Updated Oscar predictions as February rolls along
If it's a Friday during the awards season, you know what time it is. Yes, it's time for a new set of Academy Award predictions!
“The LEGO Batman Movie” is a surprising delight
A lack of expectations can sometimes be a film's secret weapon. It's not that I thought The LEGO Batman Movie would be bad, but it just wasn't initially on my radar to any real degree. Go figure then, since this probably my favorite movie of 2017 so far. It works in a tremendous way.
Horror comedy hybrids are a hard thing to really pull off. You need to mix the two genres in such a way that never overpowers the other. When it works, it can be brilliant. When it doesn’t, the results can be cringe worthy. With Get Out, Jordan Peele has gone and attempted to mix genres with his directorial debut. For the most part, ... READ MORE
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On Saturday, the day before the Academy Awards, a very different sort of ceremony is held. Yes, I’m talking about the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which come right before Oscar this weekend. The Spirit Awards often ends up containing my favorite nomination slates, as they reflect a broader sensibility than the Academy. To be fair ... READ MORE
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Yesterday evening, the Writers Guild of America handed out their awards, marking one of the season’s final precursor stops and last guild ceremony. As with many of the guilds this year, a slight curveball was tossed our way, namely in that one potential frontrunner is nominated in a different category at Oscar. You’ll see what ... READ MORE
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The Academy Awards are in just over a week, ladies and gentlemen. My how time flies, right? With the show coming so soon, there can be a rush to finalize predictions and try to hold course until the end. That’s not my way though, as I play around with my picks right until just before the big night. This second to last update is sort ... READ MORE
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One of the things I like to contemplate as a film year wraps up, right around the Oscars, is which of the contenders will actually be remembered years down the line. Often, the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards is soon forgotten about, seen as an underwhelming consensus choice as opposed to the actual film of the year. Just look t ... READ MORE
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Normally in the early months of a given year, the mainstream wide releases leave a ton to be desired. Sure, there are decent enough ones if you look hard enough, but they’re usually safe genre outings, with more often than not the quality movies being independent releases. Ambition and ambitious filmmakers are in short supply. As su ... READ MORE
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