In 1977, the groundbreaking science fiction film Star Wars was released, featuring an opening text crawl describing a period of civil war in which a Galactic Rebellion has won their first victory. “During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.”
In 2016, Disney and director Gareth Edwards give us a visual representation of this event, the inception of the Galactic Civil War. Jyn Urso (Felicity Jones), the daughter of a reluctant Imperial engineer (Mads Mikkelsen) who is forced into the creation of the Death Star, is sprung from Imperial prison by the Rebellion. Jyn and an unlikely band of anti-Empire figures are tasked with finding Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), which leads them on the trail of the Death Star plans that jump-started the original Star Wars trilogy.
Rogue One is the first “non-saga” Star Wars film, and it does feel distinctly Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Movie Review
Inferno begins with an ethical quandary: “There is a switch. If you pull it, half of humanity will die. If you don’t, the human race will go extinct in 100 years.” The words are uttered by Ben Foster’s eccentric millionaire Bertrand Zobrist just before he plunges himself from a tower, backed into a corner by a pursuer wanting some sort of confidential information.
Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a hospital, delirious and hallucinating deformed people and a black plague-era doctor. He thinks he is in Boston, but he is in Florence. Of course, there is little time for explanation, as Continue reading Inferno (2016) Movie Review
Note: I have covered all of the acting categories in-depth here.
- Marion Cotillard — Two Days, One Night
- Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
- Julianne Moore — Still Alice
- Rosamund Pike — Gone Girl
- Reese Witherspoon — Wild
Continue reading 2015 Academy Awards Predictions — Best Actress
The Best Picture Nominees:
- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
I have watched all eight of the movies listed above. Now, I will attempt to go through them one-by-one and give a brief explanation of my personal opinion of each movie, as well as evaluate their chances of winning on the big night. Continue reading Breaking Down the 2015 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees