Every year, there are dozens of articles on “Oscar Snubs and Surprises.” It’s become a cottage industry, a quick and easy way to get a handful of clicks from a ton of folks whose favorite films weren’t nominated, and it returns year after year because, well, the Oscars typically make a few mistakes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty rare for an outright bad movie to win (though not impossible *cough*Crash*cough*), but typically, the Academy aims to please the totally middlebrow older white people who make up most of its voting block. While it has led to some notorious snubs, they are often counterbalanced by the pleasant surprises. Not this year, though. In 2015, the Oscar snubs were the only story they left us to talk about.
See, this year was a boring one for nominations. Most of the categories were pretty easy to guess 2-3 months ago. Keeping in mind that the Academy never, ever awards more avant-garde films like Under the Skin and banishes entire mainstream genres from consideration most years, it isn’t hard to figure out what sort of films and what sort of performances the Oscars typically reward, though one or two out-of-the-box films typically sneak in each year. But this year, there weren’t really any pleasant surprises for film fans… and there were an awful lot of very, very telling snubs.
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Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, superspy/superdad, in Taken 3, the worst film of the franchise. Avoid it like the plague, my friends.
Click here to read my full review of Taken 3.
Not sure how you felt about last night’s ANT-MAN trailer during Agent Carter? I can’t actually help you with that. But I can tell you to keep an eye on Marvel’s newly-started Ant-Man comic series by Nick Spencer. Want to know more?
Click here for my review of Ant-Man #1!
In A Walk Among the Tombstones, Liam Neeson plays Matt Scudder, an unlicensed private eye with a talent for digging into the seedy side of 1990s New York City. But when he’s asked to help track down the men who kidnapped and brutally murdered the wife of a local drug dealer, he finds himself getting in deep with some very bad people.
Click here for my review of A Walk Among the Tombstones.
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Horns is a bleakly comical take on Gone Girl material as Daniel Radcliffe plays the media’s public enemy number one, a man who claims he’s falsely accused of murdering his girlfriend despite the pile-up of evidence pointing his way. When he suddenly grows a pair of demonic horns out of his forehead, it looks awful for his public image, but gives him the power to dig into the townsfolk’s deepest, darkest secrets and maybe, just maybe, find out what really happened to his girlfriend.
Click here to read my review of Horns (2014) at Geek Rex.
Is there another show that has tried to pick up where The Wire, television’s most sophisticated drama, left off? And if so, what is it? Over at Geek Rex, I put forth a suggestion…
Check out “You Come At The King, You Best Not Miss“, my argument for The Good Wife as the best successor The Wire has, today!
Over at The Solute, I wrote the first two ‘Dead Ends’ articles, looking at the beginning and ending of some major horror franchises. Up first is A Nightmare on Elm Street and the sad, slow fall of Freddy Krueger, followed by Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the weird-ass sequels it inspired. Check it out!
Click here for Dead Ends: A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Or, try here for Dead Ends: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Over at GeekRex, I reviewed a pair of new releases. First, The Maze Runner, the newest hopeful in the Young Adult Dystopia brawls that brought us The Hunger Games, Divergent, How I Live Now, and more. Can this mysterious adventure story survive in the recent glut of like-minded movies? Then I wrote up The Two Faces of January, a measured, mature thriller from the writer of Drive.
Check out my review of The Maze Runner here
Then try my review of The Two Faces of January
For The Solute, I wrote a brief piece on whether it’s fair to judge documentaries by the same standards we judge most other films, and what that question has to do with my earlier review of Last Days in Vietnam.
Click here to read my thoughts at The Solute.