The Art Directors Guild announced their nominees today. So we’re gonna be most of the way there on Production Design. This is early. We’re still gonna wait for BAFTA, but hey, we’ve at least got this for now.
They’re gonna give us three categories: Period, Fantasy and Contemporary. Contemporary never gets nominated, unless there’s a crossover with fantasy (like a space movie or something) or it’s La La Land. Typically you’re looking at Period and Fantasy, and you have a pretty good idea of what they’ll go for in the end. BAFTA will help tell the tale (which means I’m already expecting Downton to make it on), but generally between this and BFCA, you have a pretty good idea.
Yesterday, BFCA nominated 1917, Downton Abbey, Irishman, Joker, Little Women, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite. That’s six period (though they could swap Joker onto Fantasy if they really wanted to) and one contemporary. I’m real curious to see if Parasite can buck history and make it on as a Contemporary nominee, since that movie is all about production design. But I guess we’ll see.
Here are your ADG nominees: (more…)
So yesterday we talked about the Overrated films of 2019, today we’re gonna talk underrated.
For me, underrated just means that people are overlooking the film, or a certain aspect of the film that I think is more impressive than it’s being given credit for. Maybe it was dismissed as a genre film, maybe it was seen and dismissed as a throwaway but there’s more going on there. There’s always something.
My point isn’t to try to tell people that the movies are good, but just that there’d more going on here than one would assume, and maybe don’t dismiss them as easily as you might have otherwise. That’s it.
So here are some of 2019’s most underrated films: (more…)
Pic of the Day: “Hey Griswold. Where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big?” “Bend over and I’ll show you.” “You’ve got a lot of nerve talking to me like that Griswold.” “I wasn’t talking to you.” (30th Anniversary)
Alright, folks. The Globes nominations have been announced, hot off the heels of yesterday’s BFCA nominations. Typically when I’m breaking down what’s gonna get nominated, I’m looking at the guilds, BAFTA, BFCA and the Globes. So that’s half the puzzle, even if the guilds is the biggest piece and involves a lot of smaller pieces for each category and this is, essentially, the latter half. But hey, we’ve got something to chew on for the next month until the real shit goes down.
I assume this is all gonna be in line with what happened yesterday, with one or two films HFPA liked more than BFCA did and some they liked less. It’s the same thing every year. Really the key with these two is to start spotting where the extraneous nominees are gonna be. Because there’s always someone who only hits BFCA and nothing else, and there are always people that hit BFCA and here, and then there’s those people that hit all this and SAG and still have no real chance at getting nominated. People fall for those traps every single year. Today’s not about making proclamations. It’s about seeing what trends are showing up and seeing which ones you actually have to pay attention to versus the ones that can be left alone.
But anyway, let’s just get into these nominations: (more…)
The Critics Choice Award nominations were announced today. Somehow I thought they were mid-week, but I’ll take them now. I wonder if they wanted to get a jump on the Golden Globes, which are getting announced tomorrow. BFCA is usually the first to announce winners and always sort of sets the pace for everything else, even if the others feel slightly more important, results-wise. Either way, I’m happy to see them.
This is our first step to Oscar season. After tomorrow, we’re gonna basically have half the puzzle. After tomorrow, we’re just waiting on each of the individual guilds (which includes SAG and PGA) and BAFTA. But, today we’ve got the critics, so let’s see what they nominated.
Here are your 2019 Critics Choice nominees: (more…)
I call this the ‘Calm the Fuck Down List’. Because so often people mistake the term overrated to mean ‘bad’. And that’s not what I’m saying. The definition is in the word — overrated. We are prescribing a level of opinion to something that it does not deserve. And that is both for better and for worse. But people always get the wrong impression from when I put a movie on this list. I’m not blaming the movie — I’m blaming you. And by you, I mean the colloquial you, everyone talking up a movie. Which may be the studio, it may be the media, it may just be the ‘film’ section of the internet, it may be the public at large, I may even be included in some of that.
The point is, some of these movies are getting way too much hype (and you can always figure out what the major culprits are) and this list is meant to tell people to just chill. Or, as the Rolling Stones said at Altamont, “Cool out.” And then tomorrow we’ll talk about the movie that should get some of that excess praise, and then after that we’ll talk about some movies that could just use any press whatsoever because no one’s watching them.
But before that, let’s take out some frustration on the movies that are getting far too much credit (and you already know what my unofficial #1 is before I even start the list. Because you’re all fucking guilty of it). (more…)
Pic of the Day: “You know, Herbert Hoover once stayed here on this floor.” “The vacuum guy?” “No, the President.”