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 Runners-Up: Martin Eden, David Byrne’s American Utopia, First Cow*, The Assistant, Zombi Child, Welcome to Chechnya, Bloody Nose…

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…

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,…

Corpus Christi (19, B-/B)

Corpus Christi, as you may have heard, is based on the true story of a young Polish man sent off to a work camp/halfway house designated by the youth detention center he’d been living in for the past few years. Rather than doing that, Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) pretends to be a priest in order to…