Review: Dunkirk

dunkirk11Written & Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance
Tom Hardy
Summary: From May 26 – June 4, 1940 nearly 400,000 Allied soldiers were stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk as German troops closed in on land and sabotaged evacuation efforts. Dunkirk tells this story from three perspectives: land, air and sea.

I've been looking forward to Dunkirk for at least a year. And it did not disappoint. (more…)


Oscar Predictions: Part 1

Today is Oscar Day!!!


This begins Part 1 of my Oscar predictions. This post features:

  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Foreign Language Film


Review: Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner


Directed & Written by: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey

Other than some gorgeous cinematography coupled with equally gorgeous paintings, Mr. Turner falls pretty flat. This film is less about a story and more about a man’s life; but the lack of a plot progression coupled with an unlikable character makes Mr. Turner‘s running time of 150 minutes a bit difficult to stomach.

Timothy Spall plays J.M.W. Turner, a Romantic British painter working in the 1800s. He primarily painted landscapes of places both natural and man made. Turner regularly ventures to an ocean-front town where he falls in love with a landlady, and subsequently, the sea. Through his visits to see Sophia Booth Turner develops a preoccupation with the sea and develops a fondness for painting its fury, calm, and glory. When he is not seaside, he is at home often taking advantage of the love and kindness of his housekeeper. Turner’s grief upon the loss of his father is also explored. (more…)

Oscar Predictions: Part 1

This is the first of three posts highlighting my Oscar picks and predictions for this Sunday’s show.

Part 1 includes: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Foreign Language Film, Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Music (Original Score), Best Music (Original Song), Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing.


Best Cinematography
Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert D. Yeoman
Ida, Ryszard Lenczweski; Lukasz Zal
Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
Unbroken, Roger Deakins
Birdman_courtesy_Fox_SearchlightWill Win: Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
Could Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert D. Yeoman
Should Win: Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
This should absolutely go to Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman was nothing short of brilliantly framed choreography. His odds of winner are very good and if he does take home the Best Cinematography Oscar this will be his second year in a row. The Grand Budapest Hotel is great to look at, but I think that’s more of a testament to the production design than the cinematography. However, should the Academy lose their minds before voting, The Grand Budapest Hotel would make an excellent second choice to Birdman. (more…)

ASC, Costume Designers Guild, and WGA Nominations are up!

As we get closer and closer to the Oscar nominations (just 7 more days!) the preceding awards shows start to unveil their nominees.

The American Society of Cinematographers Awards Nominees

Costume Designers Guild Awards

Writers Guild Awards