New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 2018

Coming thick and fast now. The NYFCC is a decently solid Oscar prognosticator (not perfect, though—they gave Carol Best Film and the Oscars didn’t even nominate it). So their choices should at least be noted. And they are: Best Film: Roma Interesting. I’m not saying this won’t be a contender—it will—I’m just saying it’ll be…

National Board of Review Top 10 & Awards: 2018

Awards season is here at last, kicked off by my favorite awards group, the good old NBR. While not a perfect Oscar prognosticator as such (you’d have to go back to 2008 and Slumdog Millionaire to find the last time their Best Film winner won the Oscar), their dedication to their top 10 lists and…

In the Twilight of the Year

Awards season is, essentially, already under way, with the recent announcement of the Independent Spirit Award nominees setting the tone for the season – or not, depending on what the coming weeks have in store for us. For me, the highlights of the rest of the year are: November 27: the National Board of Review announces…

BORDER Review – ***

Border is the kind of film which flips the script on you so completely before it’s over that it’s hard to say too much about it for fear of giving too much away. That I’m not quite sure how I feel about it as a whole only compounds the difficulty of writing about it. But…

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND Review – ****

I’m not sure if The Other Side of the Wind is a last masterpiece from the most iconically unlucky great filmmaker in American cinema, or just an incredibly enjoyable piece of anarchic self-criticism, but either way it’s a must-see for all film buffs, a film borne of the love of film, but not using that…

My Most Wanted Books

My mother had a three-part saying I’m fond of citing: It’s never too hot for hot coffee; It’s never too cold for ice cream; You can never have too many books. I’ve lived by all three of these points, but none so fervently as that last one; ever since I had money and space I…

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Review – **½

There are two good reasons to see Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury, and the climactic recreation of Queen’s performance at Live Aid—and even the latter is marred by an excess of close-ups of Freddie’s friends, family, and fans looking on rapturously, awed to be in the presence of Saint Freddie. That he…

MONROVIA, INDIANA Review – ***½

My first experience with the work of Frederick Wiseman, Monrovia, Indiana depicts life in the titular small town sans narration, music, or any manipulation of image save what Wiseman chooses to show or not show. It takes its time; at 143 minutes (ironically making it comparatively short for a Wiseman film), filled with lengthy scenes…

Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: 2018

The Indie Spirit Awards announced their nominees yesterday, as the 2018-19 awards season continues to take shape. A few odd omissions (some objective, some subjective) mark this set of nominees, but there are a few pleasant surprises and outright good choices to make me mostly happy with them. I’m not going to try and guess…

European Film Awards Nominations: 2018

Seems like I’ve fallen into the pattern of profiling these awards every other year; I did so in 2014 and 2016, but not ’15 and ’17. They’re awarded by the European Film Academy and are open to films from all across Europe. This year’s nominees aren’t an incredibly distinguished bunch, but there are a few…