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Top 10 Failed Oscar-Bait Movies of 2017

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

There used to be a time when you could spot a Best Picture nominee from a mile off. Big studios, big names and big dramas were usually a shoe in, and yet in recent years the Academy’s nominations have been far harder to predict.

Last year a low budget independent drama took home the big prize. And so it looks as though the Academy is diversifying, and it may well be time for the studios to reconsider their big bets.

With that in mind there are an excess of films that didn’t meet the expectations of their initial hype and failed to catch the attention of the Academy. Whether they didn’t meet the mark critically, financially or just didn’t capture the voters’ imaginations, the following films had all the makings of an Oscar nominee but just didn’t gain the all-important nomination.

10. Last Flag Flying (Directed by Richard Linklater)

Larry, Sal and Richard served together in the Vietnam War. Thirty years later they come together again, but this time it is to bury the son of Larry – a young Marine who has been killed in Iraq. The three friends decide to take the casket on a road trip along the coast to New Hampshire, where they relive their memories of fighting together and reminisce on the war that continues to shape their lives.

Last Flag Flying is based upon Darryl Ponicsan’s novel of the same name, and he and director Richard Linklater wrote the screenplay for the film together. Academy Award nominees Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston were cast and there were expectations that between the strong casting, Linklater’s vision and the film’s current subject matter, Last Flag Flying would catch the attention of the Academy. The film had its premiere at the 2017 New York → continue…

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The 10 Best LGBT Movies of 2017

By Cristian Mois

2017 has undoubtedly been a banner year for queer cinema. Rarely has a single year boasted queer stories so great and LGBTQ characters so diverse and so realistic as this past year.

The Sundance film festival kicked things off in January by premiering a handful of LGBTQ films that made waves all throughout the year. The following month, buoyed by ‘Moonlight’ winning Best Picture, queer cinema went full speed ahead and gave us a year like no other, with a varied selection of films from all corners of the world.

This list takes a look at some of the most important LGBTQ films of the past year. Films that have broken boundaries, earned critical acclaim, awards and even pierced through the mainstream and became bonafide box office successes, genre pieces with authentic queer characters or understated indie movies putting a unique spin on a more traditional story.

10. Women Who Kill (dir. Ingrid Jungermann)

Although they’ve broken up, Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann) and Jean (Ann Carr) still maintain a working relationship as co-hosts of ‘Women Who Kill’, a podcast revolving female serial killers. When Morgan begins dating the mysterious Simone (Sheila Vand), the true crime aficionados let their suspicions run rampant as they start believing that Simone may have more in common with their favourite podcast subjects than they think.

Morgan’s own insecurities and specifically her fear of commitment are exacerbated throughout the film as her own paranoia takes over. This darkly comedic spin on modern love delights through its dry humour and wit.

The script is full of macabre little gems, like the sponsor of their podcast being a hardware store advertised as a one stop shop for everyone looking to get a dead body off their hands or the film starting off with Morgan and Jean arguing over which → continue…

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5 Reasons Why “Frances Ha” is One of The Best Indie Movies of The 2010s

By Hannah Sayer

Greta Gerwig has had quite a year. Her solo directorial debut Lady Bird (2017) became the best reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes history while passing last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight (2016) to become A24’s highest grossing film. Gerwig has also made history by becoming only the fifth woman ever to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, where she was also nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category.

Reflecting on this pivotal and groundbreaking moment in Gerwig’s career, it is the perfect opportunity to revisit the film she co-wrote with her frequent collaborator and real life partner, director Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha (2012). Gerwig plays the titular role in the film: a twenty-something woman living in New York whose ambition it is to become a dancer.

It is easy to fall in love with the infectious and endearing spirit captured in Frances Ha. It is an absolute joy from start to finish. Repeat viewings of the film, which at first could be dismissed as light and cliché, reinforce the complex character study which Gerwig and Baumbach have created. The film is about friendship, love, being young and having ambitions but it also explores themes of loneliness, failure and betrayal.

This list will demonstrate the ways in which Frances Ha is successfully crafted and how this makes it one of the best independent films of the 2010s.

5. New York, New York

From Manhattan (1979) to the HBO series Girls (2012-2017), New York has become a city regularly captured in film and television. In Frances Ha, New York becomes an integral part of Frances’ narrative as she struggles to stay afloat in the city.

There is a real sense of New York as being essential to Frances’ story. The way the city is captured on screen means that → continue…

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