1986 Supporting Actress Smackdown

Friends, I have had an absolutely wonderful time touring through 1986. The films nominated for Supporting Actress? Almost uniformly great, with one glaring exception that’s fully balanced out by the sheer perfection of the lineup’s best entry. The other films I’ve watched this month? Pretty fucking great, with outstanding work across a fantastically wide sample…

1998 Supporting Actress Smackdown

Generally speaking, it’d be hard to bounce off of the 1946 Supporting Actress lineup and not land with a better vintage. 1998’s group benefited from choosing five movies with a pretty significant range in tone and genre. Good or bad, the variety alone automatically makes it harder for a uniform experience. The fact that Primary…

1946 Supporting Actress Smackdown

I, for one, have had a very nice time getting to write more companion pieces for the Supporting Actress Smackdown. And I’ve greatly enjoyed reading what this month’s panelists had to say about the five nominated actresses, all hailing from fairly dubious projects. Still, I thought it’d be fun to throw in my own opinions…

2020 Films Watched by Grade

Includes World and US releases. World releases will be denoted with ^ over the title. Films watched more than once will be denoted with * over the letter grade. Dear Comrades!: ANotturno^: A*Quo Vadis, Aida?^: A Babyteeth: A-*Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets: A-Collective: A-David Byrne’s American Utopia: A-Days^: A-Finding Yingying: A-First Cow: A-Ghost Tropic: A-I Carry…

2020 Ballot, List Version

Picture Time, dir. Garrett Bradley Dear Comrades!, dir. Andrei Konachlovsky Graves Without a Name, dir Rithy Pahn Ghost Tropic, dir. Bas Devos Never Rarely Sometimes Always, dir. Eliza Hittman Wolfwalkers, dirs. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart The Wolf House, Cristobal Leon and Joaquin Cocina^ Babyteeth, dir. Shannon Murphy The Wild Goose Lake, dir. Diao Yinan…

Supporting Actress Smackdown 2020 Companion Masterpost

Well, we made it. This season of the Supporting Actress Smackdown at The Film Experience is over. I’m ending this extended run with twenty-six articles under my belt, which, holy shit, that’s half a year’s worth of supporting actressing. I am, to say the least, very proud of what I wrote, both because this was…

Sorry We Missed You (19, B)

Like On a Magical Night, I missed this because (if I remember correctly) it only played at CIFF over the weekend that I had to flee the state for personal reasons Friday-thru-Sunday. I can’t say what made me so eager to see this – I know Ken Loach’s reputation well but have only seen his…

Ghost Tropic (19, A-)

Likely the film I was most interested in watching after I missed it at CIFF, in no small part due to Nick Davis’ write-up of it as part of his towering Best of the Decade feature. As soon as it became available to rent online I spent a weekend in its company. Our protagonist is…

On a Magical Night (19, B?)

I mean, how could I not watch this? Chriophe Honoré’s previous film Sorry Angel has lingered with me since I first saw it nearly two years ago, and the premise of On a Magical Night sounded like a good time. Also: Hi Sebastién! Here, college professor Maria (Chiara Mastroianni) must reckon with her history of…

1947 Supporting Actress Smackdown

The Nominees Ethel Barrymore, The Paradine Case – Yes, it’s weird Barrymore is the only nominee of this very amazing film. Hitchcock’s visual ideas are probably as much to do with her impact as her own acting choices, and I wish she had a scene with Ann Todd at some point during the trial given…