Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Mother-Son Relationships


It's Thursday, so it's time for another entry in Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks!  I've been waiting for this week.  In a few seconds, you'll know why.

This weeks theme is:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Suspension of Projects...


So, I'm tired.  I'm really tired.  Running a blog is awesome, but running a blog on top of working two jobs, raising three kids and trying to retain some sort of a social life (and, you know, not neglect the wife) is really freaking hard.  When I started this blog it was because I wanted an outlet for my cinematic ideas, musings, opinions and whatever else I thought I needed to share with everyone out there.  It was fun.  It's still fun, but I have found in the past few months especially that I'm getting overwhelmed trying to keep up with projects I told myself I'd be a part of.  Namely, Blind Spot and A Fistful of Reads.  I LOVE these two projects, and yet with so much going on here (and, I'm not going to lie, compiling 4 Ways a Best Picture is TIME CONSUMING) they are stressing me out.  Like, my Reads post is due in a few days and I literally just picked up my book for the month yesterday...and I read 10 pages and fell asleep.  No, the book isn't bad...but I'M TIRED!  So, in order to continue publishing things like The Fisti Awards and 4 Ways a Best Picture and contributing to blogathons and updating my Oscar predictions and visiting your blogs...I'm letting these two projects go for now.  I will publish my reviews for those said films and books once I've read them, I promise, and I'm sorry to everyone who I promised to link in my Reads posts each month, but I just can't keep up with it right now.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

4 Ways a Best Picture Bloggers Roundtable: 2004


I'm not going to lie.  I'm horribly hungover.  I had a real late night last night and I've been struggling to get this compiled this morning, especially since I had yesterday off and I was unable to get anything put together yesterday.  I've been on the verge of puking all morning.  

I want to die.

I want to lie in bed and have someone come put me out of my misery.

This all seems oddly appropriate for the year in question!  LOL, it's time for our panel to discuss the year that was 2004 and Oscar's Best Picture (Best Picture, Animated, Foreign and Documentary) winners.

First, let's reintroduce our panel of experts:

Britt from Rambling Film
Drew (me, duh) from A Fistful of Films
Jeffery from jdbrecords
Wendell from Dell on Movies

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Fistful of Cannes!


In place of the usual Fistful of Thoughts, it's only appropriate that we have A Fistful of Cannes this week, since it wrapped yesterday morning and the winners have been announced.  In normal Cannes fashion, there was a lot of WTF going on, with a real nail biter for the Palme that resulted in a lot of controversial reactions.  Of course I have no opinion, since I've seen none of these films, but let's go ahead and break this on down, winners style!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The 2010 Fisti Awards

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2010.  The year that Oscar done fucked up.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, The King's Speech is all nice and inspiring and makes you smile and...forgettable as fuck.  Like, who still talks about that movie?  Nobody.  You know who still talks about The Social Network?  Everybody.  Even people who don't love it still talk about it.  It's regarded as the first masterpiece of the new decade, it received the HANDS DOWN best reviews of any film to come out in 2010 and it swept pretty much every critics prize and precursor up to the dreadful Guilds when Harvey Weinstein manipulated voters into rewarding the film about a speech impediment over one of the most engrossing and game changing films of our generation.  Worse yet, that troll Tom Hooper stole David Fincher's Oscar.  Like, what the actual FUCK!  Even when Crash beat out Brokeback Mountain, the Academy had the decency to reward Ang Lee.  

Yes, I'm still bitter.

But, The Social Network, while the best film of the year, is not the only film to talk about.  2010 may not be as rich as the other film years of this current decade, but it holds some very strong and lasting films in it's hands.  Female directors were all over the place this year, producing some very rich and diverse films.  From Maren Ade's relationship drama, Everyone Else to Andrea Arnold's coming of age Fish Tank to Claire Denis's sensational White Material to Debra Granik's Oscar nominated Winter's Bone, women of film really made their mark this year.  This was also the year that brought back the Animated Film with a vengeance, with Toy Story 3, Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me and The Illusionist all being very commendable and memorable animated films.

I just hate how this is a year that saw such artistic and un-Oscary films like The Social Network, Inception and Black Swan getting embraced by the Academy and yet something as safe and forgettable as The King's Speech wins the big prize.

I'll never let that go.

And with all that out of the way; I present to you the Fisti Awards for 2010!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Martin Scorsese gets ready to silence his competitors...


Well, earlier this month when I posted my May Oscar Predictions I said that I had this gut feeling we'd be getting Silence in the 2015 Oscar race and that if no word confirming a 2016 release came before the end of the month I was throwing it back in my predictions.  Well, looks like Variety is confirming that Silence is shooting for a November 2015 release date!  Now it feels like this race has a real contender.  I've been struggling to find a film that felt like a winner, but THIS feels like a winner.  This is going to be all over my June Oscar Predictions!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies Based on a Graphic Novel/Comic (non-Superhero)


It's time for another Thursday Movie Picks post!  This was a fun week.  I even threw in a bonus pick, and I could have gone with a few others, to be honest.  I was kind of shocked that I found so many when I read the 'limitation' for the week, but it wasn't a limitation at all.

The theme of the week is:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

4 Ways a Best Picture Bloggers Roundtable: 2003


I'm a few hours late with this one.  I got in late last night from a five day weekend (the best kind) and have had so much catch-up (work wise) to deal with today that compiling these conversations into a post for this AM was just not going to happen.

Sorry.

Alas, here it is, and it's a good one!  If you're unfamiliar with this series, please catch up with our 2002 and 2001 discussions.  With this series, we're taking the four films from each year that won a Best Picture Oscar (Animated, Documentary, Foreign, Best) and discussing them, grading them and giving our thoughts on the year in film (and in Oscar) in general.

This week is all about 2003.

Before we start, here is our panel:

Britt from Rambling Film
Drew (me, duh) from A Fistful of Films
Jeffery from jdbrecords
Wendell from Dell on Movies

Friday, May 15, 2015

Movie Roulette Blogathon


So, Getter over at Mettel Ray is hosting a fun new blogathon called Movie Roulette.  She's created special gif-sets that randomly spiral through  a slew of films and she has you click and drag those gifs in order to come up with random movie titles to assign to pre-selected questions.  She has a total of 25 questions to chose from (and who knows how many movies) and you have to at least chose 5 of those questions to randomly answer with a film title.  I went ahead and answered all of the questions and then selected the answers that were either the closest to being correct or the funniest to read.

Here are the rules in Getter's own words, first:
1. There are 25 facts, you have to pick 5 or more and for each, you drag out a movie as an answer! 
*Click on the gif, hold it and drag out a single movie* 
2. You can only drag out one movie for each statement, no do overs, guys! 
*If you haven’t seen the movie (or can’t recognize it) you can pick again. 
*If you pull out a movie you already dragged out, you can try again until you get a different one. 
3. Write down your answers and feel free to comment whether they make sense or not. 
4. Link back to this announcement, and link to the Movie Roulette Ultimate Gif Set as well! 
*The gif set does have some movie title glitches, apologizes!

5. Last but not least, have fun!
So here is what I came up with!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: German Language Films


It's Thursday, so it's another episode of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks!  This was a fun theme with week, especially since I'm all about foreign film.  I tried to go a different angle than the norm, especially considering the country in question, but I'll explain in a second.

Today's theme is:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

4 Ways a Best Picture Bloggers Roundtable: 2002


So, last week a few bloggers joined me for a pretty extensive blogging project entitled 4 Ways a Best Picture, where we take the Oscar winning 'Picture' films (Animated/Documentary/Foreign/Best) from the year 2001 (when the Animated film category was created) on through 2014.  We tackled 2001 last week, so if you missed that discussion, check it out here.

For this week we discussed the Oscar year that was 2002.  If you thought last week was a fun discussion, just you wait.  Between the controversy that was Bowling for Columbine to one bloggers scathing thoughts on Spirited Away to a certain blogger telling the rest of us to...um...bend over and take it...this was such an awesome discussion.

So let's get on with it!

First, our panel:

Britt from Rambling Film
Drew (me, duh) from A Fistful of Films
Jeffery from jdbrecords
Wendell from Dell on Movies

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Fistful of Thoughts...about fallen idols, rising Australians, a plea to all film lovers and some idiots!


Well, I had quite the weekend.  Hope y'all did too.  Now it's time to get into the swing of the work week, and that has made compiling this post difficult since a long weekend of fun leads to exhaustion which leads to sleeping in which leads to absolutely no time to 'blog' before work begins to rush in.  

If my boss could see me right now, he'd be pissed!

But, whatever, I'll be quick (or something like that).

Let's chit chat for a bit:

Friday, May 8, 2015

May Oscar Predictions...


It's May, a new month, and it's funny how much things will change in a mere month.  You see, April 1st is when Josh and I announced our first official Oscar predictions of the year, and in compiling my current predictions I realized that...a lot has changed for me.  Josh published his personal May predictions the other day, and this prompted me to go ahead with mine despite the fact that I was feeling overwhelmed with other blog duties and was contemplating skipping this month altogether and not posting any predictions until after Cannes.  So much could change after that, but I thought it may be fun to post what I think will change because of Cannes and the buzz that is already surrounding a few of the films in contention.

Before we get into this, I want to say that I'm almost tempted to start predicting Silence, and if I don't hear confirmation that this WILL NOT be released this year (it's slated for 2016 ATM, but recent reports have stated that the film has finished filming and is really just waiting on a few reshoots and some editing...so, it's in the same boat as The Revenant) then I probably will throw it back into my predictions starting next month.

But for now, I'm leaving it out.

And on with the predictions:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Work Place Movies


It's time for this week's Thursday Movie Picks!  This has been such a fun project to be a part of, and as another month begins, we leave a month behind, so let's refresh our memories at the previous posts for this particular series.

April:
Dance Movies (excluding all musicals or movies based on musicals)

March:
Black & White Movies (made since 1970)

February:

January:

So, now it's time to kick May off with the theme:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Orson Welles


Well, today Orson Welles would have turned 100.  100!  In order to commemorate this historic birthday, The Film Experience has dedicated this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot in his honor, challenging us to find shots from one of three of his early works.  We were given the option to go with the beloved debut, Citizen Kane, the beautiful follow-up, The Magnificent Ambersons, or the little talked about film noir, The Lady from Shanghai.  I chose all three.

Like, Orson Welles is one of my favorite filmmakers of ALL TIME, so how could I not.

Now, I could dissect these scenes, but honestly I am feeling a little drained as of late and so I'm going to just briefly explain why these are my favorite shots.  Two of these have a common denominator, but the odd man out is probably my favorite of the bunch.

Here we go!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

4 Ways a Best Picture Bloggers Roundtable: 2001


A few months ago I presented a few of my favorite bloggers with a blogging project I wanted their help on.  If you're a frequent follower of the blog then you'll know that I like to engage my fellow bloggers in Blogging Roundtables where we can discuss a specific cinematic topic.  For this project, we're taking the four films that have won a Best Picture Oscar (Documentary/Foreign Film/Animated Film/Best Picture) since all four have been established (so, starting in 2001 when the Animated Film category was created in order to honor Shrek) and, well, talking about them.  I decided to change things up a bit with this one.  In previous roundtables we have all watched specific films/performances and then submitted reviews for each with letter grades.  I liked this, but in all honesty it didn't feel as conversational as I wanted it to.  So, with this roundtable we did things differently.  We decided to chat about these, in order to actually establish a conversation.  Each week we'll be releasing our 'chats' about the next year.

I'm really happy with how this is turning out.

So, let's introduce everyone to our panel this go around!  I have tried to invite new faces with each panel, in order to get to know my fellow bloggers even more (so if you're interested in being a part of the next one, let me know), but of course there is always a familiar face or two.

Britt from Rambling Film
Drew (me, duh) from A Fistful of Films
Jeffery from jdbrecords
Wendell from Dell on Movies

So, just a little bit about scoring.  We will chit chat about the films and give everything a letter grade.  Each letter is worth a certain score, the highest a film can garner is 100 (A+ = 20 points) and the lowest is 0 (F = 0).  

Let's do it!

Monday, May 4, 2015

I need your thoughts for my fists!


So, Mondays here are all about A Fistful of Thoughts, but today I'm at a loss.  Nothing struck me this week as anything I really wanted to talk about (you know, aside from that amazing Xavier Dolan news) and so I'm struggling to come up with anything to discuss this morning.  So, I've decided to leave all discussions up to you.  What's on your mind?  Leave a comment with anything YOU want to talk about, and I'll respond.  

Also...

Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Steven reviews Ex Machina
Lindsay gears up to talk Sophia Coppola
That Moment In talks Three Amigos
Alex looks at Noah Baumbach's filmography
Jeffery wraps up Poetry Month with links
Jenna & Allie review We're the Millers
Matt gets nostalgic
Paskalis talks the Mad Max Trilogy

And because everyone has been reviewing The Avengers, we have Britt's review as well as Bubbawheat's, which happens to be hilarious!