My Very Final Official Oscar Predictions

So for those of you movie loving folk out there doing Oscar pools, let me be your guide. or not. Do your thing. Maybe your shaman already told you who will win. But these are my predictions for the Oscars that are being presented on Sunday. Yes, this Sunday. BEST PICTURE: The Power Of The Dog Despite the internet Oscar experts shitting bricks after Coda won the PGA award in this category, I know it is used as a barometer for predicting the winner in this category, and to be fair, i think Coda is in the #2 spot. It’s … Continue reading My Very Final Official Oscar Predictions

Windfall

Starring: Jason Segal, Jesse Plemons, and Lily Collins. Directed By: Charlie Macdowell Where I Watched It: Netflix English Audio Description Available?: Yes Provided By: Descriptive The Plot: A stranger (Segal) is in the middle of burglarizing a vacation home for a billionaire (Plemons), when he randomly shows up with his wife (Collins), and the situation gets sticky. Now the stranger must find a way out of this house with his freedom intact, but will everyone leave alive? What Works: I really loved the score for this film. It’s very reminiscent of films like North By northwest, which is why I … Continue reading Windfall

Antlers

Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Amy Madigan, Graham Greene, and Rory Cochrane. Directed By: Scott Cooper Where I Watched it: HBO MAX English audio Description Available?: Yes The Plot: A teacher (Russell) enlists the help of her Sheriff brother (Plemons), when she suspects that a student in her class (Thomas) might be getting abused at home, after she finds several alarming objects in his possession. Of course, there is something far darker…more… sinister. Boo! What Works: First, hats off to Scott Cooper, who I had no idea was directing this until I checked IMDB. For those unfamiliar … Continue reading Antlers

The Power Of The Dog

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Directed By Jane Campion. The Plot: Two brothers (Cumberbatch and Plemons) run a ranch, and their lives are forever changed when one marries a widow (Dunst), who has a rather interesting son (Smit-McPhee) that seems very at odds with the environment around him. Lots of long staring and heavy thinking ensue. What Works and What Doesn’t: Usually, I break these into two fairly divided sections, but The Power Of The Dog is not a typical film, so it gets atypical treatment. This is not my first rodeo with Jane Campion’s … Continue reading The Power Of The Dog

Best Of 2016: Some Honorable Mention Performances

I’m about to start releasing my top 10 performances lists, but there are some performances this year that are outside that list. I figured, I’d list them here. Of course, this might give you an idea of what my top 10’s are, since these performances are going to be missing from those lists. I’ve left off performances I was able to already recognize in another category, like comedy, or young actor. These are all performances, for the most part, that at one time or another were on my top 10 list, but got moved off as I saw more films.
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The Master

The Master Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern, Rami Malek Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson Director: Paul Thomas Anderson For me, Paul Thomas Anderson can sometimes bounce around for me in terms of quality. I wasn’t a huge fan of There Will Be Blood, outside of the fantastic performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. I thought Punch Drunk Love was a mess. Magnolia had strengths and weaknesses, uneven throughout. Boogie Nights is probably his best effort, for me. The Master would be my second choice. At first, The Master starts off as a rather … Continue reading The Master