Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 6 – Biggest Acting Oscar Snub

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 6

Biggest Acting Oscar Snub

The conversation always comes up during Oscar season, who should have been given an Oscar nomination or even taken the win, we look to select the ones we feel should have been given this honour.

Next Round – Favourite 90’s Animated Movie – Closing Friday 6th July 2018

Milo – Stuff and That

Uma Thurman – Pulp Fiction

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Considering my reasoning for my Round 4 pick, it shouldn’t be hard to deduce who I’m picking today. She just oozes aloof cool and I can’t believe, in one of the best performances of the 90s, she was booted for who? Dianne Wiest? In wha–? I can’t even remember.

 

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Taraji P Henson – Hidden Figures

In the 2017 Awards for best actress we didn’t get too much competition, we also had two performances very few people saw, Hidden Figures bought us a brilliant story of history and Taraji showed us her talent in a leading role in this movie that is such a delight to be watching.

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed

 

I don’t know if this is an Official ‘snub’ or not (to be honest I know so little about the Oscars), but I absolutely had to choose This actor, in This performance, in This film – because I have NEVER understood how he didn’t get a Best Actor Oscar for his amazing portrayal of Billy Costigan – a complex character of a man who was decent and kind hearted, but also very mixed up confused and constantly living on the edge of a nervous breakdown. DiCaprio REALLY played it amazingly and I don’t often get emosh about actors performances (I’m the LEAST technical film fan out there) but I was honestly blown away by his performance in The Departed and I still drone on about it now (like now). I just think he played perfectly and so believably. It actually kind of annoys me that he didn’t win an Oscar for this, yet he did for fighting a CGI bear? I mean, what?  

 

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

Amy Adams – Arrival

I should probably put more effort into researching this one but two very recent performances popped into my mind: Amy Adams in Arrival & Jacob Tremblay in Room. By snub I wasn’t sure if I was meant to pick someone who was nominated but lost or someone who wasn’t nominated at all? Well, neither of these two were nominated when they really should have been. With Tremblay, I kind of understand as the Academy often ignores performances from young kids so I’ll go with Amy Adams as my answer. She was fantastic in Arrival. Let’s see who was nominated instead of her: Emma Stone in La La Land (Winner. Adams was better and Arrival was WAY better), Isabelle Huppert in Elle (Not seen it but it looks good), Ruth Negga in Loving (Not seen it), Natalie Portman in Jackie (I guess she was okay but, wow, the movie somehow managed to be a complete bore) & Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins (Not seen it but, come on! This looks like the usual “We must always nominate Streep” bullshit). So. Yeah. There was definitely room for Adams in this category! Although I only saw two of these nominees so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. 😉 But I’d replace either of those two with Adams and am sure I’d replace Streep. Adams was definitely robbed, as was Arrival in general. Brilliant film.

 

Daniel – Dellens Diary

James Stewart – It’s a Wonderful Life

My entry for biggest Oscar actor snub is James Stewart from It’s a Wonderful Life at the 1946 Academy Awards

James Stewart was arguably one of the most famous actors of the 40’s and 50’s but mainly the 40’s and arguably his most famous film was It’s a Wonderful Life. In this film he plays a downtrodden, suicidal man who goes on an emotional journey to learn how much of an impact he has made. His performance in this film is absolutely golden and he plays all the right emotions and does all the right the right things so that you feel genuinely sorry for him. 

But does he win an Oscar for this great performance? No, he loses it to Samuel Goldwyn from The Best Years of Our Lives, a film I doubt you’ve even seen. This is disgusting and you know it. 

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Matthew McConaughey – The Wolf of Wall Street

 

I have the feeling that the most popular choice in this category will be Amy Adams in Arrival but for me, Matthew McConaughey should have had a supporting actor nomination for his brief but memorable appearance in Scorcese’s awesome film.

Because there have been instances where actors have been on screen for a few minutes (Beatrice Straight, Judi Dench) and nabbed the trophy so why couldn’t McConaughey?

For me, it truly kicked off the “McConaughssance”, better than his appearances in Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar combined, and in his big, powerful scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, he steals the show, keeps all eyes glued on him and ensures that you remember his performance after the credits have rolled, brief though his appearance was.

A memorable supporting performance which should’ve gotten far more recognition.

 

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Ed Harris

My Biggest Acting Oscar Snub has to go to Ed Harris, for his leading men and supporting role appearances in just about everything he’s done so far! My first sighting of this unsung hero has to have been his wonderful portrayal in Patsy Cline’s biopic as Charlie, her apparently abusive husband. He was fantastic at this role, making me sob at the end of this biopic as she called his name before that fateful planecrash that claimed her life. And in this film he and co-star Jessica Lange had a wonderful chemistry in all their scenes together. Since then he’s been adding his presence and gravitas to roles in Stepmom, Apollo 13, The Truman Show, The Rock and many many more. Yet, no Oscar. He’s playing good guys, and bad guys.. and hard to read guys.He’s believable in any role – a feat only few can pull off-  all with these credible, steady performances. So its about time he was recognised for the talent he his… as he’s much less of a mystery man than his Man in Black role in Westworld.

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Penn was great as Harvey Milk, but Rourke did a much better job this year with his role in The Wrestler and should have taken home Gold for this career defining performance.

Damien Riley – Damien Riley Podcast

Liam Neeson – Schindler’s List

The Oscars have snubbed so many great percormers. Alas, picking them is a subjective, inexact science. If I could pick the biggest snub I would go with Liam Neeson in “Schindler’s List.” Tom Hanks beat him out that year winninng the Oscar for Forest Gump. I really don’t think it too much technical ability to play Forest Gump. Neeson has shown audiences his performance ability for decades, he was snubbed.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

After considering what constitutes a “snub,” I’ve decided to limit my pick to someone who was not even nominated for an Oscar, since getting nominated is still an honor. There are plenty of actors and roles that deserved a nomination or even a win but were sadly ignored by the Academy. Some grievous ones that come to mind include Amy Adams for Arrival, Tom Hulce for Dominick and Eugene, Mathieu Amalric for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Sidney Poitier for To Sir, with Love. Yet one actor who seems to have been snubbed repeatedly is Tom Hanks, who has given several award-worthy performances in the 21st century yet hasn’t been nominated since Cast Away in 2000. They haven’t all been winners, but his roles in Saving Mr. Banks, Sully, and Bridge of Spies could have at least been nominated, while his portrayal of Captain Phillips could well have won. I know he won twice in the ‘90s, but it seems like the Academy is going out of its way to not nominate him, especially considering their favoritism for Meryl Streep year after year.

John – Johnrieber.com

Peter O’Toole – My Favourite Year

Peter O’ Toole was nominated for Best Actor 8 times, for films such as “Lawrence Of Arabia”, “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” and “The Stunt Man.”  His most exuberant nomination was for the 1982 comedy “My Favorite Year.”  His portrayal of an Errol Flynn-type “Movie Star” who is facing financial ruin is nuanced and outrageous in equal measure.  His comic timing is superb, and you see every emotion clearly performed on his weathered face.  A comedic gem.

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

For me, when I think of an Oscar snub, I consider not even being nominated for a great performance a snub. So in that vein, my pick is Jake Gyllenhaal in 2014’s Nightcrawler. While I didn’t enjoy the movie as well as most others seemed to, I was entranced by Gyllenhaal’s performance as Louis Bloom. He got into the character eerily well. The mannerisms he put into the character sent shivers down my spine. I thought for sure he would get a nomination that year but when the nominees were announced, his name was nowhere to be found. Normally, I don’t think about the nominations too much (mostly because I’ve stopped caring), but not acknowledging Gyllenhaal’s phenomenal turn as someone so detached from other humans was shocking. I don’t remember who won best actor that year but I do know that Gyllenhaal had a performance worthy of taking the Oscar and was never given the opportunity to get it.

Michael – The Inner Circle

Tom Hanks – Saving Private Ryan

I think Hank’s take of a good man like Miller who volunteers to serve his country but is being slowly worn down by what he has seen is riveting. Through Miller,we as the viewer can see how war affects us all. The shocking violence,the desire to see it end,protecting his men from harm,the struggle between duty and revenge. Most importantly is the fact that when Miller is dying while saving Pvt. Ryan,he urges him “Earn this”,he isn’t talking just to Ryan but to us all. We as a country need to keep earning what Capt Miller and all of the men who in World War 2 sacrificed. It’s a sublime performance by one of the best actors in my generation and he deserved an Oscar for it.

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 5 – Worst Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 5

Worst Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers Infinity War has smashed onto the big screen, bringing all the work together from the years of the films, we have looked at the best before, but now lets look at the worst movie from this universe.

Next Round – Biggest Acting Oscar Snub – Closing Date Friday 1st June 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Ant-Man

This is my pick because I wasn’t a fan of the character, I also didn’t enjoy the movie and it is the only one I haven’t returned to re-watch of the films in the MCU.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Ironman 2

Boring and pointless is how I felt about Iron Man 2. It was a drag to watch mostly because it felt like nothing much fitted together. Its forgettable and formulaic and perhaps one of the worst parts was because Iron Man was so outstanding and brought such a bombastic character with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man that its sequel just seemed like a disappointment. Sometimes, whats worse than a bad movie is a disappointing one and its why this one is the worst MCU movie.

Cinema Parrot Disco

The Incredible Hulk

Hmm. I’m going to go with The Incredible Hulk. Why? Because it’s the only one I haven’t seen. At least, I don’t THINK I saw it. I think I saw “the other Hulk movie”. And I get them confused. And I don’t care. I prefer watching Thor. Shirtless. 🙂 

 

Milo – Stuff and That

Thor 2: The Dark World

DUDE, it’s another big death cloud. Until, like, 2 months ago, I didn’t even like Thor too much, so, to have him in a movie as generic and boring as this, is just another thing Ragnarok had to overcome.

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Captain America: The First Avenger

Now I haven’t seen all the MCU movies. Not even close! I haven’t even seen Iron Man for god’s sake, so this was quite a tough round for me. Mainly because I’m basing my answer entirely on the handful I HAVE seen – and to be honest I didn’t dislike any of them really, they’re just not massively my cup of tea. That’s all.

 

So anyway, the reason I’m choosing Captain America as my least favourite MCU Film is because the character/hero ‘Captain America’ is basically – a little bit annoying sometimes. He’s like, too much of a goody-two-shoes. Do you know what I mean? Another slight reason to nominate this film is the brutal fact that I have seen it, yet can barely remember it – and how I wouldn’t ever want to watch it again.

 

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Doctor Strange

 

Least favourite Marvel Movie..Has to be Dr Strange,, I just got superbored by Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton…. but then they both are on my list of actors and actresses to avoid where possible as (no offence guys) they freak me out. And both of the in a Marvel movie is just wrong, but to have his love interest in Rachel McAdams, who I loved in About Time and Morning Glory (but not in the Notebook) is really wrong. Dont ask me what the films about as tbh, I got superbored and switched off. The worst bit of it all was they put lovely Chris Hemsworth in the after credits scene which is wrong on all levels being a bit of a fan of this particular Norse God actor. So I’m superglad I saw it on DVD, and my husband told me of Hemsworth’s scenes so when I screamed “no more Cumberbatch…” we zoomed to the after credits and hey presto.. one happy me, call it the Helmsworth effect..

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Ironman 2

 

Asking me what is my least favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe film is like asking me what my least favorite Legend of Zelda game is: I like them all, just some more than others. There isn’t any film in the MCU that I don’t like, just some are more enjoyable than others. That is the case for Iron Man 2. It did a decent job of balancing Tony Stark and his journey, as well as setting up SHIELD and laying the path towards the first Avengers film, but it gets too bloated. I know that’s a harsh statement considering all the characters the Avengers films have had to balance. However, the story to me isn’t as compelling as those films or even Iron Man 3. And after having Iron Monger as the villain in Iron Man, the last thing I wanted to see was another armor-based villain. Iron Man 2 isn’t bad, it just isn’t great either.

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Ironman 2

From the first time I watched it, I knew that it was the weakest of the series. The story is kind of boring and the whole middle section with Tony being drunk and despondent all the time was a little annoying. And he discovers a whole new element in the most convoluted way!

Plus, this film has one of the weakest MCU villains, not helped by the major disagreements between Mickey Rourke and the studio.

But at least Black Widow makes her first appearance, so that’s cool.

 

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Thor

The weakest film of the MCU that just doesn’t work well enough. The origin story of Thor is fine yet parts of the storyline feel too “tacked on”. The fact that it is a small chapter in a greater Universe of stories helps a bit, but as a stand alone, this just isn’t up to par and feels too average. Thankfully, the storyline gets better as the future films progress, but this is not a very good starting point. Apparently the story of Thor needed time to gain enough momentum over the period of 6 years in order to finally get great.

John – Johnrieber.com

The Incredible Hulk

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a great job introducing each character in their unique world, but there is one that stands out for all the wrong reasons:  

 

The Incredible Hulk.”

 

Edward Norton was the wrong choice to play Bruce Banner.  Norton was the wrong choice to be in a film that needed to stay focused on the mythology of the character and the Marvel world.

 

Did you ever see the “behind-the-scenes” shot of Norton trying to make changes to the film in the edit bay?

The internet is filled with stories of on-set and post production fights between Norton and the Marvel team.  He has a reputation for being difficult to work with, and to me, Marvel has a singular vision for its world that won’t work with this type of personality involved.  His attitude and demeanor, both onscreen and off, makes it difficult to watch this one.

 

Bring on Mark Ruffalo!

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

The Incredible Hulk

This round wasn’t a terribly hard one to pick. The worst Marvel movie is the one that has had the least impact on the MCU: The Incredible Hulk. Now, it’s not a bad movie altogether, but it pales next to Marvel’s many successes since. Edward Norton is a rather forgettable Bruce Banner, as is Liv Tyler as his love interest, and except for William Hurt, no element of this film has been seen in the franchise since. Its sequel hints were long ago dropped, and the big climax becomes wearisome with all the repetitive smashing. I’m making it sound worse than it is, but it’s definitely the weakest MCU movie to date

 

 

 

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 4 Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 4

Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress

We have looked at our favourite Oscar winning actresses, now we are going to look at the one we didn’t like, which ones do you think weren’t Oscar worthy?

Next Round – Worst Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Closing Date Friday 4th May 2018

Milo – Stuff and That

Dianne Wiest – Bullets Over Broadway

Honestly, I haven’t seen Bullets Over Broadway and I don’t know who Dianne Wiest is. BUT, she’s the reason Uma Thurman didn’t win for Pulp Fiction, and that’s enough for my vote. Oh, and it’s a Woody Allen movie, ewwwwwwww….

Cinema Parrot Disco

Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love

Easy. Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare In Love. Because I hate her.

 

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Cher – Moonstruck

For my pick I have selected someone because I feel someone else deserved the award, for me Glenn Close should have gotten the award for her truly unstable character.

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Judi Dench – Shakespeare in Love

This was particularly hard for me as though I’m not massively enamoured by many Oscar winning performances I certainly don’t dislike any. I think anyway?

 

I chose this one in the end because the lovely Judi is only on screen for about eight minutes. Which is mainly quite ridiculous (and I can only imagine how the other nominees in 1998 felt about that one) AND you could also argue that if her performance was so mind blowing, it’s a shame we only get to see it (and her) for eight minutes. I have showers that last longer.

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Beatrice Straight – Network

This is a tricky one because, while there are certainly forgettable, award winning turns in older, so-so films, there aren’t really any performances that I actively dislike.

 

I was tempted to go for Judi Dench for her incredibly brief appearance in “Shakespeare in Love” but she did make an impact and there were no better nominees that year.

 

I decided to pick an actress who won an Oscar for a single five minute scene in the amazing film “Network”; in a film full of absolutely incredible performances, Straight’s character is completely forgettable and definitely not worthy of a huge award.

Especially since Piper Laurie and Jodie Foster were fellow nominees for “Carrie” and “Taxi Driver”, respectively – they were clearly more deserving!!

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Shirley MacLaine – Terms of Endearment

 

My least favorite Oscar Winning Actress performance is Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment. It’s hard for me to say she doesn’t deserve the award because I haven’t seen any of the other nominated movies that year. She also does what is asked of her pretty well but I don’t like the movie. I found all the characters to be horrible and not endearing at all including her It also lays on the sentimentality very thickly and because I didn’t like the characters I resented that. It’s just not the movie or performance for me. Another one I thought of is Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl but that was actually a tie so Kathryn Hepburn is the true winner in my eyes that year. 

 

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Whoopi Goldberg – Ghost

My least favourite Oscar Winner for Best Supporting Actress goes to…. (cue fanfare)…. Whoopi Goldberg. This was for her role as Oda May Brown in Ghost. (1990)..with Patrick Swayze (Sam) and Demi Moore (as Sam’s girlfriend Molly). In this awful 1990 romantic-comedy-drama, Sam is murdered and he comes back to avenge his murder and save  girlfriend from danger from the culprit. This after he learns the truth of what happened to him. Goldberg plays a reluctant psychic who gets involved who can hear Swayze’s characters ghost with many “comic” moments, 

So read comic as irritating and that’s just the start of my venting (thanks Darren for this opportunity to offload). So I was supershocked in reading she won an Oscar. This rant is in light of the competition… Annette Bening (The Grifters),  Lorraine Bracco (GoodFellas), Diane Ladd (Wild at Heart) and Mary McDonnell (Dances with Wolves). And Goldberg’s silly performance which was just plain annoying in every sense of the word.. In fact if anyone deserved a best supporting actress from that film it should have gone to Moore who played  Molly . Moore gave a sweet, touching performance (and that pre-Friends haircut everyone wanted way back then). But anyway if you need further ammo to decide on this category, check her performance vs Bracco’s on a certain video sharing channel. And just be as horrified as me when you learn that this was up for 5 Oscars including Best Picture. But luckily it  was Kevin Costner.s year as his movie – which he starred directed and produced – Dances with Wolves danced away with 12 nominations and winning 7 including this accolade…paving the way for the travesty that was Waterworld. And that dear readers is another story.

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love

To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of Oscar films but looking at the list of movies I’ve seen, Shakespeare in Love has always had me head scratching why its gotten the popularity is has. Granted it was a long time ago that I saw it but I don’t remember much of it. With that said, I also think Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t particularly a fantastic actress, which also supports why I feel she’s my least favorite Oscar winning Actress.

 

John – Johnrieber.com

Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award for her performance in 2009’s “The Blind Side.”  She played a tough-as-nails Southern pistol-packing Mom who is protective of the kid she finds homeless – and helps him become an NFL star.  Michael Oher is shown at the end being drafted – bravo to him! Yes, it’s a true story, and an inspiring one as well.  That said, Bullock’s performance is strident and one-note, and the scene where she takes on a group of dangerous young men is cringe-worthy.

 

The much more worthy winner that year was Meryl Streep for her touching portrayal of Chef Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.”

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Judi Dench – Shakespeare in Love

Just as I had trouble finding a Best Actress winning performance I could call my favorite, there weren’t many that jumped out as bad or undeserving as I looked through the list. In the end, though, I found one in the Best Supporting Actress category, namely Dame Judi Dench’s performance as Queen Elizabeth I inShakespeare in Love. Now, I love Judi Dench, but when a performance is only eight minutes long, it really ought to be something special. Sure, she was regal and haughty and good as usual, but what about this role warranted an Oscar? This is a case where the Academy knew she deserved at least one Oscar and found an excuse to award it. Maybe I’m just biased against Shakespeare in Love for criminally swiping Best Picture from Saving Private Ryan, but this is another Oscar I don’t think it quite deserved.

Rob – Movie Rob

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

melissa leo – her performance in The Fighter was quite bland and she is one of the few recent actresses to win gold that weren’t really deserving based on the performance

 

 

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 3 Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 3

Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie

Ready Player One is hitting the cinema this month and is directed by one of the great directors of all time, Steven Spielberg, this month we are going to pick our favourite films from this man’s illustrate career.

Next Round – Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress in the Lead or Supporting Role – Closing Date Friday 6th April 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Jurassic Park

This is the first movie I remember seeing at the cinema, the effects leave you jaw dropping and still 25 years later it is still flawless. You can watch this movie over and over and still enjoy it. The T-Rex is truly terrifying for the audience especially when I was only about 6 when I saw it.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Dual

This is possibly one of the hardest rounds as Steven Spielberg has an endless repertoire of great titles. However, nothing was quite as impressive as Duel. A TV movie that was so fun and suspenseful to watch. Its a car chased by a demonic truck and just manages to not reveal the villain but also put a lot of hints on building the scenario.

Cinema Parrot Disco

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

This is a tough one as I adore Spielberg’s movies (especially those from my childhood in the 80s). It’s mainly between E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial & the Indiana Jones films. I think most people will choose Indiana Jones (probably Raiders). I think Jones, as a character, is truly iconic and one of my favorites. However, I’m going to choose E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial as my favorite Spielberg film. I’m a sci-fi lover. Sci-fi will always win with me. 🙂

Milo – Stuff and That

Raiders of the Lost Ark

It’s a goddamned classic. I mean, dude, it’s Raiders. K, it hasn’t got a phat shark, but it’s easily Spielberg at his blockbusting, high-octane adventure best.

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Jaws

Despite being a talented and such well known director, I must admit I don’t “love” too many (or any) Steven Spielberg movies. In fact, there’s more movies I really like that had ‘involvement’ from him, whilst directed by someone else (like the superb J.J Abrams for example). But anyway Jaws is definitely a SS (Steven Spielberg I mean, nothing to do with Hitler) movie I think is pretty ground-breaking and very cool and something I own on DVD and would be pretty willing to go home and watch tonight. Jaws is great! It’s one of those films that will never really be topped (not even by The Meg!) and thanks to many clever, tense and scary scenes the ‘Berg & Benchley duo have pretty much ruined swimming in the sea for everyone. And obviously we have the score which is a genuine contender for ‘most famous film music’ ever but we all know that surely.

 

Fun fact too, Jaws is one of the most misquotes movies of all time. A lot of us say “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” – but the true quote is “YOU’RE gonna need a bigger boat”. Fascinating I know.

 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg is one of my favorite directors of all time. While he has directed many great films, like Jaws, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Schindler’s List, Minority Report and many many others, there is one that instantly jumps to the top of my list: Jurassic Park.  I watched this film all the time when I was younger and it never gets old to this day, even after at least several dozen watches.  The action is incredible, the script is thought-provoking, the cast is memorable, the music is moving and the special effects are awe-inspiring. I could go on and on but really if you’ve seen Jurassic Park then you know what I’m talking about. If not, then you don’t know what you’re missing.

Rob – Movie Rob

Saving Private Ryan

One of the best war films and among the best overall films ever made. Spielberg does an amazing job capturing the feeling of real close combat and we are treated to an experience unlike any other as we are taken as close as we can get to a real battle. The cast is superb with Hanks, Burns, Pepper, Davies, Goldberg, Diesel, Sizemore, and Ribisi all wonderful as the men chosen for such a mission. Each of them is made real and unique by their mannerisms and opinions which help the diverse dialogue about the overall thematic debate to constantly take place. The cinematography is amazing and it helps enhance the patriotic and grandeur feeling of it all.  It’s completely unacceptable that this film lost Best Picture at the Oscars to Shakespeare in Love (1998) because there is no rational reason for that to have happened. At least they had the forethought to award Spielberg the award for Best Director.

Diana – DB Movie Blog

Catch Me If You Can

My favourite Steven Spielberg movie is “Catch Me If You Can”. It may not be Spielberg’s absolute best, but it is one of his most entertaining and fascinating. It is based on a true story, which is incredible in itself since the story concerns a mere teenager who impersonates a lawyer, a doctor and a co-pilot. It has such great actors there as Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Tom Hanks, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams and Martin Sheen, and the story comes off as emotional too since DiCaprio makes his character sympathetic and we know about his not exactly ideal upbringing. The film makes one think that anything is possible in this world if you brave and confident enough. 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Jurassic Park

This is such a hard question! If I was asked what Steve Spieblerg’s best movie is I would say Schindler’s List for sure. I love the first and third Indiana Jones movies. I love ET and Close Encounters. What do I pick? Well, I have to go with the movie that made me fall in love with movies- Jurassic Park. I have hated all the sequels but this first movie had gravitas, great characters, amazing visuals and a great story. It’s how you make blockbuster entertainment. Come to think of it Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List came out the same year so maybe I should just say 1993 is my favorite movies for Spielberg. LOL


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

Steven Spielberg may have made a lot of grand, Oscar worthy pics but his first film to feature the iconic Fedora sporting hero is a fun, exciting adventure film that you can easily watch over and over again.

Harrison Ford was born to play the awesome central role and John Williams’ score is magnificent

 

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Artificial Intelligence

My fave of Spielberg’s movies has to be about that loveable character who tugged by heart strings with his titular movie. Not ET, but AI Artificial Intelligence (2001) (link here ) . Its’ a story of a Mecha boy, David played by a wee Haley Joel Osment who is banished to the woods with his Mecha teddy bear. This as its feared David is dangerous after some misunderstandings and near accidents. However, David hopes to become a real boy and hopes to regain his mother’s love. And it is definitely a heart breaking yet heart warming movie in one. His scenes after his imprinting with his mother prove a Mecha can love (unless you sceptical and call it jolly good imprinting) will tug your heartstrings and his quest to become a real boy heartbreaking til the end.  The final scenes I’ll let you find out for yourself, but will say that the Mechas appear to be the only ones with real emotion in this film. With Jude Law giving an oddly, touching performance as a gigolo who helps him in his quest and some haunting music from John Williams. Osment is wonderful and pull your emotions with his credible, empathetic performance. But in the leading role, Osment is wonderful and pulls your emotions with his credible, empathetic performance.. its one to make you sob.

 

John – Johnrieber.com

Sugarland Express

While there are so many blockbusters to choose from, my Steven Spielberg film starts at the beginning of it all:  1974’s “The Sugarland Express.”  

 

After the success of the made-for-TV thriller “Duel”, Spielberg chose the true story of a young couple on the run as his theatrical debut.  Goldie Hawn makes her dramatic debut as well, as a Mom desperate to keep her son from being put in a foster home.  

 

She encourages her husband, William Atherton, to break out of jail and help her kidnap her son.  Of course, nothing from that point on goes right.

 

It may seem an unusual choice for Spielberg, but the film has action and emotion in equal measure, and of course, a strong mother figure, who will protect her own against all adversity, a trait that pops up again and again in Spielberg films.

 

It’s interesting to see him early in his career begin to showcase his love of character – his pacing allows time for Hawn to really act and show true emotion.

Here is my link to the entire story:

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Poster

Spielberg was at his most entertaining with Indiana Jones, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the best one for me. It’s one of those rare threequels that hits all the right notes. The addition of Sean Connery as Henry Jones, Sr., was genius, making him both a hilarious sidekick and a foil to Harrison Ford’s roguish adventurer. From the flashback beginning that provides a neat origin for Jones to the picture-perfect ending as they ride into the sunset, it’s an outstanding action movie and one of Spielberg’s finest hours.

 

 

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round – Most Anticipated Movie of 2018

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 2

Most Anticipated Movie of 2018

2018 is well underway and all our players have their own picks for what films they want to see this year, but which one is the one they want to see the most?

Next Round – Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie – Closing Date Friday 2nd March 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Deadpool 2

Deadpool was one of my favourite superhero movies, it was loud and happy to push the limits with violence and language. We had Ryan Reynolds shining and now we want to see where he takes the character next, while I am not familiar with the source material we do get a fan favourite Cable joining the cast too.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Quiet Place

There are a ton of upcoming movies in 2018 that have potential to be hits however, the one that stands out to me is John Krasinski’s upcoming horror thriller, A Quiet Place that he also acts in with his wife, Emily Blunt, playing a couple. Horror movies that manage to use quiet to their advantage tend to easily build incredible amount of tension and atmosphere and that is what I hope this movie will achieve.

Milo – Stuff and That

Deadpool 2

Maybe the only one here that isn’t Infinity War, I still stand by Deadpool as my favourite superhero movie yet, and I dunno how long I can wait for the sequel!

Cinema Parrot Disco

Ready Player One

Ugh. I know most people are excited about the 2018 movie releases but, looking at the list of films, I kind of lose the will to live. HOW many superhero movies?!?! Can no other type of movie be made anymore??? These are the main 2018 films that jump out as being ones I really want to see: Cloverfield Movie, The Shape Of Water, Ready Player One, Annihilation, Halloween & Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Yeah, I doubt any of those will be the “winning choice”. Okay. I have to pick just one? I don’t want to be all mainstream & boring plus the backlash against this movie worries me, but… Screw it. I’ll go with my heart. My choice is Ready Player One. It’s a 1980s-loving Spielberg movie & I’m an 80s kid. So sue me. I want a fun blockbuster. At least it’s not a superhero movie! 🙂

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Avengers Infinity Wars

Oh, how could it not be?

As the culmination of essentially every Marvel film since 2008, Infinity War (assuming it’s all done right) will surely be the cinematic event of the year (of the decade, even) and watching tons and tons of our favourite superheroes squaring off against Thanos in an infinitely huge galactic adventure will hopefully bring endless thrills, chills, shocks and drama.

It’s all too easy to get our hopes up, to majorly overhype it, but this one will be a must see – a major cinematic event which will surely storm the box office and get us all talking about it for a long time afterwards.

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

The Meg

Okay, I’m not the most ‘up-to-date’ and clued up movie fan (as I’m sure we all know) so I had to look up a BIG list of 2018 anticipated movies. I saw quite a few I wouldn’t mind watching (mainly horrors and that Cloverfield one) but in all honesty, The Meg is the one I was most delighted and excited to read about. It’s a science fiction / horror starring Jason Statham (!) AND A SEVENTY FOOT MEGALODON SHARK – I’m assuming this will be played by CGI because that particular, huge species of shark is now (thankfully) extinct.

 

But yeah, a film about a seventy foot shark REALLY appeals to me and best of all, it very well might end up being complete nonsense, but should at least still be fun. It sounds like SO much fun! And the tagline? – “the most feared predator in history…is no longer history”. Genius. Or something like that. I can’t wait anyway, bring on the big shark!

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Solo

As a HUGE Star Wars fan, I have always highly anticipated any films form the franchise.

 

I was so pleased with what was done with Rogue One, that I hope that they are able to once again create an amazing side story to the events and characters of the story that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Diana – DB Movie Blog

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

My most anticipated film for the year 2018 is The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, and the reasons are obvious: it is inspired by a classic novella from E.T.A. Hoffmann, which never gets old and which can put anyone in a Christmas mood; uses the music by Tchaikovsky; has a stellar cast, including Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren; and promises to be a visual delight, as seen from its trailer (it will also be in 3D!). I think it will be better than Disney’s Alice in Wonderland instalments, because with its accent on both Russian ballet and music, The Nutcracker promises to be both an unparalleled entertainment and a cultural delight. 

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Deadpool 2

 

The film I’m looking forward to most in 2018, has to be without a doubt Deadpool 2. Having seen the trailer with my thoughts here,  and the first of Ryan Reynolds ventures – as the anti- hero for adults only – as Deadpool link to here,  he’s definitely one of the best of the Marvel dudes. I loved Deadpool’s wisecracks, his pop culture references, the soundtrack and his devotion to  Vanessa, his girl in the first movie. It was the Valentines Day movie, I’d been waiting for – as opposed to a bunch of acting types headed by Jennifer Aniston celebrating love in about 5 different ways, in an ensemble by the numbers rom com. Yawn. So this year, Deadpool’s up against Cable played by Josh Brolin- and it will be interesting to see Deadpool up against this Goonie. As Goonies never die right?!

 

John – Johnrieber.com

Halloween

 

While there are many big new superhero stories on the way, I am most eager for the return, 40 years on, of Jamie Lee Curtis to “Halloween!”

 

Laurie Strode was one of horror’s first “empowered women” – she fought back against evil – and that evil turned out to be her brother!  Jamie Lee Curtis playfully teased her return to the “Halloween” franchise, and I hope they respect the original while invigorating the story for a new generation.

 

Here is a link to my whole story on the iconic Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis:

 

Yahia El-Tanani

Venom


The way I see it, any upcoming Marvel Cinema Universe (MCU) film will be highly anticipated not only for die-hard comic fans but for anyone looking to escape at the pictures. This is why for me Venom will be a film I look forward to the pleasure of viewing. Directed by Reuben Fleischer (Zombieland) he has promised, “badass action, Venom’s Dark humour” and what would excite any filmaholic “an absolutely stunning performance by Tom Hardy.” Hardy also reinforced that he won’t let the audience down stating “I give you my word of honour that I’m going to do everything that I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster. I know how important he is to you and I know important he is.” Following the recent popularization of the superhero film genre in releases such as Dr Strange, Deadpool, yet another Thor movie and the reinvigoration of the Spiderman franchise, this film already has serious artistic and commercial momentum. Does 2018 get more promising than this?

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

The Incredibles 2

My most anticipated film of 2018 is definitely The Incredibles 2. Animation is my favorite medium for film and I love Pixar. I personally have enjoyed on some level all of their films and I adore the original Incredibles. They have the entire team back including director Brad Bird. I just can’t wait for to be with this family again and go on another adventure

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Ready Player One

After thinking long and hard about whether I was more excited for Avengers: Infinity War or Ready Player One, I decided they’re about equal, but Ready Player One has the added perk of being something we’ve never seen before, as opposed to more superhero stuff (which granted, I still love). Based on Ernest Cline’s awesome futuristic novel, Ready Player One promises to be a geek’s paradise, full of pop culture references that will likely be the subject of countless analysis videos for years to come. With Steven Spielberg himself at the helm and Cline supervising the script, I cannot wait for this movie and all the nerdy coolness contained in its virtual world.

 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

The Avengers Infinity War

There are many superhero films coming out this year that I am greatly looking forward to: Black PantherThe Incredibles 2(FINALLY!!), and Deadpool 2 just to name a few. However, my excitement for any these pale in comparison to my excitement for Avengers: Infinity War. The past 10 years of Marvel superhero movies have been leading up to this incredible story.  There have been a few bumps along the way but for the most part, Marvel has delivered some pretty spectacular heroes and characters. With Infinity War, that all comes clashing to a head. I watched the first trailer released so many times it might have been detrimental to my expectations of the film. But I don’t care. This is what I have been waiting for during the past decade and the hype could not be more real.