Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2021

https://youtu.be/uWTLWzDl9IA BEST PICTUREWhat will win: The Power of the DogWhat should win: Drive My CarWhat should have been nominated: The RescueBEST DIRECTORWho will win: Jane CampionWho should win: Ryusuke HamaguchiWho should have been nominated: Denis VilleneuveBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYWhat will win: Licorice PizzaWhat should win: The Worst Person in the WorldWhat should have been nominated: The … Continue reading Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2021

Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

https://youtu.be/SWX-ALhG6Wo On My Mind 8.5/10 Such a simple story across only 18 minutes, “On My Mind” manages to be the most emotionally devastating of all five nominees in such a limited amount of screen time. The performances feel extremely genuine, the pacing is perfect and this short has a huge amount of heart to it. … Continue reading Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

Bonus: 2022 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

https://youtu.be/SWX-ALhG6Wo Audible 7.5/10 A fascinating story about an all deaf football team with an incredible winning streak (against deaf and non-deaf teams alike), “Audible” loses a little focus at times and could have used more creative direction during the football sequences but this emotionally strong short film connects with the audience and the interviews are … Continue reading Bonus: 2022 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

Bonus: 2022 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

https://youtu.be/SWX-ALhG6Wo Robin Robin 8/10 Unfortunately these animated shorts started strong and progressively got worse so the first two entries were the only ones worth watching. “Robin Robin” tells the story of a bird raised by mice who wants to steal food stealthily like they do and fit in. The animation is beautiful as Netflix pulled … Continue reading Bonus: 2022 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

https://youtu.be/IPlNiZMp7g4 The Present 6/10 An extremely simple premise, “The Present” follows a man and his daughter as they set out in the West Bank to buy his wife an anniversary present. Many aspects work, particularly the acting. The short is well shot and you connect emotionally with the characters. My only real problem is that … Continue reading Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

https://youtu.be/IPlNiZMp7g4 A Love Song for Latasha 5.5/10 The true story of a 15-year-old black girl who was murdered by an Asian woman that helped spark the 1992 LA riots, “A Love Song for Latasha” interviews her cousin and best friend decades later. The content in this short documentary isn’t the problem here; the film making … Continue reading Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

https://youtu.be/IPlNiZMp7g4 Burrow 9/10 The shortest but cutest and most wholesome/appropriate, “Burrow” follows a young rabbit trying to build the home of her dreams. While only six minutes long, “Burrow” is extremely delightful, entertaining, well animated and is able to communicate its story using no words. It’s an adorable little tale/tail and while its short running … Continue reading Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2020

BEST PICTUREWhat will win: NomadlandWhat should win: Sound of MetalWhat should have been nominated: Bad Education BEST DIRECTORWho will win: Chloe ZhaoWho should win: Emerald FennellWho should have been nominated: Darius MarderBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYWhat will win: Promising Young WomanWhat should win: Promising Young WomanWhat should have been nominated: SoulBEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYWhat will win: The FatherWhat … Continue reading Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2020

Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

https://youtu.be/FA66NNzBK8Q Life Overtakes Me 8/10 Short documentaries like this I always enjoy, despite the rather depressing subject matter, due to the fact that I learn something along the way that I previously was unaware of. Resignation Syndrome, a rather new diagnosed illness, is the center of this short documentary and the heart breaking consequences that … Continue reading Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

https://youtu.be/FA66NNzBK8Q Hair Love 6/10 “Hair Love” has some things going for it. An emotional ending, beautifully rendered animation and using an absence of dialogue very effectively. However, the story itself is too overly simple and unengaging that I felt no connection to it whatsoever. The short film is literally a girl trying to do her … Continue reading Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation