Archive for January, 2017

Mike’s Favorite Film Scores of 2016

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 of. 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. Or complaining about the decay of good film music. Quick, name one memorable theme from any of the Marvel movies. (Right? Almost all movies are like that now.)

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. (Because if we’re talking soundtracks — Sing Street, man.)

I always have my top ten list of scores, but after that, there’s no cap. If I don’t have more than ten that I liked, I’ll only talk about those ten. If there’s 20, I’ll put 20. I really only want to mention the scores that made me go, “Oh, that was good.” I’m not putting ones on there just to fill out a list. This will go as high or as low as need be.

Here are my favorite film scores of 2016: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I love the stories. You know, about fallin’ in love, and having love knock you around, and then the pressures of the world on you so tough it makes you feel small. You just want to give your soul to God. You might as well, your ass belongs to him.”

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The 2017 Film Release Calendar: 2016 Holdovers

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the 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: “Can you get a mob together?” “After what happened to Luther, I don’t think I can get more than two, three hundred guys.”

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Oscars 2016: 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards

The SAG Awards were tonight. This puts all the acting categories into focus. We can still look at BAFTA next week, but this pretty much will tell you how things are gonna go.

We’re gonna roll through categories the way they handed them out, and then at the bottom we’ll talk about what, if anything, it means for the acting categories going forward.

Here are your SAG Award winners: (more…)


The 2017 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the 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: “What do you think of the children?” “Children? I don’t recognize ’em. They’ve grown so old.” “I tried to stop them, to keep them just as they were when you left, but they got away from me.”

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Oscars 2016: ACE Eddie Awards

The Eddie Awards were given out last night.

Dramatic: Arrival

Comedy/Musical: La La Land

Animated: Zootopia

Documentary: O.J. Made in America

So basically the same set that won the PGAs tonight. No surprises there. La La Land should take the Oscar pretty easily because there’s no incentive for them to vote anywhere else.

For better or worse, we’re kinda locked for a lot of the Oscars already, and we’re all gonna do pretty well overall. The only question is getting those middle of the road categories right. But we’ll get into that next week, when we start breaking down categories.

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Oscars 2016: Razzie Award Nominations

I completely forgot the Razzie Awards were a thing. I’ve been so focused on the Oscars and other things.

But you know, we look at these because — they’re there.

Before I even open up the list of nominees — Batman v. Superman… Dirty Grandpa, Independence Day, probably Gods of Egypt… probably a Madea nomination there. I’d love to see Zoolander.

Though they always do weird shit, so I’m sure I’m way off. I am certain they’ve gone all in on the Affleck/Batman bashing. I know they’ll do that.

Let’s see what they’ve gone and done now: (more…)


Oscars 2016: MPSE Nominations

And the Motion Picture Sound Editors announced their nominees. Too little, too late, as always. Now we’re doing is looking at them to see how closely they matched the nominations we already know.

Let’s do a quick rundown of them:

Dialogue + ADR: Arrival, Deadpool, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sully

Effects + Foley: Arrival, Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, The Jungle Book, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Music: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Don’t Breathe, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Trek Beyond, Warcraft

Musical: Florence Foster Jenkins, La La Land, Moana, Sing Street, Trolls

Animation: Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Little Prince, Moana, The Red Turtle, Sing, Zootopia

So based on this, I’d have guessed Arrival, Hacksaw, Rogue One, Sully and probably Deepwater. Which I did. And then I’d have been wrong because La La Land managed to get on.

I always hate that they don’t announce beforehand, but honestly, there are so many nominees, you don’t really get so much help out of them. Mostly it’s confirming what you already knew and you’re still guessing for 1-2 of them.

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Oscars 2016: PGA Awards

This will be quick.

The PGA Awards were tonight.

La La Land won. As if there were any doubt about that one.

The only chance Moonlight really had was to pull off a win here. But theoretically if BAFTA and SAG were to go for it, we could mount a decent argument that they’d go there, even though the PGA is always the thing. (more…)


The 2017 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the 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: “If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means.”

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The 2017 Film Release Calendar: December

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the 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: “He did not just get off the fuckin’ couch. If he did, I’m gonna buy a couch like that.”

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The 2017 Film Release Calendar: November

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the 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 think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it. Down there everything is so still and silent that it lulls me to sleep. It is a weird lullaby and so it is; it is mine.”

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The 2017 Film Release Calendar: October

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the 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: “It seems it always happens. Whenever we get too high-hat and too sophisticated for flag-waving, some thug nation decides we’re a push-over all ready to be blackjacked. And it isn’t long before we’re looking up, mighty anxiously, to be sure the flag’s still waving over us.”

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And the Nominees Are: Analyzing the 89th Academy Awards Nominations

Now that we have our Oscar nominations, we can stop dealing in one form of guesswork, and engage in another.

But before we do that, let’s take a minute to react about what is or isn’t nominated this year, what decisions they made that will change how I go about this in the future, what surprises the shit out of me, and just what we think about this list, because this is the only time I really get to sit here and do this. Because from here on out, it’s all about figuring out who from these lists will win, since these are the nominees, and nothing will change that.

Except a good disqualification and scandal. And that’s always fun. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I gotta get outta here, gotta get outta here. Miami Beach, that’s where you could score. Anybody can score there, even you. In New York, no rich lady with any class at all buys that cowboy crap anymore. They’re laughin’ at you on the street.”

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And the Nominees Are… (2016)

It’s not yet 6am in Los Angeles, and the Oscar nominations are announced.

As I do, I get up and type the list up as they say it. I could wait and copy/paste it, but I do not. Because I am stupid.

So here are your 89th Academy Award Nominations: (more…)


Oscars 2016: What I Think Will Be Nominated

This is the article I build toward every year. You’d think it was the Top Ten list, or Oscar night picks. Nope. This is the one I look forward to most. Because I think I might be the only person that straight up tries to pick all the Oscar nominees, from Best Picture on down to Best Live-Action Short.

Typically each year there are about 120 nominees. Give or take one or two. The fluctuation on the Best Picture list is what decides what the final number is going to be. The max we can have is 123. Generally we have either 121 or 122. I try to get 2/3 of them right, but I feel good if I hit around 70%. Which is around 85. Last year I got 95, which was 78.5%. I have no illusions about getting anywhere near that number again. I tend to hit low 70s — which is 85/86. That I’d feel happy with. 75% as an average would be amazing. If I can crack 80%, I’d be ecstatic.

The way I do this is break down, category by category, go over all the precursors and all the little details that most people overlook/all the stuff I’ve learned from experience, and I tell you why I think everything I pick will be nominated.

I feel very confident in saying that no one gives you as in depth coverage on this as I do. Which is to stay that no one is stupid enough to pick 123 potential nominations and grade themselves on how they do. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I can’t do it.” “What?” “I can’t beat him.” “Apollo?” “Yeah. I been out there walkin’ around, thinkin’. I mean, who am I kiddin’? I ain’t even in the guy’s league.” “What are we gonna do?” ‘I don’t know.”

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