The dog days are upon us, ladies and gentlemen (and everyone in between), and they're more dogged than ever! Half the country is in drought, my state is on fire, and the shallowest end of our collective gene pool is actively trying to get us all killed, AGAIN, because they're too selfish to put on … Continue reading This Film is Not Yet Watchable – August 2021
As I type this out, the Independent Spirit Awards are taking place. Normally held the night before the Oscars, this year it was moved up a couple of days to give us a little bit of breathing room between the last major ceremony of Awards Season and the Main Event that is the Academy Awards. … Continue reading A Short Circuit – 2021 Awards Season Update
The distinction between a lead actor and a supporting actor is a precise art. It takes a careful examination of things like line count, screen time, overall importance to the plot, and many other criteria that are parsed with surgical precision to-- Nah, I'm just kidding. It's basically made up. The entire process by which … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Supporting Actor
It's here. It's time. We've made it at last. After the most tumultuous year in cinema history, we finally arrive at Nomination Day. Twenty-three categories have been filled with hopefuls vying for the top prize in the film industry, and the annual Blitz is officially on! It's not lost on me that it's been exactly … Continue reading Time For the Delayed Blitz! – 93rd Academy Award Nominations!
Okay folks, this is it. The undercard has been officially filled out. Over the last 24 hours we've gotten the final film nominations for the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the British Academy! These three ceremonies, which will take place over the next month, represent the last batch of major … Continue reading … And the Rest! – Nominations for PGA, DGA, and BAFTA Awards!
Damn, this has been a busy week so far, and it's only Thursday. Awards Season got itself into full swing basically overnight, and already I'm doing my best to keep up. For example, over the last 48 hours I've been trying to get a handle on foreign films in anticipation of the Academy's announcement of … Continue reading Spirit Fingers, Everyone! – 36th Independent Spirit Nominations
Let's just state the plain and honest truth. 2020 was the shittiest year any of us have experienced. Everything closed, Donald Trump tried to lead an insurrection, and 1 out of every 1,000 Americans died from a virus that could have been mitigated - if not contained - if we had a competent government response … Continue reading The Best (and Worst) of 2020, Way After the Fact
Here's a bit of breaking news. I can be a cynical asshole at times. I can hear your shocked gasps through the internet itself at this stunning revelation. But it's true, especially as we get closer to Awards Season. With the Academy's timetable shifted back by two months, we're just now getting to the point … Continue reading Silence Like a Cancer Grows – Sound of Metal