AFI Top 10: 2019

The American Film Institute announced their annual top 10 list. It’s always interesting to see what they pick, though they only tend to overlap with the Oscars 6-7 films out of however many the Academy nominates. So I’ll take a stab at guessing what’s on and what’s not. Their top 10 films were…

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 2019

The NYFCC announced their winners yesterday. There’s not always a ton of overlap between their winners and the Academy’s, but their winners are often at least nominated. Because they’re a critics’ group, their tastes skew differently from the guilds (i.e. the Academy), but they’re a major precursor, they’ve been around since the 1935, and at…

HONEY BOY Review – ***½

The tragedy of Otis Lort, played by Noah Jupe as a boy and Lucas Hedges as a young man, is not that he is not loved, but that the person who loves him the most (at least in terms of time spent), is such an emotional trainwreck that he can hardly bear to show real…

National Board of Review Top 10 & Awards: 2019

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know the NBR is my favorite awards group. They’ve been putting out top 10 lists since 1929 (almost as long as the Oscars), and they frequently choose films the Academy overlooks—animated films, documentaries, genre films, and so forth. Their choices can also be a bit baffling…

KNIVES OUT Review – ***

I went into Knives Out with fairly high expectations; between the fun trailers and the excellent reviews, I was all prepared for an enjoyable whodunnit. But almost from the start, something about just didn’t quite click with me, and I ended up in the awkward position, not of disliking the film by any means, but…

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Review – ****

I spent much of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood struggling with it. There was no question, for me, that Marielle Heller’s direction was imaginative and intelligent, that it was crafted with care and skill, and that Tom Hanks gives just the kind of performance as Fred Rogers that you knew he’d give as soon…

Independent Spirit Awards Nominees: 2019

These actually went up last week, but I’ve been busy, so I’m just now getting around to posting this. These have become more and more of an Oscar barometer in recent years, though they remain far from a perfect one. So let’s see what they have for us this year: Best Feature: Clemency The Farewell…

THE IRISHMAN Review – ****

Most of you won’t get to see The Irishman in a theater. I doubly lucked out, not only because I was able to do so on my birthday, but because the film really deserves to be seen thus. Of course, I’d say nearly every film is better appreciated in a theater, but The Irishman is…

The All-Time Film Awards v 1.0

Happy birthday to me. Let me make one thing very clear before I delve any deeper: this is a work in progress. This is a very, very rough draft of what I hope this project will one day become. I had hoped, as I stated seven months ago, to do a lot more watching and…

Wild Berry Froot Loops Review

I haven’t eaten a great many Froot Loops in my time; artificial fruit flavors aren’t my thing, all in all, with the exception of Berry Berry Kix, which probably would no longer charm me as it once did. But when I was able to get a box of this particular variant of Froot Loops for…