The 2020 Oscar nominations are in. Along with some disappointments and celebrations, there was a lot of the usual debate about this year's Academy Awards. Here are 8 thoughts on the celebration of the year in film:
2019 was a movie year marked by its best stories: J-Lo leading lady Goodfellas, an all-time great whodunnit, a razor sharp high school comedy, and epic depictions of two of the 20th Century's most notorious crimes. Ranking all 22 comes with glaring omissions like 1917 and Joker, two films that would likely place somewhere in the top... Continue Reading →
Netflix’s The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as two Texas Rangers chasing Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Despite big name leads and an all-time premise, the John Lee Hancock film is unfortunately a stale depiction of the hunt for the most romanticized crime duo in American history.
Strip clubs and Wall Street are different worlds, but the two converge in the movie Hustlers. The crime flick starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez is much more compelling than a glance at a movie trailer would indicate. It is a smart, compact film with dynamic leads and a unique premise.
The Lord Of The Rings novels are among the most beloved epics ever created. The gratifying movie Tolkien reviews the early life of their creator and shows how the author’s love of language and World War I service influenced his eventual masterpieces.
Director Peter Jackson is best known for his groundbreaking Lord of the Rings movies. His new World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old ranks with the trilogy as a stunning cinematic accomplishment. Jackson's studio remastered century-old footage so well, that their film brings the Great War into the next millennium.
There is little doubt that Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the surprise box office hits of 2018. Maybe the biggest. The more unexpected feat from the Freddie Mercury biopic is its substantial award season buzz. Not only has it won Best Drama at the Golden Globes, but it was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards - which is hard to believe, because Bohemian Rhapsody is a bad movie.
Sunday night will be an Oscar ceremony unlike any that we have ever seen before. No host, non-actors as presenters, and negative feelings about the Academy’s attempts to shake up the ceremony will make for an interesting telecast. With that in mind, I have little doubt that my 2019 Oscar predictions could be wildly off.