Archive for January 28, 2017

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.

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.

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…)


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.”