“The Disaster Artist”: September Oscar predictions

It’s slowly turning into the fall, weather wise. At the same time, the films are beginning to become more and more prestige laden. The Academy Awards are still a ways off, but predictions need to continually evolve, now that we’re more than halfway through the festival season. As such, a laser focus on the awards season is what’s required now. Only a select few Oscar hopefuls have yet to screen for any pundits, and with that, … [Read more...]

Jake Gyllenhaal is Oscar worthy in “Stronger”

For the last few years, it has almost felt like a waiting game with Jake Gyllenhaal and the Academy. He has an Oscar nomination, but has been snubbed a few times since then, most notably for Nightcrawler. On Friday, Gyllenhaal turns in one of his very best and most awards friendly performances yet with Stronger, a biopic that manages to subvert the expectations of the genre. Films too often become standard issue when dealing with this sort of … [Read more...]

Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Actress hopefuls

You know what time it is. As you ladies and gentlemen are well aware of from the last year or so as well as my handful of articles again during this year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m … [Read more...]

“Battle of the Sexes” is a crowd pleasing re-do of the 2016 election

Sometimes, a movie just hits at the right time. Battle of the Sexes, initially just a baity biopic of Billie Jean King and the moment where he path crossed with Bobby Riggs, is now about so much more. Obviously, it’s a comedic sports tale as well, but it’s also in many ways a re litigation of the 2016 Presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Apolitical audiences will enjoy things besides that, but if … [Read more...]

TIFF Audience Award goes to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their award winners. Notably, the Audience Award, which is the top prize at TIFF, went to Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The runner ups were, perhaps surprisingly, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slightly surprising, though the word out of … [Read more...]

Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Actor hopefuls

Onward! Folks, as you all know so well from last year as well as my articles again so far this year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in … [Read more...]

“mother!” is Darren Aronofsky’s most extreme film yet

Among his peers, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is as ambitious and distinctive as there is. Not only does he manage to craft movies unlike any other, he often is able to do it within the studio system as well. In the case of his newest work, the secretive project mother!, he’s made something that you’d never expect Hollywood to finance. Without question, mother! is batshit crazy, a fever dream of the highest order. It also just might be … [Read more...]

Full Trailer drops for “The Disaster Artist”

Yesterday morning, a gift from the movie gods was bestowed upon us all. Hot off of the film’s highly praised reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, a Full Trailer was released for The Disaster Artist. As I said back when the Teaser debuted, among modern day cult films, The Room stands tall. Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a midnight movie captured audience adoration like Tommy Wiseau’s “masterpiece”. Even in … [Read more...]

Judd Apatow showcases documentary chops with “May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers”

For many, Judd Apatow is purely thought of as a sort of comedy godfather. Between writing, directing, and producing, he’s responsible for some of the biggest comedies of the past decade. That’s both on television as well as in theaters. However, he offers more than that, as he’s occasionally supported smaller and more independent fare, helping to get it showcased. Today, he goes the documentary route for the first time with May … [Read more...]

“The Shape of Water” wins the Golden Lion at Venice

Over the weekend, the 2017 Venice Film Festival handed out their awards, with Guillermo del Toro’s ravenously received The Shape of Water taking the top prize. While the Golden Lion isn’t quite an Academy Award barometer, it’s nothing to sneeze at either. This marks an important point in the road, as things are heating up. We’re not yet at the precursor season, but any feather in your hat right now is a boon for a … [Read more...]

Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Director hopefuls

Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know from years past, as well as my return article last week, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each … [Read more...]

Who could replace Colin Trevorrow and direct “Star Wars: Episode IX”?

Some rather huge news broke two days ago when Lucasfilm announced that they’d parted ways with filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, who was scheduled to direct Episode IX of the Star Wars saga. It’s supposedly a mutual parting, but the poor reception to Trevorrow’s recently released The Book of Henry definitely didn’t help instill confidence in Kathleen Kennedy and company. Whatever the case may be, Episode IX now needs a new … [Read more...]

“It” looks to become the rare blockbuster horror outing

Horror films often are treated as the red headed stepchild of the cinematic world. Whether it’s a lack of awards viability or just an absence of respect, it’s the genre treated the worst by Hollywood. This week, however, we have a major attempt at changing that with the release of It. The well regarded Stephen King book has only ever been tried on the small screen before, so this big screen outing is something new. That makes it part … [Read more...]