Archive for December 15, 2014

Oscars 2014: Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist

Another day, another shortlist.

We’re almost done. I think it’s just Foreign Language that’s still to come.

This one’s nice and easy. Seven shortlisted films, of which three will be nominated. Easy peasy, yep, and easy.

Here are your shortlisted films for Best Makeup & Hairstyling:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy



The Theory of Everything (more…)

2014: The Year in Reviews (Part III)

It’s almost time for the year-end recap, so let’s check in one last time with the films of 2014 I’ve watched since August.

What I do over the course of each year is, every January, I do my Film Release Calendar. And then, over the course of the year, I watch everything that comes out. (Basically everything. Last year I was running something like 92%.) And then, in December, I recap everything I saw and didn’t see. However, over the course of the year, once in April, once in August and once in December, I throw up reviews articles that contain my reaction to watching the films shortly after I saw them. The idea being that I can use these reviews against what I think about the films in December to come up with a true rating for them.

The April article contained all of the films I watched over the first four months of the year, and the May article contained everything I’ve watched between May and August. And this is everything since then. This does not necessarily include all the films that came out during this time. It’s just what I’ve watched. I’ll rate and review everything I’ve watched, then tell you what I’ve yet to watch (but am planning to see), and what I’ve deliberately skipped. Though this time, I won’t list what films are most likely to end up either Top Ten or Unforgivable, since we’ll all be finding out soon enough over the next few weeks.

Other than that… here we are. Here’s everything I’ve watched since August: (more…)

Mike’s Top Ten of 2013 (REMIX)

This has become an annual thing for me now. Before I get going on my end of year recap articles, I revisit my last year’s top ten list to see what, if anything, has changed since then. Pretty much how I do it is, I start totally from scratch and go back to everything I watched, and pull them out as if reranking them anew. And then I compare what I actually put in last year’s article.

My ultimate goal with a Top Ten list for a year is to not have major changes. Minor rankings are fine, like if something drops from #7 to #10, that’s fine. But if something drops out of the top ten entirely, and barely holds on to a top 20 spot, that’s shocking. That shouldn’t happen. If something pulls up to the top ten from the top 12 or 13, I’m not that surprised. The real goal in all of this is to have a list that will hold up in two, five or ten years when I look back on it. That’s a real Top Ten.

And last year, I can already guess there will be two major changes on the top ten. I’ll keep them ranked, but the rankings don’t matter so much anymore. I always say, after a year passes, the ranks don’t matter and it just becomes a list of ten. Because by then, it’s just a matter of which ten I choose, and not where specifically I’d put them.

So here’s my (REMIXED) Top Ten list of 2013: (more…)


Pic of the Day: ♫ “Why am I such a misfit? / I am not just a nit wit! / I’m an adorable reindeer / Why don’t I fit in?” ♫

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 41

Oscars 2014: BFCA (Critics Choice) Nominations

The Critics Choice nominations are out. At first glance, these don’t sound like anything important, but they’ve proven to be a sneaky relevant awards show. Actually more so than the Golden Globes.

Sometimes they’re populist, but overall, you can really see where the tastes lie, and you can sometimes pick up on what the sneaky choices are all around. I’ll get into it it as we go along.

Here are the 2014 Critics Choice nominations.