Sunday, August 30, 2015

1955 Fisti Awards

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1955.  Guess what...I kind of LOVE Marty.  I was baffled when I first saw it that it was a film that has accumulated so much backlash over the years.  I mean, what did you want to win?  That lineup is absolute crap outside of Marty, if we're going to be honest.  Mister Roberts was one of the dullest times I've ever spent in front of my television, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing is so trashy-dull (yes, DULL) and Picnic is, once again, DULL.  Like, what was AMPAS smoking?  There is nothing worth adoring about these films at all.  The Rose Tattoo is pretty good, and contains a GREAT performance from Magnani (who won the Oscar), but the whole Lancaster perf is so silly and the character is so ridiculous that I can't say the film is great or anything and certainly not Best Picture worthy.

Marty, amidst these contenders, stands out as something special.  It's intimate and heartfelt and leaves a lasting impression, and Borgnine's performance is just so richly complex.

And yet, it's not on my ballot.

Yes, the year as a whole is rather incredible.  So many brilliant films with such range of genre, style, substance and impression.  From rich melodrama, horror, suspense, romance, comedy and the recreation of the film noir, 1955 is everything I ever wanted it to be, and more.  So, with that said, I now present to you the Fisti Awards of 1955!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

1988 Fisti Awards

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1988.  Let's get one thing out of the way first; Rain Man is kind of a weak winner.  I mean, it's NOT a bad film, but it's far from great or anything, and in a year with such rich cinematic diversity, it's a shame that a film that so obviously pandered to 'Oscar' wound up taking home top honors.  I would honestly rank if fifth in the lineup.

But that's just one aspect of a pretty awesome year.

As a point of interest, Cinema Paradiso was my winner here for the longest time, but because of my rule regarding foreign film (it will be eligible for Fistis the same year it is NOMINATED for Oscars), I had to move it to 1989.  So, with it's absence came a rather wonderful development.  1988 became the year of the Animated Film here at the Fisti Awards.  Yes, 1988 is a bounty of animated work, and they come through and SLAY with nominations and wins (a lot of wins).  Out of 17 awards, 10 of them go to an Animated Film of some sort.  AND, 1988 boasts the first official animated BP winner here at the Fistis!

So, with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1988!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Origin of an Auteur Blogathon: Xavier Dolan


John over at Hitchcock's World has come up with a really interesting blogathon that I just had to jump all over.  Unfortunately, circumstance (my imminent move) looked as if it was going to get in the way of my participation, but fortunately for me, I had pre-chose a subject for which I was not only familiar but had already written extensively about.


The blogathon is titled Origin of an Auteur, and the rules are as follows:

Rules 
1) Pick one director and identify his or her first feature film. It must be the first feature film (i.e. over one hour runtime) listed in her/his filmography. 
2) While you will be primarily discussing that one film, you should have an understanding at least some of the director's later films, enough to be able to recognize his or her style. 
3) Analyze your chosen film in relation to the director's later projects. What elements of his or her style do you see here? 
4) Keep in mind that this blogathon is based on critical thinking and analysis, not simply on whether you liked the film. Your post should not be so much on the film itself as what it says about the director. 
5) Repeats (i.e. two people writing about the same director and film) are acceptable, but discouraged. If you do choose a topic someone else is writing about, try to find something different to say on the subject. 
6) Include a banner and a link back to this post. There are several banners to choose from below, and you are permitted to create your own provided they fit the blogathon's themes.
So, let's get started.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Actresses of Color Who Deserve 'Better' Careers...


The image above may be startling, but it's an image that I think perfectly captures why these kinds of posts are important.  Actresses come in all shapes, sizes and colors and yet it's pretty consistent that the whiter, thinner and younger you are, the more prominent you'll be in the Hollywood community.  We've discussed this before, starting when I posted my Ten Most Interesting Actresses in Hollywood post, which lead to The Fisti Recast-athon.  And now Wendell over at Dell on Movies has constructed a list (which led to another) about Actresses of Color Who Deserve Bigger Careers.

So, of course I wanted to play along and give my own list, but I'm cheating a bit.

First, I'm not limiting myself to ten, because, well, NO...and I'm changing one word in Dell's post to incorporate a few actresses that I think deserve something 'better'.  Yup, I'm not just talking 'bigger' careers here...I'm talking better ones.

Let's get started:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Oscar Redo-a-thon!


I'm going to get crap for this, I'm sure of it.

Ok, so Matt over at Film Guy Reviews is hosting his very first blogathon entitled Oscar Re-Do, and despite the hectic moving schedule going on over here, I really wanted to lend my support.  Thankfully, this is a subject I'm very well versed in, considering that I have my very own personal awards (The Fistis) and so I'm used to 'redoing' Oscar.

Here are the official rules:
1. You must only pick one film from one year. 
2. When nominating it in different categories, you must take out one actual nominee to make room for yours. 
3. After including it in each category you chose, give a short blurb as to why you would've entered it in the different categories that you chose and why you would've nominated it over the nominees that you replaced. 
4. It can be a film that is already nominated. But one that only has about one or two. 
5. After posting on your blog, you can post the link in the comments section of this page or tweet me @filmguy619.
Now, there are a lot of films I love that Oscar pretty much shut out, but I wanted to stick to a year and a film that I've already posted here so that you have a reference for my passionate appreciation of the film.  So, despite thinking that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the greatest films of all time, I decided NOT to feature it since the 2004 Fisti Awards are not yet posted here.  And, even though I do feel like Mommy should have been nominated for pretty much every Oscar out there, I've talked enough about that film recently (and it's going to continue soon), so I opted to NOT discuss that film, even though the 2014 Fistis are up.

So, what did I go with?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Against the Crowd Blogathon!


Alright.  So...I'm pretty swamped, but my buddy Wendell is hosting his Against the Crowd Blogathon for the second year in a row, and since I really wanted to participate last year but wound up missing deadline, I decided I NEEDED to give it a go this year, despite my schedule.  

Also, I get to have one of my favorite debates: the whole 'why is Forrest Gump considered a good film?' debate!

Oh, this is going to be fun.

So, here are the official rules straight from the Wendell's mouth:
1. Pick one movie that "everyone" loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 75% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it. 
2. Pick one movie that "everyone" hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 35% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it. 
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies. 
4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own.
Pretty simple, right?

Let's kick things off with your good, my bad:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

4 Ways a Best Picture: 2013


Alright guys, it's time to talk 2013.  We're nearing the end of 4 Ways a Best Picture (just one more week), and we've got some great film discussion in store for you this week and next (hopefully next, but that all lies in the hands of CITIZENFOUR's availability).  Until then, though, let's get into the disagreements, debates, rants and relishing praise of the Oscar year that was 2013!

Before we begin, reacquaint yourself with our panel:

Britt from Rambling Film
Drew (me, duh) from A Fistful of Films
Jeffery from jdbrecords
Wendell from Dell on Movies

Friday, August 7, 2015

Poster & Trailer Break: By the Sea


Yes, I know that last year I stanned for months for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and saw that fizzle at Oscar's feet, but this isn't about Oscar this time...this is about the pure drama of it all!!!  This looks so melodramatic it hurts, but in a blissfully, passionate and obsessive kind of way.  Just watch it!


The word around this movie has been spread for a year now, since this is an original script penned by Jolie that apparently features some VERY explicit sex/nudity between her and hubby Brad Pitt, and so there is obvious interest piqued because of that alone, but this Old Hollywood throwback looks seriously rich, and I personally can't wait to consume it.

The fact that they dropped this trailer/poster combo on the same day that Aniston announced she was married was...kind of amazing.

The Film Emotion Blogathon!


Connor over at Conman at the Movies is hosting his first blogathon, and it's a fun one!  The basic concept for the blogathon was inspired by Pixar's latest masterpiece, Inside Out, and since I'm a HUGE FAN of the film, I couldn't help but feel compelled to play along, despite my busy schedule.

Here are the rules:

1.) Pick five films to represent the five emotions in Inside Out. The criteria for choosing these films is listed below. I would be willing to allow a tie, if you couldn’t decide between two films to best represent one of the emotions.
2.) Write out five paragraphs, (one for each film) talking about the movies and why you chose them.
3.) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever).
4.) Send me the link by posting it here in the comments.
Connor breaks down what he's looking for with each specific emotion as well.  Basically:

Joy: A film that makes you happy
Sadness: A film that made you cry A LOT
Fear: A film that gave you nightmares
Anger: A film you hate with a passion
Disgust: A film that left an awful feeling in your stomach

So, let's get right into this!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

4 Ways a Best Picture: 2012


It's that time of the week again!  Yup, time for another entry in the 4 Ways a Best Picture Blogger's Roundtable!  This week we discuss the year that was 2012...and it's the first year where two of our winners actually TIE.  Yup, two films get doled out the same score.  Good?  Bad?  Somewhere in the middle?

You'll have to read to find out.

But first, here's our panel:

Britt from Rambling Film
Drew (me, duh) from A Fistful of Films
Jeffery from jdbrecords
Wendell from Dell on Movies

Sunday, August 2, 2015

2014 Fisti Awards

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2014.  My GOD this decade just gets better and better with each passing year.  2014 may honestly be one of the best cinematic years in the history of cinema.  It also marks possibly the best Oscar winning Best Picture in decades.  Yes, this was a year where Oscar got it right.  Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is one of the very Oscar decisions in my personal Oscar watching, and I'm so happy that Oscar made that choice in the end.

But we all know that it's not my choice.

No, Birdman is one of the very best of the year, but it's not the best (in my humble opinion).  Yes, 2014 is the year that I walked out of a theater, threw my hands up in the air and said, "Why bother anymore; cinema has just been conquered."  Xavier Dolan's Mommy is the single best film I've ever seen; perfection personified, and in all honesty it made me consider changing this site's name to A Fistful of Dolan and changing these awards to The Dolans...but I'm too vain for that.

With the inevitable Mommy slayage in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 2014!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Poster Break: The Danish Girl


There will be no getting around the insufferable Eddie Redmayne and his inevitable campaign this year for back-to-back Oscar wins, but all that aside, I'm really looking forward to this film.  It's a topical and important discussion for our times, and the role is certainly a plum one and so I won't begrudge him the win, if it is deserved.

But, let's forget the Oscar mess for a minute and talk about the poster!  This is stunning!  Obvious Persona comparisons here, but I love the vintage photograph feel and the way that this is framed, almost like the passing of secrets between these two women.  The look on Redmayne's face, almost of cautious wonder, contrasted with the sultry 'knowing' in Vikander's eyes is so sharply relevant to the struggle for Redmayne's character to become 'herself'.  The soft focus, the sepia tones, the EVERYTHING!!!

That's what I think...what do you think?