The summer season is all about fun and relaxed times. There is a sense of "don't worry about it, just enjoy it" and at times Hollywood releases films with that in mind. 'Skyscraper' can be labeled as a guilt-free-film for this weekend. It is not a heavy-thinking film but has the strongest and most charming actor in the lead. Nothing anchors a movie better than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Fans will flock to the theatres just to see the beloved actor flex his muscle in the most intricate action-sequences in any film.
Summer is officially here. At least, that is what the early film releases are counting on this month. 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' hits the cinematic universe with a rush of adrenaline, action-packed sequences and an array of impressive and terrifying dinosaurs. The latter is a clear example of how far CGI technology is now versus the original film in 1993. The film's real stars are the dinosaurs. They look powerful and mighty on the IMAX screen too.
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The Oscar Short Film (Live Action) category is filled with surprising stories. One of them is 'Watu Watu/All of Us' a collaborative effort between the Hamburg Media School and Kenya based on a true story. The riveting tale is a reminder that people, no matter what religion, are still kind and human.
The category itself has an array of incredible films but Doueiri’s ‘The Insult’ might resonate the most with Oscar voters, and audiences alike, because it takes on the powerful meaning of words - which easily translate into different point of views. Even though the film can be seen as a Lebanese story, the dialogue and the circumstances may well fit into any culture or part of the world, as the director explains.
When it comes to the Short Film (Live Action) category there are many intelligent, poignant and very creative shorts. ‘The Eleven O’Clock’ by Derin Seale and Josh Lawson is a comedic masterpiece. The simple tagline might not be fair to fully describe the laugh-out-loud short. A psychiatrist desperately tries to help one of his patients who believes himself to be the doctor.
Everyone knows the big names and movies that have been nominated for the coveted golden statue. Whether you agree or disagree with the choices, one thing is for sure - sometimes the other categories offer better entertainment in a shorter amount of time. The Best Short Film (Animated) category for example has quite a selection of the genre to satisfy the pickiest of critics (myself included). Below the nominees (and prediction).