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2021: The Year in Reviews (Wrap-Up)

I guess this is more like “The Site in Reviews,” since this is gonna be the last one and we’re gonna wrap-up 11 years’ worth of reviews.

You know how this works — I guessed ratings back in January and now I see how close I was with everything. Though now, rather than being focused with personal goals like guessing everything either exactly or within a half-star, I’m curious to see what kind of site-long data trends come about.

So let’s wrap this shit up and see what we find. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Happy New Year, Lieutenant Dan!”


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Pic of the Day: “Ethan, I saw it in you before the war. You wanted to clear out. You stayed beyond any real reason. Why?” (65th Anniversary)


2021: The Year in Reviews

8-Bit Christmas — * * * (3 stars)

12 Mighty Orphans — * * * (3 stars)

About Endlessness — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Addams Family 2 — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Afterlife of the Party — * * * (3 stars)

America: The Motion Picture — * * * ½ (3.5 stars) (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Never you mind, honey. Never you mind.” (50th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “How’d ya die?” “I was in a coma.” “I’m sorry. How long were you in the coma?” “I really don’t know.” “Let’s play a game, Art. Elvis: living or dead?” “Living.” “Long coma, Art. Long coma.” (30th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “See the line where the sky meets the sea? / It calls me / And no one knows / How far it goes / If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me / One day I’ll know / If I go, there’s just no telling how far I’ll go” ♫ (5th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “Nothing like a little disaster for sorting things out.” (55th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “Next to me in the blackness lay my oiled blue steel beauty. The greatest Christmas gift I had ever received, or would ever receive. Gradually, I drifted off to sleep, pranging ducks on the wing and getting off spectacular hip shots.”


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Pic of the Day: “Is this the ear you can’t hear on? … George Bailey, I’ll love you ’til the day I die.” (75th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do! Their mouths will hang open a minute or two. Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry boo-hoo! ‘That’s a noise,’ grinned the Grinch, ‘that I simply must hear!’ He paused, and the Grinch put a hand to his ear. And he did hear a sound rising over the snow. It started in low, then it started to grow… But this sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded glad! Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing without any presents at all! He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming! It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!”


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PIc of the Day: ♫ “I feel it in my fingers / I feel it in my toes / Christmas is all around me / And so the feeling grows / It’s written in the wind / It’s everywhere I go / So if you really love Christmas / Come on and let it snow.” ♫


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “What’s this? What’s this? / There’s color everywhere / What’s this? / There’s white things in the air / What’s this? / I can’t believe my eyes / I must be dreaming / Wake up, Jack, this isn’t fair / What’s this?” ♫


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Pic of the Day: “May I help you?” “I’m in bad shape.” “Wait a minute. Before we begin, I request that you pay in advance. Five cents, please… Boy, what a sound! How I love the sound of clinking money! That beautiful sound of cold hard cash! Nickels, nickels, nickels! That beautiful sound of clinking nickels! “


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Peace on Earth can it be? / Come they told me pa-rum-pum-pum-pum / Years from now, perhaps we’ll see? / A newborn king to see pa-rum-pum-pum-pum / See the day of glory / Our finest gift we bring pa-rum-pum-pum-pum / See the day, when men of good will / To lay before the king pa-rum-pum-pum-pum / Live in peace, live in peace again.” ♫


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Pic of the Day: “Merry Christmas, Bob.” “And God bless us, everyone.”


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Pic of the Day: “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Have a holly, jolly Christmas / It’s the best time of the year / I don’t know if there’ll be snow / But have a cup of cheer / Have a holly, jolly Christmas / And when you walk down the street / Say hello to friends you know / And everyone you meet / Oh, ho the mistletoe / Hung where you can see / Somebody waits for you / Kiss her once for me / Have a holly, jolly Christmas / And in case you didn’t hear / Oh, by golly, have a holly, jolly Christmas / This year” ♫


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Pic of the Day: “You was here last night too, wasn’t ya?” “I was singing at the Blue Monkey last night.” “She was not, she was smooching with your brother.” “You was here. And you was smoochin’ with my brother!” “See?”


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Pic of the Day: “I don’t mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi!”


Oscars 2021: BFCA Nominations

Okay, so we had the Globes nominations before, now it’s BFCA. This is the Critics Choice, so while you’ll still see a lot of the same stuff, you’ll definitely start to see which of the nominees are ones the Globes only picked because they wanted the stars to be there. The critics are usually unified on what they’ve decided is ‘good’ and ‘not good’. But they also control those narratives, so you’ll also see a couple of performances they’ve championed in smaller films make it on, which will make it on nowhere else. That’s how this goes.

But, overall, BFCA is usually a good barometer of where the discussion is going, so it’s gonna help solidify a lot of the stuff you’ve seen already while also adding in some of the stuff the Globes ignored as we look forward to the remaining major trickle-down precursors (BAFTA, SAG, PGA).

So let’s see what BFCA has brought us this year: (more…)


Oscars 2021: Golden Globe Nominations

Globe nominations. This is the ‘official’ beginning of Oscar season, as it’s our first set of official precursors. Based on this, we have our first tentative road map to figuring out what the Oscar nominees are going to be.

As always, because it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press, you take these with a grain of salt and not as scripture, a fact that’s only compounded this year based on all that’s happened with HFPA over the past year. If you remember, there was all that controversy about them not having any Black members and them cancelling this year’s ceremony so they could get their house in order, only to quietly come back a few months later and say ‘we did it, ceremony’s on’ after admitting only six Black members. As you can imagine… I have questions. I don’t know how much of these nominations are gonna be in response to that or just be their actual tastes.

I’ve had two things I’ve said pretty consistently over the course of this site as it pertains to awards season: 1) you can always count on (insert group here) to do what they always do in the end, and 2) you can do diversity without having to force it if you just watch all the damn movies instead of the handful you think are the awards ones and vote for what you liked instead of what feels like the popular way to go. The only question is which of those scenarios will end up being more of the case by the time I get to the end of these nominees. I’m gonna assume #1, but let’s see.

Here are your 2021 Golden Globe nominations: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “How much?” “Half.” “No fucking way.” “Just back off, Will, I got this. I got this! Okay, 30%. That’s three of us. 30%, that’s fair.” “Half.” “I meant 33%.” “I meant half.” “And 1/3.” “Half.” “35%.” “Half.” “40%.” “Half.” “42%?” “Half.” “Um… 45%.” “Half.” “48%?” “Half.” “49%?” “Half.” “Well, what’s one point?”


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Keep Christmas with you / All through the year / When Christmas is over / You can keep it near / Think of this Christmas day / When Christmas is far away / Keep Christmas with you / All through the year / When Christmas is over / Save some Christmas cheer / These precious moments / Hold them very dear / And keep Christmas with you / All through the year.” ♫