Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 8 – Favourite Film From 2017

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 8

Favourite Film From 2017

We are well into 2018 now, so now it is a good chance to look back at 2017 and our favourite film from that year, we had some classic join the libraries of many, we also had some stinkers though, we don’t want to talk about them though. We are focusing on the ones we enjoyed the most, so lets see what we are picking.

Next Round Favourite Martin Scorsese –Closing Date Friday 7th September 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

The Shape of Water

 

The Shape of Water is one film that struck home perfectly, it showed how loneliness can be difficult to get through and finding hope in the most different person can turn the life around. We have beautifully shot movie with stunning performance and it did go onto to win Best Picture at the Oscar, which says something about the quality of the film.


Cinema Parrot Disco

Stephen King’s IT

My favorite movie from 2017 was the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. I’m still kind of in shock that a Star Wars film didn’t make it to the number one spot on my list but I really did love It. I’m a huge King fan and am always happy when I see a really good adaptation of one of his books. Here’s hoping Part 2 is as good!


Emma –
Emma Explains It All

Stephen King’s IT

It was between this and Detroit (which I reviewed recently on my blog – go read it, plug plug plug!) but in the end I had to go with my horror loving heart and choose IT, which I not only loved, but also thought was pretty much as sturdy, brilliant, scary, enjoyable and fabulous as it could possibly be, especially given the amazing 1990 original (though let’s just get this straight everyone, it’s not really a ‘remake’ when it’s based on a book…). That is mainly the reason that I chose IT. I mean, to make any sort of mark after enjoying Tim Curry for soooo long, would have been impressive. But to make SUCH a big mark and to hit the nail on the head so darn well – I just couldn’t choose anything else.

 

Milo – Stuff and That

The Disaster Artist

As a big of a cult boy myself, it’s no surprise that the story of the ultimate cult film (the cultimate if you don’t mind) is my pick. With James Franco’s passion for the project showing in both his performance and his painstaking direction, everything here is really, really done well and with a meticulous level of detail. That, and it’s just bloody brilliant.

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

A Ghost Story

It’s actually hard to figure out just what constitutes a 2017 film these days. There’s great films like Lady Macbeth and Hacksaw Ridge which we in the UK would have seen in 2017 but are officially 2016 films according to IMDB, there’s amazing ones like Coco, The Shape of Water and Phantom Thread that we’ve only been able to see this year, and then there’s the mighty Paddington 2 which is surely one of the very best but one that I believe US audiences only got to see earlier this year.

 

But anyway, as one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2017, A Ghost Story truly is an incredible film – it’s a patient, powerful and extremely moving tale about life and death set over the course of several decades which looks at where we’re heading as a species and it of course talks about great love and great loss. 

 

There are those moments where nothing happens (Rooney Mara eating a pie, anyone?) but it’s never boring and many moments, especially those brief moments involving the neighbour ghost, are incredibly sad and jarring. Plus, the idea that there’s so much history in a building really speaks to me – it’s something that I often think about.

 

A memorable experience and an overall intelligent and important film.

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Kong Skull Island

2017 was a fairly decent year in movies. I still have a lot to catch up but from what I saw, it was honestly a battle between IT and Kong: Skull Island. The reason Kong: Skull Island won is because of the entire movie coming together so well. Its one of my first King Kong experiences and the fight and the island setting and the good comedic inserts to break up the tension and all the thrills were absolutely fantastic. Not to mention, the cast overall is great including Samuel L. Jackson who always elevates a movie even when he is playing a stubborn soldier masked with vengeance. Its some impressive stuff and it was so entertaining to watch.

John – Johnrieber.com

The Shape of Water

The Shape Of Water” was the somewhat surprising and completely worthy Best Picture of 2017.  Director Guillermo Del Toro brought his cinematic passions for fantasy, sympathetic creatures and evil governments into clear focus with this story of a cold war science experiment that becomes an otherworldly love story.

 

I read that Del Toro wrote the film with Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon in mind, and you see it in their performances.  Richard Jenkins was also perfect in his role as a gay man seeking love in an uncaring world.

 

In a year when some films sledge-hammered home their points, Del Toro spoke to so many current issues in a much more relevant way.

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Dunkirk

Amazing film that is told so well by Nolan. He is a master at telling complex stories in complex ways and this film is no exception to that rule. The cast is less important here because it is the story that acts as the main character throughout.  The story expertly weaves three storylines together in a unique way to give us an even grander perspective on the whole event.  The music by Zimmer helps keep the tension high as things get more and more tense as the story moves along. One of the best films of 2017, if not THE best.

Ryan – Ten Stars or Less

War For the Planet of the Apes

It will be no surprise what my favorite movie of 2017 was, although I did think about going with other movies I enjoyed from last year like Wonder Woman, Gifted, Patriot’s Day, or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. War for the Planet of the Apes is the kind of movie you either love or hate, there really isn’t a middle ground. Caesar and his apes really altered the Planet of the Apes universe, providing us with unbelievable performances that go above and beyond the original story by Pierre Boulle. This story was admirable because Caesar persevered through many hardships and never give up hope for his apes to live a peaceful life they deserved. 

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Blade Runner 2049

So last year may have brought you Wonderwoman and Thor in those comic book superhero comedies we’ve been wanting to see since Antman… but for me this film was undoubtedly the best.  Also as one of the “Harrison Ford Returns to…” series following Star Wars The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, its probably the best of the bunch. So I prepared for this by rewatching the first film and discussed it at length with my husband on the all things sci-fi that go with it, I’ll admit I was prepared to be disappointed as most sequels, reboots etc just don’t measure up to that retro original.. But yay, it turned out to be just as fantastic as the first. It got 5 Oscar nods too and won two for winning Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. And there are plenty of opportunities to marvel at the stunning backdrop to this great film, which certainly meets the high standard of the original.

 

The sequel, has Ryan Gosling in centre stage – an actor I also recently enjoyed in The Nice Guys and La La Land – as a replicant called K who works as a Blade Runner for the police force. A Blade Runner – for those who confused already – kills replicants gone rogue. On his discovery that a replicant can reproduce, he is ordered by his superior to find the child of a replicant to avoid war between the replicants and humans. And on finding this child, K is to retire or kill it. The replicant child is believed to be the spawn Rachael and Deckard (Harrison) from the first film. And of course its a case of who is it? rather than who done it?. And when will Harrison Ford turn up?  And more importantly which of Harrison Ford’s 80s films will be next in the “You’re the daddy” series…

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

The Last Jedi

I know it’s become one of the more controversial entries in the Star Wars canon, lauded and savaged by fans in equal measure, but Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi had everything I could have wanted in a Star Wars sequel. The action is spectacular, the humor is frequent (yes, that’s a good thing in my book), and the fast-paced plot took some daring and genuinely surprising turns, which were refreshing after the copy-and-paste storyline of The Force Awakens (which I still liked a lot, no hate intended). Despite its bittersweet ending, The Last Jedi left me thrilled and excited for more from one of my favorite franchises.

 

 

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 7 – Favourite 90s Animation

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 7

Favourite 90s Animation

This is a previous years winner choice Kim selected us 90s animation, the 90s are one of the most important times for animation, we saw the true rise of Studio Ghibli in America, Pixar burst onto the scene and the decade started with Disney returning to their best, the question is though, what is our players favourites?

Next Round – Favourite Film from 2017

Closing Date 4th August 2018

Darren Movie Reviews 101

Lion King

Growing up in the 90’s gave me first cinema experiences, the first animated movie I saw was The Lion King, this is why I have picked this movie, I love the songs through the film, the character arc that Simba goes through in what film is all about and to use the African animals, the ones you can’t see anyway except a zoo was fascinating for me as a 7/8 year old. I feel this was the last solo Disney movie that could be considered a classic before they became part of the Pixar branch.

Milo – Stuff and That

The Nightmare Before Christmas

While whoever’s picked The Lion King has easily won this round, I had to pick this Christmas classic (and it IS a Christmas film dammit) simply because of it’s enchanting story and score, with some perfect visuals to go along with it.

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

Toy Story

Oh man – there were soooo many bad animated films in the 90s but a few brilliant ones. This will be a hard choice! It’s between Beauty And The Beast, Princess Mononoke & Toy Story for me. Disney, Studio Ghibli & Pixar! All my favorites!! Ugh! Okay. I guess I have to pick one. Ummmmmmmmmmmmm. Okay okay. I’ll go with Toy Story as it’s likely to get the most votes. But I love all three! 🙂 

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Aladdin

What a great choice for this month’s Opinion Battle – thanks Kim! Having to choose a film from the 1990s only was pretty clever, because at this time Disney Classics were just coming to an end, whilst Pixar and Dreamworks were starting to roll out more….sophisticated (?) kids films for the next generation (such as Toy Story, Antz etc.) And of course least not forget, Studio Ghibli were just starting to become really, really big.

 

So there’s a lot of choice basically. But having said all that, I still chose a Disney Classic. Probably the last Disney film I really, really loved (which is only because of my age, not because I have anything against The Lion King, Pocahontas or Beauty & the Beast, which are arguably the other greatest Disney films from that decade). I’m more of an 80s Disney Kid but in all honesty, I JUST caught the boat with Aladdin, being about 8 years old when it came out. And I LOVED IT. I had a Jasmine doll AND taught myself to play ‘A Whole New World’ on the keyboard (which come on, don’t we all love singing?!). Aladdin is easily in my top 3 Disney movies (it’s one of only four I own on DVD – The Little Mermaid, The Fox & the Hound and Dumbo are the other three). Aladdin is also one of the funniest Disney films and has some of the greatest songs. You could go as far as to call it ground-breaking with the inclusion of  Robin Williams as the genie, but I don’t really care about all that anyway. I just love the film!

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Mulan

90s was a fantastic decade of animated films. Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast all come to mind just in terms in Disney. It is a tough choice but while I always use Balto as my favorite choice, I’m going to go with MuLan which releases in the late 90s. Mulan was one that I was obsessed and incredibly excited for when it was announced and then released. For once, a movie related to my own Chinese traditions set with a strong female character who paved her own future with her perseverance and desire to bring honor to her family in her own way. Not only that but it also kept it lighthearted with the ancestors being hilarious and Eddie Murphy taking on Mushu the Dragon which get a ton of comedic moments as well. There was a huge array of addictive songs which I still know almost all the lyrics to.

 

Diana – DB Movie Blog

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

It is easy to go for Disney or Pixar classics when thinking about favourite animations of the 1990s, but some non-Disney animations were as good and my choice is “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” (1992). It is my favourite because, apart from the very entertaining plot, great characters and the unusual villain, it has an important environmental message at its core: the protection of forests, of nature and of life. Besides, its musical numbers and visuals are good enough, and it has the unparalleled Robin Williams attached to voice Batty Koda, what more could one ask for?

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

The Prince of Egypt

As an animation fanatic this question is so difficult. The 90s were the home to the greatness of the Disney Renaissance and the start of Pixar with Toy Story. I figure a lot of people will pick those films so I am going with something different. I love The Prince of Egypt. It is my favorite version of the Moses story and the best DreamWorks film by far. 

There are a lot of things I love about The Prince of Egypt. The voice cast is tremendous. The animation is gorgeous. The songs are beautiful. But one of my favorite parts is the softness of the film. Scenes like the burning bush are done with such reverence and awe that it feels like how I imagine it might feel if God were to come down and talk to a human being like that. Even big boisterous scenes like the parting of the Red Sea feel oddly serene and peaceful. It’s gorgeous! 

The only part of the film that doesn’t work is priests and their antics. They are kind of like the gargoyles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame but I find them more tolerable because the gargoyles are supposed to be friends where these are just generic bad guys I can ignore. 

Other than that, I love The Prince of Egypt so much. It’s a stunning movie that I think gets overlooked as one of the great animated films ever made. 

 

 

John – Johnrieber.com

Toy Story

It’s hard to believe, but “Toy Story” in 1995 was the first feature-length computer-animated film, and Pixar’s first film as well – and it is still the one to beat. 

 

 

In “Toy Story”, it’s a world where toys come to life after their owners have gone to bed.  Their world i suspended when old-fashioned cowboy doll Woody must adapt to a new futuristic toy, Buzz Lightyear.  Their relationship, and ultimate friendship, is a heartwarming story that transcends animation.  Tom Hanks and Tim Allen brought new depth to voice work in animation, and the film ultimately received three Oscar nominations – and changed the world of animated films forever.

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

This my favourite of those animated movies brings those South Park animated kids in an R rated movie to the big screen with over 300 swear words to its credits its not for the easily offended. South Park was a satrical series I’d completely forgotten about until I met my Darlin’ Husband who reintroduceda me to the TV Series and the film. The film tells of how Cartman and his friends Stan and Kyle watch an R rated Canadian movie, they start swearing and their parents blame Canada. Their mothers then persuade American to wage war with Canada, leaving the kids to try and rescue the stars of the movie who’ve been arrested as war criminals. 

 

And in addition to poking fun at everyone including a subplot with Satan and an infamous bad guy it’s a musical movie. Albeit a guilty pleasure one as being South Park, it’s offensive but hit the nail on the head when parodying everything and anything musicals. Here meaning I can’t watch certain musicals with their songs and dancing numbers without thinking of it. With notable songs including “Kyle’s Mom’s A Big Fat Bitch” and “Blame Canada”. And surprisingly the latter of the songs won an Academy Award nomination and the film also starred the voices of George Clooney Minnie Driver and Eric Idle. These along with some famous names from 1980s pop music make it now worth a rewatch.

 

 

Daniel – Dellens Diary

Hercules

My pick for best 90s animated movie is Hercules. Yes I know this film is lamented by critics and basically marked the end of the Disney Renaissance but I like it. The gospel muses are so fun, the songs have such energy, my favourite being A Star is Born and it’s just a lot of light Disney fun. I know it’s not an emotional masterpiece like Lion King but that’s alright. And that’s the gospel truth.

Rob – Movie Rob

Toy Story

I recall seeing this in the theater in ’95 and being amazed at the quality of the animation and the story. The people of Pixar were able to create an amazing world with a new and improved form of animation. The characters they created have become so popular over the years that Woody, Buzz and their friends are still so easily recognizable. This movie has found a warm place in my heart because many of the employees of Pixar are of my generation and this movie always triggers memories of toys from my childhood. It seemed as if the employees at Pixar had so much fun making it because it drew on their own childhood experiences to create a movie that “kids of all ages could enjoy”. I am so glad that Tim Allen and Tom Hanks were chosen to voice the two main characters. They were such great choices and it’s hard to imagine anyone else voicing Woody or Buzz. This is such a novel idea for an animated movie. Pixar proved with this movie that they could raise the bar on the quality of animation and keep doing so even now, more than two decades later.

 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Toy Story

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Aladdin

This is my favourite Disney film, as well as one of my all time favourites in general, and it’s one of the very best movies of the 90s because it has a perfect story, amazing songs, incredible animation, great characters, one of the best Disney villains ever, it’s fun, exciting, sometimes chilling and, of course, Robin Williams is just the greatest thing as the Genie.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Toy Story

While my mind immediately went to Disney with Beauty and the Beast and the rest of their Renaissance films of the ‘90s, I was soon reminded that that decade also birthed another powerhouse: Pixar. Toy Story may be most notable as the first feature-length film made with CGI animation, but just as much effort went into its story and iconic characters (Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head), which remain relatable to anyone who has ever been a toy-loving kid. The original Toy Storys animation quality can’t compare with Pixar’s current output, but for its pioneering creativity and enduring imaginative charm that have helped sustain it through two (soon to be three) sequels, Toy Story gets my vote.

 

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.

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