FDL Movie Night: Oscar Chat

By: Monday February 24, 2014 4:59 pm

Next Sunday we’ll be live blogging the Oscars, so tonight we’re discussing the nominees in the major categories. Right now, as I write this the Oddschecker has Twelve Years a Slave as the 4:1 favorite, followed by Gravity at 9:2. American Hustle (18:1), Dallas Buyers Club (25:1) and The Wolf of Wall Street (80:1) rounds out the top the five, with the others (Captain Philips, Her, Nebraska and Philomena, coming in at very poor odds–250:1 for the Tom Hanks piracy movie and 300:1 for the the others).

 

“12 Years a Slave” and the Tangled History of the Slavery Film

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 5:40 pm

The obvious comparison for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, given their similar Oscar-bait pedigrees and chronological proximity, is to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Both tackle the subject of slavery, both return the national gaze to our most tragic and indefensible moment, and both emphasize, in particular, the horrors of the lash of involuntary servitude. And yet, the differences between Tarantino and McQueen’s films illustrate the particular nature of McQueen’s triumph.

FDL Movie Night: The Blob

By: Monday July 4, 2011 5:00 pm

What could be more all-American and patriotic than a teen exploitation horror flick made by a crew specializing in religious and instructional films starring Steve McQueen. Ladies and gentlemen: The Blob, directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, featuring a theme song by Burt Bacharach, is a masterpiece of small town angst and urgency that launched the careers of two superstars from the U.S. of A!

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