Sunday, February 27, 2011

Best Actor 1949: John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima

John Wayne received his first Oscar nomination for portraying Sgt. John M. Stryker in Sands of Iwo Jima.

Sands of Iwo Jima is a fairly standard old fashioned war movie, it is entirely cliched  but I suppose it is sort of made finely for this type of film.

There are many types of different types of actors in terms of Oscar relation. There is the properly nominated actors in the sort of Laurence Olivier, or Marlon Brando, there is the over nominated like say Spencer Tracy or Warren Beatty, or there is the never nominated snubs of people like Edward G. Robinson or Peter Lorre, and there are also the under nominated of miss nominated meaning they are indeed Oscar nominees but they were nominated too few of times, or they were always nominated for the wrong performances. I must say John Wayne is an actor of this last type mentioned, he was indeed nominated for Oscars but only twice and for performances many detract from.

I actually think Wayne is fine as an actor in his standard performances, he sometimes over does it, and is limited in his way but I find he is fine in his standard roles that are right for him, and I do think he has a few performances that should have been his nominations, if he was only to be nominated twice he should have been nominated most certainly for The Quiet Man my favorite performance of his where he is surprisingly charming, comedic, and tender, or his most praised performance in The Searchers where he is coldly effective. Now he was not nominated for these his best roles, but rather this first for a very standard Wayne role of a Military man leading troops. Now The reason I went on this rather long opening description is I think Wayne is given at times an overly hard time as an actor, and I do think he could be great at the right time and for the right role, so I just wanted to make clear I do think he deserved an Oscar nomination or two just maybe not for this performance.

Wayne portrays Stryker in what is a very standard Wayne performance. He commands his troops in his own commanding way at which Wayne is just fine at. He is not amazing as the Sergeant, but sure I certainly did believe him well enough in the role. No he does not do anything great as he deals with his men of every different type with his appropriate man of military, but I did think it was fine for the film, and I believed his performance. Wayne does try his best to make the sometimes incredibly cliched dialogue with conviction, and I think he handles as well as any other actor really could have, which is not much but fine.

Wayne is fine most of the film, and I do think he is a little better in his performance in the war scenes. He has the right command of a fine although not perfect marine sergeant. He again does display the right emotions, and using silent reactions to what he sees and does is well handled enough, amazing, no, but well enough. In fact his reaction shots are always the best part of his performance in this film which convey a more feeling and emotion then whenever he is talking. I do think Wayne is good here, and in particular scenes, and he is just fine and functional in other scenes. A great performance no, the best performance of Wayne's career, no, the best performance of Wayne this year, no he was better in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, but I still thought he was fine.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Black Cat "Anime"

Black Cat (ブラックキャット Burakku Kyatto?) is a Japanese Shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki. It was originally serialized in Japan in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump. It was later collected in twenty tankōbon volumes from January 11, 2001 to October 9, 2004. The series was adapted into a twenty-four episode anime series by Gonzo studio. It debuted in Japan on the anime satellite television network Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network on October 6, 2005 with its final episode airing on March 30, 2006. The story centers on a man named Train Heartnet who withdrew from an elite group of assassins called the Chrono Numbers (時の番人 Kurono Nanbāzu?) to become a bounty hunter, or Sweeper.

Genre Adventure, Comedy, Action, Fantasy, Science fiction
Written by Kentaro Yabuki
Published by Shueisha
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media
Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine Canada United States Shonen Jump
Original run 20012004
Volumes 20 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Directed by Shin Itagaki
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States Funimation
United Kingdom MVM Films
Network Animax, TBS
English network Australia New Zealand Cartoon Network
United States FUNimation Channel
Original run October 6, 2005March 30, 2006
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Black Cat: Hoshi no Zanshou
Written by Tomohito Ōsaki
Published by Shueisha
Published October 2005
Anime and Manga Portal

Viz Media licensed the manga series for English-language publication in North America and as of May 2009, have released all 20 volumes of the series. Funimation Entertainment licensed the anime series for North American broadcast where it was broadcast on the Funimation Channel. The series later were released on six DVD compilations, as well as a Complete Series boxed set.


Chronos, an organization bent on world peace, rules one third of the world's economy. To maintain the balance of the world, Chronos is therefore essential, and there is a need for people to protect Chronos. Thirteen special elite assassins each possess unique orichalcum-forged weapons and are called the Chrono Numbers, assassins who work for Chronos. When the thirteenth Chronos Number (Train Heartnet), also known as the infamous Black Cat, meets a Sweeper (licensed bounty hunter) named Saya Minatsuki, Train's morals and values are changed from those of Chronos's to those of his own. Instead of killing his victims like he is ordered to, he merely uses Hades (his orihilcon gun) to stop them instead. This leads to tension between him and the Chronos Elders, the leaders of Chronos, and eventually culminates in Train's departure from the organization. Creed Diskenth, a Chronos assassin, resents the way that Saya changed Train's life, and murders her. Six months later, Train is an easygoing Sweeper, traveling with his partners Sven Vollfied and Eve, when Creed appears before Train once more. Creed, whom Train believed dead, now holds awesome power, using ancient spells of Tao, something Chronos believed no longer existed after the War 20 years earlier. Creed, now with followers and power that rival anyone alive, including the numbers, vows to get Train to join him. Train must choose his friends and new life, or revenge, as Creed threatens to undermine Chronos and start his own World Revolution.


According to Kentaro Yabuki, Black Cat's main theme is Train's journey to find freedom. When the manga ended serialization, Yabuki expressed desire to make a sequel from the manga labelling the series as "Part 1". As he was not sure if there could be a sequel, Yabuki still remarked that the characters of Train Heartnet and Eve may appear in other titles he would make in the future.



Written and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki, Black Cat was originally serialized in Japan by Shueisha in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from 2000 to 2004.[2] One hundred and eighty-five chapters were collected in twenty tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The first volume on January 6, 2000, with the final volume released on October 14, 2004.[3][4]

It was licensed in English in North America by Viz Media as they first announced at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con International.[5] The first volume released on March 8, 2006 with the final volume released on May 5, 2009.[6][7] Madman Entertainment published Viz's English release in Australia and New Zealand.[8] The series is also licensed for regional language releases in Dutch by Glénat Benelux,[9] French by Glénat,[citation needed] Italian by Star Comics,[citation needed] German by Carlsen Comics,[citation needed] Simplified Chinese by Chuang Yi,[citation needed] and traditional Chinese by Tong Li Publishing.[citation needed]


Gonzo studio adapted Black Cat into a twenty-four episode anime series, directed by Shin Itagaki. Black Cat was later licensed for an English-language dubbed release by Funimation Entertainment in June 2006.[11] Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) network with its final episode broadcast on March 30, 2006. Episode fifteen was not broadcast by TBS, but only by Animax.[12][13] In Japan, the series was released across twelve Region 2 DVD volumes from December 21, 2005 to November 22, 2006.[14][15] Each volume was also published in Premium Edition which included various extras.[16] The DVD volumes were gathered in a limited release DVD boxset by Sony Pictures Entertainment on April 23, 2008. The episodes were then licensed and dubbed by Funimation Entertainment and were broadcast on Funimation Channel. The series was then released across six Region 1 DVD volumes released between December 19, 2006 and July 24, 2007. The DVDs were gathered in a boxset and released on March 18, 2008.


There were three drama CDs based on the series released between February 28, 2005 and October 14, 2005

Cover to the Black Cat Original Soundtrack Nikukyu

A full anime soundtrack was released on March 15, 2006 entitled Black Cat Original Soundtrack Nikukyu (lit. Pawpad).[23] It contains the opening and ending themes along with twenty-one tracks of background music.

Light novel

With the permission from the author, Kentaro Yabuki, Tomohito Ōsaki wrote a light novel titled Black Cat: Hoshi no Zanshou (lit. The Star's Afterglow). It was released in Japan in October 2005.

Video games

There were two video games released in Japan. "Black Cat: Kikai Shikake no Tenshi" (lit. The Mechanical Angel) was released for the PlayStation 2 on March 30, 2006 by Capcom. Black Cat: Kuroneko no Concerto (lit. The Black Cat's Concerto) was released for the Nintendo DS on June 21, 2007 by Compile Heart. Characters of the Black Cat series have also made appearances in the games Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars.


As of 2008, Black Cat's twenty volumes sold 12 million units in Japan. Volumes from Viz's publication of the series have also been featuring in best-selling manga rankings such as The New York Times[25][26] as well as Nielsen BookScan. During 2006, Black Cat was North America 9th best Manga property according to ICv2. In ICv2 Top 50 Manga, Black Cat was listed as the 15th Manga property from North America during the first half from 2008. In ICv2's Top 25 Manga Properties Q1 2009, it was the 22nd best manga property from North America during 2009's first quarter.

The anime has been listed as North America 22nd's anime property during summer from 2008. Navarre Corporation cited the DVD releases from Black Cat as the main reason for Funimation's profit increase during the last quarter from 2006.


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  3. ^ "Black Cat 1" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  4. ^ "Black Cat 20" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved September 1, 2009.
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  12. ^ "Animax Southeast Asia's official daily schedule for April 2007". Animax. Archived from the original on April 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-13.
  13. ^ "Schedule for Animax Philippines". Telebisyon. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  14. ^ "Black Cat Vol.1". CD Japan. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  15. ^ "Black Cat Vol.12". CD Japan. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
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  17. ^ "Black Cat DVD Box Limited Release". CD Japan. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  18. ^ "Funimation Channel Adds MoonPhase, Peach Girl, Suzuka". Anime News Network. March 3, 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  19. ^ "Black Cat, Vol. 1 - The Cat Out of the Bag". Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  20. ^ "Black Cat, Vol. 6 - Cat's Nine Lives". Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  21. ^ "Black Cat: The Complete Series". Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  22. ^ " on the Drama CD of Black Cat". Retrieved 2007-07-28.
  23. ^ "BLACK CAT Original Sound Track“Nikukyu”". Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  24. ^ "Top Manga Properties in 2008 - Rankings and Circulation Data". Comipress. December 31, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  25. ^ "New York Times Manga Best Seller List, March 1–7". Anime News Network. March 13, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  26. ^ "New York Times Manga Best Seller List, May 10–16". Anime News Network. May 22, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  27. ^ "BookScan's Top 20 Graphic Novels for January 2009". ICv2. February 5, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  28. ^ "Manga Releases Up 16% in 2007". ICv2. February 7, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  29. ^ "ICv2 Top 50 Manga--Summer 2008". ICv2. September 8, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  30. ^ "'ICv2 Insider's Guide' #65: Top 25 Manga Properties Q1 2009". ICv2. June 10, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  31. ^ "ICv2 Top 25 Anime--Summer 2008". ICv2. September 8, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  32. ^ "Navarre Q4 Report: Profits Up 24.9%". Anime News Network. February 13, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2009.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Best Actor 1949: Broderick Crawford in All the King's Men

Broderick Crawford won an Oscar from his only nomination for portraying Willie Stark in All The King's Men.

All the King's Men is a somewhat effective but also lacking piece that takes a look at political corruption.

All the King's Men tells the story of a journalist (John Ireland) who follows the political career of Willie Stark. When we first see Stark he seems like a very soft spoken honest Joe who wants just to do what is right for the people. I frankly think Crawford actually honestly overdid the softness and naivety of Willie at the beginning of the film and frankly made him seem to nice, and modest. Crawford makes no indication at all that there is anything but good in Stark, who is passionate for the good of the people and nothing else.

Old Willie though changes a little too rapidly when told that he is being used by the higher ups. He changes basically as soon as he finds out and changes to an very confidant passionate speaker who learns how to fiery up the people to vote for him. I will say Crawford gives the right passionate bluster to his speech and into the new Willie, but I find him changing into this far more confidant Willie lacks a proper transition. The film does not really give it enough time, but Crawford really failed to use the little time he really had to make it convincing. He also failed to show of hidden aspects of Willie beforehand in the earliest moments, due to the simple nice guy portrayal he did.

Willie Stark as soon as he becomes a knowledgeable confidant politician he seems to become a completely evil and manipulative one. I think Crawford and the film again are to blame, the film does force this instant transition, but also Crawford almost immediately begins to portray Willie in this evil fashion. Again a failed transition but this does lead to Crawford portrayal as the power hungry Stark. This is by far the best part and aspect of Crawford's performance one that he pretty much fully succeeds with. Crawford has the perfect manipulative command to Willie in his power hungry form. As he smiles gleefully of his new found power clearly enjoying it well. I also thought his smooth control over his sessions where he deals with his enemies are quite effective and believable. Crawford also keeps the right intensity of Willie who dislikes whenever anything is not going his way, again he keeps it smooth and builds his anger but hides in public in the proper slimy politician fashion.

Now is Crawford perfect in as the evil Clark well when he is being actually evil, but I really did not entirely buy him as being seen as this great man by the public. Crawford's speeches consists of angered rhetoric, and he lacked a charm in the role necessary I think for his character to completely fool the public in this way. Crawford does indeed put on a false show in public well enough, but I think he needed more charm and charisma to be fully convincing. I also think his many liaisons with many women has the same problem. Yes he is a powerful guy and they easily could be attracted to that, but the utter devotion seems a little hard to believe, due to the lack of charisma he shows especially in the scenes with the women. Crawford mostly did character work and perhaps that is what suited him best. If he only had to do the evil Willie in a Supporting character role his performance would have been completely brilliant, but since he is required to show so much with the character's changes and transition his performance falls short overall. Overall his performance is lacking most of the time, but he still excels very well in specific moments.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Best Actor 1949

And the Nominees Were:

John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima 

Gregory Peck in Twelve O'Clock High 

Broderick Crawford in All The King's Men

Richard Todd in The Hasty Heart

Kirk Douglas in Champion

Supporting Ranking 100 Nominees

  1. 1972
  2. 1993
  3. 1954
  4. 1961
  5. 1968
  6. 1979
  7. 2010
  8. 1941
  9. 1984
  10. 1950
  11. 2000
  12. 1960
  13. 1997
  14. 1976
  15. 1948
  16. 1940
  17. 2003
  18. 1936
  19. 1985
  20. 1953
  1. Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972)
  2. Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields (1984)
  3. Ralph Fiennes in Schindler' List (1993) 
  4. Jackie Gleason in the Hustler (1961)
  5. Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront (1954)
  6. George Sanders in All About Eve (1950)
  7. Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  8. Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
  9. Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  10. Jack Albertson in The Subject Was Roses (1968)
  11. Montgomery Clift in Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) 
  12. Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now (1979)  
  13. Lee J. Cobb in On the Waterfront (1954) 
  14. George C. Scott in The Hustler (1961)
  15. Karl Malden in On the Waterfront (1954)
  16. Walter Brennan in The Westerner (1940)
  17. Pete Postlethwaite in In the Name of the Father (1993)
  18. James Caan in The Godfather (1972)
  19. Charles Coburn in The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
  20. Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man (1976)
  21. Joel Grey in Cabaret (1972)
  22. Gene Wilder in The Producers (1968)
  23. Justin Henry in Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979) 
  24. Seymour Cassel in Faces (1968)
  25. Burgess Meredith in Rocky (1976) 
  26. John Hawkes in Winter's Bone (2010)
  27. Sam Jaffe in The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
  28. Peter Falk in Murder, Inc. (1960) 
  29. Benicio Del Toro in Traffic (2000)
  30. Christian Bale in The Fighter (2010)
  31. Tim Robbins in Mystic River (2003)
  32. Walter Brennan in Come and Get It (1936) 
  33. Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights (1997)
  34. Klaus Maria Brandauer in Out of Africa (1985)
  35. Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  36. Donald Crisp in How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  37. Sal Mineo in Exodus (1960)
  38. Frederic Forrest in The Rose (1979)
  39. Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech (2010)
  40. John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire (1993)
  41. Peter Ustinov in Spartacus (1960)
  42. Robert Forster in Jackie Brown (1997)
  43. Eddie Albert in The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
  44. Jeremy Renner in The Town (2010)
  45. Adolph Caesar in A Soldier's Story (1984)
  46. Greg Kinnear in As Good As It Gets (1997)
  47. Robert Duvall in The Godfather (1972)
  48. Cecil Kellaway in The Luck of the Irish (1948)
  49. Jack Kruschen in The Apartment (1960)
  50. Erich von Stroheim in Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  51. Robert Strauss in Stalag 17 (1953)
  52. Mickey Rooney in The Black Stallion (1979) 
  53. Charles Bickford in Johnny Belinda (1948)
  54. Pat Morita in The Karate Kid (1984)
  55. Jack Wild in Oliver! (1968)
  56. Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich (2000)
  57. Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)
  58. Anthony Hopkins in Amistad (1997)
  59. John Malkovich in Places in the Heart (1984)
  60. Walter Brennan in Sergeant York (1941)
  61. Jason Robards in All the President's Men (1976)
  62. Robert Loggia in Jagged Edge (1985)
  63. Jack Palance in Shane (1953)
  64. Peter Falk in Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
  65. Edmond O'Brien in The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
  66. Ned Beatty in Network (1976)
  67. Edmund Gwenn in Mister 880
  68. Albert Bassermann in Foreign Correspondent (1940) 
  69. Basil Rathbone in Romeo and Juliet (1936)
  70. James Stephenson in The Letter (1940)
  71. Alec Baldwin in The Cooler (2003)
  72. Melvyn Douglas in Being There (1979)
  73. Jeff Bridges in The Contender (2000)
  74. Jack Oakie in The Great Dictator (1940)
  75. Mark Ruffalo in The Kids are All Right (2010)
  76. Ralph Richardson in Greystoke (1984)
  77. Djimon Honsou in In America (2003)
  78. Benicio Del Toro in 21 Grams (2003)
  79. Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive (1993)
  80. Burt Young in Rocky (1976)
  81. Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting (1997)
  82. William Gargan in They Knew What They Wanted (1940)
  83. William Hickey in Prizzi's Honor (1985)
  84. Jeff Chandler in Broken Arrow (1950)
  85. Oskar Homolka in I Remember Mama (1948)
  86. Akim Tamiroff in The General Died at Dawn (1936)
  87. Brandon De Wilde in Shane (1953)
  88. Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)
  89. Daniel Massey in Star! (1968)
  90. Eddie Albert in Roman Holiday (1953)
  91. Chill Wills in The Alamo (1960)
  92. James Gleason in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) 
  93. Stuart Erwin in Pigskin Parade (1936)
  94. Tom Tully in The Caine Mutiny (1954)
  95. Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity (1953)
  96. George Chakiris in West Side Story (1961)
  97. Jose Ferrer in Joan of Arc (1948)
  98. Mischa Auer in My Man Godfrey (1936)
  99. Don Ameche in Cocoon (1985)
  100. Eric Roberts in Runaway Train (1985)
And my Winners Are:
                              Walter Brennan As Swan Bostrum

                                  Walter Brennan as Judge Roy Bean
                            Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman
                                 Walter Huston as Howard
                                  George Sanders as Addison De Witt
                       Robert Strauss as Stanislas 'Animal' Kasava
                            Rod Steiger as Charley Malloy 
                             Peter Falk as Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles
                                Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats
                           Jack Albertson as John Cleary
                           Al Pacino as Micheal Corleone
                          Laurence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell
                              Robert Duvall as Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore
                              Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran
     Klaus Maria Brandauer as Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke
                                       Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth
                                       Burt Reynolds as Jack Horner
                                  Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck
                                 Tim Robbins as Dave Boyle
                              John Hawkes as Teardrop

This category is not the strongest but there are certainly strong performances to be found within it. Sorry about the lack of a video but I could not find good enough footage of Jack Albertson and Peter Falk.

Most Wins: Walter Brennan with two
Most Reviewed: Walter Brennan with three
Winners in Both Lead and Supporting: Laurence Olivier, Rod Steiger, Robert Duvall, Walter Huston
Films with Winners in Both Lead and Supporting: On The Waterfront, Schindler's List
Noticeable Trend: A good amount of my winners are villains or antagonistic characters.
Academy Agreements: 7
Most Pleasant Surprise: Pete Postlethwaite in In the Name of the Father

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Best Supporting Actor 1950: Results

5. Jeff Chandler in Broken Arrow- Chandler is already miscast around actual Native Americans, and his dull performance never makes up for this problem.
4. Edmund Gwenn in Mister 880- Gwenn is properly sweet and charming in his part, but the part of the most benevolent of criminals is not much of one.
3. Erich von Stroheim in Sunset Blvd.- Stroheim is perfectly cast adding another layer to his character simply through his one background. He also is always proper in his role, but his performance never becomes that amazing for me. Max Meyerling is certianly an interesting character but still certianly a limited one.
2. Sam Jaffe in The Asphalt Jungle- In many years I sort of look forward to rarely talked about nominated performance which are ample in this category. I usually find out why they are rarely spoken of like Gwenn, and Chandler, but I was very pleasantly surprised to find Jaffe's incredibly strong work. Jaffe's performance is subtle even simple work at times, that is amazingly effective and very memorable.
1. George Sanders in All About Eve-Sanders simply could not be better in the role of Addison De Witt. He channels the snarky smug, yet incredibly intelligent and suave ways of the character. Sanders always makes his presence known with every single comment he makes, and to top it off he has one unforgettable scene that is just a magnificent piece of acting.
Deserving Performances:
Louis Calhern in The Asphalt Jungle
Alastair Sim in Stage Fright
Orson Welles in The Third Man (Since it was counted in the major category of Director, I guess I will include him here instead of 1949.)