So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I’ve done my top movies of the year lists. I’ve ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some tough cuts. I clearly see too many movies. But in an attempt to avoid ever becoming this guy, or this guy, both of whom not only saw way too many movies in 2014, but also have a lot of super questionable choices, I’m going to try out a new, awards-style format to display my favorite films of the year. I think the people deserve an awards process that doesn’t pander to Hollywood campaigns and that’s what I aim to do here. The “Grouchos” name comes from the obvious resemblance of our logo here at The Wise Guise to Groucho Marx and the fact that I’m pretty unabashedly a movie snob that easily gets grouchy arguing about movies. Just seemed fitting.
These awards are a kind of hybrid combo version of my personal favorites and what I personally thought was the “best,” all leaning more heavily towards my personal favorites in each category. I am the sole voter for these awards and, as you will see, I reserved myself the right to have as many nominees as I saw fit for each category. In addition to the winners, I would urge you to take close note of the nominees in each category. I took a lot of time to put real thought into my personal nominees regardless of what the Academy or Hollywood Foreign Press or anyone else has done.
This year I’ve written less about the Oscars than ever before. I wondered if the reason for this lack of enthusiasm to cover the 2015 race had to do with personally being overwhelmed by other obligations. After seeing all of the nominees and dwelling on the Academy’s choices, I’ve determined that’s not the case. Read more
This weekend produced two guild stunners that shook up the Oscar race in a big way. We all thought after Best Picture wins from many critics groups and the Golden Globes, “Boyhood” would easily stroll its way to victory.
Or so we thought. Read more
My son, John (Jack) Joseph Williams III, was born on October 10, 2014. If you visit my social media page or run into me, it’s clear how much I love Jack. And most times, you’ll find me quickly veering away from my usual favorite topics of discussion (politics, film, TV, sports, and books) and talk as much as possible about Jack and being Jack’s father.
I’ve been hesitant to blog about my newfound fatherhood, though, for a variety of reasons. 1) I have no wisdom to offer or insight to provide. If anything, fatherhood simply humbles you and makes you more in awe of God the Father and his love for us. Like marriage, you begin to grasp slightly more yet still only a sliver of the all-encompassing love, grace, and sacrifice of God the Father and Christ the Son. 2) No matter what I say, it won’t be as hilarious as Seth’s “10 Things You Need to Know About Babies that Doctors Will Not Tell You.” 3) Fatherhood is the best thing that’s ever happened to me… but I don’t want to be THAT guy.
Yet here I am, a little over three months into parenting, and I’m blogging about fatherhood. What brought me to this point? Well, like most things with me, it all started with George Bailey.
For a full list of nominees, go here.
Alex: No “Lego Movie”? I mean, seriously Academy. No “Lego Movie”?
It was the snub of the morning we certainly didn’t see coming. Sure, things like “Nightcrawler’s” Jake Gyllenhaal getting the boot in favor of “American Sniper’s” Bradley Cooper were a surprise. We’re used to late-in-the-year flicks coming in and snatching of nominations from early releases, though. Read more
Care to watch the Golden Globes this year? That’s OK – I didn’t really feel like it either. Yep, this Awards Addict who normally eagerly anticipates this time of year was less than enthused to tune in Sunday night. I sucked it up and gave this trainwreck of a movie season a chance, mostly out of a mental obligation to my profession, I suppose. Read more