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
Shoplifters


Ingrid Caven as Miss Vendegast
Suspiria 


Sissy Spacek as Jewel
The Old Man & the Gun


Angela Winkler as Miss Tanner
Suspiria


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
Burning
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Colette
Destroyer
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
Searching
Shoplifters
Studio 54
Sweet Country
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
Vice
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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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

I Resolve

Some New Year's resolutions for the blog:

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.

3. The return of Casting Coup Tuesdays. I don't think I've done them since the Agatha Christies in 2017, and I've a few percolating. Stay tuned.

4. 2018 Hollmann Awards in January, 1968 Hollmann Awards in February. The former is easy: we'll start looking back at the year we just left starting tomorrow! As for the latter...we'll see.


What do you hope to see here in 2019?

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Lucky 13

A great many films to discuss....

Halloween
dir: David Gordon Green
scr: David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Jeff Fradley
adapted from: characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
seen: Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood

This Halloween 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.

VenomFirst ManA Star is Born, and more - after the jump...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The First Eight Months: Part Two

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....

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The First Eight Months: Part One

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?

Previously written about (16): Annihilation, Are We Not Cats?Black Panther, The Death of Stalin, Fifty Shades FreedA Futile and Stupid Gesture, Golden Slumber, Little Forest, Love, Simon, Paddington 2, The Princess and the Matchmaker, Ready Player One, Red Sparrow, Tomb Raider, Unsane, The Young Karl Marx

But you know what I haven't written about, until now?

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!
dir: Ol Parker
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...