Well, you've waited long enough, so here it is. A lot's happened while I've been (somewhat) inactive- though if you know me on social media, then posts come flying regularly there. From the La La Lands to the Moonlights and whatever the heck they're doing in Washington, things sure do change quickly.
You ever wanted to see me bicker, rant, praise, and complain about the Oscars? Well, now's your chance. Join me live on Facebook today to see my OSCAR reactions.
Just in case you were wondering. So, what happened over the past week?
As of today, I have decided to cancel the planned rebrand of ROMVIEWS.WEEBLY.COM into FILMSTHESEDAYS.COM. Yes, I know it sucks, but that does not mean I won't use the FILMSTHESEDAYS name. In Summer 2017, I will be launching a film review series under the name FILMSTHESEDAYS. So join me again this summer- and then we can pick the gold from the turds of Hollywood.
So, how do I sum this up? What a crazy bunch of nominees. And what a long list of snubs! So, let's get this over with:
There are too many wildcards that I could name in the final night before the Golden Globe Nominations are announced (6:15/5:15 PT December 11). Let's go through them shall we?
WELL, YOU'VE WAITED LONG ENOUGH. HERE IS THE FIRST EPISODE OF 10 BOLD PREDICTIONS...
Until further notice, I have decided to delay the transition date for ROMVIEWS.WEEBLY.COM. Yes, I know this is disappointing news, but running the website after the transition period would cost money. And if I don't get a return from that investment, then what should I do? Thus, the transition date has been delayed until Summer 2017.
With one of the most crowded fields in Oscar history, and only a maximum 10 slots available for the Best Picture category, it's tough to figure out which films to watch during the next few months. While there are the obvious picks (such as Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge and La La Land), the amount of dark horses this year is insane. So, how do you get a near-perfect ballot in terms of nominations at the Oscars and preceding awards shows? Let's look...
Well, most of it. This thought came up when I noticed the relative underperfomance of the then Best Picture front runner The Birth of a Nation. Although it had been purchased at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year by 21st Century Fox through their Fox Searchlight division for a record $17.5 million. However, the public ignored the film itself due to some rather explicit college campus assault allegations related to the film's director, Nate Parker. Although those said charges were dropped (and since I wish not to talk further about that, you can read into it by searching this on Google), the damage was done. So, why don't film goers give a crap about awards fare? Ask an average film goer about the last few Best Picture winners, and which ones they had seen. Most people probably haven't seen Spotlight or Birdman. Heck, name a Best Picture winner you have actually seen other than Titanic or The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King. Got any answers? No?
Notice anything? Less than half of the Best Picture nominees cracked the top 25. Heck, the Best Picture winner that year, Spotlight, ranked 62nd! People are getting tired of these old geezer guilds and what they have to say about the "best" films of the year. The #1 film in America for the past two weekends, BOO: A MADEA HALLOWEEN, only scored a 22% on Rotten Tomatoes and yet was well received by audiences! The Birth of a Nation cost $8.5 million dollars to make. While that sounds like something you can make back, add on the $17.5 million dollar distribution cost and whatever marketing cost, and the $15.3 million the film has made in the United States to date doesn't break even. So while I am an awards junkie, I feel like the general movie going public would rather watch something like Trolls or Doctor Strange over something like Hacksaw Ridge this weekend. Though that's just my opinion.
I have a lot to talk about, don't I? So to start, despite being savagely treated by about half of the nation's critics, I loved The Accountant. However, I feel that my thoughts should be covered in a blog instead. So, what do I think? Its nearly cinematic perfection! Like a intricate puzzle, you have to pay close attention, as plot points that pop up early in the film return later with a vengeance. (other than a few mind boggling late plot twists). The acting by Ben Affleck as the titular accountant is spectacular, and you don't think much about how that is an OSCAR (R) winning actor on the screen. The action- well, they aren't afraid to be brutal when they need to! Everything else fits together in a neat little bow, such as the film's portrayal of autism- and having a high functioning variant of the disorder, I felt it was handled well. I guess you have to be a parent of someone with autism or have it to understand the film well. The Accountant is rated R for strong violence and language, and I give it four stars out of five. See it now! But these days, you know what doesn't fit in a neat little bow?
-I talk about The Accountant