Archive for January 20, 2018

Oscars 2017: Best Animated Short Shortlist

Oh wait, one more shortlist I didn’t write up.

We end with the most fun of all the shorts categories — Best Animated Short. Or as it’s known, “Pixar and then everything else.” Unless you follow the Oscars as crazily as I do, you generally never get acquainted with anything else, and you never see more than one. And you just look at what people like me say and guess based on that.

More so than the other shorts categories, I try to go out of my way to see all of these, because they’re generally all pretty delightful, and most of the time, what gets nominated is worthy of it. Very rarely does something get on that feels like it got on for reasons other than quality.

Here are the ten shortlisted animated shorts for this year: (more…)

The 2018 Film Release Calendar: September

It’s January, which means it’s preview time up here at B+ Movie Blog.

I don’t really peruse other places, but if I were to guess, I would say I’m the only person that goes this deep on their preview coverage for a year. I go month to month based on what’s scheduled to come out, preview like 200 extra movies that you probably have never even heard about as of now, and then bring back all the stuff from last year and previous years that I’ve been tracking that hasn’t come out yet. I’m not the kind of person who just goes, “Oh my god, Avengers! Wrinkle in Time! (Insert other movies the studios are paying us to talk up to fit the narrative to get us more clicks)!” If you ever see a slideshow from me, then you know I’ve given up.

The reason I do this is purely for me, though I imagine anyone stumbling on this will get something out of it to. What I try to do is preview everything so I’m aware of it when it comes out, and, to make it interesting for myself, try to guess what I’m gonna think of it when I do see it. That way, I can see what films surprised me or disappointed me from every angle (before, during and after).

We’re onto September. (more…)

Oscars 2017: Best Live-Action Short Shortlist

Our next category (and final shortlist I haven’t dealt with for far too long) is the category I hate the most — Best Live-Action Short. The one category you are almost guaranteed to get wrong and you’re always very pleasantly surprised when you get it right. We’ve got ten shortlisted films here, and we have to figure out which five will be nominated. These are typically almost impossible to find beforehand, so we’re just gonna see what we can do.

Here’s the shortlist, before we get into what’s what:

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O’Clock

Facing Mecca


Lost Face

My Nephew Emmett

Rise of a Star

The Silent Child

Watu Wote: All of Us

Witnesses (more…)

Oscars 2017: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominees. I hate talking about them because there are just so many categories. I don’t even bother mentioning some of them because it gets really specific and doesn’t have a whole lot to do with guessing the Oscars. Good for them for giving the guild members their due, but it’s just too much for me to handle. Commercials, student films — too much.

Before we get into the nominees, a reminder of your shortlist:

Alien: Covenant
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes

Five of these ten will be nominated on Tuesday. So here are your VES nominees. Let’s see how these ten fare: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “When I go back in that house, it will be with my son in my arms. I’ll have a red coat on him… and red flower trousers… and a hat with a gilded Buddha and tiger-faced shoes, and I’ll go into the kitchen where I spent my days as a slave and into the great hall where the old mistress sits with her pipe, and I’ll show myself and my son to all of them.”

Oscars 2017: Best Documentary Short Shortlist

Been sitting on this one for a while. Didn’t have time to sit and actually watch the ones I’ve been able to watch. Was supposed to do it over the holidays. That never works out. And then it’s been a shitstorm since I got back. So here we are. Figured I needed to do this before nominations on Tuesday.

But anyway, here’s Wonderwall the Documentary Short shortlist. They give you ten, five will be nominated. And this is typically the least interesting category for me in the entire list, and next to Live-Action Short is typically the hardest one to pick because you never really know which way they’re gonna go. This one, though, at least they have some sort of typical logic to how they go, most of the time. So there’s that.

One thing I’m noticing in recent years is that a lot of the contenders tend to come from either the New York Times or Netflix. So let’s see how much that trend continues this year.

Here’s your shortlist for Best Documentary Short: (more…)