It’s Not Christmas Without Treevenge….

We have a tradition here at the Shattered Lens.

Every December 25th, we watch the the movie that Arleigh Sandoc has often declared to be the greatest holiday movie ever made …. Treevenge!

With Christmas coming to a close, now seems like a good time to do just that!

So here, for your holiday enjoyment …. it’s Treevenge!

Happy holidays, everyone!

(And Happy Birthday to the Shattered Lens, which is ten years old today!  Formal celebration begin on January 1st, 2020 and will run all the way through December 31st of that year.  Hope to see you there!)

Elijah Wood Deals With The Father From Hell In The Trailer For Come To Daddy!

For the record, I’ve actually heard some good things about the upcoming horror film, Come To Daddy.  The film, which features Elijah Wood as a troubled man who makes the mistake of visiting his even more troubled father (Stephen McHattie), is said to be a truly frightening and thought-provoking film.  We’ll get to see for ourselves when Come To Daddy is released in March!

Until then, here’s the trailer!

Here’s The Trailer For The Truth!

The Truth is a film about the strained relationship between an legendary actress (Catherine Deneuve) and her screenwriter daughter (Juliette Binoche).  Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, it’s his first film to be set outside of Japan and not to be in his native language.  Completing the international feel of the production is Ethan Hawke, cast as Binoche’s husband.

The Truth received some favorable reviews when it played at both the Venice and the Toronto Film Festivals earlier this year.  It will be receiving a general release on March 20th of 2020.

Here’s the trailer!

Here’s The Trailer For Disturbing The Peace!

On January 17th, Guy Pearce is ….


Well, actually, it looks like Pearce is trying to preserve the peace.  Of course, he’s trying to preserve it in the most violent way possible but that’s his right.  He’s a small town peace officer, after all.  And it looks like there’s a lot of bikers coming into town.

Anyway, I like Guy Pearce.  And here’s the trailer!

Here’s The Trailer for Awoken!

2019 is nearly over and that means that it’s time to start thinking about the films of 2020!

With that in mind, here’s the trailer for the upcoming horror film, Awoken.  Apparently, it’s about a woman trying to cure her brother from a life-threatening case of insomnia.  Unfortunately, judging from the trailer, it does not look like things are going well.

Russian Sleep Experiment is a term that should strike fear into the heart of everyone.

Here’s the trailer!

Here Are The 2019 Nominations of the Music City Film Critics Association!

The Music City Film Critics Association announced their nominees for the best of 2019 on Monday and here they are….

What?  You’ve never heard of the Music City Film Critics Association?  They are a group of film critics in the Nashville, Tennessee area.  Make sense now?

Anyway, here are their nominees:

Jim Ridley Award, named after the late Nashville Scene editor/writer, honoring the film that best embodies the Nashville’s spirit:

– Bluebird
– The Dead Center
– The Peanut Butter Falcon
– Saint Cloud Hill
– Wild Rose

Best Picture:

– 1917
– Apollo 11
– Jojo Rabbit
– Joker
-Knives Out
-Little Women
-Marriage Story
-Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
-The Irishman

Best Director:

– Sam Mendes, 1917
– Greta Gerwig, Little Women
– Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
– Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
– Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Best Actor:

– Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
– Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
– Adam Driver, Marriage Story
– Taron Egerton, Rocketman
– Adam Sandler,  Uncut Gems

Best Actress:

– Charlize Theron, Bombshell
– Awkwafina, The Farewell
– Renee Zellweger, Judy
– Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
– Lupita Nyong’o, Us

Best Supporting Actress:

– Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell
– Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
– Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
– Florence Pugh, Little Women
– Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor:

– Shia LeBeouf, Honey Boy
– Al Pacino, The Irishman
– Joe Pesci, The Irishman
– Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
– Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood

Best Animated Feature:

– Abominable
– Frozen II
– I Lost My Body
– Klaus
– Toy Story 4

Best Documentary:

– Amazing Grace
– American Factory
– Apollo 11
– One Child Nation
– Tell Me Who I Am

Best Screenplay:

– Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
– Rian Johnson, Knives Out
– Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
– Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won (story by Joon-ho), Parasite

Best Acting Ensemble:

– Avengers: Endgame
– Knives Out
– Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Parasite
– The Irishman

Best Foreign Film:

– Atlantics (dir. Mati Diop)
– Pain and Glory (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
– Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)
– Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho)

Best Young Actress:

– Kyliegh Curran, Doctor Sleep
– Lucy Gallina, The Irishman
– Sophia Lillis, IT: Chapter 2
– Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
– Julia Butters, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Shahadi Wright Joseph, Us

Best Young Actor:

– Jacob Tremblay, Good Boys
– Noah Jupe, Honey Boy
– Archie Yates, Jojo Rabbit
– Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
– Evan Alex, Us

Best Action Film:

– Avengers: Endgame
– John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
– Spider-Man: Far from Home
– Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Horror Film:

– Doctor Sleep
– It: Chapter 2
– Midsommar
– Ready or Not
– Us

Best Comedy:

– Booksmart
– Dolemite is my Name
– Jojo Rabbit
– Knives Out
– Long Shot

Best Score:

– Thomas Newman, 1917
– Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
– Randy Newman, Marriage Story
– John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
– Michael Abels, Us

Best Song:

– “Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
– “Stand Up,” Harriet
– “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman
– “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
– “Glasgow (No Place Like Home),” Wild Rose

Best Sound:

– 1917
– Apollo 11
– Ford v. Ferrari
– Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Production Design:

– 1917
– Knives Out
– Little Women
– Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Parasite

Best Cinematography:

– Roger Deakins, 1917
– Lawrence Sher, Joker
– Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Hong Kyung-pyo, Parasite
– Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

Best Editing:

– Lee Smith, 1917
– Fred Raskin, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Yang Jin-mo, Parasite
– Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman

Best Music Film:

– Amazing Grace
– Blinded by the Light
– Rocketman
– Wild Rose
– Yesterday


The Black Film Critic Circle Select Dolemite Is My Name As The Best of 2019!

On Sunday, the Black Film Critics Circle announced their picks for the best of 2019!

And here they are:

Best Film: Dolemite Is My Name
Best Director: Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Kasi Lemmons (Harriet)
Best Actor: Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (Us)
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood)
Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name)
Best Original Screenplay: Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins (1917)
Best Foreign Film: Parasite
Best Documentary: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Best Animated Film: I Lost My Body
Best Ensemble: Dolemite Is My Name
Pioneer Award: Ruth E Carter
Rising Star: Kelvin J. Harrison
Special Mention: Lloyd ‘Kam’ Williams

The Nevada Film Critics Society Name Marriage Story As The Best of 2019!

Here’s a full list of the winners in Nevada:

Best Film: Marriage Story

Best Director: Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Best Actor: Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Best Actress (tie): Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story & Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Best Animated Movie: Toy Story 4
Best Documentary: Apollo 11

Best Production Design: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Cinematography: 1917
Best Visual Effects: Avengers: Endgame


The Utah Film Critics Association honors Parasite and 1917!

On Sunday, the Utah Film Critics Association announced their picks for the best of 2019 and it was another good showing for Parasite!  The film picked up awards for best picture, best screenplay, and best non-English language film.  Meanwhile, 1917 took awards for direction and cinematography while Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson took home the acting awards for Rise of Skywalker and Avengers: Endgame …. just kidding!  They both won for Marriage Story.

Here are the winners!

Best Picture: Parasite. Runner-up: Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

Best Achievement in Directing: Sam Mendes, 1917. Runner-up: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

Best Lead Performance, Male: Adam Driver, Marriage Story. Runner-up: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker.

Best Lead Performance, Female: Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story. Runner-up: Lupita Nyong’o, Us.

Best Supporting Performance, Female: Florence Pugh, Little Women. Runner-up: Rebecca Ferguson, Doctor Sleep.

Best Supporting Performance, Male: Joe Pesci, The Irishman. Runner-up: Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse.

Vice/Martin Award for Performance in a Science-Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: Robert Downey, Jr., Avengers: Endgame. Runner-up: Lupita Nyong’o, Us.

Best Original Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won Han, Parasite. Runner-up: Rian Johnson, Knives Out.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Little Women. Runner-up: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit.

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917. Runner-up: Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse.

Best Original Score: Matt Morton, Apollo 11. Runner-up: Dan Levy, I Lost My Body.

Best Film Editing: Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11. Runner-up: Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt, Ford v Ferrari.

Best Documentary Feature: Apollo 11. Runner-up: Hail Satan?

Best Animated Feature: I Lost My Body. Runners-up: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Toy Story 4.

Best Non-English Language Feature: Parasite. Runner-up: Portrait of a Lady on Fire.


The Online Association of Female Film Critics Name Parasite The Best of 2019!

On Monday, the Online Association of Female Film Critics announced their picks for the best of 2019!

And here they are:

Best Film

Jojo Rabbit
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER
The Farewell

Best Director

Alma Har’el
Honey Boy

Bong Joon-Ho – WINNER

Martin Scorsese
The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Lulu Wang
The Farewell

Best Male Lead

Leonardo DiCaprio
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Adam Driver – WINNER
Marriage Story

Taron Egerton

Joaquin Phoenix

Adam Sandler
Uncut Gems

Best Female Lead

The Farewell

Jessie Buckley
Wild Rose

Scarlett Johansson – WINNER (tie)
Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – WINNER (tie)

Renée Zellweger

Best Supporting Male

Sterling K. Brown

Willem Dafoe
The Lighthouse

Shia LaBeouf – WINNER
Honey Boy

Joe Pesci
The Irishman

Brad Pitt
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Female

Ana De Armas
Knives Out

Laura Dern
Marriage Story

Jennifer Lopez – WINNER

Margot Robbie

Zhao Shuzhen
The Farewell

Best Acting Ensemble

Knives Out – WINNER
Little Women
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
The Irishman

Best Original Screenplay

Noah Baumbach – WINNER
Marriage Story

Rian Johnson
Knives Out

Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won

Quentin Tarantino
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Lulu Wang
The Farewell

Best Adapted Screenplay

Greta Gerwig
Little Women

Anthony McCarten
The Two Popes

Lorene Scafaria

Taika Waititi – WINNER
Jojo Rabbit

Steven Zaillian
The Irishman

Best Documentary

American Factory
Apollo 11 – WINNER
Hail Satan
One Child Nation

Best Animated Feature

Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4 – WINNER

Best Cinematography

Jarin Blaschke
The Lighthouse

Roger Deakins – WINNER

Claire Mathon
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Robert Richardson
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Hoyte Van Hoytema
Ad Astra

Breakthrough Filmmaker

Alma Har’el
Honey Boy

Melina Matsoukas
Queen & Slim

Joe Talbot
The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Lulu Wang – WINNER
The Farewell

Olivia Wilde

Breakthrough Performance

Roman Griffin Davis
Jojo Rabbit

Zack Gottsagen
The Peanut Butter Falcon

Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Noah Jupe
Honey Boy

Florence Pugh – WINNER

The Rosie
This OAFFC-specific award “celebrates the film that best promotes women, their voices, and the female experience through cinema.”

Little Women
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – WINNER
The Nightingale