Most anticipated films of the summer

The summer movie season comes early with the release of "Furious 7," but what movie are you most excited for?

The summer movie season comes early with the release of “Furious 7” Friday, but what movie are you most excited for?

Coming off a great 2014, it’s upsetting that we’ve had to struggle through the worst movie months of the season. With the exception of “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” there hasn’t been much quality so far this year, which is to be expected, especially during January and February. That doesn’t mean I can’t get bored, and hope the summer movie season comes as fast as possible. Thankfully, summer movies have started to come out in early April. Last year, we got lucky with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened April 4 to kick off the summer movie season early. In 2016, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will stretch the summer movie season even more when it comes out in late March. “Furious 7” comes out tomorrow so who cares about the upcoming warmer months? Let’s talk movies. Continue reading

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Best and worst of 2014

"The Lego Movie" got snubbed at the Oscars, but where will it rank on my list?

“The Lego Movie” got snubbed at the Oscars, but where will it rank on my list?

Sorry it took a little while, but here are my favorite and least favorite movies of 2014, listed from 55 to 1 (One being the best, 55 being the worst). When I say favorite, I’m balancing the quality of the movie and how much I enjoyed it. That means that my favorite film may not be a film of the highest quality. It’s instead a biased opinion of the films I enjoyed the most. However, if I enjoyed it a lot and the quality of the film is terrible, it will still lose points and move down the list. There are also subcategories (The Ugly, The Bad, The Meh, The Good and The Great). The Ugly is the worst and represents the movies that offended me. The Great is the cream of the crop and the movies I would recommend buying. You may disagree and that’s okay. I’d love to hear your opinions too. Anyways, let’s do this! Continue reading

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The rest of the major Oscar categories

"Birdman" and "Boyhood" both have a shot at a big night, but do they deserve Oscar glory?

“Birdman” and “Boyhood” both have a shot at a big night, but do they deserve Oscar glory?

Sorry, I didn’t have time to give in-depth analysis on all of these, but I wanted to get something up. The Oscars air tonight on ABC.

BEST DIRECTOR

THE NOMINEES

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

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And the Oscar goes to…Best Picture

American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash face off for the most coveted award at the Oscars.

American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash face off for the most coveted award at the Oscars.

Let me first say that this is a year that a blockbuster should have been nominated for best picture. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Interstellar,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Lego Movie” were all worthy of a nomination. With only eight of the 10 possible spots filled, the Academy could have thrown in two of these. Hopefully, the voters will eventually realize that these films have a high quality to them as well. Anyway, to the nominees! Continue reading

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And the Oscar goes to…Best Actor

Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper face off for the best actor crown. Who will win?

Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper face off for the best actor crown. Who will win?

THE NOMINEES
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Carell proved that he’s not just a comedic actor with his performance in “Foxcatcher.” It was difficult to realize it was actually him in the film. Had I not know going into it, I may have not guessed. That’s the sign of a great performance.
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
This guy is on top of his game right now with three straight Oscar nominations. Who would have thought Sack from “Wedding Crashers” would ever rise to this level of stardom?
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Cumberbatch is a star who I feel like has been considered for every role for every movie that will come out in the next five years. He proved that the attention he receives is warranted with his spectacular performance in “The Imitation Game.”
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Keaton is a very good actor who hasn’t been in the greatest films of late. I do love him in “Need for Speed,” “The Other Guys” and “Toy Story 3,” but it’s nice to see him get this opportunity to regain his acclaim. To his credit, Keaton didn’t waste that chance.
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Sooo this guy can act. I had never heard of Redmayne and unfortunately for him the only other movie I know him from is “Jupiter Ascending.” Redmayne absolutely nailed the role of Stephen Hawking and made it believable. I mean he portrayed the deterioration of a man who has ALS. His performance was absolutely phenomenal.

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And the Oscar goes to…Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon face off for the best actress crown. Who will win?

THE NOMINEES

Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)

I didn’t see this movie, but she doesn’t have a chance of winning this award. I’m going to call this early. Sorry Marion…you’re out.

Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)

Jones was absolutely fantastic. I first saw her in “The Amazing Spider Man 2” earlier in 2014 in a very limited role, but that franchise doesn’t exist anymore so I won’t talk about it. In “The Theory of Everything,” she’s incredible. I’m excited to see her act for years to come.

Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Moore is the frontrunner for this award, and will probably win. That being said, I didn’t see the movie so I really don’t know if it was the best. I can only judge what I have seen.

Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Pike proved that she could act in this film. Before this, she had starred as a Bond girl and in “Jack Reacher” and “Wrath of the Titans.” In “Gone Girl,” she finally had a chance to finally show us what she’s got. Pike didn’t disappoint.

Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Witherspoon played a similar role to what James Franco played in “127 Hours.” You know you have a good actor or actress when he or she could be alone on screen for a lot of a movie and keep audiences riveted. That’s what Witherspoon was able to accomplish, and it was nice to see her back in a role of this caliber. Continue reading

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And the Oscar goes to…Best Supporting Actress

Supporting

Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep face off in the Best Supporting Actress category. Who will win?

Let me just say quickly that these Oscar posts are my choices for who should win. The Academy may choose differently, but these will all be my opinions. I meant to say that before my Best Supporting Actor post…oops. Well now you know, and let’s get to it.

THE NOMINESS

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Arquette was phenomenal. She really was a believable mother throughout. If I didn’t know any better, I could have believed they were actually her kids. She truly cared for them.

Laura Dern (Wild)

I’m so happy Dern got a nomination. She had great heart in the film, and she really added to the depth of the trials and tribulations of Reese Witherspoon’s character by playing her mother. I’ll talk about Reese when I get to the best actress category.

Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)

I didn’t know she could act, but Knightley proved it here. She put together a powerful performance that was key to the film, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

Emma Stone (Birdman)

I always knew she could act, but if there were any doubters out there before “Birdman” this proved them wrong. I’m excited to see Stone in movies for years.

Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Of course she got nominated…This is the only actress whose movie I didn’t see, but c’mon. She gets nominated every year just because she’s Meryl Streep. I would have given Jessica Chastain a nomination for her role in “A Most Violent Year” instead, but the Oscars would apparently be lost with Meryl. Continue reading

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