Category: Romance

Who will win best picture at the Oscars 2019

The lead up to the 2019 Oscars is in full swing with it expected to be a ferocious battle over who will win the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture. As expected, several front runners are generating buzz. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 347 films qualify to be nominated. However, only ten films will be nominated, and that is what makes it such an important part of the Oscars.

The 91st Oscars, the Oscar parties, the Red Carpet and awards ceremony will take place on the 24th of February. For movie buffs, it is the perfect time to tap into your knowledge of 2018’s best movies and which will get an Oscar nod as well as win the golden statue. The Oscars are one of the biggest events in the year for Oscar betting, and predictions on who will win and where best to place bets on the Oscars and this year’s nominees is a hotly contested subject 

While there are many top contenders for the Best Picture nomination, we look at the top four and what makes them worthy of the prestigious Best Picture award. Read on and discover what makes each a top contender.

A Star is Born

A Star is Born is one of the hot favorites at the 2019 Oscar to win Best Picture, and as the current front-runner, it does deserve all the attention it receives. The film offers everything a moviegoer wants including superb acting, and there is plenty more part of this film to make the audience go Gaga. It remains the film to beat at the box office as well as at the bookies, and I’m willing to predict that it is likely to take quite a few golden Oscar statues, which includes Bradley Cooper as Best Director and Lady Gaga for Best Actress odds. In addition to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliot has strong odds of winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Black Panther

The Black Panther is expected to get the second highest number of nominations including Best Picture. It is also anticipated to get Oscar nods for Best Song, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design. It follows closely behind “A Star is Born”, but whether it stands favourably with voters is anyone’s guess. In the past, movies that predominantly feature black actors, have seen a certain degree of bias. However, it is expected to see a nod for Best Picture, a feat that many other movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe failed to achieve.

Bohemian Rhapsody

When it comes to Oscar betting, the contenders for best picture is always particularly interesting, and Bohemian Rhapsody is bound to be another strong competitor at the bookies. Based on the legendary rock band Queen and directed by Bryan Singer, it focuses especially on the life of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek could very possibly win Best Actor. Bohemian Rhapsody is also a safe bet when it comes to betting on it to win Best Picture with odds showing it a serious contender.  Rami Malek is also showing favourable odds for Best Actor.

Green Book

Green Brook, directed by directed by Peter Farrelly, is based around an African American pianist as he travels around the American south with his Italian American driver/bodyguard. Having already won an award at the Toronto Film Festival, it was though that its opportunity of being nominated for the Best Picture category at the Oscars was limited due to its accuracy and representation of racism and the use of the “N” word within the film. Despite this, the movie proves that films of this nature can be produced and received by audiences who respect its relevance in history.

There is little doubt that each of those mentioned above are worthy of winning the Best Picture at this year’s Award show, but as with all award shows, only one will win which is what drives prediction analysts setting odds based on its overall popularity, ticket sales, value as a film and the quality of directing and acting.

This Time the Film Cast Head Down the Aisle in Five Weddings and a Funeral


Hugh Grant and the rest of the Four Weddings and a Funeral cast reunited recently as this time he is a grey-haired man and the father of the bride. It is difficult to believe it is twenty-five years after the original film was made and this time Richard Curtis is producing a follow-up for one main reason and that is to contribute towards Red Nose Day.

What We Discovered Up to Now

Some of the pictures available currently, from the film set show Lily James in a bridal gown and Hugh Grant as the very proud father of the bride. At the end of the first film, Grant seen as Charles was a happily unmarried lad and had a baby with Carrie played by Andie MacDowell. While everyone is already counting down the days to another helping of truly amazing humour, Carrie or MacDowell was spotted in Islington during a film shoot at the church and during this shoot in the north of London others at the church included Duckface played by Anna Chancellor, the vicar played by Rowan Atkinson and Matthew played by John Hannah was also part of the same scene.

What makes it all interesting is that Kristine Scott Thomas was there too and is most remembered for her role in the previous film as the aristocratic Fiona. Her love in the 1994 film for Charles was unrequited, but there is hope as Emma Freud shared a photo from the set where Scott Thomas and Grant appear to share a very intimate moment and the caption indicates that it was quite a kiss.

Five Weddings and a Funeral

The line-up of actors that were present in the first film and again in the second is the boorish drunk played by Rupert Vansittart, as well as the unfortunate husband discovering all about the unfaithfulness of his wife, Simon Kunz. One of the cast members that will be missed no matter who replaces her is Scarlet played previously by Charlotte Coleman, she, unfortunately, died in 2001 after an acute asthma attack and was Grant’s flatmate in the first film. Other cast members back for the second film also includes David Bower, Sara Crowne, Sophie Thompson, David Haig and Mike Newell is back as the director. The vicar is played by Rowan Atkinson and as Curtis puts it, everyone is older but most certainly no wiser when it comes to the characters.

What fans can expect is that everyone will meet this time to celebrate the fifth wedding, and as with the first, not all that is planned to go as intended. The first film called Four Wedding and a Funeral massively increased the international success of Grant and Curtis. The whole film was shot in only thirty-six days and Mike Newell was in a blind panic. Hugh Grant was the 72nd actor who auditioned for the lead and got the part as he was the only one that made it seem funny.

Follow the Footsteps of Harry Potter

Everyone is familiar with the range of Harry Potter books turned into mega box office films, which entertained fans non-stop for an entire decade. Yet the fans still can’t get enough of the school of wizardry and thousands are keen to take the Harry Potter studio tours.

The range of films that kept fans entertained across ten years is based on the novels, of which the first was released in 2001 titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Thousands counted the days until the release of the second film in 2002 titled Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The next film in the series was released two years later in 2004 and was titled

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Then only a year later it was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hit movie theatres across the globe in 2005, while the next instalment was only released in 2007, this time titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince offering fans 2hours and 34 minutes of action in 2009. The two latest Harry Potter releases include the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 screened in 2010 and 2011.

The four most fan-visited places in London


Rich with Harry Potter themed places and activities to unbridled the inner wizard in every visitor, while the official studio guided tour takes fans on a visit to potion making and mixing cocktail bars and wizard-themed hotel rooms.

If you are a keen fan of Potter, then you’ll find London a magical destination, the official Harry Potter tour started in 2012 and enables all visitors to step onto the sets used in some of the films when the Diagon Alley, Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest was used.

The whole experience part of the Potion Room is themed and structured like the alchemy class showed in the films, it’s like wizardry and every guest gets a magic wand and wears a cloak. The experience includes creating an edible and/or drinkable potion, which is served as part of a tray filled with savory items or a tray covered in sweet treats.

Hotel rooms referred to as Wizard Chambers, in London the Georgian House Hotel offers a few rooms inspired by the range of popular Harry Potter books. Booking one of the rooms provides stayers to enjoy a night at Hogwarts! Each of the themed rooms features cauldrons, stone walls, stained glass windows and artifacts to ensure the whole experience has a Harry Potter feel to it.

To ensure the experience is as real as it gets, you could go for a night cup at the Wizarding bar called the Cauldron, it’s the bar every fantasy book devotee dreams off, all guests have to dress up in the robes and then receives a cauldron and they get to experiment and mix their own drinks.

Set It Up

Set It Up

 

A 2018 romance/comedy of the Corporate world, two Personal Assistants (PAs) hatch a plan to set their bosses up so that they could gain free time for themselves. Being PAs to high-powered bosses, regularly entailed them having to work for horrendous ours and being prepared, one step ahead of their bosses at all times, which they never really were. They did learn the intimate likes and dislikes of their bosses however, and could predict their moves, which was how they were able to strategically concoct a plan to have them meet and date.

The movie portrays the reality of some members of society today. Women are so caught up in their job that they fail to form a tight bond with a partner who they consider to be good enough for them. Men on the other hand, are always seeking an opportunity to take revenge, treating women as though they are possessions for them to acquire and do not bother to take the time to understand their feelings. Having a PA to some corporate bosses means that they do not have to remember such insignificant details, or what they consider to be insignificant, which is really very significant to maintain their relationships.

Harper is the PA to a pioneering sports reporter, Kristen, and wishes that she could learn enough from her to write her own articles. Charlie is the PA of Rick, a nutty venture capitalist executive, and hopes to climb the corporate ladder to a cushy Analyst role in the company. Using their knowledge, the PAs get their bosses to meet in the most uncanny situations that force them to come together, and then send each of them gifts, making them believe that they both shared a mutual interest in each other. The two PAs enjoy their own life, Harper finally dating someone and Rick finally having enough time to spend with his girlfriend.

Kristen, a boss who walks her floor with a speaker phone, becomes very friendly and charming to deal with when things are going well with her love-life but soon returns to square one when things go awry. Rick however, two-times Kristen by secretly having an affair with his ex. Which literally makes no sense because he and Kristen decide to get married. Harper finds out tells her boss the truth, only to be fired and her boss refusing to budge. A couple years senior to Harper, Charlie discovers his human empathy a lot later than her, resulting in him finally standing up to his boss and quitting his job.

The story itself is very predictable, and it is not a movie that you would swoon over. From the course of events that unfolds, you can easily see that the PAs, Harper and Charlie, end up falling for each other. It does however, please the fans of this genre as they get their happy ending and familiar, yet enjoyable experience. This movie is a step in the revival of romance comedies that provide comfort food to its fans.

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding is a tale about true events, portrayed as a romantic comedy about an Muslim-Iraqi boy living in Australia. It starts off with Ali riding a tractor through a vineyard while being chased by the police, which is the basis of the story, why was Ali on the tractor. This movie reveals the situation of immigrants who went through war and poverty before they settled in Australia, where the children were either required to study well and become doctors, or, if not, they become taxi drivers. Needless to say, you may have to watch the movie a second time to grasp that it is a true story and not a make-believe comedy.

There are many elements in this story that are important and still happening today. The first element is the society. Ali was clearly loved by his community as was his father who was the cleric at the mosque. However, pressured by society, Ali lied about scoring high on his entrance exam for Medical University and even agreed to an arranged marriage, informally. The lie caused him to attend Medical University, unenrolled, for an entire year and the latter situation almost cost him his true love. Throughout the entire movie, Ali was not sure about anything, except the fact that he was in-love with an Egyptian-Lebanese-Australian girl named Dianne.

In Muslim culture, it was frowned upon to have females mingle with boys and most girls were denied a proper education because of this. Dianne was brilliant in her studies, scoring the highest percentile in their community on the Medical University entrance exam. Ali, who was admired by all and expected to do well, scored the lowest in the community. Ali influenced the father of Dianne to send her to University, promising that he would keep an eye on her. They became close and did not want their relationship to be wrong in the eyes of God so they performed a temporary marriage for a stipulated time, unbeknownst to their family. This is a common occurrence in the Muslim world even today.

Dianne however, did not know that Ali would be engaged to another and Ali, not wanting to hurt his parents, he did not come out and tell them no. He mentioned Dianne indirectly to his mother but when she refused to see things Ali’s way, he dropped the topic and continued with the two relationships. Ali’s father composed a comedy-play centered around Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq who caused them to flee the country. The group got invited to the United States (US) to perform but as soon as they landed, they were interrogated and deported back to Australia. Feeling downtrodden because his plan to live in the US and send for Dianne, had failed, was increased when he arrived home to find that his lie had been revealed.

In addition to Ali having to apologize to the community, his secret affair with Dianne was exposed. I would not give away the rest of the movie but it is a refreshing movie, not based upon the violence and war that is happening in the Muslim world today.