Category: Film Reviews

SOLO – NO SPOILERS

OK, I’ve just been to see ‘Solo’ and without giving away any spoilers, here are my initial thoughts.

I’m struggling to be really enthusiastic about ‘Solo’.
It’s not a bad film.
Alden Ehrenreich is ‘not bad’ as Solo.
You really can’t go wrong with Chewie.
Lando and the Falcon were brilliant but the film as a whole was missing something.
It just didn’t feel like a Star Wars film.

Rogue one hit the nail on the head, solo missed the nail and hit the thumb.

READY PLAYER ONE

Yesterday I went to see ‘Ready Player One’ at the request of one of my daughters.

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I can say that I haven’t really been on the ball with this one.
Apart from seeing the trailer, I really haven’t read much about it or researched anything to do with it, so I wasn’t all that fussed about going to see it.
I didn’t even know that Simon Pegg was in it!
I certainly didn’t know that Ben Mendelsohn was in it!!

OK, interest piqued!

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So, what about the film?

It was amazing!!
Loads of action with beautifully imagined and executed scenes.
A strong message about getting noses out of phones and tablets and computers and games and actually living in the real world!

But what actually makes the film great is the nostalgia.

The music in particular was brilliant and I just had to make a Spotify playlist with as many as I could find. If you have spotify, you can check it out here.

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References to films, games, comics, TV shows, in fact ALL popular multi-media are littered through the entire movie. When the Bluray is released, there are going to be millions of people pausing scenes to catch all the different Avatars used in all the scenes!!
Trust me, there were so many I missed, I would probably have to watch it a dozen times to catch them all.

We’re talking….. big breath……
Minecraft.
The Joker and Harley Quinn.
Batman.
The Delorean from Back to the Future.

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A Rubiks cube renamed ‘The Zemekis’ cube after Robert Zemekis, the Director of Back to the Future and that allows characters to travel back in time by 60 seconds.
A Light Cycle from Tron.
Jurassic Park.
Several references to Star Trek.
King Kong.
The Iron Giant who in turn references Terminator 2.

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The chestburster from Aliens.
Battlestar Galactica and the Sulaco from Aliens.
Superman, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk.
Star Wars.
War of the Worlds.
Bill and Ted.
Beetlejuice.
Dungeons and Dragons.
The Fly.
The Dark Crystal.
Gremlins.
Excalibur.
Ferris Bueller.
The Breakfast Club.
Nightmare on Elm Street.
Chucky.
Speed Racer.
Citizen Kane.
Mad Max.
Duran Duran.
Buckaroo Banzai!!
The Shining, with some of the funniest refs and scenes.
Loads of Atari 2600 games like Centipede, Swordquest, Pitfall, Motorcross and Adventure.
Saturday Night Fever.
Jason and the Argonauts.
The Spaceship Serenity.

I could go on forever. There are literally hundreds of references, mostly in mentions and seen as avatars that are literally only going to be noticed on multiple viewings or bluray pauses.

The whole film is a visual feast and I think I could quite happilly go and see it in the cinema again.

PETER RABBIT

OK, here is my quick review of Peter Rabbit.
I won’t deny that it’s a very biased review as one of my favourite actors is Domhnall Gleeson who plays Thomas McGregor.
The man can do no wrong in my eyes.
He’s beautiful, hilarious, can be totally serious when needed, does the doe eyes and panicked expressions perfectly.
Just look at this expression!!

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After the start of the all out war with the rabbits, Thomas is officially introduced to Peter by Bea and has to fain a begrudging smile and interest in the rabbits because he likes Bea and Bea likes the rabbits.

Anyway, back to Peter Rabbit (or General Hux gets a garden!!)

I have to admit, Peter Rabbit was a lot more enjoyable than I expected it to be.
I think that what made it more enjoyable was the fact that the audience consisted of lots of kids who absolutely adored the film and their giggles and laughter were infectious!
Although I was a little distraught at how many of the malicious little rug rats absolutely wet themselves when Thomas McGregor got electrocuted or hurt by the bunnies!!

When we first meet Thomas, he absolutely IS General Hux!!
Suited and not a hair out of place and is even said to be at his happiest when ‘rallying his troops’ as a manager at Harrods.

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Throughout the film, he is slowly reformed into a much more relaxed person who falls completely in love with the heroine of the movie, Bea and overcomes his hatred of rabbits.

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Ah, the rabbits, beautifully animated.

James Corden is absolutely perfect as Peter. Just the right side of confident and cocky, although Daisy Ridley’s crazy Cottontail is hilarious!!
That said, I think the rooster steals the show.
Waking every morning and shrieking his surprise at the return of the sun.

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He even gets his own little story arc with each morning becoming increasingly hilarious and concluding with a scene in the end titles that every parent can relate to.

I would have to conclude by saying that this film benefits from an audience of kids and that’s usually a real hate of mine.
Thoroughly enjoyable and worth a watch. Probably even better at a Saturday morning kids club showing!!

AWARDS SEASON!

The only good thing about the beginning of a new year is the buzz around films and awards.
I have always loved the Oscar buzz and as a little girl I used to stay up and watch the Oscars live on TV.
Unfortunately, the BBC stopped showing the Oscars years ago here in the UK and now we have to hunt around for anyone showing ‘highlights’ or streaming online.
Apparantly, this year, Sky Cinema will set up a channel (304) and show the Oscars live.

Whoopie!! (Can you feel the snark?)

I refuse to pay for a Sky package just to be able to watch the Oscars.

So it looks like I will be waiting for results in the news the next morning or watching pathetic highlights with the bulk of the ‘show’ cut out and absolutely no red carpet footage.

Anyway, now that I have that off my chest.

Academy members are currently voting on their choices. The voting closes on Jan 12th and the nominations will be announced on January 23 with the Oscars themselves on March 4th.

The BAFTAs announce their nomination on Jan 10th with the final show being aired on Feb 18th.

Tomorrow evening, we have The Golden Globes.

The BAFTAs and the Golden Globes are usually a pretty good indication as to where nominations for the Oscars will go but the Oscars regularly surprise us with the final outcome.

Anyway, I can’t wait to find out the nominations for Best Motion Picture Oscar.
I try to make it a thing that I see as many of the ‘Motion Picture’ nominees as possible before the awards themselves, so that I can see if I agree with the Academy.

Last year was the first year I’d actually managed to see ‘all’ of the nominations and I virtually didn’t agree with ANY of the winners.

Best picture ‘should’ have gone to Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures.
Best Actor ‘should’ have gone to Andrew Garfield.
Best Actress I could live with. I hadn’t seen the other movies so couldn’t really comment.
Best Director ‘should’ have gone to Mel Gibson.
Best Cinamatography ‘should’ have gone to Silence.
Best Visual Effects ‘should’ have gone to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The supporting Actor and Actresses are probably the only winners I really agreed with.

Anyway, back to 2018 and the Golden Globes.
The nominations, and I will only be listing my favourite film categories here.
I don’t watch an awful lot of TV these days, so I can’t really comment on it.

I also have a lot of catching up to do on some of the films so I can’t really comment on a few categories.
As we learn more about nominees and Globe and BAFTA winners, I will ‘hopefully’ be able to give more of an opinion when it comes to the Oscars themselves, so for now….

Best Motion Picture, Drama nominations……

Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I have only seen 2 of these movies so far.
I’m hearing a lot of buzz around Three Billboards but as it stands, I REALLY want to see Call Me By Your Name win this one. It’s a stunning film.

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Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy nominations…….
Why do the Globes split the motion picture nominations??

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

How does ‘Get Out’ get put into the musical or comedy category?
Anyway, I would love to see The Greatest Showman win this one.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actor……..

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel Esq.

My vote goes to Timothee Chalamet all day long!!
Look out for this young man, although he’s up against some tough competition.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actress…..

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All The Money In The World

I’ve only seen Molly’s Game, which is the biggest snore fest so far this year, so I can’t really comment.

Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actor………

Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

I would dearly love to see Hugh Jackman get this one.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actress…..

Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes

I haven’t seen any of the movies so I can’t comment.

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture, Actor…..

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Armie Hammer!!! His onscreen chemistry with Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name was spinetinglingly good! I cannot tell you the ‘feels’ I had in the closing few minutes of the film with the ‘phone call’. My heart broke.

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Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Actress…..

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Haven’t seen any so can’t comment.

Best Director…..

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money In the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Only seen one so I can’t comment.

Best Original Song…..

Home – Ferdinand
Mighty River – Mud Bound
Remember Me – Coco
The Star – The Star
This Is Me – The Greatest Showman

This Is Me ‘HAS’ to win this one!!!!

So there you have it!
I have a lot of catching up to do before the Oscars but the race is now on.
I can pretty much guarantee that none of the ones I want to win will actually win, but it’s fun to try and guess!
Thankfully I’m not back at Uni for a while so I can sneek in as many movies as I can before Oscar day. Starting today!!

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

I have just managed to catch up on a film that was released back in October here in the UK.
I completely missed it at the cinema! and now I can’t wait for it to be released on DVD.

Call Me By Your Name.

What a beautiful film.

IMDB states….

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

What’s not to love about this film.
It’s set in Italy, a country I absolutely fell in love with last summer.
Oliver is played by Armie Hammer.

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An actor I have admired for a while now.
In fact, I feel ‘Dish of the Week number 74’ on the horizon.

It is beautifully shot and brings back lots of lazy Italian afternoon feels (I really want to go back!!)

The acting is stunning and if Timothee Chalamet doesn’t get an Oscar (or at least a nomination) for his portrayal of Elio, there is no justice in this world.

It is the story of self discovery and forbidden love, unable to be expressed in an unforgiving world and time.
It is a stunning film, both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
I actually found myself crying during the last few minutes.

Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio!!
Oliver….. I remember everything!

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SO HERE GOES…..

After 2 long years of waiting, speculating and theories, the torture is finally over, only to be replaced by the knowledge that we are in for another torturous wait of two years for the finale!!

And this time it REALLY is going to be torturous!
I could have cried when I reset my countdown clock.

So, after seeing The Last Jedi twice, I think it’s about time I set down my thoughts.
I think it’s fair to say that there will be spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie please don’t go any further.

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OK, if you’ve carried on reading after that warning, I have no sympathy for you.

The Last Jedi is absolutely bloody amazing!!
It was completely worth the wait.

I love the fact that for two years people have been arguing about ‘who’ Snoke was and ‘who’ Rey’s parents are, and in the end, Snoke was quite literally a nobody (unless there is something to surprise us in episode IX) and most importantly Rey’s parents were nobodies. ‘Junk traders who sold her off for drinking money’. Rey is a nobody!!

This film has everything. Action, drama, humour and a smouldering love triangle.
Yes, a love triangle.
Kylo Ren, Rey and Ben Solo.
Let me explain. Rey finds out a lot more about who Kylo is and what made him the way he is and she softens.
She sees the possibilities in him. She wants to see Kylo disappear and Ben Solo return.

They are bonded through the force.
They keep ‘hooking up’ for quick chats.
Kylo softens when talking to Rey and looks like a kicked puppy!! (be still my heart)
It’s quite clear that Rey sees ‘Ben’ when they talk and Kylo drops his harsh ‘Kylo’ side and becomes ‘Ben’.
She see’s and falls in love with ‘Ben’.

When they touch hands during one of these force Skypes, they both see a future of them together.
I speculate at this point as I think Rey sees a future with Ben in the Light but Kylo sees a future with Rey as they both rule the Galaxy in the dark.
I think that episode IX will see them having to come to terms with the fact that they must work together if they want to ‘be’ together, neither light or dark, we will see the rise of the ‘grey’ jedi.
Balance!!

The best scene in the entire movie was the moment they ‘teamed’ up to take out 8 praetorian guards!!

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And then Kylo spoils it by asking her to join him to rule the galaxy together!!
Holding out his hand, Kylo even ‘pleads’ with her.
Rey’s response is to turn him down and leave him. She wants Ben and not Kylo, and she is distraught by her decision!
I lOVE the way they are taking these two.

But I’m gettting carried away.
The rest of the film is incredible.
The battle scenes are out of this world.
The battle on Crait was a work of art.
The planet is made up of red crystals and covered in a white salt layer so when the surface is broken with explosions there is literally an explosion of colour.
The contrast of the red on the white is stupendous. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

The space battles are phenominal but I’d expect nothing less from a Star Wars movie.
The destroyers, the Dreadnaught, the Supremacy! The First Order ships were beautiful.
I may be a little biased as I love anything Imperial/First Order.

Canto Bight is OK but the Fathiers are beautiful!

The island of Ahch-to is stunning.
The keepers are funny and they really don’t like Rey! but the Porgs steal the show.
The scene where Chewbacca has killed and grilled a couple of them is hilarious.
The look on their faces as they plead with Chewbacca is the ‘aaahh’ moment of the movie.
Kids are going to go crazy over the porgs.

The characters.

I already told you what I thought about Kylo and Rey.
Leia is simply beautiful. She has gone out on a high, although I really want to see how they deal with her ‘disappearance’ in episode IX. The fact that we finally have confirmation about how strong she is with the force was amazing.

Poe remains the cocky pilot and will be a worthy leader in the next film.
He’s certainly not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right.

Finn and Rose make a wonderful couple. Rose was a brilliant newcomer and summed up where the films are going in one simple quote.
” This is how we’re going to win. Not by killing those we hate, but by saving those we love”
Before she kisses Finn and passes out.

Admiral Holdo!
Admiral Holdo is not what I expected.
Her character was played very well. We were made to kind of hate her before we realised that ‘actually’ she was doing what she was doing for the greater good.
She gave her life to save what was left of the rebellion.

General Hux!!
OMG!! This character did not go where I expected.
He certainly was the comic relief of the movie but there was also a hidden villainy.
You really had to feel sorry for him. Nothing went right for him.
The moment he realised what Admiral Holdo was doing was a picture.
I seriously thought he was going to throw up!!

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But I came away happy.
Poor Hux may have had everything taken away from him, including respect, but at least he made it to the end of the movie!!

Rian Johnson did a fabulous job.
This film is incredible.
I can’t wait to see what JJ Abrams does with the finale.
It’s going to be an excruciating 2 years of waiting, speculating and theories.

I love JJ Abrams, I trust JJ Abrams.
That will be my mantra for the next 2 years.
BRING IT ON!!

JUSTICE LEAGUE

OK, there may be some spoilers so if you haven’t seen the film yet don’t go any further.
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Ok, if you’ve got this far and want to continue, I am not to blame if you feel the film has been spoiled for you.

Anyway, for the most part, I enjoyed Justice League.
The film was fast paced and never dull.
The dry one-liners from Alfred were amusing.
I have just got to say that Ben Afleck is looking FINE!

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I love Barry Allen! Ezra Miller is adorable as the Flash and I can’t wait to see his standalone movie in 2020! (WHY SO LONG?!!!)
When he told Bruce Wayne that ‘he needed friends’, I just wanted to hug him.

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Arthur Curry is HOT! Aquaman is going to be an interesting one to see in his standalone movie next year.
Jason Momoa has gone from gorgeous to STEAMING!!

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What more can a girl ask for in a movie?
OH YEAH….
A kick Ass female.
I know I was a bit dubious about Gal Gadot when I first found out she was going to be playing the role of Wonder Woman, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

SHE ROCKS!!

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What about Superman? I hear you ask.

Here’s the sticking point of the movie for me.
As regular followers of my blog will know, I love Henry Cavill.
What’s not to like?

However, Warner Bros have messed up royally.

This summer, Justice League had some re-shoots and for some reason there was a decision to change the story and the look of the final film and it looks like a lot of cool scenes were cut and some rushed scenes added.
By the time they needed to do this filming, Henry had grown an impressive moustache for his upcoming role in M:I 6 – Mission Impossible and paramount would not let him shave it.
So some bright spark, or should I say ‘complete twat’ at Warner Bros decided that, instead of going with what they had, and would probably have been an even more incredible movie, their only option was to CGI the lower half of Henry’s face which is probably about 90% of his scenes in Justice League!!
To say it made Henry look ridiculous is an understatement and it was really distracting from the movie, right from the very first scene.

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If I was Henry, I would be thinking twice about signing anymore contracts with Warner Bros. The CGI was terrible!! and made him the laughing stock of the movie.

So there you have it, a bit of a love hate review for this one. If it hadn’t been for that ludicrous decision to CGI Henry’s face, it probably would have been a love love review.

DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING!

So, I didn’t stay up to watch the Oscars. I needed my bed.

Anyway, I wake up this morning and eagerly scan the news sites for winners and Youtube for clips and all I can say is……

WHAT A FUCK UP THAT WAS!!!

How was it even allowed to get that far? There’s no way that the acceptance speeches should even have started.
The La La Land crew must have been gutted! and in full view of millions of viewers.

Anyway, how did I do with my personal predictions?

Best Picture – La La Land…. ooops, no sorry it’s actually Moonlight!
I knew Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures wouldn’t get it but I honestly thought La La Land would.
I’m glad the Academy didn’t bow to public and media opinion and went with their gut instead.
But that said, Moonlight, although deserving, didn’t quite hit the mark for me personally.

Best Actress – Emma Stone.
I made no predictions for this one because I haven’t seen the other performances.

Best Actor – Casey Affleck
There’s just no way that Casey Affleck’s performance was Oscar worthy in my opinion.
Both Denzel Washington and Andrew Garfield acted him off the screen.

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis
Yep, got that one spot on.
How they decided this one I’ll never know.
Out of the five nominated, I could easily put Michelle Williams at the bottom of the pile with Nicole Kidman right next door BUT Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Naomi Harris ALL gave astounding performances.

Best Supporting Actor – Marhershala Ali
Yep! Called that one too!
I’ve been keeping an eye on this guy since I first saw him in a TV series called ‘The 4400’
As much as I loved Dev Patel in Lion, I think Marhershala’s performances in both Moonlight and Hidden Figures won me over just a little bit more.

Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Another correct prediction, unfortunately.
Sorry, but I firmly believe this should have gone to Hacksaw Ridge.

Finally, I mentioned a film that has been seriously underrated this year, Silence.
It was nominated for Best Cinematography but didn’t win.
No, it went to La La Land….SERIOUSLY?!!!
Did anyone watch Silence? The Cinematography in it was absolutely breathtaking and far superior to La La Land.

But in my very biased opinion it should have won, or at least been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinemtography, Best Adapted Screenplay…… hell…. everything possible!!!

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And where the hell was Paterson?!!!!
Naaah, I’m not bitter at all!!

PERSONAL PREDICTIONS

So, tonight is Oscar night. Being a film fan it’s one of my favourite events in the film calendar and this year, for the first time ever, I have actually seen all nine of the movies up for best picture.

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Arrival
La La Land
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
Moonlight
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Fences
Hell of High Water

What a mixed bunch it is and I’ve been surprised by my response to a lot of them.
I’m usually a sucker for a good sci-fi movie but I found Arrival to be one of the biggest bores of the year.
La La Land, I fully expected to hate but actually really enjoyed!
Hidden Figures was brilliant and hilarious.
Hacksaw Ridge was just astounding.
Lion was beautiful.
Fences was not too bad but did still feel more like a play than a movie.
With Moonlight I felt a little cheated. I needed to see more. Did Terrence embrace his sexuality? Did he get to spend his life with anyone? It just felt cut short.
Manchester by the Sea was soooo dull. I just cannot see why it’s getting the attention.
Hell or High Water just seems like an odd Oscar contender. Not a bad movie. Not a great one either. Just not what I would consider Oscar worthy.

A film that should have been on the list was Martin Scorcese’s ‘Silence’. I’m still a little disappointed that this is only up for Best Cinematography. Fingers crossed it gets that! 

I would personally love to see Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures win, but I have a feeling La La Land will be running off with this one.

When it comes to actor nominations,  I can only give opinions on the ones I’ve seen.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck
Ryan Gossling
Andrew Garfield
Denzel Washington

Out of the 4 that I’ve seen I would love to see Andrew Garfield win but I think Denzel Washington stands a good chance of walking away with this one. His performance in Fences was unbelievable.

Best Actress

Emma Stone

I can’t really comment on best actress as I haven’t seen the other performanes. 

Best Supporting Actor

Marhershala Ali
Dev Patel
Jeff Bridges
Lucas Hedges

Marhershala Ali gets my vote here. He gave a lovely subtle performance in Moonlight that he’s nominated for but he also gave a heartwarming performance in Hidden Figures.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis
Octavia Spencer
Naomi Harris
Nicole Kidman
Michelle Williams

This one is going to go to either Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer. I’d be happy with either. Viola was stunning in Fences and Octavia was wonderful and sassy in Hidden Figures.

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

This will probably go to La La Land but I would like to see Mel Gibson get this, however, I don’t know if he’s been forgiven enough for past indiscretions,  we’ll see.

So that’s it! Only time will tell now. I’m not working tomorrow so I’m tempted to stay up to watch it but the red carpet doesn’t start until midnight here in the UK and the ceremony itself doesn’t start until 01:30. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up into the wee hours. It could be quite a challenge.

HACKSAW RIDGE

Where do I start!!?

I couldn’t go to bed without blogging about this film.

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I’ve just been to see it at an Unlimted screening. It opens here in the UK officially on Friday and OMG!!! You have to go and see it.

Absolutely stunning film.
It tells the story of American Army Medic Desmond Doss, who during WWII, refused to carry a weapon and in an unbelievable act of heroism saved the lives of 75 men at Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa. He never fired a single shot and won the medal of honor.

The film is astounding. I can’t praise it enough.
The first half of the film tells the story of Desmond’s early life and sets up the man and why he became a conscientious objector. It’s light hearted and funny.

When he enlists, the scenes at the training camp are hilarious but when you finally get to the nitty gritty war scenes, it’s a completely different story.

They have totally succeeded in getting you to feel exactly what it must have been like to fight in close quarters during that war.
It’s heart stopping and gut wrenching and harrowing.
It’s unbelievable that these men actually went over that ridge more than once and what Doss did, all on his own, throughout the night was an absolute miracle.

Now, as much as I’d like to see Andrew Garfield get an Oscar nomination for Silence, I think it’s more likely he’ll get a nomination for this. Amazing performance.

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As was the performance of Hugo Weaving as Doss’s Father.

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Apart from really bringing home the true nature of war, this film also shows the incredible courage of individuals when facing their own beliefs.

Oh yes, last but not least…..

I had completely forgotten that Ryan Corr made an appearance in this film.

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I nearly choked when he turned up, I was so happy.
Right in the middle of the bloodiest battle I think I’ve witnessed on the big screen, I actually had a smile from ear to ear!!

The smile did not last long.

Truly wonderful film. Do not miss the chance to see it on the big screen.