Wrapping Up the 88th Academy Awards

I don’t even know where to begin with this night. Actually, I do. Can we all agree the hosting was on fucking point tonight? Chris Rock has been one of my favorite stand-ups for a long while, and damned if he wasn’t firing on all cylinders, tackling the thorny issue of #OscarsSoWhite without ever becoming…

Final Oscar Predictions: 2015

It’s almost time. Let’s review the evidence. Best Picture: One of the most wide-open Best Picture categories I can remember. Three strong contenders to win and a possible spoiler. And had Carol not been fucked over, it might be even worse. Ditto Ridley Scott. The Big Short (#2) – I’m really torn as to how I feel about…

Barritt’s Ginger Beer Review

I love a good ginger ale or beer. Ginger sodas might actually be my favorite school of soda. And latterly, given my recurrent nasal issues, I’m down for anything that’ll clear out my sinuses–and this seems like a solid candidate. (The classy bronze label didn’t hurt either.) It’s stuck around for 142 years…but will it…

My 5th Annual Film Awards: Open Voting!

Have at it, my friends. But please, PLEASE, vote in all categories. If you wish to write in a different choice, please do so in the comments. To review the nominees, go here.

My 5th Annual Film Awards: The Nominees

And so it begins. Apologies for not illustrating this post as elaborately as I might have, but it’s been a busy weekend. In fact, because of time pressures, I’ve decided the open voting will actually commence tomorrow–President’s Day. An appropriate day for voting, no? (A neat rationalization of my own procrastination…no?) Picture: Anomalisa The Big…

He’s back.

It’s been a while since I’ve put up one of these single-trailer posts, but this is von Trier we’re talking about. So The House That Jack Built is going to be a film now, it seems. It had been announced as a TV project, but either way, this will be essential viewing for me. I have to…

Original New York Seltzer Peach Review

After a rather disappointing experience with ONYS’ raspberry variety, I’m going to give their peach soda a chance. (I bought the two at the same time, before you think I threw away money on a soda I might not like.)

Longlists for My 5th Annual Film Awards: A Work in Progress

When I was assembling the nominees for my 3rd Annual Film Awards, I posted a longlist of films and performances I was considering for each category, and then put up a series of articles where I derived my final roster of nominees by going through the longlists and picking the best 5. Since I’ve honed…

My Top 20 and Bottom 10 Films of 2015

A couple of caveats before I begin. First, I still haven’t seen all the films of 2015 I wanted to see. That happens. The films I see from here on out will be spoken of in due time, and I’ll publish a full ranking of all the year’s films once I announce the results of…