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…

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…

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…

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,…

December 2019 Viewing Log

The Wise Kids (12, B): So generous towards its characters and their complexities you forgive some lag in the filmmaking. 12/2/19 Henry Gamble’s Birthday (15, B+): Expands its canvas of characters and questions, a little thornier but just as empathetic. 12/2/19 I’d call Princess Cyd my favorite of Cone’s films, which has two genius performance…

November 2019 Viewing Log

Lights Out (16, D): Has its scares, engaging (so blunt!) depression allegory, but keeps souring its rules and its messaging is hideous. 11/2/19 It doesn’t help that so many films of late have tread this ground with more nuance and filmmaking bonafides, but even on its own terms it’s sensationalist and crude. Nostalghia (83, A):…

Films Seen in 2019 – By Grade

(Film name) = Not released in the U.S. this yearFilm name* = Multiple viewingsClick here for a list of my 2019 viewings sorted alphabetically Atlantics: A* Black Mother: A* The Cave: A* American Factory: A- A Beautiful Day in the Nieghborhood: A-* The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open: A- By the Grace of…

Films Seen in 2019 – Alphabetical

(Film name) = Not released in the US this yearFilm name* = Multiple viewingsClick here for a list of my 2019 viewings sorted by grade 17 Blocks: B 1917: C+ 3 Faces: B+ Ad Astra: B+* (Adam: B) American Factory: A- American Woman: B Aniara: B+ The Apollo: B Apollo 11: A- Ash is Purest…