This is the thread where we discuss matters pertaining to the detrius that accompanies the "End of the Year in Cinema" -- 2021

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Nice to see Zola getting some attention (at least from the Gothams). That's a good 'un.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 25 November 2021 18:54 (two months ago) link

indeed

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 November 2021 19:25 (two months ago) link

i did not like zola and liked spencer which makes me think i have to undergo deconditioning for white supremacy or something. tbh i just hate twitter

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 November 2021 19:39 (two months ago) link

Don’t we all, and don’t we all.

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Thursday, 25 November 2021 23:40 (two months ago) link

Passing was fine. If this is what a prestige literary adaptation looks like in 2021, I'm pretty okay with that.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Sunday, 28 November 2021 19:06 (two months ago) link

my list so far:
titane
venom: let there be carnage
pig
dune
lamb

need to see:
licorice pizza
malignant
censor
resident evil: welcome to raccoon city
zeroes and ones
nightmare alley
matrix resurrections

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 28 November 2021 20:04 (two months ago) link

oh, also need to see c’mon c’mon, mike mills is so good

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 28 November 2021 20:05 (two months ago) link

Highest year-end priorities on my list:

Drive My Car
Memoria
Zeros and Ones
A Hero
West Side Story
(shut up)

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Sunday, 28 November 2021 20:37 (two months ago) link

i am totally gonna see west side story but my expectations are tempered. if it’s great i’ll be so thrilled

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 28 November 2021 20:43 (two months ago) link

Zeros and Ones is a combo of director/leading actor who both annoy me badly, but somehow I feel like watching it.

calzino, Sunday, 28 November 2021 21:11 (two months ago) link

I me mine:

Zola
Bergman Island
Shiva Baby
Malmkrog
About Endlessness
Summer of '85
Isaac

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 November 2021 21:18 (two months ago) link

Tilda Swinton is no Jenjira Pongpas and Memoria isn't quite top tier Joe but it was still fantastic and right up there among my favourites of the year, along with Gunda, Ham on Rye, Malignant, Gaia and Another Round.

ignore the blue line (or something), Sunday, 28 November 2021 23:43 (two months ago) link

I watch it tomorrow.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 November 2021 23:44 (two months ago) link

I'd love to catch it again sometime

ignore the blue line (or something), Sunday, 28 November 2021 23:46 (two months ago) link

1. Titane
2. Annette
3. The card counter
4. Dune
5. Pig
6. The green knight
7. The last duel
8. Judas and the black messiah

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 29 November 2021 09:47 (one month ago) link

dune
pig
evangelion 3+1

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 29 November 2021 09:56 (one month ago) link

mandibules
the power of the dog
the last duel
no time to die
titane
the card counter
the suicide squad
spree

flopson, Monday, 29 November 2021 10:07 (one month ago) link

i really disliked shiva baby

flopson, Monday, 29 November 2021 10:07 (one month ago) link

i really disliked Titane

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:24 (one month ago) link

Favorite development of the year, even before having seen Drive My Car and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, is Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's unambiguous crowning as the new auteur superstar of the world.

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:26 (one month ago) link

i really disliked Titane

― Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:24 (seven minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

same

ignore the blue line (or something), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:33 (one month ago) link

With his own Criterion package too.

I'm watching Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:33 (one month ago) link

i really disliked Titane
― Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:24 (seven minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

same

― ignore the blue line (or something)

I can't fully embrace it because I simply don't care for that level of violence, but I found the rest an impressive tonal triumph. I was moved.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:34 (one month ago) link

I found the other firefighters in the background a triumph of hot window dressing.

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:42 (one month ago) link

speaking of hot firefighters, I should watch Pig?

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:45 (one month ago) link

I keep thinking maybe I should re-watch Titane when I'm in a better mood but then again maybe not!

calzino, Monday, 29 November 2021 13:49 (one month ago) link

Cahiers appear to be first out of the gate this year, at least among the instutitons:

Top 10 2021 de la rédaction des Cahiers du cinéma pic.twitter.com/z3QH2VZx6C

— Cahiers du Cinéma (@cahierscinema) November 29, 2021

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 13:59 (one month ago) link

Love how loyal to Dumont Cahiers always are

Ward Fowler, Monday, 29 November 2021 14:14 (one month ago) link

Also quite responsive to flattery vis-a-vis the W. Anderson?

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 14:17 (one month ago) link

I guess the rest of the world got First Cow earlier this year?

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 November 2021 14:19 (one month ago) link

The best movie two years in a row! Not bad.

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 16:07 (one month ago) link

boy i did not watch a lot of movies this year. i think these are my faves as of the end of November:

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2020)
Jacinta (2021)
Joy Ride (2021)
Titane (2021)
The Truffle Hunters (2021)
Shiva Baby (2020)
Flora and Ulysses (2021)
Gunda (2020)
The Assistant (2020)
On-Gaku Our Sound (2019)
Good Timing with Jo Firestone (2021)

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 November 2021 17:58 (one month ago) link

Good Timing with Jo Firestone (2021)

What's this? I like her.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:00 (one month ago) link

it's fucking great: she did a zoom class teaching senior citizens stand up comedy during the pandemic and this is their last rehearsals in person before a one-time matinee performance. available for free on Peacock if you're willing to download the app and for this you should be. firestone is a real treasure.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:06 (one month ago) link

Cool! I'll look into it if its available in Canada.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:13 (one month ago) link

Tequila Minsky!

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:18 (one month ago) link

oh man i forgot about eva 3.0+1.0, that’s on my list

i also need to see annette

no one has sufficiently explained to me why they hate titane

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:19 (one month ago) link

Well world, looks like Mike Lane’s tapping back in. @hbomax pic.twitter.com/V9Ce62n710

— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) November 29, 2021

looks like the best movie of 2023 is sewn up

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

I thought I hated Annette but it keeps growing on me.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

i also just watched another round on the plane and that is a v v enjoyable film

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:26 (one month ago) link

lol i guess it’s thoroughly from last year oh well

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:27 (one month ago) link

I'll be honest and say I can't really put my finger on what about Titane that got on my bad side.

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:34 (one month ago) link

why don't you take a drive

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:36 (one month ago) link

i like titane a lot, if only for it's inexplicablity and immense self-assurance but for more than that tbh.

Annette has cooled on me since watching it; I guess I like it? I wouldn't want to see it again.

I consider every movie made between November 2019 and January 2022 to have been made this year. COVID is a time machine.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:36 (one month ago) link

Oh, and Passing wasn't a revelation or anything, but yes, I fall on the "better than expected" side here, especially when it delves into the commonalities of living blackness and living queerness.

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

The general suckiness of the Sparks songs keeps me from loving Annette -- and its running time.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:38 (one month ago) link

I started to think better of Passing once I considered that the non-Ruth Negga scenes were purposefully boring in that way that, say, a Merchant/Ivory film is "boring."

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:38 (one month ago) link

The songs in Annette are terrible, yes (I have no real relationship with Sparks), but aren't they mimicking the expository function of opera? I say this knowing very little about opera, of course, so I could be way off.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:40 (one month ago) link

but even so those opera bits aren't supposed to dull

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 November 2021 18:41 (one month ago) link

Belfast getting onto the shortlist for best sound is a grim bellwether.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

Shall we start surely will and I expect it to win

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

Beyonce and Jay-Z will cancel each other out, allowing Brian Wilson to win.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 18:39 (one month ago) link

I'd love to see The Velvet Underground win, my own minor reservations aside. But it won't beat Summer of Soul (which I still haven't seen).

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 December 2021 18:52 (one month ago) link

Memoria has leaked. Hell yeah dude.

JackMyFruit, Friday, 24 December 2021 18:56 (one month ago) link

i will likely cheat but watching weeraseethakul anywhere but the theater misses the point imo

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 25 December 2021 19:26 (one month ago) link

I really liked the performances in Passing and The Lost Daughter, and those films were both interesting

Dan S, Friday, 7 January 2022 00:51 (three weeks ago) link

It's "better than" list time ...

Movie culture reached a turning point in 2021 where the glut of content, streaming or in theaters, overwhelmed concerns about quality, craft, and the destructive messages being sold to us. Film artists competed with virtue-signaling, and political distraction was confused with emotional and visual satisfaction.

This year’s Better-Than List is, more than ever, a reminder of the standards we must hold to keep our sanity and to maintain culture that preserves our humanity and morality. Every Better-Than choice offers alternatives to deceit, ineptitude, and nihilism.

About Endlessness > Dune, The Green Knight
Roy Andersson’s series of comic-tragic tableaux depict the modern Christian quest for salvation that is abandoned by Denis Villeneuve’s inexpressive sci-fi and David Lowery’s fractured mythology. Most sci-fi movies, like pseudo-myths, are about meaninglessness.

Annette > West Side Story
Leos Carax’s ravishing existential opera addresses artistic crisis, that creative challenge that Steven Spielberg’s remake turns into no-hope social-justice platitudes.

Coming 2 America > Judas and the Black Messiah
Eddie Murphy and Craig Brewer’s superior sequel hilariously corrects Hollywood’s fashionable, insulting race hustle. The year’s best Hollywood movie is a welcoming diaspora comedy.

Shoplifters of the World > Licorice Pizza
Stephen Kijak’s tribute to The Smiths captures the inextinguishable flame of pop-culture fraternity, going deeper than Paul Thomas Anderson’s clever ’70s period piece.

France > Drive My Car
Bruno Dumont’s media heroine reveals contemporary psychic turmoil while Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Chekhov imitation distracts from it. Dumont mixes genres to pungent effect while Hamaguchi tells the wrong story and lards it with “art.”

Summer of 85 > Belfast
François Ozon revisits ’80s AIDS-era innocence for a bold cultural confession, while Kenneth Branagh turns Irish ethnic conflict into totally inauthentic pop nostalgia.

Sin > Benedetta, House of Gucci
Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky’s awesome Michelangelo biopic explores the price and sacrifice of achieving greatness. Paul Verhoeven and Ridley Scott exploit the business of religion and fashion for shameless Euro-trash.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Army of the Dead, Army of Thieves > No Time to Die
Snyder finally got his chance to fulfill the visionary possibilities of pop myths, but the James Bond franchise-holders kill off the formerly fun, expressive brand.

Georgetown > The Card Counter
Christoph Waltz’s unsparing Beltway satire is more humane than Paul Schrader’s wallow in way-late recriminations about the Iraq War.

Love Is Love Is Love > Passing, The Lost Daughter
Eleanor Coppola’s wisdom about female experience is missing from Rebecca Hall’s and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s miserable tales about racial and gender identity. Coppola doesn’t fit the feminist model, she transcends it.

Saint-Narcisse > The Power of the Dog
Bruce LaBruce dares explore the mystique of sexual identity, creating his own, rich mythology, but Jane Campion demeans the Western genre as if to justify the misandry and homophobia of pseudo-feminism.

Sublet > Parallel Mothers
Eytan Fox forces a haughty New York Times journalist in Israel to rethink his place in the world, but Almodóvar’s bisexual melodrama turns his usual charm into a pretext for lamenting Spain’s Fascist past. Remarkable compassion vs. embarrassing guilt.

Licorice Pizza > The Worst Person in the World
Anderson’s wild, evocative anecdotes about freewheeling youth best Joachim Trier’s exploits that tirelessly defend self-obsessed Millennials. It’s the difference between romance and cynicism.

Dear Comrades! > The Tragedy of Macbeth
Konchalovsky’s view of recent Soviet history (featuring a powerful performance by Yuliya Vysotskaya) parallels the contemporary U.S. Communist threat, but Joel Coen traduces Shakespeare to flatter contemporary U.S. political trends. A vibrant history lesson vs. a lesson in thespian vanity.

Pig > King Richard
Nicolas Cage’s artisan-avenger makes Michael Sarnoski’s folktale a fable about personal conviction, but Will Smith misses the point in his latest egotistical biopic.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Saturday, 8 January 2022 00:40 (two weeks ago) link

my eyes

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 8 January 2022 00:52 (two weeks ago) link

So, Shoplifters of the World > Licorice Pizza > The Worst Person in the World?

Also, Pig > King Richard is nowhere near the bold critical stance that Armond seems to think it is.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Saturday, 8 January 2022 01:02 (two weeks ago) link

Neither tbh are

Saint-Narcisse > The Power of the Dog
Summer of 85 > Belfast
About Endlessness > Dune, The Green Knight

or even

France > Drive My Car

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Saturday, 8 January 2022 01:39 (two weeks ago) link

The Hand of God was totally a Fellini homage, the big difference being the tragedy in the middle of the film, which was very understated

Most of the performances were voluble and very emotive, but Filippo Scotti as Fabietto, a teenager who becomes an adult over the course of the film, gave a subtle and fantastic performance

Dan S, Saturday, 8 January 2022 02:08 (two weeks ago) link

National Society makes it unanimous ...

Best Picture: DRIVE MY CAR (48 points)

Runners-up:
PETITE MAMAN (25 points)
THE POWER OF THE DOG (23 points)

— National Society of Film Critics (@NatSocFilmCrix) January 8, 2022


Best Actress: Penélope Cruz, PARALLEL MOTHERS (55 points)

Runners-up:
Renate Reinsve, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (42 points)
Alana Haim, LICORICE PIZZA (32 points)

— National Society of Film Critics (@NatSocFilmCrix) January 8, 2022


Best Actor: Hidetoshi Nishijima, DRIVE MY CAR (63 points)

Runners-up:
Benedict Cumberbatch, THE POWER OF THE DOG (44 points)
Simon Rex, RED ROCKET (30 points)

— National Society of Film Critics (@NatSocFilmCrix) January 8, 2022


Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Negga, PASSING (46 points)

Runners-up:
Ariana DeBose, WEST SIDE STORY (22 points)
Jessie Buckley, THE LOST DAUGHTER (21 points)

— National Society of Film Critics (@NatSocFilmCrix) January 8, 2022


Best Supporting Actor: Anders Danielsen Lie, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (54 points)

Runners-up:
Vincent Lindon, TITANE (33 points)
Mike Faist, WEST SIDE STORY, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, THE POWER OF THE DOG (26 points)

— National Society of Film Critics (@NatSocFilmCrix) January 8, 2022


Best Screenplay: Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe, DRIVE MY CAR (46 points)

Runners-up:
Pedro Almodóvar, PARALLEL MOTHERS (22 points)
Paul Thomas Anderson, LICORICE PIZZA (20 points)

— National Society of Film Critics (@NatSocFilmCrix) January 8, 2022

(Best Director still to be chosen.)

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Saturday, 8 January 2022 20:46 (two weeks ago) link

Anders Danielsen Lie is the Hottest Man in the World.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 8 January 2022 20:51 (two weeks ago) link

Best Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, DRIVE MY CAR and WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY (46 points)

Runners-up:
Jane Campion, THE POWER OF THE DOG (36 points)
Céline Sciamma, PETITE MAMAN (28 points)

— National Society of Film Critics (@NatSocFilmCrix) January 8, 2022

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Saturday, 8 January 2022 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

Anders Danielsen Lie is the Hottest Man in the World.

Up there. Just discovered Jonathan Bailey, who cuts a similar silouette, in the last week.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Saturday, 8 January 2022 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

Anders Danielson Lie was very appealing in Reprise and Olso, August 31st, am looking forward to seeing Bergman Island and The Worst Person In the World

Dan S, Sunday, 9 January 2022 03:54 (two weeks ago) link

I never know how they make these determinations, but how is Ruth Negga a supporting actress in Passing? Wasn't she in almost every scene? Maybe I'm not remembering right.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 January 2022 04:01 (two weeks ago) link

she and Tessa Thompson were both great in that film, but hers did feel like the supporting role

Dan S, Sunday, 9 January 2022 04:12 (two weeks ago) link

I should have checked before posting--I have their names backwards.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 January 2022 05:08 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, remind me to stay far away from Better Than (or whatever that was)

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 9 January 2022 10:50 (two weeks ago) link

Knowing a "not his kind of movie" swept the critics awards, I had to see what the gargoyle JW was saying in NSFC's wake. Was not disappointed.

Drive My Car is a morose, slow-paced film about coping with grief and long-festering guilt (i.e., the trials and tribulations of grief monkeys). It’s strictly an art-house sauna movie for elite, ivory-tower critics — a respectable effort by any measure, but a movie that resides in its own cave and doesn’t begin to even try to capture or engage with or reflect anything about mainstream life in the years 2020 or ’21. It could have been made in 1957 or ’63 or ’86 or ’92.

NextBestPicture‘s Matt Neglia recently had the temerity to suggest that Drive My Car, having won Best Picture trophies from NSFC, LAFCA and the NYFCC, is cut from the same cloth as Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, L.A. Confidential, The Hurt Locker, The Social Network and Spotlight. Neglia is one of those film nerd types who lives on his own planet, or, if you will, inside his own rectum. There’s no reasoning with guys like this.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

Even better, with shades of Hedda and Louella:

https://www.showbiz411.com/2022/01/08/three-hour-japanese-drive-my-car-wins-national-society-of-film-critics-group-seeks-to-make-awards-even-more-irrelevant

I wish I knew what the point was of all this: the National Film Society of Critics voted Best Picture to “Drive My Car,” an almost three hour Japanese film that most people know nothing about. It’s a very good film, and a long one, but it was already named Best Picture by the New York and Los Angeles film critics groups. So what’s the point?

Frankly, this was a big “f-you” to American and British filmmakers and films made in English. It was the same to the larger film going audience. The NSFC could have shaped the conversation about a group of films headed to the Oscars and struggling at the box office. But the message is “We’re so cool we don’t have to like anything you’re being offered.” So why should anyone bother going to theaters if the critics say forget it?

I’m not talking about giving awards to blockbusters like “Spider Man” or “No Time to Die.” With good movies from Spielberg, Branagh, Campion, PTA, Joel Coen, Villeneuve, Miranda, Sorkin, not mention “CODA,” and so on, it’s kind of insulting to thumb your nose at your own business. (I’m not supposed to say this, but the film critics still don’t get if they don’t support the movie business, they will be out of jobs.)

I know there’s a Film Twitter feeling that “Drive My Car” will be “Parasite,” win Best Picture and really up-end the film business. If that’s how the Oscars seem like they’re going, no one will watch the broadcast on March 27th. This is what’s happened to the Emmy Awards: the statues go to shows with small audiences, minuscule, no one watches the Emmys as a result. If the point is to make all this irrelevant, we’re headed in that direction very fast.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:25 (two weeks ago) link

Neglia is one of those film nerd types who lives on his own planet, or, if you will, inside his own rectum. There’s no reasoning with guys like this.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

People who live in glass rectums shouldn't throw farts.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:34 (two weeks ago) link

glass rectum

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So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

wish I knew what the point was of all this: the National Film Society of Critics voted Best Picture to “Drive My Car,” an almost three hour Japanese film that most people know nothing about. It’s a very good film, and a long one, but it was already named Best Picture by the New York and Los Angeles film critics groups. So what’s the point?

I thought the point was that the critics' group liked the movie.

jaymc, Sunday, 9 January 2022 17:09 (two weeks ago) link

Little of column A, little of column B ...

DRIVE MY CAR isn't my choice for movie of the year, but it's the perfect choice for movie of the year that will flummox people who think the role of critics awards is to shape the Oscars race.

— A.A. Dowd (@AADowd) January 9, 2022


Theory about why Drive My Car gets critics'-group awards, look at critics' year-end lists, imagine the Venn diagram: it brings together various artistic tendencies that other films isolate. Not a consensus film by design but by accident.

— Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow) January 9, 2022

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Sunday, 9 January 2022 17:30 (two weeks ago) link

I know we're all ignoring the Golden Globes this year and, with mercy, from here on out.

BUT ... I also celebrate every time Belfast doesn't win.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Monday, 10 January 2022 13:52 (two weeks ago) link

The winners are unexpectedly...fine? I liked the Lucy film more than I expected, maybe Sorkin's best script? And Kidman did evoke the rather sour late middle-aged grand dame on '70s talk shows.

This may surprise you: I finished Tick on Saturday and, after surviving the first eight minutes, thought Garfield fine.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 January 2022 14:05 (two weeks ago) link

I don't blame Garfield. TTB is the worst of Jonathan Larsen + the worst of Lin-Manuel put together in a perfect shitstorm. Garfield is proper playing an annoying artiste.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Monday, 10 January 2022 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

BAFTA longlists ... the big scandal being that they completely ignored The Souvenir Part II. Oh, and pretty much any performances not in the English language.

BEST FILM

Being The Ricardos
Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Dune
House of Gucci
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
No Time To Die
The French Dispatch
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
tick tick…BOOM!
West Side Story

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

After Love
Ali & Ava
Belfast
Benediction
Boiling Point
The Colour Room
Cruella
Cyrano
The Duke
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
House of Gucci
The King’s Man
Last Night in Soho
Mothering Sunday
Munich- The Edge of War
No Time To Die
Operation Mincemeat
Passing
Spencer

FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE

A Hero
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Compartment No. 6
Drive My Car
Flee
The Hand of God
I’m Your Man
Lamb
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
Parallel Mothers
Paris, 13th District
Petite Maman
Riders of Justice
Titane
The Worst Person in the World

DOCUMENTARY

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible
Becoming Cousteau
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
Cow
Flee
JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass
Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story
The Lost Leonardo
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
The Real Charlie Chaplin
The Rescue
The Sparks Brothers
Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Tina
The Velvet Underground

DIRECTOR

After Love
Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
First Cow
The Hand of God
Happening
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
The Lost Daughter
Passing
Petite Maman
The Power of the Dog
The Souvenir Part II
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Titane
West Side Story
Zola

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

After Love
Being The Ricardos
Belfast
The Card Counter
C’mon C’mon
Don’t Look Up
The Duke
The French Dispatch
The Hand of God
King Richard
Last Night in Soho
Licorice Pizza
Parallel Mothers
Petite Maman
The Worst Person in the World

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CODA
Cyrano
Drive My Car
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
The Green Knight
House of Gucci
The Last Duel
The Lost Daughter
No Time To Die
Passing
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
tick tick…BOOM!
West Side Story

LEADING ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Jennifer Hudson, Respect
Emilia Jones, CODA
Nicole Kidman, Being The Ricardos
Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up
Frances McDormand, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
Claire Rushbrook, Ali & Ava
Joanna Scanlan, After Love
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Tessa Thompson, Passing
Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

LEADING ACTOR

Riz Ahmed, Encounter
Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava
Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
Javier Bardem, Being The Ricardos
Daniel Craig, No Time To Die
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up
Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
Adam Driver, House of Gucci
Andrew Garfield, tick tick…BOOM!
Stephen Graham, Boiling Point
Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza
Joaquin Phoenix, C’mon C’mon
Will Smith, King Richard
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Caitríona Balfe, Belfast
Cate Blanchett, Don’t Look Up
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Ana de Armas, No Time To Die
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Ann Dowd, Mass
Judi Dench, Belfast
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Kathryn Hunter, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Rita Moreno, West Side Story
Ruth Negga, Passing
Vinette Robinson, Boiling Point
Meryl Streep, Don’t Look Up
Anya Taylor-Joy, Last Night in Soho

SUPPORTING ACTOR

David Alvarez, West Side Story
Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza
Benicio del Toro, The French Dispatch
Jamie Dornan, Belfast
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Mike Faist, West Side Story
Andrew Garfield, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Troy Kotsur, CODA
Jared Leto, House of Gucci
Woody Norman, C’mon C’mon
Al Pacino, House of Gucci
Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog
Mark Rylance, Don’t Look Up
J.K. Simmons, Being The Ricardos
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 14:57 (two weeks ago) link

The Souvenir Part II is listed under director (weird that they list the film titles).

clemenza, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

These longlists paired with the SAG nominations this morning indicate things are definitely back to normal after last year's "no really, yay diversity!" blip.

Cast in a Motion Picture
Belfast (Focus Features)
CODA (Apple Original Films)
Don’t Look Up (Netflix)
House of Gucci (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
King Richard (Warner Bros)

Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
Lady Gaga (House of Gucci)
Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

Male Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom!)
Will Smith (King Richard)
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Caitríona Balfe (Belfast)
Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley)
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
Ruth Negga (Passing)

Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar)
Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza)
Troy Kotsur (CODA)
Jared Leto (House of Gucci)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

Online Film Critics Society nods ... could be worse.

Best Picture
Belfast
Drive My Car
Dune
The Green Knight
Licorice Pizza
Pig
The Power of the Dog
Titane
West Side Story
The Worst Person in the World

Best Animated Feature
Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
Steven Spielberg – West Side Story
Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Best Actor
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick…BOOM!
Oscar Isaac – The Card Counter
Hidetoshi Nishijima – Drive My Car

Best Actress
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Renate Reinsve – The Worst Person in the World
Agathe Rousselle – Titane
Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Best Supporting Actor
Mike Faist – West Side Story
Ciaran Hinds – Belfast
Troy Kotsur – CODA
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog
Jeffrey Wright – The French Dispatch

Best Supporting Actress
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Ann Dowd – Mass
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard
Ruth Negga – Passing

Best Original Screenplay
Belfast
A Hero
Licorice Pizza
Mass
Pig

Best Adapted Screenplay
Drive My Car
Dune
The Lost Daughter
Passing
The Power of the Dog

Best Editing
Belfast
Dune
Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

Best Cinematography
Dune
The Green Knight
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Best Original Score
Dune
Encanto
The French Dispatch
The Power of the Dog
Spencer

Best Production Design
Dune
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
Nightmare Alley
West Side Story

Best Costume Design
Cruella
Dune
The French Dispatch
Spencer
West Side Story

Best Visual Effects
Dune
The Green Knight
The Matrix Resurrections
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Debut Feature
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter
Rebecca Hall – Passing
Fran Kranz – Mass
Michael Sarnoski – Pig
Emma Seligman – Shiva Baby

Best Film Not in the English Language
Drive My Car
Flee
A Hero
Titane
The Worst Person in the World

Best Documentary
Flee
Procession
The Rescue
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
The Velvet Underground

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 14:41 (one week ago) link

All three of Aaron Sorkin's films that he's directed have earned PGA nominations: Molly's Game, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and now Being the Ricardos https://t.co/1ApQc6F8TI

— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) January 27, 2022

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Thursday, 27 January 2022 16:44 (yesterday) link

the presence of Belfast is really the only bleh thing xpost

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 27 January 2022 16:52 (yesterday) link

CODA too.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Thursday, 27 January 2022 16:54 (yesterday) link

I dislike BELFAST, TICK TICK BOOM and KING RICHARD more than CODA, but I at least understand the appeal the other three have over the cliche nothingness that is CODA.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Thursday, 27 January 2022 16:55 (yesterday) link

CODA was a conventional coming of age movie and was very clichéd, yes, but watching it felt like a relief from all of the dysphoria of 2021, and the story got to me in the end

Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant and Emilia Jones and Troy Kotsur were all pretty great and the family seemed real

Dan S, Friday, 28 January 2022 00:41 (twenty-two hours ago) link

I saw it in August and wondered why the hell Matlin wasn't cast in other movies besides one in which she plays a Deaf mom. I would've loved her as Lucille Ball

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 January 2022 00:50 (twenty-two hours ago) link

from what I've read Matlin made an effort to assemble the actors she wanted to work with in that film

Dan S, Friday, 28 January 2022 01:07 (twenty-two hours ago) link

I've never watched a film about a deaf family before

Dan S, Friday, 28 January 2022 01:22 (twenty-one hours ago) link


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