Monday, February 27, 2017

"Split" Decision!


116 Minutes, Drama, Horror

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Damn horror flicks in February! Two hours of intense, suspense, and cannibalism! Ok, it's not that bad and in fact "Split" fails to mustard the 75% of Rotten Maters reviewers. Were they watching the same flick as me? What better way to kidnap three cute girls in a car but to spray them with sleepy spray, woohoo! The fact is the audience already knows what happens before it happens. A crazy dude with multiple personalities, 23 to be exact, attempts to inflict pain and misery to the teenagers. Hell, anyone could escape from this bozo and at any time during this flick. Of course, Shyamalan can't allow this because the flick would be over in 10 minutes. Anyway you know the plot....The psycho, played by James McAvoy, kills two of the girls, his therapist (who he sees throughout the flick), and tries to kill Casey, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. She pops him twice with a shotgun, she escapes, he survives and we must wait for "Split 2" in the very near future. Save us the trouble Shyamalan and don't bother! Oh, and "Jason" wants his money back!

Price Waterhouse Coopers Screw Up Oscar Ending or Did They....

In a major gaff, Price Waterhouse Coopers botched the last award given in thy goodnight...the Oscar for Best Picture. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were the presenters for the Oscar and for most, the golden statute was set for La La Land, the favorite. Beatty opened the envelope, look confused and disoriented and even showed the card to Dunaway. Dunaway wavered slightly, but announced La La Land had won the Oscar, like most predicted. Everyone associated with the film arrived on stage, snatched the Oscar, and began with acceptance speeches. A stage director with a headset on rushed over to Beatty and handed him a second, red envelope. In the card was the real winner, "Moonlight" with Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner Producers boldly on the card! La La Land Producer Jordan Horowitz is informed of the major gaff and informs the stunned audience that Moonlight actually won the Oscar for Best Picture. An obviously pissed Horowitz snatches the card from Beatty fumbling hands and presents it to the crowd, corroborating the mistake. Kudos for Horowitz for taking charge and in a modest gesture handed the Oscar over to the Producers of Moonlight. 

Are Beatty and Dunaway cupable in this colossal mistake? Of course they are, just like PwC. Two veteran, albeit brain dead, actors can't adlib without direction or cue cards? Beatty opens the envelope, realizes the error, shows it to Dunaway, and says NOTHING! On top of that, after seeing Emma Stone's name for best actress, Dunaway JUST assumes La La Land is the winner. Most are backing Beatty and Dunaway, but folks these are actors, veterans of the screen. Stop the action, ask for help, or call Kimmel over and show him the card, he is the flippen host! I would have ripped the card from Beatty's cold, dead hands too!  

This will go down as the biggest goof in live television and for the Oscars. Long live Steve Harvey!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Prediction for the Oscars Tonight!

2017 Prediction for the Oscars Tonight!

Best Picture: Moonlight
Winner: Moonlight!

Best Director: Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
Winner:Damien Chazelle for La La Land

Writing for Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Winner: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight 

Writing for Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Winner:Kenneth Lonergran for Manchester by the Sea 

Best Actor: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Winner: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land
Winner:Emma Stone for La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Dav Patel for Lion 
Winner: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for Fences
Winner:Viola Davis for Fences

Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Winner:Hacksaw Ridge

Documentary Feature: I'm not your Negro

Winner: OJ Made in America 

Cinematographer: La La Land
Winner:Linus Sandgren for La La Land

Sound Editing/Mixing: Arrival  
Winner: Arrival  and  Hacksaw Ridge 

Short Film: Piper

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Winner: The Salesman

Animated Feature Film: Moana
Winner: Zootopia

Live Action Short Film: Sing


Documentary Short Subject: Watana My Homeland

Winner:The White Helmets 

Production Design: La La Land
Winner: La La Land 

Visual Effect: The Jungle Book
Winner: The Jungle Book

Custom Design: La La Land
Winner: Colleen Atwood  for FantasticBeasts 

Makeup and Hair:  Star Trek Beyond
Winner:Suicide Squad 

Best Original Song:  City of Stars from La La Land
Winner: City of Stars from La La Land

Best Original Score: La La Land
Winner: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land

Moonlight Night!


Drama, 110 Minutes

Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Travente Rhodes

Director: Barry Jenkins

An elegant flick about race, drugs, love, and defining one's own sexuality. A brilliant cast to bring the message across through isolation and humanity. Dang, that sounded good didn't it? Seriously one the best flicks for 2016 and I wouldn't be surprised if it won picture of the year at the Oscars! This is a must see film!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Davis Knocks a Home Run!


Drama, 133 minutes

Director: Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovon Apepo, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson

Right off the bat, no pun intended, but the casting for Fences is outstanding! Give Washington credit for picking the best cast, which is why I listed everyone billed in the cast...well most of them. Give Washington credit for directing even though he missed out on the Oscar for his directing talent. Fences isn't about baseball, it's about keeping people inside, locked up, and domestic drama! Cory, played by Jovon Apepo, has a promising career in football and is recruited, however Pops won't let him go. Pops wasn't given a chance to play ball because of the color of his skin and he won't let his son go through the same pain. Cory later joins the Marines, foregoing his career in sports. Later Pops has an affair and fathers another child which brings me to the real star of this flick. Viola Davis who plays Rose is a proud, determined black woman who steals the cinema screen with her stellar performance. Hell, I wanted to reach into the TV and slap Pops myself! Rose is certainly the backbone of this family and dedicated to the core, no matter what Pops does. No doubt Davis should win the Oscar for Best Supporting Female. Great movie, highly recommend for a Saturday night popcorn feast!

Nice Kitty!

120 minutes

Director: Garth Davis

Dav Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

A sweet, heart warming flick about a orphan returning to his birth land to find his long, lost family. Yet another true story about determination,  restlessness, and emotional strife. "Saroo" played by Dav Patel is lost at a train station after he takes a nap. After Saroo wakes up he searches for his brother, which we learn later is killed by a train. Saroo is later adopted by "Sue" played by Nicole Kidman and her hubby "John" played by Dave Wenham. Of course Saroo grows up and decides to find his mother and brother back in India. A definite chick flick so be prepared for the tears. One note, Kidman doesn't deserve a nomination for Oscar. This flick has her gorgeous presence for only 30 minutes. The Oscar should go to Viola Davis for "Fences".

Thursday, February 23, 2017

La La Meh....

2016, Comedy, Drama, Musical, A long 128 minutes

 Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

 Director: Damien Chazelle

Someone missed the boat on this flick, it may have been me to be quite honest. I accept my role as a total dumbass when it comes to comedy, drama, and musicals all in one flick. I loved Xanadu and Grease back in the day, which was rated awful by Rotten maters...and they loved La La Land! Emma Stone plays an inspiring actress and Gosling plays a washed up soul piano player. The two meet, dance, sing, and, and sing....and talk...for two hours. The theme is follow your dreams to the fullest, it just takes so long to get there. J.K. Simmons has a cameo appearance and John Legend is flat, unappealing, and of course plays a singer. This is a decent movie, don't get me wrong. The songs are good, the plot intriguing, it takes forever to get the main the end and the best part of this flick. Now, where is my VHS of Xanadu!

Visit Manchester!

2016, Drama, 135 Minutes

Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

By far, from beginning to end, the MOST depressing movie of all the Oscar nominated flicks. Casey Affleck taps his Oscar Winning performance (he should win) as Lee Chandler. Chandler, divorced, a drunk, and broke learns of his brother's death and receives guardianship of his nephew played by Lucas Hedges. Numerous flashbacks throughout help tell the story of Chandler's demise as a man and father. EVERYONE in this flick struggles to adjust to the passing that guilt and emotional overload most with some laughter and humor mixed in. Grief is felt through Affleck's performance in Manchester by the Sea...just like real life. Dynamite movie, a must see, take a friend, and hug them afterward!

Don't Hide These Figures!

2017, Drama 127 minutes

Tarjai Henson, Octaiva Spencer, Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner

Director: Ted Melfi

In an untold and true story of brilliant African American women working in an all white, mostly men, world of NASA. This movie had me at hello! This film has all the facts of the 60's. "Colored" toilets, "colored" fountains, and even "colored" coffee pots! You feel the pain of racism in this flick and equally get pissed that brilliant, black minds have to face this type of racism, especially at NASA.  Tarjai Henson plays Katherine G. Johnson, a genius in the field of mathematics saves the space agency and the launch of John Glenn into orbit. Henson is fabulous and deserves the Oscar hands down. No one even comes close. Octavia Spencer is very good in her role as a "computer " and later receives promotion when a IBM computer is brought in to test Johnson and the rest of the brilliant minds of NASA. Jim Parsons is mediocre in his performance as Paul Stafford, Johnson's boss. Costner is Al Harrison, NASA's boss man, and renews his role from JFK. Sounds and looks like Jim Garrison from said movie, in fact he bores me in this film. A keeper and a winner no doubt.!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hacksaw Ridge is Gripping!

2016 Action, War, History, True Story, Oscar Nomination for Best Picture

Director: Mel Gibson

Andrew Garfield, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner III

Mel Gibson's love of war, family, faith, and death is highlighted in this terrific film about Desmond Doss who saved 75 men on the battlefield. A true story of Doss as a combat medic who refused to carry a gun or fire a shot. The battlefield scenes are horrific, painful and violent, but its needed to tell the heroic job Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, did during the war. I can't think of anyone else better than Garfield to play Doss. The blanket party he gets in basic training is classic! Doss is the first conscientious objector to be awarded the medal of honor!   If you don't understand war and the toll it takes, you have to watch this film. Gibson deserves the nomination for best director as well as Garfield for best actor.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lego Batman Movie is Exhausting...

2017, Animation, Adventure, Action , A long 1 hr 44 mins.

Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson

Director: Chris McKay

I felt like I ran a marathon after this movie! And my fat ass doesn't run! This is a noisy movie so sit in the back of the theater. Not sure why "The Lego Batman" flick is getting the accolades, but I was ready for this one to be over. Obviously a predictable ending and of course Batman and friends are saving Gotham City from all of the villains, including the Joker, Riddler, and a cameo by Superman who shuns Batman by not inviting him to a super hero party. The start of the flick starts off promising with Batman, voiced over by Will Arnett, narrating the opening credits, which are slightly humorous.  Batman must deal with his inner feelings over the years being the solo crime fighter. New police commissioner, Barbara Gordon, daughter of Retired Commish James Gordon, voiced over by Rosario Dawson, carries this flick. I admit Chris McKay made Barbara Gordon into a hottie of a lego babe! That sounded so weird.... Anyway, this flick is way too hurried, is loud, and stuck in the proverbial black hole in the sky that ends this dull sequel. Ok for home use, but don't waste $10 bucks!

"Arrival is the Clear Oscar Winner!

2016; Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi   2hrs. 

Director: Denis Villeneuve 

Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker

Not really into alien movies, in fact I can't stand them because most are cast as villains. Not so fast says Denis Villeneuve. A masterful piece of directing in a non-linear story line. DON'T go to the bathroom or get popcorn, in fact just buy or rent this thriller and watch it at home. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner turn in a brilliant performance with Forrest Whitaker a bore in the background. 

The synopsis is simple. Aliens arrive on earth and the world powers take them as a threat. Who wouldn't. I mean 12 giant cucumber like space ships just evaded earth. It takes Adams (a linguist) and Renner (a math wizard) to interact and find out why they are here. Not your normal looking aliens either. Can't say anymore without giving the middle and ending away. SEE this movie. A front runner for Best Picture at the Oscars! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hell or High Water Hits the Mark



David Mackenzie

Writer: Taylor Sheridan

Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Two brothers protect their late mother's farm by robbing the mortgage company who holds the lien, then laundering the money at casinos. They have a deadline to pay off the debt before the bank repossess the property because oil has been discovered. Jeff Bridges is a old school, past his time Texas Ranger seeking justice against the brothers. Jeff Bridges is brilliant in this film, who refuses to give up in catching the bad guy. The second half of this movie is flat out amazing. Intense, sad, and set for a sequel. Rotten Maters has this film at 98%, which Pik a Flick agrees! Go or rent this thriller.




Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea Winner!
Andrew GarfieldHacksaw Ridge
Ryan GoslingLa La Land
Viggo MortensenCaptain Fantastic
Ruth NeggaLoving
Natalie PortmanJackie
Emma StoneLa La Land WINNER!
Meryl StreepFlorence Foster Jenkins
Mahershala AliMoonlight  WINNER!
Jeff BridgesHell or High Water
Lucas HedgesManchester by the Sea
Dev PatelLion
Michael ShannonNocturnal Animals
Viola DavisFences WINNER!
Naomie HarrisMoonlight
Octavia SpencerHidden Figures
Michelle WilliamsManchester by the Sea
Zootopia WINNER!
Hacksaw Ridge-Mel Gibson
La La Land-Damien Chazelle WINNER!
Manchester by the Sea-Kenneth Lonergran
Monnlight-Barry Jenkins-
Best Original Song
City of Stars-La La Land/---Also won for original score! WINNER!
How Far I’ll Go-Moana
-Audition-La La Land
Can't Stop The Feeling-Trolls
The Empty Chair- Jim-Jim Foley Story