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    ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘I, Tonya’ Screener Copies Leaked to Piracy Networks.

    Three of my top fave movies of the year out of 9. That is one-third. Happy New Year!

    Call Me by Your Name is a must see. My fave movie of 2017--by a landslide. First movie that's transported me and made me feel something, anything, in a long time. Will rearrange you and change you. Your dreams will shift. You may just want to fall in love again. You will without a doubt fall in love with Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. No matter your orientation, gender or age this movie will resonate with its timeless and universal themes of first love, passion, desire, longing and loss.

    The six (of nine) other good films I liked this year are: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Holy Hell, Brad's Status, Paris Can Wait, John Wick 2 and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.

    Still plan to see: The Trip to Spain, The Disaster Artist, The Florida Project, The Shape of Water and Downsizing.
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    Like the years before, this is an ongoing list. This one spans January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016. Here are the other years' lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

    I will rank each film from one to four stars.

    2016 Films:

    45 Years ~ 4
    Cooked ~ 4
    The Invitation ~ 3.5
    The Choice ~ 3
    My Big Fat Greek wedding 2 ~ 2.5

    Non-2016 films seen this year:

    Billions in Change ~ 4
    Joy Division ~ 4
    Mitt ~ 4
    Room ~ 4
    Experimenter ~ 4
    The Martian ~ 4
    Trumbo ~ 4
    The Danish Girl ~ 4
    The Revenant ~ 4
    Brooklyn ~ 4
    Fresh Dressed ~ 4
    Food Stamped ~ 3.5
    In Defense of Food ~ 3.5
    Making a Murderer ~ 3.5
    Bridge of Spies ~ 3.5
    The Big Short ~ 3
    The Program ~ 3
    Truth ~ 3
    The Sugar Film ~ 2.5
    Love the Coopers ~ 2.5
    Suffragette ~ 2.5
    Point Break ~ 2.5
    Waffle Street ~ 2
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    TJust saw the film Mr. Turner. At the end of the movie I was left with a question: What became of the housekeeper?


    Ever have a question(s) pop into your head after the movie is over... or a day later? This will be an ongoing post—to be modified when new movies come to mind.

    Warning ~ Movie Spoilers Ahead

    Mr. Turner: What became of the housekeeper?
    Birdman: Was that movie way overrated, or what?
    Gone Girl: What the heck did we just watch? Did Chris Nolan direct this?
    The Riot Club: Are there actually young men who act like that in real life?
    Leviathan: Do modern day Russian men really drink that much vodka? Apparently they do and it's killing them.
    Nightcrawler: Was that a satisfying ending or what?!
    Fifty Shades of Grey: What a ride; when is the next one due to be released?
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    My ballot:

    My picks in gold; winners in blue.





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    Like the years before, this is an ongoing list. This one spans January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. Here are the other years' lists: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

    I will rank each film from one to four stars.

    2014 and 2015 released movies seen in 2015:

    Spy ~ 4
    Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story ~ 4
    Trainwreck ~ 4
    The End of the Tour ~ 4
    Man Up ~ 4
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ~ 4
    A Day in the Life of a Dictator ~ 4
    Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story ~ 4
    Far from the Madding Crowd ~ 4
    Advanced Style ~ 4
    Pump ~ 4
    Chef's Table ~ 4
    Going Clear ~ 4
    The Imitation Game ~ 4
    Ida ~ 4
    The Green Prince ~ 4
    Nightcrawler ~ 4
    Force Majeure ~ 4
    Citizenfour ~ 4
    Wild ~ 4
    The Skeleton Twins ~ 4
    Whiplash ~ 4
    Still Alice ~ 4
    Fed Up ~ 4
    Fifty Shades of Grey ~ 4
    Faults ~4
    Deep Web ~ 4
    The Walk ~ 3.5
    The Gift ~ 3.5
    I'll See You in My Dreams ~ 3.5
    Ex Machina ~ 3.5
    The True Cost ~ 3.5
    In Search of General Tso ~ 3.5
    The Cobbler ~ 3.5
    Danny Collins ~ 3.5
    All This Mayhem ~ 3.5
    Damnation ~ 3.5
    Big Eyes ~ 3.5
    Stop at Nothing: the Lance Armstrong Story ~ 3.5
    Finding Vivian Maier ~ 3.5
    Spotlight ~ 3.5
    Laggies ~ 3.5
    30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner ~ 3.5
    St. Vincent ~ 3.5
    Leviathan ~ 3.5
    Knock Knock ~ 3.5
    This is Where I Leave You ~ 3.5
    Mr. Turner ~ 3.5
    John Wick ~ 3.5
    American Sniper ~ 3.5
    The Interview ~ 3.5
    Only Lovers Left Alive ~ 3.5
    The Stanford Prison Experiment ~ 3
    The Rewrite ~ 3
    She's Funny That Way ~ 3
    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ~ 3
    Tomorrowland ~ 3
    Life Partners ~ 3
    Jurassic World ~ 3
    Unlocking Sherlock ~ 3
    The 33 ~ 3
    Rosewater ~ 3
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ~ 3
    Life Itself ~ 3
    Amy ~ 3
    Cinderella ~ 3
    Miss You Already ~ 3
    The Clouds of Sils Maria ~ 3
    Cake ~ 3
    Food Chains ~ 3
    The Factory ~3
    Flights Up ~ 3
    Burnt ~ 2.5
    The Intern ~ 2.5
    Christmas Eve ~ 2.5
    Aloha ~ 2.5
    Vacation ~ 2.5
    The Age of Adeline ~ 2.5
    Jenny's Wedding ~ 2.5
    An Honest Liar ~ 2.5
    Little White Lie ~ 2.5
    A Brilliant Young Mind ~ 2.5
    The D Train ~ 2.5
    True Story ~ 2.5
    Pitch Perfect 2 ~ 2.5
    Ives Saint Laurent ~ 2.5
    About Alex ~ 2.5
    The Riot Club ~ 2.5
    Birdman ~ 2.5
    Self/Less ~ 2
    Foodies: The Culinary Jet Set ~2
    Magic Mike 2 ~ 2
    Uncanny ~ 2
    The Gabby Douglas Story ~ 2
    The Best of Me ~ 1.5
    Playing it Cool ~ 1

    Non-2014/2015 films seen:

    Food: A Cultural Culinary History ~ 4
    The Century of the Self ~ 4
    Supermench: The Legend of Shep Gordon ~ 4
    Downloaded ~ 4
    Secrets and Lies ~ 4
    The Men Who Built America ~ 4
    Beyond the Lighted Stage ~ 4
    War of the Buttons ~ 4
    White Like Me ~ 3.5
    The Atomic States of America ~ 3.5
    Burt's Buzz ~ 3.5
    Freakonomics: the Movie ~ 3.5
    Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny ~ 3.5
    Bridegroom ~ 3.5
    Danny Meyer: The Restaurateur ~ 3.5
    Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
    Something Wild ~ 3.5
    Print the Legend ~ 3.5
    Living Off a Dollar ~ 3.5
    If a Tree Falls ~ 3.5
    After Tiller ~ 3.5
    The East ~ 3.5
    The Brass Teapot ~ 3
    The Double ~ 3
    Dorfman in Love ~ 3
    Casting By ~ 3
    Titanic's Final Mystery ~ 3
    Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream ~ 3
    Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace ~ 3
    This is What They Want ~ 3
    Five Star Life ~3
    Dear Zachary ~ 3
    Sedona ~ 3
    Showrunners: the Art of Running a TV Show ~ 2.5
    A Little Bit of Heaven ~ 2.5
    16 Love ~ 2.5
    Drive Me Crazy ~ 2.5
    Reviving Ophelia ~ 2.5
    Fatal Honeymoon ~ 2.5
    Winnebago Man ~ 2
    Liz & Dick ~ 2
    Girl Model ~ 1.5
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    Nine films are vying for the Oscar for Best Picture. As of tonight, I have now seen all nine.

    My 2014 Oscar Ballot

    Which film will win? My guess is 12 Years a Slave. Which do I wish to win? Nebraska. Just saw this film tonight. What a wonderful story with characters that cement themselves into both mind and heart. The black and white cinematography, by Phedon Papamichae, is breathtaking—reminiscent of Gianni Di Venanz's cinematography in Fellini's 8 1/2.



    8 1/2


    Here are the nine nominated films listed in order of preference from most favored to least. What are each film's strengths? What are its weaknesses?

    Click film name to listen to Slate's Spoiler podcast with my favorite film critic Dana Stevens. *Notes Cultural Gabfest podcast with Dana Stevens discussing film, rather than a spoiler podcast.

    1. Nebraska*—Strengths? The cinematography is stunning—should win the Oscar for Best Cinematography. The characters are lovable, quirky, layered, and hilarious. Great story. Heartwarming. Great acting by all. June Squibb should win Best Supporting Actress. Weaknesses? None. Really, none.

    2. Gravity—Strengths? Thrilling. Wonderful ride from beginning to end. Engaging and thought provoking. Bullock is fantastic. Alfonso Cuarón should win Oscar for Best Director. Weaknesses? Some religious undertones and themes were off putting to this atheist.

    3. Her—Strengths? Current, relevant, and completely plausible storyline—believe it or not. Scarlet Johansson's character, Samantha, is both sexy and loveable—brilliant use of voice. Weaknesses? Ending. Would have been more interesting in my opinion if Samantha and Theodore had continued with their relationship rather than it ending.

    4. Philomena*—Strengths? Steve Coogan and Judi Dench—both masters at their craft—give excellent performances and have wonderful onscreen chemistry. Interesting characters, storyline, and thought provoking themes. Weaknesses? Can't think of any.

    5. 12 Years a Slave—Strengths? Heartwrenching and moving story. Brilliant performances by all. Devastating. You will cry at the end. Weaknesses? None.

    6. Dallas Buyers Club*—Strengths? Great performances by Jared Leto and Mathew McConaghy. Leto should win Best Supporting Actor for his lovable and masterful depiction of a transsexual character with AIDS. McConaghy also lost a tremendous amount of weight. Gives best performance of his career. Should win the Oscar for Best Actor.

    7. Captain Phillips—Strengths? First half hour. Loved it. As soon as the pirates board the ship the movie takes a turn for the worse. Weaknesses? Jerky camera. Irritating. Wanted to fast forward to the end—which is pretty good.

    8. American Hustle*—Strengths? Bale. Great costume and set design. Amy Adams in low-cut dresses. Weaknesses? Too much flash and no heart. Predictable. Felt like I have seen this film before.

    9. The Wolf of Wall Street—Strengths? None. Should not be on this list. Horrible film. Weaknesses? Lacks a single sympathetic character. No heart. Too many more to list.
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    Best Films 2013, Oscars 2013, Oscars Ballot 2013, Oscars 2012, Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011.

    The Academy Awards ceremony was broadcasted Sunday, March 2, 2014.

    Some categories I have not voted in yet.

    Black dot denotes my picks. Red dot denotes winners.

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    The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
    Ceremony Aired January 12, 2014


    My picks are in bold font. Winners are underlined.
    Some categories I did not vote in.

    Best Picture, Drama
    12 Years a Slave
    Captain Phillips

    Best Director
    Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips
    Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
    Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
    Alexander Payne - Nebraska
    David O. Russell - American Hustle

    Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
    American Hustle
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Actor, Drama
    Idris Elba - Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom
    Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
    Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
    Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
    Robert Redford - All Is Lost

    Best Actress, Drama
    Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
    Sandra Bullock - Gravity
    Judi Dench - Philomena
    Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks
    Kate Winslet - Labor Day

    Best Actor, Musical or Comedy

    Christian Bale - American Hustle
    Bruce Dern - Nebraska
    Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
    Oscar Isaac Inside - Llewyn Davis
    Joaquin Phoenix - Her

    Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
    Julie Delpy - Before Midnight
    Greta Gerwig - Frances Ha
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Enough Said
    Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
    Amy Adams - American Hustle

    Best Supporting Actor
    Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
    Daniel Brüel - Rush
    Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
    Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
    Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

    Best Supporting Actress
    Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
    Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
    Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
    Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
    June Squibb - Nebraska

    Foreign Language Film
    The Great Beauty
    The Hunt
    The Past
    Blue Is the Warmest Color
    The Wind Rises

    Best Television Series, Drama
    Downton Abbey
    Breaking Bad
    The Good Wife
    House of Cards
    Masters of Sex

    Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    The Big Bang Theory
    Modern Family
    Parks and Recreation

    Best Miniseries or Television Movie

    American Horror Story: Coven
    Beyond the Candelabra
    Dancing on the Edge
    Top of the Lake
    The White Queen

    Best Actor, Television Drama

    Liev Schreiber - Ray Donovan
    Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
    Michael Sheen - Masters of Sex
    Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
    James Spader - The Blacklist

    Best Actress, Television Drama

    Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
    Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black
    Taylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
    Kerry Washington - Scandal
    Robin Wright - House of Cards

    Best Actor, Television Comedy or Musical

    Jason Bateman - Arrested Development
    Don Cheadle - House of Lies
    Michael J. Fox - The Michael J. Fox Show
    Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
    Andy Samberg - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Best Actress, Television Comedy or Musical
    Zooey Deschanel - New Girl
    Lena Dunham Girls
    Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
    Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation

    Best Actor, Television Movie or Mini-Series
    Matt Damon - Behind the Candelabra
    Michael Douglas - Behind the Candelabra
    Chiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the Edge
    Idris Elba - Luther
    Al Pacino - Phil Spector

    Best Actress, Television Movie or Mini-Series
    Helena Bonham Carter - Burton and Taylor
    Rebecca Ferguson - The White Queen
    Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Coven
    Helen Mirren - Phil Spector
    Elisabeth Moss - Top of the Lake

    Best Supporting Actor, Television Movie or Mini-Series

    Josh Charles - The Good Wife
    Rob Lowe - Behind the Candelabra
    Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
    Corey Stoll - House of Cards
    Jon Voight - Ray Donovan

    Best Supporting Actress, Television Movie or Mini-Series
    Jacqueline Bisset - Dancing on the Edge
    Janet McTeer - The White Queen
    Hayden Panettiere Nashville
    Monica Potter - Parenthood
    Sofia Vergara - Modern Family​
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    Like the years before, this is an ongoing list. This one spans December 15, 2013 - December 31, 2014. Here are the other years' lists: 2013, 2012, 2011.

    I will rank each film from one to four stars.

    2014 movies seen:

    The Theory of Everything ~ 4
    The Fault in Our Stars ~ 4
    Maleficent ~ 4
    Whiplash ~ 4
    American Sniper ~ 3.5
    The Interview ~ 3.5
    Boyhood ~ 3.5
    Frank ~ 3.5
    Chef ~ 3
    The Trip to Italy ~ 3
    The Price of Gold ~ 3
    Gone Girl ~ 2.5
    What If ~ 1.5

    Non-2014 films seen:

    GBF ~ 4
    The Right Stuff ~ 4
    Westworld ~ 4
    12 Years a Slave ~ 4
    Nebraska ~ 4
    Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adèle) ~ 4
    Enough Said ~ 4
    Frozen ~ 4
    The Crash Reel ~ 4
    The House I Live In ~ 4
    The Hunt ~ 4
    Monica & David ~ 3.5
    All is Lost ~ 3.5
    Philomena ~ 3.5
    What Maise Knew ~ 3.5
    The Spectacular Now ~ 3.5
    The Waiting Room ~ 3.5
    Dallas Buyers Club ~ 3.5
    About Time ~ 3.5
    Her ~ 3.5
    Tangled ~ 3.5
    Capote ~ 3.5
    South Pacific ~ 3.5
    The Unbelievers ~ 3
    The Woman Who Wasn't There ~ 3
    The Grand Budapest Hotel ~ 3
    The Man From Earth ~ 3
    The Unknown Known ~ 3
    The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) ~ 3
    Inside Llewyn Davis ~ 3
    Blue Jasmine ~ 3
    Rush ~ 3
    Don Jon ~ 3
    The Geography Club ~ 2.5
    Captain Phillips ~ 2.5
    The Wolf of Wall Street ~ 2.5
    Delivery Man ~ 2.5
    American Hustle ~ 2.5
    Saving Mr. Banks ~ 2
    The Counselor ~ 2
    Metropolitan (1990)

    Up Next

    2013 & 2014 films I am hoping to see in the upcoming months:

    Before I Go to Sleep
    Black Sea
    The Coup
    Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
    The Devil's Knot
    Electrick Children
    Fifty Shades Of Grey
    How to Catch a Monster
    Freezing People is Easy
    Grace of Monaco
    God Help the Girl
    Hava Nagila: The Movie
    How I live Now
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
    Inherent Vice
    John Wick
    The Imitation Game
    Kill Your Darlings
    Labour Day
    Land Ho!
    Life Itself
    Magic in the Moonlight
    Man of Tai Chi
    Mr. Turner
    Only Lovers Left Alive
    Out of the Furnace
    Queen of the Desert
    The Railway Man
    Romeo and Juliet
    Room 237
    Slow West
    Still Alice
    Sunlight Jr.
    To the Wonder
    Two Mothers
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    I am going to share something with you that you may not know about me. I like porn. All kinds of porn. Human fleshy glossies and foodie shots, but most of all, heavy industry and ruins porn. What the heck is that, you ask? It is photography of urban decay... abandoned deindustrialization artifacts such as buildings, factories, houses, bridges, parking lots etc. But not all ruins porn is titillating to me. We all have our preferences right? My niche? Heavy industry, baby! Bring on the blast furnaces, water towers, mine heads--hehe, and cooling towers! Cold hard steel and rust turn me on! Also, I prefer the images to be in black and white and to have no people in them.

    Ruins porn as a concept, was birthed in 2009 when James Griffioen, a photographer and writer for the Detroit blog Sweet Juniper!, posted a series of photos of an abandoned public school. The internet when bonkers for these images. A cottage industry took off. Controversy soon ensued, however, when residents of Detroit complained that this type of photography was exploitative, thus earning the porn addendum. I am not concerned with the politics of ruins porn. Is it merely exploitative or does it have historical value? I'll leave that to those who like to debate such things. I just want to appreciate the aesthetics of it all.

    I suppose the types of photos that intrigue me are not necessarily 'ruins' porn. They may be of factories still in use. An example would be of the cement factory in Jerome AZ. Though, arguably, these images I took are what I would consider to be 'soft' industry porn. They are beautiful and romantic... framed by fluffy clouds and perfect blue skies.

    Ruins porn is a new term but ruins photography has been around for quite a while. I first discovered it back in 2007 when I set eyes on the Editors' sleeve art for the album An End Has a Start.


    I was intrigued by the blurry structure in the background. What was it? What was the story behind this image? I had to know. So I researched it. And that first Google search led me on a journey that continues to this day.

    The cover image is a photo manipulation by Idris Kahn. He blended multiple images together to create something new. What images? I wanted, needed to know. Turns out the photos were taken by a husband and wife team from Germany named Bernd and Hilla Becher. Beginning in the late 50s they took thousands of photos of the industrial structures which surrounded them, mainly blast furnaces, cooling towers, mine heads, gas tanks, and water towers. They then categorized them into typologies. These two were pioneers, paving the way for a whole new genre of photography. Their influence can bee seen in the works of current industrial photographers of today.

    These were the cooling towers photos that Idris Kahn used for his blended image...



    What a turn on! I wanted more, much more. And so I spent a great deal of time taking in all of the Becher's photos. These images are transcending, affecting, arresting. And it isn't just a sensual or visual thing. It is emotional, dare I say, spiritual. I really don't have the vocabulary to describe it. Either you get it or you don't. I hope you do. If so, I think we could be friends. Let's test it out. Do you feel something stir within you, perhaps your very soul is being touched, tossed, and compelled to cry out, when you look at these industrial sculptures?




    Apparently I am not the only one who has a fetish for this stuff. Many ruins porn enthusiasts also enjoy taking the photos themselves. I do as well. But I am content taking in the lovely works of others.

    Here are a few more beauties...

    The Maunsell Forts, as you may recall me writing about a little while back...


    And another Becher image...


    Amazing photos by Uwe Niggemeier...

    Bethlehem Steel - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    Blast furnaces in your backyard. A cemetery out front. Your whole life is in view. Haunting. Live. Work. Die.


    Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Mingo Junction


    I recommend:

    Edward Burtynsky's documentary Manufactured Landscapes

    Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness


    (Uwe Niggemeier)

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    Season Finale: Detroit, Sunday November 10 at 9pm ET/PT
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    That's right, Keanu Reeves is a psychopath as the character, Scott Favor, in Gus Van Sant's film, My Own Private Idaho. More on this in a bit. But first...

    What do they call it when you view a movie again, many years later, and see it in a different light? Answer... proof that we can and do change. Our attitudes, perceptions, and values change over time. And this is a good thing. New information and evidence should have us reevaluating our positions. If not, what is the point of learning and growing as human beings? Of course, some of us learn to satisfy a craving. We are information junkies. We don't just crave information in order to grown and learn. We regard learning as intrinsically valuable and not just a means to an end.

    I'll get to more on the concept, means to an end, in just a bit.

    I watched My Own Private Idaho again, the other night. And it was truly like watching it for the first time. It felt like a new film. I don't remember feeling this
    way about it the first time around—back in 1991.

    It was so much better on this second viewing. I noticed how brilliant the cinematography, music, and direction are. I obviously have learned over time to notice such things. I have become an educated cinephile of sorts in these last twenty years, between viewings. I'm not just focused on plot and dialogue and character. Though these things are still important elements in film, of course. But I have a new awareness—a heightened sensitivity which has been fine-tuned over time.

    Maybe, not surprisingly, I also viewed the characters in a different light—particularly Scott (Scottie) Favor. He now seems like a classic psychopath. Mike, Bob, and anyone else who crosses his path, are props in his play—means to an end. I probably failed to see this the first time around for two reasons. First, I was blinded by my lust for Keanu the man. Let's call it what it is—cult of personality syndrome. And secondly, I failed to see Scott's true nature due to my ignorance about psychopathology. I was first introduced to psychopathology in 1991—same year MOPI was released—via the book and film The Silence of the Lambs. And as brilliant as the character Hannibal Lecter is, he is NOT your typical psychopath. He sits at the far end of the spectrum—an extreme case, if you will. The typical psychopath is NOT a serial killer... or even a criminal. One percent of the population are psychopaths. And only twenty percent of the incarcerated are. No, you see, the common psychopath walks and lives amongst us.


    Make no mistake, Scott Favor is a psychopath. He is charming, charismatic, fearless, intelligent, and manipulative... and cold as ice. His strained relationship with his father is not Dad's fault, but rather, the son's. He was born this way. Scottie is a user. He uses everyone he can in order to propel himself to where he wants to end up—at the top. People are just stepping stones. Even Carmella—his beautiful, elegant, and poised girlfriend—is just a prop in his carefully orchestrated plot. This scene towards the end of the film showcases this perfectly...

    WATCH: Scene is at 8:37 - 12:27

    Does seeing Keanu in this new light—as a psychopath—make me love him less? Hell no. I love him even more. Bring on the bad boys—the very, very bad boys! Kidding. Or am I?

    Gus Van Sant—a brilliant auteur. With the inclusion of My Own Private Idaho, these are some of his films that I recommend...

    Drugstore Cowboy (my favorite GVS film)
    To Die For
    Good Will Hunting
    Paranoid Park
    Last Days
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    Oscars Ballot 2013, Oscars 2012, Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011.

    If it is in red, it is also my personal choice.

    Best Picture ~ Argo
    Best Director ~ Steven Spielberg
    Best Actor ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
    Best Actress ~ Emmanuelle Riva
    Best Supporting Actor ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Best Supporting Actress ~ Anne Hathaway
    Best Foreign Language Film ~ Amour

    The Aftermath!

    Argo wins Best Picture! Yeah! Great film and deserving of the top honors. Too bad Affleck didn't win Best Director. He wasn't even nominated in this category. Idiots!


    I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of Affleck, mostly behind the camera.

    Best Director Oscar goes to Ang Lee for Life of Pi. Arrgh. Don't like his films. The critics panned this film. And its religious themes kept me from even seeing it.

    Best Actor goes to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln, of course. No one expected otherwise.

    Best Actress goes to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. Great film. Great performance. But I still think Emmanuelle Riva pulled off a more challenging and memorable role in Amour. Ah but it was in French. The Academy voters shy away from films with subtitles--takes too much effort. And they can't be viewed on their iPhones--text is too small to read.

    Best Supporting Actor goes to Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained--another film I didn't see. And as you know, there weren't many. Tarantino's films have become boring, redundant, and predictable.

    Best Supporting Actress goes to Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables. She's great in everything she does. Deserved an Oscar. If not for this, then for the sum of all her roles. Do they give Oscars out for past accomplishments? I hear they do.

    Amour wins Best Foreign Language Film--and rightly so!

    And as for the Best Dressed of the evening. All I shall say is that ALL red carpet walkers were dressed better than me. :p
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    These are my favorite films that were produced by companies located/registered in the UK. Or, ones that really feel like they were made there, thus deserving the label. Ha!

    In no particular order...

    Secrets and Lies
    The Imitation Game
    Billy Elliot
    War of the Buttons
    Mr. Turner
    The Crying Game
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Lawrence of Arabia
    A Room With a View
    Sophie's Choice
    About Time
    12 Years a Slave
    Pride & Prejudice
    The Full Monty
    We Need to Talk About Kevin
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    The Elephant Man
    Valmont (technically French but feels British--has Colin Firth as its lead, after all)
    Love Actually
    Bridget Jones's Diary
    This is England
    A Somewhat Gentle Man
    The Theory of Everything
    The Trip
    Withnail and I
    A Clockwork Orange
    Gregory's Girl
    One Day
    The Queen
    Morvern Callar
    Don't Look Now
    The Full Monty
    The English Patient
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Made in Britain
    My Beautiful Laundrette
    Man on a Wire
    Fish Tank
    Starter For Ten

    Purposefully missing from the list...

    The King's Speech (overrated, historically inaccurate)
    Tinker Tailor Solider Spy (snooze-fest)
    Harry Potter (um, no!)
    Slumdog Millionaire (Wasn't my cup of tea.)
    Get Carter (Have not seen it, bon.)
    Monty Python's the Meaning of Life (Don't have a great excuse.)
    Kes (Have not seen it--yet.)
    Sweet Sixteen (Am planning on viewing this one this week.)
    Monty Python's Life of Brian (Have not seen it.)
  • realitybites

    Best 2012 releases:

    Take This Waltz
    Side by Side
    Game Change
    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Hunger Games
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Pitch Perfect (for fun factor)

    Best non-2012 films:

    8 ½
    Gates of Heaven
    2001 Space Odyssey
    My Dinner With Andre
    Some Like It Hot
    The Apartment
    This is Not a Film
    La Dolce Vita
    Bonnie and Clyde



    The Magic of Reality
    Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the China Production Game
    One Day
    Steve Jobs
    Hunting Eichmann
    Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
    Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account


    Fave artist discoveries:

    The Courteeners
    Chapel Club
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    The Sisters of Mercy
    The National
    This Mortal Coil

    Most listened to artists (non-new):

    New Order
    Joy Division
    The Smiths/Moz
    The Cure
    The Horrors
    Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder
    Depeche Mode
    The Drums

    Fave websites this year:




    Charlie Rose


    New shows:

    The Layover
    Million Dollar Decorators

    Non-new shows:

    The Big Bang Theory
    Two and a Half Men
    Mad Men
    Downton Abbey
    The Good Wife
    No Reservations
    Gossip Girl

    Guilty pleasures:

    Flipping Out
    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
    The Real Housewives of Orange County
    Top Chef
    Interior Therapy
    Project Runway


    Slate's Movie Spoilers

    Slate's Cultural Gabfest
  • realitybites
    A Year of Movies
    January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
    (To be updated on an ongoing basis)

    Last Year's List (2012)

    Slate's Movie Spoilers Podcast With Critic Dana Stevens

    2013 Movies Seen:

    12 Years a Slave ~ 4
    Gravity ~ 4
    Blue is the Warmest Color ~ 4
    How to Make Money Selling Drugs ~ 4
    Nebraska ~ 4
    Enough Said ~ 4
    The Crash Reel ~ 4
    All is Lost ~ 3.5
    Dallas Buyers Club ~ 3.5
    Her ~ 3.5
    Philomena ~ 3.5
    About Time ~ 3.5
    The Spectacular Now ~ 3.5
    Spring Breakers ~ 3.5
    Blackfish ~ 3.5
    Disconnected ~ 3.5
    The Great Gatsby ~ 3.5
    A Place Beyond the Pines ~ 3.5
    Broken ~ 3.5
    If You're Feeling Sinister ~ 3.5
    We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks ~ 3.5
    The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) ~ 3
    Rush ~ 3
    Inside Llewyn Davis ~ 3
    Blue Jasmine ~ 3
    Don Jon ~ 3
    Catching Fire ~ 3
    I'm So Excited! ~ 3
    Stories We Tell ~ 3
    Behind the Candelabra ~ 3
    TPB AFK ~ 3
    The Wolf of Wall Street ~ 2.5
    American Hustle ~ 2.5
    The Bling Ring ~ 2.5
    We're the Millers ~ 2.5
    Drinking Buddies ~ 2.5
    Captain Phillips ~ 2.5
    Jobs ~ 2.5
    The Frozen Ground ~ 2.5
    Only God Forgives ~ 2.5
    Stroker ~ 2.5
    Warm Bodies ~ 2.5
    Side Effects ~ 2.5
    Oz: The Great and Powerful ~ 2.5
    Stuck in Love ~ 2
    Saving Mr. Banks ~ 2
    The Counselor ~ 2

    Non-2013 Movies Seen:

    The Woodsman ~ 4
    Searching for Sugar Man ~ 4
    Amour ~ 4
    Before Sunrise ~ 4
    Before Sunset ~ 4
    The Gatekeepers ~ 3.5
    Tyrannosaur ~ 3.5
    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! ~ 3.5
    The Blind Side ~ 3.5
    The Sessions ~ 3.5
    Lore ~ 3.5
    Zero Dark Thirty ~ 3.5
    Silver Linings Playbook ~ 3.5
    Flight ~ 3
    Jack Reacher ~ 3
    500 Days of Summer ~ 3
    How to Survive a Plague ~ 3
    Fish Tank ~ 3
    Robot & Frank ~ 3
    To Rome With Love ~ 3
    Dead Man's Shoes ~ 3
    The Amazing Spider-Man ~ 2.5
    The 40 Year Old Virgin ~ 2.5
    Anna Karenina ~ 2.5
    The Master ~ 2.5