Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hit Me With Your Best Shot : Atonement


Because this is THE moment. The moment Robbie (James McAvoy) falls deep in lust with Cecilia (Keira Knightley). That lust would lead to that filthy letter. The letter leads to that hot encounter in the library. That's what Briony (Saoirse Ronan) sees and misunderstands leading to the unravelling of all three lives.

And because Keira Knightly looks damn good wet.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Top Ten Movies of 2015



1- Carol

Palpable emotions dripping from every single frame. And what beautiful meticously constructed frames they are. Carol gives us the best acting duet of this year, maybe this decade, in Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.


2- Girlhood


3- 45 Years



4- Sicario

....for puting me in the thick of things and getting me as perplexed and scared as its lead character Kate Macer (Emily Blunt).

5- Brooklyn
... for the copious tears I shed and for translating the ache of homesicknes into film.


6- Tangerine


7- About Elly
The best emotional thriller of the year.
8- Macbeth
Shakespeare has never been this sexy.

9 -Diary of a Teenage Girl
........ and
10- Slow West
Introducing new confident filmmaking voices in Marielle Heller and John McLean.

Final Oscar Predictions

Best Picture
Winner: The Revenant
Alternate: The Big Short


Best Directing
Winner: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Alternate: Adam McKay, The Big Short


Best Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Alternate: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo


Best Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Alternate: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn


Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Alternate: Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight


Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Alternate: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs


Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner: Spotlight
Alternate: Straight Outta Compton


Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winner: The Big Short
Alternate: The Martian


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Best Animated Feature
Winner: Inside Out
Alternate: Anomalisa


Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: Son of Saul
Alternate: Mustang


Best Documentary Feature
Winner: Amy
Alternate: What Happened, Miss Simone?


Best Documentary Short
Winner: Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Alternate: Body Team 12


Best Short Film (Animated)
Winner: Sanjay's Super Team
Alternate: World of Tomorrow

Best Short Film (Live Action)
Winner: Shok
Alternate: Day One


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Best Music (Original Score)
Winner: The Hateful Eight
Alternate: Carol


Best Music (Original Song)
Winner: Til It Happens to You, The Hunting Ground
Alternate: Writing's On The Wall, Spectre


Best Film Editing
Winner: The Big Short
Alternate: Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Cinematography
Winner: The Revenant
Alternate: Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Art Direction
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
Alternate: The Revenant


Best Costume Design
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
Alternate: Carol


Best Makeup
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
Alternate: The Revenant


Best Sound Mixing
Winner: The Revenant
Alternate: Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Sound Editing
Winner: The Revenant
Alternate: Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Visual Effects
Winner: The Revenant
Alternate: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 Oscar Nominations Predictions

Carol. Carol. PLEASE.

My judegment might be cloudy this year because of my deep love for Carol.

(Will update tonight with more commentary).

Best Picture
01. The Big Short
02. Bridge of Spies
02. Brooklyn
04. Carol
05. Mad Max: Fury Road
06. The Martian
07. The Revenant
08. Room
09. Spotlight
10. Straight Outta Compton


Best Directing
01. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
02. Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
03. Adam McKay, The Big Short
04. George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
05. Ridley Scott, The Martian


Best Actor in a Leading Role
01. Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
02. Matt Damon, The Martian
03. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
04. Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
05. Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl


Best Actress in a Leading Role
01. Cate Blanchett, Carol
02. Brie Larson, Room
03. Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
04. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
05. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl


Best Actor in a Supporting Role
01. Christian Bale, The Big Short
02. Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
03. Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
04. Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
05. Sylvester Stallone, Creed


Best Actress in a Supporting Role
01. Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
02. Rooney Mara, Carol
03. Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
04. Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
05. Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs


Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
01. Bridge of Spies
02. Ex Machina
03. The Hateful Eight
04. Inside Out
05. Spotlight


Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
01. The Big Short
02. Brooklyn
03. Carol
04. Room
05. Steve Jobs


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Best Animated Feature
01. Anomalisa
02. Inside Out
03. The Good Dinosaur
04. The Peanuts Movie
05. Shaun The Sheep Movie


Best Foreign Language Film
01. The Brand New Testament
02. Mustang
03. Son of Saul
04. Theeb
05. Viva


Best Documentary Feature
01. Amy
02. Cartel Land
03. He Named Me Malala
04. The Hunting Ground
05. The Look of Silence


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Best Music (Original Score)
01. Bridge of Spies
02. Carol
03. The Hateful Eight
04. Spotlight
05. Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Music (Original Song)
01. See You Again, Furious 7
02. Til It Happens to You, The Hunting Ground
03. The Light That Never Fails, Meru
04. Writing's on the Wall, Spectre
05. Simple Song #3, Youth


Best Film Editing
01. The Big Short
02. Mad Max: Fury Road
03. The Martian
04. The Revenant
05. Spotlight


Best Cinematography
01. Carol
02. The Hateful Eight
03. Mad Max: Fury Road
04. The Revenant
05. Sicario


Best Art Direction
01. Bridge of Spies
02. Cinderella
03. The Martian
04. Mad Max: Fury Road
05. Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Costume Design
01. Carol
02. Cinderella
03. The Danish Girl
04. Trumbo
05. Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Makeup
01. Mr Holmes
02. Mad Max: Fury Road
03. The Revenant


Best Sound Mixing
01. Bridge of Spies
02. Mad Max: Fury Road
03. The Martian
04. The Revenant
05. Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Sound Editing
01. Mad Max: Fury Road
02. The Martian
03. The Revenant
04. Sicario
05. Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Visual Effects
01. Ant-Man
02. Mad Max: Fury Road
03. The Martian
04. The Revenant
05. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Golden Globe Predictions and Wishes



Happy Golden Globes day! I will love this year's edition no matter what because it gave us the headline "Carol Leads Golden Globes Nominations". As it should be.


Cate has three but I'm hoping for a fourth

My biggest wish - apart from couture, couture, couture - is that we get a lot of surprises. Hey Globes just embrace your inner star fuckery and vote for Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lawrence and throw this awards season unto more disarray.

Here are my predictions and wishes.

Best Motion Picture Drama
Winner: Spotlight
Alternate: Mad Max: Fury Road
My Wish: Carol

Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical)
Winner: The Big Short
Alternate: The Martian
My Wish : Spy.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Alternate: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
My Wish : None

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical)
Winner: Matt Damon, The Martian
Alternate: Christian Bale, The Big Short
My Wish : I guess Damon... I don't really care.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Alternate: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
My Wish : A tie between Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara for Carol

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical)
Winner: Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Alternate: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
My Wish : Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Alternate: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
My Wish : Paul Dano, Love and Mercy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Alternate: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
My Wish : Winslet or Jane Fonda (Youth). I want surprises, dammit!

Best Director
Winner: Ridley Scott, The Martian
Alternate: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
My Wish : Todd Haynes, Carol. Duh!

Best Screenplay
Winner: Spotlight
Alternate: The Big Short
My Wish : Carol is not nominated so whatever. Just not Quentin Tarantino, please.

Best Animated Feature Film
Winner: Inside Out
Alternate: Anomalisa
My Wish : Inside Out ie. the only nominated film I saw.

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: Son of Saul
Alternate: Mustang
My Wish : Mustang.

Best Original Score
Winner: Carol
Alternate: The Hateful Eight
My Wish : Carol

Best Original Song
Winner: One Kind of Love, Love and Mercy
Alternate: Writing's On the Wall, Spectre
My Wish : Any really as long as it's not the dreadful Spectre theme. How did that get nominated?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Guillermo Del Toro tries being Bronte



Visually Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak is a big sumptuous meal. So visually full at all times that it masquerades a thin plot and uninteresting lead character and almosts gets away with fooling us into thinking it a great film. Jessica Chastain full on Mrs Danvers mode might be the best part. Read my full review at The Film Experience.