This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking about the beginning of the 2012 awards season with Awards Daily founder and editor-in-chief Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily). We discuss the recent wins from various critics associations, their influence on the Academy, recent Oscar history, the current state of the race, and much more.
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In case you hadn’t heard, we now have a new “Greatest Film of All Time.” Every 10 years, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine polls a number of film experts to come up with a definitive list of the greatest films of all time. These experts include critics, academics, writers, and programmers, and this year 846 such people participated in the poll. Citizen Kane has topped the list every time since 1962, but this year Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful Vertigo overtook Orson Wells’ opus to be named the new “Greatest Film of All Time.”
Sight & Sound also conducts a poll of filmmakers, and this year 358 directors (including the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright) yielded a significantly different Top 10 list with Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 pic Tokyo Story taking the top spot. Though lists of this sort are by definition subjective, these Top 10s are worth perusing and act as a great guide for film fans looking to deepen their cinematic palate. Hit the jump to take a look at both lists.
Approaching Citizen Kane is like approaching the Mona Lisa or Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Such are great works of art – they’re often encased in amber. And with whatever the innovations they’ve created or expanded upon, coming at them at a later time is often like solving a mystery – you know there’s a reason why they’re so important, but you have to understand the context. And then there’s the legacy of its writer/director/star Orson Welles. The man who directed the greatest film in cinema history only to be denied the chance to repeat himself. That’s a lot of baggage to sort through, so let’s unpack, shall we? Our review of Citizen Kane on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane will be making its debut on Blu-ray on September 13th to mark the film’s 70th anniversary. While folks can debate whether or not it’s the best American movie ever made, its contribution to cinema is undeniable. Welles devised both technological and narrative innovations for Citizen Kane and if you have a favorite director who was born after the film’s release, he or she probably cites the film as one of their inspirations.
Warner Bros will be going back to the original nitrate for an HD restoration in 4K resolution. I couldn’t be happier that Warner Bros is handling the transfer. Their Blu-ray for Casablanca is mind-blowing. You watch it and you realize that no one who made the film ever saw the movie in the condition you’re seeing it in, but it still has the quality of film. Hit the jump to learn about the new extras that will be added to the Blu-ray package.
Now here’s a subway we’d all like to take. It seems a website called Vodkaster has created “The Best Movies Of All Time Map” much in the vein of those Lord of the Rings Flow Charts/Maps that circulated around the web a few months ago (we missed it). It’s incredibly cool and detailed, even if the stops along the way don’t exactly make the most sense.
Starting with a series of “Universally Acclaimed Masterpieces” in the middle, such as Seven Samuari, Star Wars and Citizen Kane, it then branches off into sub genres such as the broad “Drama” and “Comedy,” to more specific ones like “Masterpiece about show business” and “Drama about tolerance.”
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