Author: filmreviews12

The Eternal Daughter – Review

“This film is not as extraordinarily, deeply, overwhelmingly revealing as the two Souvenir movies, and thus, can’t sustain bigger flourishes or gestures as easily. It’s not quite as strong or as encompassing. But it’s still an engaging and even fundamental complement to what’s come before it.”

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BLOG: 2023 Oscar Nomination Predictions

by Ken Bakely

In the final stretch before the Academy Award nominations are announced, I’m continuing a longstanding tradition on this website and predicting what I think will get nominated in the major categories. I will provide my predictions, one alternate (or two in Best Picture), and brief commentary explaining my picks. Each category is ranked, based on how likely I think it is for each contender to be nominated. After the nominations are announced, I will tally my score and share a brief reaction. Those comments will be added in blue text.

UPDATE: My reactions are now live.

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The Year in Review – 2022

by Ken Bakely

Looking back after a year has passed, I’m always tentative when it comes to publishing a top 10 list. There are always more movies to catch up on, and when it comes down to it, even if I had gotten the chance to see everything I was possibly interested in seeing, we’re still dealing with the intrinsically odd and imperfect pursuit of ranking such disparate works. 

But I think there is a reason for doing this: sharing the movies that have stood out and impressed can be a valuable guide in a time when a seemingly endless assembly line of titles cascades across the queues of streaming services, subject to the whims of The Algorithm on whether people will actually find out about them. At the core, this is a chance to discuss movies, person-to-person, with some regularity. We can mark the time that has passed and make recommendations. It’s why I always look forward to participating on the year-end podcast over at Film Pulse, in which we share and compare our top 10 lists in detail; I’ll only include my list below, without further comment. For more discussion, you can listen to this year’s episode here.

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Bodies Bodies Bodies – Review

“There’s a lot of good stuff going on here, but the problems arise when the film strings itself along for too long, trying to drive a point home or to elongate a scene beyond what it’s already established about what it wants to say.”

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