Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
If the life of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan were ever adapted into a cheesy documentary, the point in his career when The Village was released would be when the music would get tense and the narrator would intone "And that's when things (dramatic pause) went wrong.". Prior to the release of this movie, Shyamalan had three back-to-back-to-back critical hits and two of those films became box office phenomenon's. It seemed as if the guy could no wrong...until this 2004 feature came along and tossed the director into a decade-long artistic downturn that finally got reversed with last fall's sleeper hit The Visit.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Wow, so, there are only three days until the 88th Academy Awards. For some reason, this entire ceremony just vanished from my radar, but don't you worry, I'm here to deliver some predictions for who's gonna win at the show this Sunday. Just as a heads up, I won't be covering every single category here simply for the sake of brevity.
Let's not waste any time and starts things off with...
Best Adapted Screenplay
This one looks like an easy win for The Big Short, which has gained a surprising amount of momentum in recent weeks as an Oscar heavyweight, though don't count out either Drew Goddard for The Martian and Emma Donoghue for Room. Either one of those two candidates could easily slip into a dark horse victory.
Winner: The Big Short (Adam McKay, Charles Randolph)
Best Original Screenplay
Another Best Picture frontrunner, Spotlight, should take home the gold in this other screenplay category, though this one feels a bit more competitive than its Adapted Screenplay counterpart. I'm not gonna be shocked in the least if either Inside Out or Straight Outta Compton eke out a win here instead of Tom McCarthy's Best Picture nominee.
Winner: Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer)
Best Documentary Feature
There are a number of major contenders here, namely the rave-reviewed motion picture The Look Of Silence, though my gut tells me that Amy is gonna be the one who finds a win here, securing indie film studio A24 its first Oscar winner, and the smae honor goes to director Asif Kapadia.
Winner: Amy (Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees)
Best Animated Feature
Some unexpected nominees can be found in thsi category (namely, When Marnie Was There and Boy & The World) that certainly took many by surprise. However, few will be shocked by which movie ends up winning this award this go-around....it's obviously Inside Out's for the taking.
Winner: Inside Out (Pete Doctor, Jonas Rivera)
Best Animated Short Film
Here's the first category to crop up in this piece whose winner feels turly up in the air. Typically, it feels like the Oscar voters don't really watch the Animated Short selections and just select whatever short Disney or PIXAR have made that year (because, hey, I recognize that studio!). That doesn't always happen (the 2011 and 2012 ceremonies both snubbed the PIXAR contenders) but two of the last three years have brought out winners from the Disney-owned animation houses, and this year brings Sanjay's Super Team from PIXAR which feels like it could be an easy winner. That being said, Don Hertzfeldt (whose been nominated here before) may take home his first Oscar for World of Tomorrow, which has cultivated a massive amount of buzz. I'm gonna say Hertzfeldt wins this one, though don't be shocked if the PIXAR entry from this year manages to score a victory instead.
Winner: World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt)
Prior to 2015, Alicia Vikander had only two films under her belt that had received a wide release in the United States of America. Now, she starred in one of the most talked about films of the year (Ex Machina) and is all but certain to win her first Oscar for The Danish Girl. While Kate Winslet garnered a shocker Golden Globe win in this category a month ago for Steve Jobs, that victory hasn't occurred again since then, and the other nominees (Rooney Mara for Carol, Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight and Rachel McAdams for Spotlight) don 't seem to have enough of a traction to gain up on Vikander.
Winner: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Best Supporting Actor
Interestingly, out of the five nominees, it appears the only nominee not also up for Best Picture is also all but assured to take home Best Supporting Actor. Against Mark Rylance (for Bridge of Spies), Christian Bale (for The Big Short), Tom Hardy (for The Revenant) and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Sylvester Stallone in Creed will be the winner here, giving Stallone his first Oscar ever. Could anyone pose a threat here? Maybe Hardy if The Revenant really picks up steam, and fellow Best Picture frontrunner The Big Short might have its reputation lift Bale up to a surprise Oscar win.
Winner: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
Come back tomorrow for my final batch of Oscar predictions, including who I think will win Best Picture!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
I had heard the horror stories about other viewers who had gone into screenings of The VVitch this weekend and were shocked to discover the film was being greeted with notable laughter by the other attendees at the showing. Despite my fervent hope that such a situation would not occur at my screening of the motion picture, yeah, my viewing of The VVitch was punctured by notable responses from audiences who decided to make their disdain for what they were seeing pretty damn blatant via the art of cackling and laughing in a disruptive manner in uber serious moments. Hell, two individuals seated directly behind me couldn't stop remarking how "this movie is soooooo boring!".
Monday, February 22, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
I was talking to a good friend of mine, who happens to be both on the Autistic spectrum and a major fan of pop culture too, on Facebook, and this chum of mine brought up a great point about the majority of on-screen depictions of people on the Autistic spectrum; many Autistic individuals in film and television are blissfully unaware that they even have Autism or exhibit Autistic tendencies. Such personalities are usually too wrapped up in singular interests to find time to pay much mind to the environment and people around them. While there are plenty of figures in the real world on the Autistic spectrum who are like that, me and my friend were wistful in hoping there'd be more Autistic people in films/TV like us who were acutely aware of their condition and the difficulties stemming from Autism they were grappling with.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Jessica Chastain Continues To Be Awesome, Launches Production Company With An Emphasis on Female Filmmakers
They said it was impossible.
Could an actor who has managed to ace it in roles ranging from playing a French leopard, an astronaut and the person behind the killing of Osama Bin Laden possibly get any more awesome?
Today, the answer to such an eon old inquiry has been answered, as two-time Academy Award nominated actor Jessica Chastain has announced she'll be starting up a production company called Freckle Films, which will have a first look deal with Maven Pictures, which has produced Girl Most Likely, Black Nativity and the upcoming Andrea Arnold motion picture American Honey.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
"A Good Actor Is A Terrible Thing To Waste": 6 Perfectly Cast Actors Wasted In Subpar Superhero Movies
First up, an actor from another failed Ryan Reynolds superhero movie...
Let's say you're making a comedy film, but not just any sort of cinematic yukfest, no no no. You've got a cast at your ready disposal containing legendary comedians like Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell. Oh, and it's a continuation of Zoolander, one exceptionally funny motion picture. With all of those humorous tools in your arsenal, you'd think the results of such a collaboration would result in something even ever so slightly funny. But no. All we get are endless jokes about how fat the son of Zoolander is. That's the level of creativity Zoolander 2 populates, the area where fat jokes are considered the height of innovation and novelty.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Deadpool Chows Down On Box Office Records Like They're Chimichangas In Record Breaking Opening Weekend
Friday, February 12, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
I mentioned in my original review of The Big Short that the portrayal of the character Michael Burry was one of the bets on-screen depictions of Asperger's Syndrome I'd ever seen on-screen. It may sound like hyperbole, but I totally stand by that statement. Not only is it a strong turn in its own right, but in the grand scheme of performances of people with Asperger's, it's one of the few to realize that individual on the Autistic spectrum are, y'know, actual human beings.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
And now, onto part two!