Archive for December 15, 2017

Oscars 2017: Best Documentary Feature Shortlist

They also announced the Best Documentary shortlist this past week. Of something like 170 documentaries submitted for the category, they’ve narrowed it down to 15, of which 5 will be nominated. People have long said the documentary branch, in their decision-making, has been broken and needs fixing (for sure all the way back to Hoop Dreams, and I’m sure even further than that), and I’m sure this year is no different.

I am not a fan of documentaries, so I typically only come across a small handful throughout the year, most of which are either movies, music or sports-related, and I really only watch a bunch once they get shortlisted for the Oscars.

They announced this shortlist the other day, and I waited to write up this article because, as is my wont, I wanted to see as many of the films as I could. Of the 15 shortlisted docs, I had seen 4 of them already, which feels high for me (though I did get the fourth in like, a day or two before they announced the shortlist).

As of this posting, I’m up to 11. So that’s pretty good. (more…)


Oscars 2017: Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

Forgive me, but I’m gonna use these shortlists to distract you from the fact that my last reviews article won’t be going up until late tonight when I’m sitting in the airport and have time to bang out the last handful I need to write up.

In the meantime, here’s the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist.

They submitted 92 features for this category, and now they’re gonna give you 9, of which 5 will be nominated. This is a year where all the chalk has made it through all the way, so I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of differentiation from that.

Let’s get into the list before we get any further: (more…)


2017: The Year in Reviews (Part III)

This’ll cover all the films I saw between September and now. These will feature heavily over the next two weeks as I start wrapping up the year and posting all the reviews articles.

Of note: I’ve still got stuff to see, so I will be seeing new things as the articles go up. These are just the films I’ve seen as of this moment. The individual articles will contain the full reviews of the stuff listed below that I’ve yet to see that I’m able to see between now and the end of the year.

For those of you waiting patiently to find out what I thought of that Charlie Sheen 9/11 movie, your time has finally come. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “But – But you fell over the side of the cliff.” “Didn’t I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles bounce!”