Iron Fist Season One Review: I Don’t Have A Good Pun To Tell You To Skip It (If You Haven’t Decided To Already)

Posted by Matthew on March 28, 2017
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I finally finished watching the first season of Marvel’s latest Netflix series Iron Fist. Spoiler alert: it is not a good show.

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A Few Thoughts on the Craziest Oscars I Can Remember

Posted by Matthew on February 27, 2017
Editorial, Television / 1 Comment

The 89th Annual Academy Awards took place last night. It was an … interesting show. While Simon and I live-blogged the whole thing I have a few follow-up thoughts on the spectacle.

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89th Academy Awards Liveblog!

Posted by Matthew on February 26, 2017
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Greetings all! Tonight is the night of the 89th Annual Academy Awards and for the sixth year we will be live blogging the night! We’ll be posting some updates to twitter but the bulk of it will be right here.

We’ll be updating the winners below, and here are Matt’s predictions.

The show starts in 40 minutes, we’ll see you then!

The Winners:

  • Best Picture: Moonlight La La Land
  • Best Director: Damien Chazelle for Moonlight.
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone in La La Land
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Fences
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McRaney for Moonlight
  • Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Iran)
  • Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
  • Best Animated Short: Piper
  • Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made In America
  • Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
  • Best Live Action Short: Sing
  • Best Cinematography: La La Land
  • Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
  • Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Best Production Design: La La Land
  • Best Original Song: City of Stars from La La Land
  • Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
  • Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Best Sound Editing: Arrival
  • Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

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The Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked, 2016 Catch Up Edition

Posted by Matthew on February 17, 2017
Editorial, Movies / 1 Comment

We’re continuing to shake off the dust around here at Awesome Friday HQ, and one easy way to do that is to update the Marvel Fanboy Marvel Cinematic Universe Rankings. Last year there were two additions to the canon of films, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. Each were good, but where do they fit? Let’s take a look.

Last time I did this I grouped the films into three categories, this time I’m doing a straight up ranking. Feel free to agree or disagree with me. In fact, I encourage it.

Now let’s get to it.

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Matt’s 2017 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

Posted by Matthew on February 15, 2017
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The Academy Awards are upon us once again. It’s easy to be cynical about the Oscars, whether it’s because your favourite films never win or because of the endless campaigning, or because it’s, or because of the whole “rich people giving each other statues” thing, but I still kinda like them.

This year the nominees are mostly good, so here they all are along with some thoughts, opinions, and a prediction or two.

The Oscars are being held on the 26th of February. Join us on the day for our 6th annual liveblog of the ceremony!

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Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Posted by Simon on February 11, 2017
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John Wick was a low-budget passion project that was fuelled by Keanu Reeves’ singular focus, reinvigorating his career in the process. So what happens when you take its unique style and add sequel money? Exactly what you’d think. John Wick: Chapter 2 takes what came before and expands in almost every direction, and creates some spectacular moments in the process. The problem, though, is that John Wick now wants to be a franchise, and its increased focus on worldbuilding isn’t entirely successful.

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Matt’s Not-Quite Best 12 Movies of 2016

Posted by Matthew on January 06, 2017
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2016 was a good year for film, and anyone who tells you different didn’t see very many films. I’ve already posted my best films of 2016, but there were plenty more films that didn’t make my best of list that you should definitely make the time to see.

So then, let’s take a look at the not-quite best of 2016, presented here in alphabetical order.

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Matt’s 12 Best Movies of 2016

Posted by Matthew on December 31, 2016
Editorial, Movies / 1 Comment

Hello.

2016 has been conspicuous by our absence. It’s been a hell of a year, one with many ups and many many downs. It’d be easy to say that the downs of 2016 were to blame for the lack of writing here, that the year was just so shit that I couldn’t take it anymore. That’s definitely not the case though as for me personally it’s actually been a pretty great year. It’s the good stuff that has kept me from writing.

I don’t even know where to start with the cultural icons we’ve lost this year. I can’t eulogize them all and even if I did, what more could I say? I could tell you the stories of why Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are equally important in my headcannon (and I might yet) but in the end it just hasn’t felt like my place.

One thing I can tell you about this year though is that despite all the shit it has been a great year for cinema. So much so that when it came time to figure out my top ten films of the year I couldn’t get the list lower than 12 (and I narrowed it from nearly twice that number).

So, in an effort to get going again, let’s close out this year with the 12 best movies of the year according to yours truly. These are presented in no particular order, except for the two that truly stand out as the best of the year.

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Simon’s Best Games and Movies of 2016

Posted by Simon on December 30, 2016
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Hello.

2016 has been conspicuous by our absence. It almost seems strange that, in a year where everything went wrong, with so many adored artists and creators being whisked off to the afterlife, the events of the last twelve months have barely been registered on Awesome Friday.

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Review: SUPERHOT (Xbox One, PC)

Posted by Simon on May 13, 2016
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Lukewarm.

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2016 Academy Awards Liveblog

Posted by Matthew on February 28, 2016
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Is the 88th Annual Academy Awards, and the 5th Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog! Newer updates are at the top!

Winners so Far: (y or n for my predictions)

  • Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight (y)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short (y)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (n)
  • Best Costume Design: Mad Max (n)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Production Design: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (y)
  • Best Editing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Sound Editing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina (n)
  • Best Animated Short: Bear Story (-)
  • Best Animated Feature: Inside Out (y)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (n)
  • Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River (-)
  • Best Documentary Feature: Amy (y)
  • Best Live Action Short: Stutterer (-)
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (-)
  • Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone (y)
  • Best Original Song: The Writing’s On The Wall (n)
  • Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (y)
  • Best Actress: Brie Larson (y)
  • Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (y)
  • Best Picture: Spotlight (n)

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Matt’s Oscar Predictions

Posted by Matthew on February 28, 2016
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The Oscars are tonight and as usual we’ll be live blogging them! Just so they’re on the record ahead of time here are my predictions for each category.

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Here’s The New Trailer for Suicide Squad

Posted by Simon on January 19, 2016
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Hi boys!

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Ten More From 2015 You Should Totally See

Posted by Matthew on January 08, 2016
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2015 was a good year! I already told you my ten favourite films from 2015 but those ten were hard to choose. My first pass over the list of movies I saw resulted in 25 candidates for the top ten, 15 of which were ultimately cut. So rather than make a worst of list like I have in previous years (Pixels was the worst film of last year, no others need be mentioned) I’d rather tell you about ten more you totally should see. So let’s do that.

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Awesome Friday 2015 in Review Podcast!

Posted by Matthew on January 06, 2016
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Holy shit it’s been a year! We’re back with a year in review podcast episode where we dive head first into Star Wars, Creed, Mad Max, Spectre, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3!

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