My Top 20 Films of the Decade: v. 0.0

Talking to a friend of mine the other day, we found ourselves musing over what the best films of the decade were. He had his own ideas, and I had at least three which immediately came to mind, which led me to say, off-handedly, that I should compile a list of the decade’s best at…

HIGH-RISE: Final Review – ***½

As of this writing, High-Rise ranks very highly in several of my awards categories, and for good reason: in certain particulars it’s an unqualified success. It’s superbly directed, gorgeously designed and photographed, and well acted. Its best scenes can be treasured by the keen viewer. And yet, it is not even in my top 10 films of…

2016 Rising, Actus Tertius: Reflections

It’s time to close the door on 2015. Past time, even. But I wanted to round off this awards season, as patchy as my coverage of it may have been, with a poll (seen above), some statistical fun, and some reflection on my awards past.

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…

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…

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…