The Revenant: **** out of 4.
It’s easy to think of The Revenant as simply the vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio’s brutally other-worldly Oscar-winning performance or as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to last year’s Award-winning Birdman.
In fact, as I was sitting in the theater watching Leo eat raw bison liver and sleep in animal carcasses, I kept wishing he’d already won an Oscar (even though I don’t think he’s had a performance I would have voted for before this one) so the craziness would end. I kept mumbling to myself, “It didn’t have to be this way. Give him an Oscar so the insanity will stop already!” But in all seriousness, Leo’s performance should go down as one of the best of all-time, but the subplot surrounding his striving for an Oscar distracts a bit from it, at least on this side of what will hopefully be his first Oscar win.
Sadly, it also distracts from how magnificent and brilliant this film is as a whole. In fact, I think The Revenant would be my vote for Best Picture of the past two years. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to get the respect and recognition it deserves due to Iñárritu’s success last year.
So what makes The Revenant so powerful? It is filmmaking operating on all cylinders, pushing each of those cylinders to the max in a breathtaking experience that leaves you gasping for air while pumping your fist.
It feels like yesterday. When I was seven-years-old, my mother bought me my first computer. This device lacked the thinness of a MacBook Air or the portability of a tablet. No, this was a honest-to-goodness, white-block-with-a-screen computer. It was completely old school, and I loved it. Read more
The nominations are out and what we’re perhaps focusing most on this morning is just how sad the In Memoriam portion of the Oscars will be as we lost Alan Rickman, a great actor perhaps best known as Severus Snape by our generation but probably Hans Gruber for our parents’ generation.
For a complete list of nominees and to watch trailers go here
But on to the nominations. I have a lot of thoughts…
I’d like to apologize for the delay of this Bachelor recap. Could I blame it on the National Championship game that aired at the same time as The Bachelor on Monday? Sure. Should I blame it on the fact that I had a busy day Tuesday at my actual job that makes me money? Maybe, but why tell you anything that’s not the cold hard truth.
The truth is that I was trapped inside Olivia’s mouth for the past 24 hours.
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.
The Bachelor could not return to our lives at a better time of the year. Christmas has come and gone, and you’ve watched George Bailey run around Bedford Falls screaming, “My mouth’s bleeding, Burt! My mouth’s bleeding!” Every time his voice gets louder 10 angels lose their wings. New Year’s Eve/Day is over and you vowed to never get talked into going to an 80’s cover band party again where you ring in the New Year with a bunch of strangers wearing neon windbreakers. Now you have returned to work where you politely asked a coworker how their break was, and they went way too into detail about the dynamics of their relationship with their parents. Then you go home and try to forget about it all and you scroll through Twitter begging for a distraction and you see that the local newspaper tweeted a story about Kacey Musgraves’ boots being stolen in Nashville and she now might write a song about it (that’s a real thing). Now all you can think is, “When, when does it end?”
What’s the hottest new game show sweeping the nation this Christmas season?
*crowd yells in unison*
Fake or Hallmark?
That’s right, and it’s simple to play…
Below you will see eight questions with two movies listed under each of them, and you have to figure out which one of the two is the REAL Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.