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Random Thread for February, 2017


I’ve had my copy of Film Comment for a while but just leafed through it for the first time. Here is the results of their annual poll of the best films of the year (2016, of course).

  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Moonlight
  3. Elle
  4. Cemetery of Splendor
  5. Certain Women
  6. Paterson
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. Aquarius
  9. Things to Come
  10. No Home Movie
  11. The Lobster
  12. Right Now, Wrong Then
  13. Love & Friendship
  14. Cameraperson
  15. Kaili Blues
  16. The Handmaiden
  17. Everybody Wants Some!!
  18. The Fits
  19. Neruda
  20. The Other Side

Of all the movies I see each year, both in theaters and other ways, I’ve only seen six of these. I disagree about Elle, which I didn’t care for. My Netflix queue is already to capacity so it may be awhile until I get to these. Anyone seen any of the more obscure ones?

Random thread for April-May 2016


Reading  the sad news of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace child star Jake Lloyd’s legal and mental troubles made me think back to this interview he did at a Star Wars convention back in 2009.

It’s clearly an interview that doesn’t go well and many in the YT comments blame the interviewer (he does ask some inane questions) but for mine it’s pretty clear that Lloyd is passive-aggressive from the word go and not only hates doing the interview, but seems to half-hate that he’s at the convention and back in the public spotlight. Seeing this interview and reading about his troubles would surely put off any parent from having their child do acting.

Random Thread for March 2016


It’s been twenty years since Fargo.

“So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’t you know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day! Well, I just don’t understand it.”

Random Thread for January, 2016


First of all, a happy new year to all contributors and commenters.

Second, we are coming up, on March 1, to our tenth anniversary. We don’t have as many posts as we used to (take a look at that first month in the archives) but we still are plugging away.

I don’t know what to do to mark it–maybe everyone can come up with a list of the best of the last ten years: films, performances, moments in their personal lives, whatever. I know some children have been born, marriages have occurred, and career and geographical changes have been made.

Think on it and make suggestions.

Random Thread for December 2015


The awards season officially kicked off with the ever-idiosynchratic National Board of Review’s Awards (which are older than the Oscars, believe it or not):

Best Film:  Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director:  Ridley Scott – The Martian
Best Actor:  Matt Damon – The Martian
Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room
Best Supporting Actor:  Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Best Supporting Actress:  Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Best Original Screenplay:  Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Drew Goddard – The Martian
Best Animated Feature:  Inside Out
Breakthrough Performance:  Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation & Jacob Tremblay – Room
Best Directorial Debut:  Jonas Carpignano – Mediterranea
Best Foreign Language Film:  Son of Saul
Best Documentary:  Amy
William K. Everson Film History Award:  Cecilia De Mille Presley
Best Ensemble:  The Big Short
Spotlight Award:  Sicario, for Outstanding Collaborative Vision
NBR Freedom of Expression Award:  Beasts of No Nation & Mustang

Top Films
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
The Martian
Straight Outta Compton

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Goodnight Mommy
The Second Mother
The Tribe

Top 5 Documentaries
Best of Enemies
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Diplomat
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence

Top 10 Independent Films
45 Years
Cop Car
Ex Machina
It Follows
James White
Mississippi Grind
Welcome to Me
While We’re Young

For Mad Max fans who are all excited about Oscar prospects, remember that last year the NBR went with A Most Violent Year, which got exactly zero Oscar nominations. They probably even haven’t seen all movies–I doubt they’ve seen Star Wars.