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  •  maybe the worst ever: (5+ / 0-)
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    rocky beats network.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:21:15 AM PST

    •  Yes, exactly... (3+ / 0-)
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      Network, one of the greatest films of that decade.

      The list above, to be honest, seems sometimes to be a "why doesn't Scorsese win every year?" list, although I LOVE Scorsese, and wouldn't object if he did win every year.  Not all of his losses seem like drastic injustices to me, although I've rarely seen a bad Scorsese film.

      "Arguments are to be avoided. They are always vulgar, and are often convincing." -- Oscar Wilde

      by Villagejonesy on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 02:09:15 AM PST

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      •  roger ebert once said (1+ / 0-)
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        that an argument can be made that scorsese made the best films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s: taxi driver, raging bull, goodfellas. he's had some clunkers, but he's been robbed several times.

        network is one of the greatest films, ever. maybe the best screenplay, and maybe the best collection of acting performances.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 09:36:56 AM PST

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        •  He has been robbed, I'll not deny it (0+ / 0-)

          And he is one of our most superb directors (he makes odd music choices sometimes, but also many brilliant ones, such as using my man Peter Gabriel for the Last Temptation of Christ [and if you want to talk about being robbed, there's an example], and giving me my first taste of Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter, and T Rex, in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore).

          MAGNIFICENT screenplay and performances in Network.  I always love the great character actor in the background, who delivers a tiny line so perfectly, so I'll just mention this exchange (forgive me being out of format, for the blog entry):

          HOWARD: ...and if anyone can look around this demented slaughterhouse of a world and tell us that man is a rational being who can order his own affairs, believe me, that man is full of bullshit.
          TECHNICIAN: (laughs to friend)
          HARRY: WHAT'S SO GODDAMN FUNNY?
          TECHNICIAN: I can't help it, Harry, it's funny.

          MAX (answering phone): Max Schumacher. (beat; listens) He's saying that life is Bullshit, and it is!  So what are you screaming about! (slams down phone)

          "Arguments are to be avoided. They are always vulgar, and are often convincing." -- Oscar Wilde

          by Villagejonesy on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 12:35:20 PM PST

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