The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Oscars: Final Nominee Predictions – 2015

imageOscars: Final Nominee Predictions – 2015

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.

Best Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Gone Girl
American Sniper

Quick Takes: “Interstellar,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” and “Godzilla”

Katniss-GaleQuick Takes: “Interstellar,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” and “Godzilla”

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.

Interstellar (★★★1/2)

“Interstellar” is an embodiment of the imaginative barriers the movie medium is capable of exceeding. “Interstellar” is emotional, it is overwhelming, and it subtly holds onto an important moral. By wrapping together its cosmic design with the vulnerabilities of the human spirit, “Interstellar” is triumphant.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (★★1/2)

“Mockingjay Part 1,” represents a strong first act for, what will hopefully be, an epic conclusion. It is arguable that the division of “Mockingjay” into two parts was unnecessary, however “Part 1” achieves the melancholic calm-before-the-storm atmosphere it needed to make itself stand-out as an above-average installment.

Godzilla (★★1/2)

Never before has a disaster film incorporated such procedural attention-to-detail in the aftermath of destruction. “Godzilla” makes itself stand out by tying itself into the realistic decisions and procedures that our government would take in the wake of the iconic monster’s existence.

Oscar: 2015 Oscar Predictions – Post Cannes

US director Bennett Miller (L) and US ac

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…)

Top 20: Most Anticipated Films of 2014


Top 20: Most Anticipated Films of 2014

There are plenty of 2014 films that contended for this list. Despite 2015 hoarding all the popular franchise flicks, 2014 still has many blockbuster sequels and franchise re-boots/re-imaginings. This list is based on box-office anticpiation along with hype as opposed to any personal anticipation (many of my favorites didn’t make the cut!)

So here are the top 20 most anticpiated films of 2014:

Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Jupiter Ascending
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Need for Speed
Muppets Most Wanted

Oscar: “Best Visual Effects” Predictions

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Exodus: Gods and Kings

Oscar: “Best Makeup and Hairstyling” Predictions

INTO THE WOODSBest Makeup and Hairstyling

Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Oscar: “Best Costume Design” Predictions

into-the-woods-1Best Costume Design

Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
Big Eyes