Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unfortunate Blog News


Get ready to hate me.

So, the past few weeks have been CRAZY, and by crazy I literally mean that I feel like I'm going absolutely crazy.  What was once a very scheduled and almost routine life (you know, as routine as one can get with three children and two jobs) has been completely turned upside down by opportunity knocking and ringing the doorbell and eventually breaking the door completely down and bursting into the house.  

Yeah, that kind of opportunity.

Anyways, long story shortened, I'm moving.  Sadly, that means that this blog is going to be...sort of dead for a while.  I'm sure you've noticed that I didn't participate in Thursday Movie Picks today, and I'm really sad to say that I won't be able to anymore, at least not this year.  This has been a really hard decision for me to make, but I had to make it.  Even as I'm typing this, my impulse is to delete these entire post and start thinking of sequels for this week's theme.  I LOVE blogging.  Realizing that I have to take a step back right now is hard, but there is no other way around this.  I have way too much on my plate right now.

So, here's the deal.  I'll be wrapping up 4 Ways a Best Picture with some of the best blogging buddies ever (we have four years left to post) and I'll be working to get the 2013 and 2014 Fisti Awards posted...but that's about all this blog is going to be worth until January.  Yes, that means no Oscar coverage this year (I hate me right now) and no more Fistful of Thoughts and no more Thursday Movie Picks and no more reviews and MY GOD WHAT AM I DOING!?!?!

I will still be popping by to see you guys when I can and leaving you comments and please don't forget about me.  I'll be back...I promise!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2012 Fisti Awards


2012.  This was a good year.  I started actively predicting Oscars back in 2011, after getting extremely involved with predicting the 2010 Oscar season (in the heat of the season) and 2012 was the year that I correctly predicted the Oscar winner back in April.  I actually think I missed it and then made an amendment because I forgot Argo was coming out and then someone asked me "what do you think about Argo?" and I was like, "OH YEAH!!!  ARGO IS WINNING!!!"

Boom.

I'm not saying that this win was a good thing, though.  The win itself is so safe that it's rather bland and, at the end of the day I remember nothing about Argo other than it was fine and I have no desire to watch it again and remind myself that it's...fine.

You know what was more than fine?  The year in general!  Yeah, 2012 was a pretty great year for films, and while I'm sure that not all of my picks will resonate with you guys (I adore a film that gets a lot of vitriol from bloggers and friends), there is a lot to love here and dig in leave your thoughts, which I can't wait to read!  So, with that I present to you the Fisti Awards for 2012!

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Rise of Elle Fanning!


Jessica Chastwho?  Alicia Vikanwhat?  Jennifer Lawwhy?  All these young actresses who burst onto the scene with a slew of successful films that become the talk of the town and yet, from what I've seen, none of them can hold a candle to what a certain young actress is doing with her career.  Yes, I've made it pretty well known here that I am in full support of all things Elle Fanning, and the other day while browsing IMDB I happened to see her roster of films for the next two years, and I have to say that this girl is KILLING IT.  Not that she wasn't already, but her resume is rapidly becoming one of the most impressive in all of Hollywood.

Let's just break this down for a minute.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Updated Oscar Predictions Pt. 7: Eyes on the prize...


Let's wrap up these mid-year predictions with a look at my ridiculous assumptions as to who will win.  I know that there is no point to any of this, and yet...I want to do it, so indulge me.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Updated Oscar Predictions Pt. 6: Can anything beat Inside Out?


No.

Here are my predictions for Animated Film, re-titled 'Inside Out and the losers'.

Animated Film
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
Little from the Fish Shop
The Little Prince
Shaun the Sheep: The Movie

This category can be tricky.  There are some films that feel like frontrunners and then...they go missing.  We saw this happen two years now, with Monsters University feeling like the early favorite...then tepid reviews made it feel like a solidified filler nom...and then it was snubbed for...The Croods?  Then last year we saw The LEGO Movie clean house everywhere and then go missing on nomination morning.  Oscar loves to reward artistic flicks with creative designs and beautiful storytelling...and they love Disney and Pixar (most of the time).  They like claymation and they tend to snatch up those little foreign films that no one wants to predict.

And, because I feel like it, here are the trailers for the films I'm predicting;

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Science Fiction Movies


It's Thursday (actually it's Friday, of last week) and so that means it's another episode of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks!  I'm out of town, so this is coming to you thanks to busting ass last week and getting a it scheduled!  

You can thank me later.

Anyways, this was an interesting one because this week's theme comes with a stipulation to make it more...challenging, and that stipulation really challenged me since my mind went to the very place it told me I couldn't go.

This week's theme is:

Updated Oscar Predictions Pt. 5: Let's get technical...


So, now it's time to muse over what I think will and won't be nominated in the technical categories.  At this point in the year, there are so many unknowns that it makes it hard to pinpoint what is going to make an impression on Oscar.  We know that they love period pieces, and we know that a BP nom really does mean something with Oscar as far as the way it splinters into other categories.  We've seen many an undeserving nom in a category rich with potential because Oscar liked a movie more.

So, what are we thinking?