Archive for November 29, 2016

Oscars 2016: National Board of Review Awards

This is one of my five favorite days of the awards season. I love hearing what NBR picks as their choices each year. Those twelve people who regularly read this website already know how gushy I get over NBR, and I’m sure by now it’s, “Yes, Mike, we get it. Shut up with the NBR already.” I hate myself for it. I hate that I call them NBR. I get it. But I still love them.


To me, the National Board of Review is the one organization that is most in tune with my own tastes as a movie watcher. That’s not to say that I agree with every film they put on their list. It just means that, like a good friend, I agree with most of their choices, and based on their consistency of taste, I understand why they choose certain films. Take me for instance. You see me rate a certain kind of movie and you go, “Yeah, I get it. You don’t like horror movies.” And based on knowing that, you can judge how you’d feel about it based on my opinion of it. And that’s what NBR is to me. I know they love Clint Eastwood (so without even looking I know Sully is on their list this year), so I get it. I can’t get mad when I see Sully, because I know that’s what they like.

They have, very consistently over the years, matched with my tastes of favorite films, to the point where, generally about 9 or 10 of their 11 choices end up as my top 20 or 25 favorite films of the year. So you can see why I get so excited when their list comes out. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Reconsidered (Best Actor, 2007-2008)

The Oscar Quest began in May of 2010. I finished about fifteen months later, and wrote it up for this site. That was essentially the first thing I did on here. Five years have passed since then. I’ve grown as a person. My tastes have changed, matured (or gotten more immature, in some cases). So it feels fitting, on the five year anniversary of the site and of the Oscar Quest, to revisit it.

I want to see just how my opinions about things have changed over the past five years. I didn’t do any particular work or catch-up for this. I didn’t go back and watch all the movies again. Some I went back to see naturally, others I haven’t watched in five years. I really just want to go back and rewrite the whole thing as a more mature person, less concerned with making points about certain categories and films than with just analyzing the whole thing as objectively as I can to give people who are interested as much information as possible.

This is the more mature version of the Oscar Quest. Updated, more in-depth, as objective as possible, less hostile. You can still read the old articles, but know that those are of a certain time, and these represent the present. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “My father was a lot like you, just a man with a family. Never amounted to much, didn’t care. But as long as he was alive, we always had plenty to eat and clothes to keep us warm.” “Were you happy?” “Yes.” “Then your father was a very successful man.”