My Top 10 Films of 2018

Normally I do this list before I even announce my awards nominations—before I’ve necessarily decided what my final top 10 (well…these things are ever-changing) of the year will be. This is the first year I’m doing them after my awards and after the Oscars. And in a way, this might be a better time to…

Reviewing the 91st Academy Awards

“Do not turn that motherfucking clock on!” That’s the defining line of this year’s Oscars. That or Olivia Colman’s whole delightful speech. Because those weren’t just the best moments of the year. They were straight-up great moments. There were more than a few not so great moments, however, and not just because my predictions were,…

Predicting the 91st Academy Awards

Confession time: I planned for this article to be more in-depth and more elaborate than it ended up being. Life happened. But something else happened which makes me feel a bit better about it; this turned into the least predictable Oscar season in quite a while. For a while it looked like things were falling…

My 8th Annual Film Awards: The Winners and Rankings

And here we are again. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so I’ll jump right in. (Outdoing the Oscars isn’t easy.) You can review my nominees here. I’ll be listing my top 20 in each category, except for Picture, where I’ll list 25. If you want to know how I ranked a film…

MWFF: FUNNYMAN – ***½

Perry (Peter Bonerz) is celebrating his third anniversary with San Francisco’s famous improv comedy troupe, The Committee, at the same time he’s celebrating his third anniversary with Jan (Nancy Fish). But he decides to break up with Jan, and he seems to be reconsidering his place in the company as well; running late for rehearsal…

Tweaking the Oscars: 2018

This is just a little experiment I like to do when I’m alone with my thoughts. Here’s the idea: for each Oscar category, I make one change. In most cases, it’s swapping out one nominee for another. The trick here is that I’m not going to just slot in my dream choice. The House That…

My 8th Annual Film Awards: The Nominees

Here they are, the nominees for the eighth edition of the only film awards based on facts and logic: Picture: Annihilation Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Blindspotting The Favourite First Reformed If Beale Street Could Talk Suspiria Vox Lux You Were Never Really Here

My 10 Worst Films of 2018

I just don’t watch bad movies like I used to. Time was when I and a particular close friend of mine would make a point of seeing terrible films, in the theater when possible (starting with Furry Vengeance and ending with Grown Ups 2, after which he moved away), but also on DVD and via the Internet (which…

BAFTA Winners: 2018

The BAFTAs announced their winners today, and there were a few surprises, many of them quite pleasant. I don’t necessarily think all of those pleasant surprises will carry over to the Oscars, but let’s just run down the list and see what we’ve got. The full list of nominees, with my comments, can be found…

Mr. Flav Cherry Review

I’d never so much as heard of Mr. Flav when I saw it being sold for a dollar apiece in those unique plastic cans. It was late, I’d had a bit of a rough day, and figured I’d treat myself. It was cheap enough. So I got a can of the cherry flavor, cherries being…