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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2017 Lists by Scott Bettencourt
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2017 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Excellent as always, Scott. Earlier this year I found myself thinking, "I bet this'll be in Bettencourt's top title design category at year's end," while watching Baby Driver. (But it wasn't.) big grin

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2017 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

KONG better than GODZILLA 2014?!!!!!
C'mon Scott, you're better than that
smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2017 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Digital PROJECTION is far superior to faulty reel changes and scratchy prints

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2017 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Digital PROJECTION is far superior to faulty reel changes and scratchy prints

I like scratchy prints. They're more organic.

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2017 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

KONG better than GODZILLA 2014?!!!!!
C'mon Scott, you're better than that
smile


Nope, I'm not at all better than that. I thought Kong was a blast, while Godzilla nearly put me to sleep (Shin Godzilla, on the other hand, was terrific). I didn't care about any of the characters, even by kaiju film standards, and often the big monster/destruction scenes were too short (unlike in the Toho films, where they often seem endless).

I rarely encounter faulty reel changes, though when I went to see Phantom Thread in 70mm on Christmas morning, they accidentally started the final reel first before switching to the correct one promptly. The Arclight was handing out deluxe programs for Phantom Thread when it opened; I don't know if they have any left, but it's worth seeing it there just in case.

I don't mind scratchy prints though I do mind faded prints - given a choice between a faded print and a digital version of a 35mm-era movie, it's a real tossup for me. Often a DCP (digital cinema package) of a film-era movie doesn't accurately represent the way the movie was supposed to look.

As far as the "Title Design" category is concerned, I tend to include sequences that are either graphics-based or are clearly done separately from the rest of the filming (like the montage in the Kong opening credits). Baby Driver's opening was just another scene in the movie, but one that happened to have titles over it. (Coincidentally, Baby Driver looked great in 35mm when it was re-released in that format a few months later, and so well projected I might have assumed it was a DCP) The footage from Wormwood's opening also appears in other parts of the movie or else I would have included that in the category (though it's the use of Richard Rodgers' "No Other Love" from Me and Juliet that really puts it over the top)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2018 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Bill in Portland Maine   (Member)

This has been a really good year for movies, and I haven't been able to say that for a while.

Happy to see "If I Dare" from "Battle of the Sexes" on your list of award-worthy songs, Scott. Great score, too. I'm not as informed on up-and-coming composers as I should be, but Nicholas Britell is definitely on my radar.

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 Posted:   Jan 1, 2018 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

BLADE RUNNER 2049, also my favorite film of the year, deserves a spot on your italicized Best Picture list. Far from perfect but one of the few recent blockbusters with substance.

DUNKIRK, on the other hand, doesn't survive close scrutiny. A lazily written fantasia of true history, awkwardly mangled into one of Nolan's time-warping story structures.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Btw, wasn't it great to see the return of the "hero dies at the end" epic so prevalent in the 1960s and early '70s? BLADE RUNNER 2049, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES and THE LAST JEDI all qualify.

 
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