This is the thread where we discuss matters pertaining to the detrius that accompanies the "End of the Year in Cinema" -- 2022

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oh cool

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 20:44 (four months ago) link

xxp Guessing part of the reason is that it's very hard to stand out for film opinions/analysis

jmm, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 20:46 (four months ago) link

Watching WOMEN TALKING, the film allegory of the feminist movement, I was struck at how in the film, as in real life, no women of color were included. The film stated it was a true story in “the female imagination”. Even in the feminist utopia, women of color aren’t considered.

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) January 24, 2023

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 23:59 (four months ago) link

Says a guy who not long ago was charged with assaulting a woman for talking.

Chris L, Thursday, 26 January 2023 00:03 (four months ago) link

https://variety.com/2023/awards/news/razzies-apologize-age-limit-ryan-kiera-armstrong-1235502000/

Sometimes, you do things without thinking, Then you are called out for it. Then you get it. It’s why the Razzies were created in the first place.

The recent valid criticism of the choice of 11 year old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought our attention to how insensitive we’ve been in this instance. As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the Final Ballot that our members will cast next month. We also believe a public apology is owed Ms. Armstrong, and wish to say we regret any hurt she experienced as a result of our choices.

Having learned from this lesson, we would also like to announce that, from this point forward, we are adopting a Voting Guideline precluding any performer or film-maker under 18 years of age from being considered for our awards.

We have never intended to bury anyone’s career. It is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, very much us included.

Since our motto is “Own Your Bad,” we realize that we ourselves must also live up to it.

Sincerely,
John Wilson, The Razzie Awards

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Thursday, 26 January 2023 13:34 (four months ago) link

https://variety.com/2023/awards/awards/andrea-riseborough-to-leslie-oscars-academy-review-1235504914/

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Friday that it is “conducting a review of campaign procedures” in the wake of Andrea Riseborough’s surprise Oscar nomination for the small indie film “To Leslie.”

The Academy released a statement Friday regarding the campaign, though it didn’t mention “To Leslie” specifically.

“It is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner, and we are committed to ensuring an inclusive awards process,” the statement reads. “We are conducting a review of the campaign procedures around this year’s nominees, to ensure that no guidelines were violated, and to inform us whether changes to the guidelines may be needed in a new era of social media and digital communication. We have confidence in the integrity of our nomination and voting procedures, and support genuine grassroots campaigns for outstanding performances.”

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 28 January 2023 00:59 (four months ago) link

how is a successful campaign by celebrity fans less valid than one involving a push by a studio and publicists and ads?

Dan S, Saturday, 28 January 2023 01:09 (four months ago) link

supposedly if people phoned up members directly and asked them to promote it/vote for it that's bad? and/or if people involved with the film explicitly mentioned other possible candidates for nomination? it all seems very baroque tbh

tambourine, Saturday, 28 January 2023 01:35 (four months ago) link

it's horseshit imo.
Riseborough's a good actress but this film looks slight. I should watch it.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 28 January 2023 05:25 (four months ago) link

finally saw aftersun and it is 100 percent great

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 January 2023 16:59 (four months ago) link

yay!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 January 2023 17:06 (four months ago) link

The New Yorker’s YouTube channel has five of the nominated short films (2 animated, 2 docs, 1 live action).

I just finished Stranger at the Gate, one of the documentary short nominees. Not totally sure how I feel about it but it is definitely compelling - about a war vet with ptsd who comes to the brink of committing a mass shooting.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 30 January 2023 17:21 (four months ago) link

btw in case you're curious, a quick search on these platforms will find these various shorts, all ranging from about 7 to 40 minutes.

Documentary Short
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS - Netflix

HAULOUT - YouTube

HOW DO YOU MEASURE A YEAR? - not currently on streaming

THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT - Netflix

STRANGER AT THE GATE - YouTube

Animated Short
THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE - AppleTV+

THE FLYING SAILOR - YouTube

ICE MERCHANTS - YouTube

MY YEAR OF DICKS - Vimeo

AN OSTRICH TOLD ME THE WORLD IS FAKE AND I THINK I BELIEVE IT - not on streaming

Live Action Short
AN IRISH GOODBYE - not on streaming

IVALU - not on streaming

LE PUPILLE - Disney+

NIGHT RIDE - YouTube

THE RED SUITCASE - not on streaming

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 30 January 2023 17:26 (four months ago) link

Haulout dropped my jaw

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2023 17:43 (four months ago) link

night ride sucks
my year of dicks and the ostrich short are both pretty good

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Monday, 30 January 2023 17:57 (four months ago) link

Yeah, Night Ride was a big disappointment; Ivalu was even worse

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2023 18:33 (four months ago) link

I liked Haulout too.

The more I think about Stranger at the Gate, the more I wish it were a much longer doc. At ~25 minutes it really simplifies what was likely an extremely layered and complex reality.

In the animated category, The Ice Merchants and The Flying Sailor both had nice animation styles but the narratives were kinda nothing, just excuses to draw something. I didn't really care for My Year of Dicks. It was just OK. The Boy, The Mole etc is the only one in the category that actually seemed made for kids and maybe that's why I found it so touching. There were things in it that, maybe coincidentally, felt like things I needed to hear. I didn't see the Ostrich film.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 30 January 2023 22:48 (four months ago) link

hahaha @ that wendell pierce tweet

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Monday, 30 January 2023 23:26 (four months ago) link

jesus he just doubles, triples, and quadruples down on that dumb statement the further down the thread you go. I haven't even seen this film and I knew what it was about.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Monday, 30 January 2023 23:29 (four months ago) link

Riseborough's a good actress but this film looks slight. I should watch it.

― POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Saturday, January 28, 2023 12:25 AM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Please report back--I'm skeptical when a non-American actress gets raves for playing a gritty role with an American accent. (Do American actresses simply never get a chance at these roles, or do the critics not pay attention when they do?)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:57 (four months ago) link

British/Irish actors get raves for playing Americans all the time. And they are really good at it. I will watch this film. The hype for it seems kind of manufactured to me though

Dan S, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 01:53 (four months ago) link

it does, yet, everyone I know who watched it loved it (this is three people) so maybe the hype is justified. dunno guess I'll watch it later this week.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 02:22 (four months ago) link

mescal’s scottish accent is actually half decent

LaMDA barry-stanners (||||||||), Saturday, 11 February 2023 20:52 (three months ago) link

Watched the Navalny doc in HBO today—worth watching for the middle section when they figure out who attempted his assassination and how they did it. Really a mind blowing scene.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 13 February 2023 03:59 (three months ago) link

Mike D'Angelo's started up his annual unveiling of the Skandies with the 20th place finishers:

Picture: Benediction (36/5)
Director: James Vaughan, Friends and Strangers (36/3)
Actress: Anna Cobb, We're All Going to the World's Fair (30/3)
Actor: RJ Cyler, Emergency (40/4)
S. Actor: Dave Bautista, Glass Onion (40/3)
S. Actress: Anne Hathaway, Armageddon Time (35/4)
Screenplay: Emmanuel Mouret, The Things We Say, the Things We Do (31/3)
Scene: [Arrgh!] (30/3)

Because a lot of voters lazily allotted 10 points across the board in Scene this year, there's actually a fucking six-way tie for #20, as that's how many films wound up with 30 points from three votes. Here they are, with a link to the scene in question (or part of it) if I could quickly find it on YouTube:

• Bonfire, Bones and All
• Eve's kitchen, Confess, Fletch
• Benoit Blanc vs. Gillian Flynn, Glass Onion
• "KIMI, play 'Sabotage,'" KIMI
• Lydia's new gig (final scene), TÁR
• "New Body Rhumba," White Noise

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Monday, 13 February 2023 18:51 (three months ago) link

Benediction just barely making the top 20 is a flat out crime

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Monday, 13 February 2023 18:51 (three months ago) link

it’s hard to see most of these films winning the Academy Award for Best Picture honestly. Top Gun is way too up its ass in being macho and it is pedestrian and not of the moment, Everything Everywhere All At Once is a mess and is super chaotic and hard to watch, The Banshees of Inisherin is as my sister says a completely pointless film albeit with good acting, The Triangle of Sadness has some elements of interest but it should have had an hour of it cut out easily, Elvis was a few electrifying performance scenes in a very long and flaccid movie, Women Talking is not going to win let’s be real, All Quiet On the Western Front was so tedious, and Avatar, come on.

That leaves The Fabelmans and Tár. One of those two has to win Best Picture imo

Dan S, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:41 (three months ago) link

Those are the only two I particularly like and neither has a shot

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:58 (three months ago) link

I did a double feature of All Quiet and Top Gun, which just made TG all the more laughable.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 14 February 2023 03:09 (three months ago) link

Started watching All Quiet... tonight; I'm about an hour in and it's pretty good so far. The only thing I don't like is the stupid three-note score. This movie shouldn't have any music at all.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 14 February 2023 03:22 (three months ago) link

Everything Everywhere is still considered the favorite, right? It certainly has its enthusiasts, though it also seems like a movie that you're either on board with or you're not. With ranked-choice voting, I could see Everything Everywhere getting a plurality (but not a majority) of 1st-place votes -- but then Banshees overtaking it with more 2nd- and 3rd-place votes.

jaymc, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 05:01 (three months ago) link

That's the going theory, that Banshees will CODA its way to a surprise win. (It'd be just about dead last on my ballot.)

Still, the raw enthusiasm factor may be enough this contest:

Biggest applause-getters when their names were announced: Everyone from EEAAO (the actors, the directors, and producer Jonathan Wang) Colin Farrell, Nan Goldin, and Tom Cruise

— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 13, 2023

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Tuesday, 14 February 2023 13:19 (three months ago) link

All Quiet was as pointless and dreadful as I feared. I think it's gonna beat EEAAO for the best picture Oscar, for sure.

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Saturday, 25 February 2023 20:11 (three months ago) link

After the BAFTAs win, it's putting me in the position of suddenly rooting for EEAAO, which would at least be an interesting Oscar winner, even if I'm lukewarm on the movie itself.

(Interestingly, though, of the previous eight BAFTA Best Film winners, only one -- Nomadland -- went on to win the Oscar.)

jaymc, Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:18 (three months ago) link

Just finished watching Close, my first from the director. Visually beautiful, but too visual. It starts on identity, before turning to grief / trauma. The first 20 minutes are quite perfect, you think of Malick. But after that, there's an event where I had to suspend my judgment to let the film go, which is "fine, ok". But then it becomes heavy-handed, and it drowns in repetition, and the narrative becomes sluggish. Especially, I found the lack of meaningful dialogue irritating, for example the choice to depict the children entirely cut out from parents and adults is rather unrealistic. I would still recommend a watch to make your own opinion.

Nabozo, Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:25 (three months ago) link

With each nominee I catch up with, I get increasingly irritated at The Fabelmans’ inevitable across the board snub

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:35 (three months ago) link

If it weren’t a preferential ballot I’d say EEAAO has it in the bag, but I expect a LOT of last-place votes for that one

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:36 (three months ago) link

I still haven’t seen EEAAO, The Fablemans, or Tar, but I’ve been catching up on a lot of the other films that have been nominated across the categories and thus far it’s all just really underwhelming.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 25 February 2023 22:22 (three months ago) link

All Quiet was as pointless and dreadful as I feared. I think it's gonna beat EEAAO for the best picture Oscar, for sure.

― عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.),

Really?!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 25 February 2023 22:29 (three months ago) link

Here's the thing that I still don't get about All Quiet, which tbf I haven't seen: I know ppl are impressed by the technical achievements, but are they connecting with it emotionally? I really haven't gotten any sense of that, which is why it's hard for me to believe it as a Best Picture winner.

jaymc, Sunday, 26 February 2023 01:20 (three months ago) link

"That's the going theory, that Banshees will CODA its way to a surprise win"

On an elemental emotional level I loved CODA so much more than Banshees. I'm not that on board with the almost certain win for Everything Everywhere All at Once. I think The Fabelmans and Tár were the best of these

Dan S, Sunday, 26 February 2023 01:47 (three months ago) link

All Quiet was as pointless and dreadful as I feared. I think it's gonna beat EEAAO for the best picture Oscar, for sure.
― عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.),

Really?!
― Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, February 25, 2023 4:29 PM

I honestly don't really know. Maybe tomorrow's SAG awards will make me feel better about predicting an EEAAO win, but the people who hate it really hate it and are not a small group of people in general.

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Sunday, 26 February 2023 02:35 (three months ago) link

Thought One Fine Morning was okay--so determined to be quiet and observant, though, that it could have used...I really don't know; something. I liked Eden from a few years ago better.

clemenza, Sunday, 26 February 2023 03:30 (three months ago) link

Now that Everything Everywhere All At Once has won the DGA, PGA and SAG awards, it will inevitably win the Oscar. I really liked the speeches given by the winners at the SAG awards

Dan S, Monday, 27 February 2023 03:13 (three months ago) link

It got three of the four acting wins as well as Ensemble. The Jamie Lee Curtis win was a surprise, and she gave a great speech

Dan S, Monday, 27 February 2023 03:25 (three months ago) link

SAG award winner Biff Wiff

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Monday, 27 February 2023 05:56 (three months ago) link

Agreed that EEAAO has solidified its chances as the Oscar favorite, though there's an argument that All Quiet missed out on guild nominations only because it crested too late and, now that people have seen it, it has the momentum to take Best Picture. I'm skeptical of that, but also not 100% sure about EEAAO.

Can't remember the last time that 3/4 acting nominees felt so up in the air before the Oscars.

jaymc, Monday, 27 February 2023 13:49 (three months ago) link

Was gonna say just that … for even two to be real toss ups in the final stages is really rare at this point

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Monday, 27 February 2023 14:27 (three months ago) link

All Quiet on the Western Front won't win Best Picture.

I think Cate Blanchett gave the best performance of the year, in any category. It was so fierce and memorable

I also really liked Michelle Yeoh and will be happy if either of them wins

Dan S, Saturday, 4 March 2023 01:59 (two months ago) link

my favorites are

Cate Blanchett

Colin Farrell, give him the Oscar already

Brian Tyree Henry, who I think illuminated a believable and lived-in character who revealed who he was without many words but with a mesmerizing performance

Stephanie Hsu or Jamie Lee Curtis or Kerry Condon, can't decide

Dan S, Saturday, 4 March 2023 02:21 (two months ago) link


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