When the smoke had cleared and the dust had settled on the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night, it was Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite dominating the field. Yes, it won Best International Feature. That was expected. What was less expected however, were the other three awards it claimed: Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture.
As Bong went up to accept his screenwriting Oscar, I turned to my wife and said, “This could be a huge night for Parasite.” I didn’t realize that I was making one of the more dramatic understatements in the history of me watching the Oscars, which goes back to when I was a child.
Even though Parasite‘s four wins destroyed my chances of winning the Oscar pool I was in AND possibly ruined my credibility as a prognosticator (I went 18-for-24), I cannot help but be ecstatic for Bong. Because not only was Parasite the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture, but for the first time this century (and maybe longer), the winner of Best Picture wasn’t just the best movie nominated, it was the best film that came out all year.
And we haven’t even gotten to Eminem yet.
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Earlier this morning, AMPAS released the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, to be held on February 9th. How did I do in predicting the nominees? A very respectable 39/50, which earns me the right to force my opinions on your eyes.
Who were the big winners and losers? Let’s get Oscars, baby!
Continue reading “FBC Oscar Coverage, Part III: Nominations Recap (Or re-crap, amirite?)”
When this site launched, the NFL season was beginning, and that was fantastic as Jack, Brandon, and Alec all know a lot about football. Rick and Michael have written cleverly and wonderfully about the MLB, NHL, and NBA.
Well, it’s Oscar season. It’s my time, shitbirds.
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(AUTHOR/EDITOR NOTE: This is my personal list of my favorite movies in 2019. Expect an official FBC list in January.)
2019 was a great year in film. But also a weird year. For starters, it’s weird how great this year was.
Let me explain.
This year saw a lot of amazing films made by a lot of amazing filmmakers. Some of the best directors making movies today came to the plate swinging hard. Hell, Martin Scorcese made two films this year, both for Netflix. But none of them made their best film, and it seems like because of this, this year would seem like the ultimate runner-up in movie years.
And yet, this isn’t the case. In fact, this may be the best year of film in the 2010’s. It was filled with rich stories and amazing characters and bold filmmakers willing to take chances to sometimes ask the hard questions and sometimes just take us to places we wish we could be.
I saw 70 films this year, but by no means is this list complete. I still need to catch up with Uncut Gems and Ad Astra and The Lighthouse and a bunch of other films which I have been assured that I would love by people whom I respect. I hope to catch up with them before the official FBC list is made. However, at some point, you just have to stop watching movies and your list is your list.
So, with that being said, here’s mine.
Continue reading “1969, Amazing Music, and Satan: The Best Films Of 2019”