Friday, February 28, 2014

86th Academy Awards Analysis and Predictions: Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay & Best Director

Andrew: Hello readers! It's Day Four of Two Tickets For...'s analysis and predictions for this Sunday's 86th Academy Awards! Yesterday we covered a couple of the biggies in Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress, which you can read HERE if you missed those. Today we continue discussing some major awards as we tackle Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. That will also be the order we go in, so let's get to it!

Best Original Screenplay

The nominees for Best Original Screenplay are:

American Hustle, by Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine, by Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club, by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Her, by Spike Jonze
Nebraska, by Bob Nelson

A: Okay Sarah, I think this is actually a pretty competitive category as I could see four of these nominees being legit contenders (Nebraska being the only one not). Give me your thoughts on Best Original Screenplay.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

86th Academy Awards Analysis and Predictions: Best Actor and Best Actress

Andrew: Hello readers! Day Three of our coverage leading up to this Sunday's 86th Academy Awards is here. Yesterday we discussed the categories for Best Animated Feature, Best Song, Best Score and Best Visual Effects (which you can read HERE if you want to give those a gander), and today we'll be delving into the two big acting categories - Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress. 

Sarah, because of the film we just watched last night in our attempts to get caught up on Oscar films, let's kick things off with the Best Lead Actress category shall we?

Best Lead Actress

The nominees for Best Lead Actress are:

- Amy Adams, American Hustle
- Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
- Sandra Bullock, Gravity
- Judi Dench, Philomena
- Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

For a while now the consensus has been that Cate Blanchett is the easy front-runner in this category, Sarah. Last night we were finally able to see her performance as a woman having a bit of a mental breakdown following the arrest and death of her Bernie Madoff-like husband. After watching Blue Jasmine do you think she's the easy call here or does she have some true competition?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

86th Academy Awards Analysis and Predictions: Best Animated Feature, Best Song, & Best Visual Effects

Andrew: Hello readers! We're back with Day Two of our Oscar analysis and predictions leading up to this Sunday's 86th Academy Awards. Yesterday we got off to a good and popular start with our breakdown of the Supporting Actor and Actress categories (click HERE to view those), and today we're going to switch from acting and take a look at the categories for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects. 

Let's kick it off with the animated films, shall we?

Best Animated Feature

The nominees for Best Animated Feature are:

The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)
Despicable Me 2 (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures)
Ernest & Celestine (La Parti Productions)
Frozen (Walt Disney Animation)
The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli)

Alright Sarah, you've seen three of these nominees compared my only having seen two of them. I'll let you take the reins here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

86th Academy Awards Analysis and Predictions: Supporting Actor & Actress

Andrew: Hello dear readers! Sorry that we have yet to get our review of The Lego Movie posted yet, been a little busy moving into our new apartment and getting it all set up. But while we've been a little busy to post that, we wanted to make sure we took the time this week for our annual analysis and predictions for the Academy Awards! 

The 86th Academy Awards are this upcoming Sunday, March 2nd, and we're a little behind on our prognosticating. Because of that we're going to shake up the order that we discuss/predict the categories. So we're taking a page straight from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences and kicking things off with the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories!

Not unlike last year, one of these categories seems like more of a sure thing than the other. Let's get to it.

Best Supporting Actor

The nominees for Best Supporting Actor are:

- Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
- Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
- Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
- Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street 
- Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Okay Sarah, on its face this seems like it should be a very competitive category, but it doesn't seem like it's actually going to be does it?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Like a Bad Museum, Clooney's Latest Film is a Bit of a Bore: Our Review of "The Monuments Men" (2014)

Directed By: George Clooney

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville & Cate Blanchett

Rating: PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking

Run Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Synopsis: Towards the end of WWII, a select unit of art experts is sent into Europe to find, protect and return famous and not-so-famous works of art from the Nazis.


Andrew: Hello, dear readers! As you may know we’ve been on a bit of a break because of our recent move from New England to Georgia, but we recently were able to see a couple of films this past weekend and we’re getting back into the movie reviewing game! 

The first film we saw this weekend was The Monuments Men, a recently released film directed, written and produced by George Clooney and starring George Clooney plus a host of other big names: Bill Murray, John Goodman, Matt Damon among others.

The film is based on the true story of a squadron of art historians and experts that went overseas during World War II on a mission to save famous art and artifacts from Hitler’s rule.

So, this is one that we have been looking forward to for a while, especially since it got pushed back from it’s original release date in December to February...

Sarah: Which means that it wasn’t able to be a contender for this year’s Oscars.

A: Correct. So, now that we’ve seen it, what did you think of The Monuments Men?