So this without a doubt has to be one of the most embarrassing selection of best picture nominations I’ve seen in quite some time. When I look back at the piece I did last year on the 2018 nominations for the Oscars (click this link to check that out), I wish for a list as strong and full of such incredible films as that. I vividly remember struggling to rank those films, as almost all of them were full of something that was genuinely special; I struggled too not give them all the top spot for one reason or another.
However, this year, I find myself struggling to decide which one of these films is worse. Don’t get me wrong, a number of these films are good – and one in particular holds within it the same special magic that many of last year’s nominations had – but that’s the problem, most of them are only good films, while some actually outstanding films seems to have been ignored completely (‘First Man’ or ‘You Were Never Really Here’, for example). Minus a few of them, there’s nothing on this list that stands out to me as a film I remember having a significant impact on me. For most of these films, when I was writing the review for them, I remember how underwhelmed or how forgettably fine I was with them. To look at this list and see some of the films that are now being given a significant spotlight to shine makes me… sad.
Anyway, enough with my frustrated ramblings. Let’s get on with the ranking and find out where each film falls on the list. Read more
Bohemian Rhapsody, directed by Brian Singer (and technically also Dexter Fletcher), is a cheap, shallow film that uses the joy inducing music of Queen, and a possible career best performance from Rami Malek to try and make you think it’s better than it actually is. Beyond the music we all know and love; this is a film that is devoid of anything that feels… alive. For much of my time with Bohemian Rhapsody, I was either frustrated, unengaged and so desperately wishing it would give the exposure to the characters that they deserved. This is the worst kind of biopic film and my review will sadly be centred around what that is, so let’s get to it. Read more
Terminal, written and directed by, Vaughn Stein, allures you in with its stylish cinematography, its dialogue that glides throughout scenes and its eclectic assortment of characters. But soon, when all the glamour begins to ware-off and you look ever so slightly beneath the surface, you find a film without much depth and without much meaning. Now, the question is: despite the lack of depth and the lack of meaning, is there still a film in there worth watching? Well, let’s make our way on into my review and find out. Read more
Eddie the Eagle, directed by Dexter Fletcher is a humble little film with an endearing character at its core, and a story that you can easily get behind. Now this is a film that is more than burdened with a few problems, but in the end, most of those didn’t end up ruining the experience for me. There’s a lot that may frustrate you about this film but there is just as much to love. So let’s get into what they are. Read more