Holy shit! What the hell just happened?!?! In a surprise twist, Moonlight took home the Oscar for Best Picture, beating the powerhouse that was La La Land, going into the 89th Academy Awards. If that wasn’t surprise enough, the way Moonlight was revealed to be the Best Picture is the real story. Bonnie and Clyde […]
John David West’s Top 10 Films of 2016 10. Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson (yep Mad Mel is back) and Hacksaw Ridge proves to be a better venture than his previous outings. The film is sometimes a little schmaltzy with the typical Hollywood, man against all odds, American glory, and pious, good-versus-evil sentimentality, but in actuality […]
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Hollywood woke up at the ungodly hour of 5:18 am to find out who the chosen were. Over the course of the following 10 minutes, the 89th Academy Award nominations were announced by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason […]
Hello, my award show junkies! The season of nominations continues with the announcement of the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Film Award nominations. Once again La La Land has secured the most nominations with a total of 11. The nominations include Best Film, Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Leading Actress […]
Welcome back, my award season enthusiasts! The 2017 Award Season officially commenced this morning at 8:15 am with the announcement of the Golden Globe Award Nominations. While these awards are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press, whose members do not overlap with any Oscar voting body, they are always a good indication of what movies […]
Few directors are able to make a film that successfully blurs the line between tragedy and comedy, while also maintaining a tone that is unquestionably dramatic. It helps that the film is set during an overcast snowy New England winter; that its set in a working class environment; and has an score that features […]
Manchester by the Sea is the one to see at this year’s New York Film Festival. Writer, director Kenneth Lonergan’s film is deeply moving, honest, and surprisingly funny. Casey Affleck’s truthful performance is detailed, restrained, and refreshingly organic. He is surely this year’s Oscar front runner. .