Monday, September 26, 2016

1975 Fisti Awards

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1975.  I feel like I say this a lot, but WHAT A YEAR!  I personally wasn't prepared for how awesome this year would turn out to be, but it just kept getting better and better.  It felt like every auteur was delivering career best work, between Kubrick, Kurosawa, Antonioni, Tarkovsky, Spielberg, Lumet and Wier, not to mention some phenomenal achievements by the likes of Truffaut, Huston, Forman and Altman; and that's just the guys that wound up gracing my Directors Dozen.

1975 was also a tremendous year for women's stories, with films like The Story of Adele H, Hester Street, Grey Gardens, A Brief Vacation and Jeanne Dielman centering on strong portrayals of women in varying situations.

The 70's get knocked around a lot as being a decade of films that...feel very dated, and I get that.  There was a lot of politically centered films that feel very much 'a part of the times' and sometimes those particular films can be hard to embrace in a more modern setting, but this year is just so full of riches of all genres.  The snubs were painful...VERY painful, as films like Dog Day Afternoon, Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Story of Adele H got the shaft, but at the end of the day I'm very happy with the final ballot, and I hope you are too.

With that said, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1975!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sunshine Blogger Award

So, as many of you know, this has been a rough year for me, and unfortunately life stepping in the way of my blogging and what used to be a pretty consistent and prolific blog has become a wasteland of broken dreams and the occasional post trying in some sort of way to regain a sliver of it's former being.  But, not matter how little I get to post or how little I get to comment (seriously guys, I'm SO SORRY that I don't stop by as regularly as I used to), not a single day goes by when I don't think of you all fondly.

And then one of you mentions me in a post and my heart skips a little beat because I realize that you haven't forgotten about me and that you, too, think of me fondly.

So, before I get on with responding to this particular award, I want to say thank you to all who remember me because I still remember you (and always will).

And to Sati and Daniel...thank you so much for thinking of me, and Dan...your dedication:

Actually, pretty much everyone I would nominate has already been nominated (and most have accepted), so that makes this kinda hard. BUT, there is one person who always brings the sunshine when he posts who as far as I can tell has NOT been nominated for this award, so PLEASE JOIN ME in bestowing this honor on Drew (or Fisti, whichever your prefer) over at A Fistful of Films. We all love you, Drew, and while we all know "real life" has to come first, that doesn't stop us from missing you and your posts something awful. Thanks for the light you have always brought to this little corner of the blogosphere. I don't think there's anyone more deserving.

F***ing tears, man!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

2000 Fisti Awards

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2000.  This is a really weird year for me.  This is the year that I lost my Oscar virginity.  This is the year that I found God, and by God I do mean Russell Crowe.  This is the year that changed everything for me as a film-watcher.

I saw the light and the light was Gladiator.

For the longest time whenever anyone asked me what my favorite movie was, Gladiator spilled from my lips without hesitation.  Time has passed a great deal since 2000, though, and my cinephile tastes have evolved.  Gladiator doesn't even land on my BP ballot for this year.  That being said, when my friends ask me for my favorite movie, I still respond with Gladiator.  Why?  Because I'm always in the mood to watch it.  It's my happy place.  Pop me in front of a TV with a beer and a pizza and put on this movie and I'm in heaven.  Is it the best film of the year?  No, but does that matter.

Besides, none of my friends have ever heard of Mommy.

On that note, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 2000!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

1964 Fisti Awards

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1964.  Gulp.  Double gulp.  Bring on the feels.

This is such a vibrant and fun year, with two very special films at it's core.  It feels like the year of the big movie musical, and that also plays into my love of it.  Hell, even Oscar went ahead and awarded My Fair Lady Best Picture.  Sure, My Fair Lady is the lesser of the musicals of the year, but that's besides the point.  It's still a delicious win!

But this isn't all about the musicals (although they do win nearly every Fisti Award this year).  In fact, the diversity of the year itself is a godsend.  From political satire to Asian horror to familial dramas to foreign art house to thrillers and French New Wave and Disney and singing and dancing and Gothic pulp melodrama and so much more, this year has everything.

It also has, possibly, the greatest collection of actressing in any year, ever.  In fact, this is such a realism that I could not narrow my personal Lead Actress ballot down to five and, for the first (and quite possibly ONLY) time I have EIGHT Lead Actress nominees.  I just couldn't cut anyone, and all eight would land on my Top 100 Female Performances of All Time list...if I ever got up the balls to actually make one.

So, with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 1964!