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.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

A gushing fan moment with Cate Blanchett

Everybody I know knows how much I love Cate Blanchett. They have also heard me babble incessantly about Carol for more than 3 years now. Still I thought I was a functioning human being who can get up and ask a simple question at a festival screening. Turns out that’s not the case.


My long weekend of Carol events at the New York Film Festival started Wednesday night with a talk with Ed Lachman. He was articulate and eloquent. The most interesting tidbit to me however was that he mentioned that in addition to the screenplay, Todd Haynes presents his cast and crew with a “lookbook” that illustrates how he envisions almost every frame in the movie. A storyboard of sorts I guessed.


The anecdote was on my mind all through the standby line for Friday’s premiere, even as I waited in the soaking rain. I thought about it while I watched Todd Haynes being interviewed Saturday morning. It stayed vivid in my mind because every frame of the movie drips with meticulous beauty. By the time I got to seeing the movie for the second time in less than 24 hours it was crystallized into a question for Cate about the beautiful way she posed and was framed in the movie and if these lookbooks helped her performance.


So when the time came for the Q and A, I asked her. I thought going on about Lachman and lookbooks would be too much so I decided to edit. Or maybe I just got lost in the moment and completely lost my train of thought. Here is what I think I said:


My question is for Cate. The performance is emotional and moving. Just everything. But I wanted to ask about the look and the pose. In every frame, it’s  just perfection. How did you manage that?


The moderator Amy Taubin paraphrased it as “how did you manage to be perfect in every frame?” Which let’s face it, is probably what I meant anyway. Taubin knows a fan when she sees one.


The moment became hilarious. The Alice Tully Hall audience erupted into laughter and applause. Even Haynes almost fell out of his seat laughing. Cate, I think, was a bit embarrassed by my effusing love for her performance. Still she managed to be as generous as she always is and deferred the credit to her fellow actor saying “It was all in the gaze, looking into Rooney’s eyes”. And after a beat said a very sweet and short “but thank you” to me.

If you’ve seen the movie you probably got what I meant. And look at the way she's posing in these photos. She is perfect. And that moment of utterly embarrassing myself is one I will treasure.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Busy away with Marion Cotillard, Eddie Redmayne and Robert Pattinson


The last month has been busy but off this blog. Like Tootsie with two personalities. One here. And One at The Film Experience.

I talked about Cate, Nicole & Keira doing stage all over the globe.

Welcomed Emily Watson away from the frumpy mothers she's played recently.

Worried about the release plans of Macbeth. Wondered what auteurs see in Robert Paatinson.

Waxed poetic about Elizabeth Debicki's costumes in U.N.C.L.E. And Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's in La La Land.


Analyzed the posters and release plans of Beasts of No Nation. The first picture from A Bigger Splash and Eddie Redmayne's big fall Oscar campaign.

I've been busy. Read all of it here.






Saturday, July 18, 2015

Salamat Omar. And Faten.




In my mind Omar Sharif is always linked with Faten Hamama, his 1950s leading lady. I reminisce about the movies they made together and others Omar made in Egypt at The Film Experience.

Check it out let me know what you think.


Omar and faten in 1961's River of Love

Thursday, July 16, 2015

First Half 0f 2015 in Movies - Surprises & Disappointments

Some movies give you more, some less.


Surprises


Infinitely Polar Bear

The reviews I read were midling at best. And the idea of Mark Ruffalo being all crazy and lovable while Zoe Saldana is trying to emote was not appealing. Surprised on both counrs. That Ruffalo is warm and grounded is nothing new but he adds a reckless childlishness to his physical performance that makes him appealling without falling into the cliche of playing "crazy". And Saldana finally looks as relaxed on screen as she is sashaying on the red carpet. This might be her best performance to date. And director Maya Forbes' love for her family shines through in how tenderly she handles this semi autobiographical story.


Jauja

I thought another static art movie I cannot do. However the minute it stared I was lost in the suptuous visuals. The screen was overflowing with gorgeous color. I could not look away. The plot may be obtuse but it worked. I can't describe but watch and let it wash over you. It's exhilarating.


Disappointments

Mad Max Fury Road

Mad Max or ONE LONG LOUD HEADACHE. I undestand what some find exciting about it. And yes the visuals are stunning, so are the stunts and effects. Plus how can I not endorse the strong feminist message at its center. However I left with a headache, it was relentless with no payoff. Only intermittent enjoyment here. And Charlise Theron remains a limited actress. She had one emotion, anger. Two if I'm generous, the other being disgust.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Avoid at all costs.Cloying, simplistic and lame.

What are some of your surprises and disappointments so far?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

First Half of 2015 in Movies - Best Dance Moments

Oscar Isaac dancing with Sonoya Mizuno in Ex Machina is a pretty great moment that has rightfully gone viral.




But you know what's even better, Karidja Toure and the fantastic ensemble cast of Girlhood, Celine Sciamma fantastic movie, lip synching and dancing to Rihanna's Diamonds. Just try to resist falling in love.



What are some of your favorites? Did you see both these movies? Tell all n the comments.