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2017: The Year in Reviews (February)

If we’re comparing the movie year to the sports year, and the Oscars are the championship game and Oscar season is the playoffs, then what we’re getting into is the end of the season. We’re playing out last game, and we’re about to start giving out MVP awards and taking stock of how everything went.

Each year, at the start of the year, I preview everything I can that’s scheduled to come out (and even a bunch of stuff that isn’t scheduled yet). In doing so, I guess what I’m going to eventually rate that movie when I see it. So now, at the end of the year, as we recap everything that came out, we see how I did. Plus, also, I see everything, so this also can be used for people to see if something they didn’t see or know about during the year is worthwhile.

I’ve been posting reviews articles throughout the year (Part III was yesterday) that capture my thoughts as we go along. Don’t want you guys to think I’m trying to cheat these things. What I do in these articles is post what I thought I would think back in January, along with my actual reviews from seeing the films, and then a final rating, after having had time to digest the film for a period of time.

I turn it into a game to see how accurately I can guess ratings for all the movies a year in advance (I’m gonna see everything anyway. Gotta make it interesting somehow), but mostly it serves as a way to give a complete picture of my feelings about each movie I see.

We’re on to February. Read the rest of this page »

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2017: The Year in Reviews (January)

If we’re comparing the movie year to the sports year, and the Oscars are the championship game and Oscar season is the playoffs, then what we’re getting into is the end of the season. We’re playing out last game, and we’re about to start giving out MVP awards and taking stock of how everything went.

Each year, at the start of the year, I preview everything I can that’s scheduled to come out (and even a bunch of stuff that isn’t scheduled yet). In doing so, I guess what I’m going to eventually rate that movie when I see it. So now, at the end of the year, as we recap everything that came out, we see how I did. Plus, also, I see everything, so this also can be used for people to see if something they didn’t see or know about during the year is worthwhile.

I’ve been posting reviews articles throughout the year (Part III was yesterday) that capture my thoughts as we go along. Don’t want you guys to think I’m trying to cheat these things. What I do in these articles is post what I thought I would think back in January, along with my actual reviews from seeing the films, and then a final rating, after having had time to digest the film for a period of time.

I turn it into a game to see how accurately I can guess ratings for all the movies a year in advance (I’m gonna see everything anyway. Gotta make it interesting somehow), but mostly it serves as a way to give a complete picture of my feelings about each movie I see.

We begin today with January, as well as the films from last year and the ones that haven’t come out yet. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2017: Best Documentary Feature Shortlist

They also announced the Best Documentary shortlist this past week. Of something like 170 documentaries submitted for the category, they’ve narrowed it down to 15, of which 5 will be nominated. People have long said the documentary branch, in their decision-making, has been broken and needs fixing (for sure all the way back to Hoop Dreams, and I’m sure even further than that), and I’m sure this year is no different.

I am not a fan of documentaries, so I typically only come across a small handful throughout the year, most of which are either movies, music or sports-related, and I really only watch a bunch once they get shortlisted for the Oscars.

They announced this shortlist the other day, and I waited to write up this article because, as is my wont, I wanted to see as many of the films as I could. Of the 15 shortlisted docs, I had seen 4 of them already, which feels high for me (though I did get the fourth in like, a day or two before they announced the shortlist).

As of this posting, I’m up to 11. So that’s pretty good. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2017: Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

Forgive me, but I’m gonna use these shortlists to distract you from the fact that my last reviews article won’t be going up until late tonight when I’m sitting in the airport and have time to bang out the last handful I need to write up.

In the meantime, here’s the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist.

They submitted 92 features for this category, and now they’re gonna give you 9, of which 5 will be nominated. This is a year where all the chalk has made it through all the way, so I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of differentiation from that.

Let’s get into the list before we get any further: Read the rest of this page »

2017: The Year in Reviews (Part III)

This’ll cover all the films I saw between September and now. These will feature heavily over the next two weeks as I start wrapping up the year and posting all the reviews articles.

Of note: I’ve still got stuff to see, so I will be seeing new things as the articles go up. These are just the films I’ve seen as of this moment. The individual articles will contain the full reviews of the stuff listed below that I’ve yet to see that I’m able to see between now and the end of the year.

For those of you waiting patiently to find out what I thought of that Charlie Sheen 9/11 movie, your time has finally come. Read the rest of this page »