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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! 🙂

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‘Black Panther’ Review

‘Black Panther’ Review

‘Black Panther’ is finally here.  In my lifetime, I have not seen an excitement level for a film this high, that isn’t called ‘Star Wars’. This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 for four reasons. The first being, it’s a marvel film. Marvel has been killing it lately, as you probably know. The second being, a man named Ryan Coogler, the director of this film. He has made two films that I feel are INCREDIBLE, those being ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’. I feel he is one of the best young directors working today. The third, being Black Panther’s role and introduction in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ I thought was incredible and it made me want to see his solo film immediately. And the final reason is the cultural significance of this film and the impact that it was hopefully going to have in the world and Hollywood. It’s the first ever African decent superhero with basically an all-black cast as well as a black director, which is a huge step forward Hollywood. So how was the movie? Guys believe the hype. This is by far one of Marvel’s best films, if not the best solo film. One of the things that I admire so much about Marvel and why I think they are able to stay relevant for 10 years now with 18 films under their belt now, is that they are able to make each one of these films feel different from one another. And ‘Black Panther’ is no exception to that. The positive of this film is a LONG list. The first thing I’m gonna mention is the cast. This cast is the most incredible cast Marvel has pulled together for a stand-alone film. Chadwick Bosemen, Michael B. Jordan, Luptia Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angel Basset, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Martin Freeman star in this film. That is a hell of a cast. And let me tell you, they are all fantastic. What puts this over the edge of any other stand-alone Marvel film is the emphasis on character. Each character in this film is fleshed out and interesting. Coogler even fleshes side characters that you would not think would be fleshed out. This makes the film more dense and intriguing and since a lot of this movie hinges on caring about the fictional country of Wakanda, it is imperative that we get to know the inhabitants of Wakanda, so we care. But the character other than T’Challa (Black Panther) that everyone will be talking about is Erik Killmonger played by Michael B. Jordan. This is the best villain Marvel has ever written so far. Killmonger is a character in which you know his motives and they make sense. You feel for this character and Michael B. Jordan is a great actor and he gives a great performance as Killmonger. Killmonger’s arc in the film is truly powerful and I can’t wait for y’all to see it. This leads me to the deep and inlining social and political message of this film that is, again, something that Marvel hasn’t done before. The commentary that this film had given me chills and I loved it. The message being one about race and the state that it’s in in the United States. While Coogler doesn’t hit us over the head with this, he does it in a very clever way and it’s a current throughout the film. The action scenes are great, but I would say don’t get your hopes up to much about the action. While there are a few action set pieces in this movie, this movie’s main focus is on character. It’s not so much worried about having exciting action rather it’s more worried about having compelling characters, which is how you’re supposed to make a film. There are two action scenes in particular that are going to go down as iconic for the MCU. The last positive that I wanted to mention is the music in this film. Ludwig Goransson’s score is incredible, along with some of the original songs that KUNG FU KENNY himself (Kendrick Lamar), made for the soundtrack are really fun as well and it adds to the vibe and pace of this film which is very particular and different for the MCU. As for negatives, the only negative that I found in this film is some of the CGI at the end of the film seemed a little off. And that’s seriously it. This film exceeded my expectations and I find it really hard for someone who enjoys these types of films to not like this.

9.5/10

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!

‘Justice League’ Review

‘Justice League’ Review

‘Justice League’ is a small indie film that stars Ben Affleck, Gal Godet, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa and is about Batman aka, Bruce Wayne, Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act from ‘Batman V Superman’, he enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, to face an even greater enemy, by joining forces with Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, Victor Stone aka Cyborg, and Barry Allen aka The Flash. This is obviously one of the biggest films of the year. My relationship with the DC films has been a rocky one. I really liked ‘Man of Steel’, I honestly liked ‘Batman V Superman’, I HATED ‘Suicide Squad’ and I LOVED ‘Wonder Woman.’ So I kind of went into this film with low expectations. I was preparing myself for disappointment because at the writing of this review this film has a 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. And I’m here to say that….the critics are being way too harsh with this film. Is this film perfect? No. Not at all. BUT, I’m not going to lie, I had a blast with this film. DC and director Zack Snyder (and Joss Wheadon) take a more light and “fluffy” approach to this film. They are obviously trying to make their new films lighter than their older films. This was apparent with Wonder Woman as well. So the positives that I found in this movie, are quite slim but they are important. This movie works for one reason in my opinion. It’s the Justice Leauge themselves. They are all fantastic. Ben Affleck remains my favorite incarnation of Batman (Ooooo controversial). I love everything about his portrayal of Bruce Wayne and this film continues to confirm that. I loved Gal Godet as Wonder Woman in her solo film, and she is probably the heart and soul of this film. She’s truly exceptional. Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, The Flash, is probably the standout in this film. He’s very funny and he gives a really charismatic performance and he made me want to see his solo film as soon as possible. Jason Momoa is badass as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher is good as Cyborg. But what is truly great about everyone is their chemistry with one another. It is great and my favorite scenes in the film are when they are with one another interacting with one another. I thought the dialogue was witty and since all these guys and gals are giving great performances, it really works. Zack Snyder directs the hell out of the action scenes in this film. They’re great. But I was expecting that. Now I have more negatives. The biggest one being, this film feels RUSHED. This film is 2 hours long. That’s pretty short for a film like this. I felt like I was on a freight train. It goes from scene to scene and there were a ton of scenes that needed to breathe because there are a lot of great scenes in this movie! I just wanted them to be longer. The villian….is terrible. But to me, that’s not that big of a deal. I don’t really care about the villain in these films because I care more about the heroes. But it is a problem because if they had a stronger villain it would make it a stronger film. Back to the pacing, in the beginning of the film it feels like a series of vignettes. It is EXTREMELY choppy. And that’s kind of all I can really talk about without spoiling this film. It is a very choppy film, but very entertaining. There are great moments of greatness that show what the DC universe can do and while I don’t love this movie, I think this is a very good step in the right direction for DC and Warner Bros. And just a last positive when Superman appears in this film….it is AWESOME. My favorite scene in the film by far.

7.5/10

Classic Review: ‘Halloween (1978)’

Classic Review: ‘Halloween (1978)’

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I thought this would be an absolutely perfect opportunity to discuss my favorite film to watch during this time of year. As many of you know, ‘Halloween’ came out in the year 1978 and changed the horror landscape forever for the better as well as for worse. In this review, I’m going to discuss why I feel ‘Halloween’ is the best movie you can watch on this awesome day as well as hopefully giving some insight into why this film is so revered and is celebrated over 30 years later. And also maybe explain why I like horror so much. Because I have a lot of friends that just don’t understand the horror genre. HOPEFULLY, I CAN CHANGE THEIR MINDS AND MAKE THEM ENJOY HORROR! If you don’t know the story of ‘Halloween’, the film is about Michael Myers 15 years after murdering his sister on Halloween night, he escapes his mental asylum to his small hometown to kill again. This film was directed by horror LEGEND, John Carpenter. He is also behind another one of my favorite horror films, ‘The Thing’. And this was the debut role for Jamie Lee Curtis, who is the original “scream queen”. What I love most about this film and what I think makes this film so timeless is the atmosphere that this film builds as well as the AWESOME killer with Michael Myers. Before going into the incredible direction in this film, I must stress how great the character of Michael Myers is. The best thing about him is that their many questions asked about him. Is Michael Myers just a crazy guy? Or is he a supernatural force?  Carpenter gives us just the perfect amount of back story on this guy and shoots him in an almost ghostly way creating the blurred line between human and supernatural. The more little you know about the killer the scarier he is. And obviously, Carpenter created an ICON. Whether you’ve seen the film or not, you know exactly what Michael Myers looks like. Back to the atmosphere, this film just makes me feel so cozy inside. Fall is my favorite season and I love Halloween and the spirit around it in suburbia. It reminds me of my childhood. So watching this on Halloween or during the fall season is the perfect time to watch it. And probably the most important thing that Halloween did for cinema, it created the modern-day slasher film. Many tropes that you see in modern slasher films, ‘Halloween’ started it. Teenage victims, the scream queen, punishing teens for using drugs and sex, and of course the theme song. Another great about this film is, of course, the scares. While I don’t find this movie quite terrifying, there are a lot of creepy shots that I love. I don’t want to spoil any of the iconic shots in this film so I’ll just leave it at that. The scares are a lot of fun and this film isn’t very gory so If you want something scary with not a lot of gore, I would recommend this film. Long review short, this is a very iconic and fun horror film to watch during this time of year. It obviously is a hugely influential film and launched a crap load of sequels(Most of which are HORRIBLE). Without this film, we wouldn’t have gotten things like Friday the 13th’ or ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ franchises.

classic/10

So after talking about ‘Halloween’, I wanted to answer a question that I get a lot from friends. Why do I enjoy horror films? Why does anyone enjoy horror? Horror is one of the most popular genres of film in the modern age. Just look at the box office. Just this past month, “It” has made TRUCKLOADS of money. And “Happy Deathday” is doing well too in the box office. So why? In my opinion, I think it is very related to comedies. Why do we go to comedies? To laugh of course! Laughter is a visceral reaction that when done well can make an auditorium full of people have a great experience together. Fear is the same thing. There is something about getting goosebumps in fear in a theater. Having that experience with a group of strangers is a beautiful thing in my opinion. To me, horror movies are like roller coasters. In a great horror film, (like ‘The Shining, for example), I honestly get the same reaction that I do in a rollercoaster that I do in a horror film. And personally, I like scaring people. As an inspiring filmmaker, our job is to create reactions. it’s our job to get you to react and have several feelings watching a film. And the best way to do that is by scaring people.