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Month: January, 2013

Road to the Oscars prt 5


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On our road to the Oscars Silver Linings Palybook! The movie is about Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) who has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain.When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence, who already won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a comedy/musical), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

The acting by Cooper and Lawrence is great. The way they interact wih eachother is good. This movies shows that Jennifer Lawrence is a fine actress, emotions are running high in this movie and she does it so well. What she did lack for emotions in The Hunger Games she made up in Silver Linings. Robert De Niro’s  ( nominee for Supporting actor) character is fantastic, I believe this is the first time I’ve seen his cry in a movie, but that could just be me.

The movie just made feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I made feel happy, so there’s my Sliver Lining. I can’t think of anything negative and I am trying here, but no. But Oscar worthy, I don’t know,  but is the feel good movie of the year. The acting of Jennifer Lawrence and Rober De Niro is Oscar worthy. The portaited their charcaters, one could belive that Lawrence is crazy, whity, funny and loveable. De Niro’s too crazy as a bat but a great father figure.

Silver Lining Playbook is nominated for: Best Picture, Performance by an actor in a leading role (Cooper), Performance by an actor in a supporting role (De Niro), Performance by an actress in a leading role (Lawrence), Performance by an actress in a supporting role (Jackie Weaver),  Achievement in directing, & Adapted screenplay. 

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And the trailer.

Stills and Trailer: courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

Road to the Oscar prt 4

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is the forth movie on the road. It already won The Grand Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and now it’s also nominated for a Best Picture (it’s nominated 4 times)  for the 2013 Oscars. The movie is about  a young girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), and her father Wink  (Dwight Henry). Set in a not to far away future, they live in the “Bathtub”, a small settlement caught on the wrong side of flood protection walls.

The movie itself. I think you either hate or like it! There’s no in between. the cinematography is great. The atmosphere it breaths is intense. The relationship between Hushpuppy her father is chilling. Their love /hate relation is acted out so well, that you start to feel for her and want to take her away from all the sadness. But despite everything he puts her through, she keeps on returning home to her father.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is Benh Zeitlin’s first feature film. His portail of the innocence of Hushpuppy and how we see the world through her eyes is almost art.

The movie is nominated for: Best Picture, Performance by an actress in a leading role, Achievement in directing and Adapted screenplay.

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And the trailer.

Road to the Oscars prt 3

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In our road to the Oscars, Django Unchained, the new film by Quentin Tarantino. To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with him and his films. The first I saw of him ( as a writer) was True Romance, which was incredibly good. Walken and Hopper’s scene by the train tracks, became an instant classic. Tarantino’s list of hits continues over 2 decades and incluedes movies such as: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction etc. He tried to horror flicks, but really Hostel and prt 2, no my cup of tea even though I like horror a lot. What bothers me about his way of film making that in beginning he was new, fresh and now it more of the same. Untill he came back with Inglorious Bastards in 2009. Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz and great actors and they made the film for what is.

So now we have Django, a movie set 1858 a few years before the US Civil War. Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), “buys” (depends on ones defenition of buying) the freedom of a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx). He needs him to find the Brittle Bothers since they are wanted by the law. King is no mere dentist but also a Bounty Hunter, which is a more lucrative business. During their time hunting the brother King grows fond of Django and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Django and King make a deal, which inlcudes getting Django’s wife back from a ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

It’s been a while since a western hit the cinemas,  True Grit, 2010, was the last one. It seems the genre is less popular than in the day of John Wayne. Django is a great addition to it. It has a classic western look and atmosphere, and on the other side it is deffinatly a Tarantino film. Again he’s he trying out the “cheep” b-film look, from the opening sequence untill the end credits, and this time it works.  Christoph Waltz is at his best, better than in Bastards. Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting is sublime. I’ve seen most of  his films and it doesn’t matter what film he is in, he delivers! And that is why Django is great to watch. The onscreen magic between these men is absolutly fantastic. Together with Taratino’s love for filmmaking is what makes this a great film. Oscar worthy? Maybe, but a well deserverd nomination.

Django Unchained is now is cinemas and is nominated for: Best Picture, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Original Screenplay and Actor in a Suporting Role (Christoph Waltz)

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And the trailer of course.

Road to the Oscars prt 2..

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Zero Dark Thirty one of the most controversial films of this time. Why? The movie is about the hunt for Bin Laden which ultimate leads to his death in May 2011. It is based on actual events and this is why it is so contraversial. The makers of this film said it is based on CIA intell, hence the detailed account on this event. From the start of the hunt after 911, under the Bush administration all the way through to the Obama precidency. The mind set by Bush’s people varies a lot from the Obama adminstration, or so “they” make us believe. Especially when it comes down to “”enhanced interrogation techniques”, in other words “torture”, which is shown in explicited detail and eventually leads up to locating Osama bin Laden. But it’s controversy is not the strength of the movie.

The main character Maya, which is believed is a codename for this CIA operative ( played by Jessica Chastain who won the Golden Globe for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE) is head strong, to the piont, very persistent and cunning, to the point were she ‘s becomming a very scary person. You are either with or against her, there’s no in between, something her boss found out the hard way. The character so so well played played that when at you see her in the opening scene you think: ‘this is no place for a woman.”, but soon you realize she is a killer, and does what ever it takes to get to her target.

Whilst writing I am listen to score of Zero Dark Thirty, which is just as good as the movie. Alexandre Desplat has also been nominated for his  score on Argo. To be honest, Zero Dark Thirty is the best work I’ve heard by him.

Back to film. From beginning to end it’s gripping. The opening scene with the 911 distress calls, the scenes that Maya is being moved back to DC and harrases her boss by continuously counting the days on his office window because the most important lead is not being followed up, to the actual death of Osama. A 2.5 hrs thrilling ride and one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a movie that stays with you, and you have to look at it as a movie based on true facts. Not as some say,  a re-enactment of journalistic facts.

The movie has the following nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress in a leading Role, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Original Screenplay

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And the trailer of course.

Road to the Oscars prt1

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The Oscars have  been annouced and on th 24th of February they will be handed out. That give us little over a month to view all Oscar nominees for Best Picture, which are ( if you missed it) the following films: Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Amour, Django Unchained, Argo, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

This week: Lincoln.

The epic story of the last years of the American Civil War.  America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. He desperatly tries to get the 13th amendment through parliament. Whilst the South, after their defeat at Gettysberg, is making plans for peace talks. The game of politics has started.

Why is the such an amazing film? Daniel Day Lewis’s Lincoln is beyond great. The way he portaits Lincoln is amazing and very believable with all the strange quirks.

The cinematograpgy is dark, gloomy but also colourful when positive things happen. Some scenes look like a Rembrandt painting, where the use of  light makes scene more intense while in other parts it brightens it. The story shows  Lincoln’s  struggle between peace and the passing of the 13th amendment, a struggle which is all to familliar with those who have read Catch 22. If he makes peace than no 13th amendment bill will be passed, and the bill is passed  the South will not accept peace.

A truely must see movie for fans of history but also for those who just love a great film.

Lincoln is nominated in the following catagories: Best film, Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field,  Director: Steven Spielberg Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, Best music: John Williams, Adapted screenplay: Tony Kushner

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I hope you enjoy this great movie of a great part of US History!