After describing the plot to Lady Bird to a coworker and declaring it the best film I’ve seen this year, she asked me: “Why?” Why. The short answer: it’s the type of film that I would want to write for the world.
The first quarter of 2016 had a lot of standout moments in pop culture. Here are a few of the shows, books, films, music, and moment Here are the standouts of pop culture from January 1 through March 31, 2016.
This year’s Oscar nominations were announced, and they featured a few surprises. Here are my gut reactions to the major awards. I doubt any of my personal favorites will win this year. That’s vastly different than last year when my favorites basically all won their category.
A few days ago I ranked all of my favorite nominees without saying much about the choice. Well, a few coworkers and I were discussing who might win this weekend and we all made our cases for our favorite films. I’m going to do the same here. Don’t consider this a “who will win” post,… Read More 87th Oscar votes
Of the 17 films nominated for major awards (Best Picture, Director, all four acting, and two screenplays), I have yet to see four. Time just caught up with me, but I’ll see them eventually. Regardless, I have ranked the films in each category by my favorite to least favorite. Nominees I haven’t seen have been… Read More My favorite 87th Oscar nominees
There are a lot of arbitrary lists out there giving a ‘definitive’ ranking of the best, and even worst, Best Picture winners. Some of these boil down strictly to preference. A lot take a look at the dominant field they won against. For instance, there was a big hoopla over Crash winning the Oscar in 2005 over… Read More The statistical best Best Picture
There’s a lot to be said about the precursors to the Academy Awards. The Golden Globes are fun with a lot of glitz and glamour, but often don’t tip off who would get the Oscar a month later all too well. The Screen Actors Guild and, to a certain extent, the Producers Guild of America… Read More Using statistics to predict this year’s Oscars
Tomorrow I’ll be posting my predictions for the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, which is a big indicator for the Oscars. But today I’ll look at who was nominated and give my immediate, brief reactions. There were a few surprises, and a quite a bit of obvious choices. The Grand Budapest (somewhat surprisingly) and Birdman (not… Read More 87th Academy Awards Nominations Reaction
The Skeleton Twins wasn’t the best film I’ve seen this year, but it may be tied for the most influencing (Boyhood being the other). I jokingly said that I was about to watch the Adam and Ashley Story, joking that the two leads mirror the lives that my sister and I are currently in the middle… Read More ‘The Skeleton Twins’ reviewed
You’ll learn to understand that critics have to separate their personal favorites with actual “bests.” For instance: Harry Potter is perhaps by favorite book series, but they may not be the best books I have ever read. Usually, when it comes to the Oscars, I try to pick the winners. Who the Academy will vote for. Not… Read More Personal picks for the Oscars