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. My personal ballot for 2020 can be found here. Babyteeth: A-*Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets: A-David Byrne’s American Utopia: A-Days^: A-Dear Comrades!: A-Dick Johnson is Dead: A-First…

2020 Ballot, List Version

* – original nominee that subsequent became a runner-up^ – runner-up that was originally a nominee^^ – runner-up that was a nominee and then became a runner-up again” – film seen after original ballot was posted Picture Time, dir. Garrett Bradley Dear Comrades!, dir. Andrei Konachlovsky Graves Without a Name, dir Rithy Pahn Ghost Tropic,…

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…

1981 Supporting Actress Smackdown

I’ve always loved playing alongside the Smackdown. I’m incredibly excited for the busy schedule that’s been announced for this summer, shooting for six films of the next few months. I’m even happier that Film Experience helmer Nathaniel Rogers has allowed me to write a weekly companion piece for every year of the month, focusing on…

2019 Ballot, List Version

* – original nominee that subsequent became a runner-up^ – runner-up that was originally a nominee^^ – runner-up that was a nominee and then became a runner-up again” – film seen after original ballot was posted Picture Atlantics, dir. Mati Diop The Cave, dir. Feras Fayyad Black Mother, dir. Khalik Allah End of the Century,…

February 2020 Viewing Log

Bombshell (19, C): Impactful on its own terms, but omits too much context to actually say anything meaningful. Sloppily made to boot. 2/2/2020 I think Robbie’s actually pretty good with some of the film’s darkest scenes. Charlize is fine, if somewhat inhibited by the vocal imitation and the prosthetics. In that Monster way, she kinda…