By Orla Smith
STARRING: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth
DIRECTED BY: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas
GENRE: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
SYNOPSIS: Jupiter Jones, a cleaner from Earth, discovers she’s the heir to an intergalactic throne.
The Matrix is a fantastic film, and while the Wachowski’s haven’t pulled it out of the bag since, I think everybody had a little grain of hope that they’d pull through in Jupiter Ascending. Unfortunately this was not the case. When I left the cinema, I thought it was an awful movie, but not a god awful one. Ever since, however, it has simply worsened in my mind.
Tonight is Oscar night, and for a big film fan like me, it’s hard to contain your excitement. A few hours ago I posted Part One of my Oscar predictions and picks, and this is part two. If you haven’t already, please check out Part One, where I explain in more detail what I’m doing with this article, name the films I haven’t managed to see yet and talk about the thirteen most important categories at the Academy Awards. In this post I’ll be looking at the eleven remaining categories. They’re smaller, but for the most dedicated film fans, they’re still important. I’ll be telling you who I think should win and who will win, as well as some in depth analysis and in some cases, the films I think should have been nominated.
Tonight is Oscar night, the biggest night of the year for film fans everywhere. Whether you like them or not (and I love them, despite their flaws), the Oscars are the quintessential celebration of the previous year in film.
Every year many people, including myself, make predictions for the winners and I’d like to share mine with you now. I’m going into great detail here and covering every category in a considerable amount of depth. In this Part One post I’m talking about the more important and universally talked about categories and in Part Two I’ll cover smaller categories that for the more dedicated film fans.
STARRING: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph
DIRECTED BY: Don Hall, Chris Williams
WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Bolt, Winnie the Pooh
GENRE: Animation, Action, Comedy
SYNOPSIS: Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, Big Hero 6 follows young Hiro, Baymax, his inflatable medical robot, and their group of oddball friends, as they fight against a mysterious evil.
STARRING: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi
DIRECTED BY: Ava DuVernay
WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere
GENRE: Biopic, Drama
SYNOPSIS: A look at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the pivotal Selma marches.
Selma is, surprisingly, the first on film portrayal of Martin Luther King, and luckily it has succeeded in many ways, as evidenced by its recent Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The movie has its flaws, but overriding that is a brutally powerful core that raises it from what could have been a flat, emotionless drama.
STARRING: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill
DIRECTED BY: Matthew Vaughn
WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Stardust, Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class
GENRE: Action, Comedy, Spy
SYNOPSIS: London spy organisation Kingsman look to recruit a new, younger member while attempting to defeat a man with a villainous plan.
‘Kingsman’ is Matthew Vaughn’s latest hyper-stylised violent action flick, and its aim is clearly not to be taken seriously. Sometimes those types of movies don’t work, but ‘Kingsman’ is extremely aware of itself and clever with its self deprecating humour, so much so that it managed to squeeze a few laughs out of me, something that a movie has to work hard to do.