DailyView Finished: April 29, 2021-April 28, 2022

365 days in a row. Complete!

After 365 consecutive days and 523 movies seen, today marks the end of the DailyView here at EYG. I will say that I am very proud of the accomplishment and, honestly, I can’t remember what it was like prior to the DailyView’s origin.

Inspired by several of the YouTube reactors who watched movies that they had never seen before, I wanted to do something like that for EYG. So I decided that my summer vacation from school in 2021 would be spent watching classic films that I had never seen before, to fill a few of those gas in my viewing. My thought was that it would be a fun summer activity until school started again.

I started making a list of movies to watch including some of those that were beloved such as Saving private Ryan, The Sound of Music, Apocalypse Now, Heat, Do The Right Thing- just to name a few. Films that a true cinephile would have seen.

As I started to put together the list, I was getting excited and I started to think about starting before the summer arrived. I had to think about whether or not this was a legit possibility with school still underway. I did not want to derail the binge because of a busy career. I decided that it was possible and so, taking a personal day on April 29, 2021, I began the EYG DailyView Spring/Summer Unseen Classic Binge about a month plus early.

Things went smoothly and soon I was in June and July watching a bunch of movies that I had never seen before. Not all of them were classics, mind you, but I was getting to those excellent films as well. As August was getting close, I began to weigh the possibility of extending the binge through the end of the year. I had pretty much decided that I was going to do this before I officially made the announcement.

There were challenges, including my responsibilities as student council leader, that might cause some issues, but I was determined to see it through. So any time I felt as if there was going to be an upcoming conflict, I was forced to really do some planning. A big help was the decision to use some Charlie Chaplin shorts on HBO Max as films on those days when the schedule may not permit a full film (without me staying up really late and compromising my classroom teaching.

As I got close to December, I was in a groove with the DailyView, never really having any major issues outside of a few scheduling items, that I started to think about the chance of extending the binge one more time, for 365 full days, which would mean the binge would continue until April 28, 2022.

I loved the idea and it felt right, so I made the decision to make one more adjustment to the DailyView.

Along the way, I had set some unofficial goals (although I never officially said they were goals, if I had not accomplished them I would have been disappointed). One was to make sure that I had at least one movie a year from the earliest year through 2020. I accomplished this with at least one movie from every year between 1915 to 2020.

The second goal I wanted to reach (unofficially) was I wanted to break the 500 movies watched barrier for the 365 days, and I did that as well, several weeks ago. I was guessing we would end up somewhere in the 520s for films seen, and, sure enough, we got to 523.

I had some internet problems during the 365 days. With so much of the binge depending on the streaming services, if the internet went out for any extended period of time, it could have ruined the DailyView. However, I had a plan. I knew I had some DVDs of films that I had never seen (There are still a few Studio Ghibli films that I have not seen despite having them all on DVD) and they would be my back up. It actually happened twice. The first time I watched The Rite, with Anthony Hopkins, which was terrible and a second time I watched The Tale of the Princess Kaguya from Studio Ghibli.

Although Disney + is my personal favorite streaming service (thanks to the Marvel shows basically), it was not the MVP of the streaming services for the DailyView. That would be HBO Max, which brought me a ton of films that I could use, including the Charlie Chaplin shorts that were so valuable. Second place would go to Amazon Prime, which would include a bunch of the “channels” such as Shudder, Paramount Plus, Showtime, Cinemax, Epix etc.). Then I would go with Disney + followed by Hulu, Roku, Peacock… wow I have a ton of streaming services.

The year with the most films included in the DailyView turned out to be 2020 with 22 movies. The group of Small Axe films helped put 2020 over the top. The second place year was 2006 with 20 and then third place is 2005 with 19. 2007 was next with 18. The decade of 2000-2009 had the most overall in the decade with 130 movies. 2010-2019 is the next largest number if films watched with 97. The least amount was, of course, 1915-1919 which had 10 films.

So, with that, the DailyView is officially closed. Will I ever do this again? Never say no, but if I were to do it again, there would need to be some kind of hook. I can’t just decide to do 365 again. Going to 366 does not make much sense. However, I do have some ideas going forward. The Do Over: Sunday Morning Revisit begins this Sunday, May 1st and will be a weekly event. At some point, I will schedule a Saturday Short day when I will watch a bunch of short films on a Saturday. Then, in June there will be the month-long daily binge of movies I missed from 2021. Some cool stuff still coming from EYG.

No movie tomorrow. It’s going to feel strange.

List of all the movies during the 365 day DailyView

Saturday Shorts

Coming soon. In the second half of 2022, there will be a few selected Saturdays that will be dedicated to shorts (live action, animation, docs etc.).

The shorts have been a great help on some of those packed full days during the DailyView where a Charlie Chaplin, a Laurel & Hardy, a DUST sci-fi film helped continue the daily commitment.

I’m going to watch a compilation of shorts during Saturdays. It won’t be every Saturday, of course, but selected ones.

There will be shorts that I have seen before included. It will be ones that I have not done a write up on. This will include the EYG Hall of Famer “What’s Opera, Doc” or the Marvel One Shots.

Lists of Shorts:

May 14, 2022

The Consultant (2011)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (2011)

Item 47 (2012)

Agent Carter (2013)

All Hail the King (2014)

Team Thor Part 1 (2016)

Team Thor Part 2 (2017)

Team Darryl (2018)

What’s Opera Doc? (1957)

Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (2017)

Grandma (2021)

West Bank Story (2005)

Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019)

If Anything Happens I Love You (2020)

Audible (2021)

The Gunfighter (2014)

The Simpsons: The Good, The Bart and the Loki (2021)

Teddy (2019)

Don’t Look Away (2017)

Close Your Eyes (2022)

Do Over: EYG Sunday Morning Revisit

After the DailyView ends on April 28th, I have a couple of ideas of what is next. One of them will begin on Sunday, May 1st. Every Sunday for the foreseeable future, starting on May 1st, I am going to be doing what I am calling “Do Over.”

Sunday mornings are always a good time for a laid back enjoyment of a movie. There are rare occurrences when I would not be just sitting around watching TV or YouTube on a Sunday morning. So for every week on Sunday morning, I will be picking out a movie that I have seen once before and found it lacking in some manner. Then, I will revisit the film, seeing if my original opinion holds up or if I have changed my thoughts.

This has happened several times over the years. When I watched Se7en in the theater, I was not a fan. Just a few years ago, I rewatched Se7en and found it considerably more engaging and enthralling than I had that first time. Fargo is another excellent example. I did not like Fargo when I first saw it on video, but I went back to it around the time of the FX TV series and found that I had misjudged Fargo the first time.

Now, just because I didn’t like a movie, doesn’t mean that I will give it a Do Over. Movie 43 was a film I saw once and I absolutely hated it. It is not a film that I feel has aged well and I want no part of watching it again. Typically, this will be movies that other people have positive opinions about.

This is where I will keep the running tally of movies of the Do Over. I am not sure how long the Do Over will run, but I have several films on the list so I guess we’ll see.

DO OVER: EYG SUNDAY MORNING REVISIT

Sunday, May 1, 2022: Blade 2 (2002)

Sunday, May 8, 2022: Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sunday, May 15, 2022: The Golden Compass (2007)

Sunday, May 22, 2022: 21 Jump Street (2012)

2022 Oscar Nominated Shorts -Live Action & Animated

The Academy Awards are tomorrow night and I spent some time today watching the shorts that have been nominated in the categories of Live Action and Animated. I went to the theater to see the Shorts.TV program of the Live Action. In past years, they had both the Live Action and Animation together, but that was not how the show went tonight. So when I got home, I went online searching for the animation shorts to watch. I found four of the five, with Boxballet being the only one that I couldn’t find.

So I am going to rank these in each category from my most to least favorite, I will then say which one I think will take the Oscar. I am starting with my favorite in each category.

Live Action

#1. Please Hold. This futuristic satire focused on the police/law enforcement system if automated, using drones and AIs. The film can be frustrating as we are seeing everything through the eyes of Mateo (Erick Lopez) after he is arrested for a crime that he has no idea about, and none of the automatic technology will inform him why he was arrested. There is a racial profiling beat to the story as well. One more step until our AI masters are in control.

#2. The Long Goodbye. This features an amazing performance from Riz Ahmed as his character’s family is arrested and/or murdered by the racist and Islamophobic police in London. The short begins slowly, but the last half is as powerful and crushing as you will find with Ahmed ending it with a monologue of lyrics from his 2020 album of the same name.

#3. On My Mind. A sad, apparently homeless man enters a bar for some whiskey and wants to sing Always on My Mind by Elvis Presley on the Karaoke machine. He wants to sing the song for his love. This is an emotional short that, I don’t mind saying, had me tear up a bit.

#4. Ala Kachuu- Take and Run This is the longest of the shorts at 31 minutes, but it uses its time well. It is a tragic story of a young girl who is just starting her life, taking a test for a scholarship, when she is kidnapped and taken to be married to a man she never met before. This is something that does go on and is accepted by the families. It is a horrific situation, including how the women are expected to be wives to these men. The first half was a little slow for my taste, but the lead performance by Alina Turdumamatova is sensational.

#5. The Dress. Anna Dieduszycka plays Julka, a woman of short stature who worked at a hotel as a chamber maid. The film is about the desire of Julka to find someone to love, but finding out that there is a lot of pain and hatred directed toward her. This short is certainly tragic and difficult to watch at times. Anna Dieduszycka is tremendous in the short.

All five of these shorts were excellent. Any of them could easily wind up winning the Oscar tomorrow night. My guess (and it is only a guess) is that it is going to The Long Goodbye mainly because of Riz Ahmed. My second choice is The Dress because of the situation that Anna Dieduszycka finds herself in. I would be surprised if the other three were to win. I think it is down to these two.

ANIMATION SHORTS

As I mentioned, I was unable to see Boxballet so it is automatically #5 on the list. Three of the remaining four animation shorts are weird and downright inappropriate for kids. The topics involve sex, violence, nudity, animal cruelty and more. My eyes bulged out a couple of times while watching these.

#1. Affair of the Art. This was my favorite one. It was art from the New Yorker and it told the story of a woman who loved to draw and her family who had other obsessive compulsions. It was laugh out loud funny and shocked into silence at the same time.

#2. Robin Robin. This one was on Netflix and is the sole animated short that is safe for a family to watch together. Robin is a bird that has been raised with a family of mice and she is not a very good mouse. There is a good message of finding your own way in the world and it includes Gillian Anderson voicing a particularly evil cat.

#3. Bestia. This one is quite warped. This short followed the life of a Chilean secret police agent and her dog, which does not sound that bad… but… honestly, there were some intimate moments between the woman and her dog… and I do mean intimate. There is violence and nudity and bestiality. No words or dialogue in this short. Just some disturbing imagery.

#4. The Windshield Wiper. Another one with some hugely adult themes going on, The Windshield Wiper may be the most visually stunning of the animated shorts. The narrative is very disjointed as the short is a series of vignettes that explore the concept of love. It would be a very progressive animation short if it wins.

If the Academy is looking for something different, the The Windshield Wiper is taking this Oscar. If the topics scare them away (certainly a possibility) then you will see Robin Robin take the statue. Even though I was not a huge fan of The windshield Wiper, there is little debate that this short is the most original, most groundbreaking animation of the year.

Now watch, they’ll give it to Boxballet.

Oscar Nominations 2022

BEST PICTURE
Belfast (Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas, Producers)
CODA (Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers)
Don’t Look Up (Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers)
Drive My Car (Teruhisa Yamamoto, Producer)
Dune (Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter, Producers)
King Richard (Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith, Producers)
Licorice Pizza (Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson, Producers)
Nightmare Alley (Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper, Producers)
The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile
Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier, Producers)
West Side Story (Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers)

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)
Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

BEST ACTOR
Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom!)
Will Smith (King Richard)
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
Judi Dench (Belfast)
Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)
Troy Kotsur (CODA)
Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)
J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Cruella (Jenny Beavan)
Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran)
Dune (Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan)
Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)
West Side Story (Paul Tazewell)

BEST SOUND
Belfast (Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri)
Dune (Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett)
No Time to Die (Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor)
The Power of the Dog (Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb)
West Side Story (Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell)
Dune (Hans Zimmer)
Encanto (Germaine Franco)
Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)
The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
CODA (screenplay by Siân Heder)
Drive My Car (screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa
Oe)
Dune (screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve
and Eric Roth)
The Lost Daughter (written by Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The Power of the Dog (written by Jane Campion)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Belfast (written by Kenneth Branagh)
Don’t Look Up (screenplay by Adam McKay; story by Adam McKay & David Sirota)
King Richard (written by Zach Baylin)
Licorice Pizza (written by Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Worst Person in the World (written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Affairs of the Art (Joanna Quinn and Les Mills)
Bestia (Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz)
Boxballet (Anton Dyakov)
Robin Robin (Dan Ojari and Mikey Please)
The Windshield Wiper (Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez)

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
Ala Kachuu — Take and Run (Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger)
The Dress (Tadeusz Lysiak and Maciej Ślesicki)
The Long Goodbye (Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed)
On My Mind (Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson)
Please Hold (K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse)

BEST FILM EDITING
Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)
Dune (Joe Walker)
King Richard (Pamela Martin)
The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)
Tick, Tick … Boom! (Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum)

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Coming 2 America (Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer)
Cruella (Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon)
Dune (Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh)
House of Gucci (Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Encanto (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer)
Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie)
Luca (Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren)
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht)
Raya and the Last Dragon (Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer
and Peter Del Vecho)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Ascension (Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell)
Attica (Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry)
Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sorensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie)
Summer of Soul (Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein)
Writing With Fire (Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Audible (Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean)
Lead Me Home (Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk)
The Queen of Basketball (Ben Proudfoot)
Three Songs for Benazir (Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei)
When We Were Bullies (Jay Rosenblatt)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Be Alive” — music and lyrics by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (King Richard)
“Dos Oruguitas” — music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
“Down to Joy” — music and lyrics by Van Morrison (Belfast)
“No Time to Die” — music and lyrics by Billie Eilish and Finneas
O’Connell (No Time to Die)
“Somehow You Do” — music and lyrics by Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Dune (Greig Fraser)
Nightmare Alley (Dan Laustsen)
The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel)
West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Drive My Car (Japan)
Flee (Denmark)
The Hand of God (Italy)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dune (production design: Patrice Vermette; set decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos)
Nightmare Alley (production design: Tamara Deverell; set decoration: Shane Vieau)
The Power of the Dog (production design: Grant Major; set decoration: Amber Richards)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (production design: Stefan Dechant; set decoration: Nancy Haigh)
West Side Story (production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Rena DeAngelo)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dune (Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and
Gerd Nefzer)
Free Guy (Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and
Dan Sudick)
No Time to Die (Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick)

2022 Month by Month

Every month, we will have a new collage of the exciting TV/Movies etc. coming that month. For the month, it will stay on the home page in the news section, and then it will come to this spot so we will have the 12 months collected in one location.

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

National Gratitude Month-EYG November 28

The EYG boys helped in the creation of this site. We had big plans when we decided that we were going to embrace our geekness, but that did not quite come to fruition. Of course, I have continued to work the site and I love it.

Fact is that they are the EYG boys and, though I do not see them as much as I would like to, they are my friends and I am grateful for their parts in my life.

National Gratitude Month-EYG November 27

This is always one of my favorite times of the year around EYG because it is very busy and there are a lot of newness. It is unlike the rest of the year, because we are looking back and moving forward. It has also become history with all of the list of the things we have done over the years. Categories such as:

EYG Star of the Year

Previous Winners Gal Gadot, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lawrence, Marvel Studios, J.J. Abrams, Josh Brolin, Damon Lindelof & Regina King, Netflix

John Carter Memorial Award

Previous winners:  John Carter, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Lone Ranger, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Expendables 3, Jem and the Holograms, Pan, Rock the Casbah, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Robin Hood (2018), Mortal Engines, Playmobil: The Movie, The Rhythm Section

“I am Groot” Voice Acting Award

Previous Winners:  Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Robin Williams (Aladdin- honorary), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), Ryan Reynolds (Detective Pikachu), Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian)

I See Kid Actor Award 

Previous Winners:  Emjay Anthony (Chef), Jacob Trembley (Room), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Dafne Keen (Logan), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Noah Jupe (Honey Boy), McKenna Grace (Troop Zero)

The EYG Stan Lee Movie Cameo Award

Previous winners:  Stan Lee (three times), John Cena, Chris Evans, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, Yoda, J.K. Simmons, Harrison Ford, Rudy Giuliani

The Anna Devane Kick Ass Female Award

Previous winners:  Rey (Star Wars), Mockingbird (Marvel Comics), Wonder Woman (DCEU), The Shirewolves, Captain Marvel, Kamala Harris

…among many more.