Oscar Nominations: 2018

It is time for one of the most prestigious film awards of the year: the list of Oscar-nominated films has been announced! There are both surprises and expected editions, as well as some insane snubs (How The Greatest Showman got only one nomination is beyond me, and no mention of Girls Trip at all? Come on…). There will be plenty of Oscars content to come before the award ceremony on March 4, but for now, you can form your own opinions on what will and will not take home that golden statue. To see Reeltalk’s take on nominated films, follow the links at the bottom of the page.

Trivia: The Shape of Water currently leads for most nominations at 13 (the same as last year’s La La Land).

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Coming Up in December (2017)

Happy holidays to all of you ReelTalk fans! It’s that time of year where you are ready to curl up and avoid the cold outside, and what better way to do so than by traveling to your local theater and partaking in the wonders of the big screen? Sure, you have to go outside to get there, but there are some stories you can’t just see small.

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Pixar Studios Quality Spectrum

With the premiere of Coco this Thanksgiving, Pixar has put out nineteen animated films that have firmly earned their place in the minds of children (and let’s face it, adults) everywhere. Between some fantastic, groundbreaking animation, amazing and lovable characters, and some great stories that tug at the heartstrings, there are few filmmaking companies who have impacted storytelling like Pixar has. But, as with every studio who puts out multiple films, there are some that are far, far better than others, and some films that fall short of a large reputation. So I’ve taken the 19 films (and cried a little at the thought of no new ones coming for several years, just sequels) and put them in the order I believe they should be ranked. Now, this is much harder than you would think, since there is only one movie that is actually terrible (yes there is one right answer), but the rest have at least one redeeming quality. If your opinion differs, let’s discuss it!

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Quality Spectrum

Within the next three years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began in 2008 will have put out twenty movies, all taking place within the same timeline and created universe (there are also television shows that go along with them, but honestly the Netflix shows are so dark you could almost argue they are an entirely different New York). When you’ve put out twenty different movies, there are bound to be some hits and some misses, and the MCU is no exception to the rule. So which ones were hits and which ones were misses? We’ve compiled the current list of films to decide which movies did better than others, including the recently released Thor: Ragnarok, and we fully expect the list to continue expand as the MCU grows (keeping an eye out for Black Panther in February).

We will start at the top (aka the best Marvel movie) and work our way down. Where would you rank these movies in relation to each other?

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Mystical in Marvel: The Lord of the Rings Crossover

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and its spin-off television shows) grows, the number of actors being cast also increases exponentially. Not only do we start to see more cross-over between actors who’ve worked together before (Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, for example, have worked together almost a dozen times now), we’re starting to see a great deal of influence from other large bodies of work. Now, with Thor: Ragnarok right around the corner, we’re noticing a recurring trend – there are quite a few cast members from Peter Jackson’s imaginings of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies making an appearance in this world of superheroes! Some are fairly obvious, but digging through the two extended universes, it’s actually pretty interesting just how much crossover there is.

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