April 2020


“There was a hush, and all turned their eyes on Frodo. He was shaken by a sudden shame and fear; and he felt a great reluctance to reveal the Ring, and a loathing of its touch. He wished he was far away. The Ring gleamed and flickered as he held it up before them in his trembling hand.” (p 240-241)

My Top 10

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. In the Bedroom
  3. Ghost World
  4. Vanilla Sky
  5. Last Orders
  6. Shrek
  7. Ocean’s Eleven
  8. A.I.
  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  10. The Pledge

note:  Not a great Top 5 or Top 10.  It’s another of those years which is balanced by a fantastic group of original scripts (Amelie, Memento, Gosford Park, Monster’s Ball, Amores Perros, Royal Tenenbaums, Others, Man Who Wasn’t There).  My #11 (Black Hawk Down), 13 (Iris) and 14 (Bridget Jones) are reviewed down below because of nominations while the rest of my list (which reached 19) is down at the bottom. (more…)

If this doesn’t look like a fun night with the family you should see what happens to them later in the film.

The 91st annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2019.  The nominations were announced on 13 January 2020 and the awards were held on 16 February 2020.

Best Picture:  Parasite

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Little Women
  • 1917
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Marriage Story
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Joker

Most Surprising Omission:  The Two Popes

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Pain and Glory

Rank (out of 92) Among Best Picture Years:  #21 (more…)

First of all, it’s the best performance of the year and it’s from the best film of the year. Second of all, as a straight male, I provide enough for the straight males on this site and thought a picture for those who aren’t straight males would be a treat.

My Top 20

  1. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  2. Little Women
  3. 1917
  4. Jojo Rabbit
  5. Pain and Glory
  6. Parasite
  7. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  8. Knives Out
  9. Rocketman
  10. Marriage Story
  11. Toy Story 4
  12. Us
  13. Avengers: Endgame
  14. The Farewell
  15. The Irishman
  16. Ford v Ferrari
  17. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
  18. The Man Who Killed don Quixote
  19. Dolemite is My Name
  20. Spider-Man: Far From Home

These are all **** films and they are all the **** films for the year (though I haven’t seen Les Miserables). (more…)