Top 20 Violent Best Picture Nominees

February 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

The Athletic Nerd movies, screenwriting & independent film blog

Dramas, Musicals, Comedies, Action Movies…  So many worthy films have been recognized at the Academy Awards.  Films from all over the world.  Many for their portrayal of the human spirit.  Others for telling the true stories of remarkable people. Today, I focus on some of the more violent entries in the storied history of The Oscars.  Here are 20 of my all time favorites:

Where do your favorites rank?

20. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Did it win? No

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19. APOCALYPSE NOW

Did it win? No

18. RAGING BULL

Did it win? No

17. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Did it win? Yes

16. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Did it win? No

15. TAXI DRIVER

Did it win? No

14. THE EXORCIST

Did it win? No

13. THE DEPARTED

Did it win? Yes

11. THE GODFATHER PART II

Did it win?  Yes

10. JAWS

Did it win? No

9. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Did it win?  Yes

8. GANGS OF NEW YORK

Did it win? No

7. BRAVEHEART

Did it win?  Yes

6. ROCKY

Did it win?  Yes

5. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

Did it win? No

4. GOODFELLAS

Did it win? No

3. GLADIATOR

Did it win?  Yes

2. PULP FICTION

Did it win? No

1. THE GODFATHER

Did it win?  Yes

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Top 10 Pulp Fiction Movie Moments

October 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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QUESNTIN TARANTINO’S PULP FICTION

It’s hard to believe Pulp Fiction is nearly 20 years old.  It seems like it was only yesterday when the movie was released and changed the way people thought about movies.  It inspired a generation of storytellers and freed many who were bound to traditional narrative structures.

Pulp Fiction didn’t just change the rules, it rewrote the book.  For me at least…

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Pulp Fiction redefined cool movies for me.  Beyond it’s unique storytelling techniques, it’s full of incredible characters, scenes, dialogue and moments.

HERE ARE 10 OF MY FAVORITE PULP FICTION MOMENTS

10. Zed’s Dead

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9. Dancing at Jackrabbit Slim’s

8. Captain Koons

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7. Foot Massages

6. All right everybody be cool this is a robbery!

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5. In the fifth your ass goes down

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4. Winston Wolfe’s Solution to the Bonnie Situation

3. Royale with Cheese

2. The Needle

The Madman strikes again!

1. Say What Again & Ezekiel 25:17

“What does Marsellus Wallace look like?”

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What’s your favorite PULP FICTION moment?

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Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete 12 Part Series

March 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete Series

I’m an aspiring filmmaker and like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.

Movies  That Changed Everything is a twelve part series examining the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Lord Of The Rings

The Matrix

Pulp Fiction

Pan’s Labyrinth

There Will Be Blood

Once

A Few Good Men

The Sixth Sense

The Dark Knight

Good Will Hunting

Signs

What films inspired you?

10 Flicks: Best Picture Losers

February 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

10 Flicks: The top 10 best picture nominees that didn't win.

We all know the movies that should have won.  But there are years when the right movie wins while others are just as deserving.  That’s the fun of the Oscars.  Everyone has their favorites.  Everyone makes their picks.

But there can only be one Best Picture each year.

Here are 10 of the best losers:

A Clockwork Orange

LOST TO: The French Connection

The Shawshank Redemption

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

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Gangs Of New York

LOST TO: Chicago

Star Wars

LOST TO: Annie Hall

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There Will Be Blood

LOST TO: No Country For Old Men

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E.T The Extra Terrestrial

LOST TO: Ghandi

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Jerry Maguire

LOST TO: The English Patient

Goodfellas

LOST TO: Dances With Wolves

Saving Private Ryan

LOST TO: Shakespeare In Love

Pulp Fiction

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

10 Flicks: Best Film Editing Oscar Losers

February 21, 2012 at 7:22 am

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As a professional editor, I have a particular soft spot for this category.

Best Film Editing

There is a huge amount of work, dedication and passion that goes into the final edit of a film.  These unseen heroes deserve their time in the spotlight.  There are so many talented editors who have been nominated but didn’t not receive their prize.  This list is dedicated to them.

Here are the Top 10 Best Film Editing Losers:

Million Dollar Baby

Edited by Joel Cox

LOST TO: The Aviator

Apocalypse Now

Edited by Richard Marks, Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenberg, Lisa Fruchtman

LOST TO: All That Jazz

Die Hard

Edited by Frank J. Urioste & John F. Link

LOST TO: Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Pulp Fiction

Edited by Sally Menke

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

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Memento

Edited by Dody Dorn

LOST TO: Black Hawk Down

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Edited by Richard Chew, Lynzee Klingman, Sheldon Kahn

LOST TO: Jaws

The Silence of the Lambs

Edited by Craig McKay

LOST TO: JFK

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Seven

Edited by Richard Francis-Bruce

LOST TO: Apollo 13

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District 9

Edited by Julian Clarke

LOST TO: The Hurt Locker

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The Dark Knight

Edited by Lee Smith

LOST TO: Slumdog Millionaire

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