Here Are The 2022 Nominations of the Minnesota Film Critics Alliance!

Proving the old adage of better late than never, the Minnesota Film Critics Alliance have announced their nominations for the best of 2022.  The winners will be announced on February 26th!

Here are the nominees:

Best Picture
“The Banshees of Inisherin”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”
“The Fabelmans”
“Women Talking”

Best Director
Todd Field for “Tár”
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for “Everything Everywhere All At Once”
Martin McDonagh for “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Sarah Polley for “Women Talking”
Park Chan-Wook for “Decision to Leave”

Best Actor
Austin Butler as Elvis Presley in “Elvis”
Colin Farrell as Pádraic Súilleabháin in “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Brendan Fraser as Charlie in “The Whale”
Gabriel LaBelle as Samuel Fabelman in “The Fabelmans”
Paul Mescal as Calum in “Aftersun”

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár in “Tár”
Viola Davis as General Nanisca in “The Woman King”
Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till in “Till”
Mia Goth as Pearl in “Pearl”
Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Quan Wang in “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano as Burt Fabelman in “The Fabelmans”
Brendan Gleeson as Colm Doherty in “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Brian Tyree Henry as James in “Causeway”
Barry Keoghan as Dominic Kearney in “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang in “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Best Supporting Actress
Angela Bassett as Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Jessie Buckley as Mariche in “Women Talking”
Kerry Condon as Siobhán Súilleabháin in “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Nina Hoss as Sharon Goodnow in “Tár”
Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang in “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Best Ensemble
“The Banshees of Inisherin”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
“Women Talking”

Best Screenplay
“The Banshees of Inisherin” by Martin McDonagh
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” by Rian Johnson
“Tár” by Todd Field
“Women Talking” by Sarah Polley

Best Editing
“The Banshees of Inisherin”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”
“Top Gun: Maverick”

Best Cinematography
“The Batman”
“Top Gun: Maverick”

Best Music
“The Banshees of Inisherin”
“The Batman”
“The Fabelmans”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Best Costume and Make-up
“The Batman”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Best Production Design
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Batman”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Best Sound Work
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Batman”
“Top Gun: Maverick”

Best Special Effects
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Batman”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”
“Top Gun: Maverick”

Best Animated Feature
“Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood”
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”
“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
“Turning Red”

The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Honors Everything, Elvis, and The Whale!

On the 12th, the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild announced their picks for the best of 2022.  Among the winners: Everything Everywhere All At Once, Elvis, and The Whale!

Best Contemporary Make-Up, Feature-Length Motion Picture
“The Batman” (Naomi Donne, Doone Forsyth, Norma Webb, Jemma Carballo)
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” (Michelle Chung, Erin Rosenmann, Dania A. Ridgway)
“The Menu” (Deborah LaMia Denaver, Mazena Puksto, Donna Cicatelli, Deb Rutherford)
“Nope” (Shutchai Tym Buacharern, Jennifer Zide-Essex, Eleanor Sabaduquia, Kato De Stefan)
“Spirited” (Monica Huppert, Autumn J. Butler, Vivian Baker)

Best Period and/or Character Make-Up, Feature-Length Motion Picture
“Amsterdam” (Nana Fischer, Miho Suzuki, Jason Collins)
“Babylon” (Heba Thorisdottir, Shaunna Bren Chavez, Jean Black, Mandy Artusato)
“Blonde” (Tina Roesler Kerwin, Elena Arroy, Cassie Lyons)
“Elvis” (Shane Thomas, Angela Conte)
“Till” (Denise Tunnell, Janice Tunnell, Ashley Langston)

Best Special Make-Up Effects, Feature-Length Motion Picture
“The Batman” (Michael Marino, Mike Fontaine, Yoichi Art Sakamoto, Göran Lundström)
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Joel Harlow, Kim Felix)
“Elvis” (Mark Coulier, Jason Baird)
“Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” (Barrie Gower, Emma Faulkes, Chloe Muton-Phillips)
“The Whale” (Adrien Morot, Kathy Tse, Chris Gallaher)

Best Contemporary Hair Styling, Feature-Length Motion Picture
“The Batman” (Zoe Tahir, Melissa Van Tongeran, Paula Price, Andrea Lance Jones)
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Camille Friend, Evelyn Feliciano, Marva Stokes, Victor Paz)
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” (Anissa E. Salazar, Meghan Heaney, Miki Caporusso)
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (Jeremy Woodhead, Tracey Smith, Leslie D. Bennett)
“The Menu” (Adruitha Lee, Monique Hyman, Kate Loftis, Barbara Sanders)

Best Period Hair Styling and/or Character Hair Styling, Feature-Length Motion Picture
“Amsterdam” (Adruitha Lee, Lori McCoy-Bell, Cassandra L. Russek, Yvette Shelton)
“Babylon” (Jaime Leigh McIntosh, Ahou Mofid, Aubrey Marie)
“Blonde” (Jaime Leigh McIntosh, Lynnae Duley, Ahou Mofid, Robert Pickens)
“Elvis” (Shane Thomas, Louise Coulston)
“The Woman King” (Louisa Anthony, Jamika Wilson, Plaxedes Kelias, Charity Gwakuka)

Of the winners, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Elvis, and The Whale are all nominated for the Best Makeup and Hair-Styling Oscar, along with All Quiet On The Western Front and The BatmanThe Whale is favored by most Oscar prognosticators and it did win an award from the Guild.  But, Elvis won two awards.

We’ll see who wins the Oscar on March 12th!

Retro Television Reviews: Hang Time 3.19 “Love on the Rockies” and 3.20 “Fuller’s Camp”

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!

Hang time!  Today, we go from the Rockies to a basketball camp.  Sorry, Deering High, your team has abandoned you.

Episode 3.19 “Love on the Rockies”

(Dir by Patrick Maloney, originally aired on November 15th, 1997)

The team’s rather bizarre ski vacation continues in this episode.  Two episodes ago, it was established that the team was invited to the ski lodge by Mary Beth’s parents so that they could help her celebrate her birthday.  Well, the birthday has been celebrated and Mary Beth’s parents haven’t been seen for a while so why is the team still at the lodge?  And why is Coach Fuller there?

While Coach Fuller takes the boys on the team skiing, Julie and Mary Beth head off to the mall.  However, as they’re walking through the ski lodge, they’re approached by a guy named Paul.  It turns out that, even though he look like he’s about 40, Paul is supposed to be Julie’s ex-boyfriend!  Apparently, Julie and Paul went out over the summer.  Paul wants to have dinner with Julie but Julie explains that she’s up at the lodge with her current boyfriend, Michael.  Paul says okay and walks off and then Julie mentions that Michael is going to be so surprised to hear that she ran into Paul.  Mary Beth tells Julie to not tell Michael about seeing Paul.  That’s actually pretty good advice.  Then again, Julie goes through a dozen boyfriends per season so I’m surprised she can step outside of the house without running into one of them so really, Michael should be used Julie’s ex-boyfriends popping up.  On Hang Time, the only thing that gets passed around more than a basketball is Julie.

Julie attempts to keep Michael from meeting Paul.  Unfortunately, as soon as Michael is away from Julie and hanging out with Vince, Paul walks by, overhears their conversation, and starts to tell them about how he’s been in love with a girl since the summer and he’s determined to win her back.  Michael wishes him the best of luck.  At this point, I’m finding it odd that no one on the team met Paul while he was dating Julie.  I assume that Paul also lives in Indiana and probably in the same general area as Julie.  How big is Deering supposed to be?  Anyway, Paul then reveals that Julie is the girl and Michael freaks out, both because Julie didn’t tell him but also because he thinks she might still like Paul.

After an unsuccessful attempt to befriend Paul and keep him too occupied to flirt with Julie, Michael and Vince end up watching through a hotel room window while Julie and Paul speak.  Julie tells Paul that she loves Michael and Paul apologizes for coming on too strong and he asks if they can still be friends.  Julie hugs Paul.  The audience says, “Awwww!”  Unfortunately, since Michael and Vince can’t hear what’s being said, they just see Julie hugging Paul and they decide…. give me a minute while I scream in frustration …. that Julie actually does like Paul.  This is the type of episode that I hate, where all of the misunderstandings could have been avoided by everyone not being an idiot.

Michael confronts Julie.  Julie breaks up with Michael, angry that he doesn’t trust her despite all of the time that she previously spent lying to him about Paul.  Luckily, there’s a “Snow Ball Dance” at the Lodge so Michael and Julie get back together, despite having next to zero romantic chemistry.

In the B-plot, Danny, Teddy, and Kristy rescue a millionaire who has had a skiing accident.  They think they’re going to get a big reward.  They don’t.

Episode 3.20 “Fuller’s Camp”

(Dir by Patrick Maloney, originally aired on November 15th, 1997)

The ski vacation is over but now, everyone’s working as a camp counselor at Coach Fuller’s Basketball Camp!

Wait, what?

I mean, I guess I can buy that Coach Fuller has a camp.  Supposedly, he was a pro NBA player before he became a coach and he does appear to have some money lying around.  And we’ve already seen that he’s willing to help young kids improve their basketball game.  But why are the Deering Tornadoes the counselors?  Are they getting paid for it or did Fuller tell them they had to do it?  And why are Kristy and Mary Beth working as counselors, despite the fact that neither one of them plays basketball?  It’s confusing.

Anyway, this episode was all about how Julie is the worst person in Indiana.  When she meets the only girl who is enrolled at the camp, Julie puts way too much pressure on her and tries to turn her into a miniature version of Julie. Julie puts so much pressure on Mini-Julie that Mini-Julie nearly quits the camp.  With Michael’s help, Julie sees the error of her ways and Mini-Julie agrees to stick around.

As far as the B-plots go, Danny is jealous of how much the campers love Teddy.  Vince is upset to discover that one of the campers has a crush on Mary Beth.  As for me, I’m just hoping that Coach Fuller’s basketball camp was a one-episode storyline because I really don’t want to have to spend multiple episodes listening to Julie pressure Mini-Julie.  Seriously, why aren’t these people in school!?

I will say that, in theory, Fuller having a basketball camp does make more sense than everyone hanging out in Aspen.  But, this episode really suffers without the high school.  I mean, Hang Time is about a high school basketball team and the knowledge that the members of the team will always treasure their high school memories.  If you take the school out of Hang Time, the show loses its focus.  Hopefully, next week, we’ll be back in Deering.

Monday Live Tweet Alert: Join Us For Moving Violation and Major Payne!

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, the film will be 1976’s Moving Violation!  Selected and hosted by me, this film features car chases, nudity, small town corruption, nudity, and a timely message about creeping authoritarianism!  The movie starts at 8 pm et!  Here’s the playlist!


Following #MondayActionMovie, Brad and Sierra will be hosting the #MondayMuggers live tweet.  They will be watching Damon Wayans in 1995’s Major Payne!  This film is available on Prime!


It should make for a night of fun viewing and I invite all of you to join in.  If you want to join the live tweets, just hop onto twitter, start the Moving Violation playlist  at 8 pm et, and use the #MondayActionMovie hashtag!  Then, at 10 pm et, start Major Payne, and use the #MondayMuggers hashtag!  The live tweet community is a friendly group and welcoming of newcomers so don’t be shy.    

Hope to see you there!