Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tom Hardy to Get a Tattoo of Leonardo DiCaprio After "The Revenant" Bet

Tom Hardy

Last year was a massive moment for Tom Hardy's career. In the first half of the year, he starred in the critically acclaimed and box office hit Mad Max: Fury Road. Then in the Fall, he starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the wilderness epic The Revenant. The film also was met with great reviews and an impressive box office haul that landed Hardy a Best Supporting Actor nomination. This may sound like a good thing, but there is one catch. Because of that win, Hardy has to get an embarrassing tattoo of his costar. If nothing else, this may be one of the strangest side effects of being an Oscar nominated talent. If nothing else, it's very amusing.

"The Founder" is Now Playing at One Theater in Hollywood

Scene from The Founder
It has been a long, long time since we last heard from director John Lee Hancock's The Founder. In that time, the story of Ray Croc (Michael Keaton) taking control of McDonald's was set for an August release, but was pushed back to December (and subsequently January 2017). In that time, a whole Oscar conversation has changed. The Birth of a Nation and Rules Don't Apply are all but out of the race. Jackie and La La Land look to be big contenders. Martin Scorsese randomly decided to release a movie this year. Even Big Mac creator Jim Delligatti died in that time. So, what's going on with The Founder? Well, the good news is that you can see it, right now. The issue is that it's not exactly at a theater near most people.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jimmy Kimmel Will Host the Academy Awards Ceremony 2017

Jimmy Kimmel
With every year comes another set of important questions. For the Oscars, it's largely a mix of who will win and who will be nominated. While that's all important, the awards ceremony is its own big event worthy of discussion. And so, the question comes once again: Who will host The Oscars? After months of speculation, the answer has finally arrived, and it's not a terrible choice. In fact, it's actually pretty good. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the stage the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mr. Jimmy Kimmel.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why "Moana" is One of the Most Timely Movies of 2016

Scene from Moana
*NOTE: Spoilers for Moana

It is hard to undermine the magic of Disney and their ability to open each new movie big. The studio known for releasing quality entertainment has made almost every one of their films a guaranteed smash, especially their animated princess movies. Moana is their latest and features beautiful animation, great music, and one of their most compelling protagonists in years. While the film is enjoyable on a surface level, it's interesting to consider how the film relates to the moment of its release. It may not seem like it, but Moana is one of the most timely films of 2016 with plenty to say on xenophobia, cultural tradition, and learning to overcome prejudice. The film may be based off of an old folk tale, but it couldn't have come out at a more appropriate time. It isn't an allegory about the presidential election, but it may as well be about the modern American political climate.