Project Superman: My 30 Movie Meditation on Nicolas Cage by Chris Eaves [Exclusive] – Brought to you by Super Geeky Play Date

 

Editor’s Note: So, our dear friend and resident film historian who should need no introduction, the great Christopher Eaves, is absolutely KILLING the quarantine. With “Project Superman”, Chris has ventured into a world that no man has ventured to before, I’m sure of it. He is a brave soul, and I am so excited to share this with you all. It’s a great read! But, hey, if reading isn’t quite your thing, our friends over at SUPER GEEKY PLAYDATE had the man himself break down the entirety of the project on their wonderful show. So check that out as well! Long live the Cage!

 

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BACKGROUND

I began this journey with a desire to better understand Nicolas Cage through his work as an actor – the roles he chooses, the choices he made with those characters and the people he collaborated with on these 30 films. Between 2011 and 2020 Cage released 30 movies through Limited Release, VOD and Direct to Disk platforms. I experienced these films in chronological order starting with Trespass (2011) and ending with Color out of Space (2020).

How did Nicholas Cage change over this 10-year period?

WHAT I LEARNED

Cage is drawn to flawed characters. There are very few heroes to be found, but characters who rise to be heroic for a moment. Cage is okay with being a villain. Cage has developed his own acting style referred to as – Nouveau Shamanic. This is a style which calls back to ancient human Shaman Culture where the tribes’ Shaman would wear a mask and through ritual attempt to reach deeper human truths. For Cage, this appears to be his approach with acting, by wearing the mask of his character to seek out those deeper truths. Cage being a method actor approaches his work in a way which forces him to find relatable experiences to bring out those deeper truths in the people he portrays.

While not every one of these thirty movies were great or even good, the Professional Actor and auteur Nicolas Cage was AMAZING in every single film.

 

THE FOUR GENERAL PILLARS OF CAGE

A CHILD MOTIVATION – Cage is saving a child. Typically, his own child but occasionally a child he has imprinted onto as being one of his own (Joe 214, Pay the Ghost 2015, The Humanity Bureau 2018). There are also a few examples of a Cage character being motivated by the death of his child or the death of a friend’s child (Kill Chain 2019).

CAGE IS A CRIMINAL – Cage is okay with being the villain. While this is not representative of many of these films, the data does show a good number of examples (Arsenal 2017, Dog Eat Dog 2016). In some cases (Running with the Devil 2019) Cage will play the protagonist but he is still playing a villain’s character. To which Cage’s villains’ actions carry story consequences.

CAGE IS A CRIMINAL BUT WITH A HEART OF GOLD – This directly ties into Cage’s searching for flawed characters – Criminals, outlaws, loners, people wronged by the world. They start off bad and are typically left still being bad, but by the end they have been made just a little bit better by their journey.

REVENGE – Cage is drawn to characters seeking Revenge and characters needing to avenge. The previous described pillars typically, but not always, result in a Cage character seeking out revenge to right the wrong either directly to or indirectly to someone else (Vengeance: A Love Story 2017, Dying of the Light 2015).

Revenge represents the largest segment of data followed by a Child Motivation.

COLLABORATION

Cage does not work with the same people. There are only two examples of Cage working with a director twice – Nick Powell (Outcast 2015, Primal 2019) and Paul Schrader (Dying of the Light 2015, Dog Eat Dog 2016). Most of the writers, directors and cinematographers are younger, being only their first or second films.

There is one wonderful anomaly to this – Elijah Wood. Cage acted with Wood in The Trust (2016). Cage would later star in Mandy (2018) and Color out of Space (2020) produced by Elijah Wood. This would be the greatest outcome in these three movies. The Trust, Mandy, and Color out of Space representative of three of the BEST CONSTRUCTED films as well as the MOST ENJOYABLE films to watch.

DISTRIBUTION

Many of these films do not have official budget numbers available. For the ones that do I took their average resulting in 10 million. I then applied that number to the missing date sets in order to obtain an estimated total budget for all 30 films of 448 MILLION. Using Box-office Mojo Worldwide Box-office date, these 30 films took via theaters – 68 MILLION GLOBALLY. This leaves a delta of 380 MILLION to be made up through Disk Sales, VOD Sales, and other distribution deals.

Top 5 Cage Distributors
RLJE Films – 6 Films
Lionsgate – 5 Films
Sabee – 3 Films
Momentum – 3 Films
Millennium Entertainment – 2 Films

ROTTEN TOMATO SCORE

The Critics Average RT Score – 32 Percent.
The Audience Average RT Score – 36 Percent.

CONCLUSION

Nick Cage is an auteur character actor.

Cage did not make 30 movies over 10 years for a paycheck. Although Cage does have eccentric taste – T-Rex skull, a castle, rare comics. Cage made 30 movies because he loves the craft of acting. Most of these 30 films have great concepts and moments of top-level film making. Cage typically lifts the material beyond what it is deserving. But this is a compliment to Cage’s ability as an actor. Paul Schrader reveals in an interview on Dog Eat Dog that the production was having difficulty landing William Dafoe due to a lack of money to pay him. Cage would pay 100,000 out of his fee directly to Dafoe to acquire that actor. This is not an action of a man who is only working for a paycheck.

Cage has continued to improve his craft managing incredibly manic characters to very serious characters.

RECOMMENDED FILMS

JOE (2014) – 9.5 (Best Film)
Outcast (2015) – 6.7
The Trust (2016) – 9.0 (My Favorite)
Army of One (2016) – 8.0
Mom and Dad (2018) – 8.0
Mandy (2018) – 9.2
Color out of Space (2020) – 8.2

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2011

 

Trespass 2011 (October 14) – 35m/10m BO

Movie – 3.5

Cage – 7.0 (50m/50s)

RT – Critics 10% – Audience 22%

  • Why is everything so tight when shot wide?
  • Ben Mendelsohn is a standout with an interesting second level motivation.
  • Setup is very much setup – pole.
  • Dir. – Joel Schumacher. Odd choices in structure. 
  • Location – New Orleans – Never feels like.
  • Distributed by – Millennium Entertainment.

 

2012

Stolen 2012 (September 14) – 35m/18m BO

Movie – 6.0

Cage – 7.0 (40m/60s)

RT – Critics 20% – Audience 34%

  • Josh Lucas is fun, but his motivation is dumb (stupid criminal who caused his own problem).
  • Plays more to thriller (The Game) then Heist (Thief). 
  • FBI vs Cage vs Lucas is fun.
  • Nick Cage loses his daughter
  • Setup for daughter is about 10 seconds – didn’t care outside of the trope.
  • Flat Direct to DVD look.
  • Dir. Simon West – Con Air, The Mechanic, The General’s Daughter – lacks personality.
  • Location – New Orleans – never feels like.
  • Distributed by – Millennium Films.

 

 

Seeking Justice 2012 (March 16) – 30m/12.3m BO

Movie – 6.0

Cage – 7.0 (40m/60s)

RT – Critics 28% – Audience 39%

  • Opens strong. Act 2 is bogged down.
  • Guy Pearce is a standout with some meat to his motivations.
  • Good action sequences.
  • Flat Direct to DVD look.
  • Fun with Secret Society but never goes deep enough like (John Wick)
  • Dir. Roger Donaldson – Dante’s Peak, The Bounty, Cadillac Man, The November Man – much less character then previous films.
  • Location – New Orleans – Never Feels like.
  • Distributed by – Anchor Bay Films.

 

2013

Frozen Ground 2013 (August 23) – 19.2m/5.6m BO

Movie – 7.0

Cage – 8.5 (20m/80s)

RT – Critics 61% – Audience 50%

  • Very serious film. No antics. 8mmesque
  • Nick Cage losing his adoptive daughter
  • True story.
  • Cage is outstanding with good support
  • Cinematography callout.
  • Dir. Scott Walker – Only Film
  • Location – Anchorage Alaska – Feels Like.
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate.

 

2014

 

Joe 2014 (April 11) – 4M/2.3M BO

Movie – 9.2

Cage – 10.0 (10m/90s)

RT – Critics 85% CF – Audience 68%

  • Beautiful cinematography.
  • Nick Cage loses his adoptive son
  • Rounded flawed characters – real.
  • Character driven.
  • Acting is fantastic from everyone.
  • Mud and Joe would be a great double feature.
  • Dir. David Gordon Green – Mud, George Washington, Halloween (2018) – Same auteurism.
  • Location – Rural Texas – Feels like.
  • Distributed by – Roadside Attractions.

 

 

Rage 2014 (August 12) – 25m/0m BO

Movie 8.4 Before Ending – Movie 6.8 After Ending.

Cage 8.0 (60m/40s)

RT – Critics 12% – Audience 28%

  • Flat Direct to DVD cinematography.
  • Nick Cage Loses his daughter
  • Cage is a gangster who got out to get back in.
  • The action gun sequences have style.
  • The Driving sequence is a fast cutting mess.
  • The ending reveal is cliché leaning into dumb given setup.
  • Dir. Paco Cabezas – Mostly TV
  • Location – Mobile Alabama – Never feels like
  • Distributed by – Image Entertainment

 

2015

 

Outcast 2015 (February 06) – 25m/4.8m BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 7.0

Cage – 9.0 (85m/15s)

RT – Critics 5% – Audience 22%

  • Action is fast cutting chaos. What’s happening?
  • Pee Peeing on Hayden Christensen.
  • Setup is tired (Gladiator still has best use from movies I have seen)
  • Cage’s accent is… something?
  • “I am the White Ghost” – Cage
  • Does Christensen and Cage speak Chinese or does China speak English?
  • Dir. Nick Powell – Primal (Cage) – Stunts, Second Unit Director Background – Fight Master on Gladiator.
  • Location – Yunnan province of China – kind of feels like
  • Distributed by – Entertainment One

 

 

The Runner 2015 (August 25) – 6m?/750t BO

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 7.0 (10m/90s)

RT – Critics 24% – Audience 23%

  • No over the top accent (Outcast).
  • Political thriller
  • Best capturing of New Orleans so far.
  • Story is allowed to breath with character moments
  • Dir. Austin Stark – Feature Directorial Debut.
  • Location – New Orleans – Feels Like
  • Distributed by – Alchemy

 

 

Pay the Ghost 2015 (September 25) – /2.9m BO

Movie – 7.2

Cage – 7.0 (50m/50s)

RT – Critics 10% – Audience 25%

  • Nick Cage loses his daughter? – trend developing in characters.
  • Some good spooky elements to horror
  • Good dynamic cinematography
  • That bird is bad CGI
  • Huge end act 2 exposition dump flashback. 
  • Dir. Uli Edel – TV Background
  • Location – New York
  • Distributed by – RLJ Entertainment

 

 

Dying of the Light 2015 (February 17) – 5m/698t BO.

Movie – 5.0

Cage – 7.0 (65m/35s)

RT – Critics 08% – Audience 15%

  • Act 1 structure is odd with time jumps
  • Good cinematography lighting but coverage is very standard.
  • Action is singles edited together – terrible.
  • Cage grows more manic as metal disease progresses.
  • Cage build sympathy for a rough character
  • Is Cage trustworth with mind failing – yes.
  • Anton Yelchin is middle of the road, straight face serious.
  • Great ending idea but boring build up – opposing men with different diseases.
  • Score is a cookie cutter paid for.
  • Dir. Paul Schrader – Taxi Driver, Transcendental Style, – not here?
  • Location – Virginia/Romania/Africa but shot in Romania/Australia – felt Romaniun only.
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate

Dark 2017 (same movie)

 

2016

 

The Trust 2016 (May 13) – 9m/322t BO

Movie – 9.2

Cage – 9.0 (80m/20s)

RT – Critics 63% – Audience 29% 

  • Cage has a marvelous Mustache.
  • Not every movie needs to be a floating moving camera.
  • Cage has a tone of energy after a few more serious films.
  • “Are you refinancing your home to pay for a heist?”
  • Performances are outstanding
  • Cinematography is great looking.
  • Story is character driven. I understand what’s driving them even though this is a hyper real world.
  • Elijah Wood – Amazon. 
  • Dir. Alex Brewer/Ben Brewer – Young directors who have a voice
  • Location – Las Vegas 
  • Distributed by – Saban Films

 

 

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage 2016 (Oct 14) 40m/1.6m BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 3.5

Cage – 6.0 (20m/80s) – very little screen time

RT – Critics 17% – Audience 30%

  • Narration from Journal written in a way no one from 1945 would write it from that time “it’s 1945”
  • ‘It’s a fight” – sailers run to watch – stupid.
  • Cage Narration – On what a Heavy Cruiser’s role is as a ship – weirdly placed. Who is Cage talking to?
  • Trying to build feelings for the crew before the ship sinks – standar crew doing crew stuff – imitating the officers, two crew members don’t like each other, Hardass XO, sailor needs to get back to his new fiance, ect.
  • Captain Cage is isolated from the rest of the crew in his own boat. Limited days with Cage to shoot?
  • In the water conversation about black people fighting for a country that doesn’t care for them.
  • I have no understanding of where these survive groups are in relation to each other.
  • Guy starts to throw up then is killed by a shark – not supposed to be funny I think.
  • Cage has very little screen time.
  • Dir. Mario Van Peebles – TV Background and Acting – 
  • Location – South Pacific Ocean
  • Distributed by – Saban Films

 

 

Dog Eat Dog 2016 (November 4)

Movie –

Cage –

RT – Critics 

  • WTF is this movie?
  • Paul Schrader second team up – very different.
  • Style everywhere (natural Born Killers esk?)
  • Cage is Bogarte 

 

 

Army of One 2016 (November 15) ?m/353t BO

Movie – 7.1

Cage – 8.0 (95m/05s)

RT – Critics 25% – Audience 25%

  • WTF is this – good?!
  • Most manic Cage I have seen over such a long run time.
  • The released version of the film was recut by Bob Weinstein without Charles’s permission.
  • I am Gary Faulkner and I am the Donkey King. 
  • Dir. Larry Charles – Borat, Brüno, Religulous – has style and bizarreness.
  • Location – colorado/pakistan
  • Distributed by – TWC-Dimension

 

2017

 

Arsenal 2017 (January 07) ?m/41t BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 3.0

Cage – 7.0 (65m/35s)

RT – Critics 03% – Audience 17%

  • John Cussace and Nick Cage return together
  • Why is everything so tight?
  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • Bonding antics feel forced and clishi
  • The framing is off – everyone’s head extends past top but the movie is in the right aspect ratio 2:35:1
  • 33 minutes in Cage returns – 23 years later in the story but looks the same as the first scene.
  • Terrible writing – Buy me a shot line, no, was funny.
  • Cage is doing the best he can with dialogue.
  • Cussace is a cop? I missed something.
  • Cage returns at 49 min for 20 seconds
  • Fun reveal – but how does Cage keep his men’s loayate if he is such a bitch?
  • Slow motion style in a few sequences but doesn’t carry over overall – done to be cool. 
  • Dir. Steven C. Miller – many VOD films I don’t know – 
  • Location – Mississippi?/south – no one has an accent?
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate Premiere

 

 

Inconceivable 2017 (June 30) 13m/218t BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 3.5

Cage – 6.0 (05m/95s)

RT – Critics 31% – Audience 63%

  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • Gorgeous new woman in the main characters’ lives hates to have her photo taken – she is hiding – Yes – clishie yes.
  • Cage is a DR. MD.
  • 4 miscarriages – got an egg downer – new person in life is the doner? – Yes – shocking.
  • Flashbacks to woman and her kid and her killing of her husband 4 years ago.
  • “No, silly me” line delivery – rough.
  • Soap Opera Level Drama Twists
  • Is the mom the audience – asking the audience questions of why main characters are making their choices?
  • MD Cage’s Guest House is nicer than my real house. 
  • MD Cage’s child is in risk setup.
  • Film sets up mom had a drug issue in the past as why she might not be believable now but the audience knows friend is responsible – no doubt.
  • What happened to the bad lady?
  • Dir. Jonathan Baker – First Feature – 
  • Location – Cincinnati? – 
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate Premiere

 

 

Vengeance: A Love Story 2017 (September 15)

Support Cage

?/73t BO

Movie – 6.3

Cage – 6.0 (50m/50s)

RT – Critics N/A – Audience 28%

  • First 10 min – good stunt/mini shootout – terrible dialogue.
  • Villain Men – “I Spit on Your Grave”esk – played tragically in tone as one of the worst crimes but the Villain dudes are acting like it comical – A Clockwork Orange. 
  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • The Lighting has been very good
  • A daughter is in danger of motivation. 
  • Action is better then a lot of prior – Dir. STUNT BACKGROUND?
  • A Catholic Priest recommended a Lawyer to the Mom of the Boys who rapped this woman. He says “this man helped the Vandican with 18 cases”
  • I get what trial scene is going for but does it hit you on the bead with it.
  • Woman jumps but Cage standing off screen saves her.
  • The editing makes it look like Cage saw a dead cat but kept driving.
  • Not a lot of stunts.
  • The Cage/Don end conversation would have been a better movie: the Lawyer who defends Villains and the Cop who kills.  
  • Dir. Johnny Martin – Stunt Coordinator background – 
  • Location –
  • Distributed by – FilmRise

 

2018

 

Mom and Dad 2018 (January 19)

Movie – 8.0

Cage – 8.5 (80m/20s)

RT – Critics 

  • Style and personality and Self Aware
  • Boobs in young Nic Cage face
  • Zombies!
  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • Fun premise spin
  • Fun Cage!

 

 

Looking Glass 2018 (February 16) ?/80k BO

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 6.5 (20m/80s)

RT – Critics 17% – Audience 11%

  • Good setup with photo without exposition on family background – kid is dead
  • Good creation of atmosphere around the motel – a mystery unfolding.
  • Film has style and interesting character actors. 
  • Takes it time but doesn’t meander – always feels like progress.
  • Cage deals with a dead daughter.
  • What’s the deal with Shelf – interesting.
  • Have you heard from Ben – so many times.
  • “You got a new microwave” Ben Shot Dead – what is going on? In a good way.
  • Bad line – “So that’s how Ben knew” – Scooby doesk.
  • Dir. Tim Hunter – TV background, Twin Peaks,
  • Location – California Desert – 
  • Momentum Pictures

 

 

The Humanity Bureau 2018 (April 6) 22m/0 BO

Movie –

Cage –

RT – Critics 

  • Bad CGI Starting Off – Backgrounds!
  • Cage drives a El Camino as a government car?
  • Is this satire?
  • Exposition dump in boss office. Talking for the audience not for each other. These characters would already know all about their world.
  • Kid is annoying.
  • Dialogue is very very very direct. 
  • Kis is fucking annoying.
  • Kid is a reason for Cage’s motivation. 
  • Too clean and nonviolent to be exploitive but this is what this film genre is trying for.
  • If they stopped making cars 30 years ago, and coffee and stuff, what do people do in order to be considered productive?
  • How does the government work? Canada government?
  • How are there no lakes if there is still snow, therefore runoff and rain, therefor streams and pooled water – AKA Lakes
  • Why does everyone hellp the?
  • The kid is really fucking annoying. 
  • The Kid is Cages lost son – kill him!
  • Ending Revolution Means – something?
  • Dir. Rob W. King – lots of TV
  • Location – Nevada to Canada –
  • Distributed by – Minds Eye Entertainment

 

 

211 2018 (June 8)

Mandy 2018 (September 13)

Between Worlds 2018 (December 21) ?/0 BO

Movie – 6.8

Cage – 8.0 (80m/20s)

RT – Critics 29% – Audience 86%

  • Angelo badalamenti dit theme – also did music on Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive. 
  • Jim Agnew – ex producer on this and Rage (2014)
  • Aaron Collins an associate Producer – Production Manager on Dog Eat dog 2016
  • Written Produced directed by Maria Pulera
  • Cag is a very grease truck driver out of money.
  • “We dont hurt people down south” – Cameron Poe (Con Air) cousin?
  • “Wrestle a man gator”
  • Holding a photo “wife and daughter. Opps, they’re dead”
  • “What the hell, does that have to do, with being strangled?”
  • Not a shaky handheld camera – thank you!
  • Cage is strangling women so she can project her consciousness – woman needs to wear a turtleneck to hide hand prints.
  • Cage lost family. New family is motivation
  • Main acting is rough outside of Cage.
  • Sex Scene tjrow back to “The Rock” (1997).
  • Cage’s reactions to awkwardness of what daughter is up to – from the afterlife? 
  • Should Cage be shocked by the revelation given he buys into mom being able to throw her consciousness?
  • A third Nick Cage Sex Sceane?
  • Waterhouse scene while mom watches – sure…
  • “What do you expect, me to kill my wife”
  • Cage once again makes me feel through his acting. 
  • Dir. Maria Pulera –
  • Location – Mobile Alabama – 
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate/Saban Films

 

2019

 

A Score to Settle 2019 (august 02) ?/85t BO

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 6 5 (15m/85s)

RT – Critics 15% – Audience 21%

  • While straightforward – Decent movie so far
  • “I’m going to make it up to you” – Cliche Cage out of jail after 19 years. 
  • Benjamin Bratt is always charming and professional. 
  • “Nobody is ever really out’ clishi
  • The Insomnia angle is interesting.
  • Awkward shootout at the parlor
  • Said he was doing it for his son. CGe bieves action but his character is selfish.
  • Like the tension with the bellhop in the room. 
  • I was really hoping the kid would just be gone due to Cage’s choice. Half cliche to have him pulled back in as he ODs.
  • I actually didn’t see that reveal. Half take back.
  • The dragon guy is an annoying villain. 
  • Dir. Shawn Ku – Movies I have not seen –
  • Location – Salem Or Area – Filmed in Bc 
  • Distributed by – RLJE Films

 

 

Running with the Devil 2019 (September 20)

?/60t BO

Supporting esk cage

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 6.5 (15m/85s)

RT – Critics

  • Long shot through club serves what purposes other arriving at cocaine?
  • Text descriptions over lauded character frames
  • Fishburne really likes cocaine and pegging. 
  • So many characters!
  • Traffic cloan. 
  • I’m so confused by what is happening.
  • Cage is following a cocaine shipment looking for where it is getting cut/short?
  • This mexican whit suited middleman is fun. 
  • What happened to the Goldberg/Fishburne storyline?
  • I really like the drug smuggling route story but everything else has been fat.
  • The Agent outering the snitch off the books for info really isn’t got to hold up cort?
  • Really forced moment to get rid of Cage – fall off cliff – sure?
  • Cage is back – shocking.
  • Agent’s fingerprints all over close. The boss is still around. What point?
  • Barry Pepper and Laurence Fishburne costar.
  • Adam Goldberg is always fun.
  • Dir. Jason Cabell – actor background. First solo directing and writer – 
  • Location – Albuquerque ? Filmed but showed space needle for location
  • Distributed by – Quiver Distribution

 

 

Kill Chain 2019 (October 18) UHD

Movie – 6.0

Cage – 6.8 (22m/78s)

RT – N/A

  • Titles are a TV show
  • Enrico Colantoni is wonderful.
  • Colantoni got the hooker killed still.
  • Some shaky camera
  • A lot of shaky cam now. All tight too. Motion sickness. 
  • Where’s Cage – I’m 40 minutes in and he has had 2 minutes of screen time but is on the poster 
  • Turned subtitles on for so much mubaling. 
  • What is happening – why is there a shootout between kids yelling “I love you”
  • Cage is back at the 47 min mark.
  • Lots of Cage sex scense at the back end of this marathon
  • “He’s not a killer” “your right” – but Cage killed the guy downstairs with pills?
  • Loops back around but doesn’t play any differently, different angle.
  • “An organization” movie.
  • So much single cut to a different single.
  • No way this “plan” works out being set in motion. So many variables out of Cages control. 
  • Distributed by – Amazon Studios
  • Location – Columbia –
  • Dir. Ken Sanzel – The replacement Killers writer and other tv stuff

 

 

Primal 2019 (November 8) 31m/40k BO

Movie –

Cage –

RT – Critics 38% – Audience 28%

  • That’s one bad CGI Cat!
  • The Pocher with a heart of gold.
  • Kevin Serge Durand is amazing! – Lost the Strain.
  • Kevin is in a Cage. I bet he’s primal?
  • Famke Janssen – of Golden Eye and Jean in X Men
  • This boat is more of a wearhouse. 
  • Kevin is amazing!
  • Monster locked in the house with people.
  • Why would the U.S. not send a military jet or ship or plane? Why is the world’s most dangerous man traveling on a mexican fighter? Such a convoluted explanation of why Kevin has to be on this boat.
  • What a stupid escape plan – faking his seger – which was a convaluted setup to begin with. 
  • “I’m not going anymore until I feed my animals”
  • Bad CGI monkeys – kills the cook
  • Cage was 82 Mechanic. Cage and Kevin both hate authority. But will one be a lovable asshole?
  • How does a movie filmed inside a closed indoor set cost 31 million?
  • Of course the kid interrupts Cage capturing Kevin. 
  • Always the NSA. What a dumb agent. 
  • Dir. Nick Powell – Outcast – Team up us back
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate
  • Location – Puerto Rico 

 

 

Grand Isle 2019 (Dec 06)

Movie

Cage

RT

  • Dr. Fraser Kran. 
  • I hate when beautiful women in movies say they’re ugly. 
  • That 8s some amazing hair Cage
  • Key Largo (1948) with a Supernatural tone8

 

2020 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron [Exclusive]

 

Introduction from Mr. Eaves:

What is the difference between a best film and our favorite film? How do we talk about cinema? We build definitions and debate parameters in order to categorize but in doing so can risk sacrificing the unique and personal experience of filmgoing.

I remember watching The Criterion Blu-ray release of Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha (2012) several years ago. A black and white eccentric coming of age film set to a New York backdrop starring Greta Gerwig. While I absolutely hated this film upon first viewing there was also something that latched onto me. I unwantedly spent the next few days thinking about Gerwig’s performance. While eccentric it oozed this humanistic energy. The following week I had to revisit the film to figure out why I was still thinking about a movie I thought I disliked. By the ending credits, I had completely transitioned my feelings on the film. While I cannot explain this change of disposition, I can acknowledge that change did occur.

While Frances Ha still rests neatly on my movie shelf I have never sat down to watch the film a third time. Mostly driven by a fear of my second joyful experience reverting to my original. Film is a powerful medium. It is a mighty empathy machine capable of changing perspective and in that is a very personal experience.

What is a best film and what is a favorite film?

 

 

Introduction from Mr. Trembath:

The Irishman was lame. Joker was an incel manifesto, but Joaquin was great. Greta Gerwig was robbed. The Lion King was just an animated pile of dog shit. If I were you, I would vote for Chris.

 

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So Folks, reach out to either Chris or Ron via social media, wherever you would like, and let us know which team you are on

The pointing system works as follows:

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Let’s have some fun!

 

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BEST PICTURE

“Ford v Ferrari”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

“Little Women”

“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

“Marriage Story”

“Parasite”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: A technical achievement of the cinematic art form but should not be limited to this sole accomplishment. Presented as a single in real-time take, 1917 uses its form as a direct choice to enhance the emotional resonance of its larger themes. While The Academy has nominated many great films, the Academy also has ignored many others. Parasite continues to be a film I think about often. Depending on when I am asked, I could change my answer over to Parasite or Little Women.

My Nominations for Best Film in order of Preference.

The Last Blackman in San Francisco
1917
Parasite
Little Women
Uncut Gems
Waves
The Lighthouse
Dolemite is My Name
Marriage Story

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Look, I’ve seen 4 of the 9, and I loved 2 of them. And as a lifelong (almost) Quentin Tarantino fan, it really behooves me to pick this film that I really did love. Although, I have the feeling that I probably would have chosen Jojo Rabbit because it seems so damn great. But, QT for life.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Same as above.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: 1917. This was not one of the 4 that I even saw, but I honestly feel like it is the safe bet. This year actually feels like we may be reverting to the old days (not in a good way) and we may not see many surprises. So, I’m gonna pick this one for my buddy Chris. You’re welcome, Chris.

 

 

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”

Florence Pugh, “Little Women”

Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit” – Taika Waititi crafted a whimsical farce of Nazi Germany. Waititi walks the line in his use of comedy to express hopefulness in direct contradiction to the worst of what humanity has to offer. Waititi was able to accomplish this through his actors especially Johansson’s mother role as the most grounded of the film’s characters capturing many heartwarming and authentic portrayals of motherhood and a general sense of hope. Without Johansson, I’m unsure Jojo Rabbit works.

My Nominations for Best Supporting Actress in order of Preference.

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Park So-dam – Parasite
Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Billie Lourd – Booksmart

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”. I know this seems like an obvious choice, and a cheap trick to score some points, but this lady fucking EARNED it. This was one of those performances that I absolutely knew for a fact was going to end up in this silly award show, and it is well deserved.

 

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” – Dern is top-level acting. She is wonderful in everything she does. Dern’s character is memorable playing the role of the possible dubious motivated lawyer for Johansson. For me, the role fills more plot required then character driven.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”. Same as above.

 

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

Al Pacino, “The Irishman”

Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” – Brad Pitt is consistently amazing. Although, I consider Pitt’s character a co-lead to DiCaprio and not supporting. Both Pitt and DiCaprio’s characters have their own unique arcs throughout the film. Joe Pesci should also be mentioned as he came out of retirement for The Irishman playing a far more reserved character then he is known for bringing this softness and introspection.

My Nominations for Best Supporting Actor in order of Preference.

William Defoe – The Lighthouse
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Brad Pitt
Shia LaBeouf – Honey Boy
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Song Kang-ho – Parasite

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”. There is no question. If we are going to celebrate this film for acting, it has to be Brad. Everyone was wonderful, but Brad was absolutely fantastic. 

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”. Same as above.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

South Korea, “Parasite”

Spain, “Pain and Glory”

France, “Les Misérables”

North Macedonia, “Honeyland”

Poland, “Corpus Christi”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: South Korea, “Parasite” – This is a difficult choice between Parasite and Pain and Glory. These films could not be more different in presentation while remaining both so incredibly cinematically satisfying. Parasite brings this bizarre genre approach to social issues which I would not want to ruin for anyone who has yet to see the film, while Pain and Glory is a very complex expression of a man’s journey of accomplishments and failures. Pain and Glory is Antonia Bandera’s best work. Ideally Parasite would win Best Directing or Best Film allowing Pain and Glory to win Best International Film. I cannot see the Academy going that direction.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: South Korea, “Parasite”. No real basis for this pick, it just happens to be the one film that seemed interesting to me and I will probably watch later. And I just love South Korea. 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: South Korea, “Parasite” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: South Korea, “Parasite”. If it’s in the Best Picture category, it wins this one. No questions.

 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

“In the Absence”

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”

“Life Overtakes Me”

“St. Louis Superman”

“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” – I wish it was not so difficult to see these films. As of writing this piece I have not seen any of these nominated films. One week before Awards Night is not a proper release for the general public. If you wait so late to put these films in a theater at least find a way to have them available on VOD. The home theater is what I prefer but not being able to watch these films at all is a far worse choice.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “St. Louis Superman”. I haven’t seen any of the shorts, but this one seemed the most up my alley. And St. Louis is a great city.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” – SEE ABOVE!

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Life Overtakes Me”. I’ve actually heard of this one. That’s really it.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“American Factory”

“The Edge of Democracy”

“Honeyland”

“For Sama”

“The Cave”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:“American Factory” – There is not a lot of escapism in these documentaries. These nominations reflect the sense of the world right now. Free Solo last year felt exciting and gripping and felt of human accomplishment. This year feels more painful and sorrowful. American Factory has the Netflix and the Obama power push.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “The Edge of Democracy”. I did only happen to see two of these, and yes they were the Netflix ones. I really did dig this film though. I can’t confirm that it is better than any of the others, but I do know that this shit was inspiring in a way. Also American Factory was corporate propaganda, plain and simple.

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  “American Factory” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “The Edge of Democracy”. Same as above.

 

ORIGINAL SONG

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”

“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen II”

“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman” – Taron Egerton sings his own songs. He acts just as good or better than Rami Malek who won for best actor in 2019. Now, this is not the section for best Actors, this is clearly the best song of the nominations. Glasgow from Wild Rose completes that film. How could this song be missed?

My Nominations for Best Original Song in order of Preference.

“Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” – “Wild Rose”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” – “Rocketman”

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”. While I do love this song, I am really only picking it because I love when songs from non-animated films win this award. It brings a weird thrill to my simple heart.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”. It was a wildly successful biopic about one of our most beloved musicians. I see this being a trend for the future.

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“I Lost My Body”

“Klaus”

“Missing Link”

“Toy Story 4”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  “Missing Link” – I am an unabashed sucker for Claymation. I absolutely love this technique and style. Made by the local production house outside of Portland Oregon too. This is all subjective and my bias should be known.

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Toy Story 4”. I want this for spiteful reasons if I’m being honest. Let Pixar get their 10th win, and let the Toy Story franchise, which started it all, finally be at rest.

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Toy Story 4” – Pixar is a juggernaut. Their worst movies are the equivalent to most other animation studios’ best movies. How the magic of Toy Story has lasted I do not know but am happy it has as a series that is completely cross-generational now without transitioning into the Direct to VOD cheap money grab movie model. What great stewardship of this perfect collection of films.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Toy Story 4”. Same as above.

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Little Women”

“The Two Popes”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Little Women” – Greta Gerwig is an auteur. It is a shame to have not been nominated for Best Director. This will drive the vote to Gerwig for adapted screenplay. Thich is also completely deserving in how Gerwig can modernize an adaptation that has seen so many previous attempts. The construction of the story is a clear standout to pull new themes and character emotions from a well-known source.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. I feel like this is the most original of the bunch, even though I have not seen the film. I have a deep-rooted love for the screenplay categories, and I feel like I have a pretty good gauge of how these things go. Or not. Who knows?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Little Women” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. Same as above.

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Marriage Story”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Parasite”

“Knives Out”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Parasite” – Parasite is one of the most original screenplays of the year. Marriage Story and Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood are two of the best-written screenplays of the year.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. Again, I only saw 2 of these films. I truly believe 1917 is out for sure, as we haven’t seen a war movie win in this category in, well, forever. These films are appreciated as a visual stimulation, but not as a story itself. And I believe that the Academy is not beyond giving QT awards for writing for 3 of his last 4 films. I think they will take pride in it.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood” – Tarantino is one of the most unique screenwriters of film.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. Same as above.

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” – Antonia Banderas is an amazing actor. This is also Bandera’s best work. Banderas crafts a human with all his accomplishments and flaws. This is a stacked year for Best Leading Actor and a huge miss for lacking a nomination for Eddie Murphy.

My Nominations for Best Actor in order of Preference:

Pain and Glory – Antonio Banderas
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Eddie Murphy – Dolomite is My Name

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”. I know that I should probably go with Leo on this one, but I have to admit that Joaquin gave it his all to this portrayal. It’s definitely the most unique of the bunch, and I actually saw 4 out of 5 of these performances! The film was mediocre at best, but Joaquin’s performance was undeniably outstanding.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” – Phoenix is one of the best actors of all time. For better or worse he gives himself over to whatever role he is taking on. Phoenix elevates Joker through his performance.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”. Same as above.

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women” – Ronan and Gerwig are meant to work together. They each bring out so much in each other’s craft. Little Women is an adaptation of the book 152 years removed but Saoirse Ronan’s portrayal of Jo feels complete with nuance and complexity. Scarlett Johansson’s work in Marriage Story, meant completely as positive, is a wonderful portrayal a complex human.

My Nominations for Best Actress in order of Preference.

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose
Elisabeth Moss – Her Smell
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Lupita Nyong’o – US

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”. Never saw it, but for the sake of the legendary CIA agent Harriet Tubman, I have to cast my vote for Cynthia.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Renée Zellweger, “Judy” – Renee Zellweger acting elevates a fine film. Renee Zellweger is Judy in mannerisms and look – thank you makeup team!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”. Liberal elites most likely make up 98% of the Oscar judges, so this seems like a clear shot. Controversy sells. Also Charlize is probably due for an Oscar, although I am unclear as to why.

 

DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”

Sam Mendes, “1917”

Todd Phillips, “Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite” – Greta Gerwig is an auteur and deserved a nomination. Her ability to balance personal, social and interpersonal conflicting relationships across the runtime of Little Women is a feat. Bong Joon-ho accomplishes his own achievements of depicting social plight and family turmoil that hit both the pathos of the characters but also the entertainment value of a genre film. His style blends the best of both worlds into a unique artistic vision.

My Nominations for Best Director in order of Preference.

The Safdie Brothers – Uncut Gems
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Sam Mendes – 1917

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. I know it is asking a lot, as he already as 3 Oscars for writing, but I would really like QT to be appreciated for his visual storytelling as well. Please?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite” – Rolling the dice and playing OSCARS Politics here. Paradise while deserving to win the best picture well be kept in the best Internal Category. But I think the Academy still wants to give Bong Joon-ho a win.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sam Mendes, “1917”. As far as a good looking film goes, I’d be willing to admit, without even having seen it, that 1917 is probably the best out there right now. Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins are a shoe-in.

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”

“1917”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Parasite”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” – Hollywood of 1969 is very recent. Most of the featured locations still exist but not as they once did. The level of detail applied to the period recreated is astonishing. The film functions as a time capsule to the transitional period of old Hollywood and the new wave of American Cinema.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. This film was amazing to look at. It was extremely transformative to another era, and I alway appreciate that look in a film.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – A technical achievement in production design across multiple set pieces.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. So much work went into making this film work, I imagine. It’s probably worthy of all the technical awards.

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“1917”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”

“Joker”

“The Lighthouse”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“The Lighthouse” – I will take any and every chance to call out Joe Talbot’s “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” Adam Newport-Berra cinematography on this film, every single frame of his work, is a piece of art you could frame on your wall. How this film could escape being nominated is incomprehensible. The Lighthouse was filmed on celluloid using lenses from the 1930s. The film’s approach to its cinematography is a direct choice to enhance the emersion and the character madness of the story. 1917 is its own achievement. While I know what they did, I can’t begin to tell you how they did it during certain sequences.

My Nominations for Best Cinematography in order of Preference.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Lighthouse
1917
Shadow
John Wick Chapter 3

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. I know that I haven’t seen it, but when a film does something even remotely unique, and gets rid of that damn green screen, I feel like it needs to be celebrated. I’m certain this movie would bore the shit out of me, has nothing interesting to say, but is wonderful to look act. Sort of like Johnny Depp in recent years, amiright?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – The technical achievement of the year. Roger Deakins was the only man who could show up Roger Deakins.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. Same as above.

 

COSTUME DESIGN

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Little Women”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” – In a very stacked category cool is always an element to consider. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has cool costume designs. It is frustrating to whiteness another miss for Dolomite is My Name as that film also oozes cool just as much as Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Little Women has an Auteur style for an adapted story, Irishman is sleek, and Jojo Rabbit’s Sam Rockwell has a fabulous uniform at the end. Sam Rockwell is fabulous!

My Nominations for Best Costume Design in order of Preference.

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Dolomite is my name
Little Women
Knives Out
Sam Rockwell

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. Just from glancing through some photos of the costumes, I found JoJo Rabbit to have made some of the more interesting choices in this field. Although I loved Once Upon a Time’s entire decor, and I believe it will win, I have to be honest with you all. You deserve it.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Little Women” – Cool is not always recognized as technical. Little Women’s costume design is about art. Technical will win over cool.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”. It’s a very specific time capsule of a film, and I think they nailed it. Especially Brad’s wardrobe when he is on that roof. Hot damn, amiright?

 

SOUND EDITING

“1917”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Ford v Ferrari” – Sound Editing is the choice of sound effects, dialogue pieces, the capturing of foley effects, to be assembled for sound mixing. Sound Editing and Sound Mixing connected in the same way your left and right feet are connected in how well you can run. In the case of capturing and assembling all the unique sounds – Ford v Ferrier is a standout this year. 1917 could also be a win in this category.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. Always go with the war movie.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Ford v Ferrari” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. Again, ALWAYS go with the war movie.

 

SOUND MIXING

“1917”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Ad Astra”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “1917” – Ford v Ferrari and 1917 are excellent technical powerhouses. Both films’ mixing of dialogue, sound effects, foley work, and scores are incredibly produced. In the case of 1917, the crossing of no-man-land and bombed-out-village sequences are stand out examples of mixing. In the case of Ford v Ferrari, every single race sequence is also an achievement of balancing engine, dialogue and music levels. The quieter moments of 1917 are the small details of that movie which elevates it above the others.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. Always go with the war movie.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. Always go with the war movie.

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Dcera (Daughter)”

“Hair Love”

“Kitbull”

“Memorable”

“Sister”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Memorable” – I wish it was not so difficult to see these films. As of writing this piece I have not seen any of these nominated films. One week before Awards Night is not a proper release for the general public. If you are waiting so late to put these films in a theater at least find a way to have them available on VOD. The home theater is better than not being able to watch theme at all.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Sister”. Just based on premise alone, I am very intrigued by this film the most. I’d also like to take this paragraph to plug the somewhat related doc on Amazon Prime entitled One Child Nation. You are going to cry.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Memorable” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Sister”. Same as above.

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Brotherhood”

“Nefta Football Club”

“The Neighbors’ Window”

“Saria”

“A Sister”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “The Neighbors’ Window” – Everyone of this year’s Live Action Short Films are outstanding. Unlike last year, not every single one is tonally dark. The Neighbors’ Window adds a bit of comedy to the mix landing a wonderful story and theme. Nefta Football Club is a straight-up comedy worth a watch while Brotherhood and Saria tackle very of the moment issues.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Brotherhood”. Again, did not see, but most intrigued by this one.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Saria” – The final moments of this film had me weeping. The film leaves little hope and offers little in the sense of change but keeps the memory of 41 one young girls alive.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Brotherhood”. Same as above.

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

“1917,” Thomas Newman

“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir

“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat

“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“Little Women” by Alexandre Desplat – A flip of a coin between Little Women and 1917. Little Women works as a record while 1917 works better as a film score. Little Women’s compositions emanate curiosity and innocence. Yes, John Williams is great – 52 nominations great. Randy Newman continues to be a shining light of awesomeness. It is disappointing to have not honored Uncut Gems or Honey Boy with a nomination. The music of Uncut Gems is the anxiety heart of that movie.

My Nominations for Best Original Score in order of Preference.

Uncut Gems
Little Women
1917
Honey Boy
Us

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Marriage Story,” Randy Newman. I learned a lot about Randy Newman this year, which has nothing to do with his work on Marriage Story, but I dig the guy. Not that he’s going to win, just being honest with the choice.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917,” Thomas Newman – For the reasons mentioned above. 1917 is an amazing film score complementing the visual achievement. Marriage Story could be a welcomed upset – Love You Randy!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917,” Thomas Newman. All the technical awards!

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Avengers: Endgame”

“The Lion King”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“The Irishman”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “1917” – Fuck off Lion King you are an animated movie, not special effects! The Irishman’s de-aging technology looks great but old man hips remain old man hips. Avengers Endgame is a special effects spectacular constructed mostly in front of a green screen. Even with its high-quality execution I still know I am watching special effects. This isn’t the 90s anymore. Every blockbuster has giant special effects now. Making the effects disappear into the background – that’s the challenge. 1917 conceals most of its special effects work into its world apart from a small sequence near the end of the film.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. Same as above.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” Same as above.

 

FILM EDITING

“The Irishman”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Parasite”

“Joker”

“Jojo Rabbit”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Parasite” – Parasite is efficient without feeling efficient. Every cut means something in its serves to the story while never feeling present. While I was captivated by every chewy moment of The Irishman a three and a half-hour run time could have been cut down. Runtime does not equal bad I feel the form of film needs to be a balance between the story being told and the efficient at which that story is being delivered.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. I really don’t have an opinion on this, except that The Irishman BEST NOT win for this one. As the great Super Geeky Play Date host Brady Berserker would say, “You can’t un-70 year old man somebody”. Which is true, but if you’re making a movie with 108 year old De Niro curb stomping a guy when he’s supposed to be in his thirties, you gotta edit that shit better.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Ford v Ferrari” – The most technical of the nominations. A classic old Hollywood throwback with very tight plotting and passing “driven” by the film’s editing. A two-and-a-half-hour movie that feels closer to a 110-minute runtime.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. I just wanted to give one last nod to what will probably end up being my favorite film of 2019.

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Bombshell”

“Joker”

“Judy”

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Bombshell” – It is difficult enough to play historical figures let alone attempt to take on the attributes and mannerisms of living people. Bombshell’s makeup team has performed a magnificent job of turning these actors into the people they represent. I would say the same for the makeup work in Judy. 1917 brings a different angle to its makeup with the grim and gritty depiction of World War 1. While I would be ecstatic to see a 1917 upset, I feel this award is Bombshell’s to lose.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Joker”. Everything about Joaquin looked pretty damn gross. So, good job?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Bombshell” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Joker”. Same as above.

 

 

 

There you have it Folks! Get out there and vote!

 

 

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2019 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Exclusive]

 

25. SWORD OF TRUST

DIRECTED BY LYNN SHELTON

WRITTEN BY LYNN SHELTON

STARRING MARC MARON, JILLIAN BELL, MICHAELA WATKINS

 

24. WEST OF SUNSHINE

DIRECTED BY JASON RAFTOPOULOS

WRITTEN BY JASON RAFTOPOULOS

STARRING DAMIAN HILL, TY PERHAM, ELIZA D’SOUZA

 

23. EMPATHY INC.

DIRECTED BY YEDIDYA GORSETMAN

WRITTEN BY MARK LEIDNER

STARRING ZACK ROBIDAS, KATHY SEARLE, ERIC BERRYMAN

 

22. THE BASTARD’S FIG TREE

DIRECTED BY ANA MURUGARREN

WRITTEN BY ANA MURUGARREN & RAMIRO PINILLA

STARRING KARRA ELEJALDE, PEPA ANIORTE, CARLOS ARECES

 

21. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

DIRECTED BY JAY LOWL

WRITTEN BY BOB SAENZ

STARRING COLIN FORD, BOBBY LEE, ANGELA KINSEY

 

20. ROBBERY

DIRECTED BY COREY STANTON

WRITTEN BY COREY STANTON

STARRING JEREMY FERDMAN, ART HINDLE, SERA-LYS MCARTHUR

 

 

19. WALLFLOWER

DIRECTED BY JAGGER GRAVNING

WRITTEN BY JAGGER GRAVNING & JOHN W. COMERFORD

STARRING DAVID CALL, ATSUKO OKATSUKA, CEQUOIA JOHNSON

 

18. UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

DIRECTED BY DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL

WRITTEN BY DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL

STARRING ANDREW GARFIELD, RIKI LINDHOME, WENDY VANDEN HEUUEL

 

17. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

DIRECTED BY QUENTIN TARANTINO

WRITTEN BY QUENTIN TARANTINO

STARRING BRAD PITT, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, RACHEL REDLEAF

 

16. SUCH A FUNNY LIFE

DIRECTED BY OLIVER MANN

WRITTEN BY OLIVER MANN

STARRING GREGORY MCGOVERN, GONZALO TRIQUEROS, NATASHA STRANG

 

15. PICK IT UP! – SKA IN THE 90’S

DIRECTED BY TAYLOR MORDEN

WRITTEN BY HEATHER AUGUSTYN

STARRING TIM ARMSTRONG, ALEX DESERT, AARON BARRETT

 

14. BLOODY MARIE

DIRECTED BY LENNERT HILLEGE & GUIDO VAN DRIEL

WRITTEN BY LENNERT HILLEGE & GUIDO VAN DRIEL

STARRING SUSANNE WOLFF, DENNIS RUDGE, TEUN LUIJKX

 

13. THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

DIRECTED BY JOE TALBOT

WRITTEN BY JOE TALBOT, JIMMIE FAILS, & ROB RICHERT

STARRING JIMMIE FAILS, JONATHAN MAJORS, DANNY GLOVER

12. STUCK

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BERRY

WRITTEN BY MICHAEL BERRY & RILEY THOMAS

STARRING GIANCARLO ESPOSITO, ASHANTI, ARDEN CHO

 

11. ROOM FOR RENT

DIRECTED BY TOMMY STOVALL

WRITTEN TO STUART FLACK

STARRING LIN SHAYE, OLIVER RAYON, LINDA CUSHMA

 

10. STOKE

DIRECTED BY ZOE EISENBERG & PHILLIPS PAYSON

WRITTEN BY ZOE EISENBERG & PHILLIPS PAYSON

STARRING CAITLIN HOLCOMBE, KAUHANNE LOPES, RANDALL GALIUS JR.

 

9. LUZ

DIRECTED BY TILMAN SINGER

WRITTEN BY TILMAN SINGER

STARRING LUANA VELIS, JOHANNES BENECKE, JAN BLUTHARDT

 

8. STATES

DIRECTED BY ZACH GAYNE

WRITTEN BY ZACH GAYNE

STARRING JEREMY O. HARRIS, ALEX ESSOE, AYAKA KINUGAWA

 

7. JUST SAY GOODBYE

DIRECTED BY MATT WALTING

WRITTEN BY LAYLA O’SHEA

STARRING KATERINA EICHENBERGER, MAX MACKENZIE, WILLIAM GALATIS

 

6. PRINCESS OF THE ROW

DIRECTED BY MAX CARLSON

WRITTEN BY MAX CARLSON & A. SHAWN AUSTIN

STARRING TAYLOR BUCK, EDI GATHEGI, MARTIN SHEEN

 

5. AT THE END OF THE DAY

DIRECTED BY KEVIN O’BRIEN

WRITTEN BY KEVIN O’BRIEN & PHIL GRIMES

STARRING STEPHEN SHANE MARTIN, BETTY

4. RELISH

DIRECTED BY JUSTIN WARD

WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WARD

STARRING TYLER DICHIARA, HANA HAYES, CHELSEA ZHANG

 

3. BARBIE’S KENNY

DIRECTED BY ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN

WRITTEN BY ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN

STARRING ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN, BIANCA LEMAIRE, SHAWN HAWKINS

 

2. WADE IN THE WATER

DIRECTED BY MARK WILSON

WRITTEN BY CHRIS RETTS

STARRING DANIKA GOLOMBEK, TOM E. NICHOLSON, SAMUEL WHITEHILL

 

1. CUCK

DIRECTED BY ROB LAMBERT

WRITTEN BY ROB LAMBERT

STARRING ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN, MONIQUE PARENT, TIMOTHY V. MURPHY

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2019 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

50. TALL GIRL

DIRECTED BY NZINGHA STEWART

WRITTEN BY SAM WOLFSON

STARRING AVA MICHELLE, ANGELA KINSEY, CANDI BROOKS

 

49. SURVIVING CONFESSION

DIRECTED BY MATTHEW TIBBEMANN

WRITTEN BY NATHAAN SHANE MILLER

STARRING JESSICA LYNN PARSONS, CLAYTON NEMROW, KEN GAMBLE

 

48. POWER OF GRAY SKULL: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

DIRECTED BY RANDALL LOBB & ROBERT MCCALLUM

WRITTEN BY RANDALL LOBB & ROBERT MCCALLUM

STARRING DOLPH LUNDGREN, JOHN ATRIN, LARRY HOUSTON

 

47. AMERICAN KILLING

DIRECTED BY MATTHEW D. WARD

WRITTEN BY MATTHEW D. WARD

STARRING TREVOR PETERSON, PERSIA WHITE, CAITLIN GERARD

 

46. SUMMER ‘03

DIRECTED BY BECCA GLEASON

WRITTEN BY BECCA GLEASON

STARRING JOEY KING, PAUL SCHEER, JUNE SQUIBB

 

45. LONG LOST

DIRECTED BY ERIK BLOOMQUIST

WRITTEN BY ERIK BLOOMQUIST, CARSON BLOOMQUIST, & ADAM WEPPLER

STARRING ADAM WEPPLER, CATHERINE CORCORAN, NICHOLAS TUCCI

 

44. PADDLETON

DIRECTED BY ALEX LEHMANN

WRITTEN BY ALEX LEHMANN & MARK DUPLASS

STARRING MARK DUPLASS, RAY ROMANO, DENDRIE TAYLOR

 

43. THE HOUSE OF VIOLENT DESIRE

DIRECTED BY CHARLIE STEEDS

WRITTEN BY CHARLIE STEEDS

STARRING ROWEN A. BENTLEY, KATE DAVIS-SPEAK, CARL ANDERSSON

 

42. ETERNAL CODE

DIRECTED BY HARLEY WALLEN

WRITTEN BY HARLEY WALLEN

STARRING RICHARD TYSON, SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON, VAN BIRCH

 

41. SILENCIO

DIRECTED BY LORENA VILLARREAL

WRITTEN BY LORENA VILLARREAL

STARRING MELINA MATTHEWS, LUCY PAEZ, MAARTEN DANNENBERG

 

40. HELLMINGTON

DIRECTED BY JUSTIN HEWITT-DRAKULIC & ALEX LEE WILLIAMS

WRITTEN BY JUSTIN HEWITT-DRAKULIC & ALEX LEE WILLIAMS

STARRING NICOLE CORREIA-DAMUDE, MICHAEL IRONSIDE, MONICA PARKER

 

39. BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON

DIRECTED BY PAUL DOWNS CALAIZZO

WRITTEN BY PAUL DOWNS CALAIZZO

STARRING JILLIAN BELL, LIL REL HOWERY, UTKARSH AMBUDKAR

 

38. THE LAVENDER SCARE

DIRECTED BY JOSH HOWARD

WRITTEN BY JOSH HOWARD

STARRING GLENN CLOSE, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

 

37. ZILLA & ZOE

DIRECTED BY JESSICA SCALISE

WRITTEN BY JESSICA SCALISE

STARRING GREG JAMES, AIDA VALENTINE, SAM KAMERMAN

 

36. SEEDS

DIRECTED BY OWEN LONG

WRITTEN BY OWEN LONG & STEVEN WEISMAN

STARRING TREVOR LONG, ANOREA CHEN, SHANNON HARTMAN

 

35. THE DIRT

DIRECTED BY JEFF TREMAINE

WRITTEN BY AMANDA ADELSON & RICH WILKES

STARRING MACHINE GUN KELLY, JOE CHREST, DOUGLAS BOOTH

 

34. INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE

DIRECTED BY G. PATRICK CONDON

WRITTEN BY G. PATRICK CONDON & ROSS MOORE

STARRING STEPHEN OATES, M.J. KEHLER, ERIN MICK

 

33. BETWEEN TWO FERNS: THE MOVIE

DIRECTED BY SCOTT AUKERMAN

WRITTEN BY SCOTT AUKERMAN & ZACH GALIFINAKIS

STARRING ZACH GALIFINAKIS, MARY HOLLAND, LAUREN LAPKUS

 

32. ONLY HUMANS

DIRECTED BY VANESSA KNUTSEN

WRITTEN BY VANESSA KNUTSEN & MEGAN GREEN

STARRING PER GILPIN, IVY MATHESON, MARIA RUSSELL

 

31. MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

DIRECTED BY MIKE COSTIN

WRITTEN BY BOBETTE BUSTER

STARRING DAVID LYNCH, GWENDOLYN YATES WHITTLE, SOFIA COPPOLA

 

30. DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

DIRECTED BY CRAIG BREWER

WRITTEN BY SCOTT ALEXANDER & LARRY KARASZEWSKI

STARRING EDDIE MURPHY, CRAIG ROBINSON, LUENELL

 

29. REPLACE

DIRECTED BY NORBERT KEIL

WRITTEN BY NORBERT KEIL, RICHARD STANLEY, & SCARLETT KARASZEWSKI

STARRING REBECCA FORSYTHE, BARBARA CRAMPTON, SEAN KNOPP

 

28. WHAT DEATH LEAVES BEHIND

DIRECTED BY SCOTT A. HAMILTON

WRITTEN BY CHAD MORTON, SCOTT A. HAMILTON, RACHEL K. OFORI, & NICO GIAMDIETRO

STARRING VINCENT NOAH, ERIN O’BRIEN, JOHNNY ALONSO

 

27. CROWN & ANCHOR

DIRECTED BY ANDREW ROWE

WRITTEN BY ANDREW ROWE, MICHAEL ROWE, & MATT WELLS

STARRING MICHAEL ROWE, MATT WELLS, NATALIE BROWN

 

26. DANGER GOD: THE LIVES AND LOVE OF A HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN

DIRECTED BY JOE O’CONNELL

WRITTEN BY JOE O’CONNELL

STARRING, GARY KENT, BOB IVY, TOMI BARRETT

Trainwreck Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2019 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to 2019’s Top 50 Albums of 2019. That’s right Folks, we’ve pushed it to 50 this year! Although it may not have seemed like it concerning actual posts about the world of music, please know that attempts were made, and a lot of amazing songs were heard, and as excited as we were about sharing our Top 100 Songs of the year, we are even more excited to share our favorite albums of the year.

As per usual, we have a wonderful variety of genres and artists to share with you all. From indie darlings to mainstream masterminds, there is something here for everyone. We revisit the work of some old friends who have made the lists in the past, and welcome some new friends to the mix. It is a truly eclectic look at what the world of music, if we are allowed to brag on ourselves for a moment. So without further babbling, please enjoy Day 2 of our Top 50 Albums of 2019!

 

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25. SADISTIK – HAUNTED GARDENS

 

24. LEWIS CAPALDI – DEVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT

 

23. JOSEPH – GOOD LUCK KID

 

22. TACOCAT – THIS MESS IS A PLACE

 

21. RICHARD JAMES SIMPSON – DEEP DREAM

 

20. LIZZO – CUZ I LOVE YOU

 

19. DIME BOX BAND – HAPPY

 

18. JOSEPH DEMAREE – BEAUTIFUL WORDS

 

17. SAMANTHA SIDLEY – INTERIOR PERSON

 

16. THE HEAD AND THE HEART – LIVING MIRAGE

 

15. POST MALONE – HOLLYWOOD’S BLEEDING

 

14. THE TENTH – DUNES

 

13. CROOKED GHOST – BLANK IRIS

 

12. SMOOTH HOUND SMITH – DOG IN A MANGER

 

11. Y LA BAMBA – ENTRE LOS DOS

 

10. LOTTE KESTNER – REMIXES

 

9. YOUNG ELK – FALSE PARADISE

 

8. CESCHI – SANS SOLEIL

 

7. JASON DEVORE – CONVICTION, VOL III: THE ROAD TO CLARITY

 

6. GREG FELDEN – MADE OF STRINGS

 

5. THE CERNEY BROTHERS – LOOKING FOR THE GOOD LAND

 

4. THE BLACKTONES – COBAIN & CORNBREAD

 

3. SHANE ALEXANDER – A LIFE LIKE OURS

 

2. TOM SPEIGHT – COLLIDE

 

1. FENCES – FAILURE SCULPTURES

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2019 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to 2019’s Top 50 Albums of 2019. That’s right Folks, we’ve pushed it to 50 this year! Although it may not have seemed like it concerning actual posts about the world of music, please know that attempts were made, and a lot of amazing songs were heard, and as excited as we were about sharing our Top 100 Songs of the year, we are even more excited to share our favorite albums of the year.

As per usual, we have a wonderful variety of genres and artists to share with you all. From indie darlings to mainstream masterminds, there is something here for everyone. We revisit the work of some old friends who have made the lists in the past, and welcome some new friends to the mix. It is a truly eclectic look at what the world of music, if we are allowed to brag on ourselves for a moment. So without further babbling, please enjoy Day 1 of our Top 50 Albums of 2019!

 

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50. COLLECTIVE SOUL – BLOOD

 

49. PASSENGER – SOMETIMES IT’S SOMETHING

 

48. TOOL – INOCULUM

 

47. ED SHEERAN – NO. 6 COLLABORATIONS

 

46. REUNIONS – WINTER HEART, SUMMER SKIN

 

45. OF MONSTERS AND MEN – FEVER DREAM

 

44. DRAKE – CARE PACKAGE

 

43. WILLIE NELSON – RIDE ME BACK HOME

 

42. SEGO – SEGO SUCKS

 

41. NORMAN – BUZZ & FADE

 

40. WHITE REAPER – YOU DESERVE LOVE

 

39. DAVID J – MISSIVE TO AN ANGEL FROM THE HALLS OF INFAMY AND ALLURE

 

38. BON IVER – i,i

 

37. LOGIC – CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND

 

36. THE SAM CHASE & THE UNTRADITIONALS – THE LAST RITES OF DALLAS PISTOL

 

35. BELLE & SEBASTIAN – DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER

 

34. THE STORY CHANGES – TO HELL WITH THIS DELICATE EQUATION

 

33. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – GHOSTEEN

 

32. THE CRANBERRIES – IN THE END

 

31. AARON SEMAR – CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT

 

30. SHREDDERS – GREAT HITS

 

29. THE LUMINEERS – III

 

28. ELECTRIC NEEDLE ROOM – JUST KIDDING AROUND

 

27. ATMOSPHERE – WHENEVER

 

26. COFFIN ROT – A MONUMENT TO THE DEAD

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs of 2019 Part 4: 25-1 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s installment of our Top Songs segment. We are stepping things up a bit. Despite our coverage of this year’s music selection being a bit lacking, I can assure you that we were indeed listening. A lot. And I’ll be damned if I didn’t have a very rough time even narrowing it down to just 100. From the indie world, to mainstream hip hop, to our always beloved singer/songwriting world, there was just SO much to enjoy! And we are beyond excited to share our picks for the year.

And not to stand to high on the proverbial soap box, but I implore you all…..PLEASE check out the rest of these artist’s work. Especially anyone you haven’t heard of yet. Give it a whirl, Folks! You never know what you are missing out on. It’s likely they are touring in a city near you. Check them out live! Buy merch! For the sake of the independent artists featured on this list, help keep the scene alive. Alright, stepping down. Enjoy Day 4! The grand finale!

 

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25. THE TENTH – I SAW A GHOST

 

24. THE HEAD & THE HEART – MISSED CONNECTION

 

23. MOBY RICH – LOSER

 

22. POST MALONE – A THOUSAND BAD TIMES

 

21. JOSEPH – WITHOUT YOU

 

20. SILVER MEDAL – TAX SEASON

 

19. TACOCAT – HOLOGRAM

 

18. THE LUMINEERS – DONNA

 

17. THE SAM CHASE & THE UNTRADITIONAL – SHIT FROM SHINOLA

 

16. SMOOTH HOUND SMITH – BACKSLIDE

 

15. CESCHI (FEAT. YONI WOLF) – YONI’S ELECTRO CARDIOGRAPHS

 

14. YOUNG ELK – SCENES FROM THE END

 

13. RANK & VILE – THE LISTENING TREE (PODCAST THEME)

 

12. Y LA BAMBA – OCTAVIO

 

11. GOLDEN BLOOM – LIGHTS GO OUT

 

10. JASON DEVORE – WHISKEY & ROSES

 

9. LOTTE KESTNER – EGGSHELL (KID CALLED COMPUTER REMIX)

 

8. TREMENDOUS – OPEN FOR CLOSING

 

7. GREG FELDEN – GHOSTS

 

6. THE BLACK TONES – MAMA! THERE’S A SPIDER IN MY ROOM

 

5. THE CERNEY BROTHERS – AMERICAN WHORE

 

4. HONEY GENTRY – NOW I WAIT

 

3. SHANE ALEXANDER – A LIFE LIKE OURS

 

2. TOM SPEIGHT – LITTLE LOVE

 

1. FENCESS – PAPER ROUTE

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs of 2019 Part 3: 50-26 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s installment of our Top Songs segment. We are stepping things up a bit. Despite our coverage of this year’s music selection being a bit lacking, I can assure you that we were indeed listening. A lot. And I’ll be damned if I didn’t have a very rough time even narrowing it down to just 100. From the indie world, to mainstream hip hop, to our always beloved singer/songwriting world, there was just SO much to enjoy! And we are beyond excited to share our picks for the year.

And not to stand to high on the proverbial soap box, but I implore you all…..PLEASE check out the rest of these artist’s work. Especially anyone you haven’t heard of yet. Give it a whirl, Folks! You never know what you are missing out on. It’s likely they are touring in a city near you. Check them out live! Buy merch! For the sake of the independent artists featured on this list, help keep the scene alive. Alright, stepping down. Enjoy Day 3!

 

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50. HONEY GENTRY – DAYDREAM BABY

 

49. RANK & VILE – OMB

 

48. LIZZO – TRUTH HURTS

 

47. LEWIS CAPALDI – GRACE

 

46. TOM SPEIGHT – STRANGERS NOW

 

45. PARKER LONGBOUGH – BURBANK SAFARI

 

44. DEMI ADEJUYIGBE – MORRISSEY’S END CREDITS SONG FROM “THE GREEN BOOK”

 

 

43. PHYDE (FEAT. KAP G) – DON’T SAY MUCH

 

42. JOSEPH DEMAREE – YOU TELL ME

 

41. LOGIC – KEANU REEVES

 

40. LOTTE KESTNER – DRIVE

 

39. SHREDDERS – VANILLA ISIS

 

38. PASSENGER – WHERE THE LIGHTS HANG LOW

 

37. THE CERNEY BROTHERS – I WANNA LOVE YA

 

36. FENCES – SAME BLUES

 

35. RICHARD JAMES SIMPSON – MARY SHOOTS ‘EM FIRST

 

34. THE CRANBERRIES – ALL OVER NOW

 

33. STU LARSEN – WHISKEY & BLANKETS

 

32. ATMOSPHERE – BDA MAKA SKA

 

31. CROOKED GHOST – DARK SUN DREAMSCAPES

 

30. DIME BOX BAND – HAPPY

 

29. THE OVERRIDES – OFFENDED BY EVERYTHING

 

28. SAMANTHA SIDLEY – I LIKE GIRLS

 

27. SADISTIK – PET SEMETARY

 

26. BON IVER – HEY MA

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs of 2019 Part 2: 75-51 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s installment of our Top Songs segment. We are stepping things up a bit. Despite our coverage of this year’s music selection being a bit lacking, I can assure you that we were indeed listening. A lot. And I’ll be damned if I didn’t have a very rough time even narrowing it down to just 100. From the indie world, to mainstream hip hop, to our always beloved singer/songwriting world, there was just SO much to enjoy! And we are beyond excited to share our picks for the year.

And not to stand to high on the proverbial soap box, but I implore you all…..PLEASE check out the rest of these artist’s work. Especially anyone you haven’t heard of yet. Give it a whirl, Folks! You never know what you are missing out on. It’s likely they are touring in a city near you. Check them out live! Buy merch! For the sake of the independent artists featured on this list, help keep the scene alive. Alright, stepping down. Enjoy Day 2!

 

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75. TSUNAMI BOMB – THE HATHORS

 

74. LANA DEL REY – DOIN’ TIME

 

73. ED SHEERAN (FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER) – CROSS ME

 

72. AARON SEMAR – (LITTLE BLACK SQUARE) ON MY PROFILE PIC

 

71. LIZZO – GOOD AS HELL

 

70. TOOL – PNEUMA

 

69. LIL NAS X (FEAT. BILLY RAY CYRUS) – OLD TOWN ROAD

 

68. LIL TECCA – RANSOM

 

67. CONWAY THE MACHINE (FEAT. EMINEM) – BANG

 

66. LEWIS CAPALDI – HOLLYWOOD

 

65. LOTTE KESTNER – THIN

 

64. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – BRIGHT HORSES

 

63. SEGO (FEAT. LEAH WELLBAUM) – WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE?

 

62. CANDLEBOX – PULL AWAY

 

61. TRAVIS SCOTT – WAKE UP

 

60. ZINDY LAURSEN – CLOWNADO

 

59. DAVID J (FEAT. ROSE MCGOWAN) – THE AUTEUR

 

58. WILLIE NELSON – MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN LISTENING

 

57. FOR I AM – DIE HARD

 

56. POOPSTICK – MY DAD SHOULD HAVE PULLED HIS DICK OUT

 

 

55. WHITE REAPER – MIGHT BE RIGHT

 

54. NORMAN – BINDMENDER

 

53. TREMENDOUS – BAG OF NAILS

 

THE WOOD BROTHERS 2019

52. THE WOOD BROTHERS – ALIBASTER

 

51. GABE DIXON BAND – HEADACHE

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs of 2019 Part 1: 100-76 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s installment of our Top Songs segment. We are stepping things up a bit. Despite our coverage of this year’s music selection being a bit lacking, I can assure you that we were indeed listening. A lot. And I’ll be damned if I didn’t have a very rough time even narrowing it down to just 100. From the indie world, to mainstream hip hop, to our always beloved singer/songwriting world, there was just SO much to enjoy! And we are beyond excited to share our picks for the year.

And not to stand to high on the proverbial soap box, but I implore you all…..PLEASE check out the rest of these artist’s work. Especially anyone you haven’t heard of yet. Give it a whirl, Folks! You never know what you are missing out on. It’s likely they are touring in a city near you. Check them out live! Buy merch! For the sake of the independent artists featured on this list, help keep the scene alive. Alright, stepping down. Enjoy Day 1!

 

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100. ONESIE – FINAL DAYS OF NINETEEN

 

99. JIMMY EAT WORLD – SSS

 

98. JILLIAN RAE – BURIED ALIVE

 

97. SCATMAN JOHN & LOU BEGA – SCATMAN & HATMAN (THE EDITZ RADIO MIX)

 

96. MOBY RICH – SABOTAGE

 

95. DAYSTAR – SUMMER GIRLS

 

94. DRAKE (FEAT. RICK ROSS) – MONEY IN THE GRAVE

 

93. LEAH VOYSEY – KEEP IT TO YOURSELF

 

92. BELLE & SEBASTIAN – DID THE DAY GO JUST LIKE YOU WANTED?

 

 

91. DJ KING ASSASSIN (FEAT. KURUPT & DON CISCO) – FROM THE LEFT COAST

 

90. OF MONSTERS AND MEN – ALLIGATOR

 

89. MIEL BREDUOUW – I’M YOURS (PUNCH UP THE JAM COVER)

 

88. THE HEAD & THE HEART – I FOUND OUT

 

87. THE STORY CHANGES – SHOOTING STARS

 

86. BUSH – BULLET HOLES

 

85. SiR (FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR) – HAIRDOWN

 

84. COFFIN ROT – COPREMESIS

 

83. JUICE WRLD (FT. NBA YOUNGBOY) – BANDIT

 

82. ELECTRIC NEEDLE ROOM – READY FOR THE DAY

 

81. SEGO (FT. VACTIONER) – YAH

 

80. DAVID J (FEAT ASIA ARGENTO & ANTON NEWCOMBE) – MIGENA & THE FROZEN ROSES

 

79. COLLECTIVE SOUL – PORCH SWING

 

78. POST MALONE – MYSELF

 

77. THE LUMINEERS – GLORIA

 

76. TUMMYACHE – COMMON PLACE