75th Venice Film Festival releases strong slate of Award hopefuls

So many potentially great films are set to premiere at the 75th annual Venice Film Festival. It was announced in February that Guillermo del Toro will be the jury president. His film “The Shape of Water” won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director last year, but before that it was awarded the coveted Golden Lion by the festival’s jury.

Our future Best Picture winner may be among the list, lead by one of our most predicted films: “First Man” directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash).

Other festivals openers include: Downsizing, Everest, Birdman, Gravity, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Ides of March, and Black Swan. So as you can see, “opening film” doesn’t mean much from an award-prognostication standpoint.

Anyway, here’s that list:

Beach Bum (Harmony Korine)
Destroyer (Karyn Kasuma)
Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Xavier Dolan)
Domino (Brian de Palma)
First Man (Damien Chazelle)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
High Life (Claire Denis)
Maya (Mia Hansen-Love)
The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)
Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
Norway (Paul Greengrass)
Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery)
Other Side of the Wind
Outlaw King (David Mackenzie)
Peterloo (Mike Leigh)
Radegund (Terrence Malick)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Share (Pippa Bianco)
Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)
Star is Born (Bradley Cooper)
Wendy (Benh Zeitlin)
Widows (Steve McQueen)

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Emmy Winner Predictions – July 2018

As far as surprising nominations come – there weren’t many.

The Emmys can be frustratingly safe as they reluctantly bring in new shows. It appears that “The Handmaid’s Tale” feels pretty safe in most categories, but in the comedy categories it was hard for me to figure out if they’d lean toward “Atlanta” or “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

I may flip flop a few times…

Anyway here’s the predictions and as always keep here for the most up-to-date predictions:


Outstanding Drama Series (07/13/18)
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is Us
Game of Thrones
The Crown
The Americans
Stranger Things
Westworld


Outstanding Comedy Series (07/13/18)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Atlanta
Black-ish
Barry
GLOW
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Updated Oscar Predictions – June 2018

All Oscar Predictions are updated!

We are starting to get some clarity, but there are still many films that need to be seen or, hell, even finished.

Keep here for most up-to-date predictions.

For now, here’s what sounds good to us:

Our ranking system is based on our Oscar Tiers page, which is based on the rankings of “Award blogs” throughout the web.

Picture (06/12/18)
Backseat
Widows
Ad Astra
BlacKkKlansman
A Star is Born
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk
Roma
First Man
Boy Erased

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The divisiveness of all “Roseanne” and the responsibility of being a public figure

Roseanne Barr tweeted something disgusting and racist and ABC prompty cancelled her revival sitcom.

Okay, now that you’re caught up…

To some people (actually most people unfortunately) politics is more about faith than it is about facts.

Roseanne Barr was never the kind of person to shy away from giving her political opinion, no matter how controversial or atypical to left-leaning Hollywood.

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How “Silicon Valley” turned its greatest weakness into its greatest strength

When writers outline their script it’s important to try and understand how the audience feels, essentially about everything.

Dialogue can tell us a lot about character, but I want to focus on the structure of story itself.

Seasons 1 and 2 of “Silicon Valley” were hilarious and probably the funniest we’ll ever see the show. Season 3 lagged as fans and critics felt we were stuck in a cycle of failure and success.

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“13 Reasons Why” Season 1 worked. Season 2 was always a bad idea.

13 Reasons Why season one was solid.

There were ebbs and flows throughout the season, but overall it was a strong mystery with a satisfying, yet devastating conclusion.

Everything comes together. Without questionable cliffhangers it would’ve been a strong mini-series and critics agree.

Katherine Langford earned a well-deserved Golden Globe nomination and the critics landed on an admirable 76.

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Loud internet fandom reveals inherit faults in aged Nielson rating system (this could’ve been a headline a decade ago!)

The Nielson ratings are absurd and just about every major network still swears by them.

Earlier this month shows such as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Expanse” were cancelled. Several other shows were cancelled along with them.

However these two specific shows had loud fanbases. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was rescued by NBC and “The Expanse,” as of now still cancelled, has fans flying plane banners attempting to resucue the SyFy series.

On Wednesday “The Expanse” was met again with a subpar Nielson rating. The outcry is so strong though, that I feel confident it will be picked up.

Back in the “Firefly” and “Freaks and Geeks” days the internet wasn’t this massive community of outspoken, pissed off people.

The Nielson metric was obsolete over a decade ago. Every show my wife and I watch isn’t contributed to their number, and the same can be said of millions of people across the country.

Time to update.