Personal Ballot for 2021, List Version

Note: This list is cultivated from films released in the US in 2021, rather than Oscar’s eligibility list. For reference: 2021 film seen Alphabetically, Chronologically, and By Grade * – 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…

2021 Films Seen by Grade

2021 films seen alphabetically and chronologically My personal ballot for 2021 Atlantis: A-C’mon C’mon: A-*Days: A-*The Disciple: A-Great Freedom: A-The Lost Daughter: A-*Notturno: A-The Orphanage: A-*Prayers for the Stolen: A-Quo Vadis, Aida?: A-* Sweat: A-This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection: A-*What We Left Unfinished: A-Zola: A-* Ascension: B+Attica: B+Azor: B+Censor: B+Drive My Car:…

2021 Films Seen Alphabetically

17 Blocks: B- About Endlessness: BAdam: BAnd Tomorrow the Entire World: D+Antlers: C-Ascension: B+Atlantis: A-Attica: BAzor: B+ Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn: B-Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar: B*Being the Ricardos: B-Belfast: C-Benedetta: BBergman Island: C-Bo Burnham: Inside: BBoiling Point: B- C’mon C’mon: A-*Candyman: C-The Card Counter: DCensor: B+Charlatan: C+Cliff Walkers: C+CODA:…

2021 Films Seen Chronologically

??/??/2019 17 Blocks: B 10/??/2019 Adam: B10/??/2019 The Orphanage: A-*10/14/2020 Undine: B-10/17/2020 Charlatan: C+10/17/2020 Summer of 85: C10/21/2020 Gaza Mon Amour: C+10/26/2020 Little Girl: B10/27/2020 MLK/FBI: B+10/27/2020 Notturno: A-* 11/23/2020 Ema: B1/28/2021 My Little Sister: B1/29/2021 This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection: A-* 2/17/2021 Days: A-*2/21/2021 Judas and the Black Messiah: C+ 3/1/2021…

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. 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,…