AT ETERNITY’S GATE Review – ***½

If the trailers make At Eternity’s Gate look, all in all, like another prestigiously digestible biopic of a great artist, that notion is dispelled almost immediately by the film itself, which shows the influence of Harmony Korine and latter-day Godard far more than the Oscar-bait playbook. The distorted camerawork, fragmented narrative structure (with frequent jarring…

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT Review – ****

While talking over The House That Jack Built with my father—who did not see and has no intention of seeing this film—he suggested that it sounded like a von Trier film for “von Trierests,” as apt a summation of this film as I could ever conjure. As a von Trierest myself, I thought pretty damn…

Golden Globes Nominations: 2018

Gonna jump right in. It’s the Globes, they’re gonna make at least a couple of choices I don’t love. I’ll just say I didn’t plan to watch the nominations live, but I did catch the tail end of them because I was up to use the bathroom. Caught a couple of surprises in those few…

AFI Top 10: 2018

The American Film Institute unveiled their Top 10 films today (plus one “special” film). The AFI, since it’s not part of the guilds or a critics’ group, isn’t necessarily a great Oscar prognosticator, but they’re a decent one; last year, 7 of their films got Best Picture nominations (The Big Sick, The Florida Project, and Wonder…

Satellite Awards Nominations: 2018

The Satellite Awards, given out by the International Press Academy, aren’t one of the biggest Oscar prognosticators, at least compared to the Critics’ Choice Awards, which I often twin them with, but any set of nominees is fun to go over, and in a year like this, where it’s still not at all clear what,…

GREEN BOOK Review – ***

There normally wouldn’t be much to say about Green Book, but the fact that this frustratingly anodyne look at race and friendship might be a major awards player at least merits some discussion. I summed it up before as feeling like a piece of 90s Oscar bait that fell through a time warp, from the…

A bit of fun to start December

When I’m not working or writing about movies, I like making memes, usually on the subject of movies. (I have a one-track mind, what can I say?) And since we’re getting into the season of holiday stress, wretched weather, and workplace anxieties for those in certain industries (you know who you are), I figured I’d…

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…