Notes from awards committee:
Bad movies were in abundance this year; more so than usual, as 2017 set a new record for big-budget bombs. Hooray for Hollywood. Not! From The Last Jedi to The Shape of Water to Three Billboards to Call Me by Your Name, to Get Out much of the year-end, award-season rush simply failed to move the needle above zero. We were also completely underwhelmed by Phantom Thread and The Post despite the famous Big Stars above the title. With so many disappointments, it should come as no surprise that summer attendance was the weakest in a quarter century, and US box office (inflation adjusted) was the lowest since 1995. But the poor numbers were not the worst news for many of the Hollywood Big Shots as the #MeToo movement exploded all over the internet with wave after wave of sexual harassment charges and lawsuits.
Of course, it wasn't all bad. Our most memorable films of the year – Only the Brave and I, Tonya are great films with wonderful acting, striking visual impact and emotional punch. Both movies were snubbed for Best Picture nominations and the Oscar was awarded to a dreadful movie about a strange romance between a cleaning lady and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. So it brings great pleasure to correct that injustice and award the Best Picture Simpson to Only the Brave – a stunning film about heroic white males fighting dangerous wildfires to protect their fellow American citizens. Yeah, we know – it is too Pro-American for the Marxists of Hollywood. HouseClark may be a bit Old Fashioned for the times, but at least NOT ridiculous.
We disagreed with the academy on nine out of ten Best Acting nominations and awarded the Best Actress Simpson to Margot Robbie – for her unforgettable performance of a lifetime in I, Tonya. Jason Clarke wins Best Actor award for his spot-on portrayal of Teddy Kennedy in Chappaquiddick. Clarke nails Kennedy’s entitled, cowardly, clueless behavior, and delivers a hard punch in the mouth to Kennedy’s false reputation as a noble crusader. And who would have thought an Australian could perfectly nail a Bostonian accent?
Many critics panned Blade Runner 2049 as a totally unnecessary sequel, but you can probably say that about all or most sequels. We liked the big screen visual impact and the imaginative Sci-fi story. The film was memorable – in a good way.
Death of Stalin – This satire of the Soviet Union had the best ensemble cast of the year, and we loved Jason Isaacs as Marshall Zhukov – he stole every scene he was in at a felony level.
Wizard of Lies - Bobby De Niro delivered his best performance in decades as Bernie Madoff, the Jewish Hedge Fund manager who ran the biggest fraud in Wall Street history.
Logan – the year’s best superhero movie and only one worth watching. BrutaI, powerful and sad.
The Post - Somehow, in spite of the super expensive acting payroll, the movie managed to be boring. And to top it off – the movie is based on a lie. Richard Nixon did not start the Vietnam War; he ended it with a peace treaty. How stupid can the writers/ director get?