The Weekly Gravy #35

By the time you read this, it’ll be less than two weeks until the Oscars. And I’m continuing my trek through the Oscar nominees, at least in the categories I personally consider (remember that I don’t do specialty categories like International Film and Documentary Feature), albeit at a slower pace than I’d like. I’m sorry….

Awards Season 2020-21: 74th BAFTA Awards

This weekend the BAFTAs gave out their awards. They split the awards across two days, but we’ll just cover them all in one post. A couple of mild surprises, but nothing that radically changes the course of the season. So let’s take a look at what we have. My rundown of the nominees here. Best…

MWFF: ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO – ***

My rationale: Larry Peerce again, with a groundbreaking story of interracial marriage that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and won Best Actress at Cannes for Barbara Barrie. Barrie plays a white woman who marries a black man (Bernie Hamilton) and ends up in a custody battle with her ex-husband (Richard Mulligan) over…

The Weekly Gravy #34

Shortly after the Oscar nominations, I took stock of the nominated films I hadn’t yet seen. In addition to all the nominees for International Film, Animated Feature, and Documentary Feature, there were 12 nominated films I needed to see. I’ve since seen five of them, leaving seven films, all but one of which (Mulan) have…

Awards Season 2020-21: SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were last night. And they’re a significant enough precursor to the Oscars that I feel it’s worth running down the list of winners. Best Cast in a Motion Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 I figured this would win. It certainly deserved to, as it’s a magnificent ensemble. This…

Awards Season 2020-21: How the 10th Gravy Film Awards Will Go

The Oscars are three weeks from tomorrow. Before then I have to watch as many of the nominated films I haven’t yet seen as possible, and it’s unlikely I’m going to see every one of them in time. In fact, allowing for all variables—most importantly mental energy and personal interest—it’s unlikely I’ll ever see all…

The Monthly Gravette #3

This month I bought two books, one I’d never even heard of and the other I knew of only casually. First was the Penguin Classics edition of Anna Navan’s Ice, a strange post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel described on the back cover as “a novel unlike any other.” Aren’t they all, but further research only deepened my interest…

MWFF: THE ASTROLOGER – *

My rationale: A carnival psychic learns he actually has the gift, becomes incredibly wealthy (making a blockbuster film in the process), and then loses everything. That’s the bare-bones basic summary I’ve gleaned from the reviews I’ve read, but to quote one of them: “Synopsizing the plot is both impossible and useless in describing how bonkers THE…

Awards Season 2020-21: Critics Groups Salad V

Been a while since I’ve done one of these. Got a lot of groups to go over – 16, in fact. Most aren’t going to impact the Oscar race in of themselves, but they help us to read the season. This time around, the groups are: African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Austin Film Critics Association…