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The Overrated Films of 2017

We might as well subtitle this article “Calm the Fuck Down.” Because that’s mostly what I mean by overrated.  Overrated has nothing to do with a film’s quality, it has everything to do with what you assholes say about them.

I say ‘you assholes’ because everyone should be indicted by that. Whether you’re responsible or not, you should take it upon yourself to look at whether or not you contribute to narratives about a movie in the wrong way.

For instance: last year — La La Land was my favorite movie. But, knowing where that film was headed, all I’d say when it came up was, “I loved it” with that little ‘what do you want from me’ shrug. Why? Because I am aware that it’s not for everyone, and not everyone will share my opinions on things. So rather than turn off someone on the fence about seeing it, I just simply state my opinion and leave them to make theirs. Nothing turns me off more than someone who’s loud about an opinion and tries to force you into something. I much prefer, “I really loved it and I’m curious what you think about it.” Because now, all the pressure is self-imposed on me. The other way, I’m already against a movie because you’re telling me I need to like it. And too often now are opinions, “This is how I feel and fuck anyone who says different.” Liking movies has become a mob mentality.

So here I am, as I am every year, to say, “These movies are not that good, calm the fuck down.” Movies on this list might be in my top ten. They might be movies I hated that everyone else loved. The point is not to try to chop down something you think is high art that changed the way we look at movies. The point is simply to say, “Just fucking chill.” Like your movie. Just don’t try to make everyone else conform to your beliefs.

So here are the films I consider to be the most overrated of 2017: Read the rest of this page »

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Pic of the Day: “Well, don’t admire people too much. They’ll disappoint you sometimes.”

The 2018 Film Release Calendar: June

It’s January, which means it’s preview time up here at B+ Movie Blog.

I don’t really peruse other places, but if I were to guess, I would say I’m the only person that goes this deep on their preview coverage for a year. I go month to month based on what’s scheduled to come out, preview like 200 extra movies that you probably have never even heard about as of now, and then bring back all the stuff from last year and previous years that I’ve been tracking that hasn’t come out yet. I’m not the kind of person who just goes, “Oh my god, Avengers! Wrinkle in Time! (Insert other movies the studios are paying us to talk up to fit the narrative to get us more clicks)!” If you ever see a slideshow from me, then you know I’ve given up.

The reason I do this is purely for me, though I imagine anyone stumbling on this will get something out of it to. What I try to do is preview everything so I’m aware of it when it comes out, and, to make it interesting for myself, try to guess what I’m gonna think of it when I do see it. That way, I can see what films surprised me or disappointed me from every angle (before, during and after).

We’ve hit the summer, we’re in June. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2017: BFCA (Critics Choice) Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were last Thursday night. Gonna be honest, I had more important shit to do, so I paid no attention to them whatsoever. (I’m nothing if not up front about stuff.) My way of thinking about it is, you come here for the quality* (*rambling) than the news. So I haven’t been able to look at any of this until now.

BFCA is generally helpful in figuring out how things are gonna go. Oftentimes when something ‘surprising’ happens at the Oscars that seem to not have been prefaced by the major precursors, chances are BFCA had it. I like them. They have way too many categories, but I generally like looking at them. They are a bit more mainstream than the Academy, but they definitely are a good weather vane to see which way the winds are blowing.

So, without further ado (and because I really only know like, three winners on this whole list and I wanna know who won), here are the winners: Read the rest of this page »

The 2018 Film Release Calendar: May

It’s January, which means it’s preview time up here at B+ Movie Blog.

I don’t really peruse other places, but if I were to guess, I would say I’m the only person that goes this deep on their preview coverage for a year. I go month to month based on what’s scheduled to come out, preview like 200 extra movies that you probably have never even heard about as of now, and then bring back all the stuff from last year and previous years that I’ve been tracking that hasn’t come out yet. I’m not the kind of person who just goes, “Oh my god, Avengers! Wrinkle in Time! (Insert other movies the studios are paying us to talk up to fit the narrative to get us more clicks)!” If you ever see a slideshow from me, then you know I’ve given up.

The reason I do this is purely for me, though I imagine anyone stumbling on this will get something out of it to. What I try to do is preview everything so I’m aware of it when it comes out, and, to make it interesting for myself, try to guess what I’m gonna think of it when I do see it. That way, I can see what films surprised me or disappointed me from every angle (before, during and after).

May I venture a guess as to what month we’re doing today? Read the rest of this page »