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Academy Awards 2014

Thoughts: I loved the Oscars this year!  Ellen Degeneres was absolutely fantastic as host and I hope she is invited back to host next year.  I was so entertained and she brought a nice, light hearted and fun feel to the show.  All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the show.  With regards to the winners, I didn’t completely agree with all the winners but that happens.  I just wish ‘Gravity’ hadn’t dominated so much since it definitely wasn’t one of my favorites.

My Oscar predictions and personal opinions:
Who I thought should’ve won, who definitely could’ve won and who actually won.
*I didn’t see any of the documentaries, shorts or foreign films so I didn’t feel comfortable having an opinion or prediction for them.

Best Original Song:
Who should’ve won – ‘Let It Go’ – Frozen
Who could’ve won – ‘Ordinary Love’ – Mandela
Who won – ‘Let It Go’ – Frozen

Best Original Score:
Who should’ve won – Saving Mr. Banks
Who could’ve won – Gravity
Who won – Gravity

Sound Editing:
Who should’ve won – Gravity
Who could’ve won – Captain Phillips
Who won – Gravity

Sound Mixing:
Who should’ve won – Gravity
Who could’ve won – Captain Phillips
Who won – Gravity

Visual Effects:
Who should’ve won – Gravity
Who could’ve won – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Who won – Gravity

Costume Design:
Who should’ve won – The Great Gatsby
Who could’ve won – American Hustle
Who won – The Great Gatsby

Makeup & Hairstyling:
Who should’ve won – Dallas Buyers Club
Who could’ve won – Dallas Buyers Club
Who won – Dallas Buyers Club

Animated Feature:
Who should’ve won – Frozen
Who could’ve won – Despicable Me 2
Who won – Frozen

Production Design:
Who should’ve won – The Great Gatsby
Who could’ve won – American Hustle
Who won – The Great Gatsby

Cinematography:
Who should’ve won – Nebraska
Who could’ve won – Nebraska
Who won – Gravity

Film Editing:
Who should’ve won – Gravity
Who could’ve won – 12 Years a Slave
Who won – Gravity

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Who should’ve won – 12 Years a Slave
Who could’ve won – The Wolf of Wall Street
Who won – 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay:
Who should’ve won – Nebraska
Who could’ve won – American Hustle
Who won – Her

Best Director:
Who should’ve won – Alexander Payne – Nebraska
Who could’ve won – David O. Russell – American Hustle
Who won – Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

Best Supporting Actress:
Who should’ve won – Jennifer Lawrence/Lupita Nyong’o
Who could’ve won – Jennifer Lawrence
Who won – Lupita Nyong’o

Best Supporting Actor:
Who should’ve won – Jared Leto
Who could’ve won – Barkhad Abdi
Who won – Jared Leto

Best Actress:
Who should’ve won – Judi Dench – Philomena
Who could’ve won – Amy Adams – American Hustle
Who won – Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Best Actor:
Who should’ve won – Leonardo DiCaprio/Matthew McConaughey
Who could’ve won – Leonardo DiCaprio
Who won – Matthew McConaughey

Best Picture:
Who should’ve won – Nebraska/Dallas Buyers Club
Who could’ve won – Gravity
Who won – 12 Years a Slave

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Movie Thoughts: The Lego Movie (2014)

Movie 12 out of 100 for 2014

Overview: ‘The Lego Movie’ is the first full-length feature film for LEGO.  The story follows the ordinary, rules-following LEGO named Emmet (Christ Pratt) who strives to do the same as everyone else and fit in with his peers.  After an accidental encounter with a rebel “Master Builder” LEGO named WyldStyle he is mistakenly identified as “The Special”, the most interesting LEGO and key to saving the world.  PG; 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Colbie Smulders, Shaquille O’Neal

Thoughts: I didn’t just like ‘The Lego Movie’, I freakin’ loved it.  Equal parts adorable, funny and so darn clever, this is an animated film for all ages… definitely not just kids.  There’s plenty for everyone.  I didn’t see it in 3-D but I imagine it might be worth it in this case.  The movie pretty impressive, visually.  Also, could the cast be any better?  The answer is no.  The cast could not be any better.  Even the cameos are amazing.  I have nothing but good things to say about the super cute, 1 hour and 41 minutes of awesome that is ‘The Lego Movie’.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Godzilla Trailer

Obviously I was a bit skeptical about another Godzilla reboot but the cast is pretty impressive (love Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and after seeing this trailer… I’m pretty excited now!  Release Date: May 16th, 2014

Movie Thoughts: Philomena (2013)

Movie 11 out of 100 for 2014

Overview: ‘Philomena’ is based on the true story and book, written by journalist Martin Sixsmith, ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’ published in 2009.  After suffering in silence and searching on her own for almost 50 years, Philomena Lee finally tells her daughter of the son she had, out of wedlock, taken from her by the nuns she was living with and put up for adoption.  Her daughter, shocked by the news, puts her in contact with, BBC reporter, Martin Sixsmith who decides to tell her story and pool his resources to help her find her son.  PG-13; 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Director: Stephan Frears

Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan

Thoughts: I really liked this movie.  I knew the premise of the film so I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting but it broke my heart a bit more than I expected it to.  Being based on a true story only made the movie that much more surprising.  The casting was perfect.  Philomena Lee is an adorable yet heartbreaking woman and Judi Dench was fantastic.  She’s always fantastic.  Steve Coogan was great as well and their relationship throughout the film is wonderfully entertaining.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll rethink your own life and priorities, and at only an hour and a half it’s completely worth it.  I’m so glad it’s a “Best Picture” nominee this year because I, probably, wouldn’t have made the effort to see it otherwise.  This is another one of those “I’m glad this story got told” type of movies.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

RIP Harold Ramis

1944 – 2014

Movie Thoughts: Nebraska (2013)

Movie 10 out of 100 for 2014

Overview: Filmed in black and white, ‘Nebraska’ is about Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), the ailing and determined father of two sons (Bob Odenkirk and Will Forte), who is convinced he has won $1 million after receiving a magazine sweepstakes letter in the mail.  All he has to do is travel from Missouri to Nebraska to claim his winnings.  When he refuses to give up, his son David (Forte), agrees to drive him to Nebraska himself.  R; 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Director: Alexander Payne

Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Will Forte, Bruce Dern, June Squibb

Thoughts: I still have 1 more “Best Picture” nominee to watch before the Academy Awards this Sunday and I have to say.  Hands down ‘Nebraska’ is my absolute favorite of the bunch.  It’s so unfortunate that it’s not getting more attention or credit.  In my opinion this deserves to win.  I know it won’t but I loved it.  Will Forte is fantastic.  The fact that he didn’t get nominated is unfortunate as well.  The whole cast is great.  Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb make the perfect Grant family and the story is so completely bittersweet.  So good.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Movie Thoughts: August: Osage County (2013)

Movie 9 out of 100 for 2014

Overview: Based on the stage play of the same name, ‘Augst: Osage County’ is the dysfunctional story of the Weston family who are brought back together at their childhood home after a family crisis.  R; 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Director: John Wells

Cast: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale

Thoughts: I really liked ‘August: Osage County’.  I think it was beneficial to know that that it was a play before this because, although a film, it’s more like watching a stage play then a feature film.  The entire movie takes place during a very specific period of time and is a hot mess of some dark family dysfunction.  It’s also thoroughly entertaining.  The cast is awesomely impressive, the characters are great and what all the reviews have said are pretty accurate.  This movie will either make you feel better about your own family or realize you’re not the only ones.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10


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