The Oscar Project
This weekend, we have an original sports comedy and an action thriller sequel coming to theaters. Look for Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Uncle Drew at a theater near you.
The first film on my list for Best Animated Feature from last year is The Boss Baby. This is a hugely fun film from Dreamworks and for anyone who has ever been a big (or little) sibling, parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent...OK, anyone who's ever been around an infant, you will instantly relate to some of the scenes in this film which is based on a picture book of the same name.
It was a little serendipitous that this film arrived in theaters last year right around the same time my family added a baby of our own, with two older kids that fit perfectly in the age range of the character in the film.
I will say up front that Alec Baldwin was the perfect selection for the lead role in this film and absolutely carried the movie. I had absolutely no trouble matching the voice with the character on screen. With that, let's get on to the summary.
There is only one movie that matters at the box office this weekend, whether or not it matters to the Academy remains to be seen.
Now that I'm done with my write-ups for all of the films nominated for Best Animated Short Film, I decided to do a brief recap post for all five together.
1. Dear Basketball
I think this deserved the win and it was great to see someone from the world of sports cross over into film and receive recognition for the work. I appreciated Kobe's speech at the award ceremony and I'm honestly hopeful that we'll see him back at the Oscars in the future with his next film venture.
Read my analysis of "Dear Basketball."
I remember reading the book that inspired this film when I was young. Even as young as I was, I recall the silliness I felt at reading the fairy tale stories I had heard hundreds of times turned on their heads and told in a different light.
Despite the time that has passed since the last time I read these rhymes, watching the film brought them clearly back to my memory and I am glad to see that the film stays fairly close to the book in most respects.
This weekend brings a big sequel from Pixar, sure to grab some Oscar buzz along with a buddy comedy that promises plenty of laughs. Take your pick this weekend as we gear up for the next summer blockbuster that "finds a way" to theaters next week.
In a rare mid-week release, we have one film opening in wide release tomorrow before a much bigger opening this weekend.
Additionally, there are two films opening in limited release tomorrow as well. Please check out the trailers and my brief summaries below and look for a full update for the Friday releases posting on Thursday.
This week brings us three films that could all be considered thrillers in their own right. Hereditary opens as the horror entry with Hotel Artemis joining from the action category. The biggest opening of the weekend will likely be Ocean's 8, the spin-off to the original Ocean's Trilogy and fill the heist genre for the weekend.
I have also added a list of films opening in limited release to this week's post with links to the trailer in the title and a very brief summary of what I see in the film.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?