Archive for November, 2018

Oscars 2018: Important Dates

Here’s every date you need to know for this year’s Oscar season:

November 16th – Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

November 27th – National Board of Review Awards

December 3rd – Annie (Animation) Award Nominations

December 4th AFI Awards

December 6th Golden Globe Nominations

December 10th BFCA (Critics Choice) Nominations

December 12th SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Nominations

December 17th Best Documentary Feature Shortlist announced

Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist announced

Best Original Score Shortlist announced

Best Original Song Shortlist announced

Best Visual Effects Shortlist announced

Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist announced

Best Animated Short Shortlist announced

Best Live-Action Short Shortlist announced

Best Documentary Short Shortlist announced

January 54h – PGA (Producers Guild) Nominations

January 6th – 76th Golden Globe Awards

January 7th WGA (Writers Guild) Award Nominations

ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Nominations

ACE (American Cinema Editors) Nominations

ADG (Art Directors Guild) Nominations

Academy Award Nominations Voting Begins

January 8th DGA (Directors Guild Nominations

CAS (Cinema Audio Society) Nominations

January 9th BAFTA Nominations

January 10th – CDG (Costume Designers Guild) Nominations

Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Nominations

January 13thBFCA Awards

January 14th – Academy Award Nominations Voting Ends

January 15th VES (Visual Effects Society) Nominations

January 18th – MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Nominations

January 19th PGA Awards

January 21st – Razzie Award Nominations

January 22nd 91st Academy Award Nominations

January 27thSAG Awards

February 1stACE Eddie Awards

February 2nd – DGA Awards

ADG Awards

Annie Awards

February 5thVES Awards

February 9thASC Awards

USC Scripter Award

February 10th – BAFTA Awards

February 12th – Academy Award Final Voting Begins

February 16th CAS Awards

Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards

February 17th WGA Awards

MPSE Golden Reel Awards

February 19th CDG Awards

Academy Award Final Voting Ends

February 23rd – Independent Spirit Awards

Razzie Awards

February 24th – 91st Academy Awards

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Also, quick reminder that my Oscar Trivia page is always available to view.


Pic of the Day: “Let me just pop it in the box. There.” “Look, can we be quite quick?” “Certainly sir. Ready in the flashiest of flashes! … There.” “That’s great.” “Not quite finished…” “Actually, I don’t need a bag, I’ll just put it in my pocket.” “Oh this isn’t a bag, sir.” “Really?” “This is SO much more than a bag…”


Pic of the Day: “I tell you Max, I don’t know why I ever leave this place. I’ve got all the company I need right here…. Hello?” “Hello.” “How are you?” “How are you?” “I asked you first.” “I asked you first.” “Oh right, that’s REALLY mature, saying exactly what I say.” “…Saying exactly what I say.” “I’m an idiot!” “You’re an idiot!” “Alright fine! I’m not talking to you anymore! In fact, I’m going to whisper! So that by the time my voice reverbarates off the walls, and gets back to me, I won’t be able to hear it.” “…You’re an idiot!”


Pic of the Day: “Holly? Oh, there you are! You locked your best friend in a box and just ran off. Now how are you going to feel when poor Charles grows up and has to join a support group?”

Oscars 2018: National Board of Review Awards

Anyone who truly reads my Oscar coverage each year (which is in the tens) knows how much I love the National Board of Review. It’s my favorite voting body. They’re the only precursor group whose nominations/awards I actually look forward to. Everything else is marginal to me. The reason I love them is twofold. First, it’s the only group with as much history as the Oscars. And second, it’s the group that tends to be closer to my own personal tastes than any other one.

To get more specific about that first point — NBR started in 1909, when a bunch of theater owners banded together to show that films, which were looked at as a “lower” art form, and pretty immoral based on their content, to say, “No, look, these films are artistic.” So they would put their stamp on approval on the films they thought furthered the art form and showed what cinema could be. And in 1930, two years into the Oscars, they started putting out a list of their ten favorite movies each year. Which they’ve continued to this day. And unlike all the other precursor groups, they’re not just industry people (SAG and the other guilds) and they’re not just critics (HFPA, BFCA). They’re made up of critics and students and film lovers and people who just love movies. They are as locked into their tastes as anyone — I can always count on them to have certain types of films on their list each year — but very rarely do I look at their list and straight up disagree with more than one, maybe two of their choices.

Which brings me to that second part — I find that almost every year, their top ten films are almost all in my top 25 films of the year. Maybe like one of them falls outside of that. And when there is something outside, it’s never something I straight up disagree with. It’s always, “Yeah, I get it.” I always compare them to that good friend you have who also loves movies… sure there are gonna be things they like that you don’t, but you’re always like, “Yeah, I get it. You love those kinds of movies.” That’s how I feel about them. We may not be entirely aligned, but we generally agree and I know that, sight unseen, I already am like 70% in line with them. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “What do you want with me?” “You will be haunted by three spirits.” “I’d rather not.”

What I’m Watching

I feel like now’s a good time to remind everyone just how crazy I am.

That is, I’m not sure anyone truly knows the depths of my insanity when it comes to movies. You know about me and the Oscars, that’s pretty out in the open. But unless you read this site consistently or dig around, you don’t necessarily know what it is I’m working on at any given time. So let’s remedy that.

I’m not referring to what’s going up on the site, because, for the tens of you who even bother to read this, this year’s been a wasteland for new material. Those of you who actually know me on a personal level know why that is. I was supposed to get the Top Ten lists done, and instead only got up to 1989, leaving me 30 to go. Shit happens. And then apart from that, we’re about to hit my busy season, which means you’re about to go from almost none of me to a lot of me. From here through the end of February, there will be a total of like, two days max that go by without at least one written post (and they’ll be this week, so they’ll be gone fast). It’s Oscar season, baby.

What I meant, though, when I said “what I’m watching” is the stuff that I’m currently working on. Because I don’t think people understand just how deep in the lab I am at any given moment. Most people just think, “Oh, Mike, he’s seen everything.” And my response to that is always, “I haven’t. But I’m working on it.” So for the absolutely no one who cares, here’s what I’m working on. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.”


Pic of the Day: “None of you have to go. We can all just sit here on Earth, wait for this big rock to crash into it, kill everything and everybody we know. United States government just asked us to save the world. Anybody wanna say no?” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “What’s the secret, Max?” “The secret?” “Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out.” “The secret, I don’t know… I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life. For me, it’s going to Rushmore.” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “So if your Mom is my Mom and my Dad is your Dad… and we’re both born on October 11th, then you and I are… like… sisters.” “Sisters? Hallie, we’re like twins!” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “I’m a schoolteacher. I teach English composition… in this little town called Adley, Pennsylvania. The last eleven years, I’ve been at Thomas Alva Edison High School. I was a coach of the baseball team in the springtime. Back home, I tell people what I do for a living and they think well, now that figures. But over here, it’s a big, a big mystery. So, I guess I’ve changed some. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve changed so much my wife is even going to recognize me, whenever it is that I get back to her. And how I’ll ever be able to tell her about days like today. Ah, Ryan. I don’t know anything about Ryan. I don’t care. The man means nothing to me. It’s just a name. But if… You know if going to Rumelle and finding him so that he can go home. If that earns me the right to get back to my wife, then that’s my mission.” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain.” “Walter…” “You mark that frame an 8, and you’re entering a world of pain.” “I’m not…” “A world of pain.” “Dude, he’s your partner…” “Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? Mark it zero!” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day


Pic of the Day: “Innocent people die every day. They might as well do so for a reason.”

Oscars 2018: Independent Spirit Award nominations

They announced the Independent Spirit Award nominations today. And I, for one, am happy. Because as much as I’ve tried to get stuff done this year, nothing makes me amped more than the beginning of Oscar season. I don’t even have to try to come up with stuff to talk about. Pretty soon NBR is gonna announce, and then everyone’s gonna start forming real opinions and not half-cocked ones based on what movie came out first and made money, and we can start talking about stuff for real. Meanwhile I’m knee deep in watching everything and gearing up for end-of-the-year article bonanza.

But now, we can look at what the indies are doing, which I never find overly helpful, but it is fun to look at. So here we go. Your Independent Spirit Award nominees for 2018: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Troll! In the dungeons! …. Thought you ought to know.”


Pic of the Day: “He’s not a person anymore. No, he stopped being a person when he took our daughters.”


Pic of the Day: “Be careful. You’re a man who makes people afraid, and that’s dangerous.” “It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes ’em afraid.”


Pic of the Day: “Why didn’t you call for a cab? Isn’t that what a gentleman usually does under the circumstances?” “Oh I didn’t say I was a gentleman. I said I was tired.


Pic of the Day: “You killed a man in Bregenz.” “I did my best not to.” “You shot him at point blank and threw him off a roof. I would hardly call that showing restraint!”


Pic of the Day: “Nothing’s turned out – Nothing’s turned out the way – I thought it would. When I was a kid, I – I used to believe in things. People seemed happier when I was a kid. People used to love each other. What happened?”