Archive for December 1, 2015

Oscars 2015: National Board of Review

Those who have read the spew of nonsense I’ve been writing for the past five years know this is perhaps my favorite article of the year to write. (Top five, for sure.) I love the National Board of Review.

Everybody else puts stock into the Globes, or SAG, or BAFTA — forget that. NBR is where it’s at. The National Board of Review is the one organization I feel the greatest kinship with in terms of mutual film tastes. When they release their lists, I find myself agreeing with almost all of it. They usually have 5 of their top 10 the same as mine, and almost all of their films feature into my top 20 or 25 films of the year. No one else has that kind of ratio with me. (more…)

Oscars 2015: Best Documentary Feature Shortlist

And now we have our Documentary shortlist. This is why I love December. All of this stuff starts getting announced within the same ten day span.

I previewed the entire list of what could be nominated a few weeks ago. there were 124 eligible documentaries. I pulled out 15 initially that sounded like they could make sense, and then pulled a list of 15 to see how close I could get to the actual list.

Well, here are the 15 shortlisted films. Spoiler alert: I had 9 of them. (more…)

Oscars 2015: Annie Award Nominations

The Annie Awards were announced today. Which I’m glad happens this early, because they’re essentially much ado about nothing. No matter what gets nominated a bunch here and wins, the Oscar category is still five films. Sure, best Animated Character is cool to see, but this won’t affect the outcome of the category in any way.

Though as you might expect, the three major contenders are nominated all over the place, so this isn’t going to change anyone’s opinions one way or the other.

Here are your Annie Award nominations for 2015: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “You know what they say about people who treat other people bad on the way up?” “Yeah, you get to treat ’em bad on the way back down too. It’s great, you get two chances to rough ’em up.”

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Oscars 2015: Independent Spirit Awards

Did I not talk about these already? I guess not. They got announced right before Thanksgiving. And there was no way I’d have written them up. Okay, so we talk about them now.

I’ll preface this by saying that these awards mean nothing to me and feel compromised from the start. At this point, there are two kinds of independent film: there’s real independent film, that needs something like this to get notice, and then there’s films that were made independently, but now they have studios behind them pushing for awards. And there’s a weird mix of both here, and the studio ones always end up winning. So I can’t use this as a precursor or much of anything except a way of seeing some cool movies I never thought of seeing before.

Anyway, here are your Independent Spirit Awards for 2015: (more…)