124 films have been longlisted for Best Documentary. Normally I wait until they announce the shortlist in December, but what the hell. We’re on a roll today.
I’m gonna give synopses and brief (I mean it this time) reactions to them. 111 of these movies won’t even make the shortlist. No need to get too deep into it. They only shortlist 15 films. I’m doing it to see if maybe I can get a better understanding of how things get through all the way to the category. Let’s see if it helps.
Anyway, here are all 124 films that can be nominated for Best Director: (more…)
This feels early. But whatever. Oscar shit!
We have our first shortlist of the year. The bad news is that it’s Documentary Short. The even worse news (for guessing purposes) is that they’ve expanded the field of potential nominees from 8 to 10. So instead of only having to guess 5 right out of 8, you have 10 choices, which means you’re basically 50/50 as to whether you’ll guess the category. But whatever. The more the merrier.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the ten shortlisted contenders for Best Documentary Short: (more…)
The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.
But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).
Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)