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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Sound Nominees

Sound Design can be an overlooked aspect of filmmaking, just as the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing Oscar categories can be overlooked awards. Nevertheless, sound design is important, and nabbing the right films in the sound categories can be a key part of winning an Oscar pool.

Before putting that cart before the horse, though, let’s focus on the films that could get nominated.

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Sound Editing – The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Visual Effects Nominees

The Best Visual Effects category has been narrowed down by the Academy to 10 films. Makes my job easier, sure, but even without the shortlist I think these five films would be the ones with the nominations.

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The Nominees:

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Movie Review

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.

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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

The Future of the Summer Blockbuster

I recently read an article through Moviepass (free promotion for Moviepass: they are a great service for the avid filmgoer) about the history of the Summer blockbuster. Near the end of the article, they address a shift in Summer movie box office trends. This and recent thoughts I’ve had about this Summer’s slate of new releases have spurred some personal speculation on the future of the Summer blockbuster. Moviepass looked into the past, let’s now look into the future.

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The Summer movie season, in recent memory, has been littered with Continue reading The Future of the Summer Blockbuster

Rogue One (2016) Teaser Trailer Reaction & Review

The teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped this morning, and I certainly am not alone in saying that it looks like the depiction of the universe that fans wanted to see back in 1999.

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The Force Awakens was an event in 2015, one that will be in the hearts and minds of Star Wars fans for a long time (at least, until Episode VIII comes out). But TFA took the Star Wars universe and expanded it linearly. Rogue One is planning to Continue reading Rogue One (2016) Teaser Trailer Reaction & Review

When Will We Finally See A Rogue One Trailer?

The buzz around Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a strange beast. It is the next film in the most well-known cinematic universe in history, and it seems that only people deeply entrenched in the Star Wars world are talking about it. I question whether the majority of average filmgoers even knows what this film is all about (or that it exists at all).

Given the smashing success of The Force Awakens, I figured Continue reading When Will We Finally See A Rogue One Trailer?

2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Sound Editing

The two sound categories at the Oscars may appear synonymous. And, yes, the two categories often go to the same film. I think this year will end up going that route, as well. But, of course, anything is possible.

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All five of the films in Best Sound Editing feature superior sound work. As a result, I feel that the award will go to Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Sound Editing