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?)”
(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”
This is the period in the cinematic year when studios stop sending us their blockbusters (how they make their money) and get ready to start sending us their Oscar bait (how they feel good about themselves). Both now, and in the spring when the same thing happens in reverse order, can be a feast or famine for a film that the studio doesn’t know exactly how well it could do. Sometimes, a film can find the right audience and become a massive and unlikely hit. More likely, a film can get lost and not find the audience it deserves.
I hope The Farewell finds the audience that it deserves, because it’s one of the best movies of the year.
Continue reading “Fancy Boys Go To The Movies: The Farewell”