Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fisti Best Picture Predictions for 2016

I don't normally do this, but I'm bored and with each new trailer released I find myself wanting to talk more and more about what I perceive I'll think to be the best films of the, I've compiled the five films I think have the greatest chance of landing on my personal Fisti Best Picture ballot.

And here's why:

It's Only the End of the World ~ Xavier Dolan

Why?  It's f*cking Xavier Dolan and we all know my allegiance to him.  The reviews out of Cannes were...hard to read, but the jury fawned over his film (Grand Jury Prize) and Dolan's films just speak to me in ways that make me not care what anyone else has to say about it.  In fact, half the harsh reviews called out things as faults that, on paper, sounded like total pluses to me.  Besides, this, MY GOD YES!!!

La La Land ~ Damien Chazelle

Why?  I wasn't as taken with Whiplash as everyone else, but Chazelle's style was so prominent that you can't help but admit the talent there, and this looks like a delicious throwback to the years of Hollywood glitz, glam and MUSIC and you know how much I ADORE that.  Charm to spare, this looks like a visual and emotional masterpiece!

The Lobster ~ Yorgos Lanthimos

Why?  I haven't seen this yet (I know, I know) but everything I read about it has me so intrigued.  I love the idea of something so bizarre being so engaging, and Lanthimos has impressed me before.  It has the feeling of an quirky indie and yet it looks so mature, and I'm drooling all over this cast.

Moonlight ~ Barry Jenkins

Why?  This looks like it could be that one movie that just ruins me from an emotionally mature perspective (i.e. Carol).  Early word is that this is a masterpiece of modern cinema, and the story is certainly ripe to be one of those films that hits home and stays there.  Stories like this deserve to look and feel this rich and honest.

The Red Turtle ~ Michael Dudok de Wit

Why?  Um, this should be self explanatory.  It's an SILENT, ANIMATED film about the MAGIC of FAMILY...queue all the tears I have left in my eyes for the rest of eternity.  Given my current circumstances, I probably shouldn't see this in public with anyone else, and yet my eldest daughter has already said she wants to see this with me so...she will see her father a puddle, I assure you.  Word out of Cannes was that this is, without question, a masterpiece and will emotionally ruin me.

What else?  Two films have my attention and I speculate could make a play here as well, one being Loving and the other being Scorsese's passion project, Silence (if that does get released this year).  I'm also hopeful for Manchester By the Sea, and as much as I hate much of his filmography, Arrival looks really intriguing to me.

This is obviously just a broad guess based on synopsis, trailer, components, cast, directors and my personal feelings towards the projects, but who knows...this very well could be what my ballot looks like come this time next year when the Fisti Awards are complete.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

1945 Fisti Awards

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1945.  I'm all in for Oscar rewarding The Lost Weekend this year.  Sure, it's not my pick, but it's an astonishing film that really feels just as strong now as it most likely did upon it's release.  What a powerful film, indeed.

That being said, I like a few films even more.

1945 had so much variety to offer that I can't help but feel overjoyed with how these awards came together.  I was in a place where I just wanted to discover something new, and since 1945 was a year I had seen very little (before starting to dig into the year, I had only seen around five films) it was ripe for discovery.  It was also a year that had no clear frontrunner for me, since the two masterpieces from the year that everyone seems to point to (Brief Encounter and Children of Paradise) were both ineligible since they competed in the 1946 Fisti Awards due to the Oscar rule (when a foreign film competes in a specific Oscar year, that is the year it competes for the Fistis).

Well, I had no frontrunner until I saw a certain film that completely ruined me and felt as though it was pretty much made for me and then it was over.

Oh my bleeding heart.

Another weird little stat regarding this year is that my Best Picture winner does not snag a directing nom, and while this has happened before (here in 2011) what makes this extra weird is that my directing winner does not snag a Best Picture nom.  My winner created something that is so technically profound and yet the film itself, while I truly am astounded by it, is not a film I'd say  Still, rewarding him for what he accomplished was necessary.

With that said, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1945!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Going Ga Ga over the La La Land Trailer!

You can probably pencil this in for all sorts of Fisti Awards noms/wins (and I'm currently predicting this for all sorts of Oscar attention too) because this is the kind of film I live and breathe for.  It doesn't hurt that the trailer is THIS BEAUTIFUL.  The special effects, the glorious sets and lighting, the scope of it all, the glitzy musical numbers, Gosling's low octave vocals, Stone's longing stare, the moody-dreamy quality of it all...the tears streaming down my face as my body ACHES to have this movie in my life right now!!!

I'm ready for this film to make my soul laugh, smile and weep! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

2013 Mouthi Awards Ceremony

The ceremony for the 2013 Mouthi Awards took place in L.A. at the Calabasas Mansion owned by Kris Jenner on December 31st at 8:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time.  

It was hosted by self-proclaimed deity, Kanye West.

At Kanye's demand, only 17 people were invited to the Kardashian home, and of those 17 only 3 were actual nominees (himself included).  The other 2 nominees being Beyonce Knowles and John Legend.  He canceled all planned presenters and decided to host, present and accept all awards himself, unless they were won by the aforementioned nominees allowed to attend.

Here are the highlights:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Best Sounds of 2016's First Half

Well, the first half of the year is over, and while life got in the way of the blog and my ability to keep up with Tuesday Tunes Tastings, life didn't prohibit me from actually listening to almost every new album that came out.  In fact, I've ingested well over 100 albums this year (128 to be exact, not including the countless EP's I've listened to) and so I wanted to give a quick rundown on the 30 albums at the top of my list so far.  These 30 albums are made up of my current ballots in the six categories that I have for the Mouthis (Pop, Urban Contemporary, Alternative, Country, Rock, Dance/Electronica).  I did not include my favorite EP's in the actual list, but I'll give them to you now:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

1999 Fisti Awards

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1999.  DAYAM!  That is all I can really say about this year.  Such a rich bounty of GREAT films cluttered this year, making narrowing down almost all of these categories (but mainly Best Picture and Supporting Actress) hard as f*ck.  In fact, I came VERY close to mirroring Oscar's 1939 decision and extending my Best Picture field to a ballot of 10, but at the very last minute I reverted back to five, since in my mind there was a clear five (despite LOVING about 20 films this year).

Now this is the year that Oscar went with American Beauty, and it's one of those longstanding controversial decisions because many, many people feel as though the film doesn't hold up.  On the flip side, many, many people feel as though it does.  It's a split decision, which always makes discussion of this year so rich.

Personally it wouldn't have been my choice of Oscar's ballot, but at the end of the day I do still adore it and it lands in my Top Twelve.

What makes this year so incredible is the rich tapestry and themes, ideas, concepts and constructions that take place.  You have so much variety here, and I indulged in so much.  This is one of those weird Fisti years though, that despite so much wealth I opted NOT to spread it much and actually handed a slew of noms/wins to one film in particular that over the years has grown and grown and grown in my esteem.

With 10 individual noms, 7 of which netted actual wins, I'd say we have a clear champion of the year that was 1999.

So, with that in mind I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1999!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

1983 Fisti Awards

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1983.  My LORD does this year suck.  The 80's as a whole was such a wasteland of film, which is so tragic, but this year in particular (especially when you go by Oscar's ballots) is just so incredibly dire.  So much of this year just feels so...basic.  Yeah, this movie is good and that movie was nice and then that movie over there was entertaining but at the end of the day there is very little about 1983 that makes me care at all.

And that Oscar Best Picture lineup is...unfortunate.  It's not that they're terrible films (well, Tender Mercies is borderline awful) but they are just so...blandly uninspired.  The Dresser is the only film of the five that had any real impact on me, and while it would most likely make my Top 12, I don't think it would any other year (more on the 'would' in a moment).  Terms of Endearment is nice and all, but pretty much a glorified Soap Opera, and The Right Stuff is generic biopic bait that is overlong and disengaging.  The Big Chill has its moments and is charming to a degree, but it feels more like a performance piece than anything else.

Quite frankly, I'm baffled Fanny and Alexander was snubbed, considering how much Bergman had been embraced (as far as foreign directors are concerned) but the Academy, but I'm kind of glad it was snubbed because it would have still lost and having that masterpiece lose to any of the other nominated films would have been disgraceful.

All of that said, this next truth is going to sounds really odd, but like 2013, I fudged my own rules and have 6 BP nominees.  Why?  In a year that is so dire and so...awful collectively?  Because of all the basic crap being shelled out this year, there were 6 films that were such a clear notch above the rest I couldn't not nominate all of them.

I kind of love the range of these films, too.  I mean, a nostalgic film noir straight out of the 40's, a foreign familial drama with an epic touch, a Scorsese comedy/thriller, a thought-provoking documentary, a sci-fi soap opera and a slapstick mockumentary!

After those 6 films, the quality of film drops rather drastically.  In fact, this year I didn't bother doing a Top 12 at all!  Yup, it just didn't feel right.  Sure, there are other films I like, but like enough to consider them among the 'best of the year'?  Not really.

Excited, aren't you?

Oh, and before we begin; SUCK IT HATERS, Return of the Jedi is not only an amazing movie but is, in my opinion, the BEST Star Wars film!

LOL, so with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1983!