Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Movie List -- The Top 47 So Far

THE STANDOUTS (3) - This should go without saying, but these are all must-sees.

Patti Cake$ ***1/2
Logan ***1/2
Get Out ***


THE GOOD (9) - These represent quality filmmaking all-around.

Disgraced (Showtime) ***
John Wick: Chapter 2 ***
Oklahoma City ***
Aftermath ***
The Girl With All the Gifts ***
Mean Dreams ***
Tilt ***
Win It All **1/2
Burning Sands **1/2

THE GOOD... BUT SHOULD'VE BEEN BETTERS (9) - Why weren't these good movies better? I don't really know. But they should've been. Hence, the name of this section.

Life ***
The Lost City of Z ***
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer ***
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 **1/2
Ghost In the Shell **1/2
Hounds of Love **1/2
T2: Trainspotting **1/2
Wilson **1/2
Table 19 **1/2

THE GUILTY PLEASURES (8) - These are movies that I shouldn't like but I do, for one reason or another. I only feel ashamed because the Internet tells me I'm supposed to.

Sleepless **1/2
Fist Fight **1/2
CHiPS **1/2
All Nighter **1/2
Wolves **1/2
Vengeance: A Love Story **1/2
Stray Bullets **1/2
Sandy Wexler **

THE UNDERWHELMING DISAPPOINTMENTS (12) - Chalk it up to expectations but these movies just didn't cut it for me.

Sand Castle **1/2
Kong: Skull Island **
The Fate of the Furious **
Personal Shopper **
Unforgettable **
Detour **
War on Everyone **
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore **
The Assignment **
The Void **
Rupture *1/2
Stratton *1/2

THE BAD (6) - For better or worse, I just don't know what these movies were thinking.


The Dinner *
Mine *
XX *
Girlfriend's Day *
The Bye Bye Man 1/2*
The Endless 1/2*

IN PROGRESS (2) - I started watching these but I never quite finished. Make of that what you will.

The Hitman's Bodyguard (45 minutes)
Fifty Shades Darker (20 minutes)

EMBARGOED (0) - Silence is golden... for now.

OOPS, I MISSED (34): Abattoir, American Anarchist, Beauty and the Beast, Before I Fall, Buster's Mal Heart, Catfight, Collide, A Cure for Wellness, A Dog's Purpose, Donald Cried, Gifted, Going in Style, Graduation, The Great Wall, How to Be a Latin Lover, The Institute, The Last Word, Lavender, The LEGO Batman Movie, Lovesong, The Lure, Man Down, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, Power Rangers, A Quiet Passion, Rings, The Salesman, The Shack, Song to Song, The Space Between Us, Their Finest, The Ticket, Trespass Against Us, A United Kingdom

COMING SOON (10): Alien: Covenant, The Ardennes, Baywatch, Chuck, The Circle, Folk Hero and Funny Guy, I Am Heath Ledger, The Lovers, Snatched, The Wall

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The InSneider's Annual Last-Minute Oscar Nomination Predictions

It has become an annual tradition here at The InSneider, so this should sound familiar: T-minus 4 hours, yada yada yada. It's now or never, baby! I'd better get these on the record, pronto! 

I haven't played The Alternate Game the last few years so I decided against it again this year, despite the temptation with such a wide-open Best Picture field. There are 3-5 acting slots that are really tough to call this year and yet the trickiest question remains, as always, not which films will be nominated for Best Picture, but how many?

Thanks to all the bloggers I've enjoyed reading this awards season, including but certainly not limited to: Scott Feinberg, Kris Tapley, Jeff Wells, Kyle Buchanan, Gregory Ellwood, Anne Thompson, David Poland, Tom O'Neil, Pete Hammond and Peter Bart. I'd call this a work-in-progress but fortunately, we've run out of time and these will have to do. Good luck to all the contenders! And now, on to Phase Two...

BEST PICTURE
1. La La Land
2. Moonlight
3. Manchester by the Sea
4. Arrival
5. Hidden Figures
6. Hell or High Water
7. Lion
8. Fences
9. O.J.: Made in America

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Damien Chazelle, La La Land
2. Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
3. Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
4. Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
5. David Mackenzie, Hell or High Water

BEST ACTOR
1. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
2. Denzel Washington, Fences
3. Ryan Gosling, La La Land
4. Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
5. Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

BEST ACTRESS
1. Emma Stone, La La Land
2. Natalie Portman, Jackie
3. Amy Adams, Arrival
4. Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
5. Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
2. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
3. Dev Patel, Lion
4. Kevin Costner, Hidden Figures
5. Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Viola Davis, Fences
2. Naomie Harris, Moonlight
3. Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
4. Nicole Kidman, Lion
5. Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
1. Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
2. Damien Chazelle, La La Land
3. Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
4. Jared Bush & Phil Johnston, Zootopia
5. Matt Ross, Captain Fantastic

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 
1. Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
2. Eric Heisserer, Arrival
3. Luke Davies, Lion
4. Allison Schroeder & Ted Melfi, Hidden Figures
5. August Wilson, Fences