After the absolute travesty that (once again) was the Oscar nominations, it is time for the first annual Sharpies to step in and show ’em how it’s done.
As always there has been a vast array of films released this year, and working 40 hours it’s hard for me to around to seeing them all (unlike those lay-abouts at the academy) so there will be some noticeable omissions from my nominations. I was intent on having a best TV show category, but having only been able to watch Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, it hardly seems worth it. The same goes for the documentaries category, of which I have only seen one, Blackfish (which probably would have won anyway). As for motion pictures, looking over the oscars nominations, there only seems to be one notable omission, August: Osage County. I will get round to watching it soon and may edit my nominations accordingly at a later date (but probably not).
Anyway, without further ado, lets get to the nominations…
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso.
American Hustle has pretensions of being a sprawling period piece a la Boogie Nights. Ultimately though it lacks the depth to carry it off. Filled with brilliant performances, snappy comedy, and top of the range production values, there is a more entertaining, shorter heist movie hidden in here somewhere. Unfortunately, American Hustle is too scared to simply entertain and tries to shoe-in drama where it isn’t wanted or needed. The result is a messy and overlong film, which is sporadically brilliant.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
The Hunger Games saga has been born into a world in which it is near guaranteed box office success. Riding on the back of the successes of other teen fiction such as the Twilight series and the Harry Potter series, it would have been easy for Hollywood to have been complacent in the production of this series. It was a surprise then that The Hunger Games turned out to be a decent film. It is an even bigger surprise that it’s successor surpasses the original. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one best blockbusters of the year, and sets a strong foundation for a (two part) finale. Continue reading