Back in Episode 21 of Gabbing Geek, the Geeks played a game of “Sequel, Reboot, or LET IT DIE!” In that now legendary segment (my mom liked it), we offered our not so humble opinions on how to manage some prominent Geek film properties. A movie like Goonies, for instance, could be rebooted for a new generation, continued with the original kids now parents to a next generation of Goonies, or Let the franchise die (which is somewhat incompatible with their motto…) Some franchises were destined to be continued, yet along the way the wheels fell off the bus. Let’s make up for Hollywood’s sins and green light a few films in the PURE SEQUEL category.
After such big hit opening weekends with Taken and American Sniper, we finally get a reminder of what January box office reports are SUPPOSED to look like. American Sniper continued to dominate the box office; pairing Oscar buzz and a weird Chik Fil A effect to stay at the top spot. Most of the new releases that it faced off with were not as well-received.
Jenny will love what I am about to write. Rarely does that happen.
Jessica Chastain may not have gotten an Oscar nomination for her role in A Most Violent Year, but she WAS named a badass for a role she DID get a nod playing. Indiewire compiled the ten biggest badasses (Should we call that the Sigourney Awards?) of this decade.
Some actors have great range. They disappear into their roles like chameleons with such success, you forget they are acting. Then there are the people who don’t know how to play anyone other than themselves. These folks can be charming, even occasionally win awards, but they eventually get called out in a Gabbing Geek filler article!
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who giggled when best cinematographer nominee Dick Pope was accidentally called Dick POOP by Oscar President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (or Cheryl Boof Isaacs as she was later called). No. I was NOT alone in my sophomoric endeavors. Ney. All of Twitter joined me!
Oh…my…God! The Oscars are my Superbowl so the day the nominations are announced is like the Conference Championship Games. I also enjoy the Superbowl because, living in Texas, it is a state law that you must love football. It’s anyone’s year but more and more it is looking like the Patriots are going to…wait a minute. I was talking about the Oscar nominations. Sorry. I get distracted sometimes! Ooohhhh… SQUIRREL!
The nominees are in so to quote the Joker from Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance in the Dark Knight, “And here…we…GO!”
This year the Academy nominated only 8 films for Best Picture. A very interesting group of films. It looks to be between Birdman and Boyhood, but don’t sleep on Sniper making it a race.
- American Sniper
- Grand Budapest Hotel
- Imitation Game
- Theory of Everything
First thoughts: No Lego Movie in Best Animated Feature!?!? No Life Itself in Best Documentary!?!? Thought Steve Carrell would miss out on Best Actor but he bumped his way to the front of the line! My worst movie of 145 films got a Best Foreign Film nomination as expected.
Expect more in depth commentary on who will win, who SHOULD Win, and any surprises or snubs along the way!
Tomorrow morning, the field is narrowed from wannabes to the Academy Award Nominees (4 out of 5 of whom are just a special kind of wannabes)! Unlike in the past, where only the major categories are announced, the Academy is announcing every single nominee. That means instead of just getting bored by the Best Hair and Makeup category on Oscar night, you can get bored with it tomorrow as well!!!!
At 8:30/7:30 Central time (U.S.), Chris Pine, Alfonso Cuarón, and J.J. Abrams will do the honor; setting up the race to February 22nd when Big time Clue fan Neil Patrick Harris hosts the awards.
Check back tomorrow morning for a complete listing of the nominees followed soon after by complete analysis you can use to win your Oscar pool (well….not Ryan because he’s in MY Oscar pool but that doesn’t matter…).
This was a great year for movies, so I didn’t want to just discuss my top ten. There were so many movies that were worthy of consideration. I’ll post the full list Thursday, but first here are the films that, while not worthy of top ten rankings, are surely praiseworthy. With so many great films released, there is no shame in silver!