If you've been keeping up with the Blitz coverage so far, this category may feel like a bit of déjà vu. With only one exception, the list of nominees for Original Screenplay this year is exactly the same as for Best Director. And even then, we're not talking about a difference in films, merely the … Continue reading Oscar Blitz 2023 – Original Screenplay
Oscar Blitz 2023 – Cinematography
This is, in all honesty, one of the most surprising categories of the entire set this year, not because of who got nominated, but because of who didn't. There are at four films nominated for Best Picture, two of which are also up for Best Director, that were left out here, leaving the astute viewer … Continue reading Oscar Blitz 2023 – Cinematography
Oscar Blitz 2023 – Best Director
Best Director is often a hard category to gauge, mostly because usually it's just a rubber stamp prelude to Best Picture, as 67 winners of the top prize also took home directing honors. Literally every winning film in this category since 1930 has also been up for Best Picture, and 88 of the 94 Best … Continue reading Oscar Blitz 2023 – Best Director
A Surprise Blitz – 95th Academy Awards Nominees
Today's the big day, folks! It seems like only yesterday Will Smith was committing assault and battery on live television because of a G.I. Jane joke, but it's already time to begin the 2023 Oscar Blitz! In a ceremony hosted by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced … Continue reading A Surprise Blitz – 95th Academy Awards Nominees
The Best (and Worst) of 2022
I like to think that, overall, 2022 was a better year than 2021. There were some down moments, to be sure - Billie Eilish won an Oscar before Lin-Manuel Miranda, I had to move my mother into hospice, Republicans retook the House, basically every celebrity we still cared about died, AMC charged us more money … Continue reading The Best (and Worst) of 2022
Let’s Hear it For the Multiverse – 38th Independent Spirit Awards Nominees!
As any reader is aware, there are two things going on with this blog right now. One, I'm in a near-constant state of clearing my backlog due to the absolute glut of films being released right now. Two, this is because it's Awards Season, and everyone is jockeying for position, attention, and prestige. Well, as … Continue reading Let’s Hear it For the Multiverse – 38th Independent Spirit Awards Nominees!
Damage, Control – Tár
It amazes me that Todd Field has only directed three feature films in his career to date, because he has a truly unique ability to draw out some of the best performances from his actors. This is especially impressive because in his films, the characters themselves are either deeply flawed, or at the very least … Continue reading Damage, Control – Tár
This Film is Not Yet Watchable – October 2022
Throughout the course of the year, there are a ton of terrible horror movies littered about the schedule. Most of the time, you can kind of tell that it's going to be crap because if it's released by a major studio (or Blumhouse) but not in October, that's almost an admission that the movie isn't … Continue reading This Film is Not Yet Watchable – October 2022