Tag: Drama

2018 Academy Award Predictions

2018 Academy Award Predictions

Hey everyone!! With the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share my predictions of the main categories of who I believe will win as well as my own personal opinion of who I want to win. Below is a list of the main categories and their nominations and below I have my prediction and my personal opinion who I want to win. Enjoy and I hope I help you win your Oscar party poll!


Orginal Score:

  • Dunkirk
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missoui

Prediction: “The Shape of Water”

Who I Want to Win: “The Shape of Water”

Visual Effects:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Prediction: “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Who I want to Win: “Blade Runner 2049” or “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Cinematography:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Mudbound
  • The Shape of Water

Prediction: “The Shape of Water”

Who I Want to Win: “Blade Runner 2049”

Orignal Screenplay:

  • The Big Sick
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Prediction: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Who I want to Win: “Get Out”

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Logan
  • Molly’s Game
  • Mudbound

Prediction: “Call Me by Your Name”

Who I Want to Win: “Call Me by Your Name” or “The Disaster Artist”

Animated Film:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Prediction: “Coco”

Who I Want to Win: “Coco”

Director: 

  • Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
  • Get Out, Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
  • Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

Prediction: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) or Jordan Peele (Get Out)

Who I Want to Win: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Supporting Actress: 

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Prediction: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Who I Want to Win: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

Supporting Actor:

  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Prediction: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Who I Want to Win: Sam Rockwell (Three Billoards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) or Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)

Actress In a Leading Role:

  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep, The Post

Prediction: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

Who I Want to Win: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) or Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

Actor In a Leading Role

  • Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Prediction: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Who I Want to Win: Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) or Double D Lewis (Phantom Thread)

Best Picture:

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Prediction: “The Shape of Water” or “Three Billboards”

Who I Want to Win: “The Shape of Water” or “Get Out”

Thanks for reading until the end! 🙂

Top 15 Movies of 2017

Top 15 Movies of 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to my Top 15 Movies of The Year List! Instead of writing a ridiculously long article listing my favorite films of 2017, I decided to do something new. Below is a video that I made, listing my favorite films of 2017. I hope you enjoy it, and If you don’t like it…..leave a comment and I will never do this again! Thanks for watching and reading my reviews!

‘The Shape of Water’ Review

‘The Shape of Water’ Review

‘The Shape of Water’ is the new film from visionary writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and is the story of a mute janitor, Elisa (played brilliantly by Sally Hawkins) who works at a research facility during the cold war era 60s. This isn’t any ordinary research facility though, as the boss of the facility (Michael Shannon) finds a creature, that has a resemblance to the creature from the black lagoon, they hold this creature at the facility for research. This film centers around the bond and the romance that Elisa and the creature form. This may sound strange to you but, this is one of my favorite films of the year and quite possibly my favorite Del Toro film. This is a beautiful film, in terms of the look of it and in terms of the story and its substance. I basically loved almost everything about this film. Del Toro does not disappoint with his direction. Like all of his films, the production design, the cinematography in this movie is all top notch. Every frame is like a damn painting. While all the visuals are what you come to expect when you walk into a Del Toro film, what I didn’t come to expect was how moved by the romance I was going to be. By the end, I was hit with such an emotional gut punch that I haven’t been able to get the film out of my head and the overall message of what the “shape of water” means. All the performances are truly exceptional. Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Richard Jenkins will all get nominated without a doubt. Doug Jones, who is a Del Toro veteran and is the Marlon Brando of practical creature performances, is amazing as the creature. And what’s so impressive about Del Toro, Hawkins, and Jones is that they really sell the bond and connection that Elisa and this creature have with one another without any dialogue. They both use their eyes and bodies to really sell the romance and it works beautifully. And that’s what this film is ultimately about: connection. It’s a film about how two living beings, no matter what they look like or any differences the two might have can fall in love or just for a connection. I don’t want to go into any more details of this film, mainly because I can talk about this film for a long time. But I also don’t want to spoil some things that happen because I think it’s best if you go in not knowing the many layers that this film has to offer.

9.5/10 

‘The Disaster Artist’ Review

‘The Disaster Artist’ Review

This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2017. You may know from an earlier post of mine, I am a huge fan of the cult classic ‘The Room’. It is one of my favorite film experiences I’ve ever had. A movie so incredibly awful that you cannot take your eyes off it. ‘The Disaster Artist’ is about the making of ‘The Room’ and stars James Franco as the “human” behind this movie, the one the only Tommy Wiseau. James also directed this film. Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero the actor who plays “Mark” in the room and is the writer of the book that this movie is based on. The cast is crazy. There is a long list of stars who appear in this movie. While I was really excited to see this, I was really worried as well. I really hoped James Franco was going to respect Tommy and ‘The Room’. I was hoping that it wasn’t going to be a movie where it seemed like Franco is making fun of Tommy and ‘The Room’. And I am so happy to say that Franco did not do that. This is a really funny, heartwarming, and actually really inspiring film. While the scenes of Tommy making ‘The Room’ are quite hilarious if you’ve seen ‘The Room’, the rest of the film is about a friendship. A really sweet friendship between Greg and Tommy. James Franco as Tommy is unbelievable in this film. He is going to get nominated for an Oscar without a doubt. He NAILS the “New Orleans” accent of Tommy and the overall weirdness of the man, but what makes his performance so great is the humanity that Franco brings to the role. While it would be easy for Franco and co, to “poke fun” at Tommy, instead they celebrate the man. They celebrate two people, Greg and Tommy, who chased their dreams and got this movie made. There is something so inspiring about that. And it’s also heartbreaking when they show Tommy’s reaction to the first time people were laughing at his movie. But it also shows the actual genius of Tommy. He saw this and embraced the laughter and capitalized on it. ‘The Room’ is played in every major city in the country, as well as in international markets like London. and has a huge cult following with almost every screening sold out. When you see Tommy react to the reaction that his film which he put his heart and soul into, it’s truly heartbreaking. And for me as someone who wants to create for a living or any artist, it will speak to you. For something to be perceived in a totally different way in which you’ve intended that you put your blood, sweat, and tears into it’s really hard to deal with. But this movie teaches the lesson to push through that. Dave Franco as Greg is excellent, Seth Rogen steals the film for me in some scenes, and Zac Efron….is probably my favorite cameo or role in this film it’s hilarious what he does. I loved ‘The Disaster Artist’. It was everything that I wanted to see about this story and more.  Don’t be surprised if this film gets a lot of nominations this year.

9.5/10

‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review

‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review

‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ is directed by indie darling Noah Baumbach and stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson. This film is streaming on Netflix only. I was looking forward to this because I really enjoy most of Noah Baumbach’s movies like Francis Ha and While We’re Young, And I call myself an Adam Sandler apologist. Growing up, I loved his comedies like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison and I just really like watching him on-screen. So I’m not a Sandler hater. He has a place in my heart. So I am always really excited to see him in something that’s not his brand of crappy comedy that he does nowadays. ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ is another great movie in Baumbach’s career. This film is about an estranged family (the Meyerowitz family), who all gather in New York City to celebrate their father’s artistic work. That is just the set up of the film. There are a lot of layers and things that happen between the characters that I don’ t want to discuss because I think they are really compelling and I want you to experience them on your own. The strongest part of the film to me by far is the screenplay. Baumbach wrote a really riveting and engaging script. This film is filled with witty dialogue and great humor. The characters that Baumbach wrote here also are great. Each one of the characters in this film is fleshed out and compelling. And the relationships between that each family member in the family, particularly the two brothers Danny and Matthew (Sandler and Stiller) and their father played by Dustin Hoffman have is really compelling. The performances here are just as strong as the screenplay. Adam Sandler gives a great performance in this film. I know that’s shocking but hear me out. When he does drama he can be REALLY good. I first noticed this in a film called ‘Reign Over Me’. And I always thought he was really strong in the dramatic parts in the Judd Apatow film about stand up comedy ‘Funny People’. He is great because you can really tell that he is the son of Dustin Hoffman, who is also great as always. Sandler mimics a lot of Dustin’s mannerisms and it’s extremely believable that he is the son of Dustin’s character. Ben Stiller, also, is great in this movie. He is starting to dive more into dramatic roles and he’s always been good at them in my opinion. This isn’t a straight-up drama there is plenty of dry humor and signature Baumbach humor that I really liked. Baumbach’s direction is great as well. As a director, he reminds me a lot of a young Wes Anderson with the certain quirks that Baumbach includes in his films. The only issue that I found in this film is that there are a couple of scenes that I felt went to long and a couple scenes/moments that were odd and pulled me out of the film. I originally wasn’t going to review this film but I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this film and I thought I should direct you to it. It’s streaming on Netflix right now and I definitely recommend it. And it’s finally an Adam Sandler movie that doesn’t completely suck!!

8.5/10

 

‘Wind River’ Review

‘Wind River’ Review

‘Wind River’ stars Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Olson and is about a FBI agent (Olson) and the town’s veteran game hunter (Renner) who team up to investigate a murder in the Wind River reservation. This film comes from writer/director Taylor Sheridan who is responsible for writing Sicario in 2015 and Hell or High Water (both oscar nominees). So I was interested in this film just based on the fact this was Sheridan’s directorial debut and I loved both Sicario and Hell or High Water. I really think Sheridan is one of the best writers working today. And this movie proves that without a doubt. This film knocked me flat. When the credits started to roll I sat in silence for a few minutes. This is a powerful, incredibly acted, intense, and chilling film. Themes of grief and how living in a place (in this case Wind River, Wyoming) that you are forced to live in can dictate how you view the world are shown in this movie in excruciating detail.  Jeremy Renner gives by far his best performance he’s ever given. His character has a sad past and has a connection with the other locals of Wind River and there are a lot of great scenes between Renner and Gil Birmingham, who plays the Native American father of the girl who was murdered. Renner is very understated and subtle in his performance but it’s as powerful as it could ever been. Elisabeth Olson is great in the film too and I was really happy about her character. In the beginning when she showed up I was hoping that she was not going to be a damsel in distress or anything like that but she was anything but that. Sheridan’s direction is fantastic with the cinematography being excellent as well. His dialogue as well can only be describes as honest. Sheridan has his characters say it like it is and I loved the dialogue for that. Like movies like Se7en, the town of Wind River feels like a character because of the way it’s shot and it incorporation in one of the themes of the film. One thing that surprised the hell out of my was the BRUTAL action scenes in this movie. I was really not expecting them but they are very very satisfying. Like Sicario and Hell or High Water, ‘Wind River’ has a punch in the gut finale that is truly….cathartic. Lastly, what makes this movie one of the best of the year for me is just how emotional it is and how Taylor Sheridan treated the subject matter. By some end text that appears at the end of the film it will be sure to knock you flat. It reveals another layer to the film and what it truly is about, which is heartbreaking. I think this is a film that you are probably going to hear a lot about come Oscar season and will definitely be in my top ten at the end of the year.

10/10