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 June: (more…)
The Directors Guild announced their nominees this morning.
Of course, what we know from that — the winner is almost guaranteed to win the Oscar. Only seven times (it’s seven now, remember. Because of last year) did a DGA winner not go on to win the Oscar.
Nominations-wise, though — you can usually figure they’re going to be accurate. Most years, the DGA either has four or five the same as the Oscars. Since the upgraded Best Picture lists — 2009, they had all five, 2010, they missed one (DGA had Nolan, Academy had Coens), 2011, they missed one (DGA had Fincher, Academy had Malick), and last year, they only had two the same (DGA went Hooper, Bigelow and Affleck, and Academy went Zeitlin, Haneke and David O. Russell). Something tells me, this year, it’s going to be pretty accurate.
Your nominations for the DGA Award are:
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street (more…)