Archive for January 2, 2014

2013 Oscars Update: PGA Nominations

The Producers Guild announced their nominations today.

To not waste time, we all know that the film that wins this award is pretty much the film that’s gonna win Best Picture. But it’s also very accurate at gauging what the nominees are going to be as well. Last year, they guessed 8 of the 9 nominees. They missed only Amour. In 2011, they guessed 7 of 9, missing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Tree of Life. In 2010, they had 9 of the 10, missing Winter’s Bone. And 2009, they had eight of ten, missing A Serious Man (more on that in a second) and The Blind Side.

So this is a pretty accurate indicator. That said, here are this year’s PGA nominees: (more…)

The 2014 Film Release Calendar: January

And now we’re looking ahead to 2014.

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. Not all of them do, of course, and it gets a bit crazy every year in terms of changes, but basically the point of it all is to know what’s coming out, know what to get excited for, know what to start bracing myself for, and, selfishly, guess what I’m going to think about all the movies to see how accurate I was at the end of the year. And also see which movies surprised me, for better and for worse.

It’s gotten to be a whole great thing. Since at first it was just what Wikipedia’s year in film article said, plus a few others that weren’t scheduled that I just knew about. And then the year after that it was a few more films. And last year it was like, 200 or something. And now, it’s probably like 200 or something, plus all the ones from last year that I’m continuing to track. Eventually it’ll be to the point where really the only ones I haven’t heard about or previewed at some point are either foreign films, documentaries, and like 5% of those movies that just come out of nowhere.

So, what I’ll be doing, starting today, is going over everything as it’s currently scheduled. We’ll do the first six months over the next six days, then take a ten day break in between to go over some other stuff (Oscar nominations are going to be announced, the Golden Globes will happen — big stuff), plus allow for the later months of the year to maybe become more solidified, and maybe let a few changes happen, since I’ve discovered that a lot of things do get moved this time of year, often right as I’m putting the articles together. So it works twofold. I get to talk about other stuff and let the dust settle as much as possible so as not to make everything that much crazier come December.

That said — here’s January: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “I was to think of these days many times. Of Jem and Dill and Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson – and Atticus. He would be in Jem’s room all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.”

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