5 Films To Keep You're Eye On For the Oscars

5 Films To Keep You're Eye On For the Oscars

Early favourites for the 90th Academy Awards

After two consecutive seasons of movies that have proven to be sub-par at best, the run of movies between the 2017-2018 annum has proven to be a gold mine. From a sophisticated blend of comedy and horror amalgamated with the conception of "Get Out", to the auteuristic tour de force of "Dunkirk", Hollywood has taken a stand and reasserted itself to audiences and critics to show why cinema still sits at the zenith of motion picture entertainment. In the midst of Oscar season, Tinseltown shows know sign for letting up its onslaught. Here are five movies to keep your eye on as the 90th Academy Awards draw closer with each passing second, minute, hour and day.

5. "Dunkirk"

Depicting the ever famous evacuation from three perspectives: land, air, and sea, Christopher Nolan opted to rely very little on dialogue, resorting to cinematography and music to conceive a vast majority of his suspense. Sitting at a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems this creative decision paid off, with critics praising the film for its jaw-dropping visuals, direction, and writing. Amidst the flurry of being bombarded by rapturous reviews, it is currently being regarded as one of the greatest war films ever made, and Christopher Nolan's best movie to date.

4. "The Shape of Water"

Written and directed by horror and fairy tale specialist Guillermo del Toro, whose impressive credits include "The Hobbit" and "Pan's Labyrinth", "The Shape of Water" debuted at the Venice Film Festival, receiving universal acclaim. With critics and the audience singling out the film for del Toro's emotionally absorbing onscreen narrative which was brought to life with the help of an enthralling performance delivered on the count of Sally Hawkins. Having already won the Golden Lion Award, "The Shape of Water" will most certainly be a strong candidate to fill out its trophy cabinet with hardware glowing as bright as the prestige surrounding it.

3. "The Big Sick"

In a time where xenophobia seems to have taken hold of the American fabric, "The Big Sick" drew acclaim for its examination of cultural differences that come to pose challenges for an interracial couple. Loosely based on the lives of the film's writers Kumail Nanjini and Emily V. Gordan, a poll conducted by AwardsDaily, gathering consensus from 100 film critics, currently ranks "The Big Sick" as the second best movie of 2017, behind "Get Out". Grossing $53 million on a $5 million budget, it is also one of the highest grossing independent movies of the year.

2. "Get Out"

An odd, but a cohesive blend of horror and comedy, Jordan Peele's "Get Out" became an instant hit at the box office, accruing $235.4 million on a $4.5 million budget. Along with its state-of-the-art modern style, the film garnered praise from among the critical circles for its subtle, yet incisive examination of how racism continues to persevere in America. A theme that is not lost on moviegoers who remember the events of November 9, 2016. Set to compete at the Golden Globes in the comedy category, expect "Get Out" to be a major contender to rise to higher heights of prestige that will be up for grabs at Dolby Theatre in March.

1. "Lady Bird"

With the success of "Moonlight" and "Ghost Story", A24 is quickly ascending to the heights of cinematic dominance, and once again, has struck gold with "Lady Bird". Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her work on "Frances Ha", "Lady Bird" boasts a masterful blend of simple, but profoundly clever whit and lingering unpredictability capable of dragging its audience to the floor in a seizure of laughter with each passing scene. Powered by near flawless acting on the count of Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf who introduce a heartbreaking level of humanity that matches the script, don't be surprised to see Gerwig's masterpiece give the Oscars a run for its money.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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25 Non-Traditional Christmas Tunes To Get You Spreading Christmas Cheer

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!" ~Elf


Anyone who listens to Christmas music probably knows the traditional or more common tunes. Here are 25 tunes that are not as common, but still just as good, to add to your Christmas playlist.

1. Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy - Brad Paisley

2. Penguin, James Penguin - Brad Paisley

3. 364 Days to Go - Brad Paisley

4. Born on Christmas Day - Brad Paisley

5. Grown Up Christmas List - Kelly Clarkson

6. Thank God for Kids - Kenny Chesney

7. Silent Night (Lord of My Life) - Lady Antebellum

8. A Baby Changes Everything - Faith Hill

9. There's a New Kid in Town - Chris Young

10. I Was Young Once Too - Alabama

11. All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan - Kenny Chesney

12. Tennessee Christmas - Alabama

13. Christmas in Dixie - Alabama

14. Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas - The Robertsons 

15. Hairy Christmas - The Robertsons

16. Duck the Halls - The Robertsons

17. Camouflage and Christmas Lights - The Robertsons

18. Why I Love Christmas - The Robertsons

19. Angels Among Us - Alabama

20. Joseph and Mary's Boy - Alabama

21. The Man with the Bag - Kellie Pickler

22. Christmas in Heaven - Scotty McCreary

23. Christmas Comin' Round Again - Scotty McCreary

24. Christmas Cookies - George Strait

25. Where Are You, Christmas? - Faith Hill

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