The nominees for the 95th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and while I always expect a healthy mix of good, bad, and surprising from the Academy, I felt generally pleased with their choices this year. While there were a handful of surprises—as well as some selections and omissions that I disagreed with—I would describe … Continue reading 2023 Oscar Nominations: Snubs, Surprises, Winners, and Losers
Was 2022 a good year for movies? That is the question I found myself trying to answer as I thought about the best way to briefly encapsulate this past year in film before getting to my list. The most optimistic answer that I could come up with was that it was an extremely up-and-down year. … Continue reading Top Ten Films of 2022
It feels like Hollywood has been stuck in a sustained state of anxiety over box office numbers ever since theaters reopened nationally in 2021. Every time a new expensive feature debuts to a disappointing opening weekend and fails to reach expectations, pundits and Hollywood insiders share theories as to why this is happening, while lamenting … Continue reading Babylon, Box Office Flops, and How Not to Market a Movie in 2022
I don't know if I've ever had as many conflicting feelings going to the Oscars as I do this year. The lead-up to this year's show has been filled with more confusing and frustrating announcements than any Oscars of my lifetime. It feels strange to start off this blog on such a dour note though … Continue reading 2022 Oscars: Predictions and Picks
The third annual Not A Real Person Yet awards (The NARPYs?) have arrived. We are only a handful of days away from the 94th Oscars. But before the Academy disappoints us with their choices, I need to hand out my own—much more legitimate, prestigious, and relevant—awards. For the third year in a row, I've created … Continue reading Celebrating The Films of 2021 With Awards That Don’t Exist at The Oscars
Results of My Predictions: 80/105 (76%) As always, we received a mix of good, bad, surprising, and confounding choices from the Academy this morning. Overall, I would say I was mostly pleased with this year's nominees. There were a handful of genuinely exciting nominations that help illustrate the positive ways in which the Academy has … Continue reading 2022 Oscar Nominations: Snubs, Surprises, Winners, and Losers
The nominees for the 94th Academy Awards will be revealed tomorrow. After a poorly received and scarcely watch ceremony last year, I'm very interested to see what the voters decided to nominate this year. Getting inside the mind of an Academy voter is a difficult and terrifying task, so I have no doubt I'll be … Continue reading Predicting the Nominees for the 2022 Oscars
Oscar nomination voting officially ended yesterday. On Tuesday, we will find out which films have been nominated in every category, including which ten will compete for Best Picture. With those announcements looming, I couldn't help but wonder what ten nominees would be the best case scenario for film fans, the Oscars ratings, and the film … Continue reading Which Best Picture Nominees Would be Best for Film Fans, Oscar Ratings, and the Industry?
There seemed to be primarily two types of film fans in the world at the beginning of 2021. Some were completely pessimistic about the direction the film industry was heading. They were anxious about the impact the pandemic would have on the future of moviegoing and could not imagine a positive resolution down the road. … Continue reading Top Ten Films of 2021
They are finally happening. The 93rd Oscars take place this Sunday night. There is no doubt in my mind that they will be the weirdest Oscars of my lifetime. My expectations for the show are mixed following the strange and brutal year in film we just went through. Overall, I'm just hoping for a fun … Continue reading 2021 Oscars: Predictions and Picks
It's my second year of doing this and I still haven't come up with a clever name for these awards. On Sunday night, this year's delayed Oscar ceremony will take place. Over 14 months after Parasite's historic Best Picture win, the Academy will finally hand out their awards to the "best" films and performances of 2020, … Continue reading Celebrating The Films of 2020 With Awards That Don’t Exist at The Oscars
The actual ceremony may still be over a month away, but this morning we finally received the nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards. The pandemic made this one of the strangest movie years and awards seasons of all time, but perhaps the most bizarre thing about the Academy's nominees this year is that.. they're actually … Continue reading 2021 Oscar Nominations: Snubs, Surprises, Winners, and Losers
"How do you measure the value of art that can't stand on its own?" Sometimes, it can be hard to believe that it has been nearly 13 years since Marvel took over the pop culture landscape with 2008's Iron Man. Perhaps what's even more unbelievable though, is the fact that they are still as dominant at … Continue reading WandaVision, the MCU, and Art That Can’t Exist on Its Own – My Take
Much like the year itself, it's hard to look back on film in 2020 without a great deal of complicated emotions. Every aspect of our society was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, including the film industry. Movie theaters across the United States closed their doors in mid-March because of the virus, and while many of … Continue reading Top Ten Films of 2020
"Been there." Every once in a while the rare movie comes along that is not only able to capture the feelings, emotions, and thoughts of an entire generation—but actually portray them on screen in an accurate way. Shithouse, Cooper Raiff's debut film that won this year's SXSW Grand Jury Award, does just that. This film is the … Continue reading Shithouse: A Movie for People who Don’t Know What They are Doing – Review
Whether it's located on a billboard, in a movie theater hallway, a dorm room, or a basement—a spectacular film poster has the ability to grab any movie fan's attention. I have always believed that film posters are much more than just marketing material, they are an art form in their own right. In fact, some … Continue reading The Top 15 Greatest Movie Posters of All Time
Earlier this week, it was announced that Warner Bros. had removed Tenet from its release calendar. This news came as no surprise to film fans, as the rising Covid-19 cases across the United States continue to keep theaters shut down. Still though, this news was a major blow to the exhibition industry, since many cinemas … Continue reading What’s Going on With Tenet, And Should it be Released Online?
2020 has been strange. The coronavirus pandemic has pretty much altered every single aspect of our society in major ways, including the film industry. We've seen the release dates of several 2020 films shift around the calendar (still waiting on you to figure it out Tenet), we've seen next year's Academy Awards be pushed back to … Continue reading At the Halfway Point of the Year, What Are the Top Five Movies of 2020 So Far?
Netflix's claim to the title of "New Age Entertainment King" has remained as strong as ever during quarantine. Even with the recent launch of several new streaming services such as HBO Max and Disney Plus—as well as the existence of longtime competitors like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video—Netflix has found a way to maintain their … Continue reading The Top Ten Netflix Original Movies
It seems as if right after Warner Bros. announced they'd be pushing back the release date of the film that was supposedly going to reopen cinemas, Christopher Nolan's Tenet, theater companies began announcing plans to restore the theatrical experience. In fact, the three biggest theater chains in America have all announced plans to reopen their theaters … Continue reading AMC, Regal, and Cinemark Announce Plans to Open Theaters in July. Will Moviegoers Show Up?
Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson's newest film, The King of Staten Island, is a warm, heartfelt comedy that felt like it was made for the at home viewing experience. While it is certainly not a perfect movie by any means, its strengths outweigh its flaws. The King of Staten Island tells a story that is largely … Continue reading The King of Staten Island is the Best Comedy of the Year – Review
Few cinematic voices carry as much weight in a time like this as Spike Lee's does. Lee has been commenting on, critiquing, and filming the issues currently at the center of our culture for over 30 years. His newest film, Da 5 Bloods—which opens with words from Muhammad Ali and closes with a speech from Martin … Continue reading Da 5 Bloods: It’s Nice to Hear From Spike Lee Right Now – Review
Perhaps no single person has had a bigger impact on the comedy landscape this century than Judd Apatow. Through the absurdly high number of television shows and films that he has written, directed, and produced—Apatow has created a genre unto himself, all while helping launch some of the biggest comedic stars working today. Despite his … Continue reading Judd Apatow – Ranked
As the news media and Twitter have shown us, lots of people around the country are eager to return to public gatherings despite many of the health concerns that they bring. It's clear that spending two months in quarantine with little-to-no human contact has resulted in many people going stir-crazy, and created a need for … Continue reading Are People Actually Going to Show Up to Movie Theaters Once They Reopen? (And Top Five 2020 Films I Would Most Like to See in Theaters)
The Lovebirds was originally scheduled to be released in theaters on April 3, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that obviously didn't happen. Instead, Netflix acquired the film from Paramount during the pandemic, and released it on their streaming service this Friday. I'm grateful Netflix and Paramount found a way to give us this entertainment during … Continue reading The Lovebirds Is Carried By Its Two Leads – Review