Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Under the Skin

Alright, my participation in this wonderful series has been so embarrassingly spotty, but I couldn't NOT participate this week.  I almost forgot (not sure if I'm late yet) but thanks to Sati's glorious post, I was reminded that this was due today.

I'm just going to get into this.  If you haven't seen this film, see it now.  If you have seen this film, then you know why anyone who hasn't seen it needs to see it now.  There are few films I can recall that are this visceral, this haunting.

For me, it was really easy to select my favorite shot.  In fact, while watching the movie there was one moment, one look, one 'shot' that I knew when I saw it that it would last with me forever.  The reason for this is that it, for me, marked the film's thematic evolution.  It was this pivotal moment when everything that came before suddenly shifted into what was about to come.

And here it is...

Monday, July 21, 2014

2013 Fisti Awards are COMPLETE!

Hugs of comfort all around when Ejiofor and Nyong'o realized they were 12 Years a Slave's only nominations...
Well, I've been posting here as I get my ballots up, but I decided to just buckle and post all of the techs today.  They are all up and ready for your eyes!  I'm so excited to hear your thoughts on all the categories.  I know that it's late in the year, but I finally got around to seeing everything I plan on seeing from the year, at least for now.  So hop on over, give it a gander, and comment away!

Fisti Awards for 1987, 1971 and 1997 are currently in the works, so be on the lookout for those as well.

A Fistful of Thoughts...about icons who have left us, interesting movie buzz and some TV awesomeness!

You know the drill by now.  Let's just get into it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Twice a Best Actor Bloggers Roundtable: Fredric March

It's Friday, which means that it is time for another episode of Twice a Best Actor!  I hope you've been following along during this series, but if you haven't, just click the link above for access to all of the previous posts.  We are nearing the backside of this series, and it has really been a lot of fun.  So much fun, in fact, that I'm tempted to ask these amazing bloggers to do this with me again...


This week we are talking about the lesser known Fredric March.  This isn't to say that people don't know his name, but of all the Two Time Lead Actor Oscar winners, he's probably the one that the least amount of people have seen the films from.  I think what I love most about this pairing is the fact that these two performances are SO incredibly different.  I'm not professing love for either of these performances (you'll have to read through for my grades) but I do love the fact that these performances at least show some range.

Once again, our awesome panel:

Alex from And So It Begins
Andrew from The Films the Thing
Drew from A Fistful of Films
Mario from Two Dollar Cinema
Shane from Film Actually

Thursday, July 17, 2014

6 Degrees of Separation Blogathon

Nostra, over at My Filmviews, has yet another exciting blogathon for his fellow bloggers to engage in!  This time, he tackling the concept of '6 Degrees of Separation'.  Basically, the theory is that you can link anyone to any person in the world using six steps.  

Didn't this all start with Kevin Bacon?

Anyways, Nostra has pre-assigned six bloggers the task of connecting two movie related items (actors/directors/films) and then they will take the endgoal and use that as the start of another pairing, passing the baton to another blogger.  

This is such a cool idea, and I'm really honored to have been selected for this.  It doesn't hurt that Nostra assigned me a really cool pairing (so different) and my starting point happens to be one of my favorite things about film, period!

So let's get this started.

Trailer Break: Mommy

Any follower of this site will know that I am an absolute lover of Xavier Dolan.  I've made this clear over the past year as I swooned over his last film, Laurence Anyways (technically, Tom at the Farm is his last film, but that has of yet to get a stateside release).  Since the rapturous Cannes reaction for Mommy, I've had this as my #1 anticipated film in whatever year it actually gets released over here.  This trailer has me hooked.  I've heard that the music isn't used in the film, and I will admit that the choices seem odd (although I love me some Ellie Goulding) but who cares.  This movie looks beautiful!

Of note, the film is shot at a 1:1 ratio, unlike most films that are released in theaters at 1.85.  Here is some insight, straight from Dolan's mouth, as to why he decided to shoot this in that square format.

Blind Spot Series 2014: Brief Encounter

I wasn't planning on watching this film this early in the month, but it just happened.  I couldn't resist.  As soon as I finished my entry for last month, I wound up starting this movie and about two minutes in turned it off and told myself to be strong.  I was strong, for a spell.

I'm just going to jump right into this one.  This was just an astonishing film, and one that I feel a very strong urge to watch again, tonight.

For reference, here are my previous Blind Spot entries: