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Marriage Story Review

"They're saying this is for Adam Driver what Kramer vs Kramer was for Dustin Hoffman. More about him than about her.  Scarlett, to me, is the open question. By now it's Driver vs Phoenix for best actor." - Melchiades - Andrew

"Mini-shutout to Alda, whom I loved and thought did absolute wonders in his what, 3 or 4 scenes. Great review!" -Alex

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Directors (For Sama)
Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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The Films of 2014. The 15th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards



Best Picture
Alejandro G Iñarittu
(Fox Searchlight)
October 17th
Richard Linklater
(IFC Films)
August 15th

Pawel Pawlikowski
(Musix Box Films)
May 2nd

Matthew Warchus
(CBS Films)
September 26th
Jonathan Glazer
April 4th
 A fantastically original contemporary exploration of acting neurosis, star persona, career reinvention, and popularity (the movies) as the slutty little cousin of prestige (the stage). Linklater's grand experiment -- filming the lives of one fictional family over 12 years -- pays off generously with this warm, funny, sprawl of a coming of age drama. There will be tears. The year's coldest film, ultra precise and mercilessly told, is also quite nearly it's most hypnotic as a novice discovers she's Jewish and sets out to dig up her family history.    A miracle Feel Good triumphs that employs a light touch and genuine wisdom in its telling of a life-changing true story of solidarity among strangers. The ensemble fully earns your love.  A mysterious woman prowls Scotland but finds herself too curious about her prey. Unforgettable visuals and an unthinkably perfect underscore add to its abstract power and genuine frights

if you would like an Oscar correlative (8 wide)
Selma | Love is Strange | Mommy

Rest of Top Ten (Full Article) 
Selma | Love is Strange | Mommy | The Babadook | Captain America: Winter Soldier  

Honorable Mentions (Full Article)
Wild | Force Majeure | Grand Budapest Hotel 


Best Director
Xavier Dolan
(Roadside Attractions)
 Ava DuVernay
Dec 25th
Jonathan Glazer
April 4th
Alejandro G Iñarittu 
(Fox Searchlight)
October 17th
Richard Linklater
(IFC Films)
August 15th


Finalists: Pawel Pawlikowski Ida | Wes Anderson Grand Budapest Hotel

Semi Finalists: Jennifer Kent The Babadook | Alain Guiraudie Stranger by the Lake | Matthew Warchus Pride | Ira Sachs Love is Strange | Ruben Ostlund Force Majeure



Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
Ruben Östlund 
Wes Anderson (with help from Hugo Guinness on story)
Dan Gilroy 
Stephen Beresford 
 Wonderfully surreal, extremely funny and  characters that actors can really devour like an oroborus (yes the casting helps there). Plus that play within a movie about the movie star writing that play. Perfect.
 Transcends its inciting incident quickly to become a much larger satire on marriage, infidelity, grudge holding, and crushed male ego. It's verbosity is so bruising / funny it ocassionaly reminds of an Albee play.
 Inspired by the writings of  Stefan Zweig, its fanciful stories within nostalgic stories (and detours which don't derail - neat trick!) provide a wonderful mix of high and low comedy and timelessness. Plus pathos and confectionery!
 Lou Bloom is a beautifully written deviant but Gilroy's gift to moviegoers doesn't stop there. The dialogue is memorable with a specifically rich take on the infinite soulessness of catchphrases. Gripping escalation, too. Unconcerned with things you just don't do like providing no protagonist (!) offering instead a rich tapestry of communities and subcommunities which is the point. So much heart and humor and political fire.

Finalists You can see J.C. Chandor talents growing still in the throwback crime saga A Most Violent Year; and Damian Szifron comes up with several truly Wild Tales. Can't wait to see his next picture. 
Semi-Finalists: Ida; Love is Strange; Boyhood; Obvious Child


Best Adapted Screenplay
Jennifer Kent 
Gillian Flynn 
Walter Campbell & Jonathan Glazer 
 Her short film Monster was the embryo. Her baby has grown into a superbly unsettling monster. He has a silent movie flatness to slip right under your door and into your dreams.  Not every author can transfer mediums / slice up their own work so mercilessly but this is a corker of a movie so well done.    Better a Clio than an Oscar but you have to admire the creative ways it handles "play" with famous toys and hilarious riffs on a rich trove of iconic characters I'm guessing they lured it into inky black death to harvest its life force. That's one way to adapt a book, I suppose. No traces of literature remain. This is pure cinema.  This memoir  can't have been easy to adapt but the movies kaleidoscope of quotes and memories with ample room for cinematic interpretation and sound are a beauty.

Finalists: Allegorically heavyhanded maybe but structurally dynamic -- all forward motion, and memorable characters in Snowpiercer; Another clever graphic novel genre riff can be seen in Edge of Tomorrow
Semi-Finalists: Theory of Everything; Still Alice; The Homesman; Captain America: Winter Soldier


Best Animated Feature
The Boxtrolls
The LEGO Movie
 Song of the Sea

Finalists: --
Semi Finalists: The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Big Hero Six, How To Train Your Dragon 2