The State of Marvel: Civil War and why I’ve never liked these movies
Ever since “Captain America: Civil War” dropped its newest trailer, I’ve engaged in a lot of particular conversations with co-workers and other people.
Let me start by listing my star ratings for each film in the Post-Iron Man Marvel universe:
Iron Man – 2.5/4
The Incredible Hulk – 2.5/4
Iron Man 2 – .5/4
Thor – 1/4
Captain America: The First Avenger – 3/4
The Avengers – 2/4
Iron Man 3 – .5/4
Thor: The Dark World – Did Not See
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 2/4
Guardians of the Galaxy – 2.5/4
Avengers: Age of Ultron – 1/4
Ant-Man – Did Not See
**This list specific to Avengers franchise
Last night the Academy proclaimed “Birdman” the best film of 2014. Our readers, however, were unanimous in voting “Boyhood” the title.
Out of 143 Voters, spanning from the beginning of January to now, 29 people voted for “Boyhood,” distancing itself from the second place film “Whiplash” which received 16 votes. The Oscar-winning film “Birdman” tied “Nightcrawler” for fourth place each with 11 votes.
1 – Boyhood (29 Votes)
2 – Whiplash (16 Votes)
3 – Interstellar (13 Votes)
T4 – Birdman (11 Votes)
T4 – Nightcrawler (11 Votes)
6 – Gone Girl (8 Votes)
7 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (7 Votes)
8 – Guardians of the Galaxy (6 Votes)
T9 – American Sniper (5 Votes)
T9 – Inherent Vice (5 Votes)
T9 – Unbroken (5 Votes)
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The 2015 Academy Awards ceremony begins this Sunday, February 22nd at 8:30 p.m. ET.
This will be the first year that The Media 10 will live blog the ceremony. We will create a post on the Home Page just before 8:30 p.m. ET. Keep hitting refresh for updates on the ceremony, winners, and monitor how the Oscar prognostication world is handling this year’s potential, unpredictable, Oscar outcome.
Two of the most unpredictable categories this year are Best Picture and Best Director. They rarely go separate, and not since 1996 has a film won all 3 major guilds (SAG, PGA, DGA) and lost the Oscar. We predict this year will be a repeat of ’96 and “Boyhood” will ultimately dethrone “Birdman.”
Here are our FINAL picks for each category:
What Will Win: Boyhood
What Could Win: Birdman
What Should Win: Whiplash
We’re torn 50/50 between “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” two incredibly ambitious films that were able to survive the slime of this bizarre awards season. A “Whiplash” win is incredibly unlikely, if it were to win it may be the biggest surprise in Oscar history, but it was a perfect film.
We have the complete list of the 2015 Oscar nominations, ranked by contenders most likely to win. Also we wanted to post this so we could comment on each category individually to voice our just concerns!
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything
The only real surprise in Best Picture is the lack of “Gone Girl,” but it was already a bubble contender since people weren’t sure how many first place votes it would receive. “Boyhood” is easily winning this though.
What a year it has been. The films of 2014 were unique which made the awards race a little tough to follow. In the end two films that came out earlier in 2014 will uncommonly be center-stage: “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is set to take home a bundle of technical awards while “Boyhood” is securely ready to take home the Best Picture/Director categories.
It was tough to find five to fit each category, with very few films “secure” in each one. But here is what we predict will get nominations in each category. Go to the Oscar page to see alternates.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Click Scores to see all of our recent star-rating reviews.
The Media 10 doesn’t usually reviews movies, but we are changing that with “Quick Takes” a new segment that gives at most two paragraphs to recently seen movies.
There are few movies as ambitious as “Birdman,” and under different direction the seamless, erratic, flow of the film may have proven more harm than good. Not only is “Birdman” one of the most beautiful movies of the year, it is also one of the most complex. With layered characters performed to a tee by talented actors.
The Homesman (★★)
With “The Homesman,” writer/director Tommy Lee Jones has cemented the fact that his talents are just as effective on-screen as they are off-screen. Unfortunately, the result of this very faithful adaptation feels unfocused with a paint-by-numbers structure. Some scenes pack an emotional punch, while others feel flat and unimportant.
Guardians of the Galaxy (★★1/2)
By not taking itself too seriously, “Guardians of the Galaxy” easily becomes one of Marvel’s most well-written stories post-“Iron Man.” Not to mention some of the best art direction in a film this year, both visually and practically. However, “Guardians” commits the superhero movie sins of keeping long-winded action scenes too close to one another and having an uninteresting villain.
Comic-book adaptation stock has been on the rise in the film industry for the last five years. Many studios have tried their hand at cashing-in on the phenomenon, but through it all Disney has had it best, re-capturing the mythology of the Marvel universe.
With 3 films currently in production (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “The Fantastic Four”) and 9 films announced, we won’t be short of Marvel adaptations any time soon, and we’ll try and keep this list updated. But for now, including past and future Marvel films, here is our top list.
Oscar: 2015 Oscar Predictions – Post Cannes
Now that two of the most important film festivals have completed it’s time for us to examine which films are looking strong for the Oscar season.
We have fully updated all of our predictions, click on the Oscar tab to see all predicted nominees, alternates, and dark horses.
What did we learn from Cannes? It may not have taken home the Palme, but “Foxcatcher” now looks like our front-runner for many Oscars. The films stands at an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, so even though it is topping most of our lists it seems highly unlikely that it will be a major winner at the end of 2014. (more…)
Alright, so we’ve started the year off with a couple strong, successful films. “The Lego Movie” landed with a slew of powerful reviews along with the successful Wes Anderson film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Meanwhile we’ve had some strong independent titles like “Under the Skin” and “Locke” hit the review circuit. Also, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has already climbed to the top of the annual box office, also presenting strong reviews.
Are any of these films going to be the best of 2014? It’s going to be rough considering the slate we have. We are going to present you with our Top 20 guesses of what could receive the most acclaim and give shout outs to some other films that could be in the mix.
Here is your complete guide to what could be the best film of 2014:
Guardians of the Galaxy
Last Updated: 02/20/14
The Most Anticipated Film of 2014 has released a trailer. It looks good? There is a lot of hype surrounding this movie, and the trailer doesn’t reveal too much. It’s a given that it will be a financial success, but will it be a critical success? We’ll have to wait and see.