It’s that time of the year again, folks – the Academy Awards are upon us, as the best and brightest are honored on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. And, for the 4th straight year (5th year overall since 2009), I have survived AMC Theatres’ 24-Hour Best Picture Showcase! I’ll have more thoughts on this year’s Showcase experience on Friday’s all-new episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE. But for now, since I have now officially caught up with ALL Best Picture + Acting Category films, I can finally announce the OFFICIAL list of my TOP 10 FILMS OF 2015!
Another year, another Academy Awards telecast has come and gone. There were great moments, there were tedious moments, but you can’t deny the spectacle that is the Oscars. I’ll give my brief thoughts on the Oscars and its newly enshrined winners, but before that (and before we turned our focus to 2015 in film), let’s officially wrap up 2014 with my personal TOP 10 FILMS of 2014! You may have heard this list on the latest episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, but since the recording of that episode (and since my attendance at the 2015 AMC Best Picture Showcase last weekend), I’ve shifted a few films around. It’s still the same 10 films, but 7 of them now have different slots from when I first announced them on the show. Which films are they? Is there a NEW #1 film of 2014? Let’s find out!
For anyone who follows FORCED PERSPECTIVE, you will know that, for the past 3 months, I have been going to film school. It was only for a 12-week program, and that officially wrapped up last Friday night, with a premiere screening of the following short film on a real “big screen.” Yep, 3 months of class, film exercises, and shooting have all led to this moment, and this final product. While obviously not perfect in the technical sense, I am still extremely proud of this film. I’m proud of my crew, and I’m proud of my actors. This will be the film that starts it all for me, and I really hope you enjoy it.
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Look out for a NEW EPISODE of FORCED PERSPECTIVE later this week, but for now, I present to you, my very first short film, Playtime. ENJOY!
At long last, the 86th Academy Awards – celebrating the year 2013 in film – have finally arrived. In just a matter of moments, the history books will be updated to include the names of this year’s newly-crowned Oscar winners, who will be enshrined in a very exclusive club, forever.
Ahead of this year’s ceremony, I, SportsGuy515, one-half of Team FORCED PERSPECTIVE, will give my picks for the 10 Best Films of 2013, as well as my predictions for who will win each of the main awards, as well as who SHOULD win, having been able to watch all the nominated films over the past 24-hours at the AMC Best Picture Marathon in New York City.
With that, let’s get on with the show!
just in time considerably late for Valentine’s Day, I, SportsGuy515, am making my non-podcast return to the site with a themed RETRO-Review! To go with the theme of Valentine’s Day and romance, so to speak, I will be discussing in-depth my favorite romantic-comedy of all-time, (500) Days of Summer. Directed by Marc Webb, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
Author’s note: The bulk of this review will contain *SPOILERS*. If you do not want to be spoiled, only read the introductory and concluding paragraphs, or come back to it altogether after you’ve seen the film. You have been forewarned.
With Adolfo being swamped at work for the week, he actually wrote me up and asked if I still wanted to do my Avengers review, like I suggested in the latest episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE. Having realized that I still haven’t been able to get to my promised-review for The Five Year Engagement, I said, “sure, why not.” And, alas, here I am.
Haven’t seen The Avengers yet? Want the scoop on the biggest film of the year (so far)? Then look no further as I, SportsGuy515, give you the full Avengers-experience in this review. Featuring a star-studded cast which includes Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, directed by Joss Whedon, this is The Avengers.
Despite FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Episode 12 being recorded tomorrow night, I figured I would jump the gun a little bit and put a review up for one of the films Adolfo and I will be discussing – the Todd Phillips-produced teen party extravaganza Project X. Click the link below to start the party…
Quick story: After the complete FAIL that was Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D, I felt like my day was ruined. However, I had to pick up some stuff on my way home…and the temptation was too great…that’s right, folks, I ended up buying Drive on Blu-ray; single-handedly saved my day.
ANYWAY (that was some tangent, huh?), a film I had the very distinct pleasure of seeing last Tuesday night was Chronicle. And I must say, I have quite a few things to say about this one. Click on the link below to read my full review.
OKAY…a small change of plans. Since Big D and others are very interested in hearing my thoughts on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D (which I saw yesterday), I figured I would switch The Phantom Menace with Chronicle in my review order. So for those of you waiting for my Chronicle review, look for it at the same time tomorrow.
As far as this current review goes – well, I’m going to do things A LITTLE BIT differently. First off, I’m NOT going to get into a full review of The Phantom Menace itself – I will only be looking at how good the 3D is (since that is the main selling point of the re-releases). Secondly, because this isn’t a normal movie review, I decided to draw inspiration from an article I read earlier today on Moviefone.com. In a nutshell, I will be recounting my experience viewing Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D through a time log that I kept during the film – similar to what I did in the early days of The Wide World of Sports-Entertainment when RAW and Impact were going head-to-head.
And with that, let’s get this show on the road…
This weekend is going to be one of my ultra-rare “3 reviews in 3 days” weekends (I think the last time I pulled one of these off was last summer, if my memory serves me correctly). Mainly, I’m doing this for two reasons – one, because I have some catching up to do review-wise, and two, I actually have a lot to say about all three movies I will be reviewing this weekend (well, the first two at least – haven’t seen the third one yet).
I’m gonna start this “review weekend” off by discussing the first film of the three I have seen – The Grey, starring Liam Neeson.