The 2019 Oscars: Best Picture Nominations – Watched, Reviewed and Ranked

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

Review – Green Book

Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly, is exactly what I thought it would be; a safe, comfortable, crowd pleasing film that fails to meaningfully explore the lofty themes at its disposal. It relies on jokes and plot points that go nowhere and ultimately tries to wrap everything in a neat, comfortable bow that has you leaving the cinema without a worry or a care. Green Book is in no way a bad film; I found it quite enjoyable and I was fully endeared to the relationship between the film’s two lead characters… but I was just hoping for so much more. This will be an interesting and challenging review to work through, but I’m looking forward to doing it. So, let’s make our way into the review and see just how Green Book shapes up. Read more

Review – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rotham, is not just one of the best superhero movies to grace the big screen, but it stands as one of the best comic book movies I think I’ve ever seen. Its vibrant style, its infectious sense of humour, its dazzling animation and its total willingness to be a comic book in motion – plus so much more – makes every second of time with this film an absolute joy. Settle in while I gush over a film that had me smiling throughout and had me feeling like a big happy kid sitting in the cinema. Read more

Review – Moonlight

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Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, is raw, real and human. I was instantly pulled into this film; the characters and their stories was something that I just wanted to watch, and become a part of their journey. Jenkins achieves a lot in this film – it’s actually kind of unbelievable the feelings this film elicits. I was stunned by the characters and the performances behind them, and I was in awe of just how upfront and honest the film was in its filming and overall approach to its subject. I’m looking forward to writing this review, as there is much to say, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi, does a good job in telling the stories of some remarkable women, whose stories have gone unseen. But other than that the film itself is pretty unremarkable; making no real effort to standout from any other biographical film. I actually feel that other than its three main characters, it seems to want to gloss over and demean the work accomplished by everyone at NASA during the time. This review will be an interesting one, as I feel my opinions on the film aren’t going to match up with what many people are touting this film to be. So let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Free State of Jones

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Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross, is a film that completely fails to explore or enlighten the audience on what is an important and not well-known story from America’s past. Nothing stands out and nothing grabs your interest. We the audience are instead left to watch scenes that feel in desperate need of some context and more importantly compelling content. This review will probably not be the kindest of critiques so let’s get it underway. Read more