Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Oscar Winners! (LIVE UPDATES)

Hey film fans! TONIGHT are the 89th Academy Awards! Below, we will be updating the winners as they happen LIVE, so stay tuned to this page for all things Oscars!
*BEST PICTURE*
WINNER: -------
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*BEST ACTOR*
WINNER: -------
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*BEST ACTRESS*
WINNER: -------
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*BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR*
WINNER: MAHERSHALA ALI!
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*BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS*
  • Viola Davis, “Fences”
  • Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
  • Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
  • Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
WINNER: VIOLA DAVIS!
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*BEST DIRECTOR*
  • “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
  • “Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson
  • “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins
  • “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
  • “Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve
WINNER: -------
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*BEST ANIMATED FEATURE*
WINNER: ZOOTOPIA!
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*BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM*
  • “Blind Vaysha”
  • “Borrowed Time”
  • “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
  • “Pearl”
  • “Piper”
WINNER: PIPER!
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*ADAPTED SCREENPLAY*
  • “Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
  • “Fences,” August Wilson
  • “Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • “Lion,” Luke Davies
  • “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
WINNER: MOONLIGHT, BARRY JENKINS AND TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY
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*ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY*
WINNER: KENNETH LONERGAN, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
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*CINEMATOGRAPHY*
  • “Arrival,” Bradford Young
  • “La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
  • “Lion,” Greig Fraser
  • “Moonlight,” James Laxton
  • “Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto
WINNER: LA LA LAND!
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*BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE*
WINNER: O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA!
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*BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT*
  • “4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki
  • “Extremis,” Dan Krauss
  • “Joe’s Violin,” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
  • “Watani: My Homeland,” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
  • “The White Helmets,” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
WINNER: THE WHITE HELMETS!
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*BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT*
  • “Ennemis Interieurs,” Selim Azzazi
  • “La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
  • “Silent Nights,” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
  • “Sing,” Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
  • “Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez
WINNER: SING!
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*BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM*
WINNER: THE SALESMAN!
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*FILM EDITING*
  • “Arrival,” Joe Walker
  • “Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert
  • “Hell or High Water,” Jake Roberts
  • “La La Land,” Tom Cross
  • “Moonlight,” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
WINNER: HACKSAW RIDGE!
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*SOUND EDITING*
WINNER: ARRIVAL!
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*SOUND MIXING*
WINNER: HACKSAW RIDGE!
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*PRODUCTION DESIGN*
WINNER: LA LA LAND!
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*BEST ORIGINAL SCORE*
  • “Jackie,” Mica Levi
  • “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
  • “Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • “Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell
  • “Passengers,” Thomas Newman
WINNER: -------
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*BEST ORIGINAL SONG*
WINNER: -------
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*MAKEUP AND HAIR*
WINNER: SUICIDE SQUAD!
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*COSTUME DESIGN*
  • “Allied,” Joanna Johnston
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle
  • “Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
  • “La La Land,” Mary Zophres
WINNER: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM!
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*VISUAL EFFECTS*
WINNER: THE JUNGLE BOOK!

Oscar Movie Review: "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)

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Movie"A Beautiful Mind"
Year Nominated: 2002
Director: Ron Howard
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Did It Win?: Yes.

The story of Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe).

"A Beautiful Mind" is directed by Ron Howard, who has directed numerous Oscar nominated nominated films such as "Apollo 13," "Cinderella Man," and "Frost/Nixon." It is written by Akiva Goldsman and is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The film stars Russell Crowe as Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash. The story covers his time in college as he worked on his doctorate degree, up until when he won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994. Joining Crowe are Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Anthony Rapp, Adam Goldberg, and Josh Lucas, who play numerous different people in Nash's life ranging from his roommates to his wife and workmates.

"A Beautiful Mind" is based on a true story, though it is not a perfectly literal take on John Nash or his life. It has drawn criticism for leaving out many of the more unsavory moments of Nash's history. This is not uncommon for biopics as films must have a cohesive narrative and overall arc, and real life doesn't always have this. We also happen to know Ron Howard tends to favor neat, happy Hollywood stories and endings, so omitting certain details may have just been directly in line with his style. We, however, are mostly forgiving on the fudging of facts in biopics because we can only judge what we seen on screen in the final product of a movie. As long as a filmmaker is able to capture the spirit of the character and make their film entertaining and engaging, we're good.

This movie winds up being mostly enthralling as what starts out as a standard biopic quickly turns into what feels like a spy thriller. Howard does a great job creating twists and turns and has a brilliant use of visual metaphors throughout his storytelling. For those who did not know a lot about John Nash prior to seeing the film, "A Beautiful Mind" does have moments that are quite jaw-dropping for first time viewers. Russell Crowe does a magnificent job as the sometimes abrasive Nash, who relates more to numbers than he does to people and struggles keeping mentally stable and keeping his wits about him. Those fake teeth though, they are god awful. Crowe was nominated for best actor for his performance, and though he didn't win, it was his coworker Jennifer Connelly, who plays his wife Alicia Nash, who took home an Oscar for best supporting actress. She gets one of those really intense "baity" scenes that pretty much solidified the award for her.

"A Beautiful Mind" wound up being nominated for eight Academy Awards total and took home four, including the aforementioned best supporting actress, as well as best picture, best director, and best screenplay. Ron Howard does a fantastic job in making a biopic that is truly captivating, even a little exciting, and somewhat pleasant, though its protagonist doesn't always act as such. Though Howard fudged a few facts and omitted a few more, it is all in the name of making a film that captures the spirit of its character, even if it's in the best light possible.


My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!
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Last Oscar season, we were watching: "The Defiant Ones"

Two Oscar seasons ago, we were watching: "Ordinary People"

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Movie Review: "The Red Turtle" (2016)

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Movie"The Red Turtle"
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Year: 2016
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

A castaway lost at sea washes up on a deserted island. There, he tries to survive, though an interaction with a red turtle quickly changes the direction his life was heading. 

"The Red Turtle" is directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, who also wrote the film along with Pascale Ferran. It tells the story of a nameless castaway who gets washed ashore on a deserted island. It is about his life and how a conflict with a red turtle changes the course of it forever. It is produced by Studio Ghibli, which is known for producing such incredible animated films like "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," and "Spirited Away." Dudok de Wit is the first European collaborator to work with Studio Ghibli.

"The Red Turtle" is not your common, everyday animated feature. It deals with many adult themes and it also lacks any real dialogue. We had heard a lot of buzz about this film for some time, and once it was nominated for best animated feature at this year's Academy Awards, we had to seek it out for ourselves. This isn't the first film we have seen with little to no talking. "Shaun the Sheep Movie" and "Boy and the World" both had no dialogue and both were  nominated for Oscars at last year's Academy Awards. Of those two, this is much closer to "Boy and the World" than "Shaun the Sheep" in terms of tone and maturity.

This is a beautiful film with some really stunning animation. The story is touching, and despite being an essentially silent film, apart from a few screams of frustration, it manages to tell an engaging story. This is visual storytelling at its finest. If you're into fantasy animation stories, "The Red Turtle" is absolutely for you. There are some moments here that are downright shocking and others that are completely magical. It will also pose the unanswered question of whether or not what happened, what we saw, was real or imagined. One may expect a movie with no talking to be boring, but it isn't in the slightest. It is a relatively short film, and we remained quite engaged through its simple yet elegant story. "The Red Turtle" is a film for true lovers of animation and those who enjoy Ghibli's more adult-oriented animation.


My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

2017 OSCARS PREDICTIONS!

Hey film fans! We're here today to give our predictions for tomorrow's 89th Academy Awards! WE ARE SO EXCITED! Aren't you?! We have seen all but ONE feature length film ("My Life as a Zucchini" was the only film we couldn't see in time because it never made its way to San Diego).

Take a look below to see who we think should and will win big at tomorrow's Oscars, and leave a comment and tell us your predictions! All of the movies we have seen have a link to their corresponding review.
*BEST PICTURE*
SHOULD WIN: "La La Land"
WILL WIN: "La La Land"
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*BEST ACTOR*
SHOULD WIN: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
WILL WIN: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
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*BEST ACTRESS*
SHOULD WIN: Natalie Portman (the real winner SHOULD be Viola Davis...)
WILL WIN: Emma Stone
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*BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR*
SHOULD WIN: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
WILL WIN: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
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*BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS*
  • Viola Davis, “Fences”
  • Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
  • Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
  • Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
SHOULD WIN: Viola Davis, “Fences”
WILL WIN: Viola Davis, “Fences”
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*BEST DIRECTOR*
  • “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
  • “Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson
  • “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins
  • “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
  • “Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve
SHOULD WIN: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
WILL WIN: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
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*BEST ANIMATED FEATURE*
SHOULD WIN: “Zootopia”
WILL WIN: “Zootopia”
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*BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM*
  • “Blind Vaysha”
  • “Borrowed Time”
  • “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
  • “Pearl”
  • “Piper”
SHOULD WIN: “Piper”
WILL WIN: “Piper”
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*ADAPTED SCREENPLAY*
  • “Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
  • “Fences,” August Wilson
  • “Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • “Lion,” Luke Davies
  • “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
SHOULD WIN: “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
WILL WIN: “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

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*ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY*
SHOULD WIN: “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
WILL WIN: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
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*CINEMATOGRAPHY*
  • “Arrival,” Bradford Young
  • “La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
  • “Lion,” Greig Fraser
  • “Moonlight,” James Laxton
  • “Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto
SHOULD WIN: “La La Land”
WILL WIN: “La La Land”
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*BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE*
SHOULD WIN: “13th”
WILL WIN: “O.J.: Made in America”
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*BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT*
  • “4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki
  • “Extremis,” Dan Krauss
  • “Joe’s Violin,” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
  • “Watani: My Homeland,” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
  • “The White Helmets,” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
SHOULD WIN: “4.1 Miles”
WILL WIN: “Joe's Violin”
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*BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT*
  • “Ennemis Interieurs,” Selim Azzazi
  • “La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
  • “Silent Nights,” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
  • “Sing,” Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
  • “Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez
SHOULD WIN: “Timecode”
WILL WIN: “Ennemis Interieurs”
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*BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM*
SHOULD WIN: “A Man Called Ove”
WILL WIN: “The Salesman”
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*FILM EDITING*
  • “Arrival,” Joe Walker
  • “Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert
  • “Hell or High Water,” Jake Roberts
  • “La La Land,” Tom Cross
  • “Moonlight,” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
SHOULD WIN: “Arrival,” Joe Walker
WILL WIN: “La La Land,” Tom Cross
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*SOUND EDITING*
SHOULD WIN: “Arrival”
WILL WIN: “Hacksaw Ridge”
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*SOUND MIXING*
SHOULD WIN: “La La Land”
WILL WIN: “La La Land”
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*PRODUCTION DESIGN*
SHOULD WIN: “La La Land”
WILL WIN: “La La Land”
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*BEST ORIGINAL SCORE*
  • “Jackie,” Mica Levi
  • “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
  • “Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • “Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell
  • “Passengers,” Thomas Newman
SHOULD WIN: “Moonlight”
WILL WIN: “La La Land”
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*BEST ORIGINAL SONG*
SHOULD WIN: “DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT” FROM “SING STREET”
WILL WIN: “City of Stars” -- “La La Land”
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*MAKEUP AND HAIR*
SHOULD WIN: “Star Trek Beyond”
WILL WIN: “Star Trek Beyond”
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*COSTUME DESIGN*
  • “Allied,” Joanna Johnston
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle
  • “Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
  • “La La Land,” Mary Zophres
SHOULD WIN: “Jackie”
WILL WIN: “La La Land”
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*VISUAL EFFECTS*
SHOULD WIN: “The Jungle Book”
WILL WIN: “The Jungle Book”