OK, The Revenant was not a Geek movie. Not really.
But I’m writing a review anyway. And I’m typing this Sunday afternoon, so I have no idea how many Oscars it will win by the time this goes live Monday morning. So, deal with it. SPOILER-free review after the cut.
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.
In a January article by Gabbing Geek’s own Ryan Garcia, he predicted the 2015 Top Ten Grossing films (domestic). Rule of thumb says that to crack the top ten, a film will need to surpass $200M+. Some of Ryan’s picks were right. Some were wrong. Where will we wind up and what could spoil Ryan’s top ten list?
The new It remake hinges on one thing: Whether the new Pennywise can be as creepy and charismatic as Tim Curry’s turn as the titular clown from the 80’s miniseries (pictured above in his second most memorable performance). Well now we know who is playing the creeper who haunts Jenny’s dreams!
Peter Hammond of Deadline.com poses the question, “Should there be 10 slots for the acting categories?” In all fairness to Mr. Hammond, who is quite astute in his assessment of the field, he does acknowledge that readers will come after him for his opinion. It almost makes me want to avoid criticizing him, as I appreciate self-awareness.