Can Mad Max: Fury Road buck the odds and sweep the slate? Will AMPAS award the white people involved in Creed and Straight Outta Compton and then congratulate itself for being liberal and celebrating diversity? Can Leonardo DiCaprio ever forget Mercy Humppe and win an Academy Award? Find out on Saturday night!
Everybody’s got a year-end list. I’ve got a bunch of them.
2015’s awards season is well underway, and since I belong to the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), I’ve spent the last few weeks catching up with the year’s best non-genre offerings. I was able to put together a slate of nominees I was very happy with, and I’m not completely embarrassed by my votes.
Today the OFCS announced its winners, and I think we did pretty well.
The big news, if you don’t already know: I have a podcast again! Elwood Jones, who hosts Mad, Bad, and Downright Strange, runs From the Depths of DVD Hell, and writes for Channel: Superhero, wanted to start a new podcast focusing on cult television, and was casting about for a prospective co-host. I offered my services and, well, here we are.
June has been a bit of a messed-up month that felt a lot longer than it actually was. Even worse, about halfway through, my brain derailed and I’ve been having a dickens of a time getting back on track again. I wish I had a good excuse, but I don’t: I discovered Dosbox, which I’ve been using to play ’80s computer games–mostly classic CRPGs–on my ’09 iMac.
Also, between the death of Christopher Lee and the near-as-damnit cancellation of Hannibal, June has really sucked.
Not as many new-or-recent-release reviews this month–although, in my defense, I contributed not one but two pieces to Cinema Axis this month–but wow, Iots of other type of stuff, including three retro reviews. I think I may put the brakes on for June; there isn’t as much stuff coming out that I’m interested in and I’m feeling a bit of burnout. The last things I wrote for May–the full review of Manhunter and the capsules of Muppet Movie and Song of the Sea–were very difficult.