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My 6th Annual Film Awards: Your Winners


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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My 6th Annual Film Awards: The Nominations


Best Picture:

  • Christine
  • Don’t Think Twice
  • Elle
  • Fences
  • The Handmaiden
  • Indignation
  • Jackie
  • The Lobster
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Weiner

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2016 Rising: The Grand Finale and Predicting My Awards


I like the poster. I liked the trailer. Will I like the film? (Source)

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.

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UPDATED: Gotham Awards 2016 – Nominees and Winners


A striking poster for what might turn out to be one of the year’s best films. (Source)

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.

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INTERSTELLAR Review – ****

The IMAX exclusive poster--better than any of the other official posters. ()

The IMAX exclusive poster–better than any of the other official posters. (Source)

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.

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