Oscar Night 4th March – Don’t Miss It!

2018 Oscars

As the excitement builds for the 2018 Oscars this weekend, there are definitely some ‘must see’ movies loaded with nominations.

Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill during World War 11, with nominations in six categories.

Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya as a black photographer tackling racism in America through smart satire and horror tropes. It is also an entertaining movie for a broad audience. Kaluuya is nominated for best actor.

Lady Bird, nominated for five awards finds universal quirkiness amid a year in the life of free-spirited Sacramento teen Lady Bird played by Saoirse Ronan, who can’t wait to escape her Catholic school, her hometown and her overbearing mom.

The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance with thirteen Oscar nominations. An emotional fairy tale about a voiceless janitor played by Sally Hawkins, and a fish-man from South America has cool underwater scenes that have made a splash in Oscars’ technical categories.

For more on ‘must see’ movies nominated for 2018 Oscars read this USA Today article

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Icy Drama with Skating Legend – I Tonya

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From the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon, former competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding and privilege that the community wanted to portray, despite her being naturally gifted in the sport athletically.

Tonya found her career derailed after she was implicated in a brutal assault on one of her skating rivals.

In I Tonya, the new comedy biopic, Margot Robbie, who plays Tonya, is as wide-eyed and crazy as figure skater herself, who is essentially bullied from an early age into developing tunnel vision, with only a career on the ice capable of lifting her from her deprived roots – one character calls it her “super power”. The bullying is largely perpetrated by Allison Janney, who has been hoovering up awards as Harding’s mother and, later, by Sebastian Stan as the abusive husband who would later play into his wife’s very public downfall.

Margot Robbie has spoken at length about how she practically ‘became’ Tonya Harding while filming I Tonya. The Australian actress even did a lot of the live skating scenes, although naturally, would not be attempting to follow in Harding’s footsteps in performing a triple axel… The Daily Mail on how Margot, 27, jokingly attempting and ‘nailing’ the stunt on solid ground… Read more

 

Game Night… Is this a game or not?

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This new comedy tells the story of a group of friends who regularly meet up for game nights. One of their game nights goes horribly wrong when the fun murder mystery game they think they’re playing turns into a very real kidnapping.

The film’s directing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein told IGN that one of the biggest challenges in making Game Night was striking the right tone between the comedy and thriller aspects of the film.

“It was probably the hardest thing in putting the movie together, was walking that line,” said Goldstein. “Because if you lean too much into the comedy, then the thriller aspect feels like nothing, and if you get too dark with it, then nobody feels like laughing. And so it was always finding that right balance, and some of that, you know, we accomplish with our score, and some of it with the pacing of the scene or the editing. But we think it worked out well. I mean, the screenings we’ve had, people are getting it. They’re laughing, and they’re gasping at the right moment.” Read more from IGN

Black Panther – It’s Revolutionary!

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The world premier for the latest Marvel movie, Black Panther took place in Los Angeles last week. One of Marvel’s most anticipated movies didn’t disappoint.

Although proper reviews are being held off until the release of the latest superhero title, the social media embargo for the film was lifted shortly after the world premiere screening — and those lucky enough to see it with the entire cast in attendance have been tweeting up a storm about Ryan Coogler’s “revolutionary” film.

Black Panther, the first major superhero film directed by a black man and starring a predominantly black cast is a new benchmark for representation and storytelling.

Black Panther was STUNNING. The movie itself tackles a lot of different issues, including a complex villain and the moral struggles that come with being king.’

Black Panther is exceptional – the James Bond of the MCU. You’ve seen nothing like this in a superhero movie – it’s bold, beautiful & intense, but there’s a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done.’

Check out some of the early Black Panther reactions… Read more social media reviews in this MTV News article

Revving up for the 2018 Oscars!

2018 Oscar nominations

With this week’s nominations for the 90th Academy Awards locked and loaded, it’s time for the Academy’s voters to review the nine films they’ve deemed the best pictures of 2017.

How many of them have you seen? Do you agree with the selection?

High contenders for Best Picture award are The Shape of the Water, Phantom Thread and Lady Bird… but things could change before the ceremony in March.

The Hollywood News has set out their initial set of predictions for the ceremony.

‘A lot of things seem to be more or less what we thought going into the nominations. One change is that The Shape of Water has moved into the lead for Best Picture. The lack of a Best Director nomination probably keeps Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from winning Best Picture, which is why I’ve dropped it down so low. Get Out and Lady Bird both have no below the line nominations, which hurts, so while they still have a chance, it doesn’t look quite as good as before. Frankly, while it almost certainly won’t win, Dunkirk seems like it could pose the real challenge. If so, look for Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance to walk away with a number of Academy Awards, including the big one.’ Let’s see how their predictions pan out

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The Shape of Water
2. Lady Bird
3. Get Out
4. Dunkirk
5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
6. Phantom Thread
7. The Post
8. Call Me By Your Name
9. Darkest Hour

Read more predictions from Hollywood News

The grand finale – Maze Runner: The Death Cure is here!

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After an indefinite delay due to the serious injuries star Dylan Thomas suffered shooting a car action scene back in early 2016, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is finally ready to hit the big screen.

Based on the young adult series of novels by author James Dashner, in this epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

The whole film comes across like a hodge-podge of constituent parts of most action and adventure films you’ve ever seen. It doesn’t make for a bad way to watch a film, since the pieces are generally well integrated under the veneer of the story. With it being focused on a younger audience, it’s less likely that they’ll notice elements of Die Hard, Speed, Italian Job, Resident Evil, any runner-style Zombie film, and most points in-between all liberally spread around the film’s more than 2-hour running time… read more from Bleeding Cool

Coco wins 2018 Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture

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Congratulations to the team… Coco took six years to produce, the first Pixar film to be centered on a Mexican cultural celebration it was a major win for the Latinx community. This movie is MAGIC – When aspiring musician Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) finds himself in the Land of the Dead, all he needs to return to the Land of the Living is a blessing from a family member, a magical marigold petal and a promise he’s not sure he can make.

Miguel Rivera, the latest generation in a long line of shoemakers in Santa Cecilia, Mexico is different from the rest of his family, he yearns for a more artistic outlet. He loves to play music and has a clear talent for it as well unfortunately he has to keep it a secret from his family because his great great grandmother was betrayed by her husband who left her and their child Coco to become a musician. This lead to music being banned and the whole family becoming shoemakers and by-product of this is Miguel feeling somewhat of an outcast in his own family… read more in this review from Scannain