OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2019: The visual and artistic categories

It’s time to breakdown each category and put some stone cold predictions into digital ink. Throughout the busy awards season, this website’s 2019 Awards Tracker has been my workspace to tally all the early award winners. That prognostication data is cited in these predictions. This column examines the visual and artistic film categories of visual effects, makeup, hair-styling, costumes, sets, editing, and camerawork. As I say every year, stick with me and I will win you your Oscar pool!

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OSCAR PREDICTIONS: The minor film categories

It’s time to breakdown each category and put some stone cold predictions into digital ink. Throughout the busy awards season, this website’s 2019 Awards Tracker has been my workspace to tally all the early award winners. That prognostication data is cited in these predictions. This column examines the minor film categories of foreign film, documentaries, animated films, and short films. As I say every year, stick with me and I will win you your Oscar pool!

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OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2019: The music and sound categories

It’s time to breakdown each category and put some stone cold predictions into digital ink. Throughout the busy awards season, this website’s 2019 Awards Tracker has been my workspace to tally all the early award winners. That prognostication data is cited in these predictions. This column examines the music and sound categories of score, score, sound mixing, and sound editing. As I say every year, stick with me and I will win you your Oscar pool!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Then Came You

Peter Hutchings’ comedy Then Came You presents romance entangled by terminal illness. That topic seeped in gallows humor is far from new territory, meaning this is not a very deep film. Then Came You doesn’t have to be a message-thumping torchbearer for anything. Instead, it is squarely comfortable with its pile of pluck and parade of quirks. There’s a place for an easy film like this. Why? Look no further than those qualities of personality and earnestness. Everything difficult and rough is softened by cheeky and easy charm.

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EDITORIAL: Five things that might hurt the "Avengers: Endgame" box office

11 years ago a little movie was produced by Marvel Cinematic Universe called Iron Man. Since then it’s been a phenomenal journey for Marvel and comic book fans. Avengers: Endgame is the conclusive ending of story line that began with Iron Man. The movie is expected to scatter some record at the box office and broke our heart. But there are some concern for the movie going forward. Let’s break down some things that might hurt the box office of Avengers: Endgame.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How much would movie cars cost to insure?

We’ve all seen the iconic cars from the films, with their flashy gadgets and awe-inspiring bodywork. But how much might it cost to insure these celebrated motors? The folks at Quotezone.co.uk decided to put the curiosity to rest. Our specialists looked at the usual queries asked when comparing car insurance quotes, such as the driver’s age, their profession and whether or not they have a No Claims Bonus. They also reviewed the unique features of each vehicle, such as its ability to time-travel or transform into a submarine. Find out how much these cars might cost to insure in 2019.

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MEDIA APPEARANCE: David Ehrlich's IndieWire Critics Survey on February 11, 2019

Notable and notorious IndieWire film critic David Ehrlich recently put out a social media call for film critic peers to join a weekly survey to discuss movie topics, answer questions, and highlight their work.  Representing Every Movie Has a Lesson, I, along with over 50 other emerging and established film critics including some of my fellow Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle members, accepted the invitation to participate.  I'm honored by the opportunity, and I hope my responses are chosen each week.  

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CAPSULE REVIEWS: The 2019 Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short

Call it a critic’s perk, but it is an absolute treat to be able to annually view and review many of the Academy Award nominees for the minor film categories. This year’s finalists for the Animated Short category are the best field in several years. They vary in emotional anchors and artistic styles, but sacrifice little in quality, effort, or impact. Locally here in Chicago, these selections are playing at the the Landmark Century Centre Cinema location in Lakeview.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 10 most expensive jewelry pieces worn at the Academy Awards

The women of Hollywood wear gowns from the biggest names in fashion and jewelry — some of which carry a hefty price tag. From emerald earrings to blue diamonds, dazzling pieces have graced the red carpet since the awards began in 1929. Take a look at the 10 most expensive pieces of jewelry that celebrities have borrowed for the Academy Awards over the years from HOLA!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Hidden Iconic Movie Cars Quiz

Can you find the iconic movie cars hidden in this poster? If you love cars, and movies, this is the perfect quiz for you. The folks at Leasing Options have hidden 24 famous cars from movies in the awesome cityscape below. I am happy to share that here on Every Movie Has a Lesson. You’ll need to really know your movies, and your cars, to find all of them. You can find the link to the answers below.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Matching the classic plastic building toys themselves, reinvention is as easy and frequent as the twist of one of their rainbow-hued blocks if one is prepared for it. Projecting that life’s simplicity through its dazzling style of presentation, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is another sparkling escapade of accepting and approachable entertainment.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Perfect Strangers (Perfectos Desconocidos)

The poster for the Mexican remake Perfectos Desconocidos glows with affluence.  We see a richly appointed dinner party scene flush with refinement from edge to edge across fashions, place settings, and the flowing wine.  What intentionally glows the brightest on the poster is the statement “We all have a secret life.” It symbolically shows materialistic beauty undone by the blunt intrusion of technology. Thematically, that tagline statement is the lightning bolt of tension that charges this entire film.

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MEDIA APPEARANCE: David Ehrlich's IndieWire Critics Survey on February 4, 2019

Notable and notorious IndieWire film critic David Ehrlich recently put out a social media call for film critic peers to join a weekly survey to discuss movie topics, answer questions, and highlight their work.  Representing Every Movie Has a Lesson, I, along with over 50 other emerging and established film critics including some of my fellow Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle members, accepted the invitation to participate.  I'm honored by the opportunity, and I hope my responses are chosen each week.  

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SPECIAL: Third annual CIFCC Award winners

As one of the founders and directors of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, I am honored and thrilled to share with you the results of the third annual CIFCC Awards. On Saturday, February 2nd at a special evening members event hosted by the Cards Against Humanity Theater in Chicago, the film critics and guests gathered to honor the year in film, celebrate member accomplishments, and promote overall group achievements.  The event was streamed live over the CIFCC YouTube channel.

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EDITORIAL: Make yourself a better Oscar predictor

Here on Every Movie Has a Lesson, I have fashioned myself as an informed individual when it comes to predicting the winners of the Academy Awards.  My role as a critic has me in tune with the films of the season and my eyes on the industry has me seeing the trends. My annual claim has been “stick with me and I will help you win your Oscar pool.”  Many friends has backed my picks and come out winners. I wanted to peel back the curtain and show you how I do it. There are four areas to scout.

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SPECIAL: Third annual CIFCC Award nominations

On Saturday, January 26th, the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle announced the nominees for the their third annual CIFCC Awards. 37 different films were nominated between 21 categories. As one of the founders and directors of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, I’m honored to be among such fine peers. These are solid picks our group can be proud to support. Here’s a special slideshow presenting each category. The CIFCC will present their winners on February 2nd.

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