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Film: The Potential of “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”

me-and-earl-and-the-dying-girl-is-hilariously-heartwarming-sundance-2015Film: The Potential of “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”

There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”

“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.

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SideNote: “Southpaw’s” Oscar Credibility

SideNote: “Southpaw’s” Oscar credibility

When photos emerged of Jake Gyllenhaal’s new physique, many people saw “Southpaw” as a serious Oscar contender… at least for Gyllenhaal.

It had The Weinstein Company behind it and an award season December release date. Well that release date was pushed up to July 31, 2015 and people became skeptical.

Now we have a trailer, and the film looks both intense and emotional. Jake Gyllenhaal looks excellent here, continuing to drive performances outside his own comfort zone.

However, it doesn’t look like an Oscar movie. If reviews are strong Gyllenhaal may still be a factor by year’s end. And with a weak lead actor field, The Weinstein Company could campaign him into the 4th or 5th slot of the category.

But it’s not going to be a weak year with Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Ben Foster (Icon) and Jake Gyllenhaal’s next performance in Jean Marc Vallée’s Demolition, it is likely that Southpaw will be forgotten with the other summer dramas, but still remain a strong bullet point on Gyllenhaal’s resume.

Oscar: Way too Early Oscar Predictions – 2016

quentin-tarantino-hateful-eightOscar: Way too Early Oscar Predictions – 2016

Wow. There are a lot of great film to look forward to next year. Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, Joel/Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Gus van Sant, Terrence Malick, and Ridley Scott all have films in the mix.

The big story though is the release of a 40 year-old film written/directed by Orson Welles. So we could potentially have a strong line-up of contenders.

Again, this early on most of these predictions are guided by the talent attached to the project (both on and off camera), the potential release dates, and the distribution. Because it is so early we only have Best Picture, Directors, and the acting categories predicted. Take from these what you can to make your own predictions as well!

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Festival Circuit: Oscar potentials “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” and “Wild” rock Telluride

birdman-trailer-keaton-nortonFestival Circuit: Oscar potentials “Birdman,” The Imitation Game,” and “Wild” rock Telluride

Every year the summer blockbusters begin to simmer down. September comes along and studios start the long campaigning for their chosen films. Historically, the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival can  jump the award season.

Last year, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” exploded out of Telluride with rave reviews. This year there are two films sharing the word “Oscar” in many tweets from Colorado. Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.”

Other notable films that met some positive feedback were Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” and Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater.”

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Preview: Predicting the Best Film of 2014

fury_articlePreview: Predicting the Best Film of 2014

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:

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Top 10: Movie Moments – 2013

imageTop 10: Movie Moments – 2013

POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW

If you haven’t seen a particular film, please scroll past it. Some moments involve the films’ conclusion.

By the time January has come and past, the M10 awards will be announced and we’ll move our film direction toward 2014.

So many great films were release in 2013, but what were the best moments? After watching nearly a hundred films in 2013, we’ve compiled the top 10 scenes that are still lingering in our minds.

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Oscar: Snubs that could happen

Golden-Globes-Nominations-Oscar-IsaacOscar: Snubs that could happen

There will undoubtedly be some major snubs when the Oscar nominations are announced January 16th. Major front-runners have often been pushed aside. Some say this is because voters won’t pick the obvious choice so they can help an underdog get in.

Unfortunately this helps to eliminate a lot of major front-runners. (Which is said to have happened last year to Ben Affleck for “Argo.”)

So really though, no one is completely safe. So here are list of some obvious choices that could get the booth on the morning of the 16th.

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