The 2020 Oscars appeared to be on track to avoid any major upsets until late in the telecast. Korean director Bong Joon Ho's Parasite instantly went from being a well-received film to landmark cinema. The deserving four-time winner upset favorite 1917 and achieved a first in the ceremony's 92 years. Reactions To The 2020 Academy Awards 1 -... Continue Reading →
By the end of 2019, I watched 22 films that comprised a year of instant classics and movies that were a bit of a social media lightning rod. There were a few holes in my indulgence of the year in cinema. After a little catch-up in January, here are the 28 2019 movies I have... Continue Reading →
The nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards are in. The most prestigious awards ceremony in cinema is primed to celebrate a year of instant classics. A-listers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Tom Hanks are up for awards alongside Oscar newcomers like Cynthia Erivo, Florence Pugh, and Bong Joon Ho. Without further ado, here are my predictions for every Oscar category this year:
Large scale intimacy may seem like a contradiction, but Sam Mendes achieves that rare blend in 1917. The director saturates his film's audience in the horrors of World War One using a rare single-shot narrative. Because of this choice, 1917 is more of a psychological thriller than a traditional war movie. It is also the best epic to emerge from a year of instant classic tales like The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
The 2020 Oscar nominations are in. Along with some disappointments and celebrations, there was a lot of the usual debate about this year's Academy Awards. Here are 8 thoughts on the celebration of the year in film:
The 91st Academy Awards are in the books. The ceremony changes, awards, and song performances made for an improved telecast. Some awards were shocking, others less surprising. I was thrilled for Olivia Colman, Black Panther, and Alfonso Cuaron, but less so for Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody. Here are my ten reactions to the 2019... Continue Reading →
There is little doubt that Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the surprise box office hits of 2018. Maybe the biggest. The more unexpected feat from the Freddie Mercury biopic is its substantial award season buzz. Not only has it won Best Drama at the Golden Globes, but it was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards - which is hard to believe, because Bohemian Rhapsody is a bad movie.
Sunday night will be an Oscar ceremony unlike any that we have ever seen before. No host, non-actors as presenters, and negative feelings about the Academy’s attempts to shake up the ceremony will make for an interesting telecast. With that in mind, I have little doubt that my 2019 Oscar predictions could be wildly off.
Over the weekend, I caught up on Best Picture Nominee Bohemian Rhapsody (more on that later). Given that I was six when Freddie Mercury died, I never had the chance to catch the arena rock band live. The movie did allow me the chance to revisit one of my favorite live albums: the Queen + Paul Rodgers record Return of the Champions.