Five - February 2019

(The Return of) Five (things of interest to me and maybe to you)

1) Watched, Listened, Read
Watched

If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins, 2018 (w/Barry Jenkins & Nicholas Britell)
Guitar, Drum and Bass, EP1, EP2, 2019
Lorena, EP1, EP2, EP3, 2019
The Bang Bang Theory S11/E15, 2019
This Hour Has 22 Minutes S26/E16/E17/E26, 2019
2019 Oscars
Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham, 2018
Once Upon A Deadpool, David Leitch, 2018
Tonight Show S06/E94, 2019
Black Monday S01/E03/E04/E05, 2019
The Blacklist S06/E05/E06/E07/E08, 2019
Miracle Workers S01/E01/E02/E03, 2019
Umbrella Academy S01/E01, 2019
Russian Dolls 01/E01/E02/E03, 2019
Jasper Goes Hunting, George Pal, 1944
A Hatful Of Dreams, George Pal, 1944
The Old Man Of The Mountain, Dave Fleischer, 1932
Pink Elephants, Paul Terry & Dan Gordon, 1937
The Banker’s Daughter, Frank Moser, 1933
Caviar, Paul Terry & Frank Moser, 1930
Freight Yard Symphony, Robert Abel, 1963
Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror, Xavier Burgin, 2019
You Are Here: Come From Away Story, More Mossanen, 2018
High Flying Bird, Steven Soderbergh, 2019
Titmouse 5 Second Club Films
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron, 2018 (w/Alfonso Cuaron)
Paddington 2, Paul King, 2017 w/director's commentary
Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018
The Blues Brothers, John Landis, 1980
The Two Killings Of Sam Cooke, Kelly Duane, 2019
Blackkklansman, Spike Lee, 2018 (w/Terrance Blanchard)
Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer (& Dexter Fletcher), 2018 (w/Graham King & John Ottman)
Fighting With My Family, Stephan Merchant, 2019 (w/Florence Pugh & Paige)

Listened
New Sensations, Lou Reed, 1984
Tales Of America, J.S. Ondara, 2019
Queen Hits II, 1991 (Compilation)
Just Say Sire, Disc 2,3, 2005 (Various Artists - Compilation)
Ramones Greatest Hits, 2006 (Compilation)
The Allen Toussaint Collection, 1991 (Compilation)
The SAR Records Story, Disc 1, 1994 (Various Artists - Compilation)
Songs From Robin Hood Lane, Alex Chilton, 2019 (Compilation)
A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds, Pug-wash, 2014 (Compilation)
New York, Lou Reed, 1989
Arthur, The Kinks, 1969
Demanding Men, The Sensations, 2019 (Compilation)
Con Todo El Mundo, Khruangbin, 2018
The Wild Honey Orchestra & Friends perform The Kink’s We Are The Village Green Preservation Society and more (live)

Read
Mojo, April
Bon Appetit, March
Uncut, April

2) I'm Not The Only Thinking that Paddington 2 deserved some Oscar love
Paddington 2 was the best film of 2018 (or 2017 for those in the UK ), no if ands or buts.
https://uproxx.com/movies/paddington-2-oscar-snub/
https://www.indiewire.com/2018/11/paddington-2-oscar-nominations-1202023477/
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/plight-paddington-2-why-cant-an-oscar-movie-be-enjoyable-1163996
https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/oscars-snubs-2019-paddington-2-sorry-to-bother-you-mandy-and-other-films-that-should-have-been-nominated-5960011.html
https://lagniappemobile.com/paddington-2-a-most-egregious-oscars-oversight/
https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a25423958/paddington-2-golden-globes/
https://www.fatherly.com/play/paddington-2-win-best-picture-2019-oscars/

3) Oscars
Lost in all the aftermath Oscar talk, the importance of these awards to those who work in the industry. Would be nice if the awards ceremony was a show that just happened to be broadcast, instead of a big broadcast that happens to present awards - don't cut off the speeches.

I agree with Steven Spielberg, that the Academy Awards should be about theatrical releases. I don't agree with the changes that are being suggested (four week exclusive run), that would hurt the independent and small release films (who do a qualification run in hopes of a nomination/win and with that a larger release).

4) High Flying Bird
Steven Soderbergh is one of the most interesting filmmakers working today - an American auteur. High Flying Bird grabbed me from the first frame and held me to the last. Delicious Dialogue, Fine Acting, Skillfully Directed.

5) Jackie Shane
She only recorded one album and a handful of singles but they are all worth (many) a listen. Shortly before Jackie left us she gave a rare interview with the CBC https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/friday-feb-8-2019-david-foster-jackie-shane-and-more-1.5009904/the-late-jackie-shane-in-her-own-words-a-rare-interview-with-the-pioneering-musician-1.5010217

Back in 2010 the CBC started the renewed interest in Jackie with an hour hour long audio documentary https://soundcloud.com/elainebanks/the-jackie-shane-story


Playlist

Gotta Get Up, Harry Nilsson
Dario Marianelli, The Pop-Up Book
The Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks
High Flying Bird, Richie Havens
Coming Down, Jackie Shane

Feature Films Watched In 2018

The Post
All The Money In The World
Gilbert
Paddington 2 (twice)
Polka King
Darkest Hours
Phantom Thread (twice)
Get Out
Shape Of Water (twice)
Disaster Artist
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
Florida Project
The Greatest Show On Earth
Paddington
A Futile & Stupid Gesture
Jaco
Chasing Train
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
Early Man
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Logan Lucky
Thor: Ragnarok
California Typewriter
Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
I Called Him Morgan
Life In 12 Bars
Call Me By Your Name
The Death Of Stalin
Black Panther (twice)
What We Do In The Shadows
Game Night
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
Red Sparrow
Lean On Pete
Isle Of Dogs (twice)
Muppet Guys Talking
Expo 67 Mission Impossible
Ready Player One
Tales Of The Fox
Come Sunday
Sullivan's Travels
Bad Samaritan
Avengers: Endgame
Tally
Ponyo
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Deadpool 2
American Animal
Fahrenheit 451
Affairs Of State
Won't You Be My Neighbor (twice)
RBG
Incredibles 2 (twice)
Ocean's 8
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Three Identical Strangers
Jaws (twice)
Yellow Submarine
Planet Of The Apes
Dune
Design For Living
TAG
Ant Man and The Wasp
He Won't Get Far On Foot
Sorry To Bother You
Hotel Transylvania 3
Whitney
McQueen
Sky Scraper
Equalizer 2
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Nico 1988
Mama Mia: Here We Go Again
The Meg
Teen Titans
Blackkklansman (thrice)
Breaking & Entering
Christopher Robin
Juliet, Naked
Operation Finale
Set It Up
Perfect Blue
Searching
White Boy Rick
The Predator
Blaze
A Simple Favor
Fahrenheit 9/11
Quincy
Anna & The Apocalypse
Old Man & The Gun
A Star Is Born
Monster Squad
Bubba Ho Tep
Flash Gordon
Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word
The Thing
Alien
Head
First Man
Tito & The Bird
Miseducation Of Cameron Post
Ruben Brandt, Collector
Bunel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
A Quiet Place (twice)
They'll Love Me When I'm Gone
Front Runner
Green Book (twice)
Vox Lux
Can You Ever Forgive Me
Roma
Shoplifters
Stan & Ollie
Amazing Grace
Beautiful Boy
Mary Poppins Returnns
Ralph Breaks The Internet
The Favourite (twice)
Vice
If Beale Street Could Talk
Nancy
North Of Blue
Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse
Design Canada
The Last Movie Star
Sons Of The Desert
Four Days Wonder
Naughty Baby
He Learned About Women
Dreaming About A Jewish Christmas
Lawrence Of Arabia

Squirrelly Awards for Film 2018

Top 10 Films (of the films I saw in 2018)
Paddington 2 (top of list, rest in no particular order)
Death Of Stallin
Isle Of Dogs
Sorry To Bother You
Blackkklansman
Searching
A Quiet Place
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Roma
Shoplifters

Actor
Christian Bale, Vice
Ben Whishaw (and the animators who animated Paddington), Paddington 2
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
John Cho, Searching

Actress
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Saoirse Ronan, Mary Queen Of Scots
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Ensemble
Shoplifters
Death Of Stalin

Script
Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
Deborah Davies & Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Hirokazu Koreeda, Shoplifters
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You

Director
Paul King, Paddington 2
Hirokazu Koreeda, Shoplifters
Spike Lee, Blackkklansman
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Score
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Jamie Haggerty, North Of Blue
Terence Blanchard, Blackkklansman
Daniel Pemberton, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

Song
What A Time To Be Alive, (Anna And The Apocalypse), Roddy Hart & Tommy Reilly

Cinematography
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Linus Sandgren, First Man
John Mathieson, Mary Queen Of Scotts
James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
Bruno Delbonnel, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Editing
Barry Alexander Brown, Blackkklansman
Tom Cross, First Man
Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite
Christopher Tellefsen, A Quiet Place
John Ottman, Bohemian Rhapsody

Animated Feature
Isle Of Dogs
North Of Blue

Animated Short
Late Afternoon
Weekends

Documentary
Amazing Grace
Three Identical Strangers
Design Canada
They Shall Not Grow Old
RGB

Squirrelly Awards For Film 2017

Feature Films: 
- Okja
- The Shape Of Water
- Lady Bird
- Baby Driver
- Get Out
- Dunkirk
- Blade Runner 2049
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- A Ghost Story
- The Last Jedi
- War For The Planet Of The Apes
- Colossal

Documentary Feature:
- Kedi
- Dawson City: Frozen Time
- 78/52
Animated Feature: TBD
Animated Short:
- Mamoon

Director:
- Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water
- Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
- Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
- Edgar Wright, Baby Driver
- David Lowery, A Ghost Story
- Joon-ho Bong, Okja

Actress:
- Sally Hawkins, The Shape Of Water
- Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
- Seo-Hyun Ahn, Okja
- Rooney Mara, A Ghost Story

Actor:
- James McAvoy, Split
- Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
- Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Acting Ensemble: Mudbone

Editing:
- Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss, Baby Driver
- Lee Smith, Dunkirk
- Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape Of Water

Screenplay:
- Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, The Shape Of Water
- Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game (for dialogue)

Production Design/Art Direction:
- Paul Austerberry & Nigel Churcher, The Shape Of Water

Score:
- Alexandre Desplat, The Shape Of Water
- Bear McCreary, Colossal

Cinematography:
- Dan Lausten, The Shape Of Water
- Hoyte Van Hoytema, Dunkirk
- Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
- Andrew Droz Palermo, A Ghost Story 

 

Squirrelly Awards For Film 2016

Feature Film: A Monster Calls / Arrival
Documentary Feature Film: Miss Sharon Jones / O.J. Made In America
Animated Feature Film: Trolls
Animated Short Film: Blind Vaysha / Pear Cider & Cigarettes

Director: J.A. Bayona, A Monster Calls / Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Script: Joel & Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar! / Fences, August Wilson
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land / Roger Deakins, Hail, Caesar! / Rodrigo Prieto, Silence
Editing: Julian Clarke, Deadpool
Score; Michael Giacchino, Rogue One
Actress: Ruth Negga, Loving / Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad / Viola Davis, Fences
Actor: Adam Driver, Paterson / Aiden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar! 

There's lots of ties and there's a few films I still need to see (+ a couple of scripts I want to read).

Mini-Review - Jackie

Not a warm movie. Natalie Portman’s performance as Jackie Kennedy doesn’t make you like her but that may not be the point. You do come away from the movie with an understanding of what Jackie went through following the assignation of President John F. Kennedy. This is an Actress’ movie though at times it’s hard to see past Portman’s acting. 

Too much score  - there are moments when less score would allow the movie to breathe.