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Updated Oscar predictions for July

As the weather gets hotter and hotter, thoughts of the Academy Awards begin percolating in my mind. It’s always there, of course, but now, officially in the second half of the year, it feels time to get down to business, as it were. Summer counter programming is out and hoping[...]

“Darkest Hour” Trailer suggests Gary Oldman is all in for awards

Oscar voters have long shown an affinity for World War II. Furthermore, members of the Academy make no secret how baity a good biopic is to them. Earlier, we finally got a Trailer for a film that checks off all of those boxes. It’s Darkest Hour, the Winston Churchill biopic[...]

Quentin Tarantino’s next film could be about the Manson Murders

Yesterday, some really interesting news began to spread throughout Hollywood. When it comes to some filmmakers, even the mere speculation that a new idea is percolating brings with it a rush of anticipation Apparently, the next movie project from Quentin Tarantino is closer than we think, and may actually be[...]

Can “War for the Planet of the Apes” be a real contender for a Best Picture nomination?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a whole piece up on Matt Reeves’ conclusion to the Planet of the Apes franchise when I heavily praised War for the Planet of the Apes. Now, as a follow up with it hitting theaters this week, it’s time to go a bit[...]

“The Beguiled”, “The Big Sick”, and “The Hero”: Oscar hopefuls from the first half of 2017

As we move forward through the second half of the year, it’s worth looking back once more on the first half of 2017. The year has generally been considered to be light on awards type fare, though that’s not necessarily true. To be sure, nothing came out of the Sundance[...]

“A Ghost Story” represents the epitome of summer counter programming

Back in January at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the more anticipated titles to debut was David Lowery’s latest. It was the spooky sounding A Ghost Story, which reunited Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara with the filmmaker. Folks in Park City were surprised, and in many cases, delighted, to[...]

“Wonderstruck” from Todd Haynes is the Centerpiece of the 2017 New York Film Festival

Earlier today, the New York Film Festival teased us all with another announcement in regard to their 2017 slate. This follows on the heels a few weeks ago of picking Richard Linklater’s new movie Last Flag Flying as the Opening Night selection. The Centerpiece has now been selected by the[...]

Peter Parker swings into the MCU with “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Last week, I got the chance to check out Marvel’s latest outing, the combined production with Sony that relaunched Spider-Man. Yes, I’m talking about Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film screened pretty early for critics, which is almost always a sign of quality, and that sure was the case here. With it[...]

The 81st Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

Happy Independence Day everyone! With the 4th of July being a holiday, today I’m doing something relaxing. About a year or two ago, I stopped a series I had been doing, but today it has officially returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a[...]

“Dunkirk”: Movies to see in July

Now that we’ve entered the second half of the year, the films will start to take two very distinct shapes. On one end of the spectrum will be the summer blockbusters, while on the other will be the smaller movies that are potentially looking to pick up some awards buzz.[...]
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