Updated Oscar Predictions – Late September

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We’ve learned a lot from the Toronto, Venice, and Telluride film festivals and we’re still learning things! But we couldn’t wait to update our predictions so here they are.

Keep checking our Oscar page for frequent updated predictions:

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La La Land
Moonlight
Manchester by the Sea
Nocturnal Animals
Jackie
Arrival
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Fences
Hell or High Water
Silence
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Final 2016 Emmy Predictions

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Winner: Veep
Alt: Silicon Valley
Surprise: Black-ish

Lead Actor – Comedy Series
Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Alt: Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley
Surprise: William H. Macy – Shameless

Lead Actress – Comedy Series
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Alt: Laurie Metcalf – Getting On
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Golden Globes – Updated Film Predictions

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Keep an eye on our “Golden Globes” page for frequent updates. Stay tuned for Television categories!

Motion Picture – Drama
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Moonlight
Silence
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
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Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

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Actors are awarded politically. This is what makes predicting award shows fun, at least for me. Sometimes actors or actresses are honored based on the writer’s material in a scene, by the directors blocking or imagining of a situation, or even by the way flubbed lines are edited around or even how a performer is lit.

Film and TV acting differed greatly from stage acting in that regard, but it is still a challenging performance art. When Gene Wilder passed away I reminisced about his many great comedic performances. “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” just to name a few. Then of course, a childhood favorite, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
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“Bojack Horseman” is great and TV criticism sucks

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Title says it all. Watch “Bojack Horseman.” It’s on Netflix, it has 3 great seasons, and overall, is a damn good show.

It takes a couple episodes to get into, but after those few episodes you understand what the show is all about. It’s essentially clinical depression with frequent animal jokes, which is perfect!

I was initially turned off to the show after a brutal “59” MetaCritic score for its first season. But here’s the problem with that. The most important thing for a hired critic is to publish, to make money, to get clicks etc. However a lot of the times, for shows, they’re only given 3-4 episodes ahead of time, then they write their review based on those episodes.

I understand the business side of it. A review released after or during a season won’t get as many clicks as the articles posted immediately. But, just like the existence of MetaCritic and Rotten Tomatoes, this hurts the art of criticism significantly.

So what happens with “Bojack Horseman”? Season 2 holds a 90 on MetaCritic, season 3 holds a “89.” This has to be one of the greatest critical gaps on MetaCritic between seasons. If you watch the show there is no discernible change in quality from Season 1 forward.

The most recent season of “Game of Thrones” also received the lowest MetaCritic score of the show yet at 73. Even in the review taglines you can see critics saying they’ve only watched the first few episodes of the season, which were less than stellar.

Moral to this post? “Bojack Horseman” is great and TV criticism sucks.

How “Life is Strange” devastated me

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“Post-Game Depression” is what I heard it referred to on the “Life is Strange” subreddit where people shared their feelings of hopelessness and despair following the Dontrod hit game series.

I’ve experienced this before. It happened when I finished the “Mass Effect” franchise as well as when one of my favorite shows “Community” concluded. There have been games and shows that I’ve loved more, and I could definitely rank several games over “Life is Strange,” but even with those I haven’t felt this kind of post-depression.

For those who’ve played, “Life is Strange” lets you pick between two tragic endings. And the endings aren’t bad like it was for “Mass Effect 3,” or even the saddest outcome I’ve seen in a video game. No, it wasn’t the ending, it was the world. I was brought into Arcadia Bay, I was nosy and explored everything and everywhere, read every journal entry, conversed with all the characters. The characters were diverse, unique, and I got to know them.

Then it was over.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, when post-depression happens, it’s not a result of the destination, but of the journey. Back when I was crippled by not being able to visit the “Mass Effect” characters anymore, I learned that to cure this depression you have to keep playing. You have to keep watching.

And though I could replay “Life is Strange,” I will never experience it for the first time again, but that’s okay. It’s rare, but there will be other games, and other shows, that will have a world worth the depression. I am continually astounded at how art can change and evolve us at an emotional level.

It wasn’t perfect, but I loved “Life is Strange.” I will recommend it with caution to my friends and family. I will likely never play it again, but I will find that same kind of rare investment in the future. And I can’t wait for that to happen.

Updated Oscar Predictions – July 2016

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We’re getting closer! There are still so many potentially great films that we haven’t even seen a still image of yet. TIFF and Venice are just around the corner though and we plan on promptly updating these right after.

Keep it here for the most updated predictions

Here’s what we have for now:

 

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The Birth of a Nation
La La Land
Fences
Loving
Silence
Arrival
Live by Night
The Founder
Manchester by the Sea
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Emmys: Updated Winner Predictions

Emmys: Updated Winner Predictions

The Emmy nominations had some unexpected variables from an outside perspective, but it actual was more predictable this year than it has been in the past.

I’m pretty satisfied with my nominee predictions, you can see the full rankings of “most likely to win” along with my personal nominee-prediction score on the Emmys page.

Here’s a quick idea of who I’m thinking will win each category:

Drama Series
What will win: Game of Thrones
Alternate: Mr. Robot

Comedy Series
What will win: Veep
Alternate: Silicon Valley
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Pokémon Go – changing the way you play smart phone games

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I was, and still am a huge “Pokémon” fan. So it warms my heart to see the franchise reinvent itself in what could be the most popular Smart Phone game since “Angry Birds.”

Pokémon was met with insurmountable popularity in the late 90s. I know, I contributed greatly to its popularity. I loved the card game, the series, the Gameboy games, pretty much everything about the mysterious world. But with popularity invariably comes controversy.

The franchise was met with hate by church groups, episodes of the show were censored, and soon, accompanied by popularity, it became one of the most controversial franchises of its magnitude.

The controversy, and even the popularity probably weren’t in executive director Satoshi Tajiri’s mind when he sculpted the franchise. The idea for Pokémon stemmed from Tajiri’s fascination with insect collecting, which he loved to do as a kid. Continue reading

2016 Emmy Predictions – July

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2016 Emmy Predictions – July

“Game of Thrones!” “Game of Thrones!” “Game of Thrones!”

With that said, it should be a pretty big year for HBO as well as Netflix. We’ve got all of our predictions below including GUEST categories and Variety categories as well.

Keep it here for our most updated predictions.

 Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Better Call Saul
Mr. Robot
Downton Abbey
Homeland
Orange is the New Black
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