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Academy Awards Predictions 2017

As the Oscars are being held this Sunday, I thought that I would put up my predictions on who I think should and will win.

Best Visual Effects(I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should Win: Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff

Will Win: The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon

Best Film Editing

Should and Will Win: La La Land – Tom Cross

Best Costume Design

Should Win: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood

Will Win: Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle

Best Makeup And Hairstyling 
Should Win:
Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

Will Win: A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

Best Cinematography

Should Win: Arrival – Bradford Young

Will Win: La La Land – Linus Sandgren

Best Production Design

Should and Will Win: La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Best Sound Mixing

Should and Will Win: Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace

Best Sound Editing

Should Win: La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

Will Win: Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare

Best Original Song

Should Win:“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana – Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Will Win: “City of Stars” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Best Original Score

Should and Will Win: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

Best Animated Short Film

Should and Will Win: Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best Live Action Short Film

Should and Will Win: Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Should and Will Win: Joe’s Violin – Kahane Coopermanand Raphaela Neihausen

Best Documentary – Feature (I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should Win: Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman

Will Win: 13th – Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, and Howard Barish

Best Foreign Language Film

Should and Will Win: Toni Erdmann (Germany) in German – Maren Ade

Best Animated Feature Film (I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should Win: Moana – John Musker, Ron Clements, and Osnat Shurer or Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner

Will Win: Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

Best Adapted Screenplay

Should Win: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Will Win: Arrival – Eric Heisserer from “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang

Best Original Screenplay

Should Win: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Will Win: La La Land – Damien Chazelle

Best Supporting Actress(I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should Win: Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula

Will Win: Viola Davis – Fences as Rose Maxson

Best Supporting Actor (I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should and Will Win: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight as Juan

Best Actress (I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should Win: Ruth Negga – Loving as Mildred Loving

Will Win: Emma Stone – La La Land as Mia Dolan

Best Actor (Still conflicted about this decision)

Should Win: Denzel Washington – Fences as Troy Maxson

Will Win: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler

Best Director(I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should Win: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Will Win: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Best Picture(I don’t mind if it goes either way)

Should Win: Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Will Win: La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt



Moana (2016)

Ever since I was young, I have always been a Disney fan, particularly Disney animated. It has everything you want, incredible, iconic songs and amazing stories. Most recently, Disney have tried to become more diversified in term of the culture and characters they show which is inspiring. With princess such as Mulan and Tiana, Moana is the latest diverse character with a Polynesian background. Just from the first description of this film, I was already hooked. Luckily enough, I got to watch an early screening of this film before it’s UK release.

This movie is about a Chieftain’s daughter who is chosen by the Ocean to look for the demigod Maui after a curse threatens her island.

I enjoyed this movie so much. Everything from the look of it to the songs is breathtaking. I heard that this was supposed to be a 2D animation, especially since the directors had previously only created 2D films before but for Moana, I’m happy that they went down the 3D route. The computer animation looks stunning with the rich colours and i love the way the island and sea looks.

The songs are stuck in my head forever thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i. The Polynesian culture is used in a way that gives us some knowledge and makes me want to seek even more. The voice acting is amazing. I love how they looked for someone who was actually related to the culture. Auli’i is an incredible voice actor. The moment I found out she was going to be Moana, I could just tell that she would be amazing and incredible. Her singing voice is beautiful and fits perfectly well. Dwanye has been on a roll for a while and this role is no exception. He plays an all powerful God (Maui) and has probably the most memorable song of the movie. It’s alway nice to have Jermaine Clement in an animated movie because even though he is only there for a short time, he always stand out. 

The story used is a basic one that has been done many times, particularly within the Disney universe. This doesn’t have any negative effect on the movie because it is a good story and with all the features around it, it turns something simple into something effective. 
This film gets an 8/10. It’s an incredible piece of art that makes you appreciate the culture represent. Disney have done it again. I really want to watch it again and this time in 3D.

P.S. Like every Disney film, there are references to the previous animation, especially one after the credits. It’s a reference to one movie that has a resemblance to someone involved in this film.

Most anticipated movies of 2016

I know I’m late to the game because I have been busy. Here are my most anticipated movies of 2016

1.Kubo and the two strings  

2. Captain America: Civil War 


3. Suicide Squad  




5. Batman V Superman 


6. Fantastic beast and where to find them


7.The BFG


8. Star Wars: Rouge One


9. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2


10. Keanu   

Honourable mention 

The jungle Book  

La La Land


Academy Award Predictions

Here are my predictions for the 88th Academy 2016. The predictions will include who I want to win and who I think the Academy will choose to win.

Best Visual Effects
Should Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan
Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road – Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, and Tom Wood

Best Film Editing
Should Win: The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel

Best Costume Design
Should and Will Win: Cinderella – Sandy Powell

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin
Will Win: The Revenant – Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini

Best Cinematography
Should Win: The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale

Best Production Design
Should Win: The Martian – Celia Bobak and Arthur Max
Will Win: The Revenant – Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy

Best Sound Mixing
Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road – Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo
Will Win: The Revenant – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek

Best Sound Editing
Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark A. Mangini and David White
Will Win: The Revenant – Martin Hernández and Lon Bender

Best Original Song
Should Win:“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground – Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
Will Win: “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre – Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napesand Sam Smith

Best Original Score
Should Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams
Will Win: The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone

Best Animated Short Film
Should Win: Sanjay’s Super Team – Nicole Paradis Grindle and Sanjay Patel
Will Win: World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt

Best Live Action Short Film
Should and Will Win: Ave Maria – Eric Dupont and Basil Khalil

Best Documentary – Short Subject
Should and Will Win: Body Team 12 – David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Best Documentary – Feature
Should and Will Win: Amy – Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Best Foreign Language Film
Should and Will Win: Son of Saul (Hungary) in Hungarian – László Nemes

Best Animated Feature Film
Should and Will Win: Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Best Adapted Screenplay
Should Win: Room – Emma Donoghue from Room by Emma Donoghue
Will Win: The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph from The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Best Original Screenplay
Should Win: Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, and Ronnie del Carmen
Will Win: Spotlight – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

Best Supporting Actress(I don’t mind if it goes either way)
Should Win: Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman
Will Win: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener

Best Supporting Actor (I don’t mind if it goes either way)
Should Win: Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
Will Win: Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa

Best Actress
Should and Will Win: Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome

Best Actor(I don’t mind if it goes either way)
Should Win: Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass

Best Director
Should Win: Either George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road or Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Will Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Best Picture
Should Win: Room – Ed Guiney
Will Win: Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust

BAFTA 2016

This is the first time that I have watched the Oscars on Valentine’s Day. The BAFTA usually fall a week before or after Valentine’s Day. This year, I was a bit more interested in the nominees than last year. This is mainly due to the fact that I couldn’t decide who should win the EE rising star as most of the nominations are amazing, talented up and coming actors.

Best Animated Feature went to, of course, Inside Out. There is definitely no competition for this award. The winner from the beginning had been, hands down, Pixar. They are back with this animation. Even if The Good Dinosaur didn’t do well last year, you can’t deny the talent and heart that they put into their films.

As I have mentioned before, EE rising star was hard to decide, especially with nomaniees Brie Larson, John Boyega and Taron Egon amongst the mix. This is the only award that we get to vote for and in the end, I did cast my vote but I would’ve been happy if any of these three won. Luckily, they did with John Boyega being the standout star. He was incredible in Star Wars and even though I haven’t seen Attack The Block, the clips that I saw when the movie was released showed that he is talented. His speech was also incredible is the most memorable one of the night.

The winner for Supporting Actress could’ve gone two ways and in the end, went to Kate Winslet. She is one of the favourites in this category, along with Alicia Vikander. The Supporting Actor win was definitely the biggest shock of the night. The whole time, I thought it would go to Idris Elba for Beast Of No Nation. This award ended up going to the dark horse, Mark Rylance for Bridge Of Spies. I can’t really judge on this as I haven’t seen Beast. I have seen the other movie and can sort of tell why Mark won the award. It was just a bit of a shock, that’s all.

Best Director went to Alejandro González Iñárritu. Out of all the nomaniees listed, he was a good choice. In my opinion, I would’ve love to have seen Lenny Abrahason. Best Actor went to, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio. His speech was very sweet as he dedicated it to his mum. I was surprised to find out this is his first BAFTA. I thought he might have won previously but I guess not. If this doesn’t tell you he’ll win an Oscar this year, I don’t know what will.

After EE Rising Star, this was the second award of the night that I was most excited about. Even though I knew who was going to win, it was great to see Brie Larson win the award she deserves. She has been fantastic since Short Term 12. Sadly, she wasn’t there but the director for Room did receive the award for her. The biggest highlight for me was tweeting out how excited I was that she won and getting it liked by Brie herself. Here is a screen caption of the tweet.

Best Picture is the one that most people weren’t sure about. This is because in other award shows, there have been three contenders. They are Spotlight, The Revenant and The Big Short. The award went to The Revenant. Even though it did win this time, I think the Oscar will go to Spotlight. This is mainly because last year, Boyhood won a BAFTA but not an Oscar. I think the same thing will happen to The Revenant, especially because Birdman won last and I don’t think they want to give the award to the same person.

Overall, I enjoyed the award show a bit more than I did the previous year, mainly because we had interesting presenters and wins.

Look out for my next post where I predict the winner for the Oscars in all categories.

Spotlight (2015)

I really wanted to see this movie. It had a lot of award buzz from the beginning and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. The film wasn’t released until 29th January 2016 in the uk, convenient for Oscars season.

This is based on a true story surrounding the Bosten Globe. It focuses on howthey were able to uncover the truth about child molestation within the Catholic Church.

This film makes you appreciate reporters. They have to make sure that they get all the evidence that can help with their case, otherwise it might bring them down. In this situation, they had to go up against the Catholic Church, the biggest institute in the world, to show that priests are abusing children.

The ensemble cast were outstanding. There wasn’t really any standout performance but they were all incredible together. It’s really interesting how the characters did their research in order to find their evidence.

There are a few lines said that really stuck with me. The most important one is the line that Mark Ruffulo’s character says. He says that he used to enjoy going to church as a kid but stopped because of life. He always wanted to go back but because of the accusations, he can’t. He can’t imagine why he would go back to a place where they are supposed to help people but have been abusing children and covering it up. After the movie, my friend asked me if the accusations put me off going to church because I’m a Catholic but I don’t go anymore. I mentioned that particular scene and said that like Ruffulo’s character, I enjoyed going as a kid but stopped because of life. I always wanted to go back but I couldn’t because the money that they used for the poor was either put into their own pockets or used to make more churches. My viewpoint may not be similar to the character’s viewpoint but it shows that something you believe in and trusted when you were young had all these lies and covered it up that you realise it is not what it seems.

The church misused and deceived people. They also took advantage of innocent children and scarred them for life that some of them didn’t even make it in the world.

This film is long at times. It is one that you really have to concentrate and some plots are boring but they have to be there to get the point across.

In the end, I am glad that I watched this. Even though my choice of movie to win an Oscar is Room (because it is my favourite), I believe that Spotlight will win and rightfully so. It’s incredible. This film gets an 8/10.

The Revenant (2015)

With so much Oscar buzz around this film, my interest grew higher and higher. I finally had the chance to watch this film.

This movie is about a man’s fight for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are one of the best working actors today. It’s so great to see them perform together as they are both brilliant. Even though this is Leo’s film, at times it felt like Tom was taking the lead because he was that powerful.

This film is about survival, especially in a time period where they didn’t have a lot such as medical care. Leo’s character attack by a bear is brutal. You wonder how he was able to survive at this time. There are a lot of violence but they are technically in a war so this is something to expect.

Alejandro is always good with his directing and it shows here. He has a particular style which is unique and knows when to focus on certain characters or acts. The cinematography is superb. It looks so crisps and clean considering that this is set in the woods. It must have been hard to film in natural lighting because they have to make sure the light fits the scene but it payed off.

The movie did go on for longer than it should’ve. I got bored at times because certain scenes dragged for a bit. I know it’s an art film but it could be the fact that I am getting used to these movies.
In the end, I will give this a 7/10.

Creed (2015)

I have never watched a Rocky movie before. I’ve always wanted to but I never had the time to watch them. When Creed was announced, I was willing to watch Rocky first, but I found out that I didn’t really have to so I never bothered. I got to go to an early screening before the general release.

Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed is trained by Rocky Balboa to show that boxing is definitely in his blood.

This film was great. I like how they linked it to Rocky but not too much so that new fans can still follow the story. There were a lot of pan shots in the ring that brought an impact to the movie. I haven’t really seen Sylvester Stallone in a lot of other roles, but I know that they are not as good as this character. In this movie, he fits it perfectly. He is Rocky. Michael B. Jordan is a great actor. His performance in this film is great.

The payoff in the end is great and better than I thought it was going to be. I would love to watch this again for the story but the only problem is the length. It feels like it was too long. You may need to prepare yourself and have enough time to watch this. I also think that some knowledge from the predecessor could’ve help me understand the characters even better.

In the end, this is the best boxing film that I have seen and can’t wait to watch it again. It deserves an 8/10.

The Top 6 Worst Movies Of 2015

This year has been a mediocre year for movies. There are a lot of films that came out and were either okay or not what I was expecting. This could be in a good, bad or disappointing way(I’m talking about you Spectre).  Every year I try to do a list of the best and worst movies of that year. This year,I have decided to do a top 6 list, mainly because there is a movie that I wanted to add to my best list and I didn’t want to take anything out.

First, I’m going to start with some hounorable or  in this case, dishonourable mentions. P.S there may be some movies on the list that I have never mentioned before. This is because I haven’t had time or I have tried to forget about them and the only way I can is to only talk about them once. Also most of the movies on the list are here because they had potential but didn’t reach them.

Honourable Mentions

The Duff

When I reviewed this film, I gave it a 4.5. Looking back, I can see that I was being harsh. The movie wasn’t all that bad, it was just disappointing for me. I expected so much more and I got so little from it. Some of the actors are good, I’m still a huge fan of Mae Whitmen. She is one of my favourite actress out there. From Avater: The Last Airbender (the TV show, not the movie) to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, her characters are always great to see. I think I was and still am sick and tired of the same adult humour that they use in films. It could’ve had an influence on my rating so for that, I decided to look back and have changed my rating. It is still on this list because as I have said before in my other review, it is forgettable. I forgot the movie even came out this year. I have added 1.5 to my rating and in the end, it’s a 6/10.

Last year, a movie about secondary characters came out and I hated it. This is because secondary characters are only funny for the main movie they feature in. Once you try to give them a serious story, they are not as good as they used to be. This is what happened with Minions.

This film is about the minions finding an evil master. This all happens before they meet Gru.

I have never reviewed this movie before, mainly because I don’t have a lot to say. In my previous notes, I only have two sentences to describe the film. The first note that I wrote is this is actually better than Penguins of Madagascar. It has the comedy that I wanted from the trailer, but there was only one problem. The jokes that are shown in the trailer are the only funny moments in the movie. The rest are just predictable and don’t bring anything new. I get that it is not for me but the reason the minions worked in the first place was because they seemed like characters that all ages will be able to enjoy. Heck, there were even more adults than kids in my screening.

The second note that I wrote is that it tries to use nostalgia to bring adults into the game by playing Jimi Hendrix music. It didn’t work and was kinda sad. In the end, this was enjoyable at times but it was disappointing. 5/10.

6. Chappie

I actually forgot that this movie was released this year. It was a disappointment as it had so much going for it. Instead, it had a main character that I hated, a weak villian and might have ruined the director’s chances to make an Alien movie. It’s not as boring as Elysium but it is forgetful. It has premiered on TV right now and I’ve tried everything to avoid it. My rating is still the same as my first viewing, 4.5/10.
5. Home

This is another movie that I also had two sentences jotted down in my notes. I got to watch this early at a special screening. I was dreading the viewing because A, it’s a kids move and B, it doesn’t look good.

An alien lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people.  On the fun, he meets a young girl and together, they find out the true meaning of Home.

My first opinion was right. It wasn’t good. I just wanted leave the cinema after the first scene. This is another movie that isn’t aimed for me and I would’ve given it the benefit of the doubt. The only thing is that there are kids movies such as How To Train Your Dragon and Toy Story that can be aimed for kids but still be intelligent and incredible. Then I realised that this movie is completely different because it is basically a Rihanna advertisement. Every 10 minutes, they would play a Rihanna song. The characters would do this weird cartoon dance that was embarrassing at times. It has a good concept but its overshadowed by the music.

To conclude, I don’t want to watch this movie again. It feels a bit bland especially for a kids movie. It gets an 3.5/10 for trying to give us a story that failed.

4. Pitch Perfect 2

I loved Pitch Perfect. I didn’t expect to as I thought it would try too hard to be funny but it had just the right amount of comedy. The idea for a sequel excited me until I saw the trailer. This movie turned out to be what I thought the first film was going to be. It’s a big drop from the first one and I’m not excited for the third one. The only reason this isn’t higher up the list is the fact that that one of the characters had an interesting backstory and I am still holding on hope that this franchise won’t go downhill (Yes, this is a franchise like fast and furious). 4.5/10

3. Fant4stic

In my original review, I used the initial title name but this time, I decided to use the advertised name. Fant4stic was a really bad movie. It had the same serious tone throughout which can be good for a movie if it has a good plot. This movie wanted to try and mix comedy and drama together but it didn’t work at all. They should’ve just pick one tone and stuck to it. The biggest problem is that there is so much build up that the climax feels rushed. They even have to jump a year because the build up took most of the story. Everything falls apart which makes this movie get a 4/10 instead of a 4.5/10. I lose hope in the film everytime I think about it.

2. Pixels

I know that I should’ve expected this to be a bad movie from the beginning. Adam Sandler hasn’t done a good comedic film since The Wedding Singer so it was no suprise that this movie was going to be bad. The only thing was it actually had a good concept. Who wouldn’t want to see how people react when video games are real and they have to play them in the real world in order to save the universe? The only thing is that everyone here is out of date with comedy. Nothing is funny. It’s extremely bland and I’m glad I don’t have to acknowledge this movie ever again after this review. It still gets a 1.5/10.

1. Pan

Going into this movie, I knew it was going to be bad. Not because of the reviews but because of the trailers. They were not intreging at all. It was the last week for the movie’s release and I thought that I should at least give it a chance.

Pan is an origin story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.

Oh my goodness, this was so bad. As soon as you see kid Peter Pan in the orphanage, it goes downhill from there and this is 8 minutes into the film. The nuns at the orphanage are cartoonish. The main actor isn’t great but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because he is a kid and this is his first role. The pirates were so annoying and they sang Smells Like Teen Spirit. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT IN A PETER PAN MOVIE, WHY?

From then on, I forgot what happened. Something about Peter being the chosen one. Tiger Lily appears. Bad CGI. Blackbeard bad.Pixie dust for eternal life. Good wins. This is all I can gather. All the characters annoyed me but the one who got on my nerves the most was James Hook. I don’t know why but he would always talk from one side of his face. They made me hate that character.

In the end, I don’t really remember everything that happened, I hated this so much and I just want to forget about it altogether. I’ve given it a 0.5/10 because the first 8 minutes are good. It is definitely the worst movie that I have watched this year and I’m glad that I only had to talk about it in this review.

Here is a link to some previous views that I have talked about in this list:

The Duff-


Pitch Perfect 2-



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