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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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