Monthly Archives: December 2013

Cimarron- Best Picture Winner: 1931

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The Basics – Cimarron (1931) – Director, Wesley Ruggles; starring Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor; Run Time – 123 mins. – Drama, Western

Prior Knowledge

Koob- I actually saw this movie around 15 years ago but I don’t remember much about it.  I just remember that it is about a family during the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Kristy- I am aware that it is a Western, and I have to admit, I am not a big fan of Western’s in general. That being said, the above poster image is by far the best we have seen, and gives me some hope that the film will indeed be “as terrific as all creation” (whatever that means).

Fun Facts from IMDB

– According to Anthony Holden’s book “Behind the Oscar” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), R.K.O. lost $5.5 million (approximately $58 million in 2003 dollars, when factoring in inflation) on the movie despite its winning a Best Picture Academy Award. Its initial financial failure was blamed on its being released during one of the darkest periods of the Great Depression
-The first film to be nominated for every major Academy Award, including Best Picture.
-It would be another 59 years before a Western would win the Academy Award for Best Picture again when Dances with Wolves (1990) took the main prize.

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Happy Holidays From Kristy, Koob, and Hitch!

Happy Holidays From Kristy, Koob, and Hitch!

May your Christmas be thrilling and suspenseful!

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Grands Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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In anticipation of viewing Cimarron and Grand Hotel, I decided to make a delicious cinnamon inspired treat (get it, cinnamon/cimarron? Okay- it’s a stretch, but cut me some slack). I obviously had to use Grands Biscuits, to prep for Grand Hotel, and luckily, Pillsbury had an amazingly simple recipe already typed up and ready to go!

Ingredients

1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated biscuits
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

Steps

1 Place biscuits on cutting board. With 1 1/4-inch round biscuit cutter, cut hole in center of each.
2 In bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Dip all sides of biscuits and centers into butter; shake off excess butter. Coat with cinnamon-sugar. Place on ungreased large cookie sheet.
3 Bake at 350°F 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Try some very simple Grands Cinnamon Sugar Donuts here, and be snacking within 20 minutes.

Stay tuned for our reviews of Cimarron and Grand Hotel!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Awful Holiday Movies

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Hey Double-Gobblers! Kristy here, and it’s that time of year when we see some of our favorite holiday movies played over and over on repeat until we can no longer stand the shrill cry of “You’ll shoot your eye out!”.

I have a theory that the reason we see only a handful of movies on repeat during the holidays is because there are not a lot of quality holiday movies out there. Sure, turn on the Hallmark Channel right now and you will see what appears to be a plethora of Christmas films, but they all have the same basic premise and horrible acting. Anyway, I am not the only Christmas movie Grinch- here are the Top Ten Worst Christmas Movies according to FilmSchoolRejects.com

My personal favorite Holiday movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and thankfully it came out before the era of franchises, otherwise we might be stuck with an “It’s a Wonderful Life 2: Angels Getting Wings to the Extreme”. Oh wait, my co-blogger and husband, Koob ruined everything by informing me that there IS a sequel set for 2015. Seriously, Christmas is ruined.

On a more positive note, last night I took  a look at Koob, and realized that he looks like a younger version of Santa Claus. Is it possible that I could be married to a man who lives a double life as Santa? What else might he be hiding? Am I going to have to move to the North Pole once his white beard starts to grow in? Can we take our cats with us? So many questions!  Now THIS sounds like a horrible Christmas movie in the making.

Santa Koob

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Does Genre Matter?

Many genres have been represented in the 85 years that The Academy Awards have been handing out Oscars, there are, however, some clear favorites in regard to the genres that tend to win.

According to collider.com , 89.2% of Oscar winners are Dramas and 41.0% are Romance (obviously these categories can overlap- as in the case of Dramatic Romance films). As far as Best Picture Winners, there are are no winners in the genre of Science Fiction and only a handful in Action, Fantasy, and Mystery.

Another interesting note, our next movie to be reviewed is the lowest rated Best Picture winner on IMDB. Be sure to check out our upcoming review of 1931’s Cimmaron!


		
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All Quiet on the Western Front – Best Picture Winner, 1929/1930

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The Basics

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) – Direstor, Lewis Milestone; starring Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray; Run time – 136 mins. – Drama, War

Prior Knowledge

Koob – I saw this movie around 15 years ago and I remember it having a pretty profound effect on me.  I have never read the book that this film is based off of, but I thought it did a great job of depicting the horrors of war and it was unique in that it depicted WWI from the German perspective.  It really shows that war is terrible for all sides involved.

Kristy – Unlike the first two movies we watched I have heard of this one and it has been recommended to me numerous times.  I know that it is another film set during WWI but this time from the German soldiers’ perspective.  I’m interested to see it because I’ve heard that it is sympathetic, in a way, to the young German soldiers who ended up in war.

Fun Facts from IMDB

-A silent version of this film was produced simultaneously for theaters not yet wired for sound but didn’t receive its US TV premiere until 2011.

-In part because of his experience in playing the part of Paul Baumer, Lew Ayresbecame a conscientious objector during the Second World War. His films were banned in over 100 Chicago theaters.

-With the loss of limbs and gory deaths shown rather explicitly, this is undoubtedly the most violent American film of its time. This is because the Production Code was not strictly enforced until 1934, and also because Universal Pictures deemed the subject matter important enough to allow the violence to be seen.

-Nazi rabble rousers stormed screenings of the film in Germany, often releasing rats or stink bombs into the theaters, as the wounds of defeat in the First World War still ran deep. This led to the film ultimately being banned by the Nazi party. It wouldn’t receive proper screenings in Germany until 1956.

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The Broadway Melody – Best Picture Winner, 1928/1929

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The Basics

The Broadway Melody (1929) – Director, Harry Beaumont; starring Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King; Run time – 100 minutes – Musical, Romance 

Prior Knowledge

Koob: This is one of the few Best Picture winners that I have pretty much no             prior knowledge of.  I’m guessing it’s about the production of a broadway musical and that it was probably one of the first “talkies” since it’s advertising “talking” on the poster.

Kristy: Talking. Singing. Dancing.  That’s all I got.

Fun Facts from IMDB

-The first all-talking musical feature. Also the first musical to spawn sequels (The BroadwayMelody films would appear every few years until 1940).

-A silent version was also released as many cinemas hadn’t acquired sound equipment in 1929.

Eddie Kane starred as a big shot broadway producer named Francis Zanfield, which is an obvious take on broadway legend Florenz Ziegfeld Jr..

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Double Feature Friday = New York Style Spaetzle Pizza

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I must admit, I was partial to this recipe idea myself, in that I have never seen someone put Spaetzle on pizza before and I thought it would make for an interesting combination. Thank you to those who voted in our poll. Now, without further ado, may I present to you the New York Style Spaetzle Pizza, made specifically for us to enjoy while watching both The Broadway Melody and All Quiet on the Western Front. Enjoy!

(fair warning: this is a multi-day recipe that will set a flour bomb off in your kitchen)

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Double Gobble Double Feature- This Friday!

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This Friday we will be viewing, rating and cooking for both The Broadway Melody and All Quiet on the Western Front.
In preparation, we are scheming up a few ideas as far as recipes that might incorporate New York City and German inspired flavors, and we want your opinion!

Vote for the recipes that you would MOST like to see from us this week;

Wings- Best Picture Winner, 1927/1928

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The Basics

Wings (1927) – Director, William Wellman; starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen; Run time – 2 h 24 min. – Drama, Romance, War

Prior Knowledge

Koob: I have actually already seen Wings probably around 12 or 13 years ago.  I remember liking it well enough and as far as the plot, I remember the two main characters become pilots in WWI and wind up in France where one of them falls in love and the main female character played by Clara Bow becomes a nurse helping wounded soldiers.  I don’t remember too many of the details or the ending so I am looking forward to a second viewing.

Kristy: My knowledge of this film is limited to it being about young men signing up for and flying out to war. By the cover image, I assume the following to be essential to the plot: a love story, fantastic makeup and looking forlornly off into the distance.

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