Jojo Rabbit: Taika Waititi's Inventive WWII Satire (Blu-ray)

The Film: Taiki Waititi is one of those writer/directors that appeared to come out of nowhere and skyrocket to stardom overnight. Starting off by making short films in the early 2000s, he began getting a lot of attention in 2014 and 2016 when he made the cult-favorite feature films "What We Do in the Shadows" and "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." Merely one year after the latter, he made the giant leap into making "Thor: Ragnarok," consider by many to be one of the very best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While he does indeed have another "Thor" sequel in the works, he decided to follow up his excursion into the MCU with something completely different: an intriguing World War II satire c

The Winners of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just finished handing out their awards for 2019, which resulted in a rather big twist near the end. Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" has defeated presumed frontrunner "1917" to claim Best Picture, making it the first foreign language film ever to receive the honor. The film also received Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Film. "1917" followed close behind with three wins that included Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Mixing. For the vast majority of the evening, everything was going exactly to plan, with the biggest surprise being when the Sound categories ended up being split between "1917" an

Predicting the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, Part 2: The Major Categories

Let's dive right back in and see how the eight major categories might play out on the big night... Best Adapted Screenplay Steven Zaillian, The Irishman Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker Greta Gerwig, Little Women Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes If you had asked me about two weeks ago who was going to win this category, I, like most others, would have told you that Greta Gerwig was a lock for "Little Women." However, Taika Waititi pulled a major surprise over the weekend by first winning the Writers Guild of America Award for Adapted Screenplay, and following that up the very next day by winning the same at BAFTA. It's certainly possible that Gerwig could

Predicting the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, Part 1: The Minor Categories

With the 92nd Annual Academy Awards happening this Sunday, it's time to lay down my predictions as to what I think has the best chance of winning in all 24 categories on the big night. As before, they'll be split into two sections: The Minor Categories (The Shorts-Film Editing) and The Major Categories (Screenplay-Picture), so let's get right to it. Best Live Action Short Brotherhood Nefta Football Club The Neighbors' Window Saria A Sister Best Documentary Short In the Absence Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) Life Overtakes Me St. Louis Superman Walk Run Cha-Cha Best Animated Short Dcera Hair Love Kitbull Memorable Sister As usual, there is nothing reall

Doctor Sleep: An Insubstantial Follow-Up to a Horror Classic (Blu-ray)

Note: This review is for the Director's Cut of the film. The Film: Without a doubt, Stanley Kubrick's cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining" is considered one of the very greatest horror films ever made. The claustrophobic tension in the halls of the Overlook Hotel and the psychological terror of the film have hardly been equaled. That said, the movie and book both never seemed like works that ever needed a sequel, but that didn't stop King from churning out "Doctor Sleep" in 2013 in an effort to tell us what happened to little Danny Torrence after the events of the original story. Unsurprisingly, it was almost immediately put on the fast-track to be turned into a movie, and si

The Winners of the 2020 BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has just finished handing out their awards, making it abundantly clear which film was their favorite. Sam Mendes' magnificent war epic "1917" dominated the evening, winning seven out of its nine categories, including Best Film, Best Director (Mendes), Best Cinematography, and Outstanding British Film. The next closest film was "Joker," which took home awards for Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Casting, and Best Score. As far as surprises go, there weren't really that many. In fact, the biggest surprise was probably seeing "Joker" win Best Casting over better nominees like "Marriage Story" and "The Two Popes." "Klaus" pulled a slight upset to

The Winners of the 72nd Annual Writers Guild of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America has just finished handing out their awards for 2019, with a little bit of a surprise in one of the major categories (though the first surprise was really that the big winners were announced right as the ceremony began). As expected, "Parasite" has won Original Screenplay, though without Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" present, it remains unclear as to which will be taking the corresponding Oscar. The surprise came in the Adapted Screenplay category, where Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" pulled off an unexpected victory, beating frontrunner Greta Gerwig for "Little Women." When it comes to the Oscars though, it seems safe to assume that she's sti

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