Josh’s Top 10 Films of 2016

You guys know the drill.

2016 was a great year for film.

I’ve picked my favorite ten.

Let’s rank them.

Enjoy 🙂 Continue reading “Josh’s Top 10 Films of 2016”

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Oscars With Josh #1: Welcome to the Season

Though Spring brought us some memorable moviess (Zootopia, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Deadpool), and Summer was your typical mixed bag of great (Captain America: Civil War, Pete’s Dragon) and disappointing (Independence Day: Resurgence, Warcraft), we have arrived at the “Fall” Movie Season, and that means Oscars. With the Telluride Film Festival happening over Labor Day weekend, the awards race will officially begin. There will be other festivals, world premieres, the various critics’ awards, the Golden Globes, and various guild awards all leading up to the announcement of nominations (January 16) and then the eventful Oscar night itself (February 28, 2017).

Though it is normal for the majority of “Oscar movies” to be released during the Fall (producers want them to be fresh on the voters’ minds), normally there is an outlier that was released earlier in the year. Last year there was Mad Max: Fury Road (an outlier in MANY ways) and in 2014 Boyhood was able to keep up its buzz starting in July all the way through Oscar Season. As of right now, there aren’t too many films from Spring or Summer that pundits are looking to as Oscar hopefuls.

Midnight Special is championed by many and from an awards friendly director (Jeff Nichols, Mud, Take Shelter). Unfortunately, if there is going to be a Nichols production pushed for awards this year, it will be his other release Loving (see below). The only other films from earlier in the year that pundits are looking at would maybe be The Lobster, Florence Foster Jenkins, or Hell or High Water. All of these are extreme long shots, their only hope would be if the critics championed them in the earlier awards (not to mention a hefty Oscar campaign directly from the studios).

With all eyes looking to the last four months of the year, let us take a look at some of the Oscar hopefuls that will be released. These are ten movies that are either very likely to be involved in awards season, or they (i.e. studios) are hoping they will be players in the Oscar game. They will be ranked in order of likelihood of being nominated (10 = less likely. 1 = more likely). Though more predictions and betting odds are sure to be made, consider this the starting line for the Oscar race. Continue reading “Oscars With Josh #1: Welcome to the Season”