Saturday, February 23, 2019

My Oscar Predictions, 2018 Edition

My final predictions for the 91st Academy Awards in all 24 categories, in three acts.

Act One: No Dog in This Fight (or, i ain't seen all these)

Animated Short - "Bao"
Documentary Short - "Period. End of Sentence."
Live Action Short - "Skin"
Animated Feature - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Documentary Feature - Free Solo
Foreign Language Film - Roma
Original Song - "Shallow" from A Star is Born
Visual EffectsFirst Man
Makeup and Hairstyling - Vice
Cinematography - Roma

Act Two: Opinions, I Have Them (or, the ol' will win/should win game)

Sound Mixing - Bohemian Rhapsody (should win: Roma)
Sound Editing - Bohemian Rhapsody (should win: First Man)
Costume Design - Black Panther (should win: The Favourite, but I'd be down with Black Panther)
Film Editing - Vice (should win: BlacKkKlansman)
Production Design - The Favourite (should win: The Favourite)

The final act after the jump...

Monday, February 4, 2019

The 2018 Hollmann Awards: Part Two

The rest of the 2018 Hollmann Awards! For full context, make sure to take a look at my Top Ten, the nominees, and the first half of the awards.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
adapted from the novel by Naomi Alderman

2. Little Forest; 3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?; 4. First Man; 5. The Wife

You hear the pitch about lesbians in an Orthodox Jewish community and you know - you just know - this is going to be a preaching-to-the-choir critique against religion's stamping out of individuality! And certainly that's true...for one character. For another character, religion and faith offers clarity, security, a community - going against its tenets goes against all of that. For still another, the two sides are difficult to reconcile, but she tries. Open to everything, understanding - and breathtakingly accurate in its lustful abandon.

In second, Little Forest's instructive, romantic journey across the past and present. In third, Can You Ever Forgive Me?'s empathy and sardonic humor. In fourth, First Man's elegy. In fifth, The Wife's gradual unraveling.

After the jump: Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Song, Best Picture, and more....

Friday, January 25, 2019

The 2018 Hollmann Awards: Part One

The first group of awards for the 2018 Hollmann Awards!

Best Original Screenplay
A Bread Factory
Patrick Wang 

2. First Reformed; 3. Tully; 4. Shoplifters; 5. The Spy Gone North

As funny in Part One's depiction of Janeane Garofalo's visiting director as it is poignant in Part Two's "love-long-lost" monologue delivered by Brian Murray, brilliant in its combination of the two in Part One's climactic council hearings and Part Two's final conversation between Tyne Daly and Elisabeth Henry. Wang has created a fully-realized community populated by a large ensemble of very specific characters - it feels real.

In second, First Reformed's balance of anguish and dark comedy. In third, Tully's
In fourth, Shoplifters' humor in the face of poverty. In fifth, The Spy Gone North's political machinations and genuine love of country.

Eight more, including my picks for Best Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Actress, after the jump...

Monday, January 21, 2019

Oscar Guesses

The nominations for the 91st Annual Academy Awards are tomorrow SO let's predict 'em.

Officially, I'm predicting just seven films for Best Picture; A Star is Born leading with 10 nominations.

Check 'em out, after the jump...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The 2018 Hollmann Award Nominees

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

Ingrid Caven as Miss Vendegast

Sissy Spacek as Jewel
The Old Man & the Gun

Angela Winkler as Miss Tanner

Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young
Crazy Rich Asians

The remaining 17 categories after the jump....

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Top Ten of 2018

With apologies to All is True, Bad Times at the El RoyaleBlack Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me?Crazy Rich AsiansThe Favourite, Good MannersThe Hate U GiveHereditary, Leave No Trace, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Mary Poppins ReturnsThe Old Man & the Gun, The Other Side of the Wind, Paddington 2Shirkers, ShopliftersA Simple FavorSwing Kids, and Zama, may I present....

My Top Ten of 2018....after the jump.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018: The Films

I saw 114 domestic releases this past year. The complete list below, with links (when appropriate) to capsules and tweets about the flicks.

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days
At Eternity's Gate
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Bohemian Rhapsody
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Eighth Grade
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Favourite
Good Manners
The Great Battle
Green Book
The Hate U Give
I Feel Pretty
Let the Corpses Tan
Madeline's Madeline
Mary, Queen of Scots
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Old Man & the Gun
On the Basis of Sex
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Studio 54
Sweet Country
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
White Boy Rick
You Were Never Really Here

Now to do the work of narrowing these kids down to a Top Ten...

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