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Ranking the 20 Oscar-Nominated Acting Performances

Four weeks from today the Academy Awards will be honoring this year's most prolific performances. And while I've openly stated my personal opinion that 2016's cinematic year left me feeling rather underwhelmed, it's still impossible to ignore the quality performances that were given by a talented crop of actors and actresses. The Oscars aren't perfect, but in an opinion-based system in which operates, who really is? Yet, it's impossible to refute that Hollywood's biggest awards ceremony does a very admirable job of highlighting top-flight talent in all regards. So here are my individual rankings for the 20 Oscar-Nominated performances (December's list):

*** Note: It's VERY rare that I miss a nominated performance, however I haven't been able to catch the foreign film Elle this year (I will update this list as soon as I do).\

Unranked: Isabelle Huppert (Elle) ***

#19. Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

I mean, honestly, the Academy passed on Amy …

CEK TOKO SEBELAH (2016) REVIEW : Komedi Dengan Misi Mulia yang Belum Maksimal

Kesuksesan Ngenest The Movie, membuat Ernest Prakasa dipercaya oleh Starvision untuk membuat karya. Kesuksesannya pun tak sekedar dalam meraih angka penonton, tetapi secara kualitas pun Ngenest The Movie bisa melampaui ekspektasi penontonnya. Tak hanya dipercaya oleh rumah produksi, karya-karya Ernest Prakasa akan dinantikan oleh penikmatnya. Di tahun 2016 lalu, Ernest Prakasa kembali menghadirkan sebuah film komedi dengan misi yang sangat besar untuk disajikan kepada penontonnya. Lewat ‘Cek Toko Sebelah’, Ernest Prakasa berusaha untuk kembali membuktikan kemampuannya dalam mengarahkan sebuah film. Genre komedi ini sudah menjadi makanan sehari-hari bagi Ernest Prakasa tetapi ada keseriusan yang lebih diperhatikan di film keduanya. Adanya Dion Wiyoko, Adinia Wirasti, Chew Kin Wah, dan mengambil keputusan berani mendatangkan wajah baru seperti Gisela, menunjukkan bahwa Ernest Prakasa di film keduanya ini sudah tak main-main.
Cek Toko Sebelah lagi-lagi mengangkat tema ras Tionghoa yang m…

Free Oscar Pool 2017

Oscar Nominations have been handed out and that means Reel True co-owner, Greg Rouleau, and I return with our annual awards ceremony contest. It's free to join and the winner will receive a $50 gift card to a movie theater chain of their choice. All you have to do is click the link below and follow the prompts to sign up. Spread the word and see how well you can predict the Oscar winners in every single category. Good Luck!

Click the link below to join:

*** Note: The winner of the contest must be a resident of the continental United States.

2017 Oscar Nominations: Snubs & Surprises

All of Hollywood was up before sunrise eager to discover the nominees for the 89th annual Academy Awards. And now that they have officially been announced, it proved to be another historic day for Damien Chazelle's La La Land. The timeless musical secured a record-tying 14 nominations in total and solidified the film's epic frontrunner status nearly a month before the big night. Looking back at our predictions for the nominees in the major categories, we were far from perfect but still respectable. But just like us. the Oscars don't always "get it right" either (click here for a complete list of nominees). So here's a look at the biggest snubs and surprises for this year's Academy Award Nominees:


Perhaps no omission is greater than the work of Amy Adams in the sci-fi drama, Arrival. The film garnered nominations in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories, but its leading star wasn't able to crack the top five. This w…

Predicting the 2017 Oscar Nominees

Bright and early Tuesday morning all of Hollywood and beyond will be listening closely for who made the cut and who got snubbed by the Academy Awards. And as it happens every year, guest-writer Greg Rouleau and I offer up our predictions on who will be nominated in all of the major categories. Here they are, predictions for this year's Oscar Nominees:

Best Adapted Screenplay

Predicted Nominees For Both: Arrival, Lion, Moonlight and Nocturnal Animals
Dave's 5th Nominee: Hidden Figures
Greg's 5th Nominee: Fences

Dave's Should Be Here: Deadpool
Greg's Should Be Here: Hidden Figures

Best Original Screenplay

Predicted Nominees For Both: Captain Fantastic, Hell or High Water, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea
Dave's 5th Nominee: The Lobster
Greg's 5th Nominee: Zootopia

Dave's Should Be Here: Eye in the Sky
Greg's Should Be Here: 20th Century Women

Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Nominees For Both: Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lio…

Rapid Reviews: Split and The Founder

The undulating career of writer and director M. Night Shyamalan has been well documented. A tidal wave of acclaim followed his 1999 title, The Sixth Sense, which went on to earn 6 Oscar Nominations. From there Shyamalan dished out a string of reasonably successful efforts including, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, but he's failed to regain his winning form ever since. Until now, that is, as Shyamalan delivers an imaginative new supernatural thriller with the early year release, Split.

After three teenage girls are kidnapped and held captive in an underground lair by a man (James McAvoy) experiencing multiple personality disorder, they must learn which of these different identities they can use to help them escape. However, as time pushes forward and the wicked plan of the main personalities comes to fruition, there's no telling just how dangerous this situation truly is.

As is the case with almost any M. Night Shyamalan movie, it's imperative to not give away the secrets…

Greg's Top 10 Films of 2016

As he does every year, guest-writer and Reel True co-owner, Greg Rouleau, unveils his Top 10 Films of the Year. Generally, Greg offers a detailed write-up explaining his selections. However, this year he lets the movies themselves do the talking, as he puts his editing skills on display with a video recap of 2016's finest films. Enjoy!

Dave's Best of 2016

January 24th is right around the corner and Oscar Nominations will be here before we know it. But before the industry's biggest awards ceremony announces its nominees, I'm going to take a moment to reflect on my personal picks for the years best actors, screenplays and directors. Here are the best of the best in 2016:

Best Adapted Screenplay
Honorable Mention: Captain America: Civil War, Hidden Figures and A Monster Calls
#5. The BFG
#4. Deadpool
#3. Arrival
#2. Nocturnal Animals
And the winner is ...

#1. Moonlight
Barry Jenkins transforms an original story by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney into one of 2016's most well-rounded entries. Moonlight is a shining example of what indie filmmaking is all about and its engrossing story takes you on a memorable journey that's worthy of being labeled as the year's Best Adapted Screenplay.

Best Original Screenplay
Honorable Mention: Don't Think Twice, Eye in the Sky and The Nice Guys
#5. Captain Fantastic
#4. Remember
#3. Hell or Hig…