While I fix up the underrated films list to get me some more goodwill, time to lay some plans to look at and some things for you followers to hold me to as I continue to prove myself as the most unreliable critic in existence.
So… the first thing to do is to thank Michael Margetis another one thousand times for jumping on as a writer, keeping Motorbreath completely up with the times and relevant, and being a cool and reliable enough writer to hold on to. The man has been covering my ass where I could not. Which is indecent. And yet so intimate…
And indeed, one finds me in need to address a few things for what I’m going to do in the remaining five weeks to come for this here film blog. The first thing to address is semi-unkept promises, which is this…
I am NOT by any means canceling or even entertaining the thought of canceling the Lynch retrospective OR the Ghibli podcast. Like fucking hell, I’m really about to get to the real fucking good stuff (the back end is among my favorite Lynch; I have hit my favorite Ghibli early BUT there’s still treasures to show why it is among the most revered studios in the animation world).
But new information has come to light that puts them both on less of a priority considering the stuff I want to get done – both on this blog and in the real outside world of my life. What was to be the next (solo) entry in the Ghibli podcast Only Yesterday is just now about to get its US theatrical release for the first time on an unspecified date next year – which means, while it’s a movie I’ve already seen (by the way, it’s phenomenal – see it when it comes here), it takes When Marnie Was There‘s place as the so-far last Ghibli release in America. This relief is one of the three factors that will make me postpone work and release on the Ghibli podcast. Another factor is also related to the release of the movie, it gives me a chance to actually grab a guest for what has previously not been a very widely seen film (and if they see it with the dub, even better – it’s quite a point of interest that I’m usually talking to folks who have watched the English dub of the films while I rarely to never have done so). And the third is very simple to call a spade a spade, the podcast is a fucking mess. Both aesthetically with my dog barking in, background noise and everything (even in Totoro where I specifically picked a location to avoid that), my voice sounding very bored every time (I gotta find peppy exercises), and in practice as I have to arrange around my own schedule and THEN listen to others’ schedules and figure around that.
It’s half-cocked and I want to clean my rifle before going back on the field (the same can also be said of the YouTube page which has been receiving more quickie exercises in filmmaking than anything but I’ll have a series created soon… one to address my lack of tribute for some ’15 deaths).
The other news which is much better known by most audiences is this… Twin Peaks has been postponed to 2017. Which really pisses me off as it messes with the “See you in 25 years” connection. God fucking dammit.
But it also gives me time to breathe and let myself work on other things since it’s not an immediate immediate immediate future that I was racing towards anymore. I WILL NOT BE POSTPONING THIS, though. It simply will be less of a priority nagging in the back of my mind as it once was. Expect more leisurely spans between works and less “I PROMISE THE TWIN PEAKS VIDEO IS COMING”-ings. In fact, come the year, I’ll probably bypass it to go through his films and then come back to Twin Peaks as the continuation of the show approaches.
So… now that I’ve cleaned my plate of this, what am I going to be up to?
December is coming. The year is almost over. There’s a lot of movies to talk about. Time to shoot for FIXING A HOLE 2015.
And my main focus, while I will undoubtedly not get through all of them (though I thankfully have a headstart) is the movies that made number-one at the box office like I aimed for myself earlier in the summer and the movies that are considered heavy Oscar contenders (my main source of speculation is from Nathaniel R.’s chart at the Film Experience, the man being partially to thank for my Oscar pool picks last year.)
In addition, because I’m a stickler for covering all bases in a franchise, I’m going to make a point to review the other franchise works of movies that have not yet had a sequel announced (so I don’t have to worry about Pitch Perfect, Jurassic, making proper Fast and Furious full-length reviews until later when the next installment comes out). It’s hopefully doable, especially since I already have a lot of these reviews already done and a lot of the rest I have already seen. Let’s just take a look at the Box Office Weekend Winners of 2015 so far (listed in chronological order):
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies(+ The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug)
- Taken 3 (+ Taken and Taken 2)
- American Sniper – Something on a sidenote, I had both full-length reviews for this and Selma completed and ready to post in January and they both got lost. It was easily the most devastating moment in all of my blogging and so this will take a hell of a lot traction to get me back out of the nihilistic funk I sit in every time I even think of reviewing this move again.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water(+ The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie)
- Fifty Shades of Grey
- The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Furious 7 Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Pitch Perfect 2
- San Andreas
- Jurassic World
- Inside Out
- Minions (+ Despicable Me & Despicable Me 2)
Ant-Man Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Straight Outta Compton
- War Room
- The Perfect Guy
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
- Hotel Transylvania 2
- The Martian
- Spectre (+ Casino Royale ’06, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall) – see Mike’s review here
- The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 (+ The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay Part 1)
30 movies with some franchise work in between that, at worst, I’ll save for the turn of the New Year. How much of this do I think I’ll get done? I’m hoping all of them.
The Oscar contenders are not really the ones I consider totally binding. Of course I’d love to cover what’s hot in the Awards season, but the only ones I really care for are catching all of the Best Picture nominees (which I of course will fill my gaps in once the nominees are announced on the 16th of January). In any case, THESE are really the ones I’ve been missing (the only box office winner I missed so far this year is War Room, Goosebumps, and the just-now released Mockingjay) and so it will take more work to catch up with my film-watching gaps here, let alone my reviewing gaps… but I will try anyway.
According to Nathaniel, the real contenders so far… (to be fluctuated according to his graph; in chronological initial release order)…
The Look of Silence– Documentary
- Love & Mercy – Song
- Best of Enemies – Documentary
- Shaun the Sheep Movie – Animated
- Going Clear – Documentary
- The Second Mother – Foreign
- Brooklyn – Picture, Actress, Adapt. Screenplay, Costume
- I’ll See You in My Dreams – Song
- Grandma – Actress
- Mr. Holmes – Makeup
- The Pearl Button – Documentary
- Cinderella – Costume, Prod. Design
Avengers: Age of Ultron– Effects
- Pitch Perfect 2 – Song
Mad Max: Fury Road– Cinematography, Effects, Sound Mix, Sound Edit
- Embrace of the Serpent – Foreign
- Son of Saul – Foreign
- Carol – Supp. Actress, Cinematography, Costume, Prod. Design
- Inside Out – Picture, Org. Screenplay
- Sicario – Picture, Supp. Actor, Cinematography, Editing, Score, Sound Mix, Sound Edit – see Mike’s review here
- Youth – Actor, Supp. Actress, Org. Screenplay, Song
- Jurassic World – Effects
- Ricki and the Flash – Song
- Spotlight – Picture, Director, Supp. Actor, Supp. Actress, Org. Screenplay, Editing – see Mike’s review here
- Black Mass – Makeup
- Anomalisa – Animated – See Mike’s review here
- Room – Picture, Actress, Supp. Actor, Adapt. Screenplay – see Mike’s review here
- Suffragette – Actress
- The Danish Girl – Actor, Supp. Actress, Costume, Prod. Design, Makeup, Score
- Steve Jobs – Picture, Director, Actor, Supp. Actress, Adapt. Screenplay – see Mike’s review here
- Labyrinth of Lies – Foreign
- Baba Joon – Foreign
- The Martian – Picture, Director, Actor, Adapt. Screenplay, Cinematography, Prod. Design, Editing, Effects, Sound Mix, Sound Edit
- Bridge of Spies – Picture, Director, Supp. Actor, Org. Screenplay, Costume, Prod. Design, Editing, Score
- The Peanuts Movie – Animated
- The Good Dinosaur – Animated
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Effects, Score, Sound Mix, Sound Edit
- The Hateful Eight – Org. Screenplay, Score, Sound Edit
- Joy – Picture, Actress
- The Revenant – Picture, Director, Actor, Adapt. Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mix
- Sherpa – (?release date undetermined) – documentary
And then a few shorts that I can tackle (one of which I already did). None of these except the Picture nominees binding and a good bit of overlap overall with the Box Office ones. I can focus on the top and do this… I can do this…
And I will of course make a brand new page called “
Shit to hold STinG accountable for Fixing a Hole ’15” with these two lists and their continued progress. Thanks for sticking around and getting behind me.
Give me some peppy music, y’all…
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Dave.