Monday, January 23, 2023

Sunday, January 22, 2023

My Top Ten of 2022

In alphabetical order, my Top Ten Films of 2022. With apologies to the five that almost made it: BabylonGood Luck to You, Leo Grande, Halloween Ends, The Menu, and NOPE.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Films of 2022

These are the films that qualify for the 2022 Hollmann Awards in 2023. Some I saw in cinemas, some on planes, some streaming. You may see one or two films here that were not given a theatrical release, such as Fire Island and Hocus Pocus 2. I've decided that, however the streamers want to exhibit their films, if it received an MPAA rating, it's a movie, it counts.

The films:

Monday, November 28, 2022

The 1946 Retro Hollmann Awards

Now to put to rest the film year that was 1946. I watched these 67 films:

Anna and the King of Siam
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Big Sleep
Blithe Spirit
The Blue Dahlia
Blue Skies
Brief Encounter
Caesar and Cleopatra
Canyon Passage
Centennial Summer
Children of Paradise
Cluny Brown
Dark Alibi
The Dark Mirror
Dick Tracy
The Dolly Sisters
Dressed to Kill
Duel in the Sun
The Green Years
The Harvey Girls
Henry V
House of Dracula
I Know Where I'm Going!
It Happened at the Inn
It's a Wonderful Life
Johnny in the Clouds
The Jolson Story
The Kid from Brooklyn
The Killers
Little Giant
Magnificent Doll
Monsieur Beaucaire
My Darling Clementine
My Reputation
Night and Day
A Night in Casablanca
Nobody Lives Forever
The Outlaw
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Razor's Edge
The Red Dragon
Road to Utopia
Rome, Open City
Saratoga Trunk
Scarlet Street
The Seventh Veil
She-Wolf of London
Sister Kenny
Specter of the Rose
The Spiral Staircase
A Stolen Life
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
The Stranger
Terror by Night
The Time of Their Lives
To Each His Own
Tomorrow is Forever
Vacation from Marriage
The Verdict
The Yearling

Of those 67, 30 were nominated across 18 categories for my Retro Hollmann Awards. And of those 30, only eleven won. Which ones? These ones:

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

1946: Best Picture

It's been a long delay for a number of reasons. Work, other work, a book I'm reading, a podcast I'm about to guest on, life stuff - and, honestly, trying to get my thoughts together on five films that I felt a lot more about than I expected.

The nominees, as we've pointed out before, were mostly released in Los Angeles at the end of the year, their studios crossing fingers that being most recent would result in more love. Clearly, they were correct, though no one would get more love than The Best Years of Our Lives: eight nominations, seven wins including Best Picture. 

Let's get into it:

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

1946: Supporting Actor

Even the Academy didn't expect this year's winner to triumph! 

Harold Russell did not pursue the acting life. He was living the modest life of customer service, enlisting in the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Serving as an instructor at Camp McKail, a freak accident during demolitions training took both his hands. Now outfitted with hooks, Russell was featured in a documentary short about his rehabilitation, "Diary of a Sergeant." It was seeing that film that inspired William Wyler to cast Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives - that, and Wyler's determination to fill the cast and crew with as many veterans as possible. Russell was lauded for his performance, but when the Oscar nominations came out, he was seen as a longshot. After all, he was up against a number of older, more experienced performers, only one of whom had ever won. It is said that that was why the Board of Governors bestowed on him an Honorary Award, separate from the competitive nod, in recognition of his "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives."

And then he actually won the damn thing, making him the first non-professional to win an Oscar and the only actor to win two Oscars for one performance.

What was the competition like? Here 'tis: