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Gotham Award Nominations: 2017

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Multiple nominations for one of the year’s loveliest films. (Source)

The film awards season kicked off Thursday as the Gothams announced their nominees. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Gothams myself – no Supporting or Tech categories, technically not even a Director category – but they’ve become an important milepost for the season…and the Oscar winner for Best Picture won the Gotham for Best Feature the last three years in a row. So keep that in mind.

And the nominees are…

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BLADE RUNNER 2049: First Impressions

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Orange and teal. Human and replicant. Real and unreal.

I’m going to echo my response to Mad Max: Fury Road and share my initial thoughts on the film now; once I have seen the film a second time, I will write up my final thoughts and interweave them with my initial responses, allowing for an in-depth response not only to the film, but to my own critique of it.

(I will attempt to avoid spoilers, but if you wish to go into the film knowing as little as possible—and I would recommend you do—now is the time to leave.)

Going in, I knew I’d need to see this twice. It was the same way with the original—there, I needed a second viewing to overcome the weight of its reputation, and here I need a second viewing to overcome the weight of the original.

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Looking Forward to the Fall and My Awards Wishlist

Heading into the fall, we’ve got a lot to look forward to, film-wise. I’ve spent a lot of time going over what’s coming out, watching trailers, and weighing my options, and I’ve put together a list of what I think are the most exciting and important films of the coming months.

Some I can’t wait to see. Some I’m trepidatious about. Some I’m sure will be full of bad laughs. But I weigh them all here. And, at the end, as a bonus, I’ve put together my personal dream ballot for this year’s film awards; throughout the article, you’ll see my predictions for what I think I’ll likely nominate, or what I think stands a fighting chance of getting on.

Obviously, there’s at least one film every year – and usually more than one – that doesn’t measure up. But on the other hand, there’s usually a film or two that proves to be far better than I expected. So with that in mind, let’s take a trip through the next four months. (Apologies, by the way, if you have difficulties viewing this post on a mobile device; the sheer number of trailers may prove problematic.)

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The Films of 2017 in 150 Words or Less: Part I

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“$7.50 an hour!” “But he has a million dollar heart!”

I’ve seen far fewer films this year than in previous years; tight finances are partially to blame, and a comparative lack of “must-see” films hasn’t helped. But for the most part, I’ve been pretty lucky with the films I have seen, and so I offer my thoughts on the 22 films I haven’t already reviewed…

I have already made my feelings about The Book of Henry very clear indeed.

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My Six-Month Film Awards: 2017

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Time flies when you’re having fun, and even if I haven’t been having as much fun as I’d hoped – I’ve only seen 19 films for this year so far, compared with 35 this time last year – it’s still hard to believe it’s already time for this year’s Six-Month Awards.

Because I’ve seen so few films, I considered not doing them, but was persuaded to otherwise; partially for consistency’s sake (thank you, Maggie!), and partially because I love doing these posts. So let’s see what we’ve got!

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  1. A Quiet Passion
  2. Kedi
  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Baby Driver
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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THE BOOK OF HENRY Review – **

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If this isn’t the most misleading poster I’ve ever seen, it’s because the film itself is just as misleading.

The Book of Henry is certainly not a good film, but calling it a bad one doesn’t seem to fit; it falls short of the mark, but not in the way a truly bad film does. Rather, it fails to answer two vital questions—who is it for, and what is it about?—and it’s hard to imagine anyone being satisfied with the end result.

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Cannes 2017 Results

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I think he’s happy.

I may not have called it, but I came pretty damn close – and I’m quite happy to be ever so slightly wrong.

Let’s jump right in. Read my initial thoughts on the competitors here. For more information about the festival, and the full list of competing/non-competing films and awards, go here.

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