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Folks, we are a third of the way through 2021. That’s Mathematics.
Anyways, I have a couple of rankings for the month. Check it out!
- DC Extended Universe
- You saw this coming. How else could I follow up the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I really want to see the culmination of the social media-driven phenomenon that was the #ReleaseTheSynderCut campaign, even if it means I have to watch all the non-Wonder Woman/Shazam movies that are supposed to be bad.
- Spike Lee’s Filmography
- Spike Lee is one of my personal favorite directors, and with the not-so-successful awards push for Da 5 Bloods, I figured it would be a good time to explore some clever and uniquely stylized “Joints”.
- Kathryn Bigelow’s Filmography
- I’ve never seen The Hurt Locker, and when researching this movie on Wikipedia, I found that Bigelow directed quite a few notable films and is known to have a distinct film style. That’s exactly what I look for in a director-driven marathon, so I’m giving all her films a shot.
- Potential Extra Marathons
- As you already know, I have some unpublished marathon rankings that I’ve made several months ago, and instead of simply copying and pasting them here, I want to go back and re-write my thoughts in a way that is more consistent with everything else in this blog. These are a combination of director-driven and franchise-driven marathons, so for some of them, I’m just waiting for the next movie to release.
Also, I don’t think I’m going to back and revise my Oscar/Razzie predictions into retrospective posts, so if you want my overall thoughts of the awards, here you go:
- 2021 Razzies Thoughts
- I honestly wasn’t expecting Kate Hudson to win Worst Actress, but I totally get it. Music was terrible.
- Thanks for changing the Rudy Giuliani Worst Screen Combo nomination from “Rudy Giuliani and Maria Bakalova” to “Rudy Giuliani and his pants zipper”. If I had known about this change, I would have had “Rudy Giuliani and his pants zipper” as a Should and Will Win.
- Dolittle won Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel? Okay. I don’t agree, but okay.
- 2021 Oscars Thoughts
- I’m glad it wasn’t just Zoom call like the Golden Globes and SAG awards, but I still don’t know how to feel about the show’s cinematography and other production choices.
- I have no issue with Anthony Hopkins’s winning the Best Actor award over Chadwick Boseman. Hopkins was a VERY CLOSE second choice for me, so I’m actually fine with the result. I do have an issue, though, with two things that came out of this award:
- 1) The producers really should have just stuck with tradition and save Best Picture for last. That was just a really awkward ending.
- 2) We get it, people in comment sections everywhere. It’s the same two points in all of your defenses of Hopkins’s win:
- Point 1: “Anthony Hopkins deserved to win. He gave a better performance than Chadwick Boseman.”
- Point 2: “Just because Boseman was Black and is dead doesn’t mean he’s entitled to an Oscar.”
- I’m particularly annoyed with this because even though I imagine people on social media were frustrated about the result itself (and not just the bad presentation – no disrespect to Joaquin Phoenix or, of course, Anthony Hopkins), this point is obvious, condescending, and makes way too big of an assumption of people who wanted Boseman to win.
- My favorite acceptance speeches (in no particular order): Youn Yuh-jung, Thomas Vinterberg, Jon Batiste, and H.E.R.
- Worst In Memoriam ever.
- I’ll say this, though – keep up the no-host shows!