Goodbye to August. Welcome to September. Hollywood and film critics’ translation: Goodbye to the Summer Blockbuster Season. Welcome to the Awards Season.
The Awards Season technically commenced when “Florence Foster Jenkins” debuted in cinemas. The Weinstein Company is currently hounding us with the boxing biopic “Hands of Stone”. “The Light Between Oceans” will debut on Friday, September 2, 2016 (review is forthcoming during debut day). And then, “Sully”, “Snowden”, “Deepwater Horizon”, “The Birth of a Nation”, “The Girl On The Train”, “The Accountant”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, and so forth. The listed films are known as “Awards bait” or in simple terms, “prestige films”. The motion pictures frequently shout to the Awards voters and film critics (including yours truly).
Okay, we’ve repeatedly discussed how and why 2016 is an extremely underwhelming year in a critical perspective. In a personal stance, “Midnight Special”, “Hell or High Water”, and “Finding Dory” are the only films to receive the perfect grade thus far. I am a strict movie critic. Yet, we are able to dig through the nitty gritty – some gems will eventually reveal themselves!
Based on my expertise, the Awards Season categorizes the films in two divisions: “Awards bait” – Provides the necessary Awards contender ingredients; however, the films are just decent and/or considerable disappointments. “Awards contenders” – Provides the necessary Awards contender ingredients, enter the Awards Season with or without some setbacks, and the films are consistently brilliant.
August, September, and October tend to deliver the Awards bait. November, December, and early January deliver the Awards contenders. However, this varies depending on the given film.
Without further ado, welcome to the Awards Season. Let’s dig into it, shall we?
The Awards Season will shortly commence. Instead of penning one or two "In Contention" analyses, I opted to provide the objective most anticipated awards contenders list during this week. I understand you may disagree about my selections.
You may recognize Hollywood is slowly switching gears – transitioning from the underwhelming "Blockbuster Season" to the exciting "Awards Season". Biopics, buzzy festival films, and the like are preparing to release in the theatrical limited release and subsequently, wide release. Hell yes, this film critic is willing to travel to see the limited release movies. Yet, the Awards predictions (e.g. the Academy Awards) are forthcoming.
I must mention I am attending college to study film and journalism (otherwise, this website would not exist). Oh yeah, I will continue to see films in the cinema every week and my reviews may be shorter than normal due to the aforementioned reason. Per usual, anticipate the regular posts.
While the Blockbuster Film Season is concluding, refuel the engines to witness some Awards hopefuls.
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Regular reviews ~ Word count varies.
Mini reviews ~ Positives and negatives (+/-) analysis.
Brief reviews ~ One hundred words, more or less.