It is October once again, which means we must pick a horror related subject, this time we are looking at the ones we didn’t like, the simple rule is, the franchise must have at least 5 films in it. Lets see what we hate in the world of horror below.
Next Round – Favourite Performance in a Harry Potter Movie – Closing Date 2nd November 2018
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
The Wrong Turn franchise is one that I did watch from start to finish, now I will praise three of the films the first, second and sixth, but for me the middle three are easily worst horror films I have seen. The problems start with the tonal difference between each film, the first two are a cannibalistic tribe living in America which works, the third just brings us three, the fourth is a prequel which focuses more on getting all the actresses naked and fails to just kill the villains when we had the chance, the fifth just becomes a mess of the same trying to bring an end to the saga, while the sixth is trying to restore family connection which adds interest to the story. for me this is the reason why I simple couldn’t get through them all again.
I love horror films but I’m unlikely to ever watch ANY of the Paranormal Activity films either again or for the first time (I’ve seen the first and second one, I think). I mean I can appreciate them SLIGHTLY for what they are in a way but personally – just not for me. Kinda boring, not my cup of tea. I’d genuinely be more excited about watching the next Saw or Hatchet film, or a film from ANY other horror franchise (even the really silly ones).
The horror genre is an interesting ones, films can be genuinely scary or weird or disturbing or clever or shocking ORRRRRR just a load of crap – but somehow still enjoyable (like some of the Friday the 13th franchise – ludicrous, of course, but still fun). And for me, Paranormal Activity has nothing going on really. It’s not scary, it’s not particularly likable or fun. It’s just MEH. Commendable effort due to tiny budget of course, but still easily forgettable to me.
My name is Milo White and I have something to say: Paranormal Activity has f*cked up horror. In all seriousness, however, the franchise it utter tat, drawn along by the same, thin, boring-ass concept. Colour me not interested.
I’m missing a ton of horror franchises under my belt to give an accurate answer but in my memory, I think the franchise that has gone downhill in accelerated speed has to go to Underworld. While the first (and maybe even the second) had its fun moments, by the time it got to the third movie, it was just stupid action horror thing that made no sense at all. How it got to 5 films (or maybe more at this point) seems like a surprise.
At 6 movies in, I consider this a colossal waste of time and money. Technically it’s a small screen film so it could be worse. Everything from the concept to the acting is unengaging and not interesting. I’ve sat through 2 if these and can say they were awful.
I feel a bit underqualified for this round, considering that I don’t think I’ve even seen a horror franchise with more than a couple entries (at least not all of them), but I can certainly pick one based on reputation. One horror franchise I regard with contempt is the Saw series. While I’ve heard the first film has merit, the rest seem like a sick excuse for inventing new ways to kill people gruesomely, and I really don’t understand why anyone would want to watch such torture porn, especially for “entertainment.” Why did they even make so many? When it comes to horror, I’d rather be creeped out than grossed out, so this is one series I’ll continue to avoid.
One of the most iconic slasher films of the 80’s was “Friday The 13th”. It was simple and effective: a group of good looking kids were slaughtered at a summer camp by Jason Voorhees, who became a horror legend. Then they made ELEVEN sequels, reach less successful than the one before, reaching its nadir with the inevitable “franchise swapping” turkey “Freddy Vs. Jason”, which hurt more than a stab wound from either of them.
Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest directors of all time, his latest film ‘The Irishman’ will be coming out soon and we will be looking at the films we enjoy from this legend who has given as a excellent collections of classic movies.
Next Round Worst Horror Franchise (5 Movies minimum) – Closing Date Friday 5th October 2018
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
When it comes of Martin Scorsese, I know and respect he is one of the greatest of all the directors in the world, however I am not a fane of gangster films, which takes a couple of titles of the table for me, when picking the favourite of his career. I have gone with Shutter Island because I love a good mystery thriller and watching the pieces of this puzzle unfold is one of the most exciting and tense films I have seen and easily one that can get over looked by all Scorsese fans.
The ultimate gangster movie is, not surprisingly, my ultimate Scorsese flick. Ray Liotta’s career-defining performance, along with a terrifying Pesci and De Niro combo, made this a thrilling film to watch, even when someone just tells a joke.
Easy choice. I’m not a massive fan of Scorsese movies but I loved The Wolf Of Wall Street. And Leonardo DiCaprio was fantastic in it. I just found it far more entertaining than the violent, gangster type movies he often does. (But I’d also like to mention Hugo as an honorable mention – I loved that one as well)
Easy for me, I LOVE The Departed. Obviously with a top notch writer / director like Mr Scorsese we do have a lot of options but none of his films, in all honesty, have ever made me go ‘OMG’ quite as much as The Departed.
It’s hard to say why in a way. I mean on the surface it’s kind of a ‘regular’ crime film but there’s something about it that hits me hard (in a good way) and basically, I just think it’s a great movie. To point out the obvious, it has a good script, great dialogue and a superb cast who all (with the SLIGHT exception of Ray Winstone) play their characters so well. Leonardo DiCaprio is fantastic and perfectly displays the vulnerability and compassion of Billy Costigan. Absolutely brilliant. Oh and the awesome soundtrack helps too!
Nothing has resounded in Martin Scorsese’s movies quite like Hugo did. It brings to life a very unique story adapted from a beautiful book full of lovely drawings and writings. Not surprisingly, the story is captured really well and part of it has to go to its talented young and experienced cast from Ben Kingsley to Asa Butterfield to Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s a magical adventure that is visually stunning set in a 1930s Paris and ties in with the love of cinema by Georges Melies. It’s a rare genre of film to show up in Martin Scorsese’s filmography but one that I wished he’d dive into more often.
So many classics, and while “Taxi Driver” is #3 on my all-time favorite films, this one, at #6, is what I want to share, because “The King Of Comedy” is one of the most prescient films ever made. Scorsese and Screenwriter Paul Zimmerman forecast a world where “becoming famous” is the only criteria for being famous. Untalented Comic Rupert Pupkin kidnaps a late night Talk Show Host in order to showcase his act to America. And it works. Robert DeNiro is pitch perfect. This dark dark comedy bombed upon release and was then called the most “neglected” film of the 80’s. Jerry Lewis was never better as well, and Sandra Bernhard’s movie debut is mesmerizing.
My favourite movie from Martin Scorsese is The Aviator. Scorsese may have achieved directional brilliance in his other films, but The Aviator is not only technically good, it is also a very enjoyable and entertaining film to watch. The fascinating account of the rise to glory of Howard Hughes is simply a must-watch film, and while Leonardo DiCaprio plays eccentric Hughes with marked enthusiasm it is Cate Blanchett who truly shines in the role of Katharine Hepburn. Blanchett gives her now second best career performance and her amazing transformation is completely deserving of an Academy Award. Moreover, by watching The Aviator you also learn the history of film-making, old Hollywood and aviation in general. So, The Aviator is also an educational film.
I must admit I haven’t seen many Martin Scorsese films. His content can be a bit too R rated for my taste and he tends to make movies on subject matter I don’t connect with like mafia movies.
All that said my favorite of his films is the delightful Hugo. This film is especially great in 3D taking you into the world of the 1930s Paris train station. It’s magical, fun and full of nostalgia for classic films, a perfect combination.
Excellent look at the life of mobsters in New York in the 70’s. Scorsese does an amazing job getting us to love these characters despite everything they do. In some ways, its easy to see that this is a continuation of Coppola’s Godfather series to show the ‘modern’ effects of the mob on society. Works really well as a biopic despite the fact that we’ll never really know how much is true. Amazing cast led by little known Liotta. One of Scorsese’s best films to date because of the realism and strong characters.
No hesitation – it’s my favourite Scorcese film and (currently) my favourite film in general.
It has an exciting story, the characters are incredibly colourful, the acting’s awesome (Joe Pesci, anyone?), there’s thrilling events and brutal violence galore, the direction is passionate and the soundtrack is amazing; the use of “Layla: Piano Exit” is absolutely incredible.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While my mind immediately went to Disney with Beauty and the Beastand the rest of their Renaissance films of the ‘90s, I was soon reminded that that decade also birthed another powerhouse: Pixar. Toy Storymay 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 Story’s 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 Storygets my vote.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.