Ranking All the 2017 Oscar Nominees

Well, that was an inelegant finish to a surprising awards season. The 89th Annual Academy Awards were last night, and they were so full of surprises and blunders that it'll take time to process even the…

live blog

89th Academy Awards: LIVE BLOG

Welcome to the Film Misery Live Blog for the 89th Academy Awards!  Winners, predictions, generally insightful and amusing thoughts—it's all here! All times listed are United States Eastern Standard (UTC - 5:00).  Full list of…

nominees

AND THE NOMINEES SHOULD HAVE BEEN…

Well, the Oscars are this evening.  This is it: The Big Kahuna, The Final Showdown!  My excitement is somewhat muted this year, because I don’t really have many dogs in these races.  In case you…

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lone Wolf and Cub: Parting Thoughts

Well, poop.  I feel a little sad now.  It’s like that slightly empty feeling you get when you finish binge-watching an epic TV show.  Well, it’s actually that feeling, I guess, since I did binge-watch…

2016 Academy Award Nominations

2016 Academy Award Nominations Announced

Okay, I may have been just a skosh hyperbolic in my writeup on the BAFTA nominations.  You remember, when I said I was a bit more excited to hear the BAFTA nominations than the Academy…

BAFTA

2016 BAFTA Nominations Announced

I’ll be honest, which is always a dangerous thing.  I find myself a bit more excited to hear the BAFTA nominations than I do to hear the Oscar noms.  Part of it is because the…

Toni Erdmann

REVIEW: ‘Toni Erdmann’ (2016)

Tell me if you’ve heard this one: an uptight business woman focusses solely on her career to the detriment of her personal life.  Even at social and family functions, she is on her phone, putting…

From Afar

REVIEW: ‘From Afar’ (2015)

Armando slinks about the bus stop, his expression blank, but his eyes searching, analysing.  He spies his prey: a thin, hairless twink who in England may be referred to as ‘chav,’ or ‘scally’—the only thing…

REVIEW: ‘Julieta’ (2016)

Synopsising a Pedro Almodóvar film is often a fruitless enterprise.  His hallmarks are dense characterisations, and plots as twisty and layered as real life.  I mean, have you ever heard a summary of Bad Education…

short

Short Films You Can Watch in an Hour…

In Film Misery’s 100th Podcast episode, Alex took me to task a little bit for something I said to Justin: I had criticised Jagoe for never having seen Miloš Forman’s three-hour Amadeus, even though he…

BLIND SPOT: ‘Coriolanus’ (2011)

I recall an interview Ralph Fiennes gave once, on The Daily Show, where he talked about the tiny transition period he goes through when he starts watching Shakespeare.  The Bard’s word choice and manner of…

Star Trek Beyond

REVIEW: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ (2016)

Finally!  A neo-Star Trek movie I can get behind.  I’ve made no bones about my contempt for what JJ Abrams did to my beloved Star Trek, turning the quasi-reboot into a common action franchise.  (And…