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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.”
-NerdyPopcorn

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.

Christopher Nolan Marathon Time

Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite film-makers, I feel in love with his movies when I watch Memento (2000) 18 years ago, and have loved every movie he’s made since then. Today we list the ultimate Christopher Nolan Marathon list, Enjoy!

1. Memento (2000) – This movie only took 25 days to shoot

2. Insomnia (2002) – The only movie where Nolan is not credited for writing the movie, even though, he wrote the final draft

3. Batman Begins (2005) – Nolan was so fascinated with Cillian Murphy’s bright blue eyes that he kept trying to find reasons to have Crane remove his glasses.

4. The Prestige (2006) – Nolan meticulously studied Tesla’s experiments to recreate them with integrity. Especially the light globe scene.

5. The Dark Knight (2008) – Heath Ledger created the make-up for The Joker, when Nolan saw it, he immediately asked his make up team to recreate it.

6. Inception (2010) – Leonardo DiCaprio provided a lot of feedback and changes to the actual script. Nolan was quoted as saying “Once Leo came on board, I spent months and months sitting with him and discussing the script”

7. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – This movie was the fastest to shoot out of all of Nolan’s Batman movies.

8. Interstellar (2014) – The plot of this movie was so secretive, Matthew McConaughey didn’t even revel the plot to his wife until the post-production was complete.

9. Dunkirk (2017) – The ticking sounds that serve as the crucial theme on the Dunkirk’s score were recorded by Hans Zimmer from one of Nolan’s own pocket watches.

Top 5 Old Movies You Need to Rewatch Now

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Something about watching snobby upper-class people fawn over a seemingly average everyday Genius is heart warming. The dialogue between Robin Williams and Matt Damon is incredible and the scene when Matt Damon has an emotional break through with Robin Williams still makes me tear up.

 

The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, one of the most iconic movie trilogy’s ever created. The performances by all actor’s in this movie are mesmerizing, the dedication to making this a one of a kind movie, for example, do you remember the scene with the horse’s head in the movie producers bed? Guess what, they got a real horses head from a dog food company and used it without telling the actor, so when we moved the sheets and saw the head his screams are genuine as he was not expecting to see a REAL severed horse head in the scene.

 

E.T. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

This movie was nominated for 9 OSCARS! A Sci-Fi movie about a weird looking alien and the group of kids who found him received more Oscar noms than some dramatic serious movies that are made with the sole intention of receiving awards. This movie was actually suppose to be very different, Spielberg originally intended this movie to be about a family that is terrorized by a group of aliens, he decided that it would be better suited as a family friendly movie and because of that we have this master piece.

 

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Another Speilberg movie makes the list, but are you surprised?, he is one of the most iconic storytellers. Indiana Jones is just a fun movie to watch, everything about it, you have a hero, a villain, and a whole lot of action in between. Harrison Ford cemented his place as a leading man with this movie. The iconic scene in the market when the crowd parts ways to reveal a sword swinging bad guy, the audience thinking a big over the top fight scene is about to take place, instead Indie pulls his gun out a shoots him! Guess what, that was improved by Harrison Ford and is one of my favorite parts of the movie.

 

Forrest Gump (1994)

Everyone should have seen this movie at least once by now, the story of a simple man, and his journey through life. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors, he seem like he’d be a nice guy if you ran into him on the street. Also based on everything that’s going on in Hollywood it’s nice to know that there are still some good guys out there. This movie garnered a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations, of which it won six, including Best Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), and Best Actor (Tom Hanks). While you’re rewatching this movie take a close look at any picture of Forrest through out the film? Notice anything? HIS EYES ARE CLOSED IN ANY PICTURE OF HIM IN THE MOVIE!

 

Let me know what you think of the picks for oldies to re-watch. Thanks!

The Definitive list of Movies About Fish Men/Sea Monsters

In light of “The Shape of Water” winning the Oscar for best picture, we thought we’d share the definitive list of movies featuring none other than Fish People/Sea Monsters. If we missed any let us know in the comments

1. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

2. Revenge of the Creature (1955)

3. The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

4. She-Creature (1956)

5. War-Gods of the Deep (1965)

6. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

7. Dagon

The Shape of Water wins Best Picture

Guillermo del Toro does it again! A visually stunning movie with excellent performances from the entire cast. I can’t believe a movie that would of been pitched as a thriller/musical/interspecies love story got made, let alone, won Oscar’s and is being regarded as one of the best movies of the year.

Online Release Date: March 13th, 2018

It was an “uncomfortable” story line and some people might not like it but damnnnnnnn it was engaging and made me want to keep watching.

FUN FACT: Guillermo del Toro was drunk at a Golden Globes party when he pitched the idea to Hawkins

Definitely worth watching!

Story: 4/5

Acting: 5/5

Visuals: 5/5

Comedy: 2/5

Frightening: 2/5

Enjoyment: 3/5