isle in North Carolina. Being at the beach for a week had advantages in and of itself, but my favorite activity was trips to the local cinema and seeing the most recent Summer Blockbuster. Some of these were comical duds, e.g. Wild Wild West (those Jim West sunglasses from Burger King were on point, however). Some just escaped me, e.g. Men in Black. Some were just outright bad bad bad bad bad bad, e.g. Godzilla (but I do love that soundtrack), and a few, like Spiderman 2, would become my favorite films of all time.

The movies that fall into the category of “summer blockbuster” are an interesting breed. They belong to no specific genre, but at the same time they remain a genre unto themselves. They’re built for a massive audience via a delivery system of pure spectacle.

Over the years, the summer movie season has become something lesser. Remember the anticipation? The fevered rush to get tickets? Nowadays my excitement level hovers near zero regarding most summer blockbusters. I think there are two main reasons for this downturn, rampant disappointments and perpetual, regurgitated franchising that always lends an air of overfamiliarity.

Still, occasionally there are glimmers of hope. Low expectations transformed into awe. I can’t help but think about my glowing response to Edge of Tomorrow — and that was four years ago! Due to my lackluster attitude, I’ve been late to some summer blockbusters. I didn’t see Avengers until three years after its release, and I’m not referring to the one with Sean Connery in a teddy bear suit.

As for the guidelines in picking a movie for this Cinema Shame prompt, I think the only parameter for a potential selection is that it had be released between the months of May through August. It just has to *feel* like a summer blockbuster. Movies built on spectacle and pure entertainment value. My choices for this month will be watching the most recent films from the Planet of the Apes series: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.

As always, submit your Cinema Shame Summer Blockbusters by tweeting your link to @CinemaShame or emailing us at cineshame@gmail.com. We look forward to your selections, conversation and good natured ribbing over these choices.

Please, someone, anyone watch Armageddon.

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May Prompt – Shame Swap!

Seeing as how its already May 10 and we’ll have a shortened Shame cycle this month, I wanted to do something completely different. If it sets your Shameful hearts afire, that’s great and maybe we’ll do it again! If not, we’ll toss this into the bin for misfit ideas and forget it ever existed. You’re going to have to follow me on this idea. Ready?

I want you to find a friend. Yes. You need friends for this exercise. You’ll also need to communicate with your friend. Once you have that friend, you’ll swap Shames! You’ll watch their most favorite movie that you haven’t seen. They’ll watch your most favorite movie that they haven’t seen.

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Got it?

For example, let’s say my “friend” has a Top 100 list on Letterboxd.com. I scan his list and note that the first movie on this list that I haven’t seen is his 12th favorite movie, Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). That’s my pick.

Now, my “friend” scans my Top 100 list on Letterboxd.com and recognizes his first unseen movie at #15 — Let It Ride (1989).

He watches Let It Ride and I watch Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Any questions? Once you’ve watched you’ll craft a nice little writeup and share it with Cinema Shame by tagging us on Twitter or emailing the link to cinemashame@gmail.com.

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