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Old 02-14-17, 01:42 PM   #176
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Re: The 11th Annual Academy Award Challenge (January 24, 2017 - February 26, 2017)

Weekly update here --> http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12995814-post34.html

Getting down to the wire!!!
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Old 02-14-17, 01:53 PM   #177
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Much like Noah, and the remake of Ben Hur, I found myself wondering just why this film was made as it certainly brought nothing new to the table.
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No one got back to me about Fantastic Beasts
Sorry--I did see Fantastic Beasts and thought it was fine, but underwhelming overall. The effects were better than the story. Disclaimer that I'm much more familiar with the Potter films than books.

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I'll be a voice of dissent on Suicide Squad. I'm partial to love anything comic-related, and even enjoyed BvS (as an Elseworlds tale). I enjoy the Suicide Squad comics, all the actors in the film, and was expecting to love it. But it fell completley flat for me, but with potential with some better acting/direction. I own it since I buy every comic book film, but I could easily see myself never watching it again.
I didn't read the comics, and I thought the movie was just OK. I liked Margot Robbie and Will Smith--and I guess the cast overall was good.
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Old 02-14-17, 03:06 PM   #178
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I actually watched two comic book movies in a row this morning. I followed up Suicide Squad with a true classic of the genre, Superman: The Movie. While George Reeves is the best Superman in my mind all around, when it comes to the movies, no one can beat the late, great Christopher Reeve. Even after his riding accident, he never stopped fighting. Now that is a real superhero.
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Old 02-14-17, 05:01 PM   #179
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I like Suicide Squad and will totally defend it as a cool comic book popcorn film. Whether it deserved a nom for makeup I can't say.
I'm with you. I liked it too. And the villain was cool.
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Old 02-14-17, 07:55 PM   #180
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watched the five nominees for Best Documentary Shorts and I have to say I liked 'The White Helmets' the most, but I'm thinking 'Joe's Violin' will take the award.
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Watched a couple of animated films yesterday both of which were nominated for best song ironically enough. The Lego Movie was cute...
Cute, witty, poignant and a really, really well-done Message Film. I do not like Will Ferrell. Will Ferrell was excellent in the LEGO Movie. And the little asides - Taco Tuesday, Where Are My Pants? and Everything is Awesome - were satirical, realistic, silly and great. Fantastic film.
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Old 02-14-17, 10:19 PM   #182
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I'll be a voice of dissent on Suicide Squad. I'm partial to love anything comic-related, and even enjoyed BvS (as an Elseworlds tale). I enjoy the Suicide Squad comics, all the actors in the film, and was expecting to love it. But it fell completley flat for me, but with potential with some better acting/direction. I own it since I buy every comic book film, but I could easily see myself never watching it again.
I need to remember to slot in SS between TCM oddities...
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Old 02-15-17, 06:13 PM   #183
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Finally slogged through "Toni Erdmann" last night, it's quite good, but goes on forever....2 hours and 42 mins for a "comedy"!

Looks like "Fences" will be available for purchase on iTunes on 2/24 before the ceremony.

And, I pre-ordered the Live Action and Animated Shorts on iTunes. The Animated program won't contain "Piper", but the Live Action program is complete. Might be a pricing error, so you might want to jump on the Live Action program. It was $14.99 pre-order for Animated, but only $2.99 for the Live Action!
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Old 02-15-17, 07:11 PM   #184
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Finally slogged through "Toni Erdmann" last night, it's quite good, but goes on forever....2 hours and 42 mins for a "comedy"!

Looks like "Fences" will be available for purchase on iTunes on 2/24 before the ceremony.

And, I pre-ordered the Live Action and Animated Shorts on iTunes. The Animated program won't contain "Piper", but the Live Action program is complete. Might be a pricing error, so you might want to jump on the Live Action program. It was $14.99 pre-order for Animated, but only $2.99 for the Live Action!
That gave me the inspiration to check to see what was available on Amazon, and I found the 2016 Live Action Short Collection available to watch on their Starz channel. That leads me to believe that if anyone has access to the Starz Roku channel , either through subscribing, or through a participating provider, I would think that the collection would be on there as well.
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Old 02-15-17, 10:12 PM   #185
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Finally slogged through "Toni Erdmann" last night, it's quite good, but goes on forever....2 hours and 42 mins for a "comedy"!

Looks like "Fences" will be available for purchase on iTunes on 2/24 before the ceremony.

And, I pre-ordered the Live Action and Animated Shorts on iTunes. The Animated program won't contain "Piper", but the Live Action program is complete. Might be a pricing error, so you might want to jump on the Live Action program. It was $14.99 pre-order for Animated, but only $2.99 for the Live Action!
Nice! $2.99 in Canada too!
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Old 02-16-17, 04:48 AM   #186
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Completed the checklist yesterday after my re-watch of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We're getting to the final leg of the challenge!
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Old 02-16-17, 06:15 AM   #187
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Finally slogged through "Toni Erdmann" last night, it's quite good, but goes on forever....2 hours and 42 mins for a "comedy"!
Come talk to me once you've slogged your way through the 7hr 47min of OJ: Made in America! LOL It's not a comedy, but there are some clips of Naked Gun

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Looks like "Fences" will be available for purchase on iTunes on 2/24 before the ceremony.
Thank goodness! That's my last best picture hold out!

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And, I pre-ordered the Live Action and Animated Shorts on iTunes. The Animated program won't contain "Piper"...
Fortunately Piper is included on my copy of Finding Dory (maybe in 3D?).
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Old 02-16-17, 06:23 AM   #188
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Over the last two nights I've watched Hell or High Water which was very good, but then I'd watch Jeff Bridges paint a fence, and 13th. The latter probably is more interesting for Americans but there's definitely some enlightening information about the big business of the US penal system and some background on how the American view that black people are inherently criminal developed (certainly not a view held by all, but seems pretty prominent in this film).
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Old 02-16-17, 06:28 AM   #189
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Weekly update here --> http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12995814-post34.html

Getting down to the wire!!!

The Lobster and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi seem to be streaming on Netflix now.
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Old 02-16-17, 07:08 AM   #190
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of the five animated shorts - 'Piper' is my fave; of the five live action shorts - 'Timecode'
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Old 02-16-17, 08:00 AM   #191
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I took advantage of Dish Network's Cinemax free preview to watch a very good first time view this morning, American Gangster. Denzel Washington was a very good choice for Harlem crime lord, Frank Lucas, plus Ruby Dee is wonderful in anything she does.
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Old 02-16-17, 08:50 AM   #192
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The Lobster and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi seem to be streaming on Netflix now.
Hmmm...not here in the U.S. But enjoy them, both are quite good!
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Old 02-16-17, 08:51 AM   #193
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Come talk to me once you've slogged your way through the 7hr 47min of OJ: Made in America! LOL It's not a comedy, but there are some clips of Naked Gun
Oh, I have! It took me about a week, but it's an amazing watch!
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Old 02-16-17, 09:02 AM   #194
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Recently, I watched The Lobster which would be the weirdest thing I've watched for the upcoming if it weren't for Elle. It was compelling and disturbing, definitely worth a watch. The film sets up a dystonia in which people must be paired with a compatible spouse.

I also watched Allied. It was a movie. I watched it.
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And, I pre-ordered the Live Action and Animated Shorts on iTunes. The Animated program won't contain "Piper", but the Live Action program is complete. Might be a pricing error, so you might want to jump on the Live Action program. It was $14.99 pre-order for Animated, but only $2.99 for the Live Action!
Can't find it... anyone have a direct link, or has it been taken down?
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Old 02-16-17, 08:18 PM   #196
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Can't find it... anyone have a direct link, or has it been taken down?
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/20...n/id1203919636 or search for "Oscar Nominated" in the store.

The listing for the Live Action Shorts is gone...hope they honor their mistake!
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Old 02-17-17, 04:05 AM   #197
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I woke up early this morning, and felt like starting right in on the Challenge, so I started with a good documentary, called Journey Into Medicine, on YouTube. It chronicled one man's journey through medical school and his path to becoming a full fledged doctor.
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Old 02-17-17, 06:53 AM   #198
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I thought the 'animated' nominees showcase this year was rather weak - outside of course 'Piper'.
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Can't find it... anyone have a direct link, or has it been taken down?
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/20...n/id1203919636 or search for "Oscar Nominated" in the store.

The listing for the Live Action Shorts is gone...hope they honor their mistake!
It's still listed at $2.99 in Canada, but gone in USA store. It's still in my preorder list, but that doesn't mean much since it's still listed here. If you've ordered it in the USA, see if it is still on your preorder list.


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Recently, I watched The Lobster which would be the weirdest thing I've watched for the upcoming if it weren't for Elle. It was compelling and disturbing, definitely worth a watch. The film sets up a dystonia in which people must be paired with a compatible spouse.

I also watched Allied. It was a movie. I watched it.
Wow, there's a mind-bending doubleheader for you!

I felt very similar about Allied. It was beautiful to watch, and the Tarantino-esque beginning was okay but not a lot of substance there. Predictable and uneventful.

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Hmmm...not here in the U.S. But enjoy them, both are quite good!
I always thought that the Canadian Netflix was just a heavily filtered version of the US list. I never imagined we would have content (especially new releases) that you didn't.
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After taking a few days off, I have a "playlist" of movies to watch:
Life Animated, Trolls, Star Trek Beyond, Born Yesterday,
The Lobster, American Beauty, 8 Mile
(re-watches)

Where should I start?
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