Archive for December 11, 2016

Oscars 2016: BFCA Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were tonight. This is our first look at what the major awards are gonna look like.

The winner of BFCA’s Best Picture has gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars 8 out of the past 10 years. Same for Best Actor. 8 out of 10. Best Actress is 6 out of 10 (with a technicality). Supporting Actor is 7 out of 10. Supporting Actress is 8 out of 10 (with a technicality). Best Director is 6 out of 10.

The point is — you should listen to them when they vote for something. We have to take this alongside the rest of the precursors, but for now, this will be interesting to use as a measuring stick to set the pace.

Here are your winners for the 2016 Critics Choice Awards: (more…)

Mike’s Favorite Movie Trailers of 2016

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with movie trailers. For a while I refused to watch them unless I had to. Because I was gonna see all the movies anyway, plus so many of them are annoying or suck or tell you the entire plot of the film beforehand anyway.

Now, I try to watch everything. I don’t care. I’ve given in and just watch every single trailer. Because I’m gonna see the movies anyway. And at least I can get a handle on how they’re trying to market something. And, hey, you never know when something will have such a good trailer that I’ll completely change my mind and my expectations for it.

Though, for all those reasons, it’s hard to have a good trailer. So many of them feel like standard progressions designed more to tell you exactly what you’re going to get so you’re not surprised or give you moments you were waiting to see for three years because you watched the goddamn set videos.

I want a trailer that makes me want to see the movie immediately. That gets me excited for a film without giving up too much of the details. We all know the trailer that I always point to as being the one that made me legitimately excited for a movie — American Gangster. That fucking trailer is still one I’ll put on and get excited by. And we’re all different. But a good trailer is timeless.

I’m not perfect, and I’m subjective as hell, but regardless here are my favorite trailers of 2016: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.”