Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 22: Tony Curtis Remembered, The Town, Devil, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Best Picture Predictions

Tony Curtis remembered.″

6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six movies in ninety seconds!″

The Town.  Move over Wells, Hitchcock, and Fellini.  There’s a new auteur in town: Affleck.″

Devil.  M. Night Shyamalan’s career summed up in a single sentence: Going down, please.″

Resident Evil: Afterlife.  Maybe this should have been titled Resident Evil: Afterthought–as in, “Oh yeah, besides sexy,  gun-toting babes, maybe we should have had a good story.  Oh well, maybe next time.”″

Oscar Predictions.  Without benefit of animal entrails or tarot cards, the Misfits do their best to predict the 10 Best Picture nominations.″

Thanks for listening!  We’ll be back in two weeks.

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2 thoughts on “Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 22: Tony Curtis Remembered, The Town, Devil, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Best Picture Predictions

  1. I’ve never listened to you before and I just did.

    I have to say, in my opinion, this was such a waste of time. I don’t understand why you would put the time into actually having this conversation when its clear that no one speaking had done the research, understands oscar history and patterns, and hasn’t even watched the films discussed.

    No to “The Kings Speech” ?
    No to “The Social Network” ?

    Even if the film hasn’t come out yet, at least follow the film festivals

    • Not that it’s really important, but most of the Misfits have been watching the Academy Awards show on TV since the early 60s. Here are just a few of the things that have become clear over the years: The largest voting block in the Academy is of course made up of actors. The members of the Academy tend to be older rather than younger. The great majority of films nominated for Best Picture come from the end of the year. The Academy hates to nominate comedies. And so on. We know a little bit about Oscar history and patterns.

      And, for what it’s worth, I have a number of friends who work for AMPAS in various capacities.

      But none of that matters. The whole point of the Oscar Predictions segment was that the Academy is so predictable in terms of the kind of movies they pick, that you don’t really need to even see the films to know what the Academy will choose. A key part of the segment was not knowing anything about the films before we made our predictions. Also, this wasn’t meant to be a serious analysis of the Academy and the films they would pick. We were just trying to have some fun with a silly idea.

      Finally, there are four Misfits (each one presenting his or her list of possible Best Picture nominations), and two of us did pick “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network.”

      Sorry the segment didn’t work for you. But we do thank you for listening and taking the time to comment. If you’d like, send us your ten nominations for Best Picture (backed up with any justification you might want to supply–serious or non-serious), and we’ll post it along with our predictions.

      Early next year we’ll revisit everyone’s predictions and see how we all did.

      If you’d like to be part of the podcast, give us a call at 818-574-6991 and you can record your predictions there, or if you’d rather, contact us, and we can talk to you over the phone and record your picks that way.

      Hope to hear from you, and as always, thanks for listening.

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