By Josh Williams & Matt Neglia
Pain. Every single person in the world can relate to pain. Transferring emotional or even physical pain onto the format of film is something that continues to become increasingly rare. It has become directors focusing on characters at their absolute lowest point and glorifying that. It seems that recently at least, most directors seem to shy away from this. Obviously, there are still many directors who do not serve their stories with a cherry on top. One director who is the absolute maestro at glorifying pain is Darren Aronofsky.
Aronofsky's filmography strictly deals with characters at a horrifying time in their life. He already begins his projects with his characters digging through the mud of life but then he begins to torture them further. The scariest part of Aronofsky's work is that he manages to dig deeper. Instead of serving us a single terrifying experience he gives us multiple, sometimes the entire film is one massive traumatic event. He does not shy away from discomfort and at times he has even alienated his viewers. But one thing he has mastered through his shot composition, his editing, and his sound design is his ability to make you feel pain. Not only pain for the characters on screen but pain within yourself. You are witnessing these moments on screen with your hands over your face because you're so afraid of what is to come. And with Aronofsky's latest film "Mother!" arriving in theaters this weekend, we decided to take a stroll through Aronofsky's entire career.
So here is NBP's ranking of Darren Aronofsky's filmography!
By Josh Williams & Matt Neglia
Transferring a novel onto the medium of film is a difficult task. Taking the internal thoughts and emotions of characters and bringing those out into the open for an audience to see is something only incredibly talented directors and writers can achieve. One thing that makes this process easier is the use of an established source material. These are books or novels that are not only well written but allow for creative freedom when it comes to the adaptation. One author whose work is constantly adapted and sought after is the incomparable Stephen King. For whatever reason King's material typically translates seamlessly to the film format. Sometimes it doesn't but when the adaptations are on they're ON! And with the release of "It" this weekend, we here at Next Best Picture have decided to take a look at our 10 favorite Stephen King adaptations.
By Josh Williams & Matt Neglia
Now that the exciting summer movie season is coming to a close, it is time for us all to board the hype train for the fall movie season. The fall is typically when the big Oscar contenders, a few more superhero films and of course the next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise all release. The fall film season is always an exciting one but for some reason, this season stands a bit taller than others. It could be the number of revered directors that are returning to the big screen or just the sheer excitement surrounding some of these projects. Now that awards season is quickly approaching we here at NBP have decided to take a look at some of the films that will be releasing towards the end of this year. Here are our ten most anticipated films that will release in the 2017 awards movie season!
By Josh Williams
Since his debut in the late 80's, Steven Soderbergh has become one of the most dynamic directors to have ever stepped behind a camera. With a career spanning over two decades, he has directed 25 feature films and every single one of them has been unique in their own way. Soderbergh has traveled across all planes of cinema and even crafted a cinematic language that is uniquely his. He is an artist who is constantly striving to create. He consistently is making films of different calibers, always in search of his magnum opus. Soderbergh is a director that will never be satisfied with what he has made and that is quite possibly his biggest strength.
And since Soderbergh’s most recent film, “Logan Lucky”, is hitting theaters this weekend we here at Next Best Picture decided to take a look at his films and chose our ten favorites. You can read Matt’s review of the film here. But without further ado, here are Next Best Picture's Top Ten Favorite Steven Soderbergh Films!
By Josh Williams & Matt Neglia
Europe has always been an exciting backdrop for films. Bringing projects to life in a different and exciting way, it is always refreshing to see films set in Europe. Especially when spy films are set to this background. With twists, turns, lies, deceit and a European backdrop, this sub-genre has produced a great deal many films over the years that continue to be watched and re-watched till this day. With the release of "Atomic Blonde" this week, we here at Next Best Picture have decided to take a look our favorite spy films set in Europe (In no particular order).
By Josh Williams
As discussed on the most recent episode of the Next Best Picture Podcast, out of all the directors working today, there is no doubt that Christopher Nolan is one of the most adept. With ten feature films under his belt that spans over a 19-year career, Nolan has quite the stellar filmography. Where as some directors are style over substance, he is clearly a man of substance. His films carry so much depth and weight that at times it is unbearable as a viewer.
His substance is so unique to him that anytime you watch one his films you are encapsulated by the humanity, the story and of course the repeating theme of “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Long story short; Christopher Nolan is one hell of a director and with "Dunkirk" releasing this week we here at Next Best Picture have decided to rank all of his films. So without further ado here are Christopher Nolan’s films ranked from our least favorite to our absolute favorite!
By Matt Neglia
With one half of 2017 behind us, the staff of Next Best Picture is proud to share with you our Top 10 films of 2017 so far.
Click below to see which films made the cut for each of us.
By Matt Neglia
We all know that Pixar is capable of putting out at least one masterpiece every couple of years such as "Toy Story" (1,2 and 3!), "Wall-E," "Up" and recently "Inside Out." When they're not being heaped with awards and acclaim they still manage to produce very strong films such as "A Bugs Life" and "Monsters Inc." As discussed in Episode 42 of the podcast, with the release of "Cars 3" this weekend, the team over here at Next Best Picture has decided to not focus on the best of what Pixar has had to offer, but the worst.
Click below to see which Pixar films we consider to be our least favorite.
The first three months of 2017 are officially over and traditionally this is the point of the year where we see the movie studios releases some truly awful films. We certainly got those with movies such as "The Boss Baby," "The Great Wall," "Rings" and "The Space Between Us." However, it has not been all doom and gloom as some of the staff here at Next Best Picture reveals to you what have been our top 3 highlights of 2017 so far.
Click below to check out the films.
This year’s visual effects Oscar race has been notable for lacking a clear frontrunner, and featuring one of the first ever animated films in contention for the Oscar. As we prepare to learn the results of this year’s Visual Effects ‘Bake-off,’ let’s first look back at the category’s rich history. Every year since at least 1993, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visual Effects Branch have met to produce a ‘shortlist’ of films that will contend for nominations for nominations for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars.
After making the shortlist, the teams behind each film selected must create a short “visual effects reel” explaining the process of creating the visual effects for that film. These reels are screened for Academy Visual Effects Branch members during a specific day in January. Following this screening, these branch members (who are all visual effects specialists) choose 3 (or 5 since 2010) films as the final nominees for Best Visual Effects. Because nominees are often chosen based on the strength of the reel presented, this category has often been prone to shocking twists and turns, inclusions and snubs. The history of the Visual Effects shortlists is a surprising and scandalous one. Remember that every film to make these shortlists had a viable shot at becoming an Oscar Nominee.
I love following the presidential election. Yes, as dark, twisted, over the top, and outrageous as this cycle has been for various reasons, the act of participating in democracy makes me proud. Not only do I love to follow happenings in the race itself, but also how the news affects our art. Dating all the way back to the rise of filmed entertainment, film and politics have shared a relationship whether it be in the form of propaganda, a pre-show newsreel, political satire, or loving tribute to American democracy.
Sometimes you come across an actor or a director who you’re shocked to learn received an Oscar nomination, not necessarily because they aren’t talented, but because they aren’t typically associated with Oscar-friendly films. See Oscar Nominees Rip Torn, Randy Quaid, and Gary Busey, for example.
And then there are those other times when you learn an Actor or Director is an Oscar Nominee, or in some cases, a winner from a category you hadn’t even considered them working in Editing, Original Song, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Documentary Short, etc.
This list will explore the surprising number of Oscar Nominees you might not even have known were Oscar Nominees. (Only instances where the Actor or Director actually received a nomination will count. Which means Maximillian Schell’s Foreign Film/Documentary nominees are not included).
It’s officially October: the month where stories about creeping clown hoaxes make national news and movie buffs return to the guilty pleasure films they would never deign to watch at any other time of the year. Among those films is the concept of the zombie film. Ever since George Romero introduced the world to walking, flesh-eating ghouls with 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead,” something about the mindlessly hungry nature of the zombie has captured the public’s imagination. In the 21st century, there are more zombie films coming out than ever. Zombies are ideal subject matter for every indie horror filmmaker who hopes that his low-budget splatter fest ends up on Netflix. Ever since AMC’s “The Walking Dead” premiered in 2010, zombies have been the new vampires. They’re everywhere.
A good fight scene in a movie can feature many elements coming together for what is undeniably a very cinematic moment for the audiences. Some can help propel a film to live on in infamy. Others function as one of many such scenes in a single movie. Sometimes it's the culmination of all of the storytelling that came before it leading to the inevitable confrontation of the protagonist and antagonist. Other times it is simply a badass clash of two opposing forces in a life or death situation. This is not what I would consider "the best" one on one fight scenes within a movie, rather these are personal favorites of mine in a very subjective list which I'm sure will differ for most. For the purposes of this list, I chose to keep it to one fight per film series and tried to make the list as varied as possible so you won't see multiple lightsaber fights/sword fights/boxing fights/etc.
Click below to see for yourself what are my favorite one on fight scenes.
With Telluride out of the way, the Toronto Film Festival is in full swing. The films that we have heard a lot about on the circuit will be coming back such as "The Birth of A Nation," "Arrival," "La La Land," "Nocturnal Animals," "Loving," and "Moonlight." However, there are many films which may or may not end up becoming important in this year's Oscar race that are making their world premieres at TIFF 2016. Here is a quick Top 5 of our most anticipated films premiering at TIFF 2016.
Get Out (8) - AFCC, AAFCA, BOFCA, KCFCC, PFFCC, SDFCS, SFCS, WAFCA
The Florida Project (4) - DFCSA, NYFCO, SFFCC, TFCA
Lady Bird (4) - CFCA, IFJA, NYFCC, VFCC
The Shape Of Water (3) - DFWFCA, PCC, StLFCA
Call Me By Your Name (2) - IFP, LAFCA
Mudbound (2) - BFCC, NYFCO
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2) - LVFCS, PCC
Dunkirk - DFCC
A Ghost Story - UFCA
Phantom Thread - BSFC
The Post - NBR
Christopher Nolan (7) - AFCC, DFCC, CFCA, PCC, SFCS, UFCA, WAFCA
Guillermo del Toro (6) - DFWFCA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LVFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA
Greta Gerwig (4) - IFJA, NBR, SDFCS, TFCA
Jordan Peele (4) - AAFCA, BFCC, IFP, PFCC
Paul Thomas Anderson (3) - BOFCA, BSFC, VFCC
Sean Baker (2) - DFCSA, NYFCC
Luca Guadagnino - LAFCA
Dee Rees - NYFCO
Timothee Chalamet (7) - AFCC, BOFCA, CFCA, KCFCC, LAFCA, NYFCC, PCC
Gary Oldman (5) - BFCC, DFWFCA, NYFCO, StLFCA, WAFCA
Daniel Day-Lewis (4) - PFCC, SFCS, TFCA, VFCC
James Franco (3) - DFCC, DFCSA, IFP
Daniel Kaluuya (3) - AAFCA, BSFC, LVFCS
Andy Serkis (2) - SFFCC, UFCA
Harry Dean Stanton - IFJA
Tom Hanks - NBR
James McAvoy - SDFCS
Sally Hawkins (9) - AFCC, BSFC, DFWFCA, KCFCC, LAFCA, PCC, PFCC, SDFCS, UFCA
Frances McDormand (9) - AAFCA, BFCC, BOFCA, DFCSA, LVFCS, PCC, StLFCA, TFCA, WAFCA
Saoirse Ronan (6) - CFCA, IFJA, IFP, NYFCC, SFCS, VFCC
Margot Robbie (2) - NYFCO, SFFCC
Meryl Streep - NBR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe (17) - AFCC, BFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, DFCSA, IFJA, KCFCC, LAFCA, NBR, NYFCC, NYFCO, SFCS, SFFCC, TFCA, UFCA, VFCC
Sam Rockwell (5) - DFWFCA, LVFCS, PCC, SDFCS, WAFCA
Laurence Fishburne - AAFCA
Woody Harrelson - PFCC
Richard Jenkins - StLFCA
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laurie Metcalf (17) - AFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, IFJA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LVFCS, NBR, PCC, SDFCS, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, TFCA, VFCC, WAFCA
Allison Janney (5) - DFCSA, DFWFCA, NYFCO, PFCC, SDFCS
Tiffany Haddish (2) - AAFCA, NYFCC
Mary J. Blige - BFCC
Tatiana Maslany - UFCA
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Get Out (17) - AFCC, AAFCA, BFCC, BOFCA, CFCA, DFCC, IFP, KCFCC, LAFCA, NYFCO, PFCC, SDFCS, SFFCC, TFCA, UFCA, VFCC, WAFCA
Lady Bird (5) - BSFC, DFWFCA, IFJA, PCC, SFCS
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (3) - DFCSA, LVFCS, PCC
Phantom Thread (2) - NBR, NYFCC
The Shape Of Water - StLFCA
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me By Your Name (4) - CFCA, KCFCC, LVFCS, SFFCC
The Disaster Artist (3) - NBR, SDFCS, StLFCA
Logan (2) - IFJA, KCFCC
Mudbound (2) - BFCC, WAFCA
Blade Runner 2049 - UFCA
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coco (19) - AFCC, AAFCA, BFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, DFWFCA, IFJA, LVFCS, NBR, NYFCC, NYFCO, PCC, PFCC, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
The Breadwinner (2) - LAFCA, TFCA
The LEGO Batman Movie - DFCSA
My Life As A Zucchini - SDFCS
Blade Runner 2049 (11) - BFCC, BOFCA, CFCA, DFCC, LVFCS, PFCC, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
The Shape Of Water (3) - DFWFCA, LAFCA, NYFCO
Dunkirk (3) - AFCC, BSFC, SDFCS
Mudbound - NYFCC
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Phantom Thread (2) - SDFCS, SFCS
Beauty And The Beast - SDFCS
Blade Runner 2049 - LVFCS
BEST FILM EDITING
Baby Driver (6) - CFCA, LVFCS, SDFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, WAFCA
Dunkirk (3) - BOFCA, LAFCA, SFCS
A Ghost Story - BSFC
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Blade Runner 2049 (5) - CFCA, LAFCA, LVFCS, SFCS, WAFCA
The Shape Of Water (3) - SDFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST SOUND EDITING
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049 (2) - LVFCS, StLFCA
War For The Planet Of The Apes (2) - SDFCS, SFCS
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Phantom Thread (8) - BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, LAFCA, PCC, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA
The Shape Of Water (5) - BOFCA, DFWFCA, IFJA, LVFCS, UFCA
Blade Runner 2049 - WAFCA
Coco - PFCC
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Coco - LVFCS
Detroit - AAFCA
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (6) - AFCC, LAFCA, NYFCC, SFFCC, VFCC, WAFCA
The Square (4) - BSFC, CFCA, DFWFCA, TFCA
First They Killed My Father (2) -BOFCA, LVFCS
In The Fade (2) - KCFCC, NYFCO
Raw (2) - PCC, SFCS
Thelma (2) - SDFCS, UFCA
Faces Places - IFJA
A Fantastic Woman - BFCC
Foxtrot - NBR
Graduation - PFCC
Loveless - LAFCA
The Wound - AAFCA
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Jane (10) - AFCC, CFCA, KCFCC, LVFCS, NBR, PFCC, SDFCS, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Faces Places (6) - BOFCA, LAFCA, NYFCC, SFCS, SFFCC, TFCA
City Of Ghosts (2) - DFWFCA, PCC
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story - NYFCO
Dawson City: Frozen Time - BSFC
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library - VFCC
The Farthest - DFCC
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - DFCSA
Kedi - AFCC
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 - IFJA
Step - AAFCA
Strong Island - IFP