(So I know I promised a post this week about the state of film criticism this week, but it is turning out to be a much more in-depth and longer post than I was expecting. Basically, it’s not finished yet and when it is, I imagine it will need to be seriously reviewed and revised. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make this happen within the next week. Until then, I thought it would be interesting to do a retrospective post on something I’ve seen before and recently revisited. Enjoy!)
A little over two years ago, before I blogged on WordPress, I watched the show Avatar: The Last Airbender for the first time and reviewed it as part of the Summer Film Challenge that year. While I ultimately gave it very high praise by the time the final season came around, I wasn’t as ecstatic about it as many other people have been, and certainly not as ecstatic as my friend Tyler who was the one who recommended it to me. Anyway, fast forward two years to this past summer where I took the opportunity to re-watch the entire series. Through this revisit, I gained a completely new appreciation for the series as a whole, from the writing to the animation to the voice acting. So I’ve decided to look at the reviews I wrote for each season and look at how my tastes have changed in the two years since I last saw the show. So without further ado, here is my original post from 2011:
When Man of Steel finally came out about two months ago, it was released to enormous hype and expectations that had been built up in the months previous. This was the Superman movie that everyone had been waiting for. But when it was finally released, audience reaction was surprisingly split down the middle. The movie wasn’t met with the same acclaim that had followed Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. Half the audience seemed to love it, or at least like it, while the other half seemed to hate it. Personally, I didn’t like the film. And while I have many, many problems with the film, most of those problems have already been addressed by other people who express themselves more eloquently than I do (this video is the best representative of my opinion, and this video’s just fun!) But out of all the issues that people have brought up concerning the film, there’s one major bother I had with the film that only a few people have looked at very closely: the correlation between Superman and Jesus.
Here we go again. This is it. The one big event of the year that everyone cares about. It’s time, once again…
for the Tony Awards!
“Playing a superhero is fine, but the Stage is simply FABULOUS!”
Nah, I’m kidding. It’s Oscar Weekend! And I’m here to post my predictions for who will be the lucky winners this year. For the past month and a half, I’ve been tracking all the guild awards for the corresponding categories at the Oscars. It’s mainly based on those that I’ve made my predictions, but this year is a little bit more interesting than previous ones due to some of the nomination choices of certain categories (seriously, what is up with Best Director this year?) Anyway, many people have talked about this already, there’s no point in me harping on much more, let’s get started.
It’s that time of year again! That time where I show everybody up with how many more Oscar wins I predict than they do! Hahahaha! … But seriously, I’m pretty darn good at this.
Okay, so I know that having really accurate Oscar predictions is not something to be incredibly proud of since some of the results end up being completely based on luck, but even so I put a lot of work into making my predictions, therefore I feel completely justified in my pride concerning Oscar predictions.
Last year, I predicted 19 awards correctly out of 24 during the Academy Awards ceremony. While I was slightly disappointed since I had only matched my personal best and not beaten it, I still won my pool so I was okay with it. I hope to at least make it to 20 this year, hopefully more if I’m lucky. But that’s the problem with the Academy Awards: though some awards are clear shoo-ins, and some, though they may not be shoo-ins, are relatively easy to predict if you do your research right, there will always be surprises and upsets to screw everything up (looking at you Meryl Streep!). Only time and the Academy voters will tell.
Anyway, I thought I would do something a little different this year. I’m posting my process for how I go about predicting who’s ultimately going to win come Oscar night. Anyone may use this as a resource should they like.
Note: When I say I will be posting my process, what I’m really doing is posting and updating the various guild awards that crop up throughout the month of February. I use them a lot for reference when putting my predictions together, but they don’t always match up perfectly to the Oscars, so be wary when using this as reference. They don’t always get it right. Also, the guilds are ordered alphabetically and the date is when the winners are announced. The Academy Award nominations are posted at the bottom. I’ll be updating these as they come out and from these I will be making my final predictions. Enjoy!
This is it. The last film review of the Summer Film Challenge 2012. Did we end the Challenge strong, did it simply sputter out and die, or was it so bad that I finally lost my mind and this article is currently being written by a ghost writer while I spend the next ten years in a cushy room? Only one way to find out.
Now we come to the second-to-last film in the Summer Film Challenge and what is soon to be the second-most divisive film in Darren Aronofsky’s repertoire (because let’s face it, when Noah comes out, that’s going to take the top spot): The Fountain.
Getting close to the end! Here is the final review of the movies that both Tyler and I watched together: All About Eve.
Since this film is considered a classic, it brings along with it its own set of expectations, not to mention the fact that it holds very high spots on many “Greatest Movies of All-Time” lists, including the AFI 100, where it held #16 in 1997 and #28 when they updated the list in 2007. And also not to mention that it won several Oscars the year that it was released including Best Picture and Best Director. So what did I think of this film after viewing it? Eh. It’s good. Not great, just good. Honestly, I should probably see it again since I was not in the best shape to watch this film when I did. I was completely exhausted from sleep deprivation and constantly nodding off as even the greatest acting in the world can’t make 2-hour and 20 minutes of dialogue riveting enough for me to stay awake while that exhausted. But since I haven’t seen it since this last summer, we’ll just have to do with my half-conscious perceptions of what I saw.