Monday, May 23, 2016

1963 Fisti Awards

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1963.  The year of Tom Jones.  I feel like this little film gets a lot of flack for being an Oscar winning film, but I kind of like it a lot.  I don't adore it or anything, but when you stack it up against some of the other films in that Best Picture lineup, it feels like the ONLY option.  I mean, Lilies of the Field is borderline awful and Cleopatra is so messy (beautiful, sure, but messy as hell).  I'm kind of baffled that those films even made it into the lineup, especially when you had well received films like This Sporting Life, Hud and Fellini's masterpiece, 8 1/2, racking up nominations elsewhere.  8 1/2 feels like such an awful exclusion, especially when you consider that it is probably the most well regarded film of the year and Fellini himself made it onto the Director and Screenplay ballots.

But this is Oscar, and they just never warmed to including foreign films in their BP ballots.

Outside of Oscar, this year had a lot to love.  My personal BP ballot makes me extremely happy and I feel like it well represents all that was great about the year.  From personal foreign dramas to glitzy Hollywood rom-coms to whatever the hell Hud was, I bow at this five films.


And with that said, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 1963!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2015 Fisti Awards

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2015.  This has been a crazy year for me, but while the year wasn't everything I'd hope it would be, personally, it was pretty incredible from a cinematic point of view; and that's what we're here to talk about.  From an awards standpoint, the year was anything but fluid, which made for some nail-biters on Oscar night since nothing was certain, and that was proven in Spotlight's last minute dash to Oscar Best Picture victory.  Deserved win?  Hell yes.  The complaints that Spotlight is too generic or baity or safe are void when you consider just how powerful and authentic the film is.  Sure, there are other edgier and inspired picks out there, but when it comes to Oscar winning films, this one is a very nice addition to the catalog.  

For me, though, this year was all about the kids.  Whether it be films about childhood, growing up or losing (and possibly re-gaining) innocence or the sheer fantasy of watching the essence of childhood breathed to life on the screen (and let's not forget the astonishing child performances that gripped my soul), this year was all about those little ones.

And speaking of the children, this year felt ripe with candidates for the Lee Hirsch Award for Change, but two films in particular stuck out to me as VERY deserving.  One of them was already going to win Best Picture here so I figured I'd let the other have the spotlight.

Hint hint.

And of course there were two films this year that touched me in ways most films never could have dreamed of and have cemented themselves in my heart for all time.  It became a real Sophie's Choice for me in Best Picture, but I went with the one that effected me most as the person I am now and not the person I once was, if that makes sense.  Both films though, will easily make my 100 Favorite Films of All Time list whenever I get around to revising it.

I also want to apologize to Britt and Sati who are most likely going to hate 90% of what I've nominated & awarded.

And with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 2015!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

It's Only the End of the World...Poster and Clips

First...gasp.  I am.  This poster is just beautiful., I'm not back, but what would be the purpose of me being excited about anything in this life if I couldn't share that excitement, and as this site is nicknamed 'A Fistful of Dolan', we all know that my most anticipated movie of this year is It's Only the End of the World.

I have so many feels right now.  Gaspard Ulliel's expression in the second clip, during that hug, has my heart skipping so many beats.  Baye's line delivery, Seydoux's naturalness, Cassel's assholery, Cotillard's complete transcendence (without a word she stole that whole first clip) and MY GOD Gabriel Yared's score is already frontrunner for the 2016 Fisti...just breathtaking.

I can't wait to read the reviews out of Cannes.  I'm not sure my body is ready for this.  My DREAM director/actress pairing has been Dolan & Cotillard for years now, and this has made all my dreams come true.  I need this to be the greatest movie of my life (next to Mommy, of course). you all and no I'm not ignoring you...I plan on responding to all your comments, I promise, I've just been a tad preoccupied lately.

Now come, bask with me in the beauty of Dolan's next masterpiece!