Sunday, December 17, 2017


More honors for the best in cinema for 2017 are out with films critics from Boston and San Francisco announcing their picks with "Phantom Thread" getting top honor from Beantown while the Bay City went with "The Florida Project".  The American Film Institute also delivered their annual selection of the ten best movies of the year and the Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominations for the 24th annual awards. What is notable about this year's SAG Award ceremony is that for the first time, there will be a host, Kristen Bell and all of the presenters will be female.

Willem Dafoe continues to collect awards as he won Best Supporting Actor prizes from both Boston and San Francisco and received a nomination from SAG for his work in "The Florida Project" while Laurie Metcalf  repeated the same feat for her excellent Best Supporting performance in "Lady Bird".

Some interesting picks include Daniel Kaluuya selected as Best Actor from Boston critics for his fine work in "Get Out" and he received a nomination from SAG. Andy Serkis was an unexpected winner for Best Actor by SF for his computer-generated performance in "War For The Planet of The Apes" and Margot Robbie received Best Actress recognition from them as well as a SAG nomination for her role as skater, Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya"

Meanwhile, The European Film Awards have handed out their prizes and "The Square", the Swedish satirical drama written and directed by Ruben Östlund, swept by winning all five awards it was nominated for including Best Film and a Best Actor win for a star on the rise, Claes Bang. The film was just recently shortlisted by the Academy as one of nine films eligible for this year's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

AFI 2017 Movies Of The Year:

"The Big Sick"
"Call Me By Your Name"
"The Florida Project"
"Get Out"
"Lady Bird"
"The Post"
"The Shape of Water"
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
"Wonder Woman"

Winners of the 2017 Boston Society of Film Critics:

Best Picture: "Phantom Thread"
Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "Phantom Thread"
Best Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"
Best Cinematography: Hoyte Van Hoytema, "Dunkirk"
Best Documentary: "Dawson City: Frozen in Time"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Square"
Best Animated Film: "Coco"
Best Film Editing: David Lowery, "A Ghost Story"
Best New Filmmaker: Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Best Ensemble Cast: "The Meyerowitz Stories"
Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, "Phantom Thread"

Winners of the 2017 San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Best Picture: "The Florida Project"
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
Best Actor: Andy Serkis, "War For The Planet of The Apes"
Best Actress: Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Best Foreign Language Film: "BPM (Beats Per Minute)"
Best Animated Feature: "Coco"
Best Documentary: "Faces Places"
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, "Blade Runner 2049"
Best Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry, "The Shape of Water"
Best Editing: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, "Baby Driver"
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, "Call Me By Your Name"
Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, "Phantom Thread"

Winners of the 2017 European Film Awards:

Best European Film: "The Square"
Best European Discovery: "Lady Macbeth"
Best European Comedy: "The Square"
Best European Actress: Alexandra Borbely, "On Body And Soul"
Best European Actor: Claes Bang, "The Square"
Best European Documentary: "Communion"
Best European Director: Ruben Ostlund, "The Square"
Best European Screenwriter: Ruben Ostlund, "The Square"
Best European Animated Feature: "Loving Vincent"
Best European Short Film: "Timecode"
Best European Cinematographer: Michail Krichman, "Loveless"
Best European Composer: Evgueni & Sacha Galperine, "Loveless"
Best European Editor: Robin Campillo, "BPM (Beats Per Minute)"
Best European Production Designer: Josefin Åsberg, "The Square"
Best European Costume Designer: Katarzyna Lewińska, "Spoor"
Best European Hair & Make-Up Artist: Leendert van Nimwegen, "Brimstone"
Best European Sound Designer: Oriol Tarragó, "A Monster Calls"

The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

"The Big Sick"
"Get Out"
"Lady Bird"
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"
Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"
Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Woody Harrelson, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water"
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
Holly Hunter, "The Big Sick"
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:

"Baby Driver"
"War for the Planet of the Apes"
"Wonder Woman"

Saturday, December 16, 2017


With the goal to showcase the extraordinary diversity and creativity of America’s film heritage and to preserve these films, the National Film Registry have selected twenty-five more films to be added to the list of diverse and important works of cinema that will be stored in the Library of Congress. These include the Kevin Costner baseball fantasy, "Field of Dreams"; "Dumbo", Disney's animated classic of a flying elephant with giant ears; the groundbreaking interracial romantic drama, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"; the action-thriller, "Die Hard" that made Bruce Willis a movie star; Spike Lee's moving documentary on the tragic 1963 church bombing in Alabama, "4 Little Girls"; the 1978 live-action feature film on the Man of Steel, "Superman"; Elia Kazan’s study of anti-Semitism, "Gentleman’s Agreement" and the ill-fated romance that involves a ship and an iceberg which became one of the biggest box-office hits of all-time, "Titanic" are just a few of the titles selected.

Spanning the period between 1905-2000, these films have been named because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance and with these selections brings the number of films in the registry to 725. Here is the complete list of the films selected to the 2017 National Film Registry:

"Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival)" (1951)

"Boulevard Nights" (1979)

"Die Hard"(1988)
"Dumbo" (1941)
"Field of Dreams" (1989)

"4 Little Girls" (1997)
"Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection" (1920's and 1930's)
"Gentleman’s Agreement" (1947)

"The Goonies" (1985)
"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" (1967)
"He Who Gets Slapped" (1924)
"Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street" (1905)
"La Bamba" (1987)

"Lives of Performers" (1972)
"Memento" (2000)

"Only Angels Have Wings" (1939)
"The Sinking of the Lusitania" (1918)
"Spartacus" (1960)
"Superman" (1978)

"Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser" (1988)
"Time and Dreams" (1976)
"To Sleep with Anger" (1990)

"Wanda" (1971)
"With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain" (1937-1938)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Inspired not only by the great success of horror films this year but also by many of the frightening and horrific political activities that have been happening not only here in the U.S. but in much of the rest of the world, The New York Times magazine has used this popular genre for their annual Great Performances issue.

Times film critics, A.O. Scott and Wesley Morris have selected the ten actors who made an incredible impact with some of the year's best performances. And filmmaker, Floria Sigismondi has photographed each actor, Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out"), Nicole Kidman ("The Beguiled", "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"), Tiffany Haddish ("Girls Trip"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Stronger"), Daniela Vega ("A Fantastic Woman"), Brooklynn Prince ("The Florida Project"),  Timothée Chalamet ("Call Me By Your Name"), Andy Serkis ("War For The Planet of The Apes"), Cynthia Nixon ("A Quiet Passion") and Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird") in interesting short films with a horror setting. To read why they were selected and to see the photos and videos, click below:

Great Performances: The Year of Horror

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon

Directed by Zack Synder

Where & When: Arclight Cinemas, Hollywood, CA. November 21, 2017 5:45 PM

"Justice League", Zack Synder's chaotic and uninspired gathering of DC Comics superheroes, was supposed to be the icing on the cake. After reintroducing Superman to a new generation with "Man of Steel", followed by a new Batman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" which also brought Wonder Woman (and very briefly, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg) to our attention, this film was destined to be the thrilling adventure fans had been highly anticipating. However, that has not come to pass. While those previous films were hardly great, "Justice League" ends up being the worst of them all. Sluggish pacing and a colorless script that features a very generic villain has made finally seeing all these classic heroes together in one film a decidedly disappointing experience.

Our story continues where "Dawn of Justice" left off with the world still reeling from the death of Superman when a new evil threat arrives to try and take over the planet. Steppenwolf (a CGI creation voiced by Ciarán Hinds), a powerful alien, seeks to collect and unify the energies of three Mother Boxes hidden in locations around the world with the aid of his army of Parademons, a kind of extraterrestrial flying monkeys, which will ultimately make him unstoppable.

One location is on the island of Themyscira, home of the Amazons. Lead by Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), these female warriors fight valiantly against Steppenwolf but he's far too formidable and he takes the first box. The Queen manages to get a message to her daughter, Diana, better known to the world as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), warning her of the danger. She goes to Bruce Wayne, who secretly is Batman (Ben Affleck), "the Dark Knight" and both decide they will need to recruit a few others with some significant muscle to help stop Steppenwolf.

Wayne travels to Iceland to persuade the legendary "Aquaman", a super-human who can live on land or in the sea. Usually seen as a blond wholesome figure, this Arthur Curry, as played by Jason Momoa, is a long-haired and tatted-up type who's gruff and doesn't play well with others. Meanwhile, Diana locates Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), a former college football star who was severely injured in a car accident and saved by his scientist father (Joe Morton) by merging his damaged body with robotic parts, making him a brooding, super-powered Cyborg. With both declining the offer to join the team, Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) or otherwise known as "The Flash", an enthusiastic teenage nerd with the ability to move at lightning speed, is more than willing to help with the fight.

They both eventually come around after Steppenwolf gets the second Mother Box that was secured in the underwater world of Atlantis despite Aquaman's attempt to stop him. And Cyborg knows where the final box is; he had hidden it after his father had used it to help save him following his accident. Batman decides they should use the box to revive the Man of Steel as they desperately need his help to defeat Steppenwolf although some are concerned about his mental state once he's resurrected.

Zack Snyder was in the middle of post-production on "Justice League" when a horrific family tragedy caused the director to withdraw from completing the film. Joss Whedon, who's had plenty of experience with sci-fi and super-heroes having worked on Marvel's "The Avengers" and the sequel, was brought on board to finish the project. Whedon wrote some additional scenes and assembled the cast back together for some re-shoots. However, Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman in this film, was in the middle of shooting another sequel to "Mission: Impossible" and had grown an elaborate beard for his part and couldn't shave. CGI was used to remove the out-of-place facial hair but there are moments in a few scenes that has left Mr. Cavill's handsome jawline noticeably misshapen. It's these little things that add up to making the film feel oddly disjointed and erratic.

It's written in the DNA of comic book stories that the malevolent villain will ultimately be defeated and our heroes will once again rise to a new challenge. So what makes each story in these films interesting is the witty banter and emotionally charged moments between the characters and the rip-roaring, visually-enhanced battles these heroes engage in. While "Justice League" delivers plenty of bold visual stimulation, the camaraderie between the members of this team is lacking, with little more than indifference and petty sniping going on between them. There are some occasional funny bits scattered throughout (most likely thanks to Mr. Whedon) including a particularly hilarious scene involving Aquaman and Wonder Woman's magic lasso but not nearly enough to lighten the heavy mood.

Also like the previous films, there is still a serious problem with female characters. With the exception of our favorite Amazon, the significant roles for women featured, which includes Amy Adams and Diane Lane returning as Superman's girlfriend and adoptive mother, are not given much to do but look sad and weepy.

While "Justice League" may captivate and entertain with high-flying yet routine battles between good versus evil, it's just doesn't offer much more than that. The major flaw is that the film doesn't invest enough time in helping us engage with our heroes or making them characters we actually want to get to know better. The true inspiration seems to be simply manufacturing another cog in the money-making machine of super-hero features, creating a satisfactory yet far from superior product.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


With award season starting to move in to high gear, the critic groups on both coasts have weighted in and have announced their picks for the best of the year. On November 30th, The New York Film Critics Circle selected Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age comedy, "Lady Bird" as Best Film while The Los Angeles Film Critics Association today have picked the romance, "Call Me By Your Name". This is hardly the only place they had differing opinions as each group had their own selections in most categories but did manage to agree on a few. They both picked Timothée Chalamet as Best Actor for his sensitive portrayal of a young teenager discovering himself in "Call Me By Your Name" and Willem Dafoe as Best Supporting Actor for his outstanding performance in "The Florida Project". They also agreed on Best Foreign-Language Film with "BPM (Beats Per Minute)", which looked at the ACT-UP AIDS activists in France although it tied with the Russian film, "Loveless" as LA's pick along with Best Documentary for Agnès Varda and JR with their joint venture, "Faces Places".

The most noteworthy selection was from New York with them picking Tiffany Haddish as Best Supporting Actress for her hilarious turn in the road-trip comedy, "Girls Trip". I'm hoping this will lead to her building some momentum to get that Oscar nod much like Melissa McCarthy who received a helpful boost from critics to ultimately getting a nomination for her very funny performance in "Bridesmaids".

The NYFCC Awards will be given out at a gala dinner on January 3 at Tao Downtown. The LAFCA will hand out the prizes at their annual gala on January 13 at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles.

Here is the complete list of the 2017 New York Film Critics Circle winners:

Best Film: "Lady Bird"
Best Director: Sean Baker, "The Florida Project"
Best First Film: "Get Out"
Best Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "Phantom Thread"
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Best Supporting Actress: Tiffany Haddish, "Girls Trip"
Best Cinematography: Rachel Morrison, "Mudbound"
Best Foreign Language Film: "BPM (Beats Per Minute)" (France)
Best Documentary: "Faces Places"
Best Animated Film: "Coco"

Here is the complete list of the 2017 The Los Angeles Film Critics Association winners:

Best Picture: "Call Me By Your Name"
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water" and Luca Guadagnino, "Call Me By Your Name" (tie)
Best Screenplay: Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me By Your Name"
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Best Cinematography: Dan Laustsen, "The Shape of Water"
Best Editing: Lee Smith, "Dunkirk"
Best Production Design: Dennis Gassner, "Blade Runner 2049"
Best Foreign-Language Film: "BPM (Beats Per Minute)" (France) and "Loveless" (Russia) (tie)
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: "Faces Places"
Best Animated Film: "The Breadwinner"
Best Music/Score: Jonny Greenwood, "Phantom Thread"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


While it has not been theatrically released yet, "The Post", Steven Spielberg’s look at the Washington Post taking the lead in exposing the Pentagon Papers, impressed the National Board of Review enough for them to select it as the Best Film of 2017. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who play Post publisher, Katherine Graham and the paper's editor, Ben Bradlee, took the Best Actress and Best Actor prizes for their roles in the film. "The Post" is due on December 22nd in limited release before rolling out nationwide in January.

In a pleasant and well-deserved surprise, actress, Greta Gerwig was selected as Best Director for her amazing coming-of-age dramedy, "Lady Bird", her directorial debut while Jordan Peele took the Directorial Debut prize for "Get Out", his reflective horror flick that examines race relations.

Both films are also well represented with nominations for the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards with "Get Out" receiving five and "Lady Bird" received four with both nominated for Best Feature. Laurie Metcalf won the Best Supporting Actress prize from NBR and a nomination from the Spirit Awards for her performance in "Lady Bird" as the harried mother. Another film not yet seen publicly, "Phantom Thread" was given the Best Original Screenplay by NBR with this drama (due out on Christmas day) by writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson being noteworthy and highly anticipated because it will feature the apparent last screen performance by three-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day-Lewis.

Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, The European Film Awards have previously announced their nominations of the best films of 2017 that originated from their continent. Four of the Best European Film nominees have been selected to represent their countries for Oscar as Best Foreign-Language Film (with "The Other Side of Hope" from Finland not getting that opportunity).

The National Board of Review Awards gala, hosted by Willie Geist, will be on January 9, 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The Spirit Awards will air live on IFC from the Santa Monica beach on March 3rd and will be hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney for a second year in a row. The 30th annual European Awards will be held on December 9th in Berlin.

Winners of the 2017 National Board of Review:

Best Film: "The Post"
Best Director: Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"
Best Directorial Debut: Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "Phantom Thread"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, "The Disaster Artist"
Best Actor: Tom Hanks, "The Post"
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Post"
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Best Cast Ensemble: "Get Out"
Best Animated Feature: "Coco"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Foxtrot" (Israel)
Best Documentary: "Jane"
Best Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me By Your Name"
Freedom of Expression: "Let it Fall: Los Angeles, 1982-1992" and "First They Killed My Father" (tie)
Spotlight Award: "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot

2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations:

Best Feature

"Call Me By Your Name"
"Get Out"
"Lady Bird"
"The Florida Project"
"The Rider"

Best First Feature

"Ingrid Goes West"
"Oh Lucy!"
"Patti Cake$"

Best Director

Sean Baker, "The Florida Project"
Jonas Carpignano, "A Ciambra"
Luca Guadagnino, "Call Me by Your Name"
Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, "Good Time"
Chloé Zhao, "The Rider

Best Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"
Azazel Jacobs, "The Lovers"
Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Mike White, "Beatriz at Dinner"

Best First Screenplay

Kris Avedisian, (Story by Kyle Espeleta and Jesse Wakeman), "Donald Cried"
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, "The Big Sick"
Ingrid Jungermann, "Women Who Kill"
Kogonada, "Columbus"
David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer, "Ingrid Goes West"

Best Female Lead

Salma Hayek, "Beatriz at Dinner"
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
Shinobu Terajima, "Oh Lucy!"
Regina Williams, "Life and nothing more"

Best Male Lead

Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
Harris Dickinson, "Beach Rats"
James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
Robert Pattinson, "Good Time"

Best Supporting Female

Holly Hunter, "The Big Sick"
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Lois Smith, "Marjorie Prime"
Taliah Lennice Webster, "Good Time"

Best Supporting Male

Nnamdi Asomugha, "Crown Heights"
Armie Hammer, "Call Me By Your Name"
Barry Keoghan, "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"
Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Bennie Safdie, "Good Time"

Best Cinematography

Thimios Bakatakis, "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"
Elisha Christian, "Columbus"
Hélène Louvart, "Beach Rats"
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, "Call Me by Your Name"
Joshua James Richards, "The Rider"

Best Editing

Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie, "Good Time"
Walter Fasano, "Call Me by Your Name"
Alex O’Flinn, "The Rider"
Gregory Plotkin, "Get Out"
Tatiana S. Riegel, "I, Tonya"

Best Documentary

"The Departure"
"Faces Places"
"Last Men in Aleppo"

Best International Film

"BPM (Beats Per Minute)" (France)
"A Fantastic Woman" (Chile)
"I Am Not a Witch" (Zambia)
"Lady Macbeth" (U.K.)
"Loveless" (Russia)

John Cassavetes Award (for best feature made under $500,000)

"A Ghost Story"
"Life and nothing more"
"Most Beautiful Island"
"The Transfiguration"

Robert Altman Award (for Best Cast Ensemble)


Kiehl’s Someone To Watch Award

Amman Abbasi, "Dayveon"
Justin Chon, "Gook"
Kevin Phillips, "Super Dark Times"

2017 European Film Awards Nominations:

Best European Film

"BPM" (France)
"Loveless" (Russia)
"On Body And Soul" (Hungary)
"The Other Side Of Hope" (Finland)
"The Square" (Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark)

Best European Director

Ildikó Enyedi, "On Body And Soul"
Aki Kaurismäki, "The Other Side Of Hope"
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer"
Ruben Östlund, "The Square"
Andrey Zvyagintsev, "Loveless"

Best European Actress

Paula Beer, "Frantz"
Juliette Binoche, "Bright Sunshine In"
Alexandra Borbély, "On Body And Soul"
Isabelle Huppert, "Happy End"
Florence Pugh, "Lady Macbeth"

Best European Actor

Claes Bang, The Square"
Colin Farrell, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer"
Josef Hader, Stefan Zweig, "Farewell To Europe"
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, "BPM"
Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Happy End"

Best European Screenwriter

Ildikó Enyedi, "On Body And Soul"
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer"
Oleg Negin & Andrey Zvyagintsev, "Loveless"
Ruben Östlund, "The Square"
François Ozon, "Frantz"

Best European Documentary

"La Chana"
"Stranger In Paradise"
"The Good Postman"

Monday, November 20, 2017


"Thor: Ragnarok", the critically-acclaimed third film involving Marvel's Norse God, not only held the number one spot in the U.S. for two weeks but has collected an astounding seven hundred and fifty million dollars at the world-wide box-office to date. Many are pointing to the contribution by director Taika Waititi with adding inspired casting and clever, funny wit to the typical super-hero action for all the success. But let's keep it real. It's all about Cate Blanchett and her vampy and campy supporting turn as Hela, the Goddess of death that truly made this movie unforgettable.

The Australian actress has been dazzling us with many celebrated performances for over twenty years. She first gained attention with her co-starring role opposite Ralph Fiennes in "Oscar and Lucinda" back in 1997 which lead to memorable turns in "Elizabeth", "Notes From a Scandal", "I'm Not There", "Carol" and all those "Lord of The Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies to name a few. Blanchett won her first Oscar for playing Katherine Hepburn in "The Aviator" in 2004 before winning the 2013 Best Actress award for her role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine".

On stage or screen, Ms Blanchett consistently has left an impressive mark with every performance. I have greatly admired her outstanding talent and even if the film she's in isn't necessarily great, she manages to always make it better simply by her commanding presence. Vulture has examined her work in cinema and has ranked her numerous roles from movies that let her down to the perfect merging of film and performance.

Click below to read:

Every Cate Blanchett Movie Ranked from Worst to Best