This week, Microsoft released CaptionBot, the company’s attempt at showcasing the capabilities of Microsoft Cognitive Services. The promise and potential of CaptionBot is immense. By using natural language capabilities and image recognition software, CaptionBot can analyze any image and tell you what is happening within. CaptionBot joins How Old Do I Look? and What Dog? as Microsoft bots that have gained some amount of viral notoriety over the past couple years.
While CaptionBot can sometimes be startlingly accurate, it is clear there are still a few kinks to work out. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would analyze still images from some of the best films of 2015. The results are mostly bizarre, often hilarious, and sometimes profound. Note: All of the following captions were created by uploading images straight to CaptionBot.
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Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 88th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and this looks to be one of the most contentious ceremonies in years. There are no clear frontrunners in more than a few categories and many of the major nominees have as many detractors as they do boosters. For those who take an interest in awards season, it’s a rollercoaster. A glorious, insane, and frequently infuriating rollercoaster.
And while we here at /Film are not professional awards prognosticators, we are going to dive into this race head-on like the spirited amateurs that we are. We have put aside what we want to win and and have started focusing on what we think will win (which is easier said than done, because we’re team Mad Mad: Fury Road around these parts). We’re going to predict this year’s winners – and whoever gets the most right is going to win a shiny non-prize.
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by David Chen
David, Jeff, and Angie Han discuss this year’s Oscar nominations and Golden Globe awards. Be sure to read the nominations at /Film, what the biggest snubs were, what a completely nonwhite set of acting nominees would look like, and whether or not Leo screamed and cried good enough.
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Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 2016 Oscar nominations are here and you know what that means: it’s time to start complaining!
To be fair, this year’s nominees gave us a lot to cheer about. Mad Max: Fury Road (/Film’s favorite movie of 2015) walked away with a stunning ten nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other favorites, like Brooklyn, Spotlight, The Martian, and even Bridge of Spies racked up nods. As with any Oscar year, there was just as much to love as there was to hate.
So let’s give into our hate. And our confusion. And and our total bafflement. Because it wouldn’t be the Oscars without a bunch of big, weird surprises throwing everyone off track and inspiring furious debates about how wrong the Academy is on a yearly basis. Let’s run down the biggest snubs of the year.
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For those who follow and obsess over the Hollywood awards season, the British Academy Film Awards are often a breath of fresh air. Or a surprising curveball. A bucket of water to face. Seeing how the film tastes across the Atlantic diverge and converge with American opinions is often fascinating. Plus, the BAFTAs set aside a few categories to focus exclusively on British films and filmmakers, which always allows for some very interesting, very surprising films to step into the spotlight.
And this year’s nominations pretty good! While many of the nominations align with the current Oscar buzz, there are just enough surprises to make this interesting. You can peruse the complete list of the 2016 BAFTA nominations below.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
The long, exhausting journey through awards season continues today, as the Writers Guild of America announce their nominations for their 2016 honors. As it turns out, they like a lot of the same things the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild do, namely Spotlight, The Big Short, and Straight Outta Compton. They are, however, the only one of the three guilds to put Trainwreck in the race. Read the list of 2016 WGA Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »
When I sat down to create my top 10 movies of 2015 list, I decided to jot down a quick list of every single movie that I felt was a contender. You know, just to get the creative juices flowing. Over 30 titles later, I realized I had to start getting picky.
2015 was one hell of a year for cinema and the rare year where major Hollywood productions often seemed to match the independent scene step-for-step. One of the distinct pleasures of this past year wasn’t just the sheer number of good movies, but the variety. Animation and comedy and horror and drama and action films all found a place on my top 10. The fact that the mold-shattering biopic Steve Jobs and the effortlessly entertaining and inspiring The Martian didn’t make the cut boggles my mind. How could I not find room for the oddly romantic and deeply funny S&M oddity that is The Duke of Burgundy? The sobering Spotlight probably should have been on this list. The Big Short, too. In any other year, the elegant thrills of Bridge of Spies would have been a shoo-in for this list.
But try as I might, there is only room for 10 movies in my top 10 list. These are the movies that still cling to me in the early days of 2016, the films that, for one reason or another, feel like they matter the most. Not all of them will cling to you in the same way and that’s okay. These lists are less about making definitive statements and more about encouraging conversation. No, I didn’t “forget” anything on my list, but I’d certainly love to hear what’s on your personal top 10. Let’s start talking.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
2015’s been a weird year for the movie awards race in some ways. Many of the films assumed to be shoo-ins early on have fallen short of their potential, freeing up the field for smaller, quirkier choices. But the race should come into clearer focus over the coming days, as the major awards start announcing their nominations one by one. Today, the Screen Actors Guild revealed their picks for the 2016 awards in the movie and TV categories. Read the full list of 2016 SAG Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
It’s December, so you know that means: movie lists, and lots of ’em. As the final weeks of 2015 trickle by, the /Film team will be adding their voices to the chorus as we unveil our own personal top 10 lists recounting our favorite films from the past 365 days. No best of the year list is universal and no best of the year list is right, but every best of the year list is an opportunity for someone to share what they love with their fellow film fans, to summarize what has moved and excited them, and to give everyone a time capsule containing a snapshot of the great medium as it stands right now.
However, film critic David Ehrlich treats his annual list as an event. He never creates just a top 10, but a top 25. In video form. And edited with panache and passion. For those of us who love lists and video mash-ups and arguing about which films should outrank each other, his end-of-the-year videos are always a treat.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
As we wade deeper and deeper into the 2015 awards season, one thing has become increasingly clear: there are almost no frontrunners in any category. A number of “sure thing” predictions from a few months ago, like Leonardo DiCaprio finally taking home an Oscar statuette for The Revenant, now feel a little more embattled. So far, the early awards from various groups of critics have reflected this. The only movie practically guaranteed to win an Academy Award early next year is Inside Out (and even Pixar has some serious competition).
In the meantime, all we can do is grab our popcorn and watch the accolades land where they land. In the case of the New York Film Critics Circle, most of those accolades have landed on Todd Haynes‘ rapturously reviewed drama, Carol. Hit the jump for the complete list of winners from the 2015 NYFCC awards.
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