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…

Happy Birthday to the Gravy!

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…

First Oscar Predictions

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.

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…

The 10 Most Over/Underrated Films of 2014

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…

SELMA Review – ****

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…

Final Golden Globes Predictions

Tonight’s results might not determine the outcome of the Oscars, but you can’t ignore them either. And I fancy I’ve got a pretty good idea of what we’ll see tonight. So let’s delve right in.

INHERENT VICE Review – ****

This could be one of the easiest or one of the most difficult reviews I’ve yet written. Inherent Vice is the kind of film which cares less about making sense than you might think, a film which plunges into a world where the 60s are curdling into the 70s, where free love isn’t so free, where the…