Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 Movie List -- The Top 99 So Far

THE STANDOUTS (11) - This should go without saying, but these are all must-sees.

The Big Sick ****
Patti Cake$ ***1/2
Logan ***1/2
War for the Planet of the Apes ***1/2
Shot Caller ***
Girls Trip ***
Get Out ***
The Ardennes ***
Ingrid Goes West ***
Dunkirk ***
Beach Rats ***

THE GOOD (22) - These represent quality filmmaking all-around.

Wind River ***
Disgraced (Showtime) ***
John Wick: Chapter 2 ***
Oklahoma City ***
Crown Heights ***
Aftermath ***
Alien: Covenant ***
Spider-Man: Homecoming ***
Wonder Woman ***
The Survivalist ***
Killing Ground ***
The Beguiled ***
The Girl With All the Gifts ***
Chuck ***
Tramps ***
Nobody Speak: Trials of a Free Press ***
Mean Dreams ***
Tilt ***
Win It All **1/2
Handsome: A Netflix Murder Mystery **1/2
Burning Sands **1/2
Casting JonBenet **1/2

THE GOOD... BUT SHOULD'VE BEEN BETTERS (19) - Why weren't these good movies better? I don't really know. But they should've been. Hence, the name of this section.

Baby Driver ***
Good Time ***
The Wall ***
Life ***
The Wizard of Lies (HBO) ***
Lady Macbeth ***
Brigsby Bear ***
The Lost City of Z ***
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer ***
Okja **1/2
Atomic Blonde **1/2
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
Landline **1/2
Table 19 **1/2
Beatriz at Dinner **

THE GUILTY PLEASURES (15) - 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.

Rough Night ***
Sleepless **1/2
Vincent N Roxxy **1/2
Snatched **1/2
Baywatch **1/2
Fist Fight **1/2
The House **1/2
CHiPS **1/2
All Nighter **1/2
Wolves **1/2
Shimmer Lake **1/2
5-25-77 **1/2
Vengeance: A Love Story **1/2
Stray Bullets **1/2
Sandy Wexler **

THE UNDERWHELMING DISAPPOINTMENTS (21) - Chalk it up to expectations but these movies just didn't cut it for me.

Valerian **1/2
It Comes at Night **1/2
Sand Castle **1/2
Kong: Skull Island **
The Fate of the Furious **
Personal Shopper **
A Ghost Story **
Unforgettable **
Detour **
War on Everyone **
Mindhorn **
Small Crimes **
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore **
Let Me Make You a Martyr **
Take Me **
The Assignment **
The Void **
Transformers: The Last Knight *1/2
Nerdland *1/2
Rupture *1/2
Stratton *1/2

THE BAD (11) - For better or worse, I just don't know what these movies were thinking.

Detroit *1/2
The Bad Batch *1/2
War Machine *1/2
The Mummy *
The Dinner *
The Circle *
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 (66): 3 Generations, 47 Meters Down, Abattoir, All Eyez on Me, American Anarchist, Band Aid, Beauty and the Beast, Before I Fall, Berlin Syndrome, The Book of Henry, Burden, Buster's Mal Heart, Captain Underpants, Cars 3, Catfight, Churchill, Collide, A Cure for Wellness, The Dark Tower, Dean, Deidra and Laney Rob a Train, Despicable Me 3, A Dog's Purpose, Donald Cried, The Drowning, The Emoji Movie, The Exception, Everything Everything, Folk Hero and Funny Guy, Gifted, Going in Style, Graduation, The Great Wall, The Hero, How to Be a Latin Lover, I Am Heath Ledger, The Institute, Kidnap, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Last Word, Lavender, The LEGO Batman Movie, Long Strange Trip, The Lovers, Lovesong, Lowriders, The Lure, Man Down, Megan Leavey, The Most Hated Woman in America, My Cousin Rachel, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, 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, Wakefield, You Get Me

COMING SOON (12): Logan Lucky, Midnighters, The Trip to Spain

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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