Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards RESULTS!

Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards RESULTS!

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So it’s that time again… the 2020 version of the Academy Awards are on us!  And as it traditional here is my list of predictions with the actual results from the 2020 Awards!

Reminder: I’ve picked the films I think WILL Win and that I think SHOULD Win! (WILL win’s count only for predictions, blanks indicate I’ve not seen enough films to decide who Should Win!)

So how did I do?  Find out below! 

 


Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
1917 – Will Win
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Should Win
Parasite
Joker

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Philips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917 – Will Win
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho – Should Win

 

Leading Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy – Will Win

Leading Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – Will AND Should Win! 
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

 

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women – Will Win! 
Margot Robbie, Bombshell – Should Win

Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Win AND Should Win! 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out – Should Win
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Will Win 
Parasite

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman – Will AND Should Win 
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window – Will Win (Guess!) 
Saria
A Sister

 

Animated Short Film

Dcera
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable – Will Win (Guess!) 
Sister

Original Score

Joker – Will Win and Should Win! 
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Best International Feature Film Award

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – Will and Should Win!

 

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917 – Will and Should Win
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – Will Win
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Should Win

Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman – Will Win (Guess!) 
Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

Documentary Feature

American Factory – Win Will AND Should Win 
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Achievements in Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWill And Should Win
Parasite

Achievements in Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – Will Win And Should Win
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

 

Achievements in Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 – Will Win AND Should Win! 
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Achievements in Visual Effects

1917 – Will Win
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman – Should Win! 
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Achievements in Make-up and Hairstyling

Bombshell – Will Win
Joker – Should Win
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Will Win AND Should Win
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

 

Best Original Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story – Will Win
I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman – Should Win
I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough
Into the Unknown, Frozen II
Stand Up, Harriet

Total:  14/24

 


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Phil’s Best & Worst 2020 Films… 1st Edition (14th Feb 2020)

Phil’s Best & Worst 2020 Films… 1st Edition (14th Feb 2020)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of the films from 2020 (2020 Films), as well as the best films I missed from last year and those I just couldn’t finish.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2020… So Far:

  1. Uncut Gems
  2. Parasite
  3. Queen & Slim
  4. 1917
  5. The Gentleman


Honourable Mentions:
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),Color Out of Space, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

 

WORST Films Of 2020… So Far

  1. Dolittle
  2. In The Line Of Duty
  3. Countdown
  4. Richard Jewell


Dis-Honourable Mentions:

 

The 2020 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

Great Films Of 2019 That I saw In 2020:

Hitsville: The Making of Motown, Dolemite Is My Name, Ford V Ferrari, One Cut Of The Dead, American Factory

 


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Richard Jewell (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Richard Jewell (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Clint Eastwood’s latest adaptation of a real life story fails to be the sum of its parts. A fascinating story, a great cast and a director who defines the term legend… it was all there.  But sadly Eastwood’s film falls (and feels) flat.  Whether it’s his workman like direction or the total lack of pace in the screenplay, Richard Jewell just seems to be going through the numbers as it ticks all the boxes you’d expect from the film without ever adding anything new.  It’s a shame because there is a compelling movie in this story but sadly this isn’t it.

Best Bit: Clearing the park

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Sully, American Sniper, Ford v Ferrari

 


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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood could have been a twee, dull fluff piece.  But it’s not.  In fact A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is something quite lovely, all hinging around a sublime performance from Oscar nominated Tom Hanks.  A perfectly pitched, joyous film that its both charming and life affirming. Okay so it may be a little too lacking in bite at times but once again Hanks proves just why he’s Hollywood’s Mr Rogers.

Best Bit: Hanks is just sublime.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Sully, Saving Mr Banks, Won’t You Be My Neighbour 

 


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Birds Of Prey (2020): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Birds Of Prey (2020): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a nutshell: Newly dumped by the Joker, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) finds herself pursued by every criminal and low life in Gotham that she has ever wronged. One of these is Roman Sionis  AKA Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) who promises not to kill Harley if she retrieves a special diamond containing the numbers of a former mafia don’s bank accounts.

 

What Worked? Margot Robbie is absolutely fantastic as Quinn and proves just as fun, unhinged and wild eyed here as she was in Suicide Squad. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also very good as Huntress as is Jurnee Smolett-Bell as the ass kicking Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya – a Gotham Detective with a penchant for spouting one liners straight out of bad 80’s cop shows. Its also seriously action packed, with loads of bone crushing fights and wince inducing violence. The script, by Christina Hodson is well written with plenty of one liners and profanities plus Cathy Yan’s direction is sure-fire and confident.

 

What could have been better?: Ewan McGregor is somewhat miscast as Roman Sionis and is far too OTT and pantomime-ish to be effective enough as a truly memorable villain.

 

Review Summary: After the divisive Batman V Superman and the utter debacle of Justice League, it seems that DC have finally got their house in order and delivered another very good standalone entry in their loosely linked expanded universe. One can only hope that the forthcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and next years The Suicide Squad will keep their excellent run of form going strong. I have to say that they are still nowhere near challenging the mighty MCU but on the strength of this film, plus last years Joker and Aquaman one must concede that DC are certainly more plausible contenders than they used to be.

 

See at Cinema? – Yes

 

Buy On DVD/Blu Ray? – Yes

 

 


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JoJo Rabbit (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

JoJo Rabbit (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
JoJo Rabbit is bold, subversive and odd as you’d expect from a Taika Waititi film that sees a young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.  The problem is it just wasn’t that funny for me.  Let me just contextualise this… I hated (yes HATED) What We Do In The Shadows the first time I watched it (and haven’t ever bothered to try again).  But I love Taika Waititi and consider Thor Ragnarok to be one of THE best Marvel films.  But it’s possible that outside that franchise I just don’t get his humour.  Or maybe I’ve just seen Life Of Brian and know that this kinda thing has been done and probably better.  Okay so I didn’t HATE JoJo Rabbit and I really enjoyed the performances and ideas, but for sure I wasn’t as taken with it as most seem to be.   In short: JoJo Rabbit is film you need to see and, if you loved Hunt or What We Do, no doubt you’ll dig this.

Best Bit:Waititi as Hitler. Yes really.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor Ragnarok 

 


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Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It feels a bit mean giving Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn a  7/10 (Spoiler Alert for the rating I guess) but it’s just one of those films that’s ALMOST brilliant.  For sure Birds Of Prey is funny, charming, violent and colourful. It even has a good villain in McGregor. Yup Birds of Prey is so fun it even manages to make you forget about disaster that was Suicide Squad (that said Robbie was the best thing in that too). And if this was JUST Robbie I’d be onboard. It would be an 8/10.  Maybe even higher.   But the whole Birds Of Prey thing just doesn’t work well enough.  Sure Jurnee Smollett-Bell is good as Black Canary but Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Rosie Perez just seem miscast and the film spends time introducing characters that just don’t need to be there or that you just don’t care about.   Yup it may say Birds of Prey above the poster but this is Quinn’s movie and the film is far better when she is on screen.

Best Bit: The Tank Girl punk rock n roll feel

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Tank Girl 

 


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Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards Predictions!

Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards Predictions!

A Blog

So it’s that time again… the 2020 version of the Academy Awards are on us!  And as it traditional here is my list of predictions – no doubt missing the mark by a country mile as usual.

I’ve picked the films I think WILL Win and that I think SHOULD Win! (WILL win’s count only for predictions, blanks indicate I’ve not seen enough films to decide who Should Win!)

Starting at the top…


Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
1917 – Will Win
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Should Win
Parasite
Joker

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Philips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917 – Will Win
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho – Should Win

 

Leading Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy – Will Win

Leading Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – Will AND Should Win! 
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women – Will Win! 
Margot Robbie, Bombshell – Should Win

Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Win AND Should Win! 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out – Should Win
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Will Win 
Parasite

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman – Will AND Should Win 
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window – Will Win (Guess!) 
Saria
A Sister

 

Animated Short Film

Dcera
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable – Will Win (Guess!) 
Sister

Original Score

Joker – Will Win and Should Win! 
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Best International Feature Film Award

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – Will and Should Win!

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917 – Will and Should Win
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – Will Win
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Should Win

Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman – Will Win (Guess!) 
Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

Documentary Feature

American Factory – Win Will AND Should Win 
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Achievements in Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWill And Should Win
Parasite

Achievements in Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – Will Win And Should Win
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

 

Achievements in Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 – Will Win AND Should Win! 
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Achievements in Visual Effects

1917 – Will Win
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman – Should Win! 
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Achievements in Make-up and Hairstyling

Bombshell – Will Win
Joker – Should Win
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Will Win AND Should Win
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Original Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story – Will Win
I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman – Should Win
I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough
Into the Unknown, Frozen II
Stand Up, Harriet

 How did I do?  Check back on Monday 10th Feb! 

 


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Queen & Slim (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Queen & Slim (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Prolific TV and music video director Melina Matsouka makes her feature debut with the impressive Queen & Slim, a film that transcends its lazy “Black Bonnie And Clyde” tag to become something quite unique and beautiful.  With it’s hip-hop, blues, Jazz soundtrack and gorgeous cinematography, this story of two young African Americans on the run for a crime they did , could have been a naive and irresponsible call to power or worse a retreading of similar themes we’ve seen many times before.  Instead focusing on leads Jodie Turner-Smith & Daniel Kaluuya’s blooming closeness as they are thrown together by circumstance and chance allows you to connect and care for the titular characters. Queen & Slim isn’t the paciest film you’ve seen and the trailer does it little justice in that respect but the film you get (rather than maybe the film you want) is far better on reflection.  One of the 2020’s best so far.  

Best Bit: The soundtrack

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Bonnie And Clyde, True Romance, Thelma & Louise

 


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Parasite (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Parasite (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Parasite is a really hard film to review.  Even by specifying genre you risk giving things away.  One thing I can say is that regardless of my thoughts on Parasite, it’s a film you need to see.  Rarely has a releases garnered such positive press – jumping into to some critics films of the decade. So what did I think… well Parasite it’s really good. It’s not in my top films of the decade and I don’t love it as much as many others but yup I can certainly see why it’s getting under the skin of a lot of people.  My best tip – try and read as little as possible in advance and just go see what is a really unique and interesting film.

Best Bit: Oh it’s that film…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Old Boy, Barking Dogs Never Bite, Train to Busan 

 


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