Everything Wins In Portland

The Portland Critics Association has announced their picks for the best of 2022!

And here they are!

Best Picture
Everything Everywhere All at Once (WINNER)
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (RUNNER UP)
The Banshees of Inisherin
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Director
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once (WINNER)
James Cameron, Avatar: The Way of Water
S.S. Rajamouli, RRR
Todd Field, Tár (RUNNER UP)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Adam Driver, White Noise
Austin Butler, Elvis
Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin (WINNER)
Park Hae-il, Decision to Leave (RUNNER UP)
Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Tár (RUNNER UP)
Margot Robbie, Babylon
Mia Goth, Pearl
Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once (WINNER)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Anthony Hopkins, Armageddon Time
Brad Pitt, Babylon (RUNNER UP)
Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once (WINNER)
Paul Dano, The Fabelmans
Rory Kinnear, Men

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Dolly De Leon, Triangle of Sadness
Hong Chau, The Whale
Keke Palmer, Nope (RUNNER UP)
Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once (WINNER)

Best Ensemble Cast
Everything Everywhere All at Once (RUNNER UP)
Glass Onion (WINNER)
Jackass Forever
The Menu

Best Animated Feature
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (WINNER)
Mad God
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
Turning Red (RUNNER UP)

Best Documentary Feature
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (RUNNER UP)
Fire of Love
Good Night Oppy
Moonage Daydream (WINNER)

Best Film Not in the English Language
Decision to Leave (WINNER)

Best Comedy Feature
Everything Everywhere All at Once (WINNER)
Jackass Forever
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (RUNNER UP)
Triangle of Sadness
White Noise

Best Horror Feature
Barbarian (WINNER)
Bones and All

Best Science Fiction Feature
After Yang
Avatar: The Way of Water (RUNNER UP)
Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Screenplay
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once (RUNNER UP)
Jeong Seo-kyeong and Park Chan-wook, Decision to Leave
Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Rian Johnson, Glass Onion (WINNER)
Todd Field, Tár

Best Cinematography
Claudio Miranda, Top Gun: Maverick (WINNER)
Greig Fraser, The Batman
Hoyte van Hoytema, Nope
Kim Ji-yong, Decision to Leave (RUNNER UP)
Linus Sandgren, Babylon
Russell Carpenter, Avatar: The Way of Water

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (WINNER)
Justin Hurwitz, Babylon
M.M. Keeravaani, RRR
Michael Giacchino, The Batman (RUNNER UP)

Best Costume Design
Catherine Martin, Elvis (WINNER)
Mary Zophres, Babylon
Ruth E. Carter, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Shirley Kurata, Everything Everywhere All at Once (RUNNER UP)

Best Production Design
Avatar: The Way of Water (RUNNER UP)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (WINNER)
Glass Onion

Best Sound Design
Avatar: The Way of Water (RUNNER UP)
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Top Gun: Maverick (WINNER)

Best Visual Effects
Avatar: The Way of Water (WINNER)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Everything Everywhere All at Once (RUNNER UP)
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Stunts or Action Choreography
Avatar: The Way of Water
Everything Everywhere All at Once (RUNNER UP)
The Batman
Top Gun: Maverick (WINNER)

Top 10 Films Of 2022
1. Everything Everywhere All at Once
2. Tár
3. Decision to Leave
4. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
5. Top Gun: Maverick
6. RRR
7. Avatar: The Way of Water
8. Glass Onion
9. The Banshees of Inisherin
10. The Whale

The African American Film Critics Association Honors The Woman King

The African American Film Critics Association has announced their picks for the best of 2022!  And here they are:

Best Picture: “The Woman King”
Best Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”)
Best Actor: Jeremy Pope (“The Inspection”)
Best Actress: Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”)
Best Supporting Actor: Brian Tyree Henry (“Causeway”)
Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
Emerging Face: Jaylin Hall (“Till” & “Bruiser”)
Emerging Filmmaker: Carey Williams (“Emergency”)
Best Independent Feature: “Nanny”
Best Animated Feature: “Wendell & Wild”
Best Documentary: “Sidney”
Best Ensemble: “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
Best Writing: Rian Johnson (“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”)
Best International Feature: “Saint Omer”
Best Song: “Lift Me Up” (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
Best Live Action Short: “We Cry Together”
Best Animated Short: “New Moon”

Impact Award: “Till”
The Innovator Award, presented by Nissan: Composer, Michael Abels (“Nope”)
Building Change Award, presented by Lowes: Production Designer, Hannah Beachler (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
The Beacon Award: Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith (“Emancipation”)
The Ashley Boone Award: Producer, Nate Moore (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)

Aftersun Wins In North Dakota

The North Dakota Film Society has announced their picks for the best of 2022!  You can see the nominees by clicking here and you can check out the winners below!

Best Picture
AFTERSUN – Mark Ceryak, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, producers (A24)

Best Director
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (A24)

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett – TÁR (Focus Features)

Best Actor
Brendan Fraser – THE WHALE (A24)

Best Supporting Actress
Dolly De Leon – TRIANGLE OF SADNESS (Neon)

Best Supporting Actor

Best Screenplay
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN – Martin McDonagh (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Production Design
BABYLON – Anthony Carlino, Florencia Martin (Paramount Pictures)

Best Cinematography
TOP GUN: MAVERICK – Claudio Miranda (Paramount Pictures)

Best Film Editing
AFTERSUN – Blair McClendon (A24)

Best Visual Effects
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER – Richard Baneham, Daniel Barrett, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon (20th Century Studios)

Best Sound
TOP GUN: MAVERICK – Chris Burdon, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Mark Taylor, Mark Weingarten (Paramount Pictures)

Best Costume Design
BABYLON – Mary Zophres (Paramount Pictures)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
THE WHALE – Anne Marie Bradley, Judy Chin, Adrien Morot (A24)

Best Original Score
BABYLON – Justin Hurwitz (Paramount Pictures)

Best Original Song
“Ciao Papa” Alexandre Desplat, Roeban Katz, Guillermo del Toro – GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO (Netflix)

Best International Feature

Best Documentary Feature
ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED – Howard Gertler, Nan Goldin, Yoni Golijov, John S. Lyons, Laura Poitras, producers (Neon)

Best Animated Feature
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO – Alexander Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, Lisa Henson, Guillermo del Toro, Gary Ungar, producers (Netflix)

Everything Wins In Denver

The Denver Film Critics Society has announced its picks for the best of 2022!  You can see all the nominees by clicking here and you can check out the winners below!

​Best Picture
Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Director
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Actress
Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Actor

Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”

Best Supporting Actress
Stephanie Hsu, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Supporting Actor
Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror
Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Animated Film
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Best Comedy
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Best Visual FX
Avatar: The Way of Water

Best Original Screenplay
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Sarah Polley, “Women Talking”

Best Documentary
Good Night Oppy

Best Original Song
“Naatu Naatu,” “RRR”

Best Score

Best Foreign Language Film

Retro Television Reviews: Hang Time 3.11 “The Hustlers” and 3.12 “Fuller’s Rival”

Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Mondays, I will be reviewing Hang Time, which ran on NBC from 1995 to 2000.  The entire show is currently streaming on YouTube!

The trip to California continues!

Episode 3.11 “The Hustlers”

(Directed by Patrick Maloney, originally aired on October 18th, 1997)

This episode reminds us that it originally aired in 1997 by featuring an entire subplot that revolves around how much the members of the Tornadoes love Mel Gibson.

The Tornadoes are still in California, preparing for their big tournament.  (Coach Fuller mentions that they’ve been at the hotel for a week, which sounds like a really long time to be out of school but whatever.  Maybe they’re on Spring Break.)  When Vince comes across a wallet in the hotel lobby, everyone is excited to discover that it belongs to Mel Gibson.  They’re so excited that they don’t even notice Dustin Diamond standing behind them, providing a painfully unfunny cameo as Saved By The Bell‘s Screech Powers.

(Speaking of Saved By The Bell, remember when Mary Beth made out with a character from that show over the summer, while they were both at Space Camp?  It’s odd that no one brings Ryan up while they’re all in California and apparently close to Bayside High.  It’s almost as if the show’s writers didn’t really pay much attention to what they were writing.)

Danny, Michael, Mary Beth, and Kristy pretend to be members of the cleaning staff and they break into Mel Gibson’s room.  When they step into the room, Mary Beth calls out in an exaggerated Spanish accent to see if Mel’s around because she’s pretending to be a maid.  Those who have been reading my reviews for a while know that I rarely get offended but I have to say that, speaking as both someone who is a fourth Spanish and whose mother took the occasional cleaning job in order to provide a good life for her four daughters, that actually did offend me a little.

Anyway, the group never does find Mel, though they do crash an exclusive Hollywood party that just happens to be taking place at the exact same hotel where they’re staying.  Hopefully, someone did eventually get Mel’s wallet back to him.

The majority of show dealt with Teddy and Julie getting conned by some basketball hustlers.  I didn’t even know that basketball hustlers were a thing but apparently, they were a huge problem in 1997.  After Teddy and Julie get conned out of a hundred dollars, Michael plays with Teddy and Julie to help them win back their money.  Unfortunately, Michael sprains his wrist (what is the deal with Michael constantly spraining stuff?) so Coach Fuller offers to play in Michael’s place.  When the hustlers say that they’ll only play against teenagers, Kobe Bryant suddenly enters the gym.  (According to Wikipedia, Kobe was 19 when he appeared in this episode.)  Being a teenager (assuming that you accept 19 as being a teen as opposed to a young adult), Kobe helps Julie and Teddy defeat the hustlers.  Julie and Teddy get their money back.  But, to be honest, if they really needed money, they could have just borrowed some from Mel Gibson’s wallet and saved everyone a lot of trouble.

Eh.  Between the racist humor and the Screech cameo, I don’t want to talk about this episode anymore.  Let’s move on.

Episode 3.12 “Fuller’s Rival”

(Directed by Patrick Maloney, originally aired on October 18th, 1997)

Finally, it’s time for the tournament!  Deering makes it to the final game against New York.  (New York High School?  I’m not sure how these tournaments work.  Are they representing a state or a school?)  New York is coached by Fuller’s former rival, B.B. Byrnes (Barry Wiggins).  B.B. taunts Fuller to such an extent that Fuller loses his cool and gets kicked out of the game.  Then Michael gets upset and also gets kicked out of the game.  And then the Tornadoes lose!

Fuller apologizes to the team and tells them that good sportsmanship is important.  Then, at the award banquet, Danny smashes a cake in B.B.’s face so I guess the lesson wasn’t learned.  Oh well.

This episode, especially compared to the previous one, was actually pretty good.  Reggie Theus, who could be a bit of a stiff actor, really gets into tearing up the gym when he loses his temper and, for that matter, Adam Frost (who played Michael) finally gets to show a little emotion as well.  Plus, this show often tended to portray the Tornadoes as being unstoppable.  I always appreciate the episodes where they learn a lesson from losing a game as opposed to the ones where they magically pulling off a last-minute victory.

The California story arc may have been uneven but it ended on a good note.  Next week, I assume we’ll be back in Indiana.

Monday Live Tweet Alert: Join Us For Shock Wave 2 and Beauty Shop!

As some of our regular readers undoubtedly know, I am involved in hosting a few weekly live tweets on twitter.  I host #FridayNightFlix every Friday, I co-host #ScarySocial on Saturday, and I am one of the five hosts of #MondayActionMovie!  Every week, we get together.  We watch a movie.  We tweet our way through it.

Tonight, for #MondayActionMovie, SweetEmmyCat is hosting 2020’s Shock Wave 2!  It’s available on YouTube!


Following #MondayActionMovie, Brad and Sierra will be hosting the #MondayMuggers live tweet.  Tonight’s movie, starting at 10 pm et, will be 2005’s Beauty Shop!  The film is available on Prime!


It should make for a night of intense viewing and I invite all of you to join in.  If you want to join the live tweets, just hop onto twitter, start Shock Wave 2 at 8 pm et, and use the #MondayActionMovie hashtag!  Then, at 10 pm et, switch over to prime, start Beauty Shop and use the #MondayMuggers hashtag!  The live tweet community is a friendly group and welcoming of newcomers so don’t be shy.  And reviews of these films will probably end up on this site at some point over the next few weeks. 

Scenes I Love: Snake Plisskin Shuts Down The World In Escape From L.A.

What is the deal with Presidents who don’t understand how important it is to stay on Snake Plisskin’s good side?

At the end of Escape From New York, The President (Donald Pleasence) made the mistake of not showing proper respect to all the people who died while Snake was rescuing him.  So, Snake destroyed the tape that was apparently key to keeping the world from descending into war.  Now, to be honest, the President was pretty shook up at the time and it’s possible that Snake was being a bit too judgmental.  After everything the President had been through, it was totally possible that he wasn’t even sure where he was.  Still, the tape was destroyed and America presumably never elected another British president.

Then, in Escape from L.A., the next President (Cliff Robertson) again makes the mistake of getting on Snake’s nerves.  So, Snake basically robs the world of electricity.  (Kurt Russell has said that all of this could have been avoided if they had just left Snake have a cigarette but the President had passed a bunch of anti-smoking laws.)  Hopefully, the next President was capable of not annoying Snake Plisskin.

With all that in mind and in honor of John Carpenter’s birthday, here’s a scene that I love from 1996’s Escape From L.A.

6 Shots From 6 Films: Special John Carpenter Edition

4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, the Shattered Lens wishes a happy 75th birthday to one of this site’s favorite filmmakers and a patron saint of the independent spirit, the great John Carpenter!

In honor of the man and his legacy, here are….

6 Shots From 6 John Carpenter Films

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976, dir by John Carpenter. DP: Douglas Knapp)

Halloween (1978, dir by John Carpenter. DP: Dean Cundey)

Escape From New York (1981, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Dean Cundey)

Big Trouble In Little China (1986, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Dean Cudney)

Prince of Darkness (1987, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Gary B. Kibbe)

They Live (1988, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Gary B. Kibbe)