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2017 Year End Awards Extravaganza!

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.[1]

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![2]

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Oscar Race 2012 – The Other Races

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

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Thank You Internet, or Ti West and the Great Equalization of Movies

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

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A Quick Jaunt to Nashville…

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

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