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November 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm #1203185708
Totally off-topic but I have to ask since I saw you mention The Image Book, what are your opinions on Film Socialisme?
That’s best-of-the-decade material right there. Best-in-history sort of cinema. Certainly it helps that I’d call myself a communist, but even without that, the sheer foundational upheaval, the “begin anew” narrative, the amount of power it takes to say “yes, we can and should move forward” in the crumbling darkness of the universe — it’s ever so optimistic. Beautiful!November 18, 2019 at 2:49 pm #1203185560
What is it the youths are saying these days? “King shit?” Alan Moore’s comments: “King shit.” Incredible.November 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm #1203185549
The Academy can’t handle the risk of making such mistake
Why do people always say this? No voter thinks in this manner.
Also, include me among those posters confused by people coming away from The Irishman feeling as if Scorsese is sympathizing with his lead characters…November 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm #1203185514
Truly one of the worst lineups of the decade, and that is saying quite a lot.
I always waffle between Black Swan and Toy Story 3. They are both a lot of fun in their own ways, and both are very dark, with Black Swan featuring a killer performance and Toy Story 3 having so much heart. Usually I tip it in favor of the former, because I ultimately find it more interesting.
This year is also a case where I would split BP and BD, despite both films being nominated in both categories. BP goes to Black Swan and BD goes to The Social Network. The latter suffers a lot, in my eyes, from Sorkin’s God-awful screenplay, but it is a fascinating study in the ways in which a director and a screenwriter can push and pull one another. Fincher clearly despises Zuckerberg, but Sorkin finds him almost delicious. Even if The Social Network is perhaps the worst of Fincher’s oeuvre, the direction is still kind of miles above the rest of the category.
Anyway, here’s my ranking. Top 5 are pretty solid, the next two go back-and-forth, and the final three are pretty interchangeably bad.
1. Black Swan
2. Toy Story 3
3. True Grit
4. Winter’s Bone
5. The Social Network
6. The Fighter
7. The Kids Are All Right
9. The King’s Speech
10. 127 HoursNovember 13, 2019 at 5:59 am #1203177351
Please, he is not going to cast one of the internet’s Flavor of the Month young actors… He isn’t Chazelle lol.November 12, 2019 at 8:01 pm #1203176828
I explained “why” underneath the piece you quoted, but you cut that part out. Why?
Anyway, my hesitation comes from the fact that empiric nations can culturally protect their nominations because of their history. “Sitting that year out” disproportionately will affect those nations which were colonized by the aforementioned empiric powers, nations who often use colonial languages as common languages. So, for example, many former British colonies in Africa whose common languages are now English are at a disadvantage, despite having many local languages, because the common cinematic language was foisted upon them by empire.November 12, 2019 at 3:17 pm #1203176533
With English increasingly becoming an international lingua franca, the Academy may want to think about amending the rules to allow for films with an English-dominant soundtrack.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to see non-English languages nominated, and international cinema is near and dear to me, but many of these nations are going to continue to push against the line, especially as more and more people speak English. Of course cinema is a way to preserve and celebrate smaller (and dying) languages, but this trajectory is starting to worry me. Are we headed in a direction where the nominees are only ever films from Empires that can afford to not be disqualified (Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, etc.)?November 12, 2019 at 9:16 am #1203176078
If there *must* be a host, don’t go with a comedian. The producers always choose a stand-up “artist,” but stand-up is a broken form and nobody is good at it, let alone funny at it.November 12, 2019 at 7:04 am #1203175868
!!! Exciting! A return to California.
There is a strong chance we will see this before 2020 is up; Phantom Thread began filming in January of 2017 and was out before year’s end, and this film could take a similar route.November 9, 2019 at 8:11 am #1203172387
Part of it has to do with the film itself; I generally do not care for King’s work, so most of the adaptations are not my cup of tea. Reiner’s was no different. And while I appreciate Bates’ menace, I also do not see a whole lot of interesting interpretation.
I guess it really is just “this is not for me.” I’m sorry!November 9, 2019 at 7:42 am #1203172358
I hope Bates gets traction once the season gets into full-swing. Positive she’ll be far better than most of the current leading contenders. It would be nice to see her get a second, even if I don’t really care for her first.
Count me among those who don’t really care what happens with Zellweger, though. Her performance is fine, but there’s about 30-40 other lead performances that I much prefer.November 8, 2019 at 4:04 am #1203170721
What is it going to take to show some of you that “superhero” is not a genre of film? The Oscars have repeatedly shown they are willing to nominate sci-fi and fantasy and adventure. There are other reasons Marvel films are scant nominees.November 6, 2019 at 5:17 pm #1203169159
Looking just at the films “in contention” this year, I wouldn’t laugh at a nomination in BP for this one, despite my, um, distaste for The Walt Disney Overl- ahem, Company.