Archive for January 3, 2014

The 2014 Film Release Calendar: February

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.

What I’m doing is going over everything as it’s currently scheduled. I’m doing the first six months now, then taking 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.

Here’s February: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “At midnight, I’ll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.” “And that will be the end of the fairy tale.”

Roman Holiday - 28

2013 Oscars Update: WGA Nominations

The Writers Guild announced their nominees this morning.

Typically we don’t pay too much attention to them, because their eligibility rules are so strict, very often are the frontrunners (and even winners. See last year, with Django) not even eligible to compete here. For instance, this year, 12 Years a Slave isn’t eligible for the WGA. And that’s probably gonna win the Adapted Screenplay category. So what the hell is the point of taking this seriously as an Oscar precursor?

The only thing it’s good for is of itself — the Writers Guild celebrating and rewarding writers. Which is fine by me.

Here are your 2013 WGA nominations: (more…)