There Will Be Blood… and CinSpecs

Oscar winner for a reason.

Hey guys! I’ve been meaning to stop by for a while and mention a few things, so here it goes. After a drought of almost a decade, I rewatched There Will Be Blood on a whim recently, and it blew me away. Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece, really, and I never thought I’d say that. I’ll admit my reaction to Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance was far more enthusiastic as well. He’s amazing. I suspect my previous stance of great-but-not-GREAT was somewhat influenced by his dominance that awards season, but his success was totally deserved. In short, Anderson and Day-Lewis are geniuses, and I now consider the film an all-time favorite. So, the 2007 CinSpecs are due for an update. Several, actually.
That brings me to a little announcement. Not only will I be updating the CinSpecs, but I’ve decided to tighten up the rules for my awards, since eligibility has always been a predicament. I’m now going to place films according to their original theatrical release dates, EXCLUDING festival premieres. (IMDb still makes this a little annoying, but it’ll be easier on the whole.) For instance, films like Mud and The Place Beyond the Pines will stay in 2013, as they only played in festivals in 2012. However, The Hurt Locker and Two Lovers will move from 2009 to 2008, since they actually premiered theatrically outside of the US a year earlier. Some of my ballots will really be shaken up – new nominees AND winners. I’ll start posting updated ballots soon.
In the meantime, I’ve updated 2016’s ballot. I finally saw Certain Women, so that’s on there. I’ve also seen The Unknown Girl, Personal Shopper, and It’s Only the End of the World, which are all eligible for that ballot. None made the cut, though. In addition, I’ve moved The Lobster and April and the Extraordinary World to 2015 and Beauty and the Beast to 2014.
I’ve posted the five new lineups that changed on my 2016 ballot below, or you can always just look at my ballot again. I’ll answer your comments over there soon as well. Thanks! 🙂


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