Oscars: Way too Early 2017 Predictions

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Because we’re weird and obsessed for some reason.

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Silence
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Finding Dory
The Book of Henry
Loving
Lion
Hail, Caesar!
Untitled Robert Zemeckis WWII Film
Florence Foster Jenkins
Story of Your Life
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Golden Globes: Way too Early 2016 Predictions – Motion Picture categories

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We have updated our Golden Globes page to show several contenders. Click that link if you want an extended list of alternates and dark horses in each category.

Some films we see being big factors include Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” Stephen Frears’s “Icon,” David O. Russell’s “Joy,” Joel/Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!,” and Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young”

See an overview of our predictions below (visit the link above for more):

Motion Picture – Drama
The Hateful Eight
Icon
Joy
Knight of Cups
The Revenant

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Demolition
Hail, Caesar!
The Last 5 Years
A Walk in the Woods
While We’re Young

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Oscar: Way too Early Oscar Predictions – 2016

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Wow. There are a lot of great film to look forward to next year. Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, Joel/Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Gus van Sant, Terrence Malick, and Ridley Scott all have films in the mix.

The big story though is the release of a 40 year-old film written/directed by Orson Welles. So we could potentially have a strong line-up of contenders.

Again, this early on most of these predictions are guided by the talent attached to the project (both on and off camera), the potential release dates, and the distribution. Because it is so early we only have Best Picture, Directors, and the acting categories predicted. Take from these what you can to make your own predictions as well!

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Film Analysis: Filmmakers who emulate themselves

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the first real awards-contender of 2014. It received a warm 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am devoted fan of Wes Anderson. A statement made recently caught my attention. “Quentin Tarantino is a hack because he copies himself, Wes Anderson is a hack because he copies himself.”

At the time my rebuttal was weak and I was not as prepared for that statement as I am now sitting here writing this post. I understand why someone would make that statement, but I have to disagree. The statement is an irrational generalization. Filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino will always have their detractors. The same way people out there will always argue that Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick were overrated.

If you buy a ticket to a Tarantino film at this point you kind of know what to expect. You’re not getting conformity with directors like Tarantino or Anderson, but you can’t just put these two filmmakers on trial. Continue reading

Top 10: Movie Moments – 2013

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POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW

If you haven’t seen a particular film, please scroll past it. Some moments involve the films’ conclusion.

By the time January has come and past, the M10 awards will be announced and we’ll move our film direction toward 2014.

So many great films were release in 2013, but what were the best moments? After watching nearly a hundred films in 2013, we’ve compiled the top 10 scenes that are still lingering in our minds.

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Film Analysis: Is “Gravity” really that great?

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Film Analysis: Is “Gravity” really that great?

When the film was first announced last year, many speculated great things for “Gravity.” The premise was intriguing, and with veteran director Alfonso Cuaron on board, alongside two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, the film had great potential. After the teaser was released it immediately climbed to the top of Oscar prognosticators’ predictions for all the technical categories including: Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Cinematography. What could beat it? It was destined to be this years visual stunner.

“Gravity” received universal acclaim from screenings at multiple film festivals and released earlier this month to a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 96 and MetaCritic. It went beyond the festival buzz, often being called a “masterpiece” and “The Best Film of 2013.” But is it?

Is Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” worth those high scores from critics? Is it a masterpiece?
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Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

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Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

This list won’t just be the top 9 films on the Best Picture prediction page. It also won’t be the 9 I think will make it with nominations (though very possible). Many other films not on the list could be nominated, but won’t compete for the win, the same way “The Blind Side” or “District 9” didn’t compete in 2010 and how “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” didn’t compete in 2011.

At this point in the race we have seen all but four of the major contenders. We, as a film-going audience, haven’t seen them, but critics have, and we have been given a general consensus on the film.

So here are the top 9, possible Oscar Winners. I can guarantee one of these nine films will be our Oscar Best Picture winner.
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Film: August: Osage County

August-Osage-County-poster-artAugust: Osage County
(Dec. 25, 2013; The Weinstein Company)

Summary: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Oscar Prospects: Best Actress

Runner Up: Best PictureBest Supporting ActressBest Adapted ScreenplayBest Original Score

Long Shots: Best Director, Best Costume DesignBest Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing

IMDB

Status: After recent screenings “August: Osage County” has received mixed reviews. It currently has a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes with 11 reviews. Even if this film maintains its position on the latter part of the 60s, it still stands a chance. Harvey Weinstein still is behind this and it has a prime Christmas release. Meryl Streep is still a major threat for the Best Actress win, Simply because she’s Meryl Streep.

Projected MetaCritic: 66 (Currently 67)

The Players

Director: John Wells
Writer: Tracy Letts
Starring: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper
Cinematographer: Adriano Goldman
Production Designer: David Gropmann
Editor: Stephen Mirrione
Original Music: Gustavo Santaolalla