2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions (September 1st, 2019)

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With the start of the fall film festivals, awards season is officially upon us! For someone like me, who gleefully obsesses over correctly predicting the outcomes of the Oscars every year (I was 16 for 24 last year, I can do better), this means initiating the first step: correctly predicting the nominations. It’s important to keep in mind that it is still very early. We still have five months to go until the actual ceremony, and three months of qualifying film releases left in 2019. So what, you might be wondering, are these predictions even based on? The answer is three things: “Buzz” (whatever the hell that means), gut feeling, and blind guessing.  I’m going to be posting an updated version of this list once a month between now and when the nominations are announced on a January 13th, 2020 live broadcast. A LOT can change between now and then, with under-the-radar releases surprising everyone, box office troubles or triumphs, and most importantly, what happens at the many awards ceremonies that are seen as Oscar success precursors (SAG, WGA, PGA, DGA, etc.).

This list was very hard to narrow down. When I began I had 22 films listed under Best Picture, and a minimum of 15 under each of the acting categories. But this list isn’t about listing every single possible contender in each of the categories, it’s about attempting to accurately pick what the nominees will actually be, so some difficult decisions had to be made. I was also thrown a few curveballs here and there, like discovering through some research that it looks like Tom Hanks might be competing in Supporting Actor instead of Lead for A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (which seems ridiculous), but in these instances I placed them where it seems most likely that their names will be submitted, not where I think they should be. Also worthy of mention I think, is that this is not the list as I think it should look like (I certainly hope Gerwig and Heller get Director nods), this is simply my best prediction of what the nominations will be. As time goes on I’ll be adding the rest of the categories, probably starting with Cinematography, Editing, and Score. But for now, here’s the list:

Scott’s 2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions (September 1st, 2019)

Picture

  • 1917
  • Ford v. Ferrari
  • A Hidden Life
  • The Irishman
  • Just Mercy
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • Waves

Director

  • Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
  • Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite)
  • Trey Edward Schults (Waves)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

Actress

  • Awkwafina (The Farewell)
  • Cynthia Evrio (Harriet)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  • Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
  • Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim)

Supporting Actress

  • Annette Bening (The Report)
  • Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
  • Brie Larson (Just Mercy)
  • Margot Robbie (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  • Meryl Streep (The Laundromat)

Actor

  • Robert De Niro (The Irishman)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  • Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Waves)
  • Michael B. Jordan (Just Mercy)

Supporting Actor

  • Alan Alda (Marriage Story)
  • Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse)
  • Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy)
  • Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood)
  • Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

Adapted Screenplay

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Just Mercy
  • The Laundromat
  • Little Women

Original Screenplay

  • The Farewell
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • Queen & Slim

TIFF 2019 Preview

Fall film festival season is upon us! As I write this, we are 5 days way from the start of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and reviews from Venice and Telluride are beginning to pour in. It is a very, very exciting time to be a film fan, and being a film fan who currently resides in southern Ontario, I have had the privilege of actually attending TIFF every year. This year I made the commitment to see more films than I ever have before, so I currently have twelve confirmed tickets, which may sound like amateur hour to festival veterans, but I usually only do six! I’ve also left myself a little bit of room for potentially waiting in rush lines for some sold out screenings, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m going to be tweeting and posting on Instagram throughout the festival, so if you’re interested in seeing what attending TIFF is like, feel free to follow both of those (linked above). But for now, I wanted to write up little previews of the 12 films I’ll be seeing and maybe a little bit about why I chose them. Each and every one of these will be getting a full review on this site after I’ve seen them (and immediately after on Letterboxd). Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that How To Build A Girl, Knives Out, The Lighthouse, and Parasite are all films that I was very much hoping to catch at the festival, but unfortunately all of them were already sold out when I made my picks. Here is my schedule for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival:

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
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Writen by: Céline Sciamma
Directed by: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Adèle Haenel, and Noémie Merlant

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, an artist is commissioned to paint a young woman’s wedding portrait.

This one came out of Cannes with a lot of a buzz and the Best Screenplay award. I have heard nothing but good things from those whose opinions I trust so I had this pretty high on my list of things I wanted to see. It ended up being a pretty late edition to my lineup, but now that it’s on there, I am very excited to see it.

Saturday, September 7th, 2019 

Just Mercy
just mercy FINAL

Written by: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham, and Bryan Stevenson
Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordon, Brie Larson, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

This film won’t have it’s world premiere until the evening before I’m seeing it, but it has such an insane recipe for success that I am more than willing to roll the dice on this one. Destin Daniel Cretton absolutely knocked my socks off with Short Term 12. It’s one of my favourite films of all time. It introduced me to Brie Larson, who became one of my all-time favourite actresses. She has a supporting role here. Michael B Jordan has been unstoppable pretty much since he arrived on the scene, between huge blockbusters like the Creed franchise and Black Panther, to impressive and devestating indies like Fruitvale Station, and all the way back to his role in Friday Night Lights. Jamie Foxx is Jamie Foxx. The man is a superstar. I have every reason to expect this will be excellent.

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Marriage Story
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Written by: Noah Baumbach
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Alan Alda, and Laura Dern

A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. 

Noah Baumbach is one of my favourite filmmakers. The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, The Meyerowitz Stories, Greenberg. And now he’s hitting us with a divorce film starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson? I mean, COME ON. I feel like this was made in a lab especially for me. Behind The Lighthouse, this was my highest priority for the entire festival. It’s also getting incredible reviews after screening at Venice and Telluride. I can’t fucking wait.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2019

Uncut Gems
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Written by: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, and Ronald Bronstein
Directed by: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
Starring: Adam Sandler

Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.

I use the Safdie brothers’ most recent film, Good Time, as an example for why people are stupid when they say Robert Pattinson is a bad actor so often that I forget that it’s also an excellent and meticulously crafted film. They are very good filmmakers. And honestly, just about every example of Adam Sandler acting in a serious role is good. Punch Drunk Love in particular. And if early reviews for this one out of Telluride are any indication, this may be tonally similar to Punch Drunk Love. I’ve been hearing that it’s chaotic and anxiety inducing and a little bit deranged, which is exactly up my alley.

Joker
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Written by: Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, and Frances Conroy

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

I have to be honest, this one worries me a little bit, but that’s not because of any aspect of the film in particular. In fact, every indication so far is that it’s actually excellent. Early reviews are nearly unanimously positive. Joaquin Phoenix is a brilliant actor, and the film itself is drawing comparisons to The King Of Comedy and Taxi Driver. What I worry about is how unbearable the discourse around this film will be like. Make no mistake, online discussions about this one are going to be absolutely insufferable. But that’s not the film’s fault, so I guess I just need to mute a bunch of words on Twitter and enjoy this for what it is. It was in my top 10 of choices for the festival, and not all that long ago a slightly younger me would’ve had this as the undisputed #1 choice, so I’m really glad I’m going to be seeing it.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Waves
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Written by: Trey Edward Schults
Directed by: Trey Edward Schults
Starring: Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Two young couples navigate the emotional minefield of growing up and falling in love.

I’m pretty sure that plot description is outdated, as not a whole lot was known about this film at all until it had it’s world premiere at Telluride a few nights ago. This one was on my radar when I was selecting my films, but definitely wasn’t a priority. After the world premiere, when the overwhelmingly positive reviews started to get posted online, I decided I had mad a mistake not having this one on my schedule, and went ahead and bought a ticket right away. I honestly still don’t know a whole lot about it, just that folks who’s reviews I look to as a reflection of my own taste love it, and by the sounds of it, I will to.

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Honey Boy
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Written by: Shia LaBeouf
Directed by: Alma Har’el
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, and Noah Jupe

The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.

I’ve been looking forward to this one since January when I first starting reading reviews for it after it premiered at Sundance. I just absolutely adore films like this, and it looks like Noah Jupe is going to be someone to keep an eye on going forward. Adding this to the list was a no-brainer for me even sight unseen, but the recently released trailer really sealed the deal.

Lucy In The Sky 
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Written by: Brian C. Brown & Elliott DiGuiseppi
Directed by: Noah Hawley
Starring: Natalie Portman & John Hamm

Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space — and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small. 

Much like with Just Mercy, the world premiere of this one is the night before I see it, so other than what we can get from the trailers, no one really knows much about this one yet. I know it used to be called Pale Blue Dot, which is an infinitely better title, and that Fox Searchlight (now owned by Disney) seem confident enough in this film to give it a fall festival run and an October release date, setting it up for possible awards contention. The trailers helped sell me a little bit, but honestly, I mostly bought the ticket because of Natalie Portman.

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

A Hidden Life
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Written by: Terrence Malick
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: August Diehl & Valerie Pachner

The Austrian Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II. 

The only other Terrence Malick film I’ve seen is The Tree of Life. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be embarrassed about that or not, people seem really split on his filmography as a whole. Regardless, this film looks absolutely stunning and so far it has the reviews to back it up, so I’m all in.

Ford v. Ferrari
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Written by: Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth
Directed by: James Mangold
Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, And Tracy Letts

American car designer Carroll Shelby and the British-born driver Ken Miles work together to battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. 

James Mangold has won some favour in my book between Walk The Line and Logan. While the plot of this film doesn’t particularly excited me, it’s always a nice treat to be excited by something that you weren’t expecting to excite you. It looks like this film might accomplish that feat with ease. Matt Damon and Christian Bale are both powerhouses and it looks like they’re at the top of their game here. This was an easy choice.

The Report
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Written by: Scott Z. Burns
Directed by: Scott Z. Burns
Starring: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, and Jon Hamm

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral, and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden. 

Adam Driver is having himself one hell of a year! Between this and Marriage Story and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming in December, this will probably end up being a memorable year in his young career. This is a film that got added to my list when other things I wanted to see were sold out, but having said that, it was one of the very first backups! I’m still looking forward to it. Hard to go wrong with Adam Driver and Annette Bening, and the story does look very interesting.

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Jojo Rabbit
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Written by: Taika Waititi & Christine Leunens
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, and Scarlett Johansson

Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolph Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues. 

The only Taika Waititi film I’ve ever seen is Thor: Ragnarok, so other than knowing that he’s responsible for one of the very best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I really don’t know what to except from him as a filmmaker. This looks absolutely batshit crazy and hilarious, two of my very favourite film descriptors, and Scarlett Johansson is basically always excellent. The film also stars Thomasin McKenzie, who turned in an Oscar-worthy performance in last year’s Leave No Trace. I don’t know much about the young actor playing Jojo but I suspect that after this film comes out everyone will know Roman Griffin Davis. This is my last film of the festival so it’s sure to be bittersweet, but I am very much looking forward to it nonetheless!

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That will wrap up this little preview! Stay tuned for my full reviews of each and every one of these films after my screenings, and after that we get to dive right in to the most fun thing about every year: OSCAR PREDICTIONS! Thanks for reading!

 

Favourite Films of The Year (so far..) + Mid-Year Film Awards

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The start of July marks the halfway point of the year. I wanted to take a look back at what kind of year 2019 has been so far for film. At the end of each year I compile a list of my favourite films of the year and do my own personal awards, complete with nominations and winners in specific categories. For the mid-year review, we are going to do exactly that as if the year were ending today. I’ve included two films that technically came out after the halfway point, but I had seen them before I finalized this list and I couldn’t help myself from including them.

Scott’s Favourite Films of 2019 (so far..)
20. Spider-Man: Far From Home
19. Teen Spirit
18.  Under The Silver Lake
17. Late Night
16. Shazam!
15. The Beach Bum
14. Long Shot
13. Paddleton
12. I Am Mother
11. Toy Story 4
10. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
9. Fighting With My Family
8. Avengers: Endgame
7. Us
6. Climax
5. Her Smell
4. The Last Black Man In San Francisco
3. High Life
2. Booksmart
1. Midsommar

top 20 first half

And now we get to the awards. The official 2019 version of these awards will be taking place in January of next year, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what these awards look like now, that way we can compare and contrast and see what’s stood the test of time at the end of the year. If you’re interested in seeing last year’s nominations and winners, they can be found here and here.

The Nominations
In keeping with the format I used last year, I will be breaking the nominations down into the following 6 categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Performance By An Actress, Best Performance By An Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography, with 5 nominees in each category (except Best Picture, which gets 10). At the end of the year I may decide to revamp this format, separating lead/supporting performances and original/adapted screenplays, and possibly adding the Best Editing category, amongst others. Here are the nominees:

Best Picture

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Booksmart
  • Climax
  • Her Smell
  • High Life
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  • The Last Black Man In San Francisco
  • Midsommar
  • Toy Story 4
  • Us

Best Director

  • Ari Aster (Midsommar)
  • Claire Denis (High Life)
  • Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell)
  • Joe Talbot (The Last Black Man In San Francisco)
  • Olivia Wilde (Booksmart)

Best Performance By An Actor

  • Zac Efron (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile)
  • Jonathan Majors (The Last Black Man In San Francisco)
  • Matthew McConaughey (The Beach Bum)
  • Robert Patinson (High Life)
  • Ray Romano (Paddleton)

Best Performance By An Actress

  • Juliette Binoche (High Life)
  • Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Her Smell)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (Us)
  • Florence Pugh (Midsommar)

Best Screenplay

  • Booksmart (Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel & Katie Silberman)
  • Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry)
  • High Life (Clair Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau & Geoff Cox)
  • Midsommar (Ari Aster)
  • Us (Jordan Peele)

Best Cinematography

  • The Beach Bum (Benoit Debie)
  • High Life (Yorick Le Saux)
  • The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Adam Newport-Berra)
  • Midsommar (Pawel Pogorzelski)
  • Teen Spirit (Autumn Durald)

The Winners
For the official awards the nominations and winners will obviously not be announced simultaneously, but since this is just for fun and we’re only working with what will likely end up being less than half of the films I’ll see this year, I think we can go ahead and jump right into the winners. The winners of the 2019 Mid-Year Film Awards are:

Best Performance By An Actor
Winner: Robert Pattinson (High Life)
Runner Up: Jonathan Majors (The Last Black Man In San Francisco)

Best Performance By An Actress
Winner: Florence Pugh (Midsommar)
Runner Up: Elisabeth Moss (Her Smell)

Best Cinematography
Winner: Midsommar (Pawel Pogorzelski)
Runner Up: High Life (Yorick Le Saux)

Best Screenplay
Winner: High Life (Clair Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau & Geoff Cox)
Runner Up: Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry)

Best Director
Winner: Ari Aster (Midsommar)
Runner Up: Claire Denis (High Life)

Best Picture
Winner: Midsommar
Runner Up: Booksmart

And there we have it! 2019 is off to a relatively promising start with a small handful of films that I absolutely adore, and we don’t even have to look ahead very far to see that this year still has a great chance of being a special one for film. In the next two months alone we’ll be getting The Farewell, The Art of Self Defense, Stuber, The Lion King, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Luce, Them That FollowBlinded By The Light, and Good Boys, amongst others. And fast-forward to the end of the year where we’ll be getting titles like Ad Astra, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, Ford v. Ferrari, Joker, ParasiteZombieland: Double Tap , and my personal most anticipated film for 2019’s second half, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. And that doesn’t even really scratch the surface! You should revisit my 2019 Most Anticipated Films post if you’re curious what else is still set to come out this year.

Thank you all so much for checking out this post. Still to come, I’m going to be doing a 2010’s Decade Retrospective. Two posts a month from now until the end of the year, each one focusing on one year of the decade and examining all the notable films released that year. Should be fun! I’ll also continue posting periodic film reviews. No set schedule, just whenever I see a film that I feel compelled to write about, it’ll get posted here! My Twitter is located on the sidebar of this site, following me there would be the best place to get notified when a new post has gone up. Any feedback is welcomed and can be left down below or tweeted at me. Thanks again for reading and I hope you’ll be back!

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I Am Mother (Film Review)

MOTHER!

As far as low-budget, one-location, three-character sci-fi films go, I Am Mother isn’t quite on the level of Ex Machina, but it’s definitely close. I wanted to get that out of the way early on, because while these films do have those things in common, the similarities end there. I Am Mother is a wildly inventive and original film. Written by Michael Lloyd Green and directed by Grant Sputore (the feature-length debut for both of them), I Am Mother stars Clara Rugaard as Daughter, a young woman who has lived her entire life inside of an underground bunker, being raised solely by Mother, an artificially intelligent robot (voiced by Rose Byrne). Together, the two of them have been tasked with repopulating the earth following an extinction event that has allegedly taken place above the surface. I say allegedly because all of Daughter’s knowledge of what happened to the rest of humanity comes directly from Mother, and we quickly learn that not everything is as it seems when an unidentified woman (played by Hilary Swank) shows up at the door of their bunker with a gunshot wound. I Am Mother masterfully plays with audience loyalty and trust. We are placed squarely in the shoes of Daughter as she desperately tries to uncover the truth from two fiercely contradictory assertions about what is really going on from Mother and Woman. She doesn’t know who to believe, and neither do we, and this makes for some genuinely knife-cutting tension. This is not to say that this film doesn’t end up revealing its truths to us, it absolutely does. In fact, the latter two acts of this film are essentially one gnarly reveal after another, but because we sat so long in uncertainty, the reveals just feel so satisfying. With each new piece of information our loyalties swing back and forth with Daughter’s until the very end when everything fits together like a puzzle. And like any great twist-heavy movie, you’ll either be celebrating and bragging to your friends about how early on you called it, or holding your head in your hands in disbelief that you didn’t. This is an impressive directorial debut for Grant Sputore. The film is shot very well, and the practical and digital effects, especially considering what I have to assume to be a relatively small budget, are very impressive. Hilary Swank is great as always, but the real star here is Clara Rugaard, who gives an absolutely excellent performance as Daughter. She is a relatively new actress who was in Teen Spirit earlier this year, and only has a couple of other credits to her name on IMDB. As far as I’m concerned, after seeing this film, she is very much an actress to watch out for going forward. I Am Mother is currently streaming on Netflix, and I would highly recommend giving this a watch.

7.5/10

Booksmart (Film Review)

SMURT BOOOYYYYYYY

I’m a sucker for a good coming-of-age film. The last few years have been really kind to me in that regard, with films like The Edge of Seventeen, Lady Bird, and Eighth Grade. All of those films ended up at the top of my year-end lists when they came out. Booksmart will be no exception. This is my favourite film of the year so far and it’s not close. It’s just an absolutely delightful viewing experience from start to finish. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever star as Molly and Amy, two best friends who realize on the eve of their high school graduation that maybe they didn’t have to sacrifice a good time in the name of academic success, and set out to cram four years worth of partying into one night. Both of them give incredible performances. The on-screen chemistry between these two is undeniable. Their friendship feels so lived in, so genuine, so real. It’s what makes “the argument” scene so devastating. Olivia Wilde’s direction here is inspired. Booksmart is her feature-length directorial debut, but you honestly wouldn’t know it. The pool scene is incredibly well shot, one of my favourite scenes of the year, and it’s immediately followed by a frantic tracking shot of Amy searching for her friend in a crowded house party that is reminiscent of a scene from Boogie Nights. The screenwriting can’t be ignored either. Penned by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman, this screenplay is one that takes your typical “one crazy night” and teen comedy tropes and executes them flawlessly. It also treats all of its characters with compassion. Almost every single one of them feels fully fleshed out. No one is the butt of the joke in this film. Certain characters are mean to each other, for sure, but they’re given moments of redemption that humanize them. When our protagonists finally reach the big party, no one is wondering out loud why the losers showed up. Everyone is actually just really excited that they came, and tell them how much they wish they had come out and had fun more often. Booksmart is ultimately a film about friendship at a time of uncertainty. We all know that high school friendships seldom last forever, but this film leaves us with the hope that one just might for Molly and Amy. Backed by a stellar supporting cast too long to even list here, Booksmart is the first must see film of the summer, and if you haven’t already seen it, I seriously can’t recommend it enough.

10/10.

Top 50 Anticipated Films for 2019

Here are my top 50 most anticipated films for 2019, listed in alphabetical order. Plot descriptions taken from Letterboxd/ TMDB.

Ad Astra
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: May 24th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/ad-astra-2019/

Astronaut Roy McBride must undertake a harrowing journey to the edge of our solar system when his long-lost scientist father seems to have resurfaced despite having been declared dead many years ago. His reappearance appears to be connected to a series of mysterious explosions and a top secret military project. As McBride makes his way across a series of increasingly dangerous outposts on the Moon and Mars, forces converge to stop him from finding answers while another impending explosion threatens to destroy life as we know it.

Apollo 11
Distributed by: Neon
Release date:
March 1st, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/apollo-11-2019/

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Arctic
Distributed by: Bleecker Street
Release date: February 1st, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/arctic-2018/

A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release date: November 22nd, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/a-beautiful-day-in-the-neighborhood/

The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).

Big Time Adolescence
Distributed by: TBA
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/big-time-adolescence/

A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.

Blinded By The Light
Distributed by:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date:
August 14th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/blinded-by-the-light-2019/

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Booksmart
Distributed by: United Artists
Release date: May 29th, 2018
https://letterboxd.com/film/booksmart/

Two academic teenage superstars realise, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Brittany Runs A Marathon
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/brittany-runs-a-marathon/

A woman living in New York takes control of her life—one city block at a time.

Captain Marvel
Distributed by: Disney Studios
Release date: March 8th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/captain-marvel/

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Clemency
Distributed by: Neon
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/clemency/

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Climax
Distribution: A24
Release date: March 1st, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/climax-2018/

Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Distributed by: Netflix
Release date: Late 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/extremely-wicked-shockingly-evil-and-vile/

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

The Farewell
Distributed by: A24
Release date: July 12th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/the-farewell-2019/

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: May 31st, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-2019/

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Greener Grass
Distributed by: TBA
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/greener-grass-2019/

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

Hala
Distributed by:
Apple Inc. 
Release date:
TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/hala-2019/

Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.

Her Smell
Distributed by:
Gunpowder & Sky
Release date: April 12th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/her-smell/

A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

High Life
Distributed by: A24
Release date: April 12th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/high-life-2018/

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Honey Boy
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/honey-boy/

The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.

I Am Mother
Distributed by: Netflix
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/i-am-mother/

A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

The Irishman
Distributed by:
Netflix
Release date:
Autumn 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/the-irishman-2019/

A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Joker
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: October 4th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/joker-2019/

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

The Last Black Man In San Francisco
Distributed by: A24
Release date: June 14th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/the-last-black-man-in-san-francisco/

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Late Night
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: June 7th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/late-night/

Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.

The Lion King
Distributed by: Disney Studios
Release date: July 19th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/the-lion-king-2019/

Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Little Monsters
Distributed by: Neon and Hulu
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/little-monsters-2019/

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.

Little Women
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Release date: December 25th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/little-women-2019/

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Little Woods
Distributed by: Neon
Release date: April 19th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/little-woods/

For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister.

Luce
Distributed by: Neon and Topic Studios 
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/luce/

A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.

Ma
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release date: May 31st, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/ma-2019/

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers with torturous consequences for the kids.

Midsommar
Distributed by: A24
Release date: August 9th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/midsommar/

A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Monos
Distributed by:
TBA
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/monos/

On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Ms. Purple
Distributed by:
TBA
Release date:
TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/ms-purple/

Kasie, stuck in LA’s Koreatown, works as a karaoke hostess getting paid for her companionship by drunken men. When her dad’s hospice nurse quits she reconnects with her estranged brother, Carey, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single father who raised them nears death.

Native Son
Distributed by: HBO Films
Release date: April 6th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/native-son-2019/

A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

The Nightingale
Distributed by:
IFC Films
Release date:
Summer 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/the-nightingale-2018/

In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Official Secrets
Distributed by: IFC Films
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/official-secrets/

The true story of British intelligence whistle- blower Katharine Gun, who prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Distributed by:
Sony Pictures
Release date:
July 26th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood/

A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.

The Report
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/the-report-2019/

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.

Shazam!
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: April 5th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/shazam/

A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.

The Souvenir
Distributed by: A24
Release date: May 17th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/the-souvenir/

A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Release date: July 5th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/spider-man-far-from-home/

Peter Parker and his friends go on a summer trip to Europe. However, they will hardly be able to rest – Peter will have to agree to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of creatures that cause natural disasters and destruction throughout the continent.

Star Wars: Episode IX
Distributed by: Disney Studios
Release date: December 20th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/star-wars-episode-ix/

The next installment in the franchise and the conclusion of the “Star Wars“ sequel trilogy as well as the “Skywalker Saga“.

Them That Follow
Distributed by:
The Orchard
Release date: June 21st, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/them-that-follow/

A Pentecostal pastor, Lemuel Childs, and his believers handle venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. Lemuel’s daughter, Mara holds a secret that threatens to tear the church apart: her romantic past with a nonbeliever, Augie. As Mara’s wedding to a devoted follower looms, she must decide whether or not to trust the steely matriarch of their community, Hope, with her heart and life at stake.

This Is Not Berlin
Distributed by:
TBA
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/this-is-not-berlin/

Seventeen-year-old Carlos doesn’t fit in anywhere, not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen in school. But everything changes when he is invited to a mythical nightclub where he discovers the underground nightlife scene: punk, sexual liberty and drugs.

To The Stars
Distributed by:
TBA
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/to-the-stars/

Under small-town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.

Toy Story 4
Distributed by:
Disney Studios
Release date: June 21st, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/toy-story-4/

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Troop Zero
Distributed by:
Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA
https://letterboxd.com/film/troop-zero/

In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troupe of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond.

Us
Distributed by:
Universal Pictures
Release date: March 22nd, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/us-2019/

Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

Yesterday
Distributed by:
Universal Pictures
Release date: June 28th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/yesterday-2019/

A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Zombieland: Double Tap
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Release date: October 11th, 2019
https://letterboxd.com/film/zombieland-double-tap/

The group will face a new zombie threat as a new breed of zombie has developed. This new super-zombie type is faster, bigger, and stronger than the previous strain of zombies and harder to kill. These super-zombies have started grouping up into a horde going from city to city leaving a path of destruction behind them.

2018 Alert The Audience Film Award Winners

Here are the WINNERS and runners-up for the 2018 Scott’s Film Awards!
Nominations can be seen here: https://wp.me/p9nbdJ-2P

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture
Winner: Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Runner Up: Ben Foster (Leave No Trace)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture
Winner: Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Runner Up: Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)

Best Cinematography
Winner: Cold War (Lukasz Zal)
Runner Up: Burning (Hong Kyung-pyo)

Best Screenplay
Winner: Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
Runner Up: Sorry To Bother You (Boots Riley)

Best Director
Winner: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Runner Up: Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Motion Picture
Winner: The Favourite
Runner Up: Eighth Grade

Oscar Predictions

Every December I begin a yearly tradition of mine: desperately scrambling to watch all the great films I missed throughout the year. It’s always my goal to watch every single film nominated for any award at the Oscars, and I always come up short. This year was no exception. I did my very best to watch all 37 nominated films (not including the shorts), and I came VERY close, but ultimately I still came up 12 films short. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have yet to see the following films: Border, Capernaum, Christopher Robin, Hale County This Morning This Evening, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Mirai, Never Look Away, Of Fathers and Sons, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Ready Player One, and RBG. Also noteworthy, I watched all 5 nominations for Best Animated Short and Best Documentary Short, but I didn’t get a chance to watch any of the nominated live action short films. So, without further ado, here are my final predictions and my personal preferences for all 24 categories at the 91st Academy Awards.

Best Picture
Predicted Winner: Roma
My Pick: The Favourite

Actor In A Leading Role
Predicted Winner: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
My Pick: Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Actress In A Leading Role
Predicted Winner: Glenn Close (The Wife)
My Pick: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Actor In A Supporting Role
Predicted Winner: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
My Pick: Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Actress In A Supporting Role
Predicted Winner: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
My Pick: Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Animated Feature Film
Predicted Winner: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
My Pick: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Cinematography
Predicted Winner: Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
My Pick: Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Costume Design
Predicted Winner: Black Panther (Ruth Carter)
My Pick: Black Panther (Ruth Carter)

Directing
Predicted Winner: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
My Pick: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

Documentary (Feature)
Predicted Winner: Free Solo
My Pick: Minding The Gap

Documentary (Short Subject)
Predicted Winner: Period. End of Sentence
My Pick: Black Sheep

Film Editing
Predicted Winner: Blackkklansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
My Pick: Blackkklansman (Barry Alexander Brown)

Foreign Language Film
Predicted Winner: Roma
My Pick: Shoplifters

Makeup And Hairstyling
Predicted Winner: Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney)
My Pick: Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney)

Music (Original Score)
Predicted Winner: Blackkklansman (Terence Blanchard)
My Pick: If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)

Music (Original Song)
Predicted Winner: Shallow (A Star Is Born [Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt])
My Pick: Shallow (A Sta Is Born [Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt])

Production Design
Predicted Winner: Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
My Pick: The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)

Short Film (Animated)
Predicted Winner: Bao
My Pick: Late Afternoon

Short Film (Live Action)
Predicted Winner: Skin
My Pick: Unfortunately at the time of writing this I haven’t had the chance to see any of these. I will update this list with my pick once I’ve seen them all.

Sound Editing
Predicted Winner: First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred latrou Morgan)
My Pick: First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred latrou Morgan)

Sound Mixing
Predicted Winner: A Star Is Born (Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow)
My Pick: First Man (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis

Visual Effects
Predicted Winner: Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)
My Pick: Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Predicted Winner: Blackkklansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)
My Pick: If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Predicted Winner: The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
My Pick: The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)

2018 Alert The Audience Film Award Nominations

This is just for fun. I do this in my head every year anyway, so I figured I might as well write it down for a change. Here are my personal nominees in my favourite categories for films made in 2018. Winners will be announced in a future post.

Best Motion Picture

  • Annihilation
  • Blackkklansman
  • Burning
  • Eighth Grade
  • The Favourite
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Leave No Trace
  • Shoplifters
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • You Were Never Really Here

Best Director

  • Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
  • Damien Chazelle (First Man)
  • Debra Granik (Leave No Trace)
  • Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
  • Spike Lee (Blackkklansman)
  • Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
  • Boots Riley (Sorry To Bother You)
  • Paul Schrader (First Reformed)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture

  • Sakura Ando (Shoplifters)
  • Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
  • Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
  • Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • KiKi Lane (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace)
  • Chloe Grace Moretz (The Miseducation of Cameron Post)
  • Carey Mulligan (Wildlife)
  • Emma Stone (The Favourite)
  • Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture

  • Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting)
  • Adam Driver (Blackkklansman)
  • Ben Foster (Leave No Trace)
  • Ryan Gosling (First Man)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Wildlife)
  • Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
  • Stephen James (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)
  • Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You)
  • Stephen Yeun (Burning)

Best Screenplay

  • Annihilation (Alex Garland & Jeff Vandermeer)
  • Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
  • The Favourite (Debra Davis & Tony McNamara)
  • First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
  • Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
  • Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
  • Sorry To Bother You (Boots Riley)
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman)
  • Wildlife (Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan)

Best Cinematography 

  •  Burning (Hong Kyung-pyo)
  •  Cold War (Lukasz Zal)
  •  The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
  •  First Man (Linus Sandgren)
  •  First Reformed (Alexander Dynan)
  •  If Beale Street Could Talk (James Laxton)
  •  Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
  •  A Star Is Born (Matthew Libatique)
  •  Wildlife (Diego Garcia)
  •  You Were Never Really Here (Thomas Townend)

Scott’s Favourite Films of 2018

Title says it all! These are my picks for the top 25 films of 2018. Here’s the letterboxd link if you want to follow me or look at this same list as a pretty collage: https://letterboxd.com/skeebz1997/list/scotts-favourite-films-of-2018/

25. A Quiet Place
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24. Widows
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23. Private Life
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22. Blindspotting
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21. Black Panther
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20. Roma
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19. First Man
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18. Skate Kitchen
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17. Cold War
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16. Sorry To Bother You
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15. A Star Is Born
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14. Leave No Trace
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13. Wildlife
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12. First Reformed
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11. Burning
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10. Annihilation
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9. Blackkklansman
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8. If Beale Street Could Talk
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7. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
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6. Minding The Gap
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5. Thoroughbreds
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4. You Were Never Really Here
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3. Shoplifters
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2. Eighth Grade
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1. The Favourite
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