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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.

John Krasinski’s​ 5 Favorite Movies & Why he Loves them!

In light of the recent release of filmmaker/actor John Krasinski’s movie “The Quiet Place”, we managed to track down 5 of John’s favourite movies and why he loves them.

If you’re anxious to see more of John, filming of his new Amazon TV Series Jack Ryan is scheduled to premiere this August.

Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Ted Kramer’s wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple’s son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

Director: Robert Benton

Writers: Avery Corman (from the novel by), Robert Benton (written for the screen by)

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander

John on why he loves this movie:

I was one of those kids who had never seen an indie film before I got to college.

If it wasn’t a big, huge tentpole movie, or if it wasn’t on the radio, I hadn’t

experienced it. Then in college, I started getting into independent movies, which

led me to classic movies, which led me to all this different stuff. The 1970s

movies, for me, were only discovered, unfortunately, as little as six or seven

years ago.

So Kramer vs. Kramer. Some of the greatest writing I’ve ever seen, some

of the gutsiest performances. It’s just so quintessential of what the 1970s were

for me. There’s just this unfiltered, raw energy, and despite how beautiful that

movie is — and obviously, it’s a well-done movie — the fact [is] that they’re

not making movies like that anymore. [Kramer vs. Kramer is about] a horrible

relationship. It’s a really tough situation for the father to be in, and yet

[for] everyone who went and saw the movie, there was this weird understanding or

commiseration with anger. I think people might have been angrier, or willing to

see angry movies.

Ordinary People (1980)

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford

Writers: Judith Guest (novel), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch

John on why he loves this movie:

Timothy Hutton turns in one of the best male performances I’ve ever seen. And that

family dynamic was so subtle in what could have been a really angsty movie.

Everything from the way it was shot to the way it was acted. John Bailey was

actually the DP on my movie that I directed (Brief Interviews with Hideous

Men) and he was saying that when they shot the psychiatrist scenes he

started out with the camera right over their shoulders, and then he moved the

camera back slowly and changed the lighting, because he said that if you’d been

going to therapy for months, then the lighting would be different every time of

the same day. And I thought, “That’s insane that someone thought of that.” And

then he moved the camera back 100 feet so that they were compressed on each

other so it was a much more intimate scene. I was like, “Wait, wait, wait, this

is insane!”

 

The Verdict (1982)

A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writers: Barry Reed (based upon the novel by), David Mamet (screenplay)

Stars: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden

John on why he loves this movie:

I think it’s probably one of the most inspirational movies for me because of

Paul Newman‘s performance. I think that is, to me, some of the best, [most]

controlled acting in a movie. I think that he has this incredible likability.

Even though he’s a drunk, washed-up lawyer, you’re still rooting for him from

the very beginning.

I’m that sort of weird guy who will watch a movie almost every day if I can.

It’s harder when you’re working on the show. I buy a lot of movies on used DVD

so I can have certain scenes. I was really looking for things to inspire me.

When I got out of college I was waiting tables professionally [and] couldn’t

afford to go the theater [every] night. I think those great movies can actually

make you feel a certain way. Not only emotionally, but if you’re in

this business, it’s one of those things where you see someone do something that

good and it buys you a year of energy. That’s what I was really looking for. It

sounds so cliché,[but I wanted] to bask in the glow some of these amazing

performances, like [those of] Dustin Hoffman and Marlon Brando. But it was also

fun. To get back to what I was saying before, that 1970s raw energy, it’s almost

frustrating now that people aren’t making more movies like that because people

won’t go see them.

On the Waterfront (1954)

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan

Writers: Budd Schulberg (screenplay), Budd Schulberg (based upon an original story by)

Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

John on why he loves the movie:

That movie for me was my Marlon Brando experience before The Godfather,

before Streetcar. It’s weird to be living in a modern world where

acting has changed. Movies have changed so much, and yet you can still see what

defined [Brando] and his performance. If I told you that so-and-so was the first

person to do something 30 years ago, you’d be like, “Well, I don’t care, because

people do it now all the time.” There’s still nobody doing what he does in that

movie. And so that really changed everything for me. Also, there was something

really exciting and sad about the whole political aspect of that movie. The

whole blacklisting thing.

The Godfather (1972)

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Mario Puzo (screenplay by), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay by)

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

John on why he loves this movie:

Only because it’s everybody’s number one choice. I kinda feel, in this day and age —

not to be sounding bad in any way — we live in a culture where something’s

good, and some people will say it’s awesome, and they may not have even seen it

or they didn’t like it. But they want to agree with the cultural zeitgeist. I

feel like that movie has stood up to time [and] criticism, and yet everybody can

find the exact same reasons as to why it’s awesome. I mean, it’s so

well-written. It’s a slow movie that you’re still riveted by. It’s [got]

character development unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. And of course, the

performances are wild.

 

Top 5 Summer Blockbuster to Get Excited About

 

Every summer viewers are blessed with the release of the year’s biggest blockbusters. I took some time to list some of the movies I’m most excited to see this summer.

Avengers: Infinity War (April 27th, 2018) – Rumor has it that the follow up Avengers movie is slated for release exactly one year after Infinity War is released.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th, 2018) – One Rumor that has been confirmed to be true, we will finally see how Han Solo acquired the Millennium Falcom from Lando!

The Incredibles 2 (June 15th, 2018) – I have been waiting for this for so long, the original was released in 2004! We’ve been waiting 14 years for this, let’s go already!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22nd, 2018) – This installment in the Jurassic franchise is being directed by J.A Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls), after watching the trailer I have a feeling this will be the most frightening film in the Jurassic collection.

Deadpool 2 (May 18th, 2018) – I mean it’s hard not to get excited about this movie. Ryan Reynolds is back as everybody’s favorite douchbag, Deadpool! Josh Brolin being added as the villain is awesome, I mean the guy is tough as nails, and is the perfect man to play Cable!

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!