In between political rants, the Oscars will be handed out later tonight. I didn’t get to see all of the films this year but did see some very good ones. Here are my guesses for tonight’s winners.
It’s a story that has been told many times before. During the early days of World War II, Western Europe is about to fall. The British government is in crisis. Fight or negotiate with Hitler? And making the decisions – a man who starts drinking at breakfast and has a questionable history of decision-making. So does DARKEST HOUR make this subject fresh and interesting, especially on the heels of DUNKIRK telling a similar story from a different point of view?
Time for my annual “throw a dart at some names and hope for the best” post.
The story of P.T. Barnum has been told in song before. In fact, it’s always been one of my favorite musicals. I saw the original cast in the Broadway production in the 80s and that night at the theatre has always stuck with me. So when plans for a new musical version (using new songs, not the ones I’d come to love) were announced, I was skeptical to say the least. Early reviews were also all over the place with some loving the film and others hating it. So what’s the truth? That’s a tough call, especially when the art of “humbug” is involved.
The popularity of “Glee” and a cappella groups like Pentatonix made making the original PITCH PERFECT a logical choice. With its success (the original film made over $113 million worldwide) a sequel was also a no-brainer. PITCH PERFECT 2 more than doubled the box office of the original and made a third film inevitable. Whether or not the latest offering is necessary, however, is another matter.
If Yoda were to write this review, he might start with the following warning:
“At your own risk read this. Ahead slight spoilers are.”
You have been warned.
It’s a movie, not a wedding, but still you’ll find something old, something new, something borrowed and yes, even something blue in the live-action remake of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” that opens today nationwide.
Tonight is Oscar night and in-between political rants and protests, a few awards might also be handed out.
Tonight the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the 2017 Golden Globes. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will wear the most hideous outfit as if they were dressed by Stevie Wonder? My predictions are listed here and I’ll update with the winners as the awards are presented.
The original “Star Wars” trilogy (meaning episodes IV-VI) owed its success to a simple, easy to follow yet intriguing story, memorable characters and fantastic visuals. The second set of movies (Episodes I-III) lacked many of these qualities (Jar-Jar Binks, anyone?) and were considered inferior by many fans. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” falls somewhere in the middle, both figuratively and literally.