The 89th Annual Academy Awards have been dished out, with La La Land raking in six total, while Moonlight literally stole the evening with a shocking upset for Best Picture – especially after it was wrongly announced that La La Land had won (AND they let them give an acceptance speech for five minutes before telling them who REALLY won). Check out the results and more here. Read more
The 2017 Academy Awards will take place Sunday February 26, 2017 and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The first ever Oscar Battle Royale is here and the Fox Force Five News staff are competing head to head to see who can predict the most correct wins. Check out the full list of nominees below and see who picked what – then Monday we will grant the invisible championship trophy of Oscar Battle Royale 2017 to whoever comes out on top. Read more
The Oscars are this Sunday and it’s no secret that La La Land is the clear front-runner right now to take home the big prize (Best Picture). Dominating entertainment and social media buzz since its release, La La Land has a chance to win as many as 14 Oscars, which would break the record for a single movie. (Titanic, Ben-Hur, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King each won 11 Oscars). Besides La La Land, eight other movies are nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. And while I consider them all dark horses at this point, Moonlight stands the best chance at pulling an upset. La La Land was the best movie I saw in 2016; but in my opinion Moonlight was the most important movie released in 2016. After viewing it for a second time over the holiday weekend I can see why Oscar voters could lean towards this heartbreaking, three-part story. Read more
The 2017 Academy Awards Nominations have been revealed and La La Land is on track to follow-up it’s impressive Golden Globes haul as it rakes in a whopping 14 nominations. Moonlight and Arrival tied for second place with 8 each. Check out the full list of nominees here. Read more
The 74th Annual Golden Globes were handed out last night January 8th, 2017 and Netflix’ drama series The Crown shocked many by upsetting favorites like Game of Thrones or This is Us after winning Best Drama Series, while Meryl Streep’s stunning Anti-Trump speech stole the evening as she accepted her life-time achievement award. Read the full list of winners HERE! Read more
2016 featured more than a few good movies. But as far as big-budget spectacles go, very few really stood out, as the majority of the studio tent poles were largely disappointing. Luckily, however, smaller, more independent movies stepped up big time this year. For me, the majority of the best movies I saw in 2016 were more affecting than they were movies that left me in awe or that had a “wow” factor.
While there was one movie that stood out above the rest for my Number 1 spot, spots 2-10 required me to thoroughly scrutinize my list in order to place the rest of the movies I saw this year in the right spots. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best movies of the year, at least in my opinion:
If you’re going to drop a sci-fi movie in late December and it’s directed by the guy who made The Imitation Game and stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), you would expect a lot, right? I mean, I certainly would. On paper, Passengers has all the makings of a star-powered vehicle that would cash in around the holidays and even generate some awards buzz. Unfortunately, for Passengers, they didn’t show this movie on paper, because none of the playbook meshes together on screen, and the result is tedious and melodramatic. Read more
The 74th Annual Golden Globe Nominees have been revealed ahead of the live broadcast for the ceremonies on January 8, 2017 which airs 5-8PM PT/8-11PM ET on NBC. Jimmy Fallon will host the Globes and Meryl Streep will be the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Read more
“Here’s to the fools who dream.”
We’re all reliant on our dreams, whether they are big or small. We set ourselves up for achieving what we want most. And along the way, we encounter risk, reward, sacrifice, emotion, and what it means to live. Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) exemplifies all of these in La La Land, a musical about two people who cross paths and fall in love while they both aspire to be somebody in the City of Angels. They certainly don’t make movies like La La Land anymore, which is understandable considering how hard they are to pull off in this day and age. But La La Land feels like something brought back from the old Hollywood for a new generation to appreciate. Set to the beat of a startlingly vibrant musical tone, La La Land is a masterwork in showing us what it means to follow our dreams.