Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Nominees Are....

Here we go!

I swear this is my favorite morning. Beats Christmas every time, no matter how frustrating it sometimes is.

Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis hosting the announcement, as the Academy continues trying new things to make this more of an event.

Nominees after the jump.....

Monday, January 22, 2018

Oscar Predictions

The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards are announced tomorrow! Here's who I think gets in...

Best Picture
Number of Nominees: 8 (getting that right is worth a point)
Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Possible spoiler: The Florida Project (half a point if it gets in)
In My Dreams: The Lost City of Z

The remaining categories after the jump.....

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Craig Gillespie, I, Tonya
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele, Get Out

In My Dreams: Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread

Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

In My Dreams: Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

In My Dreams: Cynthia Nixon in A Quiet Passion

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

In My Dreams: Rob Morgan in Mudbound

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige Mudbound
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

In My Dreams: Jennifer Ehle in A Quiet Passion

Best Original Screenplay
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

In My Dreams: Phantom Thread

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
The Lost City of Z
Molly's Game

Best Score
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water

In My Dreams: Jane

Best Original Song
Beauty and the Beast - "Evermore"
Call Me By Your Name - "Visions of Gideon"
Coco - "Remember Me"
The Greatest Showman - "This Is Me"
Mudbound - "Mighty River"

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

In My Dreams: First They Killed My Father

Best Production Design
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Get Out
The Shape of Water

In My Dreams: mother!

Best Film Editing
Get Out
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

In My Dreams: Jane

Best Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
The Greatest Showman
Phantom Thread
Victoria and Abdul

In My Dreams: Battle of the Sexes

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour

Best Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water

Best Sound Mixing
Blade Runner 2049
The Greatest Showman
The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman - Chile
In the Fade - Germany
Loveless - Russia
The Square - Sweden
The Wound - South Africa

Best Animated Feature
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
The LEGO Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

Best Documentary
Chasing Coral
City of Ghosts
Faces Places

No idea with the animated shorts, so I just kind of threw darts...

Best Animated Short
"Fox and the Whale"
"In the Heartbeat"
"Lost Property Office"
"Negative Space"

Best Documentary Short
"116 Cameras"
"Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405"
"Ten Meter Tower"

Best Live Action Short
"DeKalb Elementary"
"Facing Mecca"
"My Nephew Emmett"
"Rise of a Star"
"The Silent Child"

I am very much looking forward to being completely and woefully wrong tomorrow!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

The 2017 Hollmann Awards: Part Two

Yesterday, we began with music, presented a bulk of the acting categories, and spread the wealth. Today, the remaining nine categories for the 2017 Hollmann Awards - including Best Picture. Again, order was determined by random drawing. Click here for a full listing of the nominees in each category.

On with the show...

Best Cinematography

1. Blade Runner 2049
Roger Deakins

2. The Lost City of Z
Darius Khondji

3. Mudbound
Rachel Morrison

4. Atomic Blonde
Jonathan Sela

5. First They Killed My Father
Anthony Dod Mantle

After the jump: Original Song, Actress, Best Picture of the Year - and more!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The 2017 Hollmann Awards: Part One

It's the 2017 Hollmann Awards in 2018! With eighteen categories to get through, I'm dividing things up over two days. The order of categories was decided by lottery, much like the nominations - and if you haven't taken a look at those, please do; they come with a full list of the honorees in each category.

Now, on with the show....

Best Score

1. Jane
Philip Glass

2. Battle of the Sexes
Nicholas Britell

3. Phantom Thread
Jonny Greenwood

4. The Lost City of Z
Christopher Spelman

5. The Shape of Water
Alexandre Desplat

Makeup, Supporting Actor and Actress, and much more, after the jump....

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The 2017 Hollmann Awards Nominations

Presenting the nominees for the 2017 Hollmann Awards! 128 films considered in 18 categories, whittled down to just five spots each. The order of the categories was decided by writing them down on pieces of paper, crumpling them, scrambling them up, and selecting willy-nilly. Not even Best Picture is safe from the randomness.

The nominees are...after the jump.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Revolutionary, Cinema

The moment I heard about 1987: When the Day Comes, I knew I had to see it. The film's plot - the true story of the suspicious death of 21-year-old student Park Jong-chul in police custody and its subsequent coverup - and the promise of a sprawling examination of the events from the POV of reporters, government officials, activists, and lawyers, brought to mind Costa-Gavras' incendiary Z (the 1969 film that also depicted the murder and coverup of a leftist activist). This is the event that, along with the Gwangju Massacre (depicted in A Taxi Driver) and President Chun Doo-hwan's deferment of direct presidential elections, led to the June Uprising demonstrations that helped bring South Korea out of the grip of military dictatorships and into democracy. I had to see it.

Alas, it was not to be. December 29th, I went out to catch the new release at CGV Cinemas...and was informed that for its first week of exhibition, 1987 would be exclusively screened sans subtitles. Fair enough! The same thing happened with The Fortress earlier this year, and Missing Woman the year before. Ah, well, so it would not make it to my 2017 Top Ten or Hollmann Awards, but at least I would be able to catch it a week later, away from the glut of movie screenings that the last two weeks of December tend to become, able to appreciate the film on its own merits. And this morning, I did just that.

My reaction, after the jump....

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Who's Getting A Globe?

The 75th Golden Globes are tonight! I have seen all but nine of the movies nominated - Jesus, when I see that number, it feels like a lot. Oh, well.

Anyway, in the 14 film categories: what will win, and what deserves to win? Let's go through it!

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Will win: The Shape of Water. You wouldn't think the human-monster love story would be the least divisive movie of any lineup, but 2017 was full of surprises.

Should win: The Post. Solid studio filmmaking, stellar cast, surprisingly fun.

WHO WON: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Goddamn.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Will win: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name. I don't see a lot stopping his awards season momentum. People love him! And while Gary Oldman's playing Winston Churchill, if the HFPA liked him, this probably wouldn't be his first nomination.

Should win: Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread. So petty! So hilarious!

WHO WON: Boy was I wrong! Oldman wins!

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Will win: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water. Even though Frances McDormand may be overdue for a win from the Globes (it's never happened!), the group's international makeup will probably benefit Hawkins, who also won their Musical/Comedy prize for Happy-Go-Lucky nine years ago.

Should win: Hawkins. Besides the rest of that mishegas above, she's also really fucking good in her movie. This and Maudie are great showcases for her superlative physicality.

WHO WON: Ai-yi-yi, McDormand.

Comedy categories and more, after the jump....

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Top Ten of 2017

Before I unveil my Top Ten of the Year, there's something I forgot to do in yesterday's ranking of my Top 25 - 11: honorable mentions. As I mentioned, there were a number of movies that almost made it, but I just couldn't find room for. A special salute (and apology) to those flicks:

The Battleship Island
Ingrid Goes West
The Last Jedi
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Murder on the Orient Express
Oklahoma City
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
A United Kingdom

And now, my Top Ten of 2017, presented in alphabetical order...after the jump...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Best of 2017, Part One

2017 was a very backloaded year as far as quality cinema goes...or so I thought. But in compiling this year's Top 25, I realized just how many gems there were, so many that I almost made this a Top 30! Consider these my recommendations - if you've missed out on any, correct that immediately!

What follows are the first 15 entries in my Top 25. For the full list of the 127 films that qualified, click here.

Let's begin with.....

25. God of War
dir: Gordon Chan
scr: Frankie Tam, Maria Wong, MengZhang Wu
cin: Takuro Ishizaka
seen: AMC Atlantic Times Square 14, Monterey Park, CA

A historical war epic in which the tattered forces of the Ming army go up against Japanese pirates. A great showcase for the martial artists at the core of its ensemble and a fascinating pulling-back of the curtain on military strategy. Deep character work, with its surprising admiration for the Japanese tacticians and its feminist portrayal of the main character's wife: not a mere general's bride, she is her husband's equal in strength and cunning, even leading a co-ed army of villagers against invaders.

24-11, after the jump...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Coming Attractions: Most Anticipated 2018

Happy New Year! And happy week o' lists, as we look back at the year that was in movies...

But first! The year ahead! These are the fifteen titles that I'm most looking forward to in 2018...

15. Halloween

release date: October 19th
dir: David Gordon Green
scr: Green/Danny McBride, based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill
David Gordon Green - a very solid director - has the direct blessing of John Carpenter himself, and Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode. Apparently this film is ignoring every Halloween film after the original, which is kind of a shame, but I guess there's no other way to bring Laurie back, considering the events of Halloween: Resurrection (I'm not apologizing if that's a spoiler for you - that movie is all about Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks). Yours truly owns every Halloween film on BluRay, so yeah, I'm here for it.

Musicals, dogs, klansmen and more, after the jump...