The time of year is nigh when critics dump their 10 Best Lists on the world, and the various organizations and guild awards are awarded. And, being a person who never finds a trend he won’t at least dabble in, I’m joining the fray. But, rather than do a 10 Best List, like most individual critics do, I’m going to do mine as an actual award, similar to a critics group. Why do it this way? Because it’s my blog and I do things my way over here.
Better, because I’m not a professional critic, and do everything here at my own expense, you should give what I have to say extra gravity. After all, I did not see any of these films via critics screeners or free screenings, and I did not get anything labeled “For Your Consideration”. Rather, I actually paid my own money to see all these films in a theater – for the most part – and since I have skin in the game, that makes my opinions more valid than the rest.
So, without further ado – it’s The Last Blog Name On Earth 2017 Awards!
So, since I’ve already shared my thoughts on the Best Picture race , I see no reason not to share my thoughts on the other big races as well, and, having seen most of them, I suppose I have a somewhat valid soapbox upon which to stand. So, here goes:
Best Picture – Argo
See here for the explanation as to why. Continue reading
A week or so ago I was on the toilet reading an interview with Ti West in Filmmaker Magazine – the toilet is where I do all of my significant magazine reading, and I suspect I’m not alone in this – and was surprised to discover a filmmaker I’d never heard of on the cover of a magazine I had heard of. Feeling myself to be something of a movie connoisseur and like I’m generally plugged in to what’s happening in cinema, I was amazed how I’d overlooked this particular director, given his relative level of success, and also quite a bit shocked.
That I didn’t know who he was, though, is somewhat beside the point I want to make. My point revolves around some discussion in the interview of one of West’s earlier films, The House of the Devil, which intrigued me to the extent that I wanted to see it. Unfortunately, my local video store is basically a hollow shell of what it once was, and perusing the contents of the Redbox online, I could see there was no copy of this film for rent anywhere within the boxes within fifty miles of my house – not that I’d ever go that far to rent it – so I was basically sitting on a thirst for a film that my rental options could not quench. Continue reading
Last week, as a bit of a Spring Break trip, my family and I hopped on down to Nashville to see the U.S. national team play Paraguay – that was in soccer , for those unfamiliar. While the outcome of the game was a bit of a bummer – Paraguay caught a lucky goal and then parked the bus in front of the net the rest of the game, leading to an otherwise dreary 1-0 score line – it actually was pretty well-played by the U.S., except for a decided lack of finishing.
Along the way we stopped for some great food at Neely’s Bar-B-Que – I say it was great because, well, I’m not normally a rib person, and I thought the ribs were marvelous. I also figured, whilst we were in Nashville seeing some other sights, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to visit a couple local landmarks that made memorable appearances in Hollywood over the years. Continue reading