2017 Oscar Predictions

I’ll try to cover most of the nominations, probably won’t. Ok, here we go.
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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS       
-Blade Runner 2049                                                     
-Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
-Kong: Skull Island

-Star Wars: The Last Jedi
-War for the Planet of the Apes
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BEST SOUND MIXING     
-Baby Driver
– Blade Runner 2049
– Dunkirk
– The Shape of Water
– Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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BEST SOUND EDITING     
– Baby Driver
– Blade Runner 2049
– Dunkirk
– The Shape of Water
– Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE     
-Dunkirk
– Phantom Thread
– The Shape of Water
– Star Wars: The Last Jedi
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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BEST FILM EDITING
– Baby Driver
– Dunkirk
– I, Tonya
– The Shape of Water
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
– Blade Runner 2049
– Darkest Hour
– Dunkirk
– Mudbound
– The Shape of Water
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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
-Call Me by Your Name
– The Disaster Artist
– Logan
– Molly’s Game
– Mudbound
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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
– The Big Sick

– Get Out
– Lady Bird
– The Shape of Water
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
– Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
– Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
– Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
– Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
– Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
– Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
– Allison Janey, I, Tonya
– Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
– Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
– Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
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BEST ACTOR
– Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
– Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread
– Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
– Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
– Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
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BEST ACTRESS
– Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
– Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
– Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
– Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
– Meryl Streep, The Post
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BEST DIRECTOR
– Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
– Jordan Peele, Get Out
– Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
– Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
– Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
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BEST PICTURE
– Call Me by Your Name
– Darkest Hour
– Dunkirk
– Get Out
– Lady Bird
– Phantom Thread
– The Post
– The Shape of Water
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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Top 10 Best Films of 2017

Here’s my list short & sweet……

Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk, Split, Coco, Okja, Logan, The Florida Project, Wonder Woman, Logan, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, mother!, The Big Sick, Thelma,  & The Disaster Artist

Films I haven’t seen yet at the creation of this list: Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Phantom Thread and a few others 


#10) Get Out – Great Original Thriller/Horror from first time director Jordan Peele.
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#9) Wind River – Riveting murder mystery. Fantastic debut from the very talented Taylor Sheridan. If you enjoy films like Sicario or Hell or High Water, highly recommend.
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#8) Molly’s Game – AARON SORKIN. JESSICA CHASTAIN. AARON SORKIN.
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#7) Lady Bird – Thoroughly well done coming of age movie from the lovely Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan gives one of the best performances of her career. Review
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#6) Good Time – Fucking awesome.GoodTime_Still02.jpg


#5) Blade Runner 2049 – Cinematography is eyegasmic. Just beautiful in every single way from the acting, story, direction…..Villeneuve killed it and he’s on a roll……
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#4) The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Great horror. Very well shot. Fantastic acting/score. If you’re a fan of a Lanthimos, def a must watch or if you love horror films.  Review
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#3) Columbus – Beautiful. Wonderful score. Quiet yet moving.
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#2) Trainspotting 2 – A wonderful sequel. Really entertaining. Felt lots of emotions.
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#1) The Shape of Water – A beautiful romantic fairy tale. Sally Hawkins deserves the Oscar for best actress. Great performances all around from the whole cast. Beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat. It’s Guillermo Del Toro’s best film. Review
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Well that’s my list! Check out my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

My thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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“Bold”


The Last Jedi has many great moments and some of the best moments in Star Wars history. With that being said, it has many flaws and it suffers from them. The story is uneven. Story lines needed more time to breathe while others cut down. The humor, while at times worked some of it was just too out of place and it took away from the tension/immersion of the scene. There are also a few pacing/tone issues throughout.ep8-ff-000005It might seem that I’m bashing/hating The Last Jedi, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a wonderful time. We again get wonderful performances from the cast, old and new. The film is visually stunning and the action scenes are very well choreographed and felt compelling. Rey, Poe, Luke and Kylo had tremendous  growth and had the best performances in the movie. In terms of the story, I’m conflicted as I feel some stories were fleshed out more so than others. The more and more I think about The Last Jedi, the more I feel like it’s not even a Star Wars movie, but a Rian Johnson Star Wars movie. All in all, despite the flaws, it’s a great ride and one I’ll watch again and again.

Rating – ★★★½

 

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

Honorable Mentions -> Solo: A Star Wars Story, Black Panther, Venom, Wildlife, The Sisters Brothers,  A Rainy Day in New York, The Jungle Book, First Man, Lizzie, Thoroughbreds, and Backseat



#10) Ready Player One
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance and more


#9) Isle of Dogs
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and more


#8) Incredibles 2
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson,  Holly Hunter, Bob Odenkirk, Craig T. Nelson and more


#7) Avengers: Infinity War
Director: Anthony & Joe Russo
Stars: YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE


#6) You Were Never Really Here
Director: Lynne Ramsay

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola and more


#5) Deadpool 2/Untitled Deadpool Sequel
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, TJ Miller, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin and more


#4) Serenity
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The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt him, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be what it all seems
Director: Steven Knight
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diana Lane, Jason Clarke and more

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#3) Annihilation
Director: Alex Garland
Stars: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more


#2) Widows
 Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Director: Steve McQueen
Stars: Jon Bernthal, Elizabeth Debicki, Viola Davis, Carrie Coon, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya and more
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#1) The Irishman
 A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Ray Romano and more
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My thoughts on The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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“Uncomfortable”


Without going too much into the details of the plot, basically Colin Farrell, a surgeon becomes friends with a teenage boy played by Barry Keoghan. Colin introduces him to his family and they all become ill. Anyways, I really enjoyed Sacred Deer. The acting performances from the entire cast were phenomenal. Lanthimos balances out the sheer terror and dark humor perfectly. I’ve seen the film at TIFF and after watching it I wanted to see it again. I got the same feeling after  watching Sacred Deer as I did when I watched The Lobster which is also another great film from Yorgos Lanthimos which pales some comparisons to Sacred Deer in terms of the dark humor and visual style. I was left going “what the hell did I just watch.” Two words that I think describes the film perfectly are intense & uncomfortable.
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The cinematography is wonderful, lots of wide shots and closeups that really capture the creepy atmosphere. The soundtrack is great too and it propelled the tension even more. Its haunting and combined with the beautiful cinematography, captivating story and great performances, Sacred Deer is one of Lanthimos best films in his career and one of the years best films too. Brilliant horror and it’s unsettling as fuck.

Rating – ★★★★½

My thoughts on Lady Bird

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“Beautiful”


Greta Gerwig knocks it out of the park with her directorial debut. I was absolutely floored with the film. Its a fantastic coming of age story with phenomenal performances and a wonderful story.  Lots of vibes from Wes Anderson and Baumbach in the film as well which is cool. Saoirse is perfect. The whole cast did a tremendous job. The acting and writing is just superb. Now I didn’t really relate to the film in terms of the high school experience or living situation that Lady Bird was in (I was born in Toronto, def not a small town) but in other ways. Anyways, did the film bring anything new to the coming-of-age genre? No, but the reason its getting so much praise and deservedly so was how wonderfully everything was executed. All the familiar tropes are in Lady Bird but Greta makes them fresh and genuine.
giphy (2)In terms of the flaws, I don’t really have any complaints. It’s charming, funny, and heartwarming with very authentic characters. Its one of my favorites of the year and I can’t wait to see what Greta does in the future.

Rating – ★★★★½

PS – Saoirse Ronan is soooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

My thoughts on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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“★★★★★”


Frances McDormand plays a mother named Mildred who’s on a quest to try and get justice for her daughter’s murder. She believes the local authorities haven’t done enough to find the culprit so she places three billboards outside her town to send a message.

Martin McDonagh does a phenomenal job and gives us one of the best films of the year and his best film of his career. The cinematography, editing, music, script absolutely everything is done to perfection. It’s a wonderful film about grief/anger and has several funny moments but also lots of heart. All the actors shine especially McDormand. No character is one-dimensional as well.  It’s great from start to finish and its truly a well done film. It has the right amount of comedic relief and heartfelt moments without going too over the nose and the story is very compelling.
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The story is also very unpredictable and at times you think this is what’s going to happen and then it completely goes the other way around.  I can’t think of any negative thing to say about this film. It doesn’t overstay its welcome and has a perfect run-time. Martin balances comedy and drama effortlessly. 

Rating – ★★★★

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