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The 90th Academy Award Nominations are here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Today marks the first day of the Oscar season with the announcement of the 2018 Oscar nominations.  Meaning that its time for social media debates about what films were snubbed, and what films deserved to be nominated. Eventually evolving into what film, actor/actress, or director deserves to take home the golden statue come March 4th.

The Shape of Water seems to be the favorite this year after gaining 13 nominations for the 90th Academy Awards.  Making it just one shy of the overall record.  The Guillermo del Toro directed movie depicting the romance of a mute woman and a misunderstood aquatic monster is up for best picture, best director, best screenplay and best acting awards for Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richards Jenkins, as well as other technical categories.

The other standout this year is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, landing 8 nominations, including best picture, best director, and best cinematography.  Surprisingly, this is Nolan’s first ever nomination for best director in his career.

For a full list of nominations check out the Oscar Nominations 2018 list put out by Variety.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second time and airs live on ABC on March 4th.

What do you think of these nominations?  Was there something you think was snubbed this year? Who do you think will win in each category? Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

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‘Dunkirk’ Movie Review!!

Dunkirk was one of my most anticipated movies of this summer.  It has the Nolan name behind it, it had pretty good trailers, and on top of that I’m a sucker for World War II films.  Especially when they tell stories that I am, admittedly, not completely familiar with.  After seeing this on an IMAX screen, I’ll say upfront it almost meets my expectations – almost.

The film is written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and in Nolan fashion is shot for IMAX screens. Dunkirk is a historical action/drama that tells of the events that unfolded during World War II at Dunkirk as Allied solders are surrounded by the German army and they must evacuate over 400,000 people within a very short amount of time.

This is a very different kind of Nolan movie.  The directing style was different, the story telling was different, and the characters were different from any other film made by Nolan.  While there are still Nolan staples to be found in Dunkirk, it is obvious that he was going to a different type of film than he usually directs.  Some of these changes worked, some things not so much. (more…)

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Review.

The LEGO Batman Movie is a spinoff story based off the Batman character last seen in the hit 2014 film, The LEGO Movie.  Without spoiling anything; it’s about the world’s favorite dark knight fighting to saving Gotham from his greatest enemy, the Joker.  The LEGO Batman Movie is directed by first-time feature film director, Chris McKay, and stars the voice talents of Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth.

Is this movie one of the best DC movies released since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008 as some outlets are saying? I’m going to have to say no.  Does it feature one of the best Jokers that we have seen put on the screen? To that, I will say yes.  In no particular order, I would say this Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis, falls in the top 3 Joker spots next to Heath Ledger’s Joker as well as Mark Hamill’s Joker from the Batman Animated Series. (more…)