NGNG 17: Haddish Stulbarg Baker

It’s a last minute rush until the super-duper-early nominations are official on Tuesday! Here are my no-guts-no-glory nominations, plus a few extras: 3. Sean Baker, Director – THE FLORIDA PROJECT This indie director may have certain unconventional methods to his construction, but have you seen Tangerine? I still can’t get over how that was shot Read More …

Six Dames, Seven Knights

Some actors seem to get very lucky in terms of winning, like a constant lottery. Others may seem to almost get there, again and again, as if only reaching the Silver Medal instead of the Gold for more fingers than a single hand. Looking back at the history of Academy Award nominations, there are three Read More …

Ode to the Music Video, Pt. 2

One of the pieces I find quite enthralling about the filmmaking process is how enriching and influential incorporating music into the storytelling process is. Whether it’s a vivid score or a vocal tune, these can complement a scene, a character, even a color. When filmmakers get to spend time working entirely on pieces devoted to Read More …

Call Me “Mudbound-Tonya Lady Bird Project 2049” in the Shape of Dunkirk, Missouri

National Board of Review 2017 Acting Winners: https://t.co/az4dcefD6S Tom Hanks, "The Post"Meryl Streep, "The Post"Willem Dafoe, "Florida Project"Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird" pic.twitter.com/mnWVhMmzwZ — IndieWire (@IndieWire) November 28, 2017 OK, folks, our awards season bash has kicked off, and we’re at least three festivals into it so far: The National Board of Review, the New York Read More …

Five Smashing Performances Plus Truman 20 Years Later

While “award-season” is now on, just know that whether or not an actor or crew member “ultimately wins” an Academy Award still may not mean jack. Knowing which performances and techniques were most effective is all part of the craft, and this is surely one of the most subjective arts in technological performance history. “The Read More …

Kickoff Trailer Bash to the 90th Golden Night

Cinebuffs like me and [maybe?] you are elated it is finally officially the so-called “awards season,” past that typical summer blockbuster moment that, with few exceptions, is the lame excuse for Hollywood to continue wasting more money on endless sequels and remakes, all unnecessary. It is finally time again for their movies that can matter! Read More …

The Truth About Wikipedia Charts

Yes, we’ve all used Wikipedia by now, or it’s mobile cousin, Wikipanion. Some of us have even contributed to it. And for those out there that know me well, or can guess from my blogs, I’m an awards fanatic. Well, one day as a teenager, I fell in love with a film called “American Beauty” Read More …

Budgeting: The Finest End for The Biggest Gaffe in History

After declaring “All Hell Is Breaking Loose” at the first Academy Awards he hosted, Jimmy Kimmel could not have summed up better what was likely the biggest gaffe in Academy history: the wrong Best Picture award presented, for just under a minute, to a mistaken film from another envelope — likely a duplicate — still Read More …

Looking At Best Animated Short Noms

This scene always seems to get glossed over a bit — as would the documentaries and live-action shorts… Basically, what doesn’t typically earn big bucks directly at the box office gets ignored. Well, as an indie filmmaker currently in the works for another animated short, I present either fulls or trailers of the 2016 nominated Read More …

Chazelle v. Jenkins: Young’uns In the Mix

So, last night were the Awards for Directors Guild of America, and Damien Chazelle was honored for La La Land. He is just 32 years old — in fact, he is a mere 10 days younger than ME — he could literally be the youngest Directing recipient ever at the Academy Awards. Should Barry Jenkins, Read More …