Picks and Predictions for the 88th Annual Academy Awards (aka, the 2016 Oscars)

Best Picture
My prediction: Spotlight
My pick: Spotlight

Best Director
My prediction: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
My pick: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actor
My prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
My pick: Matt Damon, The Martian

Best Actress
My prediction: Brie Larson, Room
My pick: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor
My prediction: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
My pick: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress
My prediction: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
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Picks and Predictions for the 87th Annual Academy Awards (aka, the 2015 Oscars)

Best Picture
My prediction: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
My pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Director
My prediction: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
My pick: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actor
My prediction: Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
My pick: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Best Actress
My prediction: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
My pick: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actor
My prediction: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
My pick: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
My prediction: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
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Picks and Predictions for the 86th Annual Academy Awards (aka, the 2014 Oscars)

”Image”I feel a little more confident in my predictions this year than last year, but then again, my Best Picture prediction isn’t shared by a lot of prognosticators for some reason I appear to be missing. Continue reading

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Picks and Predictions for the 85th Annual Academy Awards (aka, the 2013 Oscars)

ImageI’m usually fairly confident in my predictions, but this year, I won’t think any less of you if you decide not to use my predictions in any official or unofficial capacity.  There are plenty of categories up in the air, including Best Picture, which, if momentum from other awards is to be trusted, could very well go to a film (Argo) that was not nominated for Best Director.  That would be the first time that happened in over 20 years (and when it happened, that was the first time it had happened in over 60 years).  I’m obviously skeptical of that happening. Continue reading

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DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 9/11/2012

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The little details of Snow White and the Huntsman reinvigorate a story that has been told countless time before (including the blunder Mirror Mirror earlier this year).  The evil queen (Charlize Theron) is simply insecure after being jilted by one man too many and wants to exact revenge upon a society that has shunned her.  The huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is a drunken widower with a death wish.  Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is still the fairest in the land but because she has a kind spirit and can rally the troops when she becomes a figure like Joan of Arc.  This is a bleak adaptation, colored with impressive production design and a sense of the grotesque at seemingly every turn.  Forget the stupid gossip that has come out from behind the scenes; this sets a foreboding stage upon which an old tale comes to life in sometimes inspired ways.  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading

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DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 9/4/2012

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There are some simple but hard truths that permeate The Five-Year Engagement.  People’s lives don’t turn out the way they expected.  A romantic relationship is more than a collection of feelings.  Keeping it alive is difficult when two people find themselves in a situation in which the two people’s goals conflict.  We’ve seen these truths repeatedly in romantic comedies, and the question is whether or not they seem honest.  The screenplay by director Nicholas Stoller and star Jason Segel gets to that honesty by presenting an episodic view of a couple’s relationship throughout the years.  At times sweet and at others profane, the film balances those two qualities well, and the cast, including Segel and Emily Blunt as the pair with the long engagement, is even more endearing than that balance.  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading

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DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 8/28/2012

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits has an unruly spirit and a sense of randomness in its opening act.  It watches the crew of a pirate ship, led by the Pirate Captain (voice of Hugh Grant), as they debate what constitutes the best part of a pirate’s life and attempt to pillage various ships with poor results.  These scenes are to the movie’s benefit.  Then the actual plot, about the Pirate Captain trying to win the coveted Pirate of the Year award, starts up, and despite the amusing addition of Charles Darwin (voice of David Tennant), the movie loses much of the feeling that anything could happen as the usual story beats unfold.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D.

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