Archive for January 11, 2017

Oscars 2016: VES Nominations

Okay, and now for the one guild I hate writing up, because they have too many categories and I have to cut most of them out just to deal with them. Visual Effects Society.

I cut most of the categories out because visual effects is such a major part of filmmaking now, in order for them to do their members justice, they need to have a million categories. But only like six to ten matter for me, so I only deal with the six to ten. And even then it’s a fucking chore, since there are all these categories, and a shortlist, and you don’t know which categories mean more than others — it’s chaos.

So here are your VES nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2016: CAS Nominations

Our next shortlist today is the one that’s easiest for me to deal with. Cinema Audio Society. AKA Sound Mixing. We all love us some sound mixing, don’t we?

Quick, what’s the difference between sound editing and sound mixing? Yeah, I know. That’s like when people ask you if you think their baby is cute. And you have to on the spot try not to look like an idiot because you think the baby looks like a garden gnome in a onesie.

Sound mixing is the entire sound design of the film. We’ll deal with sound editing when we get to it. Basically all you need to know this year for sound mixing — this is the one that includes musicals. Which means that La La Land ain’t gonna lose.

Here are your CAS nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2016: ASC Nominations

A lot of shortlists today. They’re coming fast and furious in time for nominations day next week. We begin with the American Society of Cinematographers and their nominations.

I haven’t particularly clocked what the best shot films were this year, and without a mental checklist of the big names of the past few years/most years (no Chivo, no Deakins) having films this year, I’m feeling like the list they chose is pretty much chalk. It feels like the obvious choices. But when pressing myself for alternatives, I couldn’t really think of a whole lot. I’m sure I could if I really thought about it, but on an initial attempt, I feel like they did okay.

Here are your ASC nominees: (more…)

The Most Overrated Films of 2016

One of the mainstays here at B+ Movie Blog in January is me going over what I consider to be the most Overrated, Underrated and Underseen films of the year. These terms should all be self-explanatory.

We begin with the Overrated list, because, as a rule, I try not to be negative about movies. That said, some movies can’t help but be overrated. And it’s not their fault at all. It’s the public’s. Or the studio’s. A studio will hype a movie as one thing, and it won’t be that. Or the public will proclaim something to be the greatest thing since circumcision and it’s just too much. Typically overrated has to do with the praise or hype heaped upon a movie than the quality of the movie itself. That’s how I deal with it.

I’m not indicting a film’s quality so much as I’m indicting the way people talk about them in relation to their quality. Stop treating a B- like an A. And stop treating an A like an A+ that also gives you a blowjob.

With that image in mind, here are the films I consider the most overrated films of 2016: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “What’s the best way to go about disarming one of these things?” “The way you don’t die, sir.”


Oscars 2016: Makeup & Hairstylists Guild Nominations

The Makeup and Hairstylists Guild announced their nominations today.

However, because the Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar category is so bizarre in their voting methods, we really don’t have a whole lot to talk about.

Here are your nominees: (more…)