Friday, October 31, 2014

134 Docs will compete for Oscar's attention...


The official list has been released for the films in contention for the Documentary Oscar this year.  134 films, to be exact!  This gives us all a list of docs to keep an eye out for and add to our Netflix queue.  Every year I tell myself that I want to really dig into this category, and last year I actually did a pretty decent job of getting at least a handful in before Oscar's big night (and one of them even wound up in my personal Best Picture ballot).  Let's see how we fare this year.

Here's the list:

Twice a Best Actress Bloggers Roundtable: Hilary Swank


It's Friday, and that means it is time for another episode of Twice a Best Actress!  This week is all about Hilary Swank, which is kind of interesting because she is such a polarizing and controversial presence in film.  Her Oscar wins are met with so much disdain by many because of circumstances surrounding them, but we are here to judge the actual performances and not the races or the actress as a whole.

Oh, this is fun!

And, here is our esteemed panel of awesomeness:

Andrew from The Films the Thing
Drew from A Fistful of Films
Sati from Cinematic Corner

Thursday, October 30, 2014

How many of you have seen an Orson Welles film in the theaters?

You get that last laugh, Orson!

Well, now we all can!  I have to say, there really has been no greater cinematic news in the history of modern day cinematic news that this news right here.  The long lost FINAL film from the GOD that was Orson Welles is finally getting released after years of power trips, disagreements, struggles and desperate pleadings.  Filmed back in the 70's with a cast that included John Huston, Dennis Hopper and Peter Bogdanovich, The Other Side of the Wind looks like a semi-autobiographical story of a temperamental director struggling to put his true vision on the big screen.  In development hell for, what, nearly four decades, this is a film that many thought would never see the light of day.  With so many hands in the pot, fighting over rights and refusing to meet in the middle, cinephiles the world around wept over the fact that they may never get the chance to bask in Welles' glory once again.

Well, next year we bask, because it looks like terms were met, contracts were signed, and The Other Side of the Wind is being completed for a special screening on May 6, 2015 (to coincide with Welles' 100th birthday).

I have chills.  

I HAVE CHILLS!

The only thing that could make this any better than it already is would be if Orson Welles were to somehow win his long (LONG) overdue Directing Oscar next year for this.  Ha, a boy can dream, but seriously...we need to make this happen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More 1998 Fisti Ballots!

I think this screenplay could win a Fisti, don't you?

Let's keep the discussion going with regards to 1998 and the Fisti Awards!  It's time for the screenplay ballots to go up.  You can see them here.  So, what do you think?  Oscar went with Gods & Monsters in Adapted and Shakespeare in Love in Original.  I nominate both, but only one wins (take a guess).  I only align with Oscar on five nominees, out of the ten slots.  What are your thoughts on my ballots?  Agree with my winners?  Who should have won?  Who did I snub?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blind Spot Series 2014: Cat People


I'm really pushing it this month!  I don't know how things got away from me so much, and even though I saw this last week I've been mulling over how to review this and so now here I am at the day before the deadline scrambling to get it reviewed.

Yup, I'm talking about my Blind Spot for the month!

You can catch up on my previous reviews here, or you can scroll down and dig in to this month's review.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Twice a Best Actress Bloggers Roundtable: Jane Fonda


This week was amazing!  I couldn't have hoped for a better panel for this because the complete all over the place nature of these reviews and perceptions of performances was just so delicious!  Yup, it's another Friday, which means Twice a Best Actress is delving into yet another pair of Oscar wins, this time for Jane Fonda!  I don't even want to say anything more...just take a gander!

First, our panel:

Andrew from The Films the Thing
Drew from A Fistful of Films
Sati from Cinematic Corner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ranking the 90's: Oscar's Best Picture Lineups


Alright, so Josh over at The Cinematic Spectacle posted a ranking of the Best Picture Lineups of the 90's, and I thought the idea was a great one, so I copied it.  Be flattered Josh!  Anyways, this was one of those instances where the outcome was not what I expected and I'm kind of baffled at how it happened.  I want to first explain how I went about this.  I started ranking every individual film, which got to be almost exhausting because giving everything an exact order can be hard and quite frankly it always fluctuates.  So then I decided to give each film a grade (I used the same grade system as we do for the Twice a Best Actor/Actress series), and then add the grades for the collective ballot together, giving us our overall ranking.  This gives me a chance to put aside personal preference and just grade each ballot as a whole, because really this is about the entire lineup and NOT individual films.

The result was NOT what I was expecting.

Like, I'm not sure how this happened; at all.