2016 Oscars: Tom’s Best Picture Round-Up

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By and large, I don’t put much personal stock in the Academy Awards.  They strike me as an excuse for Hollywood to pat itself on the back for all the good work it says it does.  If I watch the show at all, it’ll be the last few minutes to find out who won Best Picture, and that’ll be it.  The humor is rather lame, the musical numbers dull, and the low-burning outrage over what did and didn’t win can linger for decades.

Case in point:  Forrest Gump beat out both Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture.  I don’t care how much you like Gump, there’s no way anyone can justify it is a better movie than both of those other two.

But then this year, I actually saw most of the Best Picture nominees.  Thoughts after the cut.  No predictions, though.  If you want predictions, try Watson’s article.

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Gabbing Geek Box Office Report: The Martian. It’s Still The Martian

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Look, we know you’re busy.  We know you have things to do.  So do we.  But the Box Office Report isn’t going to write itself.  We know.  We tried to see if that would happen.

So, who made money this past weekend?

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Gabbing Geek Box Office: Truly Outrageous Witches

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Some stinkers tried to slip into the top spot and were fended off by the mainstays.  Who won the week?
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Gabbing Geek Box Office My Bumps Are All Goosie!

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A lonely Martian entered the cinaplexes to do battle with vampire Sandler.  Who won the week?
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Gabbing Geek Box Office Report- Fly Me To Mars!

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A lonely Martian entered the cinaplexes to do battle with vampire Sandler.  Who won the week?
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Gabbing Geek Box Office Report- Hotel Interns

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Adam Sandler versus DeNiro and Hathaway view for the top spot.  Who won the week?
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Gabbing Geek Box Office Report- If You Choose to Accept It

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You can either take a Vacation or go on a Mission.  Who won the week?
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Shooting Stars: Which Hollywood Superstars Are Losing Their Edge?

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In an article originally published in January, Gabbing Geek asked whether Johnny Depp was intentionally trying to end his A-List movie star status.  The quirky Depp may be tired of franchises, but there are other A-listers who seem to be on the same downward trajectory.  They, however, don’t seem to WANT to be shooting stars.  Whose careers are in the toilet and what can they do to can back on top?  We at Gabbing Geek investigate!

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Big Pixels May Suck But Little Pixels Is Awesome

pixels short donkey kongI haven’t seen Pixels but according to everyone, including Watson, it sucks.  But you know what doesn’t suck?  The original short that the movie is based on.  Check it out after the break.

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Pixels Sucks…and Why It Didn’t Have To Suck (Spoiler Free Review)

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I won’t spoil Pixels in this review.  Adam Sandler did that for us.  The movie was not good, but oddly it was the kind of bad that leaves you frustrated because had it been done by a different creative team, it could have been a lot of fun.  Why is that, you say?

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