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“Tonight is the night of nights. Today, as you read this, you are en route to the great adventure for which you have trained for over two years.” Wrong speech, but tonight is Oscar night, so for some tonights is the night..This also mean we are done on our journey. Amour is the last one.

The film is about Georges and Anne who are in their eighties, retired music teachers. One morning  Anne has an attack. After a surgery gone wrong, the right half of her body is paralyzed. The two decide take care of her at their own apartment. This all goes “we” until Anne get a second sesure. The way George and Anne handle the situation is amazing. They kibble, fight, laugh and cry together in this film the shows how a couple at their old age love each other and sacrifise all just be with each other. It’s brilliant film. Not like all the other nominees and can’t be compared with any of them.

I can’t say a lot about it you just have to go see it, It’s heartwarming and hopefully at my old age and something happens to me, which make it difficult for to take of myself, I hope my counterpart will be so patient, caring and loving.

It follows a long line French drama film and can proudly take its place in French Austrian film history.

Amour is nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), Best Director (Michael Haneke), Best Original Screenplay(Haneke), Best Foreign Language Film (Austria-Ffrance).

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And the trailer.

Road to the Oscars prt 8

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Tomorrow is the big day, Oscars night! That means we have two more films for you in store, Amour and Les Miserables. This post will be on the latter.

Les Miserables a novel by Victor Hugo first published in 1862. In 1980 the musical was acted out on stage. This time the musical is acted out on the big screen with an all star cast; Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.

It has already won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Jackman and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Hathaway. It has also wonfour BAFTA Awards, including the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hathaway).

The part of Hugh Jackman is done great, funny to see him without his Wolverine claws. Russel Crowes acting is great too. The thing about this film is that both actors, who have a great reputation and a list of fantastic films, this time do something different. Hearing Crowe or Jackman sing is interesting.

But if I compare this to, Chicago or Moulin Rouge Les Miserables is slow, expcet for the scene in the tarven with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. That is great and funny, but than again both of them can do scenes like this like no other.

This adaption of Les Miserables is visually stunning, the décors are great and something you will never see in a theatre.Together with this all star cast it is a great adition to the musical adaption.

Les Miserables is nominated for:Best Picture, Best Actor (Jackman), Best Supporting Actress for (Hathaway).

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And the trailer.

Road to the Oscars prt 7

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It’s a few days before the Oscars, with three more films to go! And on our route we came across “the life of Pi”.

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

And now you’re thinking, really a boy and a tiger on a liferaft? How can this be anf for 2 hrs to? At least that was what I was thinking.

So the movie. It impressed me from the start. The setting the cinematography, it’s great. The swimmingpool scène of Pi’s uncle swimming and the clouds “reflecting” in it, marvolous. But even though the cinematography and special effects are great this movies is great for its cast. Suraj Sharma who plays the young Pi is excellent. The fear, the will to survive, the despair and surrender to death itself.

The story itself is amazing, not at all of what I was expecting, funny, serious, sadening, miraculeus and amazing.

I would like to end this entry with the following quote from the movie:

“Mr. Patel’s is an astounding story, courage and endurance unparalleled in the history of ship-wrecks. Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger.”

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And the trailer.

Road to the Oscars prt 6

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We continue our journey with Argo. The movie is based on a true story and is a dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. The movie has already won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award for best picture. So I was really looking forward to see this, to see what the fus was about and why it already won the awards mentioned above. After seeing Zero Dark Thirty, which I thought to be a very intense film, I thought what could be so special about a Ben Affleck film and as it turns out … Argo is the best movie by Ben Affleck  ever since Good Will Hunting. From the start it has a hold on you and tension is building and building. It’s by far the most intense movie I’ve seen, with Zero Dark Thirty following very close behind.

The cinamatograpghy is great and that combined with the original news footage of the ’70, which fits right in, gives the movie just that little bit extra. Ben Affleck, John Good Man and the other cast memeber’s make up is so well done that they really look like the actual people involved. All the acting is good, very believable. You can feel their anxiety. The frustation as a viewer builds up as the movie goes alone… and that is way ( to me) it becomes so intense because you can almost “feel” it… It all just gets to you.

To be honest I thought  Argo was just another BenAffleck movie, but it completly took me by surprise,  it’s really a  must see!… And Sci Fi fans enjoy the end!

Argo is nominated for: Best Picture, Performance by an actor in a supporting role (Alan Arkin), Original Score and Adapted screenplay. 

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And the trailer..

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 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!