The amazing entryway to London Below.

The amazing entryway to London Below.

Neverwhere

  • Author:  Neil Gaiman
  • Published:  1996
  • Publisher:  BBC Books
  • Pages:  370
  • First Line:  “The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.”
  • Last Line:  “And they walked away together through the hole in the wall, back into the darkness, leaving nothing behind them; not even the doorway.”
  • Film:  1996  (BBC – ***.5); Radio Drama (2013)
  • First Read:  2003

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The love story is nice, but it's the music and dancing that make West Side Story the best film ever made out of a Broadway musical.

The love story is nice, but it’s the music and dancing that make West Side Story the best film ever made out of a Broadway musical.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 10 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. West Side Story  **
  2. The Hustler  *
  3. La Dolce Vita
  4. One, Two, Three
  5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  6. Yojimbo
  7. The Bridge
  8. Elevator to the Gallows
  9. L’Avventura
  10. The Guns of Navarone  *

Analysis:  Though still a very solid Top 5, this is a significant drop from the last several years.  The Hustler is actually the weakest #2 film in 6 years and La Dolce Vita is the weakest #3 film in 16 years.  Ironically, though, because I have no point difference between my #3 and #7 films, The Bridge is the third best #7 film to date.  But, because of the strength of 1960 and because only the top 8 films here are ****, there is an incredible 28 point difference between the Top 10 of 1960 (avg: 94.5) and the Top 10 of 1961 (avg: 91.7). (more…)

"This house was the pride of the town.  Faced with stone as far back as the dining-room windows, it was a house of arches and turrets and girdling stone porches: it had the first porte-cochere seen in that town."  (The Magnificent Ambersons, p 9)

“This house was the pride of the town. Faced with stone as far back as the dining-room windows, it was a house of arches and turrets and girdling stone porches: it had the first porte-cochere seen in that town.” (The Magnificent Ambersons, p 9)

My Top 10:

  1. The Magnificent Ambersons
  2. Bambi
  3. Random Harvest
  4. Now Voyager
  5. The Glass Key
  6. Kings Row
  7. This Gun for Hire
  8. The Man Who Came to Dinner
  9. Mrs. Miniver
  10. The Pride of the Yankees

note:  Like in 1941, I have a Top 10 but no more. (more…)

An incredible look at life itself.

An incredible look at life itself.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 10 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Ikiru
  2. The Apartment  **
  3. The Virgin Spring
  4. The Cranes are Flying
  5. Spartacus  *
  6. Psycho
  7. The World of Apu
  8. Tunes of Glory
  9. The Hidden Fortress
  10. Elmer Gantry  *

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On my birthday, I pointed out to Veronica that two years ago we saw Argo and it went out to win Best Picture, so we were going to see Birdman.  We did.  It did.  Huzza!

On my birthday, I pointed out to Veronica that two years ago we saw Argo and it went on to win Best Picture, so we were going to see Birdman. We did. It did. Huzza!

The 87th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2014.  The nominations were announced on 15 January 2015 and the awards were held on 22 February 2015.

Best Picture:  Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Boyhood
  • Whiplash
  • American Sniper

Most Surprising Omission:  Foxcatcher

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Gone Girl

Rank (out of 87) Among Best Picture Years:  #20 (more…)

A brilliant final image from the best film of the year.

A brilliant final image from the best film of the year.

My Top 20:

  1. Birdman
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. The Imitation Game
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. Interstellar
  7. Selma
  8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  9. The LEGO Movie
  10. Still Alice
  11. Nightcrawler
  12. Ida
  13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  14. Foxcatcher
  15. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
  16. The Theory of Everything
  17. Boyhood
  18. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  19. Guardians of the Galaxy
  20. Big Hero 6

note:  There are a few films this year that might very well end up on this list that I still haven’t seen, notably Mr. Turner, A Most Violent Year, Into the Woods, Wild and Two Days, One Night.  For the record, the first 11 films are ****, the rest are ***.5. (more…)

Still one of the greatest covers in comic book history.

Still one of the greatest covers in comic book history.  Art by George Perez.

Every now and then I write a post about comic books for a few reasons.  First of all, they were really important to me for a really long time.  Second, this site is actually named after a comic book character that I adopted as my own: Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond), a Marvel character who was originally created as a Batman counterpart.  There were two versions of Nighthawk – the Squadron Sinister villain who would eventually become a hero and a member of the Defenders before dying (it would be his costume that I really loved), but it would be the second Nighthawk – the Squadron Supreme member, who I would really like.  He would also die, in a dramatic event that was unlike almost anything Marvel had ever published before, loaded with death.  Which brings me to this list. (more…)

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