Archive for November, 2017

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Pic of the Day: “Your Honor, every one of these letters is addressed to Santa Claus. The Post Office has delivered them. Therefore the Post Office Department, a branch of the Federal Government, recognizes this man Kris Kringle to be the one and only Santa Claus.”


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Pic of the Day: “Keep the change, ya filthy animal!”


Oscars 2017: National Board of Review Awards

Yeah, boy.

Every year at this time, I post about how much I love the National Board of Review and their choices historically. The group is as old as the Oscars are, so there’s a lot of history to go by. They’re the one group who, every year, when they name their ten best films, at least 8 of them are in my top 25. And of the other two, one I go, “Yeah, that was really good,” and the other I go, “Wasn’t quite for me as much, but I get it.” With them, you know, they like auteurs. For years, Clint Eastwood automatically got on. Sully made it on last year. This year, I can tell you at least 60% of the list, sight unseen. That’s just how they are, that’s why I love them.

The quick history — NBR started as a bunch of theater owners and distributors in 1909, right when states were getting upset about the immorality of the movies. They got together to put a seal of approval on movies they thought were artistic. Then in 1930 (so like 2 years into the Oscars), they started putting out their list of ten favorite movies a year. The best thing about them is that they’re not just a critics group. I find that critics groups can start buying into their own tendencies and get very pretentious and or bandwagon-y. NBR is made up of critics and professors and students and film lovers and an assortment of people who just love movies.

In a way, this is the unofficial kick-off to Oscar season. NBR always announces first, and while they don’t have a huge impact on the race necessarily, it is really cool to see which way they go. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “This is Halloween, everybody make a scene / Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright / It’s our town, everybody scream / In this town of Halloween” ♫


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Pic of the Day: “Let’s face it, Frank. Garden slugs got more out of life than you.” “Yeah? Name one!”


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Pic of the Day: “I know how you feel. You don’t know if you want to hit me or kiss me. I get a lot of that.”


Oscars 2017: Best Foreign Language Film Submissions

They announced the submissions for Foreign Language Film a while back. I’m only just getting around to them now. Mostly because this is my unofficial kick off to Oscar season, and I really like Oscar season. So I try to hold off as late as I can so I can really focus my attention on it. The only reason I even do this article is because of how much I love Oscar season.

There was a record 92 submissions for the category this year. Every year a couple of films don’t end up as official submissions or are disqualified for whatever reason. Still, 92 countries is pretty great.

What we do with this article is get acquainted with what each country submitted and what each of the films is about. And then I just sort of guess about what I think could end up getting shortlisted and/or nominated, which means very little but at least can make me feel pretty good if I get remotely close in the end.

Anyway, this tends to run long, so let’s just get into it. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “I’ve been staring at the edge of the water / ‘Long as I can remember, never really knowing why / I wish I could be the perfect daughter / But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try” ♫


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Pic of the Day: “37 seconds.” “Great. Well done. Now we wait.” “No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime.”


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Pic of the Day: “How do you feel?” “Fast and loose, man.”


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Pic of the Day: “It’ll never work.” “Why not?” “Because I hate you.” “There’s only one business where that’s no problem at all.”


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Pic of the Day: “Alright, Leroy, who’s the one and only master?” “I am.”


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Pic of the Day: “We got here from hard work, patience, and humility. Don’t think the world owes you anything because the world owes you nothing.”


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Pic of the Day: “How come you don’t play during daytime? I see you here everyday.” “During the daytime people would want to hear songs that they know, just songs that they recognize. I play these song at night or I wouldn’t make any money. People wouldn’t listen.” “I listen.”


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Pic of the Day: “That’s right. I killed your master. And now I’m gonna kill you too, with your own sword, no less, which in the very immediate future, will become… my sword.” “Bitch, you don’t have a future.”


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Pic of the Day: “You like baseball? We need lights for the parks, so kids can play at night. So they can play baseball. So they don’t become burros para los malones. Everybody likes baseball. Everybody likes parks.”


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Pic of the Day: “Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.”


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Pic of the Day: “Up until now everything around here has been, well, pleasant. Recently certain things have become unpleasant. Now, it seems to me that the first thing we have to do is to separate out the things that are pleasant from the things that are unpleasant.”


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Pic of the Day: “Do you love me?” “Of course.” “Do you adore me?” “Of course.” “Could you do without me?”


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Pic of the Day: “We packed the finder with a highly concentrated plastic explosive. Sufficient to remove a door of any safe. Its magnetic. The actuating signal is personalized.” “What’s my code?” “Most appropriate: a wolf whistle.”


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Oscars 2017: Best Animated Feature Eligibles

It feels like it’s been forever since I posted on here. That’s entirely my fault. Life and time constraints getting in the way. I have like 50 years of top ten lists to write up, and I just can’t find the time and the brain space to actually finish doing so. Plus, my favorite time of year is coming up, and at this point I want to stall for time just so I can get to that. Most of my time has been dedicated to work, trying to write my own stuff, and furiously trying to attend as many screenings as I can and see stuff before it comes out.

Anyway, they announced the list of qualifying Animated Feature candidates today, and since it’s not 92 movies like the Foreign Language list, I can write about it quickly and not have to do crazy research. And also because I wanted to try to get ahead of all the articles that will undoubtedly be written that say “Is this the weakest year for animated films ever?” Because I saw this coming months ago and have been telling anyone who would listen to me about it. Because it is. The major studio animated output has been complete garbage this year and now you’re about to potentially get an Animated Feature category in which most people probably have really only heard of one of the nominees.

So without further ado, here are the 25 other movies that will automatically lose to Coco this year at the Oscars: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Only by interrogating the other passengers could I hope to see the light, but when I began to question them, the light, as Macbeth would have said, thickened.”