Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How'd I Do? 89th Academy Awards Edition

I scored 17/20 in the acting categories, which is 2 choices down from last year. In the top 8 (acting, directing, screenplay, and picture) I got 36/44. That's a minor statistical improvement over last year when I got 35/43. That's a jump from 81.3% to 81.8%.

Throughout the entire field I scored 79/107 or 73.8%

Picture 7/9

Arrival
Fences
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

I missed: Hacksaw Ridge and Hidden Figures
Predicted: Loving

Sunday, January 22, 2017

89th Academy Awards Nomination Predictions

So on Tuesday morning the nominations will be announced for the 89th Academy Awards, which will then be awarded in a ceremony on February 26.

For now, here's how I have the nominees coming together in all but the short film categories.

Picture

There can, as usual, be anywhere from 5 - 10 nominees in this category.

First of all, there are the 5 that I consider absolute locks for nominations:

Arrival
Fences
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Following that I have a list of 5 more films in order of likelihood:

Lion
Loving
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Silence

Now I'm predicting there will be 8 nominees, with Silence and Hidden Figures missing out after the others. I don't have high confidence in anything after Lion. Loving was a wonderful little movie, but maybe isn't drawing enough big attention to get nominated here. Hell or High Water is getting a lot of attention, but I didn't personally think it as great as many others do. Hidden Figures just isn't a very good movie by any stretch. It's not even as good as The Help, which received an undeserved Best Picture nomination several years ago. I really like Silence and it would be a deserving nominee but I wonder if it's going to connect with voters. As much as I admired it, I felt no emotional connection.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Everything I Saw in the Second Half of 2016




31.12 The Witness (2016) [Netflix]
30-31.12 Twin Peaks s.2 e.1 "May the Giant Be with You" (1990) [DVD]
29.12 Loving (2016) [cinema]
29.12 Toni Erdmann (2016) [cinema]
27.12 Fences (2016) [cinema]
25.12 Lion (2016) [cinema]
21.12 Rogue One - A Star Wars Story (2016) [cinema]
12.14 - 12.16 Sausage Party (2016) [Blu-Ray]
13.12 Miss Sloane (2016) [cinema]
10.12 A Christmas Story (1983) [Blu-Ray]*
7.12 Manchester by the Sea (2016) [cinema]
7.12 Twin Peaks s.1 e.7 "The Last Evening" (1990) [DVD]*
6.12 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [cinema]
2-3.12 13th (2016) [Netflix]
3.12 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) [Blu-Ray]*
2.12 Twin Peaks s.1 e.6 "Realization Time" (1990) [DVD - second half]*
29.11 Allied (2016) [cinema]
29.11 Moana (2016) [cinema]
29.11 Inner Workings (2016) [cinema - animated short]
25.11 The Innocents (2016) [Blu-Ray - second half]
24.11 Cafe Society (2016) [Amazon Instant]*
22.11 Moonlight (2016) [cinema]
20.11 Arrival (2016) [cinema]
16-17.11 Indignation (2016) [Blu-Ray]
9.11 Doctor Strange (2016) [cinema]
3.11 The Innocents (2016) [Blu-Ray - first half]
2.11 Twin Peaks s.1 e.6 "Realization Time" (1990) [DVD - first half]*
2.11 Twin Peaks s.1 e.5 "Cooper's Dreams" (1990) [DVD - second half]*
29.10 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) [cinema]
27.10 The Lobster (2016) [Blu-Ray]
25.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.5 (1990) [DVD - first half]*
20-22.10 The Sound of Music (1965) [Blu-Ray]*
21.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.4 "The One-Armed Man" (1990) [DVD]*
19.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.3 "Rest in Pain" (1990) [DVD]*
16.10 Certain Women (2016) [cinema]
15.10 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) [Blu-Ray]
12.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.2 "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer" (1990) [DVD]*
8.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.1 "Traces to Nowhere" (1990) [DVD]*
6.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.1 "Traces to Nowhere" (1990) [DVD]*
6.10 The Birth of a Nation (2016) [cinema]
5.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.Pilot "Northwest Passage" (1990) [DVD - second half]*
1.10 Stranger Things s.1 e.5 "Chapter Five:
The Acrobat and the Flea" (2016) [Netflix]
1.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.Pilot "Northwest Passage" (1990) [DVD - first half]*
1.10 Mulan (1998) [DVD - first half]
29.9 Stranger Things s.1 e.4 "Chapter Four: The Body" (2016) [Netflix]
29.9 Stranger Things s.1 e.3 "Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly" (2016) [Netflix]
28.9 Captain America: Civil War (2016) [Amazon]*
24.9 Stranger Things s. 1 e. 2 "Chapter Two:
The Weirdo on Maple Street" (2016) [Netflix]
24.9 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) [Blu-Ray]*
23.9 Stranger Things s.1 e.1 "Chapter One:
The Vanishing of Will Byer" (2016) [Netflix]
22.9 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) [Hulu]
21.9 Snowden (2016) [cinema]
17.9 Inside Out (2015) [Blu-Ray]*
17.9 Lava (2015) [Blu-Ray - animated short]*
16.9 The Nice Guys (2016) [DVD]
25.8 Captain Fantastic (2016) [cinema]
25.8 Hercules (1997) [DVD]
24.8 Hell or High Water (2016) [cinema]
17.8 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) [DVD]
12.8 Pocahontas (1995) [DVD]*
10.8 Eye in the Sky (2016) [Blu-Ray]
10.8 The Lion King (1994) [Blu-Ray]*
5.8 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) [Amazon Instant]*
4.8 The Bourne Supremacy (2004) [Amazon Instant]*
2.8-4.8 The Bourne Identity (2002) [DVD]*
31.7 Star Trek Beyond (2016) [cinema]
31.7 Cafe Society (2016) [cinema]
29.7 Jason Bourne (2016) [cinema]
26.7 The Infiltrator (2016) [cinema]
22.7 Beauty and the Beast (1991) [DVD]*
19.7 Ghostbusters (2016) [cinema]
12.7 Midnight Special (2016) [Blu-Ray]
12.7 The Rescuers Down Under (1990) [DVD]
5.7 Puss Cafe (1950) [DVD - animated short]
5.7 Finding Dory (2016) [cinema]
5.7 Piper (2016) [cinema - animated short]
2.7 Swiss Family Robinson (1960) [DVD]*