A terrific year for films, 2018 was. Not since 2011 have I had such a spread: 35 films in 18 categories! And it was tough to narrow down - all the way up to midnight last night, I still had six to eight finalists in several categories...
But here they are! The nominees for the 13th Annual Hollmann Awards:
Best Supporting Actress
Sakura Andô as Nobuyo Shibata Shoplifters Ingrid Caven as Miss Vendegast
With apologies to All is True, Bad Times at the El Royale, Black Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Good Manners, The Hate U Give, Hereditary, Leave No Trace, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Mary Poppins Returns, The Old Man & the Gun, The Other Side of the Wind, Paddington 2, Shirkers, Shoplifters, A Simple Favor, Swing Kids, and Zama, may I present....
1. More Korean cinema. I live near a Korean movie theater and have been going pretty regularly since seeing The Admiral: Roaring Currents in 2014. But my screenings have become inconsistent, my records of them haphazard. And there's so much from the past that I have not seen, notable works like The Housemaid and Miracle in Cell No. 7 and Oldboy, the oeuvre of filmmakers like Hong Sang-Soo and Shin Sang-Ok, etc. It's time to take it seriously.
2. Year-long 1989 retrospective. I turn 30 this year, and I want to look at what Hollywood was churning out while I entered this world. So, in addition to my scattershot retrospectives, I intend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a film's release every week, from now through December.
scr: David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Jeff Fradley
adapted from: characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
seen: Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood
ThisHalloween fan was satisfied. In ignoring all but the first film in the series, the filmmakers both explore the trauma of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, both gutting and bad-ass), and how that trauma is dismissed, re-interpreted, or forgotten by the world's mythologizing of a serial killer and his crimes. As a fan of true crime podcasts and docs, it hit close to home.
Venom, First Man, A Star is Born, and more - after the jump...
We're playing catch-up. Did you read the 17 capsule reviews from yesterday? Well, we've got more today, starting with...
Crazy Rich Asians
dir: Jon M. Chu
scr: Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim
adapted from: the novel by Kevin Kwan
seen: AMC Burbank 16
A Chinese-American professor visits her Singaporean boyfriend's homeland for a wedding - only to learn that he is the scion of the country's wealthiest family, and now must guard herself against the friends and foes who question her intentions and suitability. Sexy, hilarious, heart-wrenching. Watch Constance Wu struggle to fit in as both an American and a "commoner"; behold Michelle Yeoh as she fights to not lose her son; worship Gemma Chan as she holds her head high against the pettiness around her. Costumes, production design, music like something out of a dream...or Ross Hunter's Hollywood. The most beautiful people you've ever seen on screen. I cried while talking about it the next day. It's so good!
16 more after the jump, including Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Christopher Robin, Hereditary, and more....
As of Sunday night, I have finally seen fifty (50) movies released in the United States in 2018. We haven't talked about the films of this year since April, so why don't we use this occasion to rectify that?
scr: Ol Parker, story by Ol Parker and Richard Curtis and Catherine Johnson
adapted from: the original musical play Mamma Mia! conceived by Judy Craymer and written by Catherine Johnson
seen: Regal LA Live 16
As Sophie deals with continuing her mother's legacy, we flashback to how young Donna came to Greece and collected her dot-dot-dots. This is not deep entertainment, but by God, Parker knows just how to deploy an ABBA new-mom ballad for maximum emotions. The dancing is great. The cast is having a ball. I saw it twice.
Brief notes on 16 other films - including Solo: A Star Wars Story, BlacKkKlansman, and Incredibles 2 - just after the jump...