Scenes I Love: The Martin Bat Spider Thing From The Angry Red Planet


My friends and I just watched the 1959 sci-fi film, The Angry Red Planet.  The scene below comes from that film and …. well, it’s the greatest thing ever.  Just watch!

(And yes, the scenes on Mars are tinted red, there’s nothing wrong with your screen.)

Go, Spider Bat, go!

Here Are The 2021 Nominations of the Online Association of Female Film Critics


Here are the 2021 nominations of the Online Association of Female Film Critics!  The winners will be announced on December 21st!

Best Film
Belfast
CODA
Spencer
The Power Of The Dog
The Worst Person In The World

Best Director
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Jane Campion – The Power Of The Dog
Julia Ducournau – Titane
Rebecca Hall – Passing
Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Best Breakthrough Filmmaker
Maggie Gyllenhal – The Lost Daughter
Rebecca Hall – Passing
Natalie Morales – Language Lessons
Edson Oda – Nine Days
Emma Seligman – Shiva Baby

Best Breakthrough Performance
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones – CODA
Woody Norman – C’mon C’mon
Agathe Rousselle – Titane
Saniyya Sidney – King Richard

Best Female Lead
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes Of Tammy Faye
Renate Reinsve – The Worst Person In The World
Agathe Rousselle – Titane
Kristen Stewart – Spencer
Tessa Thompson – Passing

Best Male Lead
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Peter Dinklage – Cyrano
Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick…Boom!
Joaquin Phoenix – C’mon C’mon
​Will Smith – King Richard

Best Supporting Female
Caitriona Balfe – Belfast
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Ann Dowd – Mass
Kirsten Dunst – The Power Of The Dog
Riley Keough – Zola

Best Supporting Male
Colman Domingo – Zola
Jason Isaacs – Mass
Troy Kotsur – CODA
Kodi Smith-McPhee – The Power Of The Dog
Jeffrey Wright – The French Dispatch

Best Acting Ensemble
Belfast
Mass
The French Dispatch
The Harder They Fall
The Power Of The Dog

Best Original Screenplay
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Julia Ducournau – Titane
Fran Kranz – Mass
Michael Sarnoski – Pig
Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt – The Worst Person In The World

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jane Campion – The Power Of The Dog
Maggie Gyllenhal – The Lost Daughter
Sian Heder – CODA
Steven Levenson – Tick, Tick…Boom!
David Lowery – The Green Knight

Best Cinematography
Bruno Delbonnel – The Tragedy Of Macbeth
Andrew Droz Palermo – The Green Knight
Greig Fraser – Dune
Claire Mathon – Spencer
Ari Wegner – The Power Of The Dog

Best Animated Feature
Belle
Flee
Luca
Raya And The Last Dragon
The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Documentary
Flee
Julia
Summer Of Soul
The Rescue
Val

THE ROSIE
The OAFFC’s signature award celebrates the film that “best promotes women, their voices, and the female experience through cinema.”
I’m Your Man
Passing
Petite Maman
Shiva Baby
The Lost Daughter

The Portland Critics Association Honors The Green Knight!


As a part of their inaugural film awards, The Portland Critics Association has named The Green Knight as the best film of 2021!  This is the first Awards Season victory for the critically acclaimed fantasy film.

Here are the winners from Portland:

Best Picture
Last Night in Soho
Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog
The Green Knight
The Last Duel
West Side Story

Best Director
David Lowery, The Green Knight
Denis Villeneuve, Dune
Edgar Wright, Last Night in Soho
Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Best Male Leading Role
Andrew Garfield, tick tick… BOOM!
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Dev Patel, The Green Knight
Nicolas Cage, Pig
Will Smith, King Richard

Best Female Leading Role
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Best Male Supporting Role
Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza
Jared Leto, House of Gucci
Jeffrey Wright, The French Dispatch
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Mike Faist, West Side Story

Best Female Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Ruth Negga, Passing

Best Ensemble Cast
Dune
House of Gucci
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The Harder They Fall
West Side Story

Best Animated Feature
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Documentary Feature
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
Flee
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
Summer of Soul
The Sparks Brothers
The Velvet Underground

Best Film Not in the English Language
Drive My Car
Flee
Lamb
Petite Maman
The Worst Person in the World
Titane

Best Comedy Feature
Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar
Licorice Pizza
Shiva Baby
The French Dispatch
The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Horror Feature
Candyman
Fear Street Part One: 1994
Last Night in Soho
Malignant
The Night House
Titane

Best Science Fiction Feature
Dune
Godzilla vs Kong
Oxygen
Eternals
The Tomorrow War

Best Oregon Feature
Everything in the End
Lorelei
Luz
Pig

Best Screenplay
Licorice Pizza
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog

Best Cinematography
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Green Knight
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Original Score
Dune
Last Night in Soho
No Time to Die
Spencer
The Power of the Dog

Best Costume Design
Dune
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley
Spencer
The Last Duel
West Side Story

Best Production Design
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Best Sound Design
Dune
The Green Knight
The Harder They Fall
The Power of the Dog
tick tick… BOOM!
West Side Story

Best Visual Effects
Dune
Eternals
Godzilla vs Kong
No Time to Die
The Green Knight

Best Stunts or Action Choreography
Dune
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The Harder They Fall
The Last Duel

Top 10 Films of 2021
The Green Knight
The Power of the Dog
Dune
The French Dispatch
West Side Story
Last Night in Soho
Licorice Pizza
The Worst Person in the World
The Lost Daughter
The Last Duel