Shameless Self-Promotion: Guest Blog Post on Rupert Pupkin Speaks! Underrated ’97

I love the contributor lists over at Rupert Pupkin Speaks, and I was more than glad to add another one, this time a year I remember very well (1997), which was just after I had started my own BAM Awards. More news about the 2017 edition will be coming shortly, without further adieu enjoy!

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2017 BAM Award Shortlists

For the uninitiated here’s the way the shortlist system for my BAM Awards works:

  • This year I tracked eligible titles on my Letterboxd account.
  • What stood out in award categories was then tracked on a spreadsheet. A field filled out (e.g. Daniel Kaluuya Get Out for Best Actor) is one consideration.
  • The considerations in each category are tallied and if there are are enough, based on the number on nominees I’ll include, a shortlist is created. These lists are below.
  • NOTE: Categories with too few considerations will go straight to nominations and will not have a shortlist.
  • Being a committee of one mistakes are possible. These shortlists are not set in stone but very close.
  • Possible changes to the shortlists that may affect the nomination will be made due to: a) films viewed for the first time from 12/24-12/31 that qualify and b) gross omissions, which I don’t anticipate but are possible.
  • Nominees will be announced on 1/2/2018 and winners announced on 1/9/2018.

Without further adieu here are this years shortlists.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Consideration total: 15
Shortlist: 8

Anton Petzold Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
Jaden Lieberher It
Jason Ian Drucker Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Judah Lewis The Babysitter
Noah Jupe Suburbicon

Oakes Fegley Wonderstruck
Peter Dacunha Mommy’s Little Boy
Tom Taylor The Dark Tower

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Considerations: 18
Shortlist: 9

Bryce Gheisar Wonder
Noah Jupe Wonder
Juri Winkler Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
Finn Wolfhard It
Jack Dylan Grazer It
Chosen Jacobs It
Jeremy Ray Taylor It
Wyatt Oleff It
Jackson Robert Scott It

Best performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

No shortlist

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

No shortlist

Best Youth Ensemble

Considerations: 18
Shortlist: 9

The Glass Castle
It
Castle Shiverstone
Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
The Beguiled
Wonderstruck
A Bad Moms Christmas
Daddy’s Home 2
Wonder

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Considerations: 35
Shortlist: 17

Betty Buckley Split
Candice Bergen Home Again
Carla Juri Blade Runner 2049
Carrie Fisher Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Catherine Keener Get Out
Elizabeth Olsen Wind River
Goldie Hawn Snatched
Holly Hunter The Big Sick
Julia Roberts Wonder
Julianne Moore Suburbicon
Kate Hudson Marshall
Kirsten Dunst The Beguiled
Laurie Metcalf Lady Bird
Melanie Griffith The Disaster Artist
Sharon Stone The Disaster Artist
Michelle Pfeiffer Murder on the Orient Express
Molly Parker 1922

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Considerations: 52
Shortlist: 26

Austin Abrams Brad’s Status
Benny Safdie Good Time
Bill Skarsgård It
Chris Pine Wonder Woman
Colin Farrell Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Dave Franco The Disaster Artist
Dylan Schmid 1922
Gil Birmingham Wind River
Harrison Ford Blade Runner 2049
Henry Thomas Gerald’s Game
Tom Hiddleston Thor: Ragnarok
Josh Gad Marshall
Kurt Russel Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
LilRey Howery Get Out
Mark Hamill Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mark Rylance Dunkirk
Oscar Isaac Suburbicon
Owen Wilson Wonder
Ray Romano The Big Sick
Robert Downey, Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jacob Batalon Spider-Man: Homecoming
Michael Keaton Spider-Man: Homecoming
Sterling K. Brown Marshall
Steve Carell Battle of the Sexes
Woody Harrelson Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Considerations: 40
Shortlist: 20

Barry Pepper 1922
Bruce Greenwood Gerald’s Game
Chadwick Boseman Marshall
Charlie Hunnam The Lost City of Z
Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Daniel Kaluuya Get Out
Denzel Washington Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Idris Elba The Mountain Between Us
Jake Gyllenhaal Stronger
James Franco The Disaster Artist
James McAvoy Split
Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick
Matt Damon Suburbicon
Oscar Isaac Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Robert De Niro The Wizard of Lies
Robert Pattinson Good Time
Ryan Gosling Blade Runner 2049
Steve Carell Brad’s Status
Steve Coogan The Dinner
Tom Holland Spider-Man: Homecoming

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Considerations: 24
Shortlist: 12

Anya Taylor-Joy Split
Aubrey Plaza Ingrid Goes West
Carla Gugino Gerald’s Game
Daisy Ridley Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Elizabeth Olsen Wind River
Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Gal Gadot Wonder Woman
Haley Lu Richardson Columbus
Kate Winslet The Mountain Between Us
Samara Weaving The Babysitter
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird
Tatiana Maslany Stronger
Zoe Kazan The Big Sick

Best Cast

Considerations: 25
Shortlist: 12

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Suburbicon
The Big Sick
Marshall
The Beguiled
Get Out
The Disaster Artist
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Glass Castle
It
Wonder
Wind River
Columbus

Best Picture

Shortlist: 18 films (or more)
Nominees: 10

Coco
The Big Sick
Get Out
It
Split
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Blade Runner 2049
Baby Driver
Wonderstruck
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Wonder
Wind River
Lady Bird
1922
Wonder Woman
Dunkirk
Columbus

Best Director

Considerations: 17
Shortlist: None

Best Original Screenplay

Considerations: 17
Shortlist: 8

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick
Edgar Wright Baby Driver
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Jordan Peele Get Out
Lee Unkrich & Jason Katz & Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Morris Coco
M. Night Shyamalan Split
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Taylor Sheridan Wind River

Best Adapted Screenplay

Considerations: 10
Shortlist: None

Best Cinematography

Considerations: 24
Shortlist: 12

Ben Davis Three Billbords Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ben Richardson 1922
Ben Richardson Wind River
Chung-hoon Chung It
Edward Lachman Wonderstruck
Hoyte van Hoytema Dunkirk
Mandy Walker The Mountain Between Us
Phillippe Le Sourde The Beguiled
Rasmus Vidbræk The Dark Tower
Roger A. Deakins Blade Runner 2049
Sean Price Williams Good Time
Steve Yedlin Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Foreign Language Film

Not enough films to qualify. Maybe a jury award.

Most Overlooked Film

Considerations: 10
Shortlist: None

Best Documentary

Jury Prize – No shortlist

Best Score

NOTE: This category lacks a shortlist owing to the need to revisit several scores before making final decisions.

Considerations: 22
Shortlist: None

Best (Original) Song

Considerations: 8
Shortlist: None

Best Costume Design

Considerations: 27
Shortlist: 13

Murder on the Orient Express
It
Wonderstruck
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
A Dog’s Purpose
Wonder Woman
The Lost City of Z
The Beguiled
Marshall
Victoria & Abdul

Best Makeup

Considerations: 27
Shortlist: 13

It
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Wonder
1922
Annabelle: Creation
Split
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Gerald’s Game
The Babysitter
LBJ
Jigsaw

Best Visual Effects

Considerations: 18
Shortlist: 9

Alien: Covenant
Blad Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
It
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
War for the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Art Direction

Considerations: 22
Shortlist: 11

1922
Alien: Covenant
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Columbus
It
Murder on the Orient Express
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Victoria & Abdul
Wonderstruck

Best Soundtrack

Considerations: 14
Shortlist: None

Best Editing

Considerations: 21
Shortlist: 10

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Columbus
Get Out
It
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wind River
Wonderstruck

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Considerations: 16
Shortlist: 8

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
It
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder Woman
Wonderstruck

 

National Coming Out Day

Over the past year, postings on this site have been a bit sparse but one of the more significant ones was for the Things I Learned From the Movies Blogathon (just after National Coming Out Day 2016). It was my coming out on this blog, and those stories real and fictionalized matter. The short below has been released in the past year and made quite a big splash on fictionalized end.

 

The day matters not as a compulsory exercise but rather to raise awareness. Here’s an example of how a real-life coming out can have an impact on others (Yes, this means you need to read a long Instagram caption. #sorrynotsorry).

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The decision to write this came after I received a message from a brave individual. Such message inspired me to shed light on an aspect of my private life which I have kept distant from my career in music. I came to fully recognize that I was gay when I was sixteen. I decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin. Further, I always found conversations regarding music, politics, art, books – and the greatness of Nas’ catalog – to be far more interesting than what type of guy I was into. This is still true today. While this message is most definitely overdue, I encourage anyone who is navigating their sexuality to devote as much time as they need to the process of finding self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love. Hell, for me, it took years to write this message. Nevertheless, I figured now was the time to let a few more friends know that I am happy, I am here for you, and I am proud of who I am. Cheers -G

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

Shameless Self-Promotion: EBook Release Next Week

Okay, so I know that while I’ve stopped by about once a month, I’ve not gotten on back to a more consistent posting schedule. One reason is due to the upcoming release of my latest eBook.

It’s available for pre-order on Kindle, Kobo and iBooks. It will also be available on Barnes and Noble for Nook readers on release date (10/17). I’ve also been writing a new, massive novel longhand, and in the midst of edits on subsequent volumes of Teenage Death Songs.

However, as I mentioned in a previous update I do have MoviePass now and have started to hit some of my DVDs so the BAM Awards will definitely happen and regular posts may happen before then.  You can see the occasional brief review and what I’ve been watching on my Letterboxd.

Film Activism: Film Forum Renovation

In my last post I said there’d be more site update news, but something more important came up, so I’m sharing it.

As any film lover who has been to New York knows the Film Forum is an institution. In my mind it is such a mecca that one time when I went on a bus trip to Manhattan with a number friends they mostly went to see Broadway shows and I went to the newly-restored complete cut of Metropolis at the Forum.

2020 will be the theater’s fiftieth year as a cinematic hub in New York. To commemorate, and let’s be realistic to remain relevant, they will be renovating the theater an adding a fourth screen next year. The Forum is a 501(c)(3), so they thrive and show outstanding repertory series and unique independent films thanks in large part to (tax-deductible) donations. This is a huge undertaking, so every little bit helps. Chip in to keep one of the places that truly puts the art in art house.

You can find more information at their website including a brief video, as well as the donate button. Anyone who had ever viewed a film there will welcome these changes I’m sure.

Updates: 9/12/2017

For a while at the start of 2017 I had a backlog of posts I had scheduled that could tide me (and you over) while I was sidetracked on other projects. As you may have noticed that backlog vanished.

For the second time ever I blew a blogathon contribution. I will attempt to make up that posting that piece by an alternate means be it here or elsewhere.

There are things in the offing and I will take a few days to keep you abreast of them. I’ll do them one at a time to not overload you.

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The first thing that bears noting is that I am still tracking new releases viewed, you can track those best on my Letterboxd list. While I haven’t posted monthly or quarterly considerations lists The BAM Awards will be happening with the previously established deadlines in tact.  The potential contenders this year (and yes It is a strong one) have been bolstered as I am now using MoviePass and I love it.

There will be more to update you on tomorrow.

 

2017 Swashathon: The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)

Directed by Chuck Jones this Looney Tunes short is another that takes place on the Warner Brothers backlot. Daffy has a meeting in faceless studio head J.L.’s office (clearly modeled after Jack L. Warner). Part of Daffy’s desire in this outlandish pitch is to break out of what he sees as typecasting and play the role of a swashbuckling hero.

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Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of this short is how it deals with the concept of casting. In the framing mechanism Daffy is pitching a film to break out of the type-cast mold he feels he’s stuck in. Within the pitched story the Warner crew cast from their stable of stars to create a swashbuckling, animated version of The Scarlet Pimpernel called The Scarlet Pumpernickel.

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Daffy plays Daffy Dumas Duck, Porky Pig plays Lord High Chamberlain, Mama Bear plays a handmaiden, Henery Hawk plays a pageboy, Sylvester plays a Lord and groom-to-be, Elmer Fudd plays an innkeeper; and an obese horse not unlike the one in What’s Opera, Doc? also makes an appearance.

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This short is also a showcase for the music of Michael Maltese who is frequently the unsung hero behind the scenes of the Looney Tunes shorts.

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Aside from some visual flair like hanging off the underside of a cliff, a flood, the Pumpernickel using a parachute; it’s an absurd plot only animation could really pull off in such a short amount of time. As the commentary track on the DVD observes it packs in all the conventions of a swashbuckler with comedic effect, complete with jokes about Errol Flynn. Also, on the Golden Collection’s commentary track I learned that this was more of a showcase for Mel Blanc than usual as he voiced Elmer Fudd in this short as well though he usually didn’t.

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This is also one of the Looney Tunes shorts which has been the target of retroactive censorship and re-edits on TV. The short ends with Daffy putting a gun to his head, as his story ends with the Scarlet Pumpernickel killing himself. Daffy shoots, falls to the ground, then looks up (the bullet went through his beret) and says “It’s getting so you have to kill yourself to sell a story around here.” Edits dropped frames where the gun fired and cut straight to him on the ground. In my estimation it’s a useless edit as the implication is still there. Yes, the reality of suicide is more present in today’s world. However, the fact remains that art of the past cannot and should not be constantly altered to fit ever-changing mores and realities. They are what they are and are reflective of a time. It’s up to each successive generation to know better as the collective consciousness grows.

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As such, there’s not a moral to be learned from this short, it’s funny with jokes for audiences young and old, for people who just like animation or old Hollywood; but it’s not a morality play and an excellent quick parody of a genre.