Archive for January 7th, 2018

Screen cap from National Society of Film Critics Best Picture winner “Lady Bird” directed by Greta Gerwig who was also named best in that category.

by Sam Juliano

The most respected and reliable of all the annual film critics’ groups, the arthouse slanted National Society of Film Critics chose Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird as Best Picture of 2017 and Gerwig as the year’s Best Director over the weekend in voting that also featured wins for Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) as Best Actor and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) as Best Actress.  In total, 44 of the 59 NSFC members participated in the vote Saturday. Recent winners of the group’s top prize include Moonlight, Spotlight, Godard’s Goodbye to Language and Inside Llewyn Davis.  The two films that finished close behind Lady Bird were Get Out and The Phantom Thread.  For Best Director Gerwig was closely followed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  In the supporting races the winners were Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project and Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird.  Best Documentary winner was Agnes Varda’s French work Faces Places and the Best Foreign Film (though foreign films can also crossover and win the main prizes as some have done) was the Romanian Graduation.

The always good-for-a-laugh-or two (or twenty) Golden Globes were set to stage on Sunday night, so I’ll reserved any conversation on that subject for the comment section.

A powerful blizzard and single digit temperatures forced school closing in my hometown and in northern New Jersey on Thursday and Friday.

I’ve been furiously moving to see any films I may have missed in theaters over the year by way of the proper channels (DVD, blu ray, on line streaming) and am hoping to Post my Top 20 Films of 2017 on Monday, January 15th at the site. (more…)

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