With so many great movies being released in the last year, the race for the Best Picture is perhaps one of the most heated. It’s not surprising that critics are having trouble agreeing on what the best film is, but what is surprising is the number of different films that are at the top of people’s lists.
At one point, Call Me By Your Name seemed to be the film to beat in the category. The film stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer as forbidden lovers in Italy in 1983, and it’s been talked about ever since it premiered at Sundance early last year. With Hollywood seemingly more open to films with previously controversial topics, Call Me By Your Name seemed poised to hold the golden statue. Since its wide release however, several other films have started to get more buzz. Lady Bird is one of them.
Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is a coming of age story staring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Ronan’s character, Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, is a high school senior at a Sacramento Catholic high school, who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Her school is boring, in that it doesn’t offer her any of the adventure, sophistication or opportunity she craves, and she struggles to find herself as she prepares for the future. It’s a quirky comedy with a biting dramatic edge that definitely makes it one of the year’s best, with Ronan being a strong contender for Best Actress. Still however, other nominated films are slightly better.
Can a horror film win the Best Picture Oscar? It’s happened before, and Get Out is the first such film since Silence of the Lambs to even be nominated. Part political statement, part classic horror, this film written and directed by Jordan Peele is more likely to win a writing Oscar than Best Picture, but it’s nice seeing the Academy give the genre a chance.
When you put director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis together you can almost smell the awards coming. Unfortunately Phantom Thread isn’t their strongest effort together, and will most likely fade away once the Oscars are over. It is a shame though as this film about an oddball dressmaker and his muse is well worth the viewing.
As we previously discussed Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman will most likely win Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, and his film shouldn’t be overlooked for Best Picture either. The film follows the story of Winston Churchill’s struggle during the early days of WWII. Does he fight, or does he negotiate? It’s a tough decision, just as tough as the one that needs to be made in the next contending film.
To publish or not to publish, that is the question The Post examines. This Meryl Streep led drama from Steven Spielberg is a compelling drama based on true events, and is one you definitely need to see. Streep and Spielberg alone create an interesting film, but when you add Tom Hanks into the mix you get that much better. Still, another nominated true story is an even stronger contender.
It’s about time Christopher Nolan won an Oscar, and some are calling Dunkirk his best film yet. This WWII drama examines the often forgotten battle of Dunkirk, and simply put, it’s a masterpiece. You need to watch it on as big of a screen as you can, which means the home viewing translation may not be as good as watching it on an IMAX screen. It is definitely one of the best films of the year, but there are a couple of dramas that are neck in neck in popular opinion as being the best.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has the longest title of all the nominated films, and is by far the quirkiest. It features a mother desperate to solve her daughter’s murder, who decides to paint three billboards outside of town with messages aimed at the town’s chief of police who she believes doesn’t care about the case. The film was an instant hit at TIFF and the Venice Film Festival, and now with Awards season in full swing, it’s been getting even more attention. Word of mouth has helped as well, which is the same thing that can be said about The Shape of Water.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is hand’s down the year’s most stylistic film, and like usual, del Toro puts a twist on the typical monster movie. In this case he takes a lonely janitor, played by Sally Hawkins, and has her fall in love with an amphibian man who is the subject of a top-secret government experiment. Even if the film doesn’t win Best Picture, del Toro is almost surely a shoo-in for Best Director, but that being said it should take home both trophies this year.
Indiana Jones 5 Will Start Production In 2019
Even though Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, isn’t set to hit theatres until next week, people have already started talking about the Oscar winning director’s upcoming films; including the fifth film of the long running Indiana Jones franchise.
While making an appearance at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London this weekend, Spielberg not only praised the Time’s Up movement, but he also started discussing the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film during his acceptance speech for the Legend of Our Lifetime award. “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he said. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”
Originally the fifth movie was due out in 2019, but that was switched to July 10, 2020 last April by Disney. What we know is that Harrison Ford will once again star in the film, but Shia LaBeouf, who was one of the stars of the fourth installment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, won’t be in it at all. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will once again produce the film, and David Koepp is currently writing the script. Other than that the film, including the plot and co-stars, is a complete mystery.
Before getting to the unnamed Indiana Jones sequel however, Spielberg is filming West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara first.
Fifth Harmony Set To Go On Hiatus
We’ve been hearing for month now that the remaining four members of Fifth Harmony were going to take some time apart so they could launch their solo careers, and now it appears as if it is happening.
The pop group announced this morning through Twitter that the remaining members, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane , were going to go on hiatus as a group. The note begins with “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”
Before going on to thank their fans, and stating that they would fulfill their scheduled obligations throughout the year, the group said that “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors. We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”
It was just a little over a year ago when Camila Cabello departed the group for a solo career. Cabello had what could be considered the hit of the summer with her single “Havana” off her self titled album. Whether the other four members of the group will have the same sort of success is yet to be seen.
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Tomb Raider, And Other Top Movie Remakes
This weekend Tomb Raider opens, which is a remake of the 2001 and 2003 films starring Angelina Jolie. Of course those films themselves were based on a popular video game series that has seen its story line change and evolve ever since it first appeared in 1996. As you are more than likely aware, remakes are a common thing in Hollywood, and they don’t always work. They are always being compared to the original, and in a lot of cases the original is better. Here are some of the top remakes though that stand out for being better than the original.
Ocean’s Eleven: Sure the 1960 original had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., but the 2001 version had George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Plus, the remake was more stylish. The basic story of robbing casinos is still the same, and of course the character name of Danny Ocean, but other than that the two films are pretty different from one another.
Scarface: Admit it, you didn’t know Scarface was a remake. When you hear the movie title you automatically think of the quote”Say hello to my little friend,” and think of Al Pacino playing a greedy Cuban who takes over a drug cartel. The original though was released in 1932, and while it is critically acclaimed, it doesn’t have the punch of the remake.
Casino Royale: This one should almost not count, since the original Casino Royale was played as a spoof of the James Bond series. While the movie was sort of based on the novel by Ian Fleming, which happened to be the first James Bond novel, it really goes off the rails quickly. The 2006 remake however is considered to be one of the best James Bond movies of all times.
True Grit: John Wayne may have won an Oscar for the 1969 original film, but it looks dated and lacks, well grit. In 2010 a lot of people wondered why they would remake a film that a lot of people loved, but after receiving 10 Oscar nominations those doubts disappeared.
The Maltese Falcon: As long as their have been movies, Hollywood has been remaking them. Even this 1941 classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor was a remake. The original came out ten years earlier, and although it was still a good film, it was missing Humphrey Bogart who quite simply was born to play the role of private detective Sam Spade.
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