If you want the gravy…

…You've got to get the biscuits!


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My 6th Annual Film Awards: Your Winners

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Striding right along to that win.

I may not do this again.

In 2014, the fewest votes any category got was 77. In 2015, it was 45. This year, no category got more than 17 votes.

I don’t know why. I did my damnedest to get the word out. I used Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and even Instagram to try and draw voters. And none of it seemed to take. Were the nominees uninspiring? Was I too pushy? Did you just not want to be reminded of 2016?

If you’re inclined to answer, please give me your thoughts in the comments. I’d really love to hear them. And I do want to say how much I appreciate those of you who did vote. I only wish there were more of you.

The nominees are listed here; my winners, here. And now, your winners.

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The Films of 2016, in 100 Words or Less: Part VIII

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Scorsese’s passion project of 25 years…and his lowest-grossing film in 20. (Source)

Here it is, the final batch of 2016 reviews. Savor them, because I’m not sure when I’ll be putting up more.

The first 9 films are ***½. The final three are ****.

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Producers Guild Award Nominees: 2016

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Could Mel have found his way back into the industry’s good graces?

And now the Producers Guild chimes in. They’re traditionally a very solid barometer of most, but not all, of the Best Picture nominees. I’ll get into more in a moment, but first, the nominees:

  • Arrival
  • Deadpool
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester By the Sea
  • Moonlight

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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.

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Fear Not…

I realize updates have been very slow on here lately. It may be that way for a while.

But it ain’t over till I am. There will be new content coming before the end of the month, including possibly the single most ambitious post in this blog’s history. I won’t reveal what that particular post is, but here are a few other posts in various stages of planning:

  • A list of films I wish to see which are especially difficult to track down;
  • An overview of the first five years of my film awards and the past five years of the Oscars, with a tentative prediction of my 6th annual awards;
  • And an update on the status of my All-Time Film Awards.

Also, there will be more soda reviews in the coming weeks in between the more complex posts.

I will close with an aphorism I recently concocted:

Doing good is gravy. Doing right is the biscuits.


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The Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards

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It sure is.

Well, my heart was pounding for a minute there.

And now that the dust is settling, there’s a strange set of nominees to sift through. Because they didn’t quite do what I expected. And in a couple of cases…they did what no one expected.

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