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My Top 20 and Bottom 10 Films of 2014

This has been an interesting year. On one hand, there have been 18 **** films–far more than last year, and a comparable number to 2012, which was rather incredible in its own right. And my bottom 10 is far better than any year since I’ve been keeping track; my 10th worst film wouldn’t come close to any previous list, and if that’s in part because I haven’t sought out so many bad films, well…I’ll try and do better this year. There was still some real garbage that I sat through.

On the other hand, my #1 film this year would probably be #3 last year, and most of my **** films are 87s or 88s–the bottom end of my **** spectrum. That’s not to say my #1 film is any less of a great film or that I treasure any of those 18 films less, but I’m hoping that 2015 is a step up. I’ve got a lot of faith in this year’s releases (good and bad–I really want to check out Mortdecai), and I hope that, this time next year, I’m looking at a full list of **** films–maybe a top 25 will be in order?

But let’s not put the cart in front of the horse. Let’s count our blessings–and our curses.

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Happy Birthday to the Gravy!

And many more, on Channel Four, etc, etc. (Source)

And many more, on Channel Four, etc, etc. (Source)

I’ve kept it up for a year. And honestly, I’m a little surprised.

Sure, I haven’t always kept up with my reviews. Yes, I’ve fallen behind on non-Oscar awards news (I’m doing it differently next year. The way I did it this year was just too labor-intensive). But it’s still going. I can always catch up. I didn’t set it aside, never to return to it…like I have with many of my other endeavors. I admit, sometimes I get a little tired of writing all these reviews. What I don’t get tired of are movies.

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First Oscar Predictions

Well done, KC.

The most likely picture?

This’ll be quick and dirty. The Producer’s Guild and SAG have weighed in–the Directors and Writers have yet to. So there are a few races which are closed up, a few which seem closed up, and the rest…who knows, really?

But I’ll be damned if I’m not going to make the best guess possible.

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My Most Anticipated Films of 2015: Mark I

Given that I’m already making some sizable changes to the schedule (which I’ll discuss in more detail when the time comes), I considered cancelling this article as well, but I realized it could serve to supplement the “Overture” which I posted just before Christmas, while anticipating a more detailed list which will come…let’s say, after Cannes.

There’s still plenty to work with, including some rather inexcusable absences from the first list, along with some of the more intriguing entries at this year’s Sundance and Berlin festivals. Let’s get to it.

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The 10 Most Over/Underrated Films of 2014

And behind every piece of Oscar bait is a better film trying to get out. (Source)

And behind every piece of Oscar bait is a better film trying to get out. (Source)

Some years have a lot of overrated films, some have a lot of underrated ones (2012 springs to mind for both categories). This year was comparatively thin for both–there were a few notably overrated films, and a few underappreciated (if not truly underrated) ones, but I think the critics got it a little more right than usual this year–when Snowpiercer has 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, you can’t complain too much.

Still, there were some definite cases where the consensus was, to my eyes, off the mark. And that is what we’ll dig into today, starting with the overrated. Because I am that guy.

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SELMA Review – ****

Is it in trouble? Or is this just a hiccup on the road to the Oscars? (Source)

“It cannot wait.”

The historical drama film carries a certain kind of baggage. There’s always the risk that history will be distorted, often for the sake of a more “dramatic” narrative, or that the historical figures will be depicted as more saintly–or demonic–than they truly were.

Selma is the kind of film which manages to be both compelling as a drama and worthy as a historical chronicle. And it treats its characters as human beings–some noble, some cruel, all flawed, but all human. It has become the locus of a controversy which, as per usual, seems to be propagated by those who haven’t seen the film. It’s a sorry thing, as it may deter people from seeing one of the finest Hollywood films of the year.

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Wait, WHAT?: The Perfect, Definitive Analysis of the 87th Academy Awards Nominations

Say hello to the new canon. (Sources)

Say hello to the new canon. (Sources)

I’m not sure what I just saw.

I have to step back for a moment to process what I’ve just seen.

But let me tell you–this is a weird, weird set of nominees. Not entirely satisfactory. But very weird.

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