Steven Spielberg

Updated Best Picture Predictions – Special Features #8

This time around I’m changing things up. Last time, my Best Picture predictions were listed in alphabetical order. However, now in October, I’m ready to start ranking them on their chances of getting the golden statue in early 2018. At the end of my listing of the ten predicted nominations, I’ll discuss a number of films that aren’t getting in — including a Weinstein production or two. (more…)

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2018 Movie Preview – Special Features #7

Believe it or not, 2017 is coming to an end. Sure, we’re still in October, but, before you know it, Thanksgiving will have come and gone and you’ll be ready to unpack Christmas presents. This year has gone by so fast. So, today I want to take a look at what films we should look forward to in 2018.  (more…)

What’s Next For Indiana Jones? – Special Features #3

Indiana Jones. I always knew someday he’d return to the big screen. I never doubted that. Something made it inevitable. In March 2016, The Walt Disney Company announced that Steven Spielberg was going to direct an untitled fifth Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford.

The new film is going to be released in the summer of 2020, and it will therefore be released twelve years after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystall Skull opened in theaters. Today, I want to talk about the future of yet another beloved franchise that Harrison Ford is returning to. (more…)

Early Best Picture Predictions – Special Features #1

On March 4th 2018, Jimmy Kimmel will host the Academy Awards for the second time in a row. Picture that. In six months, the 90th Academy Awards will have been held. Over the next couple of months, I will be keeping an eye on the Oscar race as I always do. Today, in the very first Special Features post, I will try to give you an idea of the current landscape in the Oscar race and tell you what films I believe will be nominated for Best Picture in early 2018. (more…)

REVIEW: Five Came Back (2017)

Release Poster – Netflix

The following is a recap and review of Five Came Back – A Netflix Documentary Series

Netflix’s Five Came Back is a three-part documentary (narrated by Meryl Streep) about five famous Hollywood directors and their impact on the documentation and presentation of the Second World War and, in turn, how it forever altered their careers as filmmakers. (more…)

REVIEW: The BFG (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Theatrical Release Poster – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The following is a review of The BFG – Directed by Steven Spielberg.

The BFG follows a little orphan girl – Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill) – who is abducted by a mysterious giant (played by Mark Rylance) after she spots him in the dark streets outside her window. Thankfully, he is a ‘Big Friendly Giant’ who, unlike other giants, doesn’t eat people. Sophie soon finds out that her new friend needs help confronting the man-eating giants that have been bullying him. (more…)

The Academy Got It Wrong? – Motion Picture Thoughts #9

Academy Analysis 2016

This edition of Academy Analysis covers every Best Picture Winner since the 63rd ceremony (March 1991), ending with the 88th ceremony (February 2016).

So, one of the things I want to do in Motion Picture Thoughts is to really highlight the Academy Awards. I watch it every year. I obsess over nominees. I’m just incredibly intrigued by the Oscars. So, a couple of months ago, I decided to write about the best picture winners at the Oscars. In the future, I may focus on another award. (more…)