Oscar: Full Updated Predictions – November

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We have fully updated all of our Oscar Predictions. Now including the categories: Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Foreign Feature.

With “Interstellar’s” reviews not quite being raves, it has been knocked down a few levels. The close we draw to the end of the year, the safer films like “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” and “The Theory of Everything” look.

There are still some movies to be seen. “Unbroken” has a lot of potential. Others would include “A Most Violent Year,” “The Gambler,” “Selma,” and “Into the Woods.”

So here is where we are right now. After the jump, we have our ranked listings for all of the contenders. Click the “More” links to expand on the category and see other potential contenders.

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Birdman
Foxcatcher
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Interstellar
Gone Girl
Whiplash
Into the Woods
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Oscar: “Best Original Song” Predictions

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Lost Stars – “Begin Again”
The Last Goodbye – “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
Everything is Awesome – “The Lego Movie”
Miracles – “Unbroken”
Immortals – “Big Hero 6″
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SideNote: “Destiny,” “Borderlands,” and the endless grind

2418811-destinynewscreenshot21SideNote: “Destiny,” “Borderlands,” and the endless grind

MMO video games have become more popular in the world of console gaming. “Destiny” is a more recent installment that received many mixed reactions. The problem? Well the words “repetitive” and “grind” often came up.

Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to pop in, or even buy “Destiny” yet. Instead I’ve jumped back in time and purchased a cheaper copy of “Borderlands.” Halfway into “Borderlands” and… there are some issues.
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Preview: The Potential of “Unbroken”

Preview: The Potential of “Unbroken”

“Unbroken” is one of the few 2014 films that hasn’t been seen by any eyes yet. However, it is a film that has had everyone’s attention since it was announced.

“Unbroken” is an adaptation of the non-fiction book titled “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption,” a title that may have been a tad too long for its feature adaptation. This biography was written by Laura Hillenbrand who retells the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash, spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived two and a half years as a prisoner of war in several brutal Japanese internment camps.

Wow. Everything about that sounds like an incredible story. Universal Pictures purchased the rights to the book in January 2011, having already acquired the movie rights to Zamperini’s life towards the end of the 1950s. William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese wrote early drafts for the film, but when Angelina Jolie replaced Francis Lawrence as director, Joel and Ethan Coen rewrote the script.
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SideNote: Boardwalk Empire – Devil You Know (As the curtains close)

Jeffrey-Wright-in-Boardwalk-Empire-season-5-episode-6SideNote: Boardwalk Empire – Devil You Know (As the curtains close)

Spoilers for Season 5, Episode 6 “Devil You Know” follow.

Ever since I started binge-watching Terence Winter’s “Boardwalk Empire” last summer, the show has often left me with mixed feelings. Throughout the series run, there have been a handful of plots and characters that mattered very little in the grand scheme of things.

It’s a show that is far from perfect, but it still has some of the greatest production design and cinematography that I have ever seen in a show. Not to mention the occasional episode, like last season’s finale “Farewell Daddy Blues,” that will leave your jaw on the floor.

“Devil You Know” doesn’t quite pack the same punch, but it felt like an episode where the loose ends are starting to be tied up.

Spoilers after the jump.
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Top 20: Movies based on Marvel comics

avengers-groupTop 20: Movies based on Marvel comics

Comic-book adaptation stock has been on the rise in the film industry for the last five years. Many studios have tried their hand at cashing-in on the phenomenon, but through it all Disney has had it best, re-capturing the mythology of the Marvel universe.

With 3 films currently in production (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “The Fantastic Four”) and 9 films announced, we won’t be short of Marvel adaptations any time soon, and we’ll try and keep this list updated. But for now, including past and future Marvel films, here is our top list.
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SideNote: “The Imitation Game” vs. “Boyhood”

SideNote: “The Imitation Game” vs. “Boyhood”

Last year it was “12 Years a Slave.” If not “12 Years a Slave,” it was “Gravity.” Both films had excellent responses from their respective festival showings which lead them to the top of everyone’s radar.

The things is, we knew and we knew this time in 2012 that “The Artist” was clear to take it. However it took the assistance of various guilds to give both 2013 winner “Argo” and 2011 winner “The King’s Speech” the edge over “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Social Network.”

Looking at the list of contenders, both of these films can fit the bill.
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