Category Archives: Film

Films Seen in 2020 Part 6

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve seen this year. The sub-goals are 5 films with Michelle Williams, 5 films with Casey Affleck (I’ve been slacking with watching more recent work so picking these two seems like a … Continue reading

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The Oscars and Half-Hearted Diversity Quotas

Last week, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released new standards for what is necessary for a film to qualify for a nomination for Best Picture. This led to some predictable criticism and celebration. The basic rule is … Continue reading

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Films Seen in 2020 Part 5

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve seen this year. The sub-goals for this section are five films by Czech director Jiri Menzel, five films involving trains, five films from the Shudder streaming service (I ultimately went with … Continue reading

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Films Seen In 2020 Part 4

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve seen this year. I’m using a film challenge that I saw online for the month of June. Full disclosure: these were sometimes out of order. For the hell of it, I’m … Continue reading

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Films Seen in 2020 Part 3

This is a continuation of observations on movies I’ve watched. My goal for the year is to see ten movies from every decade (counting the Silent Era and 1920s as one decade.) And I’ve added a few mini-goals to this … Continue reading

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Films Seen in 2020 Part 2

This is a continuation of notes on films I’ve watched this year. There’s ample opportunity with the strong recommendation to stay indoors. I went with a few mini-goals: ten films from Roger Ebert’s selection of great movies, five films by … Continue reading

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Films Seen In 2020 Part 1

As I’ve done in the last two years, I’m making notes on the movies I’ve seen this year. This section covers films I saw mostly before becoming a shut-in thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. I’m continuing the goal for the … Continue reading

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The Longest Oscar Nominating Streaks

A rare trait shared by Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson was that they had been nominated at least once a decade for five consecutive decades from the 1960s until the 2000s. However, the streak came to an end in the … Continue reading

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Could Slate Voting Result In More Diverse Nominees?

With questions about the most diverse Democratic presidential primary in history getting down to a bunch of white people who made the next debate, and concerns that the Academy Award nominations have been biased (an all-male Best Director slate; only … Continue reading

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Movies Watched in 2019 Finale: Scorsese and Italian Film Edition

For the final entry in the films watched in 2019 series, I’m having Scorsese inspired subchallenges, with at least five films by him and at least five films he really likes: those he selected for his list of best movies … Continue reading

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