Kevin is back with a new segment called “Se7en with Kevin,” where he reviews the last seven movies he has watched. In this segment, he shares his thoughts on the films he’s watched recently and his thoughts on the Best Actress controversy involving Andrea Riseborough, Danielle Deadwyler, and Viola Davis.
Olivia Coleman stars in the Sam Mendes film Empire of Light, a drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times, set in an English coastal town in the early 1980s. Logan and Henry review the Oscar-nominated film, now streaming on HBO Max.
“Writer-director Sam Mendes’ poignant love letter to the movies centers on the bond between employees of an old cinema in an English seaside town in the early 1980s.”
The tenth spot on this list is reserved for, not necessarily a bad film, but for one that given the talent involved, should’ve worked. Based upon the Graphic Novel, “The Kitchen” tells the story of three women who are romantically involved with men connected to the Irish Mob. When the men are all thrown in jail, the three must band together to continue the men’s work, to avoid financial debt to themselves, and the community that depends on the mob. The leads are played by Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish, and Melissa McCarthy, in what seemed to be the perfect trio to pull this off. Unfortunately, a story that should’ve been about female empowerment, was just so lifeless on its execution. The film also failed to carry a consistent tone. It tried to be funny, with awkward results, it tried to be a crime drama, but failed to give the controversial story any type of spark. It was the definition of a missed opportunity.
While the people will be pulling for Avengers: Endgame, I feel that the sheer mastery of direction, and visual trickery, of Sam Mendes World War 1 film, will take it all. It’s a masterpiece of filmmaking that pushed the extremes of the singular shot technique.
Oscar nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced. Joker leads the contenders with 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Todd Phillips. Close behind we have The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and 191710 nominations each, including Best Picture, Director, and corresponding screenplay nominations. Check out the full list of 2020 Oscar nominations below. The 92nd Academy Awards will air live on ABC on February 9th