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The 15 "Edgiest" Oscar Best Picture Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2014 3:39 PM
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“Ugh, the Academy, so conservative” goes the cliché, as bloggers and pundits the movie world over take a moment to roll their eyes and sigh before diving back in to beaver away on one of a million pieces about this year’s nominations, the pros and cons, the good picks, the bad picks, the odds, the ends (hey, we’ve done a few ourselves with more on the way!) But while that knee-jerk stance is an easy one to adopt (and also comfortable—setting the speaker above the choices in question by virtue of the fact that they’re not challenging enough, not cinephile-y enough, too MOR, too bland), it doesn’t take account of those times when we’ve been surprised by the august body. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which does absolutely skew older-white-male in its demographics (as does the film industry, folks) has, on occasion given us pause—nominating a film which, in content or execution, might seem to be light years away from its wheelhouse: explicit in its treatment of sexuality, or extreme in its violence or just wholly different to our idea of an “Oscar movie.”

'The Silence Of The Lambs' Inspires New Wines, Gets 2 Mondo Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 11:44 AM
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So, making some fava beans for dinner tonight? Looking for the right wine to pair with your meal? Well, Alamo Drafthouse has got you (creepily) covered. Taking movie fandom to the next level, they've launched two signature wines inspired by "The Silence Of The Lambs," and yes they are real, and yes you can order them. And help get the word out, they've drafted Mondo to create two pretty solid new posters for the flick/wines.

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