Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch Review

Why am I eating this? I don’t really like sugar cookies. I don’t have a particular affinity for the Toast Crunch family of cereals. Those animate pieces of cereal on the box are creepy. So why? Probably because I was able to find it on sale somewhere, because I’m a sucker for the “limited edition”…

My Most Overrated Films of 2019

Step right up, step right up! Here it is, the most contentious post of the year! It’s telling that this list usually gets more views than my Underrated list (which should go up next week). Who doesn’t like to grumble about what they thought wasn’t as good as all that, or was straight-up bad whilst…

SANTEE Review – ***

Santee’s main claim to fame is that it was one of the earliest feature films shot on videotape and transferred to celluloid for theatrical release. That’s not much of a selling point, but Santee isn’t much more than a watchable little Western, a decent way to spend 90 minutes on a chilly Thursday afternoon, but…

1917 Review – ****

1917 is aptly titled, because what it really is is a panorama of a particular corner of the world at a particular point in history—namely, in and around the town of Écoust-Saint-Mein in northeastern France on April 6-7, 1917, during which two British lance-corporals, Will Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are assigned…

The 10* Best Living Directors Never Nominated for an Oscar

Almost six years ago, I published a list of the 10 best directors who’d never been nominated for an Oscar, which also included a list of directors who’d been nominated in other categories or won honorary awards, as well as a few honorable mentions. Since then, it’s proven a very popular post. But it’s somewhat…

The 91st Academy Awards Nominations

As I write this, I’m still shaken up from a car accident I was in on my way home just a few hours ago. (Those warnings about bridges freezing before the rest of the roadway? They’re absolutely right.) So on one hand, something as ephemeral as a set of film awards hardly seems that important….

Predicting the Nominees of the 92nd Academy Awards

This is what I’ve been working towards all season. This, as always, is the single biggest roll of the dice of the year, even more than predicting what will win, because by that point, we have tons of precedent to draw on. Here…we have to do a little guesswork. Which makes it all the more…

PGA & DGA Nominations: 2019

Just gonna kill two birds with one stone, since they announced these both today. The Producers Guild and the Directors Guild both announced their nominees today. And obviously both are major bellwethers for the Oscars, since…this is the industry speaking. The Visual Effects Society also announced their nominees today, but I’ll just go over those…

BAFTA Nominations: 2019

The BAFTA nominations were announced about 40 minutes ago (as I type this). A few moderate surprises, one extremely pleasant, but definitely a few confirmed trends and a few hunches which are trending toward confirmation. If that makes sense. It’s late, I’m tired, I’m gonna give you the skinny on these and crash. Best Film:…

WGA Awards Nominations: 2019

The Writers Guild announced their nominees today, and they seem to be mostly confirming what we know to be the frontrunners, especially when you remember what wasn’t eligible for them. Between these nominations and whatever BAFTA gives us in about six hours, we should have a pretty good idea of what the Screenplay categories will…