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Moving Day

by Nathaniel R

Frances Ha

For those wondering why I've been so quiet during Oscar month, please bear with me a little while longer. After much chaos in my offline life and a painful end to a long relationship (...but let's not get into that), it's moving day. Or days.

It occurred to me today that movies skip over this physically exhausting and emotionally taxing work in seconds usually. Where's the magical montage that transports me from No-Longer-Home to New Place in like 10-30 whimsical but melancholy seconds? Because this real time continuous-shot business is no fun. Even Lav Diaz would think this running time indulgent.

But back to boxes and chaos. Here's to fresh starts.


Save the date(s) - We're in the home stretch

With January wrapped up, we're in the final month of Oscar mania. Here are major events and/or awards nights to keep your eye on for the next month plus.


A Fantastic Woman (Chile's Oscar nominee) opens in limited release
2 CAS Cinema Audio Society final voting opens (Closes Feb 14th)
3 DGA Directors Guild of America Awards
3 Annie Awards (Honoring the year's animated films)
5 Oscar Nominees Luncheon...

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January. That's a Wrap

Here are a baker's dozen highlights from this month that didn't quite fly by (this winter has been brutal) in case you missed any of them! Remember to vote daily for your choices in the Oscar charts. Now it's on February/early March when we can finally put this cinematic year in this history books.

most discussed
FYC Allison Janney Seán loves her work in I Tonya
Oscar Shut-Outs Team Experience grieves for fine work unrecognized
SAG notes on the ceremony
Worst Best Picture Snubs a dozen movies for the all time lists

other must-reads
Roots and Wings Murtada's memory is stirred by Greta Gerwig's Globe win
Blueprint Jorge's column reads up on the Original Screenplay nominees
Soundtracking Chris Feil listens in on the Original Song nominees
The Shape of Water's Design Daniel looks at the aqueous fantasies of del Toro's Oscar frontrunner
Jamie Bell Interview Nathaniel talks to the Film Stars leading man about working with the Bening and his Old Hollywood dream project
Team Experience Awards Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name lead the crop
50 Beloved Movies That Got Zero Oscar Love time alters the fates of some movies!
The editing of Baby Driver Tim's tribute to this Oscar nominated craft
22 black dresses the Globes red carpet was serious but not unglamorous

Coming in February:
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of 2017, Nathaniel's "Film Bitch Awards", Chile's A Fantastic Woman, Fifty Shades trilogy wrap-up, Marvel's Black Panther, various guild prizes, Aardman's Early Man, probably some Olympic detours, a 75th birthday celebration of Mike Leigh, and more. 



Hooray! May the Comment Party Begin Again...

And there was much rejoicing. I can "hear" you all again. You can hear each other. We didn't expect to take a vow of collective silence but I had just watched Novitiate, that movie about the nuns, in which The LEOgend is very very upset when people talk during conversation blackout periods so perhaps I spiritually triggered it? Anyway... PLEASE SAY SOMETHING TO END THE SILENCE.

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Merry Christmas from TFE

Enjoy your prezzies and time off and be safe out there. Don't eat any mistletoe. A super big week of year-end festivities and film frenzies kicks off here real soon: new podcast episode, updated Oscar charts, new film reviews, Oscar hopeful interviews, and more!