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Wrapping Up the 88th Academy Awards

Spotlight team meeting

Everyday people, simply doing their jobs…and winning the big one to boot.

I don’t even know where to begin with this night.

Actually, I do.

Can we all agree the hosting was on fucking point tonight? Chris Rock has been one of my favorite stand-ups for a long while, and damned if he wasn’t firing on all cylinders, tackling the thorny issue of #OscarsSoWhite without ever becoming preachy. I won’t say there weren’t some lulls–I don’t know if Jared Leto entirely knew where he was–and the omission of Abe Vigoda from the In Memoriam segment was pretty inexcusable; also, much as I enjoy Zoolander, I really wish they’d used The Man Who Fell to Earth for Bowie’s clip.

Those issues aside, this was one of the better telecasts I’ve seen in quite some time. It felt like a certain layer of bullshit had been stripped away, and if it ultimately became a showcase for Hollywood liberalism, I’d honestly rather see that than another pointless montage or asinine skit.

But there’s also the awards to consider. And my God, did we have some upsets. It was a precedent massacre out there, and I’ll just do my best to note all of the breaches.

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My 5th Annual Film Awards: Your Winners, My Winners, and My Rankings for Each Category

It’s time.

I was going to have a survey here, but I’ll save that for Monday.

A quick thanks to all of you who voted and all of you who got the vote out. The turn-out this year was lower than last year’s, but I must attribute some of that to my getting the polls up so late. I’ll see if I can’t do better next year.

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The Most Overrated/Underrated Films of 2015

71 poster

I love this poster. I wish I had loved the film.

This was a tough pair of lists to compile. Some years, the choices are ample. This year, though, there weren’t many films I found significantly overrated (though there are always a few), and fewer which I found truly underrated. But, by dint of effort and with a little (which is to say a lot) of stretching, I came up with 10 of each, and present them unto you.

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The Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards

Mad Max vs the world poster

It sure is.

Well, my heart was pounding for a minute there.

And now that the dust is settling, there’s a strange set of nominees to sift through. Because they didn’t quite do what I expected. And in a couple of cases…they did what no one expected.

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Golden Globes Predictions

Spotlight Pfeiffer-Robby-Rezendes

They’ve been the toast of the season so far. How will they do tonight?

Let’s break these bad motherfuckers down.

A quick note: I rank all my contenders in all my award categories only for the top 20. So if someone ranks lower than 20 on a given list, I note them thus: (#>20). I assume that’s right.

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BAFTA Nominations: 2015


From Anchorman 2 to critical darling. (Source)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their nominations. Anymore they’re a fairly important precursor to the Oscars, but even in their own right they’re worth analyzing.

I’m not over the moon with all of their choices this year, but there are a few pleasant surprises to be found.


  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight

They fucked over Mad Max? Well, fuck you too, BAFTA.

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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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