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

 

 

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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.

 

 

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 1 Favourite Oscar Winning Performance from an Actress

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 1

Favourite Oscar Winning Performance from an Actress

Opinion Battles is back, much like last year when we look at the Oscar winning Actors, we are going to dive into looking at our favourite Oscar Winning Actresses, just what will make our list and what would you have picked?

Next Round is Most Anticipated Movie of 2018 – Closing Date Friday 3rd February 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Brie Larson – Room

 

I may have picked a modern winner, but for me this is one of the best acting performances I have ever seen, Brie must carry this movie with her performance that must be strong for her son, while also being the victim of the kidnapping and multiple rapes. We do see how her character must learn to live again which is just as difficult as she would have imagined, she won the Oscar and not a single person got close to her this year in either sexes performances.

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins

Starting off the year with a tough choice to make, however Julie Andrews winning for Mary Poppins is really fantastic. There’s so much to love about the character of Mary Poppins and how she is portrayed that its really hard to imagine her played by anyone else (especially seeing as Emily Blunt will be attempting to take on the role this year). However, its memorable and a standout performance to make Mary Poppins be so charming.

Milo – Stuff and That

Frances McDormand – Fargo

Especially considering that I’ve a startling lack of Actress Oscar-winning movies, it’s easy to pick Frances McDormand brilliantly entertaining performance in this Coen classic.

Cinema Parrot Disco

Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins

I thought there’d be loads to choose from for this but, looking at the winners, very few favorite actresses of mine have Oscars. How does Jennifer Lawrence have an Oscar & Amy Adams doesn’t?! I was surprised to find that my choice for this is probably Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins. I didn’t even know she’d won an Oscar for that! That’s cool. Julie Andrews rules. (But she should have an Oscar for The Sound Of Music…) 🙂

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby

It’s a tough one as there are so many options and there were a few viable contenders but Hilary Swank’s turn in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar winning film is a powerhouse performance and Swank delivers in all of the physically demanding scenes (it’s obvious that she underwent some intense, gruelling training) as well as showing plenty of depth and emotion everywhere else.

She steals the film from everyone else and her character is layered and oh so determined.

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins

Asking favorite Oscar winning performance from an actress in a lead or supporting role is a tough one. There have been so many wonderful performances over the years that it is so difficult to pick the best. So I decided to go with the role that has given me the most joy in my life and that is Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins. I believe Mary Poppins to be the perfect family film and it all relies on Andrews’ performance to make it work. Mary needs to be kind and wonderful but have a bit of an aloofness to her. She’s mysterious and strange but warm and comforting all at the same time. Julie Andrews captures all of that and more. Plus, of course she has an amazing singing voice. One of the greatest ever. I love her interactions with Mr Banks and how she outsmarts him every time. I just love everything about the movie and her performance in it.  

Damien Riley – Riley on Film

Frances McDormand – Fargo

Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in Fargo. She shows her range as

an actress in this black comedy film. We see her as a pregnant

homemaker, a dedicated police investigator, and even a friend to a

needy high school friend. This is my favorite role for her and I think

it’s the continuity of her matter-of-fact personality throughout the

film is what earned her the academy award.

 

John – Johnrieber.com

Jane Fonda – Klute

 klute

This moody thriller was a chance for Jane Fonda to lose her “sex kitten” label and play a prostitute who attracts a client who wants to kill her.  In her autobiography, Fonda says she hung out with call girls and Pimps for a week before filming, and when none of the Pimps thought she was worth “representing”, she told Director Alan J. Pakula to cast her friend Faye Dunaway instead.


Luckily, he rejected that offer and she shines as a world-weary, wannabe Actress who sells herself in order to keep the world at bay.  A young Donald Sutherland is the naive Private Investigator who thinks he can save her in more ways than one.


A terrific film that captures life in New York as the 70’s were about to unfold, with a frank honesty new to cinema at the time as well.


Here is the poster, plus a link to 3 great 70’s films: Here

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Kathy Bates – Misery

amazing performance by Bates. she is amazing here and definitely deserved the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a completely psychotic woman who had very expressive mood swings.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Sally Field – Places in the Heart

Looking through the Best Actress options, I was struck by how few there were that I genuinely loved. Even so, Emma Stone in La La Land and Kathy Bates inMisery came close, but the best one I think belongs to Sally Field for Places in the Heart. As a Southern woman who suddenly becomes a widow, she displays both vulnerability and an unflinching resilience, opening her home to helpful strangers and refusing to lose her farm if she can muster the strength to prevent it. As her second Oscar win, her acceptance speech is where she was misquoted as saying “You like me. You really like me.” Yes, Sally Field, we do.

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Frances McDormand – Fargo

Though I had a few possible contenders in mind, I chose Frances McDormand because I really, really genuinely like her performance in Fargo and I also find it very memorable. 


She won the best actress Oscar award in 1997 and rightfully so, for her portrayal of Marge Gunderson, a likable and quirky policewoman who doesn’t let a lot get past her.


McDormand’s timing, accent and expressions are all spot on, helping to produce one of the Coen brothers best known and well liked characters.

 

 

Opinion Battles Round 25 Favourite Film from 2000

Opinion Battles Round 25

Favourite Film from 2000

The year 2000 bought us a new century and of course more movies, we are going to end the year by look back in time to the year 2000 and what we think was our favourite film of that year.

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Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Pitch Black

I am picking my film on which film I enjoyed at the time, this was an edgy sci-fi film upon release, it has a strong female lead like all in the genre but it also gave us Riddick who is the only line of defence for the survivors trapped on the planet where creatures hunt in the dark.

 

Milo – Stuff and That

Battle Royale

While The Grinch is my real favourite film of that year, I don’t really count Christmas films because I get all bias! Still, Battle Royale’s grim future yielded for an action-packed, if deeply disturbing, plot and inspired many imitators, including The Hunger Games. A truly mesmerizing watch.

Cinema Parrot Disco

Battle Royale

Wow – looking at the list of Year 2000 films at Wikipedia, it was a really weak year overall. And there were some truly awful films out that year! I think I know my choice but it feels like a cheat. For one thing, I don’t think it was actually out in the US or the UK until 2001. Secondly, I only just saw it for the first time last year. Before seeing it, my choice would have definitely been Almost Famous. However, I now have to go with Battle Royale as my choice. I mean, I liked it enough to immediately read the (really thick!) book after seeing the movie even though I hate doing it that way around. It’s probably not actually as “good” of a film as Almost Famous but it’s such a messed-up and memorable movie that’s far more enjoyable than it should be considering its content.

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

American Psycho

Christian Bale and an incredibly twisted role in American Psycho gets the favorite film from the year 2000. 2000 was a fantastic year full of great movies that I love however American Psycho is one that I do watch sporadically because it is incredibly entertaining and just so messed up. It is exactly how I like my psychological thrillers.

Rob – Movie Rob

Cast Away

One of Hank’s best performances (and that isn’t say so easily) especially because he is able to hold more than half of the film just by himself.  Loved the way that we get to see how getting stranded on an island can effect someone emotionally,. physically and also mentally. Amazing supporting cast helps us believe the character’s life in a way that we want to constantly root for him.  Great theme song by Silvestri. The best film of the year IMHO because it has such a deep message about how each and every one of us lives our lives.

John – Johnrieber.com

Almost Famous

The year 2000 offered many great films, such as “Snatch” and “Cast Away”.  However, Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical look at his life as a teenage Rolling Stone Reporter resonates with me most.  The Director’s “bootleg” cut of “Almost Famous” is a fascinating look at life on the road with a 70’s band, complete with their entourage of groupies.

 

Some trivia:  as a teenager, the first band that Crowe toured with was The Allman Brothers Band.  In the film, the band experiences a near-fatal plane incident; in real life, Crowe went through that when traveling with The Who.

 

Kate Hudson was Oscar-nominated for her role as Penny Lane, the groupie who takes Crowe under her wing.  A terrific film made so much better by the extended version that Crowe released on blu-ray years later…

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

O Brother Where Art Thou?

It was a close call between this and Requiem for a Dream but this Coen Brother film is one hellava good time. It has one of the best ever movie soundtracks, there’s an imaginative story based around Homer’s Odyssey and the film is full of memorably colourful characters, brought to life by a fun cast.

And did I mention the soundtrack? It’s super. (“In the Jailhouse Now” being a particular favourite!!)

 

Diana – DB Movie Blog

Requiem for a Dream

My favourite film from year 2000 is Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream. There are hardly any words in existence to describe how heart-wrenching this film really is, but that fact alone also points to the sheer power of this film as it depicts a number of people from Coney Island who succumb to their dangerous addictions. This film is even more amazing considering the comparatively meagre budget it was filmed on.  Moreover, the acting is superb (Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for her role of Sara Goldfarb), the music is incredible, and the use of sound is very creative.   

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Battle Royale

 

I’ve loved this crazy film since the first time I saw it. I even own the soundtrack! Though this was a hard choice, with a few good contenders for favourite film of 2000, I had to go with this.

Set on an island in Japan, the subtitled, Japanese film follows a bunch of lucky schoolchildren enrolled on a new government ‘program’. Fight each other to the death. Okay sounds weird (and I guess it is) but it’s still a fantastic film and one of my most favourites. 

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Cast Away

Of all the great films to come out in 2000, the clear winner for me is Cast Away, not only one of Tom Hanks’s best performances but one of my favorite movies in general. Hanks is at the top of his game as a workaholic man stranded on a desert island after a plane crash. The entire film rest on his shoulders, and he absolutely delivers, nailing the character’s deteriorating mental state and the complex mix of emotions that come from having your world taken away and eventually restored. The lack of music heightens his isolation, yet when it does kick in, Alan Silvestri’s moving score is still impactful and, like the whole film, should have deserved more Oscar attention. Cast Away is a riveting and haunting film that reminds you not to take life for granted.