Episode 22: Gentleman’s Agreement

July 12, 2018

This week we're talking about the 1947 film "Gentleman's Agreement," starring Gregory Peck, Celeste Holt, and directed by Elia Kazan.  This is the story of a journalist who poses as a Jewish man in order to understand Anti-Semitism, and hopefully to make his readers as well.

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1948's Hamlet, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 21: The Best Years of Our Lives

June 30, 2018

This is a film about three servicemen coming home from WWII, to the same town, and how their readjustment into 'normal' life progresses.

Starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, and Harold Russell. It was directed by William Wyler.

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1945's The Long Weekend, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 20: The Lost Weekend

June 19, 2018

Sorry about the week off, but we're back with 1945's The Lost Weekend, the story of an alcoholic on a binge weekend hitting rock bottom.

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1945's The Long Weekend, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 19: Going My Way

June 7, 2018

In this episode, we talk about the 1944 Best Picture winner, Going My Way, starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald as two priests of a New York parish that is having financial trouble.  Directed by Leo McCarey.

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1945's The Long Weekend, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 18: Casablanca

May 25, 2018

In this episode we talk about what has often been hailed as "the best screenplay of all time" 1942's film Casablanca.

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1942's Casablanca, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 17: Mrs. Miniver

May 16, 2018

This week we're talking about the first WWII film to win Best Picture, Mrs. Miniver from 1942.  Check out this episode to get a basic idea of what the film's about, whether we thought it was good, and the cultural and historical importance of it.  In this episode, Mike finally declares that he will not be saying "spoiler" alert when talking about films that are more than 70 years old.

The final scene from the film is a speech that I mention in the episode.  To see that speech click below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFy71uPSXwM

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1942's Casablanca, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 16: How Green Was My Valley

May 11, 2018

This is our sixteenth episode, and each week we're watching and discussing a new Best Picture Academy Award Winner. For this episode we'll be discussing 1941's How Green Was My Valley, starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowell, Donald Crisp and Sara Allgood, and directed by John Ford.

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1942's Mrs. Miniver, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 15: Rebecca

May 5, 2018

This is our twelfth episode, and each week we're watching and discussing a new Best Picture Academy Award Winner. For this episode we'll be discussing 1940's Rebecca, starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1941's How Green Was My Valley, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 14: 1920’s and 1930’s Wrap-Up

April 27, 2018

In this episode, we talk about the first decade (and change) of the Academy Awards, and discuss any established themes, and trends.  We talk about he highs and the lows of winners.

f you want to try to watch along with us, next episode will be 1940's Rebecca, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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Episode 13: Gone With The Wind

April 20, 2018

This is our twelfth episode, and each week we're watching and discussing a new Best Picture Academy Award Winner. For this episode we'll be discussing 1939's Gone With The Wind, starring Vivienne Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel and directed by George Cukor and Victor Fleming.

I mention in this episode an interesting article talking about how this film influence Star Wars, here is that article: http://www.starwars.com/news/the-cinema-behind-star-wars-gone-with-the-wind

If you want to try to watch along with us, we're going to do a decade wrap up next week, but then will resume with 1940's Rebecca, and if you have anything you'd like us to mention about any of the Best Pictures, email us at mikediamond82984@gmail.com.

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