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12th Annual Fergy Film Awards!

March 21, 2010

The abbreviated, long overdue list of winners…

BEST FILM
Up in the Air

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Broken Embraces

BEST DEBUT FILM
(500) Days of Summer (Director: Marc Webb)

BEST SOPHOMORE FILM
Sugar (Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck. Their first film: Half Nelson)

BEST EXTREMELY LOW-BUDGET FILM
Humpday (Director: Lynn Shelton)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Up

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Food, Inc.

BEST CAST
Whip It

BEST DIRECTOR
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

BEST ACTRESS
Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jaosn Reitman (Up in the Air)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds)

BEST EDITING
Sally Menke (Inglourious Basterds)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Up (Michael Giacchino)

BEST SOUNDTRACK
Away We Go

BEST CAMEO (new category!)
Bill Murray (Zombieland)

BEST COMEDY
The Hangover

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCES
Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover)

BEST COMEDIC SCREENPLAY
Judd Apatow (Funny People)

BEST SUSPENSE THRILLER
Knowing

MOST SURPRISING FILMS, FOR THE BETTER (in alphabetical order)
17 Again
Adventureland
The Great Buck Howard
Jennifer’s Body
Knowing
Notorious
Orphan

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILMS (in alphabetical order)
Drag Me To Hell
Extract
The Informers
Invictus
The Soloist
Where The Wild Things Are

MOST OVERRATED FILMS
My Sister’s Keeper
Star Trek

WORST FILM
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
followed by…
My Bloody Valentine
New In Town
Terminator: Salvation


Since I didn’t list my nominees this year, here are the films that definitely deserve mention that would’ve ended up on the nominees list had there been one for you to see…

Big Fan
Brothers
The Brothers Bloom
The Cove
District 9
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Girlfriend Experience
The Hurt Locker
I Love You, Man
The Informant!
The Invention of Lying

Lymelife
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Merry Gentleman
Observe and Report
Public Enemies
The Road
State of Play
Watchmen
Whatever Works
World’s Greatest Dad

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Dr. Strangelove I am not.

March 20, 2010

Well, it seems as though I lied yet again in my last post. You know what I’m talking about without even looking, I know it. Today is March 20th, 2010. My last entry was near the end of the previous year, leaving nearly three months of time between posts, which by this point comes as no surprise to any of you, nor me, and it’s saddens me…yet I am the only one who can prevent such a drought. Or can I? It’s become more and more apparent to me as of late that it was never that I was a writer with a frequent case of the block, but rather I’m just a person who writes whenever the hell his mind feels it’s okay to open up the gates of thought, which in my case only happens in spurts that are way too far apart. Whatever the case may be, it’s evident that I need to stop making the promises of postings and just be good with the fact that I will write whenever I am supposed to, so then I will not pressure myself to put something down at any certain time.

With that being said, I am definitely not going to let this recent drought erase my annual Fergy Film entries. They are still coming, even though this will be the first year that they are posted AFTER all of the major awards shows have aired. It’s actually for the better this time, because it has been over the last month or so that I have been able to brush up on seeing most of the important films of 2009.

I love you.

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.

Inching Closer

September 21, 2009

As we enter the last week of principal photography for Leaving, we stand at 10 scenes out of 13 being filmed in their entirety and ready to go to the cutting room floor. It has been a productive and fun-filled 4 weeks of collaborating with friends and family, to say the least. We’re going to knock out the last three scenes we have scheduled this week, then I am going to dive head first into the editing process. We plan to have this available for your eyes in early October.

See you soon. In the meantime, here is your entire cast and crew list…

Cast
Robert Mathison
Andy Ferguson
Chris Baker
Josh Short
Lauren Hoover
Matthew Kruger
Dean Moore
Dave Elwert
Joel Levi
Daniel Brennan
Randy Rogers
Ewan Hofmann
Original Songs and Score

Tony Marshall
Editing
Andy Ferguson
Writer
Robert Mathison
Director
Andy Ferguson

Neckbrace Substitute is “Leaving”

September 3, 2009

I know there has been yet another dry spell when it comes to posting around this establishment, but I assure you there has been no lying around and festering on my part. After the successful Neckbrace Substitute Music Festival 2.0 that Tony Marshall and I organized on August 15th, the world of the Neckbrace has only gotten busier. A little over two weeks ago, my good friend Robert Mathison had a spontaneous fusion of thoughts and desires which led to him writing three-fourths of a full-length screenplay in the span of an entire day. When he came to me with the idea for this new project, a drama/comedy called Leaving, I was immediately ready to take on this fairly large task in any contributing way I could. I am pleased to say that at this moment we are past the groundbreaking moments of the filming process, and have dove head first into another try at the full-length film process. Robert is the sole writer and the main star of the film, which is almost entirely based on the real life events that we are all experiencing today, and especially him. I was ecstatic when he asked if I would direct and edit the film, to say the least.

So we are off on another journey of the daunting kind, but this time with a much more organic and relaxed feeling when it comes to every aspect of the creation process. Look for more information to come on a regular basis as we steamroll through the Leaving process. We plan to have it in the can and available to you all by the end of this month.

See you soon.