The 90th Academy Awards Predictions

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Jimmy Kimmel will host the 90th Academy Awards tonight and like I do every year I will do my predictions for some of the categories, last year I had 7 out of 8 correct predictions but somehow this year I think I will be way off!

  • Best Picture: (Went to The Shape of Water)
    Who Will Win: Lady Bird
    Who I want to win: Dunkirk
  • Best Director: (Went to Guillermo Del Toro)
    Who Will Win: Christopher Nolan
    Who I want to Win: Christopher Nolan
  • Actor in leading role: (Called it)
    Who Will Win: Gary Oldman
    Who I want to win: Danian Day-Lewis
  • Actress in Leading Role: (Called it)
    Who will win: Frances McDormand
    Who I want to win: Frances McDormand
  • Actor in supporting role: (Called it)
    Who will win: Sam Rockwell
    Who I want to win: Woody Harrelson
  • Actress in supporting role: (Went to Allison Jenny)
    Who will win: Octavia Spencer
    Who I want to win: Octavia Spencer
  • Best Score: (Alexandre Desplat)
    Who will win: Hans Zimmer
    Who I want to win: Hans Zimmer
  • Best Cinematography:(Called it)
    Who will win: Roger Deakins
    Who I want to win: Roger Deakins

I will update this post tomorrow after the event and see how well I did this year.

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Favorite 2017 movies

2017 was not the best year for motion pictures but it was good, some films didn’t hit the right tones while some of them did an incredible job at keeping up with fans expectation and some of them even took it forward, the following are my top favorite films in no particular order except for the number 1.

but first couple of films that might have made the list but I have yet to see them:

  • The Disaster Artist
  • The Press
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Phantom Thread

Baby Driver
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Edgar Wright can do no wrong, the man is in my opinion one of the very best directors working today and Baby Driver is one of his finest work, it is funny and keeps you on your toes the whole time and a very amusing way to approach music in a film, some even call it a musical which is not so far from the truth.

Alien Covenant
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A lot of the Alien purists dislike Scott’s new entries to the series mainly because they don’t want to know the origin of the Xenomorphs because they think that will kill the mystery of the first film which I think it is a load of rubbish, the new films are not as legendary as the original but they are really good and I love David and really want to know how far they will take him.

Thor Ragnarok
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Thor Ragnarok is for my money the funniest and most action heavy Marvel movie to date, perhaps that is some of its weaknesses but I personally enjoyed it a lot, I particularly liked Hela and I am hoping she will make a come back at some point

War For the Planet of the Apes
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The final film in the Ape’s reboot and its main character Cesar hit really hard last summer, while the movie wasn’t a War movie like the title suggests it was more of an emotional war between, Cesar and Woody Harelson’s fantastic villain as The Colonel.

Logan
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Logan marks Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine, the film is a dark depressing look at the ending of The Mutants world and it is a testament to Jackman’s gutting performance.

Stephen King’s IT
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IT terrified me as a kid when I read it and this film terrified me when I watched it, Bill Skarsgård was terrifying as Pennyworth, I am also very happy about the fact that they cut a few parts from the books which will not be appropriate for the big screen.

Spider-Man Homecoming
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Spider-Man’s return to the Marvel fold is a welcome one, the game stretched out Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker and gave us the amazing Vulture which is my favorite MCU villain so far.

Dunkirk
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Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan showing off his directorial skills, the film is not story or character driven and it doesn’t have twists and turns like his previous films but what it does have is a beautiful cinematography and gorgeously shot scenes that belong in a museum

Star Wars The Last Jedi
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Rian Johnson made an emotional and beautiful Star Wars film that developed the main characters of Rey and Kylo Ren and prepared the story to the conclusion in the upcoming Episode IX

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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It is not as engaging as the first one mainly because it is very focused on Quil’s father which ends up being predicatable but everything else aside from that is great, the characters are funny like the first one and it has some fantastic musical moments.

 

And my favorite film of the years is:

tumblr_static_26osk19e9qck84sgcwogsw88wFor Two years in a row Denis Villeneuve manages to make my favorite film of the year but with Blade Runner 2049 he took what made the original such a sic-fi classic and made it even better, the setting is fantastic and the characters are incridble, I loved every moment of it and I have seen it three times ever since with many many viewings to come.

 

Dunkirk (Review)

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Dunkirk is written and directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy as well as a group of young actors. It is the story of the evacuation of the British army that was stuck on the shores of France surrounded by Nazi forces.

Before even watching the movie, you might notice that none of the posters mention any actors. This is deliberate: most of them don’t get to say more than a few words. The film is practically a silent movie and which allows Christopher Nolan to tell a story using visuals and mad directing skills. This movie might not be for everyone and a lot of people might even walk away being bored and frustrated but almost everyone that has seen this movie agrees that Nolan is the true star of the film as the masterful director. If you watch Dunkirk and didn’t know anything about the story, you will be confused and quite frankly bored because a majority of people watch a movie to understand its story and enjoy character development and you are not getting any of that here. Instead you will get a film that shows you war and how scary it is, how frightening it is to be stuck on a beach with no hope and being shot at like a fish in a barrel. You get a sense of the scale and the massive nothingness of the sea that they want to cross but can’t, Dunkirk owes a great debt to Terrance Malik movies because it does feel like there is a great deal of him in the film. Nolan takes Malik’s calm approach to storytelling and turns the volume up high with the sounds of airplanes, bombs and gunfire that effectively transport you to Dunkirk. The music and sounds of the film play a great role.

Hans Zimmer’s score elevates the tension that Nolan creates with the scale of the film. The sounds of the planes before they attack the beach will hurt your ears and that is what makes this film an experience and not just a film. The experience will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Verdict: Christopher Nolan has a vast number of haters simply because he exists and Dunkirk is not going to make them stop hating him and his work. As for the rest of us, whether you are a fan of him or just cinema in general, Dunkirk is going to be a film that will stay with you and change the way you think of how visual story telling is done. (10.0/10.0)