12 Days of Christmas Catch Up, day 3: good news & bad news (foreign film, Jackie, Maggie's Plan)

I've got good news and bad news. Let's get the bad news out of the way. The Foreign Film Academy volunteers did not choose "Elle" as one of the 9 best foreign films of the year. There are all sorts of theories out there. Is it too risque for this group? No. They shortlisted "Dogtooth," for goodness sakes. Yes, I know...it's probably not the same exact people, but still. How could they not save this film. Let's look at Anne Thompson's explanation of how this works.

To reach the list of nine, three more are added by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee that votes on Thursday afternoon. That group is comprised of 20 or so members, said Johnson, who have qualified for voting status, and has included such veterans as former United Artists executive Marcia Nasatir, Roadside Attractions co-head Howard Cohen, and producer Ron Yerxa (“Nebraska”), all hand-picked by Johnson. (For a closer look at the films I think will make the shortlist of nine, take a look at our gallery.)

Why the extra committee? It’s a little like the Electoral College: Johnson and others in the Academy don’t entirely trust Academy voters to pick the best foreign-language movies of the year. There is no branch of experts like, say, Art Directors or Documentary, to pick the best films. It’s a smattering of voters with the time and energy (read: retired) to devote to sitting through as many as 15 films in screening rooms. And during Phase I, publicists do their best to cater to them with glamorous luncheons and filmmaker Q&As, much like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Read her whole piece here:

Oscars 2017: How the Academy Picks the Foreign Language Shortlist
Now...I'm on board with the idea that they want a cross section of the world. But I call BS. It should be the best films. PERIOD!

Now, I do not buy the fact that Huppert is out. Absolutely not. This is 30 people, not the actors branch of the Academy. And the actors branch of the Academy is not the SAG nominating committee. They love to nominate a 5th person from another land. Period. I'm convinced she is in.

Now, the good news. Fox Searchlight sent me an email yesterday that I will indeed be receiving a screener of "Jackie." I am beyond thrilled. I wonder if I can get the nerve to ask Paramount for a screener of "Silence."

*5 minutes later*

I did it. We shall see what they say.

Also, although I never heard back after my initial email exchange, "American Honey" does come out on dvd before the end of the year. I'll rent the thing!  SO, there have definitely been some changes to my list.  I'm also putting "A Monster Calls" on the 2nd tier as well as "Christine." (I reached out to that group yesterday as well. I have to say I'm relieved that "Passengers" got ripped apart by critics. I honestly have no time to even consider that one.

Last night I watched "Maggie's Plan" directed by Rebecca Miller. I absolutely adored this movie. I have somehow managed to miss everything Greta Gerwig has done, but this year I will see her in 3 films! "20th Century Women" (her best shot at a nomination, although it's not looking likely), "Jackie" and "Maggie's Plan." She is great! Just great. She lights up the screen with such realism and present-ness. Now I need to see her in something different, just to see how good her chops are. The film itself was really different. A realistic, but almost absurd look at affairs, marriage, divorce, single parenting, co-parenting. Affairs with consent/coercion.  Such interesting stuff. And VERY New York. It is obvious when films use real NYC apartments...and that made a huge difference to me. Especially the "subletting from a poet" part. Only in NYC would the insanity of this film come across completely "normal."
Tonight, "Rogue One!" I have a feeling the Academy is going to leave this one off the list all together. We'll see though.

Must sees (12 Days of Christmas Catch Up)

Closet Monster
Hail Caeser
Toni Erdmann 
Maggie's Plan
Hell or High Water 
Nocturnal Animals
The Witch
Rogue One
La La Land
The Red Turtle
The Lobster

2nd tier
A Monster Calls
American Honey
The Eagle Huntress
Miss You Already
Knight of Cups
Other People
Captain Fantastic

Probably ot happening....
20th Century Women
Land of Mine
Finding Dory 
X Men Apocalypse
Suicide Squad
Batman v/s Superman
The Meddler
Miles Ahead
The Hollars
Don't Think Twice


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