I have waited this long before posting about my Best Supporting Actress predictions because I wanted to wait on one last festival premiere before posting, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. This film from director Ang Lee and based on the novel by Ben Fountain, was much anticipated, including by me, for its promised grit and acting, as well as technical innovation in the form of 120 fps filming. Alas, the film has been praised for its visuals and some of the acting, but has been panned for its script and general direction, making it unlikely to garner any major awards buzz. This applies here because I had strongly considered Kristen Stewart, who plays the titular Billy’s brother Kathryn in the film, as a potential contender.
I’ve waited long enough to be able to examine what is certainly a very rich category this year, full of potential surprises and an indefinite front runner. Last year saw the award go to the very deserving Brie Larson for Room in a performance that was heartbreaking and again represented the best of a very strong category. This year will be no different with a strong depth to the actresses who have already had the chance to unveil their performances and, like Best Actor, some that may be on the horizon.
Hello and welcome to the first post on The Reel Life covering the 89th Academy Awards! This post will be my first predictions for the category of Best Actor, with my plan to start with the acting awards and other above-the-line awards before moving to below-the-line awards, and then finally Best Director and Best Picture. Leonardo DiCaprio’s win in this category last year ended his status as a perennial loser in this category and now a whole laundry list of others are seeking this acclaimed prize.
In addition to the new trailer for Peter Berg’s Patriots Day, which you can watch right here, three new exciting trailers for some of my more anticipated movies of the year have been released. The first is the trailer for Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September to great reviews and opens wide on November 18th! Next up is a trailer from the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film Allied, a World War II-era thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard that comes out on November 23rd. And finally a trailer from Pablo Larrain’s highly anticipated Jackie, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy immediately after her husband’s assassination in 1963. Jackie opened to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival in early September, and after a quick turnaround by Fox Searchlight Pictures will be coming to theaters on December 2nd, with much acclaim for Portman’s performance, Larrain’s direction, the script by Noah Oppenheim, and the supporting performance of Peter Sarsgaard as JFK’s late brother Robert. Definitely take a look, the Jackie trailer is especially riveting!
When Jacob Riis first published his groundbreaking book How The Other Half Lives in 1890, it was to expose the plight of the urban poor, immigrants especially, to the middle and upper-class who could do something about it. In David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, it’s less about teaching the audience how to help them, than to allow Americans to understand each other in a way that is both well-crafted and entertaining. Continue reading “Hell or High Water”
Every now and again a TV show will premiere whose very first episode will exude potential greatness. When I watched the first episode of BBC’s Sherlock I felt as if something old and tattered was completely reborn into a more perfect form. I have never seen the original film Westworld, but I imagine that the feeling of someone who has and has had the chance to see HBO’s new series based off of the film by Michael Crichton would have had a similar experience when they saw the premiere of this new series. Continue reading “Westworld (TV Premiere)”
I first heard of Roger Ebert when he died on April 4, 2013 from an update on my phone. Then he was just a film critic to me, he wasn’t a hero, he wasn’t a magnificent writer, he was just a critic that seemed worthy of a CNN update. It wasn’t until around a year later that I would discover how amazing of a human being I had heard pass from this world. In the Spring of 2014 I was rummaging through film reviews on the Internet when I came across RogerEbert.com, Ebert’s website. The names were unfamiliar but when I took the chance to look up a movie I had recently seen that had come out a few years back I found a review by Mr. Ebert and my world was turned upside down. Continue reading “Life Itself”
Welcome to The Reel Life: Thoughts from a Film Lover, and this, my first film blog post ever! If you’re reading this hopefully that means you also have an interest in movies and those that make and write about them. Films have been a vital part of my life ever since I first started going to the movies. So I guess that’s where I’ll start.