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My Bottom 10 Films of 2017

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Two film quotes come to mind:

  • “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”
  • “You thought you had to become Bigfoot to save this town, but you saved it a long time ago by just being you.”

One is from a good film. The other is from a film on this list. And this list represents the darkest cinematic nights of 2017…at least those I bore witness to.

I should note, I saw a lot fewer films this year than in previous years, and a lot fewer bad or even mediocre films. But a bottom 10 there had to be, and here they are.

 

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My Most Underrated Films of 2017

The same rules apply to this list as to yesterday’s list. These are subjective choices, rooted in my perception of how well a film was received, and how well it should have been received. Many of these films got good reviews (there weren’t many films this year where I seriously diverged from the critical consensus, honestly), and a few of them were widely seen to one degree or another, but all of them, I think, deserved to be embraced more fully than they were.

It might be a less forceful word, but “underappreciated” might be more accurate for what these films are. And I hope you’ll either take a chance on them and appreciate them too…or you already have and will share them with someone who will.

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My Most Overrated Films of 2017

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Loved by some. Not by me.

The key word here is “my.” This list is purely subjective; these are the films which were praised, honored, and loved by others, but which left me cold, disappointed, or simply scratching my head. This was a trickier year than usual to compile this list, in part because I saw fewer films, but in part because there wasn’t a major critical/awards juggernaut I was itching to take down – there wasn’t a La La Land for me to vent about.

The overrated films of this year, for the most part, frustrated or disappointed in more complex ways, and so I hope this list is relatively light on bile; I felt most of these films were overrated because I saw how I felt they could be so much better – and too many fellow viewers didn’t see that or let it slide.

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The 90th Academy Awards Nominations

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Oh, don’t look so sour. You had a pretty damn good morning.

So I got up way too damn early to watch the Oscar nominations announcement, but was rewarded for my sacrifice with a few nice surprises and few, if any, unpleasant ones.

Here’s what I predicted would be nominated, along with my rationale for each. As a reminder, my batting average the last couple of years was around 75%.

And the nominees are…

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Predicting the 90th Academy Awards Nominations

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Greta Gerwig will almost certainly become the first woman to write and direct an Oscar nominee for Best Picture.

This is always a tricky post to write, but this year more than most. Between categories which are overstuffed, categories where the precursors can’t make up their damn minds, and sure-thing films that aren’t so sure anymore, I’m flying fairly blind here. Which is just fine, I’d rather do that than be bored.

While I’d love to go wild and predict left-field nominations for films I loved (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, baby), I’m going to try and take this relatively seriously. I have no idea why. But the last couple of years I predicted the nominees with roughly 75% accuracy, and I wouldn’t mind keeping that streak alive.

So buckle in and let’s get started, shall we?

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Directors Guild Awards Nominations: 2017

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From TV sketch comedian to award-nominated film director in two years. (Source)

The DGA announced their nominees today. And as much as I like the BAFTAs and the Globes, the DGA is much more useful for predicting what the Academy will do, because the people who pick the Oscar nominees are all DGA members (at least, I’d imagine so).

And I have to say, their choices don’t make predicting the Oscars (nominees or winners) much easier. Which is just fine by me.

And the nominees are…

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