Archive for February 4, 2018

Mike’s Favorite Movie Trailers of 2017

I have an ambivalence toward movie trailers. I don’t think they’re particularly any good anymore. But then again — have they ever been good? It’s not like they’re the movie poster, where you can make a great one. Generally, trailers are there to sell you on a film and nothing more. They’re not really their own art form.

So many trailers nowadays typically spoil the entire plot for you ahead of time, which makes them hard to take on their own. And also ruins some of the movie for you ahead of time. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be artfully done. So what I do, at the end of the year, after I’ve seen all the movies, is go back and watch the trailers and see which ones were actually quite good. Some of them I see throughout the year, and I do tend to remember the good ones, but by and large I watch everything I can afterwards to see what actually sold a movie well.

So here are my picks of my favorite movie trailers of 2017: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Nobody knows whether a person’s good or bad but the person themselves. And they won’t tell.”

Oscars 2017: DGA Awards

The DGA announced their winner last night. As a reminder, the nominees were:

Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

And the winner… was Guillermo Del Toro.

The DGA has matched the Oscar winner all but seven times, ever (and three of those times, the DGA winner wasn’t even nominated). So, at this very moment, there is a 90-94% chance that Guillermo Del Toro will win Best Director at the Oscars. He’s won all the precursors so far, and if he wins the BAFTA, I think it’s completely 100% locked. Look at it — four of these five are up for the Oscar. Paul Thomas Anderson is on the final list over Martin McDonagh, but otherwise they’re the same. BAFTA didn’t spark to Lady Bird or Get Out the way the other groups have, so unless Christopher Nolan is gonna try to pull a fast one (which seems unlikely), I think Guillermo has it in the bag.

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Oscars 2017: Annie Awards

The Annie Awards were last night. To spare you dozens of categories, Coco won everything. Not that we’re remotely surprised at that.

Coco won Best Feature, Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Production Design, Best Character Animation, Best Character Design, Best Music, Best Animated Effects, Best Editing and Best Storyboarding. Which, if you’re keeping track, is everything it could have possibly won for. Meanwhile, The Breadwinner won for Best Independent Feature, Revolting Rhymes won for Best Animated Special Production, and Dear Basketball won for Best Animated Short Subject, if you think that means anything. War for the Planet of the Apes also won two awards for Character Animation and Design.

So there. Pretty much what we knew — Coco has Animated Feature in the bag.

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