This week, Microsoft released CaptionBot, the company’s attempt at showcasing the capabilities of Microsoft Cognitive Services. The promise and potential of CaptionBot is immense. By using natural language capabilities and image recognition software, CaptionBot can analyze any image and tell you what is happening within. CaptionBot joins How Old Do I Look? and What Dog? as Microsoft bots that have gained some amount of viral notoriety over the past couple years.
While CaptionBot can sometimes be startlingly accurate, it is clear there are still a few kinks to work out. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would analyze still images from some of the best films of 2015. The results are mostly bizarre, often hilarious, and sometimes profound. Note: All of the following captions were created by uploading images straight to CaptionBot.
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When you head to the movie theater, and a title card tells you that it’s “based on a true story” before the movie starts, you’re right to be skeptical about how much you’re seeing actually happened. Plenty of movies aim to tell the story of something that really happened, but embellish certain moments, combine multiple people into a single character, or just create scenarios that never took place.
Well, if you’re one of those people who want to know just how much of a movie is true, then we have just the website for you. Information Is Beautiful is taking certain movies and breaking them down scene by scene in an easy-to-navigate timeline to tell you just how accurate a movie is when compared to the true story. You can even check the facts on last night’s Best Picture winner with a Spotlight accuracy timeline. Check it out. Read More »
On Saturday evening, Film Independent revealed the winners for the 2016 Indie Spirit Awards, the much cooler cousin that everyone wishes the Oscars would take some notes from for future reference. Much like last year, one of the Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards ended up taking the top prize with Spotlight winning Best Feature, not to mention a prize for the film’s director Tom McCarthy, who also got a prize along with Josh Singer for the film’s script. Could that be good news for some Oscar love tomorrow night? Only time will tell.
Get the rest of the 2016 Independent Spirit Award winners after the jump. Read More »
This Sunday Tom McCarthy‘s chances of winning an Academy Award are high. Not only is Spotlight probably going to win Best Picture, McCarthy and co-writer Josh Stinger are destined to win Best Original Screenplay for their tautly written drama. It’s a great year for Tom McCarthy, even when you take into account The Cobbler‘s toxic reception. Following a massively success year, the writer-director will next collaborate with Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.
Learn more about the project below.
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Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 88th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and this looks to be one of the most contentious ceremonies in years. There are no clear frontrunners in more than a few categories and many of the major nominees have as many detractors as they do boosters. For those who take an interest in awards season, it’s a rollercoaster. A glorious, insane, and frequently infuriating rollercoaster.
And while we here at /Film are not professional awards prognosticators, we are going to dive into this race head-on like the spirited amateurs that we are. We have put aside what we want to win and and have started focusing on what we think will win (which is easier said than done, because we’re team Mad Mad: Fury Road around these parts). We’re going to predict this year’s winners – and whoever gets the most right is going to win a shiny non-prize.
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The Oscars are about a month away, but this past weekend the Screen Actors Guild handed out the awards to their fellow members for some fine work in motion pictures. And the major award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture being given to Spotlight shakes up the frontrunner for the Oscar race a little bit after The Big Short won the PGA Award recently. Both are key awards in the road to winning Best Picture, so it’s anybody’s guess as to how Oscar night will go.
Otherwise, on the motion picture side of things, the leading actor awards were a repeat of the Golden Globes with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson walking away with awards for The Revenant and Room respectively. But the big winner was diversity with plenty of black actors walking away with some big awards.
For the whole list of 2016 SAG Awards winners in film and television, hit the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Critics’ Choice Awards don’t always reflect what eventually goes down at the Academy Awards, but they reflect it just often enough to go under the microscope of hungry awards season analysts. If this year’s winners do predict the big winners at the Oscars next month, it’s awfully hard to argue with these picks. Mad Max: Fury Road swept through the awards, snatching technical wins left and right. However, Spotlight nabbed a handful of top prizes, including Best Picture.
Let’s dive into some minor analysis before we get to the complete list of winners.
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by David Chen
David, Jeff, and Angie Han discuss this year’s Oscar nominations and Golden Globe awards. Be sure to read the nominations at /Film, what the biggest snubs were, what a completely nonwhite set of acting nominees would look like, and whether or not Leo screamed and cried good enough.
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This morning brought the always debatable Academy Award nominations for the year in film that was 2015. We’ve already run through the disappointing side of this year’s selections by pointing out those who were snubbed, but now we’d like to look on the lighter side and point out some of the surprises, especially Mad Max: Fury Road finding glory with no fewer than 10 nominations. So let’s check out the 2016 Oscars surprises after the jump! Read More »