2015 Oscar Predictions

2015 Oscar Predictions

In preparation for the 2015 Oscars I figured I’d put my cards on the table and show my Oscar ballot. Here are my quick opinions about the Best Picture Nominees with links to my full reviews for each. Come back on Monday to see how I did. 2015 Best Picture Nominees (In order of how much I liked them) Whiplash This edge of your seat thrill-ride is about a Jazz drummer. You read that right. This film about a student…

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Selma: The Right Kind of Biopic

Selma: The Right Kind of Biopic

  I went into Selma with a bit of biopic fatigue. I thought I knew the story of the march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama to get the Voting Rights Act passed. What I didn’t account for was the power of Ava DuVernay’s direction. She made the only biopic this year that transcended the film designation and instead told a truly engaging and powerful story. The most important distinction is that Selma is not a biographical story of Martin Luther King…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel has the distinction of being the only fun film nominated for Best Picture this year. The film is a whimsical and funny story of how a lobby boy came to own a hotel. Its not only beautiful to look at but the characters are likable and interesting, some would say a huge improvement over Wes Anderson’s previous films. Wes Anderson is one of the few current American director who has a consistent vision and style. He…

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American Sniper: The Non-Political Review

American Sniper: The Non-Political Review

A lot. A lot. A lot has been written about the politics and patriotism surrounding American Sniper. Its almost impossible to separate a war film from the opinions one has of that war, especially one so recent. I don’t want to retread ground already written so effectively by others. I didn’t leave the theater feeling offended or patriotic. Instead, I was left feeling underwhelmed. Whoever made the initial American Sniper trailer should win an award. I saw the trailer three…

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is yet another biopic about a genius man. Its more entertaining than The Theory of Everything and less moving than Selma but just as controversial as American Sniper for the inaccurate portrayal of Alan Turing. The film felt like a history lesson or, as my husband Kevin put it, “a really well done NOVA Special.” Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) helped break the German Enigma code during World War II and is credited with shortening the war by two years,…

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is based on a book by Stephen Hawking’s first wife, Jane. Its essentially a love story about his ALS disease and her caring for him. Biopics for biopics sake are the reason biopics get such a bad rap. Not every story needs to be told. This is the case of a potentially interesting subject matter shoehorned into a slight film that might as well begin and end with a screen that reads, “For Your Consideration.” Since the film’s primary…

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