Vote on these awards here.
- Don’t Think Twice
- The Handmaiden
- The Lobster
- Nocturnal Animals
Let’s talk about 2016. Though you may understandably be reluctant so to do.
I don’t think many will disagree when I say this has been a bad year. They might take exception to the word “bad.” Which is fair. It might be better to say this year has been so crushingly weak.
But do the next two months offer some hope of salvation? That’s what I hope to determine.
It’s starting, kids.
If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now: I have no damn clue what the Oscars are going to look like this year. I’ll go into why more comprehensively in a future post (hopefully within the next 2-3 days), but suffice to say today’s nominations give us the first semblance of a foundation to build a season on.
Let’s dig right in.
The rise of television in the 1950s put pressure on the studios to make films which offered an experience beyond what television could provide. Cinerama, CinemaScope, stereophonic sound–all were developed to make films bigger, broader, deeper–to make films events. Films aren’t so often billed as true events anymore. (Props to Universal for touting David Lynch’s Dune as such.) But every so often, a film comes around, so ambitious, so huge, so theatrical, that it merits the status of an event. And Interstellar, my friends, is an event.
It’s a film which begins with the premise that Earth was not meant to be humanity’s only home, and then asks the question–where, then, will humanity live? It throws at us science so dense, so abstractly theoretical, that it verges on fantasy–those viewers without the benefit of extensive scientific knowledge (i.e., me) may be content to sit back, at least the first time, and let Nolan’s ambitious spectacle envelop them. And it did. It most certainly did.