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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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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

 

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 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 – ★★★★

My thoughts on The Florida Project

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“Powerful”


The film follows a young girl living in the outskirts of Orlando, Florida living in a motel called “The Magic Castle.” The film is directed by Sean Baker who gained lots of attention with his film Tangerine in 2015. The film is lovely as it expresses the wonders of childhood through the eyes of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her antics with her friends. Halley (Bria Vinaite) is the mother of Moonee who desperately tries to match each week’s rent and taking care of her daughter by doing numerous things, but the lengths she travels to do so become more and more troubling. Bobby (Willem Dafoe) is the owner of the motel and he tries his best to make sure the motel is the best despite being a crappy motel in the shadow of Disney World. The performances from everyone is solid with the standouts being Moonee, and Halley.
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With rich vibrate colours, the setting and atmosphere make you feel warm. The beauty of the film’s cinematography along with the captivating performances are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes the film great. The main captivating factor that makes The Florida Project great is the way Baker engrosses you into these character’s lives. It’s a film that thoroughly shows us the beauty of humanity, love, and friendship through the eyes of a community that rarely get shown on the big screen. It’s funny, genuine, and wonderful.

Rating – ★★★★½

My thoughts on mother!

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“What the fu—”


Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence are a married couple living in a house together and uninvited guests arrive at their home and shit happens. I know this is vague, but I don’t want to go too much into detail about the film. It can be interpreted in many ways. What I can say thoroughly is that the performances are incredible all around from the entire cast, especially Jennifer Lawrence. The cinematography is fantastic, the nature of it made me feel uneasy and claustrophobic throughout. Along with how beautifully shot the film was, the sound design/mixing was crisp. You hear every creak, every footstep, it was done to perfection and the house felt “real.”  The film was beautifully done with great detail all across the board. It was painted to perfection.

To conclude my thoughts, I loved the film. There are several allegories in the film that will definitely impact how you view the film throughout and how you react/feel to it after. 

Rating – ★★★★

 

Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

 

Here’s my list, short and sweet…

#10) “The Shape of Water”     Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Plot – A fantastical love story set in America during the Cold War.
Stars – Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, & Octavia Spencer
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#9) “Annihilation”     Director: Alex Garland
Plot – A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition.
Stars – Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, & Gina Rodriguez
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#8) “Blade Runner 2049”     Director: Denis Villeneuve   Blade Runner 2049 Trailer
Plot – Sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, picking up thirty years on from the events of the original.
Stars – Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, & Mackenzie Davis
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#7) “Song to Song”     Director: Terrence Malick
Plot – Two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Stars – Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, & Michael Fassbender
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#6) “Mother”     Director: Darren Aronofsky
Plot – A young couple receive some uninvited guests in their home.
Stars – Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Ed Harris
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#5) “Molly’s Game”     Director: Aaron Sorkin (Directorial Debut)
Plot – A former Olympic skier establishes a high-stakes international poker game that brings her to the attention of the FBI.
Stars – Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, & Kevin Costner
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#4) “T2:Trainspotting”     Director: Danny Boyle   Trainspotting 2 Trailer
Plot – Sequel to “Trainspotting” that follows up on the lives of Sick Boy, Spud, Begbie, Renton, and Diane twenty years on.
Stars – Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Johnny Lee Miller, Kelly MacDonald, & Ewan Bremner
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#3) “Star Wars: Episode: VIII”     Director: Rian Johnson
Plot – Rey continues her journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Stars – Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie & Daisy Ridley
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#2) “Untitled PTA Fashion Drama”     Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Plot – Drama about a fashion designer in London in the 1950s.
Stars – Daniel Day-Lewis
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#1) “Dunkirk”     Director: Christopher Nolan   Dunkirk Trailer
Plot – The story of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.
Stars – Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, & Harry Styles
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Well, there’s my list! There’s so many great films to look forward to in 2017, I can’t wait!