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Limelight Magazine’s 2020 Oscar predictions

It’s Oscar night 2020! Since we screened all of the films in the major categories this year, we are going to make our predictions for who will win and who should win. We also noted who should have been nominated but was snubbed by the Academy. The last time we did this was 2017 and we did surprisingly well with our predictions. However, this year was much more difficult with some categories having no clear cut winners in our opinion. For those four categories we didn’t view all of the films (Documentary-Short & Feature, Animated-Short & Feature), we didn’t make a prediction.

 BEST PICTURE

“Ford v Ferrari”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

“Little Women”

“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

“Marriage Story”

“Parasite”

“1917”

Who will win? 1917

Who should win? Parasite

Who should have been nominated? Uncut Gems

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”

Florence Pugh, “Little Women”

Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Who will win? Laura Dern

Who should win? Kathy Bates

Who should have been nominated? Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

Al Pacino, “The Irishman”

Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

Who will win? Brad Pitt

Who should win? Joe Pesci

Who should have been nominated? Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

South Korea, “Parasite”

Spain, “Pain and Glory”

France, “Les Misérables”

North Macedonia, “Honeyland”

Poland, “Corpus Christi”

Who will win? Parasite

Who should win? Parasite

Who should have been nominated? Never Look Away

 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

“In the Absence”

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”

“Life Overtakes Me”

“St. Louis Superman”

“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

We did not view any films in this category.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“American Factory”

“The Edge of Democracy”

“Honeyland”

“For Sama”

“The Cave”

We did not view any films in this category.

 

ORIGINAL SONG

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”

“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen II”

“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”

Who will win? “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”

Who should win? “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“I Lost My Body”

“Klaus”

“Missing Link”

“Toy Story 4”

We did not view any films in this category.

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Little Women”

“The Two Popes”

“Joker”

Who will win? JoJo Rabbit

Who should win? Little Women

Who should have been nominated: Mike Flanagan, Doctor Sleep

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Marriage Story”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Parasite”

“Knives Out”

“1917”

Who will win? Parasite

Who should win? Parasite

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Who will win? Joaquin Phoenix

Who should win? Joaquin Phoenix

Who should have been nominated? Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Who will win? Renee Zellweger

Who should win? Renee Zellweger

Who should have been nominated? Lupita Nyong’o, Us

 

DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”

Sam Mendes, “1917”

Todd Phillips, “Joker”

Who will win? Sam Menders

Who should win? Bong Joon-ho

Who should have been nominated? Greta Gerwig, Little Women

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”

“1917”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Parasite”

Who will win? 1917

Who should win? Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“1917”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”

“Joker”

“The Lighthouse”

Who will win? 1917

Who should win? 1917

 

COSTUME DESIGN

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Little Women”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

Who will win? Little Women

Who should win? Little Women

 

SOUND EDITING

“1917”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Joker”

Who will win? 1917

Who should win? Ford v. Ferrari

 

SOUND MIXING

“1917”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Ad Astra”

“Joker”

Who will win? 1917

Who should win? Ford v. Ferrari

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Dcera (Daughter)”

“Hair Love”

“Kitbull”

“Memorable”

“Sister”

We did not view any films in this category.

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Brotherhood”

“Nefta Football Club”

“The Neighbors’ Window”

“Saria”

“A Sister”

Who will win? Brotherhood

Who should win? Saria

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

“1917,” Thomas Newman

“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir

“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat

“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

Who will win? Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir

Who should win? Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir

Who should have been nominated? Us, Michael Abels

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Avengers: Endgame”

“The Lion King”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“The Irishman”

“1917”

Who will win? 1917

Who should win? Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

FILM EDITING

“The Irishman”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Parasite”

“Joker”

“Jojo Rabbit”

Who will win? Ford v. Ferrari

Who should win? Parasite

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Bombshell”

“Joker”

“Judy”

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

“1917”

Who will win? Bombshell

Who should win? The Joker

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2019

Limelight Magazine viewed 77 films theatrically in 2019.  Of these films, 67 were first run, while the rest were retro screenings of horror classics such as Jaws and Halloween 2. While this decade contained some of the best films in cinematic history, 2019 had the most films that were consistently solid.  As with any list, we have not screened every film released in 2019, including Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Pain and Glory and 1917. We plan to see those films at the start of the new year.

In reflecting back on the highlights of 2019, these were our top 10 favorites followed by an honorable mention list. Rather than go into detail about each film, we’re only going to list them so you can discover these movies for yourself. (Disclaimer: This list is based on films I’ve seen as of Dec. 31, 2019. It could be adjusted in the future as I view other films from 2019 in early 2020).

  1. The Joker

2. Parasite

3. The Nightingale

4. Us

5. Doctor Sleep

6. The Nighshifter

7. Midsommar

8. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

9. Uncut Gems

10. Happy Death Day 2U

Honorable Mentions (11-20)

11. Freaks
12. Glass
13. Richard Jewell
14. Little Women
15. Yesterday
16. Luce
17. Climax
18. Rust Creek
19. Knives Out
20. Bombshell

 

 

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE’S TOP 25 HORROR FILMS OF 2019

2019 was another great year for horror movies, capping off what is arguably the best decade for this genre in cinematic history. While there were a number of great films that could be classified as horror based on their content, such as Jennifer Kent’s sophomore feature The Nightingale and Jen McGowan’s Rust Creek, this list will only include those classified as horror films. 18 of these films we were fortunate enough to see theatrically with an audience, while the other three we had to either watch on physical media or streaming. Please note that this is not a “best of” list like other publications have done but rather a list of our 25 personal favorites. (As we always note when creating a list like this, we haven’t seen every horror film this year but these are our favorites as of today’s posting date).

  1. Us

2. Doctor Sleep

3. The Nightshifter

4. Midsommar

5. Happy Death Day 2 U

6. Climax

7. Trespassers

8. Ma

9. The Perfection

10. The Lighthouse

11. The Hole in the Ground

12. The Prodigy

13. Ready or Not

14. Pet Sematary

15. Brightburn

16. Bliss

17. Escape Room

18. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

19. Child’s Play 

20. Crawl

21. Harpoon

22. I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu

23. The Wind

24.  Mary

25. I Trapped the Devil

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2018

Limelight Magazine viewed 83 films theatrically in 2018. This is the most films we’ve ever seen in a theater in any given year. Of these films, 74 were first run, while the rest were retro screenings of cult or modern horror classics such as It’s Alive and Ms. 45. It’s interesting to note that we viewed more female-directed features this year than at any other time. Films such as Blockers (Kay Cannon),  Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller), Leave No Trace (Debra Granik), The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan), The Ranger (Jenn Wexler), Revenge (Coralie Fargeat), Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke) and You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) all had females at the helm. Unfortunately, we have not seen Karen Kusuma’s The Destroyer because it was only screened in three theaters in Los Angeles and New York before the deadline for this article.

Other film highlights this year included a return to form for director Paul Schrader with First Reformed, film legends Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood giving their best performances in years in The Old Man and the Gun and The Mule respectively, and award buzz worthy documentaries (Free Solo and Will You Be My Neighbor?).

In reflecting back on the  cinematic highlights of 2018, these were our top 10 favorites. Rather than go into detail about each film, we’re only going to list them so you can discover these movies for yourself. (Disclaimer: This list is based on films I’ve seen as of Dec. 31, 2018. It could be adjusted in the future as I view other films from 2018 in early 2019).

1. A Quiet Place

2. Revenge

3. Mandy

4. Suspiria

5. Searching

6. Sicario: Day of Saldado

7. Upgrade

8. Hereditary

9. Thelma

10. You Were Never Really Here

Honorable Mentions (11-20)

11. Overlord

12. Thoroughbreds

13. The Old Man & The Gun

14. The Mule

15. Leave No  Trace

16. First Reformed

17. Can You Ever Forgive Me?

18. Annihilation

19. Widows

20. Creed 2

 

Obscure slasher films of the 1980s

During the month of October in 2017, Limelight Magazine counted down our favorite 31 horror movies since 2000. This year we decided to go back to the 1980’s which was the peak of the slasher film genre. While almost everyone knows the Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Child’s Play franchises, there were a number of slasher films that were released between 1980 and 1989 that have become neglected or overlooked. So, we decided to go through our extensive DVD and Blu-ray collection and feature a slasher film from this time period that we don’t hear a lot about anymore. While not all of these are great films, they are worth checking out if you are a fan of this horror sub genre.

It should be noted that we are referencing one obscure slasher movie per day alphabetically during October. We are only featuring those films we actually own. There are three letters of the alphabet  (Q, Y & Z) where we don’t own a film title to match that letter. Please check back daily for the next featured film.

A – ALONE IN THE DARK (1982)

B – BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1981)

C – CHEERLEADER CAMP (1988)

D – DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE (1980)

E – EDGE OF THE AXE (1988)

F – FINAL EXAM (1981)

G – GRADUATION DAY (1981)

H  – HIDE AND GO SHRIEK (1988)

I – INTRUDER (1989)

J – JUST BEFORE DAWN (1981)

K – KILLER PARTY (1986)

L – THE LAST HORROR FILM (1982)

M – MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE (1983)

N – NIGHT SCHOOL (1981)

O – OFFERINGS (1989)

P –  THE PROWLER (1981)

R- RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987)

S – SILENT SCREAM (1980)

T – TERROR TRAIN (1980)

U – THE UNSEEN (1980)

V – VISITING HOURS (1982)

W – WELCOME TO SPRING BREAK (1988)

X  – X-RAY (1981)

Reflection on the closing of the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

With the closing of the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe in Providence, R.I., after 42 years, we had planned to write an editorial about it. We have so many memories of going there. In fact, the past couple of years the owners really raised the bar with their programming. We also featured them in Limelight Magazine two years ago when the indie cinema celebrated their 40th anniversary. (Click HERE to read the story). However, we noticed a post on Sara Archambault’s Facebook page that expressed our thoughts exactly.  Instead of rewriting essentially what she posted, we asked for her permission to share this on our page with our readers and she graciously accepted. So long, Cable Car Cinema and Cafe. You were a gem in the Providence community and a cultural institution!

To Whom It May Concern:

As a filmmaker, an arts sector worker, and a life-long RI resident (with about 20 years in Providence), I want to add a line to the recent debates about the closing of the Cable Car Cinema.

I am fortunate to work at a regional arts funding organization called the LEF Foundation. LEF supports documentary filmmakers who reside in New England but make films around the world. Each year, we gather a jury of film professionals from all over the country to make the grant decisions and in the last few years, we have moved these deliberations from where the foundation is centered, in Harvard Square, to Providence.

I helped to orchestrate this move. I have what is possibly an absurd amount of Providence Pride. I revel in showing off this city’s historic and crafty features. I love the people here; our DIY spirit; the fierce call to create and forge our own paths with nothing but some good ideas and a little sweat. You can see this manifested all over the city in myriad ways.

In the mornings, I walk the jury from where they stay at the Dean Hotel over to Small Point Café for breakfast. At the end of the day, I bring them out to see art or shop some craft stores after a hard day’s work.

Significantly, I always send this jury to the Cable Car, one of this city’s most important cultural institutions. This is a place dedicated to showing the best of independent film, and intentionally building community around cinema. After a day of watching emerging films in progress, it’s satisfying to send the jury to the “cinema with couches” to see what one of these films might look like when it reaches the big screen.

But this year was different.

I knew I was sending this group of film industry leaders to the Cable Car for the last time, and I was heartbroken.

But it’s not only the Cable Car closing that pains my heart. Walking down Westminster, the jury encountered closed storefronts on each block. Every new construction boasted signs for hotels or luxury apartments. But what is it that will draw people to our city? Or make them stay? I’m heartened by the cool little shops and restaurants I see sprouting up downtown, but I worry the new construction signals a stripping away of this city’s beating heart.

Why am I so worried? Until recently, the LEF Foundation was located in Harvard Square, where it had been since 1992. I witnessed the Square morph from a funky, eclectic space to a corporate white wash of familiar franchises. The building LEF was in for more than 25 years was sold and the rent doubled. Down the block the Brattle Theatre, an independent cinema, is a remnant of what the Square once was. It’s all the more treasured for this reason but it too has a wealthy landlord–Harvard University–and ongoing challenges remain.

What I saw happen in Harvard Square, I see happening here.

And so I ask: What do we value, Providence? What do we want this place to be?

Providence is well known around the world for its arts scene. The culture of this place is directly tied to its creative character. Anchors like AS220, Trinity Rep, and PPAC, helped spur this growth we see. Places like the Cable Car, Craftland, Thee Red Fez, the Columbus Theater, Haven Brothers, Armageddon Shop, the Dirt Palace, and Frog N Toad, to just mention a handful, are what give Providence its flavor. Our success as a place is, was and will always be tied to the fates of the determined artists, storytellers, and entrepreneurs who bring our city its cultural life.

RI artist Hilary Treadwell (now famous for her “Don’t Mess with RI Either” t-shirts) was quoted in local media when there was speculation that the Crook Point Bascule Bridge was to be taken down. She said, “The soul of a place is diminished when we dismantle its strange things.”

In our city’s pursuit of growth, I fear we may be dismantling our strange things. And it is, indeed, these same strange things that provide the bedrock to why people want to come here in the first place. What is the vision for nurturing and protecting the local while planning for this growth?

In the case of the Cable Car, it is important to note that one of the largest arts institutions in our city took a primary role in the elimination of one of the smallest. RISD receives tax benefits from our city. What is their commitment to being a community partner?

On the state level, instead of giant tax breaks for one or two large corporations, what about incentives for 40 small businesses? What can we do to help grow the Cable Cars – people committed to this city, with roots here – into mid-size or large businesses with more jobs? Where is that vision for advancement? Finally, how can the giant behemoths of the universities create meaningful partnerships with the business and cultural sector that service a more useful set of values than an asset on a spreadsheet?

What do we want to be, Providence?

I am inviting those of us who are so lucky to live in this wonderful little city to think creatively and challenge our leaders to think with us. Think of sitting on those comfy couches discovering a new movie or maybe going on a first date. What does Providence become without the Cable Cars?

I will mourn the loss of this theater for a long time. I wish the owners (my friends – full transparency) well and I hope they find it within them to recreate somewhere else in town.

Finally, I implore our city, state and institutional leaders, please don’t dismantle our strange things in the pursuit of profit and growth. They are the very pillars that hold us up. Including you.

Respectfully submitted, 
Sara Archambault

The logo of the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe in Providence, R.I. 

Limelight Magazine’s Oscar Predictions in 12 Categories

Since we’ve seen all of the films released in 2017 that were nominated for “Best Picture” and “Best Director,” as well as all of the films in several of the other categories, Limelight Magazine has decided to offer our predictions in 12 of the 24 categories vying to win gold at this Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards. We don’t anticipate getting all of them right. (We may even get all of them wrong). But, we thought this would be fun and something different to do. Here are our predictions of who we think will win along with who could be a potential spoiler. Tune in Sunday at 8 PM on ABC to find out how we did.

(Please note that we only made predictions in those categories where we saw every film in contention).

BEST PICTURE

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This is the most difficult category to predict because there isn’t a clear front runner. However, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri are our favorites to win. Get Out could surprise with an upset victory. I, Tonya was robbed of a nomination and should have been placed in contention.

Winner: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Spoiler: Get Out

 BEST DIRECTOR

  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Winner: Guillermo del Toro

Spoiler: Greta Gerwig

LEADING ACCTRESS

  • Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
  • Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
  • Meryl Streep (The Post)

Winner: Frances McDomand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Spoiler: Margo Robbie (I, Tonya)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  • Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
  • Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Winner: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Spoiler: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

LEADING ACTOR

  • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
  • Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
  • Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Winner: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Spoiler: Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
  • Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
  • Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Winner: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Spoiler: Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
  • Bruno Delbonnel (Darkest Hour)
  • Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk)
  • Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water)
  • Rachel Morrison (Mudbound)

Winner: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)

Spoiler: Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water)

FILM EDITING

  • Baby Driver
  • Dunkirk
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 Winner: Dunkirk

Spoiler: Baby Driver

 ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
  • Phantom Thread (Johnny Greenwood)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams)
  • The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

 Winner: The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Spoiler: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

 LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • DeKalb Elementary
  • The Eleven O’Clock
  • My Nephew Emmett
  • The Silent Child
  • Watu Wote / All of Us 

Winner: DeKalb Elementary

Spoiler: Watu Wote / All of Us

 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)
  • The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber)
  • Logan (Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green)
  • Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)
  • Mudbound (Virgil Williams, Dee Rees)

 Winner: Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory)

Spoiler: Mudbound (Virgil Williams, Dee Rees)

 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani)
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  • Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
  • The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

Winner: Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Spoiler: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

Limelight Magazine’s Top 20 Horror Films of 2017

2017 was the biggest year for horror movies in cinematic history. Every publication from The New York Times to Variety has written about the biggest box office year ever for this genre. While movies such as It, Get Out, Split, and Annabelle 2: Creation, dominated the headlines, they were just a handful of quality horror films released this year. In looking back on 2017, these were our top 20 favorite horror movies. (As we always note when creating a list like this, we haven’t seen every horror film this year but these are our favorites as of December 31, 2017).

  1. Raw

2. Mother!

3. The Blackcoat’s Daughter

4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

5. Get Out

6. Split

7. Happy Death Day

8. Killing Ground

9. The Void

10. Tragedy Girls

11. Jigsaw

12. It Comes At Night

13. A Cure for Wellness

14. A Dark Song

15. It

16. Better Watch Out

17. Belko Experiment

18. Annabelle 2: Creation

19. Amityville: The Awakening

20. The Devil’s Candy

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2017

While Limelight Magazine previewed less films in 2017 than in previous years, almost everything we saw was top notch. In fact, out of the 48 films we saw theatrically this year, there were only two disappointments (Personal Shopper and 47 Meters Down). In reflecting back on the  cinematic highlights of 2017, these were our top 10 favorites. Rather than go into detail about each one, we’re only going to list them so you can discover these movies for yourself. (Disclaimer: This list is based on films I’ve seen as of Dec. 28, 2017. It could be adjusted in the future as I view other films from 2017 in early 2018).

  1. Raw [screened @ Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, MA]

2. Mother! [screened @ Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA]

3. The Blackcoast’s Daughter [screened @ East Providence 10, East Providence, RI]

4. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer [screened @ Providence Place Cinemas, Providence, RI]5. The Shape of Water [screened @ Avon Cinema, Providence, RI]

6. Wind River [screened @ Brenden Theatres, Modesto, CA]

7. Lady Bird  [screened @ Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA]

8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi [screened @ AMC, Dartmouth, MA]

9. A Ghost Story [screened @ The Cable Car, Providence, RI]

10 – TIEThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [Regal Cinemas, Niagara Falls, NY] 

10 – TIEColossal [screened @ Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, MA]

‘Twin Peaks’ filming locations

With the release of Showtime’s Twin Peaks:  A Limited Event Series on DVD and Blu-ray earlier this week, we thought it would be a good time to post photos of some of the real-life Twin Peaks filming locations that Limelight Magazine visited in the state of Washington on September 2, 2017. If you’re a fan of the series, you should enjoy these photos. (All photos are courtesy and copyright of Limelight Magazine.)

Welcome to Twin Peaks Sign Road (Southeast Reinig Road)

“The Great Northern Hotel” (a.k.a. Salish Lodge) and Snoqualmie Falls 

Inside “Salish Lodge”
Inside the gift shop at Salish Lodge

“The Palmer House”

“The Giant Log” (a.k.a. Snoqualmie Centennial Log) 

“Ronette’s Bridge” (a.k.a. Reinig Bridge) 

“The Double R Diner” (a.k.a. Twedes Cafe) 

Inside Twedes Cafe

The Packard Sawmill (a.k.a. Weyerhaeuser Mill)

The Roadhouse (a.k.a. Fall City Roadhouse & Inn)

Twin Peaks High School (a.k.a. Mt. Si High School)

Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department (a.k.a. DirtFish Rally School)

“The Hilltop” (a.k.a. Snoqualmie Point Park)

Mural on the side of Twedes Cafe