Steve’s 2017 Top Ten…for now, anyway

I’m not a fan of “top tens” because they are living, breathing, ever-changing organisms, but I’ll play along and share a current snapshot of my own personal favorites from 2017.

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24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Predictions

Even though the Oscar nominations don’t get announced until Tuesday morning, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be taking place on Sunday and are a very important precursor. They’ve been a predictor of Best Picture upsets like Shakespeare In Love and Crash which won the SAG award for Best Cast In A Motion Picture. They […]

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Dear Oscar: Time to Stop the Squabbling & Invite Streaming to the Party

Evolution isn’t easy – just ask the dodo – but streaming productions are here to stay. They will grow in popularity. People will watch them and identify with the stories they tell. If AMPAS will not reach out and include them, I suggest they re-qualify the title of the big prize to be “Best Picture Made by a White Man Shown in a Public Building that Sells Popcorn”.

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For Your Consideration: Rachel Morrison, Best Cinematography, MUDBOUND

This is the closest a woman has gotten to being nominated for an Oscar in that impenetrable fortress of a category. As Morrison said when she was accepting her Kodak Vision Award in 2013, “It baffles me how women remain such a minority in an industry whose primary currency is visualizing human emotion….”

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The Writers Guild Of America Announced Their Annual List Of Nominees

There were some expected inclusions like Get Out, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, and The Shape Of Water. But there were also some slight surprises as well. Martin McDonagh may be line to be Oscar nominated for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri but he was ineligible due to strict guild rules involving its production. So, his […]

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The Suspicious Awards Run Of Mudbound

Something about the awards run of Mudbound has been rather suspicious. The film has picked up major nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association: Supporting Actress for Mary J. Blige, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Ensemble. It also received the Robert Altman Award for its Ensemble from the Independent Spirit Awards. However, the BFCA snubbed it […]

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Screen Actors Guild Nominations Offer A Few Surprises

WOW!!!! That is all I can say about my thoughts on the Screen Actors Guild nominations. There’s so many shockers that I don’t know where to begin. For starters, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri seriously over-performed with four nominations including Best Ensemble and a surprise Supporting Actor mention for Woody Harrelson. Also, late breakers The […]

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I, Tonya And Mudbound Get Some Love From The New York Film Critics Online

While the New York Film Critics Online loved Mudbound enough to give it Best Picture, Best Director, and Ensemble Cast, they still were passionate about The Florida Project which tied with Mudbound for Best Picture and won Supporting Actor. They also threw their weight behind I, Tonya which won Best Actress for Margot Robbie and […]

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Get Out And Dunkirk Make Their Mark With Washington Film Critics Associations Winners

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations (WAFCA) announced their set of winners and have made the awards race crazy by forming a consensus on some categories but not others. For starters, Laurie Metcalf continues to steamroll her way through the Supporting Actress category and Coco is maintaining its momentum in the Best Animated Feature. But Get […]

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GENRE BLAST: When Push Comes to Shove – the Genre of Disparity

One of the miraculous benefits from storytelling – especially in cinema – is its ability to teach and inform, enabling empathy by making news and history come alive. We share experiences not necessarily from historical perspective, but also as a plea to correct or change direction into the future. By recounting and reenacting acts of bravery and resistance, film can serve as both acknowledgement and inspiration.

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Review: Dee Rees’ Essential Mudbound

Mudbound is many things at once: A demonstration of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a portrait of racial tensions in rural America, and a universal telling of everyday people trying to live through the trials of today to build a better tomorrow. Yet the film is one thing as well: Poetic. Despite its heavy subject matter, it […]

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