Monday, June 30, 2014

Let's Review Something: Ernest & Celestine

When I was a young boy, about seven years old, I remember standing at the top of the stairs in our old home in New England, staring down at this giant rat the size of a medium sized stuffed animal.  My face was probably laced with sheer terror, as the thing turned at hissed and bore those sharp front teeth, and my dad raced to grab a broom or something and then it was gone, almost as quickly as it came.  It squeezed it’s giant body into a hole the size of a quarter in the wall and disappeared.

I never saw it again, but I’ll never forget it either.

But, mice are cute; right?

Poster Break: Foxcatcher

Maybe it's time to consider Tatum as the Lead push here.  His performance got raves, and this poster is clearly selling him as the reason to see this movie (that, and Miller's Cannes win).  I always thought he'd have a better shot in Supporting, with Carell being the 'showier' role, but those reviews focused on Tatum, so you never know.

I have a feeling this is going to be HUGE.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The 1956 Fisti Awards!

"It says here that we only received ONE Fisti nomination!"
Alright, so the 1956 Fisti Awards have been posted!  This has been a confusing year for me to compile.  It's all those damn foreign film release dates that have messed with me.  Here over at A Fistful of Films we pride ourselves on a really loose rule system when it comes to nominating foreign language films.  Basically, when they have multiple release dates (home country/US/festival circuit) I allow myself to chose the year I think they best fit...if they haven't gotten any Oscar play.  If Oscar bit at all, I try and place them in the year that they had Oscar play.  Some films are tricky, because back in the day a foreign film could technically play in multiple years.  Take La Strada for instance.  It won the Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1954 (when it was released in it's home country) but then was nominated for Original Screenplay in 1956, when it was released stateside.

What to do?

Well, 1956 had another issue.  It was a bounty for film adaptations, but I had such a hard time finding original screenplays!  So, I moved over La Strada to this year (as well as a few others, like Umberto D.)!

Also, Around the World in 80 Days is a crap movie and one of the worst Best Picture winners I've ever seen.  Like...what the hell?

So check them out and PLEASE give me feedback.  Love to know what you think!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Fistful of Thoughts...about old men, casting couches and bad gay taste!

So, I'm sure that most people are going to be talking about two things this week, the passing of Eli Wallach and the ranting of Gary Oldman.  You can't help it.  They are two huge pieces of news, but sadly more will be said about Oldman's mouth than Wallach's impressive body of work.

We'll talk about both...and then move on:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Hitchcock Top Ten!

Well, it's been quite a while since I've done a Fisti Top Ten (Tuesday Top Ten) and so today is as good as any other to jump right back in.  My buddy Alex, over at And So It Begins, recently gave us a look at the Top Ten directors to have never written a screenplay, and his #1 was the legendary Alfred Hitchcock.  This post gave me the final push I needed to get this particular post put together.

To be honest, this was an idea I had a few months back, when I was watching 1941's Suspicion.  First, I kind of hated that movie, but I was most intrigued by the fact that Joan Fontaine's performance (which is serviceable at best) stands as the ONLY performance in an Alfred Hitchcock film to actually win the Oscar.  Others have been nominated, but despite being deserving (Leigh and Rains arguably should have won in their respective years) they have all gone home empty handed.

But Fontaine...she wins...for that!

So, I decided that I was going to make a personal Top Ten of the most deserving performances in a Hitchcock film.  I excluded all that were actually Oscar nominated, and decided to shed light on the best performances NOT to receive any sort of Oscar attention.  Some of these are obvious, some are cult favorites and some you may not have given any past consideration to.

All are leagues better than Fontaine's mediocre work.

Let's do this!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Let's take a moment to appreciate Joel Edgerton...

That's quite a long career you have ahead of you!
Well, today is the 40th birthday of my current Australian import obsession, Joel Edgerton.  Yes, if you follow me here, you've probably heard me gush a few times about Edgerton.  I just find him supremely talented and quite a nice thing to look at.  I've been bullish on his career for a while now, awaiting him to break through completely and cement his status as the one we all want to watch.  I was hopeful that his remarkable turn in The Great Gatsby would have done that, but no one really remembers that film.  He needs his Gladiator, fast, but I don't think his current collaboration with Ridley Scott (Exodus) will do that trick.

Still, his filmography speaks for itself, and it's got a lot of people talking!

It's kind of appropriate that Edgerton is turning 40 today.  He's been the deemed successor to Russell Crowe (at least in my mind) for about a year now, and my Crowe obsessions, while born in 2000, was completed and full throttle early 2004 when I realized he wasn't nominated for the Oscar (for his magnificent work in Master & Commander: the Far Side of the World) and was actually pained in my gut, making me finally aware that I was obsessed in a way I've never been before.

Crowe turned 40 in 2004.

So, on this day I'm going to be thinking about this incredible actor and contemplating where his career is headed, how much range he's bound to display, when he'll win his Oscar and when I'll see him naked.

Because you're never truly famous until the world has seen you naked.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Twice a Best Actor Bloggers Roundtable: Dustin Hoffman

It’s Friday, and that means another edition of Twice a Best Actor.  This is where our esteemed panel of bloggers takes a look at all the actors lucky enough to have won the Lead Actor Oscar twice and judges them ever so harshly (or not harshly).  So far we’ve tackled the double wins of Sean Penn and Gary Cooper, so if you haven’t had a chance to check those out and weigh in, please do so!

This week we are taking a look at Dustin Hoffman’s pair of Oscar wins.

Although they need no explanation, once again here is our panel:

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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Fistful of Thoughts...about gaybies, outspoken criticisms and some weird faces...

So, this is a fun batch of subjects, if I do say so myself.  I'm not even going to spend a lot of time setting this up.  Just follow the jump and debate, debate, debate!

A Fistful of Links!

Josh asks the Academy to consider the slew of original songs found in The Fault in Our Stars...

Ruth takes a look at her 7 favorite scenes of man & machine...

Alex breaks down The Silence of the Lambs by highlighting 39 things we don't talk about...

Nostra gives us the many faces of Anthony Hopkins...

Courtney uses Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead to teach us about life...

Shala anticipates Sin City: A Dame To Kill For...

Manon takes a look at set locations over the past 100 years...

Candice laments over yet another Scooby Doo movie...

Melissa wonders just how helpful rating systems are...

Lindsay invites us to discuss the soundtrack of our lives...

Keith ranks his Top Five movie psychiatrists...

Nicol continues his series on the MTV Best Female Video Awards with the year that was 1997...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It's all in the details: my visual reviews of Jane Campion...

So, I'm finally ready to post another batch of these.  If you aren't familiar with these, I started this back in October of 2012 when I participated in a blogathon reviewing the works of Darren Aronofsky.  I realize that I had seen all of his works except Pi, which I had on my DVR, and so I decided to digest it quickly and review his entire body of work.  Well, reviewing an entire director's filmography is hard, and so I devised a way to do so without killing myself.  That is when Visual Reviews were born.  In other words, I take five images from each film in their filmography and use those images (and a description) to describe (or review) the film.

So far, the directors that I've done this for include:

Daren Aronofsky (also Noah, which was reviewed separately)
Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel to come soon)

So, now it's time to look at the works of Jane Campion.  As you can see, I've selected directors whose body of work shows strong visual flare and identity, and Campion is no exception.  All of these directors, while wildly different, have one thing in common; they know how to use images to get their points across.

Be forewarned...there is some sexual content after the jump.

So let's take a look at Campion's work*, from then to now.
*just as a small note, I only review theatrical work, so her television work will not be included

Blind Spot Series 2014: To Have and Have Not

I think I'm a week early on this one, but I don't care.  I have been enjoying my dive into the 40's so much this year that every time I actually finish one of these Blind Spot entries I'm dying to start on the next one.  Case in point, I finished up this entry (To Have and Have Not) over the weekend and immediately started watching Brief Encounter and had to stop myself about five minutes in because I have to wait!  I can't watch that now!  If I watch it now I'll want to write about it immediately, and it's still June!


Anyways, if you haven't been keeping up with my personal entries in this series, you can read up on my thoughts on The Shop Around the Corner, Penny Serenade, Sergeant York (which we just discussed in last week's edition of Twice a Best Actor, so please check that out too), Shadow of a Doubt and La Belle et la Bete.  The 40's are quickly becoming one of my favorite decades for film.


Well, I guess it's about time that we get into this review!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Let's Review Something: The Selfish Giant

The story goes that a giant who was away for seven years returns home to his castle to find that the garden outside his home had become a playscape for the neighborhood children.  Being the selfish beast that he was, he scared the children away and put up a wall and a sign, prohibiting them from returning.  The garden itself was saddened by the loss of these children, and so Spring refused to return and the giant was left in total wintery isolation until the children snuck back into the garden the play, and Spring returned at last.  The giant realized his selfish ways and knocked down the wall he had built and welcomed the children back, including a young boy trapped in a tree who just so happened to be Jesus, and because of that kind act, this selfish giant is redeemed his sins and welcomed into Paradise.

At least, that’s the way that Oscar Wilde wrote it.

Clio Barnard’s story is a little different.

There are some films that are so well conceived they tap into a part of ourselves we aren’t used to addressing.  They ask really difficult questions and demand answers from us that we aren’t too keen on actually giving.  ‘The Selfish Giant’ feels like one of those films, and while it isn’t as successful in parts as it is in whole, the film delivers a crushing blow that pulls everything together and lingers in the viewer long after the film has ended.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Twice a Best Actor Bloggers Roundtable: Gary Cooper

So, if you didn’t catch last week’s edition of Twice a Best Actor, I’ll fill you in for a moment.  Our amazing panel of bloggers has undertaken the task of watching, reviewing and grading all of the performances of actors who have won the Lead Actor Oscar, twice.  Last week was the first edition of this blogging roundtable, where we dissected and debated Sean Penn’s two Oscar wins, for Mystic River and for Milk.  As that post showed, we have a very opinionated roundtable that is also quite varied, with some praising Penn’s performances while others ripped him a new one.

This week we are discussing the Oscar wins of Gary Cooper.  Cooper already has a controversial note attached to his first win, where many lament over Orson Welles’ Oscar loss, but honestly not many people even talk about Cooper’s second win, for High Noon.

Well, we’re going to talk about both of them today.

Once again, meet our panel:

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

So, let’s get into this!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Another legend is lost...

Sad news indeed, but veteran actress and Oscar nominee Ruby Dee has left us.  Her death was confirmed this morning, but no news on the cause has been released as of yet.  An icon for African American actresses and a real gem of a performer, Dee will be missed (even though her best work is far behind her).  She was finally nominated for an Oscar back in 2007 for her work in American Gangster, and while many objected to this nomination (she has two scenes and doesn't do much of note other than slapping Denzel Washington in the face), I've always kind of loved the performance.  It is a very natural performance, and while it didn't deserve a nomination, I can't contest it too much since she deserved to be nominated for something (she should have won the Oscar for A Raisin in the Sun, but that's for another discussion).  At 91, she lived a full life, and that is something to celebrate, and the fact that she still looked so healthy and full of life even in her 90's was nice to see.  She'll be missed, but the legend she left behind is one to celebrate, not mourn!

Trailer Break: Birdman

My jaw is still on the floor.  Seriously.  I've watched this about ten times already and I'll watch it a few dozen more before the day is through.  This looks nothing like I expected it to, and everything like I hoped and dreamed any movie this year would look like.  This has, in under two minutes, become my most anticipated movie of the year; end of discussion.  The cinematography, the visual effects (who saw that coming?), the comedic undertones, the dramatic was all so perfectly balanced in this brilliant teaser trailer.  Could this be the movie of the year we never saw coming?

Oh, and the poster is also all sorts of YES!

A Fistful of Thoughts...about film inspired scandal, upcoming projects and the greatest movie poster I've ever seen!

Alright, it was about time we get on with another one of these!  This has been an interesting week.  I've heard of some crazy shit before, but something that took place this week (or at least was uncovered this week) may possibly take the cake for the craziest thing I've ever heard of in my life.  In fact, it's so crazy that I think I may actually use it for myself.  Like, why the fuck didn't I think of this first?

Trailer Break: The Boxtrolls

So, we finally know what this movie is about!  I have to say, the first trailer released for this film is still the most beautiful thing I've seen all year long, and I kind of wish that this trailer captured some of the beauty, grace and serenity of the previous trailer, but this still looks so charming and visually fantastic, and it looks pretty funny to boot, so I'm all in for this.  One of my most anticipated of the year, for sure, and something my kids are going to go 'ga-ga' over.  I got a 'Pirates: Band of Misfits' vibe from the tone here, so I'm excited (loved that movie).

But really...I could watch this instrumental teaser trailer on loop for hours and hours and hours...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Yeah, this just happened...

Any and all speculation about the fact that Hugh Jackman could very well be a gay pirate in disguise should officially be null and void after seeing this recent Instagram post unveiling his look for Joe Wright's upcoming Pan.  Put some gold hoops in his ears and send him to the set of Interior.Leather Bar.  Of course, this isn't the finished product.  He needs to have long, flowing locks...right?

If he sings, I'm done.

In remembrance of a true acting legend...

On This Day in Film reminds us that on this very day in 1967, we lost a true legend, Spencer Tracy.  Spencer Tracy has been on my mind a lot lately, especially since he'll be the last actor considered for the Twice a Best Actor Blogging Roundtable.  I recently saw him in Woman of the Year, and news of a possible movie about his partnership with Katherine Hepburn has been burning images in my brain of what could be and what most likely will be.  Spencer Tracy truly was a brilliant actor, one of the very best.  He was nominated for the Oscar nine times, winning twice (in a row) and is largely considered a cinematic icon.  His natural charm and charisma was uncanny, and the way he conveyed such honest emotions truly connected with me.  He was, in my opinion, one of the most consistent actors to ever have lived.  I'd probably rank him second only to Paul Newman in overall consistency.  I can't think of a single low point in his acting career.  He may not have had a lot of showy 'actorly' moments, for his style was far more reserved and restrained than most (he didn't have any of those Brando/Burton moments), but he was always on point and a welcome presence.

A Fistful of Links!

I know, I's not Friday, but fuck it!  I've been so busy with other things (Fisti Awards, Blogging Roundtables, Angelina Jolie) not to mention life and the job I'm supposed to actually do that I've missed a few Fridays and found myself feeling out of touch with my fellow bloggers.  I miss you guys!!!  I don't know about you, but I have to actively tell myself to get out of my own little world and explore my fellow bloggers sites more.  

So here's a kick in the ass!

12 Reads You NEED to Read

And So it Begins puts together another kick ass Top Ten, this time discussing the unsung female voices in Steven Soderbergh films.

Girl Meets Cinema swoons all over the fan art for the recent The Fault in Our Stars (I still need to see that!)

The Focused Filmographer gives us a rundown of the latest trailers to whet our appetites for the movies!

Public Transportation Snob reviews one of my favorite movies of all time (currently my #3), Godard's Pierrot le Fou!

Keith and the Movies is having a little fun with film images...

The Cinematic Spectacle has a new look for the CinSpec Awards, and it's beautiful!

Flights, Tights & Movie Nights reviews 1996's The Phantom!

Flixchatter has yet another five questions to chew over for the month!

Rambling Film reviews one of the best films you've never heard of, King of Devil's Island!

Cinematic Corner gives us the rundown on Neighbors (fuck, I need to see this one too!)

Film Actually contemplates the musicals we have awaiting us this year...

Two Dollar Cinema allowed me to force him to watch a film he really didn't need to watch, Mystic River...sorry bro :-(

Friday, June 6, 2014

Twice a Best Actor Bloggers Roundtable: Sean Penn

So, I’ve been fiddling around with a project for over two years now and it is finally coming to fruition, so I’m really excited and I hope you will be too.  When I explain my project, you’re probably going to wonder why the hell it took me two years to finally get it going, but my life is busy and I just had other priorities. 

So here is the deal.  For some time I’ve been aching to compare all of the actors who have won two Lead Actor Oscars.  There is so much to debate because all of these wins seem to be polarizing.  Even those that have strong fan bases and are considered classic wins have their detractors.  Brando, while considered by the masses to be iconic in The Godfather, has been criticized for being a true Supporting player and undeserving of the Oscar in retrospect.  So it has been my desire to review and compare and come up with an idea of who is the most deserving double winner.

But it’s no fun if my opinion is the only one being weighed in!

So, that is where the Twice a Best Actor Bloggers Roundtable was born.  I’ve reached out to a few fellow bloggers to help me with this project, and so we will be taking one of the nine best actor winners each week (posts on the Friday of each week) and debating and grading their winning performances.  These grades will then all be added together and by the end of the project (the project starts today and ends August 8th) we’ll have a ranking and overall winner of our Most Deserving Twice a Best Actor award!

Now, there was a small kink thrown into my idea when a certain Daniel Day-Lewis had to get all greedy and win a third Lead Actor Oscar, but we’ve made an executive decision and decided to oust his third win from the competition.  It evens the playing field, and since we are talking about DOUBLE wins, it is only fitting that the win that made him a three time Oscar winner be disqualified. 

So, meet our panel!

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

The assignment was somewhat simple.  We reacquainted ourselves with these performances and wrote how we felt about them.  Because we are all different bloggers with different writing styles, I wanted to keep this raw.  Some of us say more, some less, some expound, but all of us remain ourselves and I wanted that to stay intact.

So here we go!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Introducing the 1996 Fisti Awards!

Making that long walk to the podium...

You might as well call these the 1996 MTV Fisti Awards, considering the amount of 'above the line' nominations films like Romeo + Juliet, That Thing You Do, Scream and Mission: Impossible received, but there is no denying that the quality of the Blockbuster that year was just so high.  Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's just good taste, but I continue to find myself awestruck by how strong even the most generic film was from 1996.  And this isn't even getting into von Trier's tremendous breakthrough, Leigh's largest Oscar draw and Campion's period brilliance.  

1996 is the first year of the Fistis that has pretty much concluded in a sweep of the awards.  One particular film (pictured above) pretty much took everything.  With 14 nominations, it walks away with 8 wins and I wouldn't blink an eyelash at any of them.


So check them out here.  I welcome all comments!  What would you nominate?  Who did I snub?  What nominations/wins are you most happy to see?

A woman scorned...

I have to say, I found it rather strange to be going to see this film with my wife and NOT my daughters, but my kids have found the very image of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent to be fear inducing and the idea of spending the next few nights convincing her that the dark is not their enemy was not something I wanted to entertain, so my wife and I got sitters and went out on a Disney date night.

I feel like I could honestly write two very different reviews for this film based on my personal reaction to the material and my reaction to the film from the vantage point of a parent, but I’ll do my best to combine them in a way that makes sense.  I guess the easiest way to do that is to get my parental quibbles out of the way first.  ‘Maleficent’, for me, feels very much like an adult film.  The themes presented here are very dark, very mature, and the creepy aspects involved are turned WAY up.  The first (and I mean the VERY first) thing I said to my wife upon leaving the theater was “I can’t understand how anyone could bring their kids to see this” and I stand by that.  No, I’m not judging you if you do bring your kids to see it (even Jolie stated that she made this film for her kids) but for me, I just couldn’t do it.  My children are too sensitive, too young for this.

I found it telling that out theater last night was filled with couples, young and old…but NO children.

Yes, ‘Maleficent’ pushes the boundaries of a PG rating rather strongly.  In my eyes, it should have been PG-13, and while this may sound like nitpicking (since ratings are really subjective and grounds for serious debate), as a parent I do feel sensitive about these things.  This isn’t to say that ‘Maleficent’ doesn’t carry aspects that are full of beauty and even touching, and the central theme is one that I think is healthy for children to learn, but there is a chill that runs thought most of the film that I don’t think is entirely kid-friendly.

Call me a prude and a restrictive parent all you want, but have kids first!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

And down the great dragon was hurled…

So, I’m finally getting around to writing a review for ‘Godzilla’.  I don’t know why I kept putting it off.  I was genuinely inspired to write upon leaving the theater, and I’ve since talked about this an awful lot with a wide range of people (some who have seen it, some who have not, some who loved it, some who did not) and so it’s not like I haven’t had the opportunity to throw all my thoughts down on paper (or up on the screen) and yet for some reason I kept finding myself preoccupied.

Like you really care.

Anyways, I will admit to being really torn when even considering seeing this movie, for more than one reason.  First, I still remember how much money I wasted seeing the 1998 film version of ‘Godzilla’ in the theaters nearly ten times (like I can remember the exact count, but it was high) and so the idea of shelling out money for yet another rip on the creature was hard to bring myself to do.  While my teenage self was a huge fan of the ‘Jurassic Park unleashed on the Big Apple’ version provided by Roland Emmerich, I have to say that the film has not aged well.  It was a corny and ridiculous attempt to blow things up and deliver a slew of cheap thrills and cheap jokes to entertain very few brain cells.  I was afraid that that was how this remake was going to go.

But the cast was inspired, and the director previously directed a film that was so far removed from anything explosive (‘Monsters’ simply sat there) that I was intrigued to see how they would fare in the subject.

But then the reviews started to trickle in and word of mouth was spreading that this was the greatest monster movie to come our way in ages and the hype was growing so large and those trailers were so impressive (no promotional campaign has been this on point and this effective in recent memory) that my mind was racing as to how big this was actually going to fail for me.  I mean, you can’t live up to that kind of hype, right?

A Fistful of Thoughts...about outspoken actresses, hate crimes and movies nobody gives a fuck about!

It's been a little while since I've put one of these together.  I've had so many stories I wanted to talk about and yet, they come and go and there is no time and I'm just so damn busy!  Taking a few days off for family time always throws a wrench in my normal schedule and makes everything extra tight.

How dare I go on vacation!

Anyways, there isn't a whole lot of heavy lifting in this episode, just some musings on some diva behavior, politically incorrect wordplay and a possible retirement.

OK, there is some heavy stuff here...

Monday, June 2, 2014

Favorite Movie Scenes Blogathon

So, John over at Hitchcock's World is hosting his first blogathon entitled 'Favorite Movie Scenes' and I was enticed into giving it a look and spending pretty much my entire morning trying to figure out what I was going to do.  I'm going to be honest; I debated on making this a list of my favorite scenes from Jean-Luc Godard movies just to get at John since he apparently hates his work and I have been very vocal about Godard being cinema's grand savior and my personal favorite director.

But I decided against that.

Instead, I kind of got a little lazy with this (well, not really, but a little) and decided to stick with 2013 films.  I have been indulging a lot recently in an attempt to wrap up my own personal awards (the Fistis) and so they are all very fresh on my mind.  2013 is one of the best years for film I've been able to personally witness as a film lover.  Sure, there have been better years for collective greatness, but a lot of them came before I was an active movie watcher.  2013 is one of the first (maybe the first) year that I was able to witness it blossom while the rest of the world was as well.  From the very beginning, it was something special, and it just never gave up.

But more about all of that later in the month when I (hopefully) get the Fistis together.

For now, I'm going to give a rundown of my Top Ten favorite film scenes from 2013!

Now, I want to be clear that this is NOT a list of my Top Ten films of the year, but just a list of my favorite scenes.  I like most of these films, love a few of them and hate one of them.

I do want to mourn the loss of a few scenes that were left right outside of the Top Ten.  First, Frozen does not make the final ten, even though I love the film and really wanted to include it.  While the world unanimously adored the whole 'let's build an ice castle while singing Broadway show-tunes' scene, I personally fell in love with the whole 'Do You Wanna Build a Snowman' segment and wanted to include it so badly.  Next, Gravity also doesn't make the list, but this is more because the whole film feels like one long scene and picking out ONE part just is impossible.

Finally, obviously the very best scene in all of 2013 cinema was the 13 minutes sex scene in Blue is the Warmest Color (I'm not joking) but I figured I would chose some more tasteful (ok, so not all of these are tasteful) scenes to discuss.

Like, how to you elaborate on that scene anyways?

So, here we go:

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Oscar Predictions!

With Cannes behind us, it looks like we can finally start to shape these a little better.  Not that Cannes has really made a huge impact, as it really only opened our eyes a little wider to two films in particular, one of which my eyes were already pretty open towards.  Mr. Turner got great ink and took home a Best Actor prize, but I'm still a little reserved to embrace it considering how British and how stuffy I've heard it was going to be.  AMPAS loves Leigh, except for when they don't.  Foxcatcher received great ink and took home the Director prize, so it is only garnering more traction than I already gave it credit for.  It's still my #2 movie of the year, right behind Unbroken.

So, you can survey my predictions below to see the changes I've made.