In the Twilight of the Year

Awards season is, essentially, already under way, with the recent announcement of the Independent Spirit Award nominees¬†setting the tone for the season – or not, depending on what the coming weeks have in store for us. For me, the highlights of the rest of the year are: November 27: the National Board of Review announces…

My Six-Month Film Awards: 2018

  I decided to publish this article a week early; I’ll be going out of town and not seeing any new films for a while (sorry,¬†Gotti, you’ll have to wait), and since most of it was written up already, I saw no particular reason to wait. Without further ado, the best films, performances, screenplays, and…

My 7th Annual Film Awards, in the Style of the Golden Globes

You may recall I’d done my 2014 awards in this fashion. I’d drawn this up for fun, but after posting my official awards, I figured I’d post this as well. Because this year was so dominated by Dramas, the Comedy awards give some under-appreciated films the respect they deserve. Picture – Drama: Dunkirk The Shape…

My 7th Annual Film Awards: The Winners and Rankings

And here we are once again. Remember that my top 5 in each category were the nominees unless otherwise noted. I’m listing my top 20 in each category except Picture, where I list 25. The nominees themselves, along with additional information on these categories, can be found here. A quick key: * – Oscar nominee;…

Looking Forward to the Fall and My Awards Wishlist

Heading into the fall, we’ve got a lot to look forward to, film-wise. I’ve spent a lot of time going over what’s coming out, watching trailers, and weighing my options, and I’ve put together a list of what I think are the most exciting and important films of the coming months. Some I can’t wait…

My Six-Month Film Awards: 2017

Time flies when you’re having fun, and even if I haven’t been having as much fun as I’d hoped – I’ve only seen 19 films for this year so far, compared with 35 this time last year – it’s still hard to believe it’s already time for this year’s Six-Month Awards. Because I’ve seen so…

My 6th Annual Film Awards: The Complete Rankings

Here, for fun, are my rankings for all my award categories as they stand at the moment. These aren’t scientific, and they aren’t authoritative. For a while, I was capping my lists at 15, and so if there’s a film or performance missing from a given category that you know I’ve seen, that might be…

My 6th Annual Film Awards: Your Winners

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…

My 6th Annual Film Awards: My Winners

And so, after all the fuss I’ve made and all the hours I’ve spent ruminating upon them, here are my choices for the best of 2016. The nominees are listed here.