It’s that time of year again, the biggest awards show of the year is upon us. 2013 brought some of the best movies I have ever seen and there are many worthy nominees this year. For the first time, I have not only seen every movie nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, but also all the movies with acting nominees. These are my picks, who I would give the awards to if it was only up to me. As I point out below, some of them are different that who is expected to win, but I make sure to explain why. With that cleared up, I present my 2014 Oscar predictions.
A con man helping a cop catch corrupt politicians. That in a nutshell is the premise behind David O. Russell’s new movie, American Hustle. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K., the movie follows Irving Rosenfield as he juggles avoiding arrest and relationships, while still pulling off cons. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read the review.
What happens when a man falls in love with his phone? That is the fundamental question that Spike Jonze explores in his new film, her. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and the voice of Scarlett Johansson, the movie follows the emotional relationship between Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) and his operating system, Samantha (Johansson). Watch the trailer after the jump and the read my review.
Late Thursday night, Warner Bros dropped a bombshell onto the internet when they announced, in a press release, that Ben Affleck is Batman. Specifically, he is Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel, currently titled Batman vs Superman. I thought Man of Steel was the best blockbuster of the summer but am not too excited about this casting announcement.
Superman is one of the most recognizable characters ever created and he finally has a movie that I think captures the pure power of Kal-El. Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Russell Crowe, Man of Steel reboots Superman’s origin story and sees him faceoff against his greatest enemy, General Zod. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read my review.
There is something special about the Academy Awards. The glitz and glamour of the event, along with the history of the medium, make each Oscar ceremony stand out. For the first time since I started following the award circuit in 2009, I was able to see all the Best Picture nominees before the big day. And for the first time I reviewed the films on this site and can now make sound predictions. Read on to see who I think will take home Oscar tonight.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” has been on many critics’ list of potential Oscar winners, but after having seen it, I don’t feel the same way. The film tells the story of Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix, a man looking to find himself after World War II. He falls under the wing of Lancaster Dodd, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and becomes an important subject in Dodd’s quest to create a new religion. Amy Adams also appears as Dodd’s wife who fully supports her husband’s ambitions. Watch the trailer and read my review after the jump.