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My 4th Annual Film Awards: The Voters Speak!

Alejandro Jodorowsky, where have you been all my life?

I asked, and you answered.

A week ago, this little poll of mine positively exploded in popularity after I spread the word on social media, which led Arnaud Trouvé (aka CineCharlie) to inform none other than Brontis Jodorowsky that he was up for my award! Not only that, but Sr. Jodorowsky proceeded to share the poll on his Facebook–both in English AND Spanish–leading to a massive influx of votes, many from Chile, the result of which was the best day this blog has ever seen–beating my previous best day by nearly 4 to 1.

Sr. Jodorowsky’s graciousness in doing so is a gesture I will not soon forget. And I want to thank everyone who voted–this has been a success beyond anything I could have imagined. I can only hope those who made their first visit will become regular viewers.

And now, your choices.

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My 4th Annual Film Awards: My Winners

Who will join their ranks?

Who will join their ranks?

Time to announce my choices.

Let’s get right down to it, gang.

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European Film Awards Nominations

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The European Film Awards recently announced their nominations. You can argue their relative prestige, but analyzing lists of nominees is so much fun that I don’t really care.

European Film:

  • Force Majeure
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Nymphomaniac – Director’s Cut
  • Winter Sleep

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Predicting my 4th Annual Film Awards: Second Round

Do I think it'll be a contender? Read on. ()

Do I think it’ll be a contender? Read on. (Source)

It’s been three months since my first attempt at predicting what I’ll nominate come January, and it seems to me, with the Venice and Telluride film festivals underway (and once the Toronto festival is over, I’ll go over what films are looking good, which are looking iffy or bad, which are now on my radar which previously weren’t, etc.), it’s a good time to take another look at what I’ll be trumpeting this year.

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My Six-Month Film Awards: 2014

Did my prediction pan out? Read on.

Did my prediction pan out? Read on.

Let’s go to it, shall we?

Picture:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Congress
  • The Dance of Reality
  • Enemy
  • Ida
  • The Lego Movie
  • Locke
  • Nymphomaniac
  • Snowpiercer
  • 22 Jump Street

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Predicting my 4th Annual Film Awards: First Round

As we’re edging towards my 6-Month Film Awards, it’s a good time to start theorizing on what the end of the year will bring. So, based on what looks good, what’s gotten good festival buzz, and what I’ve already seen, here are the first predictions. Obviously, there’s a great deal of guesswork here (last year I had high hopes for The Counselor, and…yeah), but I always get a kick out of doing this.

Each category will have a Top 5 and a 6-10, except for Best Picture, which will have a Top 10 and an 11-20.

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NYMPHOMANIAC (Theatrical Version) Review – **** (Vol. 1, ****/Vol. 2, ***½) – NSFW

Not a screen-cap, unfortunately.

Not a screen-cap, unfortunately.

I’m not going to go quite as in-depth here as I might (NOTE: So much for that), in large part because what I saw was only the four-hour “softcore” version, and not the 5½-hour “hardcore” director’s cut. As such, some of the issues I had with the film’s plotting (namely the last 40 minutes of Vol. 2) may be attributable to the cutting. Also, nature was calling upon me for much of Vol. 2, and not wanting to miss any von Trierian goodness, I stayed in my seat and stuck it out to the very end, and found the ending rather weak, especially compared to the transcendence of Melancholia‘s finale. But meditating on it, wanting to give it another chance, and the fact that it haunts me still have convinced me to be lenient, nudging it into the **** range until further notice.

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