Archive for January, 2016

My Favorite Female Supporting Performances of 2015

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the female supporting performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite female supporting performances of 2015: (more…)


Oscars 2015: 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards

Here’s the recap of last night’s SAG Awards.

It won’t be that much in depth, since it’s one of the most boring shows to actually sit down and watch. They speed through a bunch of categories and all that really matters is the results.

I’ll hurry through the categories and then tell you what it means for the Oscar race at the bottom.

Here are your SAG Awards results: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “You’re in love with him, aren’t you? Your poor patient. You think he’s a saint because of the way he looks? I don’t think he is.” “I’m not in love with him. I’m in love with ghosts. So is he, he’s in love with ghosts.”

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My Favorite Male Supporting Performances of 2015

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the male supporting performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite male supporting performances of 2015: (more…)


Oscars 2015: SAG Awards Preview

The SAG Awards are being given out in about four hours or something. So I figure I’ll preview those now. The list of favorite supporting male performances will go up later on. That’s not as interesting as an Oscar race.

Actually, it’s appropriate that article is going up today, since Best Supporting Actor is going to be the most interesting category of tonight’s awards. But I’ll get to that in a second.

Here’s what I’m thinking is going to happen tonight at the SAG Awards: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “When a man takes an oath, he’s holding his own self in his own hands like water, and if he opens his fingers then, he needn’t hope to find himself again.”

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Oscars 2015: ACE Eddie Awards

The ACE Eddie Awards were announced last night.

The winner in Dramatic was Mad Max: Fury Road.

The winner in Comedy was The Big Short.

The winner in Animated Feature was Inside Out.

The winner in documentary was Amy.

What does this mean? Well, I’ll tell you. (more…)


My Favorite Female Lead Performances of 2015

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the female lead performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite female lead performances of 2015: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “You have to see the Gambinis in action. I mean, these people, they love to argue. I mean, they live to argue.” “My parents argue too, it doesn’t make them good lawyers.” “Stan, I’ve seen your parents argue. Trust me, they’re amateurs.”

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My Favorite Male Lead Performances of 2015

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the male lead performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite male lead performances of 2015: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I can’t fuckin’ believe you had tickets to that fuckin’ game!” “Yeah!” “Did you rush the field?” “No, I didn’t rush the fuckin’ field; I wasn’t there.” “What?” “No. I was in a bar havin’ a drink with my future wife.” “You missed Pudge Fisk’s home run?” “Oh, yeah.” “To have a fuckin’ drink with some lady you never met?” “Yeah, but you shoulda seen her; she was a stunner.” “I don’t care if Helen of Troy walks in the room, that’s Game 6!” “Oh, Helen of Troy…” “Oh my God; and who are these fuckin’ friends of yours, they let you get away with that?” “Oh… they had to.” “What’d you say to them?” “I just slid my ticket across the table, and I said, ‘Sorry, guys; I gotta see about a girl.’”

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Mike’s Favorite Film Scores of 2015

The reason I do this every year is because it forces me to listen to film scores, which is something I don’t do enough. I appreciate film music, but so rarely do I actually sit down and listen to a film score. Usually what I’m doing is complaining about certain scores not getting nominated and wondering why that is. So I use this space as an opportunity to talk about what I liked, and because of that, I have to listen to enough scores to actually have something to say. It works out very nicely.

I’ll put a disclaimer on this: I know nothing about music nor do I claim to. I’m just picking which scores were most aurally appealing to me. I’m sure people who know about music will think much differently. That’s fair. Oh, and I also am only dealing with scores and not soundtracks.

In terms of how the list goes, there’s definitely always a top ten list of scores. I don’t put a cap on it though. I really only want to talk about the scores from the year that actually made me take note and go, “I really liked that.” Sometimes a score is deceiving because it has a really good main theme, but the rest of it isn’t anything other than standard scoring. So there’s a minimum of ten, and it’ll go as high as there are things to talk about.

Here are my favorite film scores of 2015: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “It’s a lonely old night isn’t it?” “Ain’t they all?”

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Oscars 2015: MPSE Nominations

Oh hey, the Sound Editors guild announced their nominees. Could have used these two weeks ago.

Not much to say here, since we already have our Oscar nominations. But I go over all the guilds, so here they are.

Dialogue + ADR in a Feature Film

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Straight Outta Compton (more…)


The 2016 Film Release Calendar: 2015 Holdovers

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Now, shall Mr. Lincoln be winning this war he is fighting at present?” “No one knows really.” “Well, does he have enough guns and elephants for transporting things?” “I don’t think they have elephants in America, your majesty.” “No elephants? No wonder he is not winning war!”

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The 2016 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I’ve got nobody but you, Frankie.” “Well, you’ve got me.”

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The 2016 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told.

Today we’re going over those films that do not yet have release dates. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “It’s an official decree, no Jews allowed in the parks.” “What, are you joking?” “No, I’m not. I would suggest we sit down on a bench, but that’s also an official decree, no Jews allowed on benches.” “This is absurd.” “So, we should just stand here and talk, I don’t think we’re not allowed to do that.”

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Damn Shame What They Did to That Dog

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Hey Stu, Your Rent’s Due, Motherfucker!

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Oscars 2015: PGA Awards

Well now isn’t this interesting.

The PGA announced their awards tonight, and those in the Oscar know keep a close eye on this since this basically tells you which way Best Picture is gonna go.

A lot of people assumed Spotlight was going to take it because it was the slow-chugging frontrunner up to this point. A bunch of people figured The Revenant was going to win because of the Globes win and all the nominations it got.

And then the PGA went with The Big Short. And now everyone’s starting to see the reality of it actually winning Best Picture set in. (more…)


The 2016 Film Release Calendar: December

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told. (more…)