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The REAL "Best Picture" of 2005
And Rightly so...Human Events Book Service ^ | 2-27-2006 | Jeffrey Rubin

Posted on 03/14/2006 1:20:49 PM PST by joyspring777

In 1981, as a member of a traveling theater ensemble, I won an Oscar-night betting pool by correctly guessing more Academy Award winners than my fellow actors. The secret of my success: I knew that the winners were determined as much by Hollywood politics as on the merits. Back then, of course, "Hollywood politics" meant who was liked or disliked by his peers, who was the "sentimental favorite," who was "due" for an award, etc. Increasingly, however, the "politics" driving the Oscars -- and Hollywood itself -- is politics pure and simple.

I write a few weeks before this year's Oscars, but already they've shaped up as the most politically driven in history. The most nominated film, and the one favored to win most of the top awards -- including Best Picture -- is the "gay Western" Brokeback Mountain. Of the other Best Picture nominees, one -- Good Night and Good Luck -- amounts to stale liberal hagiography of anti-McCarthy newsman Edward R. Murrow; one -- Steven Spielberg's Munich -- posits moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorists and the Israelis who bring them to justice; and one, Capote, features another homosexual protagonist. (Rounding out the "gay" theme of the awards is the Best Actress nomination for the star of Transamerica, about a transsexual.)

Didn't see any of these films? Don't feel left out -- neither did most of the rest of the country, despite relentless hype, especially for Brokeback Mountain. But the real shame of this year's Oscars is not what they honored, but what they didn't. For, despite the impression that Hollywood seems all too ready to give, that they cater to no one but gays and liberal zealots, they actually did make a few good films for the rest of us in 2005 -- including one near-great one.

I've written about one of the "good" ones before: The Island, a very effective sci-fi thriller that is shockingly pro-life -- so much so that one has to wonder if the filmmakers realized its implications. The "near-great" one I have in mind is Ron Howard's Cinderella Man -- which, I submit, stands with the finest films ever made.

Cinderella Man is the real-life story of James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), a once-promising light heavyweight boxer forced into early retirement after a string of losses and a broken hand. As the nation enters the worst years of the Depression, Braddock struggles to support his wife and children with part-time work on the loading docks. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation, however, he finds himself back in the ring against the second-ranked world contender -- and to everyone's amazement, Braddock wins in the third round. Thus begins one of the most amazing comebacks in sports history, as Braddock wins victory after victory, eventually facing Max Baer, the heavyweight champion of the world, notorious for having killed two men in the ring.

You'd have to go back a long way to find a film that so powerfully affirms the virtues of hard work, self-sacrifice, patriotism, family, faith, and true manhood. In that last regard, the contrast with Brokeback Mountain couldn't be starker. The protagonist of Cinderella Man suffers heroically for his family, even as other men are seen abandoning theirs under pressure of poverty and unemployment; the protagonists of Brokeback Mountain betray their wives and children from no higher motive than to pursue their adulterous and unnatural "love."

As part of our expanded DVD offerings, Cinderella Man is now available from the Club in a Collector's Edition DVD that includes commentary by director Ron Howard and the two co-writers, plus no fewer than five mini-documentaries on various aspects of making the film and the true-life story behind it. If you're a film buff like me, this is a "must-have" title for your permanent collection.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2005review; brokebackmountain; cinderellaman; movies; oscars
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1 posted on 03/14/2006 1:20:50 PM PST by joyspring777
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To: joyspring777
I really liked this movie. It wasnt fully accurate, yet neither was Shakespeare.

Good characters.
Good actors.
Good fights.
Good filming.

I knocked over a lamp in the living room during the last round.

2 posted on 03/14/2006 1:24:47 PM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: joyspring777

Cinderella Man was an excellent movie. Saw it on pay for view. Would watch it again.


3 posted on 03/14/2006 1:25:38 PM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: joyspring777
Cinderella Man was a good movie, but it got a little "long".

And I actually liked The Island, but that had more to do with Scarlett Johansen. Have mercy, that's one hot mama.

4 posted on 03/14/2006 1:26:01 PM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: joyspring777

It was fairly boring.


5 posted on 03/14/2006 1:26:21 PM PST by Hildy
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To: lovecraft

>>>...Scarlett Johansen. Have mercy, that's one hot mama.

She's inspiring. Impure thoughts...


6 posted on 03/14/2006 1:27:57 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (New SeeBS-News promo theme: If the facts don't fit, we'll make up sh*t.)
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To: SquirrelKing

Oh so true, the Hollywierds do not care what films are revered by the public, but only their politics ie: not a single nomination for the biggest drawing film of all time (Passion) and then a backdoor nomination for Pokeback Mountain? Film making is a lost art, and Hollywierd is too blind to see.


7 posted on 03/14/2006 1:29:24 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: joyspring777
Cinderella Man was excellent. 16 Blocks was good. There are others that are good, but it seems fewer worthwhile.
8 posted on 03/14/2006 1:30:28 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: joyspring777
I still think this was the best picture of 2005...


9 posted on 03/14/2006 1:31:29 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Keith in Iowa
Her and Jessica Alba are the two that keep me in trouble with my wife.

But then again, she likes that Matthew Mcconaughey, so that makes us even.

10 posted on 03/14/2006 1:33:32 PM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You are the Wind b'neath my Wings, Joe 6-pack.


11 posted on 03/14/2006 1:36:29 PM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: Joe 6-pack

ROFL


12 posted on 03/14/2006 1:36:29 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: joyspring777
'Chronicles of Narnia' was my favorite...of course it was practically the only recent film I paid to go see. I heard it won three Oscars in some minor categories. Anyone know which? I was at an evening church service during the telecast.
13 posted on 03/14/2006 1:36:51 PM PST by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: joyspring777

Come on, everyone knows that Batman Begins was the best movie of 2005.


14 posted on 03/14/2006 1:38:37 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: joyspring777

I really like this guy for his words to take apart the Hollywood left, as well as his preference for movies that are uplifting, enlightening and true!


15 posted on 03/14/2006 1:39:11 PM PST by joyspring777
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To: Joe 6-pack
LOL!

...Don't think it went over too well with George Clooney and his pals at the Academy, though ;-).
16 posted on 03/14/2006 1:39:28 PM PST by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: SquirrelKing
I knocked over a lamp in the living room during the last round.

Hah! It didn't know you knew that it had a lantern jaw!

17 posted on 03/14/2006 1:39:35 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Joe 6-pack

That's a pic of NAGANVILLE ain't it?


18 posted on 03/14/2006 1:40:06 PM PST by litehaus
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To: joyspring777

Regardless of the politics one finds in it, The Island is one of the lamest films I've ever seen. The endless stream of product placements didn't help.


19 posted on 03/14/2006 1:40:44 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: joyspring777

The boxing movie? BOOOOOOORRRRRRRRING.


20 posted on 03/14/2006 1:41:15 PM PST by orionblamblam (A furore Normannorum libra nos, Domine)
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To: r9etb
Hah! It didn't know you knew that it had a lantern jaw

*rimshot*

=)

21 posted on 03/14/2006 1:41:18 PM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: SquirrelKing

I watched a rental "The Harder They Fall" from '56 starring Bogart and an amazing Rod Steiger in a film noir boxing pic.

Jersey Joe Walcott has a great role as trainer of the mug.

I liked Cinderella man, also.


22 posted on 03/14/2006 1:41:20 PM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: joyspring777

After suffering through A Beautiful Mind, I try to skip all things Howard. ABM was a vastly overrated movie, a cartoonish version of the book.


23 posted on 03/14/2006 1:41:30 PM PST by macamadamia
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To: joyspring777

One of the finest films I have seen.

Extraordinary.


24 posted on 03/14/2006 1:42:33 PM PST by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings............Modesty hides my thighs in her wings......)
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To: joyspring777

I agree that Cinderella Man was the best movie of 05....in fact, it was the only movie I saw(hehehe).....Ron Howard and the cast and crew were snubbed at the Oscars..


25 posted on 03/14/2006 1:42:56 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: joyspring777

Will have to watch CINDERELLA MAN. Other than that, I really enjoyed WALK THE LINE and thought Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic. He should have won, rather than someone playing Capote, which is pretty much just a gay caricature.


26 posted on 03/14/2006 1:43:27 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: lovecraft
And I actually liked The Island, but that had more to do with Scarlett Johansen. Have mercy, that's one hot mama.

Oh yeah!

27 posted on 03/14/2006 1:45:09 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: litehaus
That's a pic of NAGANVILLE ain't it?

No..."Chocolate City"!

28 posted on 03/14/2006 1:46:19 PM PST by Christian4Bush (I'd much rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy.)
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To: ClaudiusI
2005, ClaudiusI wrote: Come on, everyone knows that Batman Begins was the best movie of 2005.

If only all the other Batman movies were as good - hopefully they'll start redoing some in the spirit of that film.

29 posted on 03/14/2006 1:47:07 PM PST by YummiBox
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To: Rummyfan

I knew it wouldn't be long to wait.....LOL


30 posted on 03/14/2006 1:47:08 PM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: headsonpikes
I watched a rental "The Harder They Fall" from '56 starring Bogart and an amazing Rod Steiger in a film noir boxing pic.

Caught that on TCM recently. I think it was Bogie's last picture.

31 posted on 03/14/2006 1:47:23 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: joyspring777

I "Liked Lord of War" and "History of Violence" ...Cinderella Man was a little too slow.

Did not see any of the Oscar noms...boring cept will rent "Capote" cuz I always liked "In Cold Blood".


32 posted on 03/14/2006 1:48:17 PM PST by Blackirish (What kind of name is Plame anyway?)
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To: ExcursionGuy84
"You are the Wind b'neath my Wings, Joe 6-pack."

That's just the beans I've been eating as part of my green earth biomethane project. I haven't actually been able to transport anybody yet, but I've been successful in getting an entire room full of people to move!

33 posted on 03/14/2006 1:48:21 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: lovecraft
OK, one more!


34 posted on 03/14/2006 1:49:31 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: joyspring777
50 points for anyone who knows the connection between Cinderella Man and The Beverly Hillbillies (the TV show, not the movie).

No IMDB or other internet searches allowed.
 

35 posted on 03/14/2006 2:04:43 PM PST by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: Phsstpok

Max Baer's son played Jethro!


36 posted on 03/14/2006 2:12:35 PM PST by notdownwidems (Shellback, pollywogs! 1980)
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To: Phsstpok

Max Baer (sp?) was Jethro's dad. (Well, not the character's dad, but the father of Max Baer Jr.) Can I redeem my points for a few minutes in the ce-ment pond with Elly May?


37 posted on 03/14/2006 2:13:31 PM PST by Fry
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To: notdownwidems

My favorite Beverly Hillibillies was when Jethro pretended he was a "double naught spy".


38 posted on 03/14/2006 2:14:11 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Phsstpok

The actor that played Jethro in the Beverly Hillbillies is the son of the real Max Bauer the boxer of Cinderella Man.


39 posted on 03/14/2006 2:15:07 PM PST by Countyline (God loves you ... He wants you to love Him back; and learn of Him and obey His commands.)
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To: Phsstpok; Fry; Bosco; Countyline

I was first guys...where do I pick up my fifty points?


40 posted on 03/14/2006 2:17:31 PM PST by notdownwidems (Shellback, pollywogs! 1980)
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To: joyspring777
Cinderella Man? The "not really accurate but it's a movie" thing? It's was alright.

But the most entertaining movie of 2005, and I don't care what y'all say is:




Rule #76: No excuses, play like a champion!
41 posted on 03/14/2006 2:44:14 PM PST by motzman (Lets Go Mets!)
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To: notdownwidems; Fry; Bosco; Countyline

Yes, Max Baer Jr. played Jethro on the Beverly Hillbillies.

you may pick up your points at the local FR redemption center in your town. Remember, only 10,000,000,000 points and you get an ashtray with the offical DNC "waaah!" crybaby logo.

Now, for our next question, in which Broadway musical did Granny (Irene Ryan) perform in while other performers were nude on stage? (I actually saw this play, with her in it, before she died). To make this more of a challenge you must also provide the connection between this play and the current troubles with Jihad (oh, it's there, it's there).


42 posted on 03/14/2006 2:45:22 PM PST by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: Joe 6-pack

"The FORCE is Strong with this one."


43 posted on 03/14/2006 3:01:52 PM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: CIDKauf
not a single nomination for the biggest drawing film of all time (Passion)

I get your point, but let's try and be a bit honest here. The Passion of the Christ was not the biggest drawing film of all time. It did very well, yes, top 10 all-time in domestic box-office gross. If you adjust for inflation (which is a better indicator of all-time draw) it's not even in the top 50. In fact, it wasn't even the highest grossing movie of that year (Shrek 2 and Spider-Man 2 both outdrew it).

44 posted on 03/14/2006 3:03:59 PM PST by usapatriot28
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To: T Lady
The instant-classic The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was only nominated for three Oscars. It won only one, for "Achievement in Makeup." Both of the other two categories Narnia was up for, "Achievement in Sound Mixing," and "Achievement in Visual Effects" were won by King Kong.

One of the best-crafted examples in years of the full potential that movies have to create sheer magic (and not coincidentally, one of the biggest box-office successes in years) took home ONE Oscar for Makeup.

Hollywood isn't really about movies anymore, it's just about peddling deviant dreck and political propaganda.

45 posted on 03/14/2006 3:04:45 PM PST by TheSarce (The Silent Majority is finding its voice. It goes to ELEVEN!)
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To: joyspring777

ping


46 posted on 03/14/2006 3:08:43 PM PST by Bellflower (A Brand New Day Is Coming!)
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To: notdownwidems; Fry; Bosco; Countyline
Oooooooo - no takers?

Now, for our next question, in which Broadway musical did Granny (Irene Ryan) perform in while other performers were nude on stage? (I actually saw this play, with her in it, before she died). To make this more of a challenge you must also provide the connection between this play and the current troubles with Jihad (oh, it's there, it's there).

OK, here you go.  After the end of the Beverly Hillbillies Irene Ryan returned to Broadway in the Bob Fosse musical Pippin.  The lead character was the son of Charlemagne, and therefore the great grandson of Charles Martel (the Hammer) who beat the Jihadis first attempt to conquer Europe in the 7th century.

It was actually a pro-life (vs suicide) themed play that celebrated values we might actually support and made fun of (liberal) values we would not like.  Who'd a thunk it? 

As to the nudity, it was around 1970 on Broadway.  It was "the thing to do" at the time.

And Granny was not naked.

47 posted on 03/14/2006 3:37:13 PM PST by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: TheSarce
Thanks for the info, Sarce.

'Hollywood isn't really about movies anymore, it's just about peddling deviant dreck and political propaganda.'


Which is one of the main reasons I don't venture out to the movies much anymore.
48 posted on 03/14/2006 3:42:50 PM PST by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: SquirrelKing

Okay, so this isn't just a 1930s version of "Rocky"? Or a human version of "Seabiscuit"? Seriesly?


49 posted on 03/14/2006 4:37:11 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: headsonpikes
I watched a rental "The Harder They Fall" from '56 starring Bogart and an amazing Rod Steiger in a film noir boxing pic.

Cool. I will have to check that out.

50 posted on 03/14/2006 6:41:35 PM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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