Monthly Archives: January 2016

Review – The Big Short

Here is our review of The Big Short. The film stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling. It is directed by Adam McKay and is nominated for 5 Academy Awards.
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Oscar Buzz


With the 88th Academy Awards coming up we wanted to give you our thoughts and expectations for the big event. We also wanted to talk about the huge controversy that is #OscarsSoWhite #Oscars

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Oscar Nominations Announced



The 88th Academy Awards Nominations were released today.  Here they are:

Best Picture:

  1. The Revenant
  2. Spotlight
  3. Bridge of Spies
  4. The Martian
  5. The Big Short
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road
  8. Room

Best Actor:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Actor In A Supporting Role:

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, The Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Actress In A Supporting Role:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander. The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Animated Film:

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shawn the Sheep Movie
When Marley Was There

Best Director:

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max
Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Cinematography:

The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Costume:

Danish Girl
Mad Max
The Revenant

Best Editing:

The Big Short
Mad Max
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup:

The Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Song:

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey, Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction, Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from Youth, Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre, Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Score:

Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Best Production Design:

Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
The Danish Girl,  Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: HamishPurdy

Best Sound Editing:

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing:

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian, Paul Massey
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects:

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Writing Adapted:

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn, Screenplay by Nick Hornby
Carol, Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Room, Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Best Writing Original:

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina, Written by Alex Garland
Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

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Most Anticipated Movies 2016


Here is our list for the most anticipated films of 2016. We didn’t bother putting it in order. It’s just the movies we can’t wait to see this year. Enjoy!

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Episode 18 – 1/7/16


Happy New Year from Blackjack Movies!!

We are here once again bringing you the weekly episode of the Blackjack Movies Podcast. We talk box off results for the week , and how huge the numbers are for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars Dominates Box Office Again


By: Pat Hilke

As Star Wars: The Force Awakens entered its third weekend, the question wasn’t if the film would be first in the box office, but how much could the movie make in the weekend? That question was answered to an overwhelming number, $88.3 million.  The Force Awakens has now made $740.2 million domestically and $1.5 billion worldwide. At the time of this article, the movie only sits behind Avatar by $20.3 million for the biggest domestic picture ever made. The new question is whether Star Wars: The Force Awakens can get to Avatar’s worldwide total of $2.78 billion. The answer may lie in China where the film has yet to open (Jan. 9th). For now, Disney/Lucasfilm have to be ecstatic over the audience and critical fare that The Force Awakens has garnered.

There were other movies this week as well, and some did far better than most thought possible. For the second straight week, the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg film, Daddy’s Home, came in second place with a total of $29.2 million. That brings the two week total overall to $93.8 million. In third place, the Quentin Tarantino directed, The Hateful Eight, made $15.8 million after expanding to almost 2,500 theaters. In forth, dropping only 10% was Sisters. The Amy Poehler and Tina Fey vehicle came up with $12.7 million and has made $62.8 million after coming out the same week as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lastly, in fifth place was another movie that came out with Star Wars, and that was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, which made an additional $11.8 million for a three week total of $67.3 million.

Box Office Results:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $88.3 M
  2. Daddy’s Home $29.2 M
  3. The Hateful Eight $15.8 M
  4. Sisters $12.7 M
  5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $11.8 M