Yes, 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' Deserves All 7 of Its Oscars

Everything Everywhere All at Once Oscars

"You think because l'm kind that it means I'm naive, and maybe I am. It's strategic and necessary. This is how I fight." It won!! It acutally won!! I'm still not sure if it's true. Are we in an alternate multiverse? One where the best movie of the year actually goes on to win Best Picture?! No, this is reality - the world we ae all a part of, and hell yes, it really did happen. Last night at the Oscars, The Academy voted fully in favor of The Daniels' multiverse sci-fi spectacle Everything Everywhere All at Once - giving it a grand total of 7 Oscars over the course of the night. It won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and three of the acting awards. I love this movie! It was my #1 of 2022 (here is my full Top 10) and I went to see EEAAO (as film geeks affectionately call it for short) four times in theaters last summer, but I never expected it to go on to win any Oscars. That's why this is such an amazing surprise! The amount of petty hate I've seen is ridiculous; complainers are really reaching with bullshit claims that it's one of the worst BP winners ever. 🙄 They're out of their minds. EEAAO absolutely deserves every single Oscar it won.


 Posted on March 13 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial | 6 Comments

2023 Academy Awards Winners - Fraser & Yeoh Finally Win Oscars

Academy Awards 2023

The 95th Academy Awards are finally upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscars have once again returned to their normal routine, wrapping up another very long season with this spectacular March event. All awards will be marked below in the complete list alongside the nominees. There are ten Best Picture nominees from 2022, and it has been a rather exciting awards season. The frontrunner is the beloved Everything Everywhere All at Once, which is my #1 of 2022 anyway, though I was not expecting it to end up winning so much already. The rest of tonight should be a surprise. I'm enjoying this anticipation and I'm curious to find out what The Academy members picked. I'd also be happy with Tár or The Fabelmans winning as well. Big night for Hollywood! Now it's time to find out who's taking home Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full set of nominees below will be updated with winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

Everything Everywhere All at Once
Everything Everywhere All at Once!!!!
The Daniels
The Daniels for EEAAO
Brendan Fraser in The Whale
Brendan Fraser in The Whale
Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once
Michelle Yeoh in EEAAO

Continue reading for a complete list of #Oscars2023 nominees & winners. Comment on the winners below.

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of personal commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.


 Posted on March 12 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | 3 Comments

Watch: James Cameron Interviews 'Fire of Love' Director Sara Dosa

Fire of Love Sara Dosa

"It captures the love of science, which is truly the love of curiosity." This might be one of the best team-ups of this entire awards season!! National Geographic has released a 30-minute Zoom conversation between two remarkably talented filmmakers - Sara Dosa and James Cameron. Technically it's an awards promo for Fire of Love, Dosa's award-winning documentary about the two French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft. We've been raving about this film since the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where it premiered, and it has gone on to have a great run in theaters last summer before a Disney+ premiere via NatGeo. Fire of Love is now nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars, and it might go on to win - especially with the help of Cameron. Both Cameron and Dosa will be at the Oscars this year, Cameron with his own movie Avatar: The Way of Water (which has four noms including Best Picture). I couldn't dream of a more epic interview than pairing Dosa with the icon that is JC, and letting him gush about her volcano documentary. How awesome. This is such a wholesome, uplifting conversation between two passionate storytellers… More of this, please.


 Posted on March 2 in Discuss, Documentaries, To Watch | Comments

95th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2022

Academy Awards Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 95th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from Oscars.org). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees via live broadcast. The nominations from 2022 are, as usual, an exciting and wonderful and curious set of nominees with plenty of surprises and expected picks - including The Sea Beast sneaking in, RRR only getting in for Best Song, Andrea Riseborough from To Leslie somehow pulling off a nod, and The Banshees of Inisherin getting tons of love. Best of all, my #1 of 2022 - Everything Everywhere All at Once - landed 11 nominations in total, a clear sign it is loved by everyone. The Academy chose a total of ten Best Picture nominees from 2022, also including: Top Gun: Maverick, All Quiet on the Western Front, Elvis, The Fabelmans, Women Talking, Triangle of Sadness. Without further ado, view the full list of nominees below.


 Posted on January 24 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 1 Comment

How Aronofsky's 'The Whale' is an Empowering Story About Honesty

The Whale - Honesty

There's a value that seems to be becoming rarer and rare these days - honesty. Yes, it's scary, yes, it can be painful, but it's a necessary and important part of humanity. They even make fun of this in Interstellar, with TARS making a joke about how his honesty setting is too high because, "Absolute honesty isn't always the most diplomatic nor the safest form of communication with emotional beings." One of my Top 10 films of the year is Darren Aronofsky's The Whale, which I already reviewed out of the Venice Film Festival a few months ago. I recently watched the film again for a second time and it really struck me even more this time around - The Whale is about honesty above all else. It's not really about being fat or the struggles of being overweight, it's about depression and disconnection and how being dishonest put everyone in the situation they're in at this moment. The film is about an obese man named Charlie who attempts to reconnect with his daughter over the course of a week, with a very emotional finale where he literally yells about being honest.


 Posted on December 28 in Discuss, Editorial, Indies | Comments

John Waters Reveals His Top 10 Films of 2022 - Chalamet & Donkey

John Waters - EO Top 10

"Can a movie be both stupid and effete yet unironic? Only the French can pull that off…" Ready to surprise us again!! It's always a joy to discover what John Waters has chosen for his Top 10 list every year. One of our favorite "best of the year" lists that kicks off this time of the year is from filmmaker John Waters - his Top 10 favorite films in a list that is unlike any other. For 2022, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) strange mix of films, featuring not only one but two films from French filmmaker François Ozon - Peter Von Kant and Everything Went Fine. These originally premiered in different years, but were released together in 2022. Other highlights include Bones and All, mostly because he's really attracted to Timothée Chalamet (who isn't??), Quentin Dupieux's goofball superhero comedy Smoking Causes Coughing, and the iconic donkey movie EO, which premiered in Cannes this summer. Check out all of his favorites below.


 Posted on December 1 in Discuss, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Discuss: Who's Really the Villain in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

"You perform civility here, but we know what you whisper in your halls of leadership and in your military facilities." Playing in theaters worldwide is Marvel Studios' sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, director Ryan Coogler's follow-up to the massively successful Black Panther from 2018. Our writer MSB has already published a comprehensive review with his own thoughts on this MCU Phase 4 finale, so I want to bring up some different ideas about the movie. I think Wakanda Forever is actually better, much better, than the original Black Panther movie – which is a bit of a mess in terms of script and set pieces (aside from the Busan chase). It's better because it's much darker, much more confident, and much more complex - not only with the story and Wakanda trying to recover from the loss of T'Challa / Chadwick Boseman, but also with intricate emotions and characters that are not glossy & flawless. The two leaders in this one, Shuri of Wakanda and Namor of Talokan, are both brooding, angry people who just want to defend their own nation.


 Posted on November 11 in Discuss, Marvel, Review | 4 Comments

What Do Both 'Don't Worry Darling' & 'Crimes of the Future' Have in Common?

Don't Worry Darling + Crimes of the Future

Even as a film critic, i. e., someone who encounters the big screen more often than the average moviegoer, it's rare to watch two distinguishable flicks consecutively and discover they have almost exactly the same pros and cons. Don't Worry Darling and Crimes of the Future may share similar horror elements, but hardly anyone would remember to directly compare the films of "newcomer" director Olivia Wilde and "legend" filmmaker David Cronenberg. However, seeing these two movies back-to-back within less than 24 hours and without any other content in between only emphasized the importance of all the filmmaking components being in sync, and how much they can influence the general opinion of those who watch them.


 Posted on October 7 in Discuss, Editorial, Review | Comments

Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York - Four Terrific Fall Film Festivals

Venice Film Festival

Who's ready for the fall film festival season to kick off?! If you work in the movie industry, or if follow the movie industry, or if you just love new movies, September 1st is the big day when the fall season begins. It's an exciting time because four major film festivals take place back-to-back, and all of the excellent films that have been finishing up this year will be premiering across many of them. The Venice Film Festival (in its 79th year / aka "Venezia") kicks things off every fall, launching just days before the Telluride Film Festival (in its 49th year / aka "Telluride"). Days after Telluride is over, and before Venice has even ended, the Toronto Film Festival (in its 47th year / aka "TIFF") launches. At the end of the month, the iconic and glamorous New York Film Festival (in its 60th year / aka "NYFF") begins with a big celebration at the beloved Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. I have been to all four of these festivals many times over the years, and I'd say that each one is an outstanding film festival and any of these four are worth attending.


 Posted on August 29 in Discuss, Editorial | Comments

What is 'The Batman' Really Getting At? Maybe We Need to Reflect

The Batman

"I wish I could say I'm making a difference, but I don't know." Is he making a positive difference or making everything worse? I've seen Matt Reeves' dark, gritty Gotham City noir thriller The Batman three times already. I've been thinking plenty about the movie over the last few weeks, but specifically about the plot, all three hours of it. What does it mean, what is the script trying to say? What is it really getting at? It's a story about the first years of DC's iconic superhero Batman, yes, but it's also deeper than that. By the third time I watched, there were a few key scenes that really stuck out to me that I didn't necessarily pick up on the first times around. On the surface, The Batman is about his "early years" in Gotham City as he's figuring himself out, trying to make sense of the crime in Gotham City, and whether or not he's helping stop all the crime as a masked vigilante. Similar to The Daily Bugle always hating Spider-Man, at the start most of the city seems to be against him, seeing him as a menace more than a hero. Which is an important lesson for him to learn.


 Posted on April 5 in DC Movies, Discuss, Editorial | 2 Comments

2022 Academy Awards Winners - 'CODA', Jane Campion, Will Smith

2022 Academy Awards

The 94th Academy Awards are finally upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is once again taking place much later than usual this year, we're already into spring, and the awards season has been very long since last fall. There are ten Best Picture nominees from 2021, and I don't think anyone has been able to figure which one is going to win before tonight. The frontrunner seems to be CODA, gaining momentum recently, but The Power of the Dog and West Side Story also have plenty of support. While there are some obvious expected wins, most of tonight will be a complete surprise. I'm enjoying this anticipation and I'm all for any of these three excellent films winning big - along with Dune and Spencer and The Lost Daughter as other favorites. Now it's time to find out who is taking home Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

CODA - Best Picture
dir. by Siân Heder
Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion for
The Power of the Dog
Will Smith - King Richard
Will Smith for
King Richard
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Read on below for a complete list of #Oscars2022 nominees & winners. Tell us your thoughts on the results.

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of personal commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.


 Posted on March 27 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 7 Comments

Editorial: The Academy's Obsession with Popularity is Utterly Pathetic

Academy Awards

What the heck is going on with The Academy?! They've lost all sense of direction. With the live broadcast of the Academy Awards Ceremony losing viewers consistently year after year, The Academy has started to freak out and lose their minds. Instead of making smart choices to redevelop what the awards mean, who they're (really) for, and why they (still) matter, they've gone entirely the other way - chasing popularity and desperately trying to figure out how to remain hip and valuable to younger generations. In doing so, they've started to sacrifice everything they stand for, including bringing extra attention to the craftspeople who are also a key part of movie-making and are often forgotten or ignored by most audiences. I adore the Academy Awards, I always have and always will, because they're an iconic institute that has always been about quality and professionalism. But this obsession with popularity and ratings is utterly pathetic and I'm so tired of it.


 Posted on March 25 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial | 2 Comments



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