Are you skating with the pros or sleeping with the fishes? Holly Wilson is here with your monthly Impact horoscope instalment and much needed advice on what you should watch next.
Aries (March 21- April 19): I, Tonya
Find yourself contemplating smashing someone’s knee in so you can go to the Olympics? Well, you’re not the first! I, Tonya puts the 90s figure skating scandal into the front line of film, accompanied with a classic rock soundtrack and badass charm. Channel your taste for determination and acid sense of humour into this amazing Oscar nominee, and enjoy Margot Robbie’s disco ice moves.
Nominated for: Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Film Editing
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Call Me By Your Name
As a hopeless romantic with a penchant for sadness, Call Me By Your Name is the go-to film of this Oscar season. Everything about the sun-bleached setting and Sufjan Stephen’s accompanying music will draw out your indulgent sense of devotion. On top of everyone in this film being beautiful, the sets are also to die for.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actor, Adapted Screenplay
Gemini (May 21- June 20): Get Out
Want your basic horror thrills elevated to the next level whilst still hitting hard with social commentary? Look no further. Focusing on the meeting between a young African-American man and his new white girlfriend’s family, Get Out quickly escalates into a nightmare of a “meet the parents” situation. Eyeballed to be a modern classic, don’t miss out on the experience of Get Out.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actor, Director, Original Screenplay
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Baby Driver
Edgar Wright’s latest feature film is an amazing experience in the art of sound design and directorial capability. It has all the humour of Shaun of the Dead and the quick hits iconic to Wright. The music will stick with you for days, and the stylised look of the film stands out from the crowd. Should you wish to see the original idea of the film (which cameos in the running time) check out Blue Song by Mint Royale.
Nominated for: Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing
Leo (July 23 – August 22): Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards is another one of these Oscar Nominations which will probably stick around as a classic for years to come. It’s power and message are so poignant, and it has provided a mode of protest that has been adopted by many causes in the months following its release. It straddles the gap between serious and comedy, with taints of In Bruges as well as clear social critique that makes it a really indulgent watch.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Original Score
Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Loving Vincent
Loving Vincent was a massive feat of animation, a style chosen to capture the artistic nature of its central character Vincent Van Gogh. It is a beautiful look into the world of the painter and a loving homage to his best paintings. With an amazing cast and a unique style, this is a film you wouldn’t want to miss.
Nominated for: Animated Feature
Libra (September 23 – October 22): The Florida Project
A film that is both beautiful and deals with the rougher side of American life? Perfect! This film has been praised for its unique way of dealing with deeper themes of poverty, as it presents them all from the point of view of a child called Moonee. Celebrating childhood whilst also showing the flaws in modern society, it’s a bittersweet adventure into innocence.
Nominated for: Supporting Actor
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Phantom Thread
Everyone knows that you tread the weird middle ground of aesthetically focus and weirdly kinky. This film may present to you every relationship you are destined to have. Get swept away by the dramatic sweeping score and the twirling 50s gowns, and then thoroughly confused and sucked in by the core relationship of the story.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Original Score, Costume Design
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan heads this amazing coming of age film, with a beautiful look and a stellar soundtrack. This film will appeal to your stubborn nature, as well as your humour, as it follows the relationship between mother and daughter and the struggles that it can involve.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Director, Original Screenplay
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Dunkirk
The latest film from Christopher Nolan is not for the weak hearted, with its graphic portrayals of war accompanied by a gruelling pace emphasised by clever sound design. You’ll find your heart racing even in the slower beats of this 2hr display of technical merit, and will also enjoy trying to work out where you’ve seen that face before with its all star cast.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Original Score
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Coco
Disney’s latest animated feature covers heritage and family, as well as the dead. Everything within the frame of the film is stunning, and you can find yourself falling into the world of the deceased with every second. The music is also so enchanting, so it is no surprise that it won best original song at the Oscars this year. Coco is a bittersweet romp that is perfect to be watched on a Sunday afternoon now Easter has hit.
Nominated for: Animated Feature, Original Song
Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Shape of Water
The shining star of the Oscar season, Shape of Water is the perfect film for a Pisces such as yourself as it captures a feeling of escapism mixed with romance that you crave at the cinema. Don’t be put off by all the strange tie-in products and the questionable implication of bestiality, the magical realism and amazing original soundtrack makes all that of little importance.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Original Score, Costume Design
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