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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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11 to Heaven: GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, LEVIATHAN, TIMBUKTU, SONG OF THE SEA, THE INTERVIEW, THE IMITATION GAME, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, WETLANDS, MOEBIUS, and R100

“The best film of 2050”

Got a slate to clear. Got the 2015 films to tackle (well, aside from Chappie). Let’s see how quickly I can get through these.

I’d like to take this moment to tell you to check out my friend Ness’ new WordPress blog, The Ness Empire. He rants in grandiose fashion about the best (and worst) fast food has to offer.

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2014: Most Anticipated Films (REVISED)

It’s time to update the list. First, I’ve removed all the films I’ve seen, purchased, or which have been released already (I’ll be seeing Snowpiercer next week, for example, so I pre-emptively removed it). Films that have been pushed back to 2015 will also come off. And I’ll be re-evaluating each film already on here, taking off those that really aren’t of much interest to me.

And I’ve scoured the Internet for films I might have overlooked, and factored in films I didn’t yet know about (especially festival releases), to create something more like a definitive list for the rest of the year.

The list is not precisely ordered, but by and large the higher up the list, the higher the priority it is for me to see it. (UPDATE 12/8: films with an asterisk (*) are films I’ve now seen.)

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Cannes 2014 Awards

Ceylan wins the big one.

Ceylan wins the big one.

Another Cannes is over, and the awards have gone, it seems, to a very interesting selection of films. Let’s dig in.

In Competition:

Palme d’Or – Winter Sleep

Good. Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Grand Prix three years ago for an incredible film, and this sounds equally intriguing. I’ll be seeing this, and since it won, I might get to do so sooner rather than later. I wonder if we’ll have our first Turkish Best Picture nominee. (Probably not, but let me dream.)

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