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Posts tagged “2017

Oscars 2017: Best Animated Feature Eligibles

It feels like it’s been forever since I posted on here. That’s entirely my fault. Life and time constraints getting in the way. I have like 50 years of top ten lists to write up, and I just can’t find the time and the brain space to actually finish doing so. Plus, my favorite time of year is coming up, and at this point I want to stall for time just so I can get to that. Most of my time has been dedicated to work, trying to write my own stuff, and furiously trying to attend as many screenings as I can and see stuff before it comes out.

Anyway, they announced the list of qualifying Animated Feature candidates today, and since it’s not 92 movies like the Foreign Language list, I can write about it quickly and not have to do crazy research. And also because I wanted to try to get ahead of all the articles that will undoubtedly be written that say “Is this the weakest year for animated films ever?” Because I saw this coming months ago and have been telling anyone who would listen to me about it. Because it is. The major studio animated output has been complete garbage this year and now you’re about to potentially get an Animated Feature category in which most people probably have really only heard of one of the nominees.

So without further ado, here are the 25 other movies that will automatically lose to Coco this year at the Oscars: (more…)

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2017: The Year in Reviews (Part II)

Summer’s over. Time for the second batch of reviews.

I’m doing remarkably well so far. I’m about on pace with where I was at this time last year. Which is insane, because I didn’t skip a single movie last year. This year, I skipped two right off the bat. Granted, I’ve only skipped two more since then, and four isn’t that bad a total. I’m only on pace to skip five all year, which feels lower than any other year besides last year. The point is I’m still on a crazy pace without trying nearly as hard as I was last year.

You guys know the drill by now — quick thoughts and ratings that get used later when I wrap everything up in December. First batch went up end of April and the final batch will go up right before we begin the wrap-up.

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, my review of Captain Underpants: (more…)


2017: The Year in Reviews (Part I)

We’re a quarter of the way into 2017 and that can only mean one thing — I’ve already given up and started day drinking. Oh, but, movies-wise it means it’s time for my first batch of reviews. Covering everything I’ve seen between January and now. Last year, it magically worked out to where I didn’t skip a single movie. This year… not so much. But that’s good, since I have other stuff to work on.

You know how this works — initial ratings and thoughts that will go toward wrapping everything up in December. Another batch will be posted at the end of August and one more will be posted right before we close out the year.

Here’s what I got for everything I’ve seen so far in 2017: (more…)


The 2017 Film Release Calendar: 2016 Holdovers

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told. (more…)


The 2017 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told. (more…)


The 2017 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told. (more…)


The 2017 Film Release Calendar: December

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for the year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told. (more…)