Nothing else in the film comes close to the perfection of the opening sequence, but that’s the point.Read more "Oscars 2017: La La Land"
The Academy Award for Production Design tends to go to the big, attention-getting sets. Recent winners include Sweeney Todd; The Grand Budapest Hotel; The Great Gatsby; Pan’s Labyrinth; and last year’s winner, Mad Max: Fury Road.Read more "Oscars 2017: Best Production Design"
As with almost every other category this year, La La Land is going to be the one to beat. While Justin Hurwitz is probably going to win a statue for Best Original Score, he faces a bit of a challenge in the Original Song category. He is in fact nominated twice for Best Original Song, so […]Read more "Oscars 2017: Best Original Song"
Here are the composers nominated for Best Original Score. Justin Hurwitz is more than likely going to win for his work on La La Land because the film has the most nominations and it is a musical, after all. Hurwitz also has two original songs nominated). Thomas Newman has been nominated an astonishing thirteen times already and […]Read more "Oscars 2017: Best Original Score"
Hacksaw Ridge is a throwback in many ways, not least in the depiction of the army platoon, filled with boisterous 1940s types with names like Teach, Hollywood, Grease and Smitty, who all look and talk like they just stepped out of a Van Johnson movie.Read more "Oscars 2017: Hacksaw Ridge"
There is a fifth character, and it’s West Texas itself: all depressing small towns, poverty, country music, and cowhands.Read more "Oscars 2017: Hell or High Water"
Some viewers might feel that the film is a bit of a cheat, getting to have its intellectual cake and a sentimental slice of it as well.Read more "Oscars 2017: Arrival"
There are only a handful of directors who know how to build dread effectively, and whatever else you can say about Shyamalan, the dude knows how to give an audience the creeps, and he hasn’t lost his knack for framing a shot.Read more "Split"
The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. Most of the names were expected, but there were a few surprises and snubs. The snubs: No Amy Adams for Arrival. No Martin Scorcese for Silence. No Annette Bening for 20th Century Women. No Sully. No Deadpool … nothing at all. The surprise nominations: The Lobster […]Read more "Oscars 2017: The Nominations"