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…You've got to get the biscuits!

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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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SPOTLIGHT Review – ***½

Spotlight poster

“It could’ve been me, it could’ve been you, it could’ve been any of us.” (Source)

Spotlight is the kind of film I would probably review as part of a 8- or 10-review package, but for the fact that, as it stands now, it’s a solid front-runner for Best Picture and the overwhelming front-runner for Best Original Screenplay. And for that, I need to discuss it in greater detail. Because I don’t totally agree with or even understand its status as such.

Now, this isn’t a case like Argo. This doesn’t fall laughably short of Best Picture status. I saw it a second time, in order to gain a more objective opinion of it, and I must say–it is a pretty good film. But a masterpiece it is not.

It’s good history. It’s not great drama.

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New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 2015

Carol poster

Four awards–but not necessarily the four you’d expect. (Source)

The NYFCC has been around for 80 years. Moreover, at one time they were supposedly regarded in some circles as the superior award to the Oscar. So they must be regarded as a fairly major precursor.

They have spoken–and there are a few surprises.

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The Boyhood Juggernaut Devours All, Run For Your Lives!: Golden Globes Wrap-Up

Richard Linklater's grand experiment. ()

We cannot stop it. It has already grown too powerful.


Let’s see how I did.

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Awards upon Awards! Boston, Los Angeles, Boston Online, New York Online, plus Washington D.C. nominations and British Independent Winners

Richard Linklater's grand experiment. ()

The experiment is paying off.

Got a lot to cover, so I’m not going to waste any time. Today the Boston Film Critics, L.A. Film Critics, New York Online Film Critics, and British Independent Film Awards all announced their picks, and yesterday the Washington D.C. Film Critics announced their nominations, while the Boston Online Film Critics (and I do believe there is some overlap) announced their winners–and boy, did they make me happy!

All results obtained from the excellent Awards Daily (the editorializing is all me).

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National Board of Review 2014 Top 10 and Award Winners

The best film of the year? NBR says so. ()

The best film of the year? NBR says so. (Source)

It’s here! The NBR has spoken!

It’s not one of their great lists–there’s no crazy left-field pick like Walter Mitty here–but there are some pleasant surprises. And certainly A Most Violent Year was an unexpected choice, but from what I’ve heard about it, a reasonable one.

I’ll do the top 10 first (always), then the awards, and once I’ve seen all the films, I’ll do a full report for the NBR Project.

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New York Film Critics Circle Awards + Satellite Awards Nominations + Gotham Independent Film Awards Results

The most entertaining performance of the year?

My spirit animal.

And now the mainstream awards start pouring in, with the NYFCC leading the way. I’m not really delighted with their picks, but we’ll deal with them and do a little prognostication while we’re at it.

On the other hand, the Satellite Awards, while nowhere near as prestigious, have delighted me with at least one of their choices. And the Gotham Awards were announced today, so let’s see what they have to say.

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