BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 01/14/2022

A pink-haired girl stands holding a small creature in the animated film BelleBELLE

“BELLE’s most spellbinding sequences come from inside the virtual world of U. Colorful 3D figures float through a kaleidoscope of colors and towering structures.” – Max Covill, Paste Magazine

“The aesthetics of U, where BELLE spends about half its running time, are staggering. A vast pixelated sea that the ids, egos, and superegos of its hundreds of millions of users all sail upon, U is a dream sold by the science fiction canon and presented in startling detail by Hosada’s animation team. But it’s his screenplay that welds this dream to harsh reality.” – Andy Crump, Inverse

“…BELLE encapsulates Hosada’s finest animation and most emotionally gripping tale. Despite already setting a high bar for himself with BELLE, the filmmaker exceeds expectations through gusto and creative passion that has long marked him as one of the very best in the medium.” – Allyson Johnson, Inverse

 

Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox stand next to each other in the movie Scream 5SCREAM

“Like most critics, I’ve got more than a little Randy Meeks in me, and as such I approached the latest Scream movie, simply called SCREAM*, with all due caution. To all the Randy Meekses reading this, rest assured: the new Scream is not only good, but an honest-to-god SCREAM movie.” – Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

 

Lilly Krug holds a drill in her hand and smiles deviously in the movie ShatteredSHATTERED

“SHATTERED, one of the first releases of 2022, is well-made trash. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, hear me out.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/24/2021

Ralph Fiennes looks angry and ready for action in a leather jacket in the movie The King's ManTHE KING’S MAN

“Whether this is the sort of entertainment people will want during the holiday season remains to be seen, but it does open possibilities for future entries which can now be set in any time period of the last century, inserting existing or new characters into other historic crises.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim look at each other intently in the movie Licorice PizzaLICORICE PIZZA

“If you’re looking for a tightly-written story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, “Licorice Pizza” probably isn’t the film for you.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Keanu Reeves looks confused as he holds his fingers up to a mirror in The Matrix ResurrectionsTHE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

“The movie is visually inventive – although the slowed-down “bullet time” gimmick is used a bit too often – and the cast is game.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 12/17/2021

Bradley Cooper stops to talk to Rooney Mara in the film Nightmare AlleyNIGHTMARE ALLEY

“NIGHTMARE ALLEY, is an incredibly dark film for the holiday season but is nonetheless a standout as one of the best of the year. – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Chloe Grace Moretz and Algee Smith stand together at a campsite looking concerned in the movie Mother AndroidMOTHER ANDROID

“The real reason to watch is to see Chloë Grace Moretz, who desperately needs a new agent, or at least someone who can get her into better movies.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Spider-Man is poised with metal spider legs coming out of his suit in the movie Spider-Man: No Way HomeSPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

“The use of the more surreal shots akin to the DOCTOR STRANGE movie really gives NO WAY HOME a great sense of visual integrity.” – Byron D. Zero, Nerd Caliber

 

 

Mahershala Ali sits in a deep chair wearing all white clothes in the movie Swan SongSWAN SONG

“Thanks to Cleary’s intelligent script and Ali’s sensitive performance, “Swan Song” offers a tantalizing look at how we face the inevitability of death.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies
 

 

BOFCA 2021 Awards

BEST PICTURE
THE POWER OF THE DOG

Benedict Cumberbatch looking out across a prairie in the movie The Power of the Dog

BEST DIRECTOR
Jane Campion, THE POWER OF THE DOG

Jane Campion sitting outside at a mobile workstation reviewing footage for the movie The Power of the Dog

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch, THE POWER OF THE DOG

Benedict Cumberbatch looks angry in the western The Power of the Dog

BEST ACTRESS
Kristen Stewart, SPENCER

Kristen Stewart wears a veil looking forlorn and looking out the window in the movie Spencer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kodi Smit-McPhee, THE POWER OF THE DOG

Kodi Smit-McPhee looks inquisitively at some kind of paper device in the movie The Power of the Dog

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kirsten Dunst, THE POWER OF THE DOG

Kirsten Dunst looks to the right with a sad expression in The Power of the Dog

BEST SCREENPLAY
Jane Campion, THE POWER OF THE DOG

Kristen Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee sit in an old car while director Jane Campion talks to them

BEST ENSEMBLE
LICORICE PIZZA

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim look at each other intently in the movie Licorice Pizza

BEST SCORE
Hans Zimmer, DUNE

Hans Zimmer sits next to Denis Villeneuve holding a microphone and talking about the movie Dune at a NYFF Q&A

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ari Wegner, THE POWER OF THE DOG

Cinematographer Ari Wegner kneels down to check the camera while setting up a shot in for The Power of the Dog

BEST EDITING
Joe Walker, DUNE

Director Denis Villeneuve talks to editor Joe Walker on the set of Dune

BEST DOCUMENTARY
FLEE

An animated man puts his hand on the back of his head and looks deep in thought in the documentary Flee

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

Renate Reinsve looks happy as she runs down a busy road in the movie The Worst Person in the World

BEST ANIMATED FILM
THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES

A family is driving in a car with various looks of terror and excitement with their dog on the hood of the car in the animated film The Mitchells vs The Machines

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2021
1. THE POWER OF THE DOG
2. LICORICE PIZZA
3. THE GREEN KNIGHT
4. DRIVE MY CAR
5. PIG
6. DUNE
7. TITANE
8. THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
9. SPENCER
10. FLEE