Posts Tagged ‘Best’

A Revival, or, How I Learned To Stop Delaying Between Posts and Love the Bomb

December 29, 2009

It’s that time again.

Of course I must be talking about that time when the recollection of the year’s cinema and music help me come out of supposed hiding to finally reveal a boat-load of thoughts condensed into massive lists and nominations for my annual Fergy Film Awards. Apparently it must also be time for my trademark, incoherent run-on sentences as well. Oh well, at least I’m posting again, albeit warts-and-all.

I’m getting just as amped up for the individual postings of my regular 100 favorite songs and 50 favorite albums of the year, not to mention the 30 films of the year and whatnot…but what makes this go-’round extra-special is the fact that this is not only time for year-end lists, but also decade-end ones. So it goes without saying that there promises to be a ton of activity at Ferguson Reviews over the course of the next two solid months at least. The decade lists have been unbelievably thorough and a joy to construct, which I’ve been doing off and for the last four months combined, and am still attempting to glue together. It’s imperative to not that this will be the first comprehensive decade list that I have had the chance to make to this point in my life, seeing as the entire decade, from the beginning of 2000 until these last final days of 2009, I have been deeply into the movie theater – inside and out. 1999 was the first year that I found myself a true movie-lover, so I dove head first into the new decade and millennium with a never-ending mission in mind, and I think I’ve made good as best as I could on that. It’s hard to believe that ten full years have went by as quickly as they did, with each year passing by far more rapidly than the one that preceeded it. I’m in the midst of completing a massive set of lists and Fergy Film nominations and awards, chief of which being MY 100 FAVORITE AMERICAN FILMS OF THE DECADE. 

Coming immediately will be the 50 albums and 100 songs lists, and then as January moves along and I continue to see the essential films that are needed to make a conclusive cinema list for 2009, there will be the 12th annual Fergy Film Awards. Special thanks must go to Noah East for suggesting that I also do a special Fergy Film Awards for the entire decade. Expect that to arrive before the annual awards themselves, for I have almost entirely compiled those choices. It’s the most exciting time of year for me, which in turn makes this blog finally active. I’m ridiculous.

Stay tuned.

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11th Annual Fergy Film Awards: WINNERS

January 31, 2009

BEST FILM
Revolutionary Road
BEST FOREIGN FILM
A Girl Cut In Two
BEST DIRECTOR
Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road)
BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road)
BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins (Revolutioanry Road)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rosemarie Dewitt (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST LOW-BUDGET FILM
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss
BEST DEBUT DIRECTING EFFORT
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
BEST SOPHOMORE DIRECTING EFFORT
John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Synecdoche, New York
BEST OVERALL YEAR
Anne Hathaway
BEST MAKEUP
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Australia
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Man On Wire
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight)
BEST EDITING
Tim Squyres (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST ART DIRECTION
Revolutionary Road
BEST COMEDY
Pineapple Express
BEST ANIMATED/FAMILY FILM
Marley & Me
BEST HORROR/SCI-FI FILM
Mother Of Tears
BEST EFFECTS
The Dark Knight
BEST SEQUEL
The Dark Knight
MOST SURPRISING FILM
Marley & Me
MOST UNDERRATED FILM
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
James Franco (Pineapple Express)
BEST SONG
“The Wrestler” by Bruce Springsteen (The Wrestler)
BEST SOUNDTRACK
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss
MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM
Stop-Loss
MOST DISAPPOINTING PERFORMANCE
Robert DeNiro/Al Pacino <TIE> (Righteous Kill)
MOST OVERRATED FILM
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
WORST FILM
Righteous Kill

Before the Winners…

January 29, 2009

Here are all of the films that were nominated this year – best and worst – and starting with the films with the most nods going down the line.

12 NOMINATIONS
The Dark Knight
Revolutionary Road
11 NOMINATIONS
Rachel Getting Married
10 NOMINATIONS
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Milk
Synecdoche, New York
8 NOMINATIONS
Snow Angels
7 NOMINATIONS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
In Bruges
The Wrestler
6 NOMINATIONS
Teeth
5 NOMINATIONS
Australia
Never Forever
Pineapple Express
Slumdog Millionaire
Tropic Thunder
The Wackness
4 NOMINATIONS
Burn After Reading
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man
The Last Mistress
Paranoid Park
Righteous Kill
3 NOMINATIONS
A Girl Cut In Two
Lakeview Terrace
Role Models
Seven Pounds
Stop-Loss
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Visitor
W.
Wendy and Lucy
The X-Files: I Want To Believe
2 NOMINATIONS
Cloverfield
Get Smart
Gran Torino
The Happening
Marley & Me
Mother of Tears
Run, Fatboy, Run
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Step Brothers
1 NOMINATION
21
American Teen
The Band’s Visit
Deception
Drillbit Taylor
Eagle Eye
Funny Games
Ghost Town
Gonzo
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
Hell Ride
Henry Poole Is Here
The House Bunny
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Man On Wire
My Winnipeg
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
The Other Boleyn Girl
Redbelt
Vantage Point
Wall-E
Wanted
Young @ Heart
Zack and Miri Make A Porno
Zombie Strippers

The winners are coming soon, I assure you.

11th Annual Fergy Film Awards NOMINEES: Final Batch

January 27, 2009

BEST FILM
The Dark Knight
Doubt
In Bruges
Milk
Rachel Getting Married
Revolutionary Road
Snow Angels
Synecdoche, New York
Wendy and Lucy
The Wrestler

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Band’s Visit
A Girl Cut In Two
The Last Mistress

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler)
Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married)
Jon Favreau (Iron Man)
David Gordon Green (Snow Angels)
Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York)
Gina Kim (Never Forever)
Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy)
Gus Van Sant (Milk)

BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road)
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Synecdoche, New York)
Samuel L. Jackson (Lakeview Terrace)
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Sam Rockwell (Snow Angels)
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Will Smith (Seven Pounds)

BEST ACTRESS
Asia Argento (The Last Mistress)
Kate Beckinsale (Snow Angels)
Vera Farmiga (Never Forever)
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
Ludivine Sagnier (A Girl Cut In Two)
Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
Jess Weixler (Teeth)
Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy)
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

11th Annual Fergy Film Awards NOMINEES: Batch #7

January 26, 2009

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
Claude Chabrol & Cecil Mastre (A Girl Cut In Two)
Alex Holdridge (In Search Of A Midnight Kiss)
Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York)
Gina Kim (Never Forever)
Howard Korder & David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace)
Jonathan Levine (The Wackness)
Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
Tom McCarthy (The Visitor)
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
David Gordon Green (Snow Angels)
Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road)
Jonathan & Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler)
Giorgos Arvanitis (The Last Mistress)
Matthew Clark (Never Forever)
Roger Deakins (Doubt)
Roger Deakins (Revolutionary Road)
Christopher Doyle & Rain Kathy Li (Paranoid Park)
Tim Orr (Snow Angels)
Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight)
Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married)
Harris Savides (Milk)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Angarano (Snow Angels)
Javier Bardem (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Josh Brolin (Milk)
Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
Colin Farrell (In Bruges)
Ralph Fiennes (In Bruges)
James Franco (Pineapple Express)
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams (Doubt)
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Rosemarie Dewitt (Rachel Getting Married)
Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading)
Samantha Morton (Synecdoche, New York)
Olivia Thirlby (Snow Angels)
Olivia Thirlby (The Wackness)
Debra Winger (Rachel Getting Married)