“Annihilation” is another ambitious sci-fi effort from Alex Garland

Folks, Ex Machina was no fluke. Alex Garland, long a top tier genre screenwriter, has evolved into one of the more exciting filmmakers out there. His latest directorial outing, the hugely ambitious Annihilation, is easily among the best films of 2018 so far. Opening this week, it represents thoughtful science fiction at its most engaging. Garland clearly is now a director with a lot to say, as opposed to just a writer. Everything he suggested … [Read more...]

Updated Academy Award Predictions as final voting opens

As you’re reading this, members of the Academy have been officially voting for the Oscars. Final choices are being made, with contenders having done everything possible to attract votes their way. Now, they’ll just have to wait. Voters have a week to fill out their ballots, with the ceremony a few days after. We’re under two weeks now from the actual Academy Awards ceremony, if you can believe it. Final predictions will be next … [Read more...]

BAFTA goes big for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Yesterday afternoon, the British Academy more or less set the stage for Oscar, as the BAFTA awards were given out. With that final precursor, voting for the Academy Awards will begin tomorrow, and that’s where decisions will actually be made. Academy members will have BAFTA results in their back pocket, and they could loom large. If so, that may be a very good sign for Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The … [Read more...]

Roger Deakins wins ASC Award for “Blade Runner 2049”

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC claimed the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” at the 32nd Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Mart Taniel, ESC was given the Spotlight Award for “November.” In the TV categories, winners included Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC for “The Crown;” Boris Mojsovski, CSC for … [Read more...]

An updated ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for early 2018

It’s becoming a tradition every few months here. Whenever Marvel releases a new film within their Marvel Cinematic Universe, we must re-order their rankings! By the end of the year, we’ll have 20 films in the MCU to rank, but for now, we’ve got a solid 18 (next up are the one two punch of Avengers: Infinity War as well as Ant-Man and the Wasp). Sparking this of course is today’s release of Black Panther, which, spoiler … [Read more...]

BAFTA predictions ahead of the vital precursor

This coming weekend, the British Academy will hand out their honors. BAFTA represents really the last time for Oscar hopefuls to change the game before voting begins. It’s distinctly possible that many sets of voter eyes will be on BAFTA to see what its membership does. The Academy won’t necessarily follow along, but they might. Last year, La La Land won and of course we all know that Moonlight pulled the Oscar upset, so anything is … [Read more...]

“Black Panther” separates itself from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

So far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the MCU, as it’s often called, has kept to a pretty simple formula. Build a world, slowly, teasing out new characters before giving them their own showcase. This week, Black Panther both continues that trend and breaks the mold in a big way. Unlike anything they’ve ever done before, this superhero flick stands out from the pack for all the right reasons. As Phase Three of the MCU begins to … [Read more...]

Taking a look at Independent Spirit Award predictions

Early next month, the day before the Academy Awards are announced, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will go down. Most years, there’s some Oscar crossover, but the show also represents an opportunity to fete the “other” players in the race. There’s basically two versions of the show. One has Academy players compete for another honor, while the other sees the sorts of titles ignored by Oscar go up for glory. This year … [Read more...]

Writers Guild prizes go to “Call Me By Your Name” and “Get Out”

Over the weekend, a pair of screenplay precursors were announced, bringing us very close to the end of the season. On Saturday night, the USC Scripter awards were handed out, while last night saw the Writers Guild of America hold their ceremony. With only BAFTA still to chime in, among the truly influential precursors, the race is still in flux overall, though with more and more categories starting to come into focus. Post BAFTA, that’ll be … [Read more...]

Updated Academy Award Predictions for early February

In just under a month, the Oscars will be handed out. Voting has not yet opened up for Academy members, so we remain in a form of awards season stasis. The calm before the final storm, if you will. There’s not a whole lot of news to sift through here, beyond the Directors Guild result. The Writers Guild will be our next clue, but until then, we’re in neutral. So, despite me saying one thing, I’m doing another. I may tell you to … [Read more...]

Catching up on Trailers for “Deadpool 2”, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, and more

Today is a Trailer roundup day folks! Yes, between this past weekend’s big Super Bowl spots, a notable new Teaser earlier this week, and an intriguing one dropping just today, it seemed like the perfect time to play a little bit of catch up. Below you’ll see a number of Trailers for a wide variety of 2018 releases. To be sure, not all of them will turn out to be winners (just look at how interesting the surprise Teaser and Trailer for … [Read more...]

Clint Eastwood continues to direct his way at 87

No matter your opinion on the directing career of Clint Eastwood, it’s impossible not to admire the pace he keeps. At 87 years old, he’s shown no sign of slowing down, essentially putting out a film every other year. It’s not the yearly pace of fellow octogenarian Woody Allen, but it’s not far off. With a new movie opening this week in The 15:17 to Paris, it seems only appropriate to talk about Eastwood a bit, specifically … [Read more...]

“The Cloverfield Paradox” expands the unlikely cinematic universe

On Sunday night, during the Super Bowl (and as a Jet fan, it’s a relief not to see the Patriots win for a change), a number of exciting Trailers dropped. There were fun looks at Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and more, but the one film that really captured the imagination was The Cloverfield Paradox. Once known as God Particle, this was always rumored to … [Read more...]