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Oscar Alert: Will Sam Mendes win Best Director for 1917?

“Anyone who appreciates cinema should see this movie, any casual movie lovers should also see this movie, as a matter of fact everyone should see this movie.”

Colin Firth

Sam Mendes is at the top of the list for the Oscar for best director, if he wins it’ll best his second, he won at the 72nd Academy Awards for his first major motion picture, American Beauty. Since then he has Directed numerous big budget movies, none of the were met with the same critical acclaim, however, 1917 has. 21 years after his first win Mendes, who still shoot movies on film instead of digital, is taking us on the journey of a pair of British servicemen tasked with delivering a message in the middle of battle.

The cinematography is beautiful, the flow of the camera as it follows the character is flawless , even if you don’t like war movies you’ll be mesmerized by the camera work. The movie has a beautiful amount of tension, which is a result of the music, done by Thomas Newman, whose resume also includes American Beauty. What I absolutely love about this movie is that you could never guess what happens next, Mendes does a fantastic job capturing the uncertainty of war, which gives you a sense of dread as you watch the story unfold.

The two lead actors are virtually unknown, but Mendes accounts for this by surrounding them with Hollywood royalty, within the first 15 minutes you’ll see appearances by Colin Firth and Andrea Scott, brief but strong performances by both. 1917 is a perfect example of what can be achieved when you have some of the best in the world behind the scenes, the acting was fabulous, but what makes this story special is the collaboration between director/writer, cinematography, music, and photography.

This movie will win both Best Picture and Best Director. Entertainment value is through the roof, minimal slow and drawn out parts, and never a dull moment. Anyone who appreciates cinema should see this movie, any casual movie lovers should also see this movie, as a matter of fact everyone should see this movie.

Motivational Movie Monday’s: These Movies Are Guaranteed to get you Through the Week

Monday’s are painfully terrible for most of us, I typically find myself staying up super late on Sunday night, trying to clutch what’s left of the weekend for as long as I can. Only to wake up for work early Monday morning, tired, cranky, and unhappy. It’s with this in mind that I put together a list of 5 movies to get you through this week, they’ll inspire and motivate you. Enjoy!

Steve Jobs (2015)
For anyone trying to get excited about work or a project, they’re working on. The drive and dedication of Steve Jobs was inspiring, no matter what hurdles he faced, he always picked himself up and pushed even hard towards his goals.


Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Danny Boyle
Written By: Aaron Sorkin
Box Office: $12,403,169
Runtime: 123 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures

Remember the Titans (2000)
This one is emotional and filled with a bunch of familiar faces. Watch this to cheer you up, to motivate you to work as a team, or just for fun, It will not disappoint.


Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Boaz Yakin
Written By: Gregory Allen Howard
Box Office: $114,297,071
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Rocky (1976)
The ultimate underdog story, Sylvester Stallone just nails it, this movie is perfect for when you’re in a situation where you think you can’t do it, or that you’re not good enough, Rocky reminds us that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.


Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Sports & Fitness
Directed By: John G. Avildsen
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
Box Office: N/A
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: United Artists

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
This didn’t do particularly well in theatres or with critics but it should be noted that 70% of people enjoyed it on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is about someone who wakes up one day and realizes that he’s stuck in a job he doesn’t love and living a life that’s less than ordinary, I’m sure many of us can relate to this. That’s why I enjoy this movie, it’s perfect for anyone who feels like they’re in a rut.


Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Directed By: Ben Stiller
Written By: Steven Conrad
Box Office: $33,223,430
Runtime: 114 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Back to a time when Will Smith’s son (Jaden) wasn’t spewing out insanely confusing and borderline dumb tweets. I remember when I first watched this movie there were a couple scenes that really pulled at the old heartstrings. An inspirational feel-good movie, it shows us that, perseverance and hard work can lead you to great things.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino
Written By: Steven Conrad
Box Office: $162,586,036
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures

Top iTunes Movie Charts with quick reviews April 1, 2018

U.S. iTunes Top Purchase/Rentals April 1st, 2018:

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Amazing but I’m Biased, not sure that it was better than the Force Awakens but damn I loved this movie (And every Star Wars Movie)
  2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Entertaining but felt like it wasn’t a good enough remake
  3. The Greatest Showman – It was alright, the soundtrack was great, the movie was just ok, if you’re into musicals you may enjoy more than I did.
  4. Molly’s Game – It was just ok, I thought it was going to be incredible, but it wasn’t if it wasn’t based on a true story it would be awful.
  5. The Foreigner – Jackie Chan action/thriller, can’t go wrong if you like Jackie, the story was kind of good too, definitely an enjoyable movie for action lovers.
  6. Pitch Perfect 3 – Not as good as the first one, or the second one, I think they should have stopped after the first one but that’s just me.
  7. I, Tonya – Great movie, the acting was amazing, and the story was crazy, for the first time since reading about this I felt bad for Tonya.
  8. Thor: Ragnarok – Marvel does it again with another action-packed superhero movie, my only beef is that Marvel keeps making comedy a big part of their superhero movies, still incredible though.
  9. Coco – Disney/Pixar does it again, love this movie, the songs are amazing and the visualize are on point. if you like animated movies, you’ll love this.
  10. Downsizing – Weird movie, very very frustrating, and I swear I wanted to smack Matt Damon’s character a few times but it was an interesting take on the future, worth watching once but don’t expect much.

Confirmed: Tom Hanks to write and Star in WWII epic “Greyhound”

In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats.

Principal Photography has begun on the WWII dramatic thriller GREYHOUND, starring and written by Tom Hanks, based on C.S. Forester’s novel “The Good Shepherd.” Aaron Schneider (GET LOW) is directing.

Elisabeth Shue (BATTLE OF THE SEXES), Rob Morgan (MUDBOUND) and Stephen Graham (THE IRISHMAN) also star.