Best Picture Odyssey: “Nebraska”

Well, we’ve reached the end of the series. I kinda wish I had something more bombastic to close with, but this isn’t exactly a great list of nominees. I mean, I don’t hate all the films, and a few of them even made my top 10 from last year (including this week’s subject), but for the most part this is a pretty forgettable group of films. It’s a side effect of expanding the field to nine or ten nominees. When’s the last time you heard someone talk about Beasts of the Southern Wild, or Amour? I can’t see Philomena or Dallas Buyers Club still being dissected and analyzed next February.  Continue reading Best Picture Odyssey: “Nebraska”

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Best Picture Odyssey – 2014 Edition

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just released their nominations for this year’s Academy Awards. It’s been a while since I’ve really talked about the Oscars on this blog, so I’m bringing back a feature from 2 years ago that was pretty popular. In the run-up to the Academy Awards on March 2nd, I’ll publish reviews of every Best Picture nominee. I’ve already written reviews for 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street, so that leaves the following list.

– American Hustle 

– Captain Phillips

– Dallas Buyers Club

– Her

– Nebraska

– Philomena

A review will go up every Saturday, leading up to the day before the ceremony when I’ll post my final thoughts and predictions. Get excited!

The Top 15 Films of 2013

Well, here we are again. For yet another year, time continued its inexorable march towards an unknown destination, dragging us all a little further to the inevitable end of all things.

Well, maybe that’s a bit grim. In all honesty, 2013 was a fantastic year for film. Making this list was much more difficult than it’s been in past years. When movies are as good as the ones on this list, it’s hard to rank them. Eventually I found an order that I was comfortable with, but the top 8 or 9 films are mostly interchangeable.

Quick disclaimer: Obviously, this list just represents my opinions. The rankings come from a mix of unbiased critique and personal preference. I’m not saying that this is a definitive list of the best movies in 2013. This is based on the movies that I saw and what I got out of them. I’ve also included links to my full reviews of the films, if I wrote them, plus my reviews on Letterboxd. They’re pretty brief, but they represent my immediate thoughts after seeing the film. Anyway, on with the show.

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