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2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Actor

This is a good year for Best Actor nominees. All five actors gave strong performances in their respective films. But the field isn’t as even as it appears.

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The questions remains the same as it was two years ago: Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Actor

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2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Picture

This is it. The big kahuna burger. The film from 2015 that will (theoretically) be remembered for ages. The Best Picture of the year.

This is a hard year to predict the most coveted award of the night. Eight films were selected and each one has its merits. There are standout favorites, but Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Picture

Reactions to the 2016 Oscar Nominations

The Academy released their list of Oscar nominees this morning, and, as per usual, it is cause for many a reactionary blog post. This post is not unlike the rest.

Here are my reactions to some of the nominations (and notable absences from them).

 

Carol and The Hateful Eight Got Snubbed

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Academy Awards 2016: Best Picture Nominee Predictions

It’s a long way to Academy Award night, but there are plenty of films already vying for Hollywood’s top honor. As it stands now, Spotlight might be the film to beat, but many films could make a viable run for the award in the coming months.

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The Martian (2015) Movie Review

 

In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is abandoned and left for dead after a storm hits the surface of Mars, forcing the manned mission he is a part of to be scrubbed. On the way to the rocket, Watney is struck by a satellite dish that was blown off of their equipment, knocking him unconscious. As the rocket fires up into space, dwindling shots linger over Watney’s empty seat as the rest of the crew braces against the force of the ascent.

 

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Then, we get an extended, wordless scene of Watney waking and staggering back to the HAB, the only oxygenated facility on the planet. The scene is entirely carried by Damon’s non-verbal acting. He pulls shrapnel out of a wound in his side, whispering pleas under his breath, just hoping that Continue reading The Martian (2015) Movie Review

Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2015: October

 

The October slate of movies this year stirs up a distinct feeling in me: Hesitation. There are plenty of films that I hope will blow me away, but, as I outline below, I have my reservations about many of them.

 

Note: for the sake of this series of articles, the “Fall movie season” refers to the span of time beginning with the first weekend after Labor Day weekend and ending with the last weekend in December.

 

 

 

The Martian

 

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Matt Damon (the Bourne films, The Departed) carrying the acting load. Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) penning the script. Ridley Scott (Alien, for chrissake!) at the director’s chair. The credits seem to Continue reading Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2015: October