Posts Tagged ‘The Artist’
Posted in James Bond, Lists and Top 10’s, Movie Blog, tagged 21 Jump Street, Avengers Assemble, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Cosmopolis, Frankenweenie, Haywire, Killer Joe, Killing Them Softly, Looper, Moonrise Kingdom, On the Road, Prometheus, Resident Evil: Retribution, Shadow Dancer, Shame, Skyfall, The Artist, The Dark Knight Rises, The Grey, The Hunger Games on November 14, 2012 | 5 Comments »
Posted in Film Reviews, Lists and Top 10’s, tagged 50/50, Game of Thrones, Game Of Thrones My Week with Marilyn, Haywire, Hugo, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Moneyball, My Week With Marilyn, Shame, Take Shelter, The Artist, The Awakening on March 3, 2012 | 1 Comment »
I see a lot of movies at the cinema, on average two a week. I know for many people DVD (and now Brue-ray) is their first experience of many movies. With this in mind here are ten recommendations of films set for release in the next few months.
12 March 2012
My Week with Marilyn: The true story of 23-year-old Colin Clark’s experience on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl starring Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier (who also directed the movie). Directed with a light touch reminiscent of the best of Monroe’s movies but the best thing about it is the fantastic acting, Kenneth Branagh is brilliant as Olivier, Michelle Williams is even better as Monroe.
19 March 2012
Moneyball: With a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Brad Pitt’s second great performance of last year does for sports movies what The Social Network did for Facebook. A true testament to the quality of the movie is that it is equally as enjoyable regardless of if you are a baseball fan or not.
Take Shelter: As a regular family man starts having apocalyptic visions he prepares for the impending doom and questions his own sanity in equal measure. A haunting movie that will stay with you long after it ends, elevated by the performances of Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.
26 March 2012
The Awakening: An old-fashioned ghost story, if you know my thoughts on horror, you will know that “old-fashioned” is a compliment not an insult. There are a few twists and turns in the plot but nothing spectacular, the real draw is Rebecca Hall who caries the movie virtually on her own proving her star credentials.
50/50: Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a young man who is given a 50% chance of surviving his recently diagnosed cancer. A touching and funny movie inspired by a true story and having a perfect blend of genres and styles. The whole cast is great with a special mention for Anna Kendrick who makes every movie she is in a little bit better including the Twilight movies.
2 April 2012
30 April 2012
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol: Tom Cruise is back for a fourth impossible mission. The surprising thing, it could possibly be the best movie in the franchise so far. It has been suggested that Jeremy Renner’s character Brandt is intended as a replacement for Ethan Hunt when Tom Cruise retires the character.
7 May 2012
The Artist: The black and white, (largely) silent movie has just picked up five well deserved Oscars including best picture. With two months to go until its video release there is still time to catch it at the cinema, something I highly recommend you do if you haven’t already.
21 May 2012
28 May 2012
The five disc box set of season one of HBO’s epic Game Of Thrones is set for release tomorrow (5th March). Based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels about the seven kingdoms of the mythical land of Westeros and the families who fight for control of them. With the second season set to premier in America next month what better time to catch up on one of the best new shows of recent years.
A note on the selection: I have no knowledge or interest in the special features these discs contain (I usually purchase “vanilla” versions), my recommendations are based purely on the movies.
All dates refer to UK release dates are are correct to the best of my knowledge.
Posted in Oscars & Awards, tagged A Separation, animated feature film, Beginners, Chico & Rita, joe berlinger, octavia spencer, Oscars & Awards, The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, The Iron Lady on February 26, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Best Motion Picture of the Year: The Artist
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer for The Help
Best Achievement in Directing: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash for The Descendants
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Chico & Rita
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: A Separation
Best Achievement in Cinematography: The Artist
Best Achievement in Editing: Hugo
Best Achievement in Art Direction: The Artist
Best Achievement in Costume Design: The Artist
Best Achievement in Makeup: The Iron Lady
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: Ludovic Bource for The Artist
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: Man or Muppet by Bret McKenzie for The Muppets
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hugo
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Hugo
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Documentary, Features: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
I haven’t seen anything in the other categories so no predictions. They are:
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Best Short Film, Animated
Best Short Film, Live Action
Posted in Oscars & Awards, tagged best picture, Drive, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball, Oscars & Awards, Shame, The Artist, The Descendants, The Guard, The Help, The Skin I Live In, The Tree of Life, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, We Need to Talk About Kevin on February 22, 2012 | 4 Comments »
There has been much debate for the reasons and merits of having ten nominees in the best picture category. Having any number between five and ten makes a certain sense in the event there are no more than five suitable movies. The selection of nine when many worthy movies have been overlooked does however seem bizarre. Here are the nominated movies ranked in order of my preference (*denotes unranked as I haven’t seen the film):
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close*
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Skin I live in
Which would you chosen as the tenth nomination?
Posted in Oscars & Awards, tagged A Dangerous Method, Another Earth, BAFTA, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Dom Pérignon, Fandango, Foreign Language Film, golden globes, Groovers Movie Awards, Hugo, Jane Eyre, jessica chastain, Jim Mickle, lynne ramsay, Martin Scorsese, Melancholia, Michael Fassbinder, Mike Cahill, Nick Damici, Oscars & Awards, Pedro Almodóvar, rory kinnear, Senna, Shame, Stake Land, Take Shelter, The Artist, The Debt, The Guard, The Help, The Skin I Live In, The Tree of Life, tilda swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin, X-Men: First Class on February 19, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Three years to the day after my first ever post (incidentally about the upcoming Oscars) I am here to announce the 1st Annual Groovers Movie Awards. No nominations, just winners. Ten categories, most of which are the same or similar to those in other awards. The award itself named the “Dom” is modelled after a Dom Pérignon bottle (you need to watch Fandango to understand the relevance) and will remain virtual unless Moët want to step in as a sponsor me.
The Artist: A virtually silent black and white movie with a 1.37:1 aspect ratio about the end of the silent movie era doesn’t sound very exciting. The result is totally stunning, charming and funny. The overwhelming favourite for the pest picture Oscar.
Best Foreign Language Film:
The Skin I live in: Winner of the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language but not submitted for the equivalent Oscar (Spain chose to submit the as yet not released in the UK, Black Bread) sees Auteur Pedro Almodóvar at his bizarre best.
Best Looking Movie:
Movie Stars of the year:
Best actor and actress awards age given for the for individual outstanding performances but the movie star of the year award is given for an outstanding performances in multiple films in a year:
Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life, The Debt, Take Shelter)
Fandango was writer/director Kevin Reynolds debut (and best) feature, and the first notable movie for star Kevin Costner. It gives its name to this award for the best breakout filmmakers of the year. The award is shared between two movies that interestingly were both co-written by their director and star:
Posted in Lists and Top 10’s, tagged Black Swan, Colombiana, european horror, gothic horror, Hanna, Hugo, John Carpenter’s The Ward, Julia’s Eyes, Mark Kermode, Priest Stake Land, psychological thrillers, Rocky, Submarine, Sucker Punch, The Art of Getting By, The Artist, The Awakening, The Skin I Live In, Warrior Real Steel on February 10, 2012 | 4 Comments »
During a review film critic Mark Kermode has suggested the cinematic nostalgia of Hugo and The Artist would make a great double bill. With this in mind here are a weeks worth of double bills from last years movies (UK release):
Monday: Psychological Thrillers
Tuesday: Female assassins
Two very different takes on an idea. Hanna is the better movie but I don’t think it is as good as the reviews have suggested. On the other hand Colombiana isn’t a great movie but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
Wednesday: Kooky Teens
Take a teenager who doesn’t quite fit in to school and society in general and throw into the mix a first relationship and you have a kooky teen movie. There have been two great examples one British and one American: Submarine and The Art of Getting By
Thursday: Girls in asylums
Although they look very different Sucker Punch and John Carpenter’s The Ward are actually very similar films. The Ward has sadly been overlooked and Sucker Punch unfairly slated, I know I am in a minority but I like both movies.
Saturday: Rocky for the 21st century
Sunday: Classic Horror
Posted in Movie Blog, tagged BAFTA, Beginners, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Bridesmaids, Carey Mulligan, Christopher Plummer, David Lean Award, Drive We Need to Talk About Kevin, Gary Oldman, jessica chastain, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Fassbender, Moneyball, octavia spencer, Paddy Considine, Senna, Shame, The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, tilda swinton, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tyrannosaur on February 9, 2012 | 4 Comments »
With just a couple of days to go until BAFTA Awards here are my thoughts on who I think will win and who I would choose.
- Best Film
- Who I think will win: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- My Choice: The Artist
- Other nominees: The Descendants, Drive, The Help
- Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year
- Who I think will win: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- My Choice: We Need to Talk About Kevin
- Other nominees: My Week with Marilyn, Senna, Shame
- Best Actor
- Who I think will win: Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- My Choice: George Clooney for The Descendants
- Other nominees: Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Michael Fassbender for Shame, Brad Pitt for Moneyball
- Best Actress
- Who I think will win: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011)
- My Choice: Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
- Other nominees: Bérénice Bejo for The Artist, Viola Davis for The Help, Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn
- Best Supporting Actor
- Who I think will win: Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn
- My Choice: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
- Other nominees: Jim Broadbent for The Iron Lady, Jonah Hill for Moneyball, Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Ides of March
- Best Supporting Actress
- Who I think will win: Octavia Spencer for The Help
- My Choice: Jessica Chastain for The Help
- Other nominees: Judi Dench for My Week with Marilyn, Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids, Carey Mulligan for Drive
- David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
- Who I think will win: Tomas Alfredson for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- My Choice:Lynne Ramsay for We Need to Talk
- Other nominees: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, About Kevin, Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive, Martin Scorsese for Hugo
- Best Screenplay (Original)
- Who I think will win: The Artist (2011): Michel Hazanavicius
- My Choice: The Guard: John Michael McDonagh
- Other nominees: Bridesmaids: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig, The Iron Lady: Abi Morgan, Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen
- Best Screenplay (Adapted)
- Who I think will win: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan
- My Choice: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan
- Other nominees: The Descendants: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - The Help: Tate Taylor - The Ides of March: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon - Moneyball: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
- Best Cinematography
- Who I think will win: War Horse: Janusz Kaminski
- My Choice: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Jeff Cronenweth
- Other nominees: The Artist: Guillaume Schiffman - Hugo: Robert Richardson - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Hoyte Van Hoytema
- Best Editing
- Who I think will win: Senna: Gregers Sall, Chris King
- My Choice: Senna: Gregers Sall, Chris King
- Other nominees: The Artist: Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius - Drive: Matthew Newman - Hugo: Thelma Schoonmaker - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Dino Jonsäter
- Best Production Design
- Who I think will win: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
- My Choice: The Artist: Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
- Other nominees: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan - Hugo: Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo - War Horse: Rick Carter, Lee Sandales
- Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
- Who I think will win: The Artist: Ludovic Bource
- My Choice: The Artist: Ludovic Bource
- Other nominees: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - Hugo: Howard Shore - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Alberto Iglesias - War Horse: John Williams
- Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
- Who I think will win: Tyrannosaur: Paddy Considine, Diarmid Scrimshaw
- My Choice: Tyrannosaur: Paddy Considine, Diarmid Scrimshaw
- Other nominees: Attack the Block: Joe Cornish - Black Pond: Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley, Sarah Brocklehurst - Coriolanus: Ralph Fiennes - Submarine: Richard Ayoade
A note on my selection. I have seen all the nominations mentioned above. The categories I haven’t mentioned are either because I haven’t seen the enough of the nominated movies or else I’m not that bother red about who wins. A could of categories I would like to mention are Best Film not in the English Language and Best Documentary, I have only seen one movie in each (The Skin I Live In and Senna) but as they both made it to my top ten movies list of last year, I would love to see them win.
Posted in Movie Blog, tagged Drive, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball, Senna, The Artist, The Guard, The Skin I live, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, We Need to Talk About Kevin on February 2, 2012 | 3 Comments »
When I first published my top ten movies of 2011 I chose to do it a little differently to previous years by selecting films by their original release date and not the UK release date. This in theory should bring my selections in line with other top ten lists, however it presents a problem, in the UK we don’t get a some of the best movies until January. With this in mind I present my Redux Top Ten. It only has one change but it is a significant one:
- The Artist - Telling the story of the transition from silent cinema to “talkies” isn’t a completely original one, but it is one that hasn’t been successfully told in a long time. The ingenious thing about The Artist is the way the story is told as a mainly silent film. With charismatic leading actors and a story that is both funny and touching it is a film I couldn’t help loving.
- Hugo – To be called a family film these days usually means a silly kids films with a few in-jokes for older viewers but Hugo really is a film for all ages and will remain so for generations to come. A film for lovers of film by a director who truly loves his medium, he even made 3D work.
- Drive – This is a movie that really shouldn’t work, there isn’t much plot, its old fashioned, overly violent, the leading man doesn’t have much dialogue. For some reason it does all work and like all the best movies it will haunt your memories long after you have seen it. It missed out to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as my movie of the month back in September but on reflection it is a better movie.
- The Guard – What could easily have been yet another fish out water tale is elevated by prospective. Instead of focusing on Don Cheadle’s FBI agent the film is centred around Brendan Gleeson’s wiser than he first appears Irish policeman. The real star however is the script and more importantly the dialogue.
- Senna – The first documentary to make my top ten of the year list. A fantastic and moving story of Ayrton Senna, a man who was possibly the greatest racing driver of all time, the true greatness of the film is the number of none F1 fans who also enjoyed it.
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – The BBC adaptation of John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is possibly the best spy thriller I have ever seen, I think the movie may just be better.
- We Need to Talk About Kevin – Not the easiest movie to watch but well worth the effort. Confidently directed and superbly acted (Tilda Swinton deserves an Oscar) but the real strength lies in the screenplay. Adapted from a novel with a near un-filmable format, it’s a miracle any film was made let alone such a good one.
- Midnight In Paris – The premise is silly and clichéd but the execution is so charming and amusing that it gets away with all its potential faults. Especially rewarding for fans of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and the “Lost Generation” but entertaining and enjoyable for any film fan. Woody Allen’s best movie in a very long time.
- The Skin I live in – Beautifully shot, perfectly cast and brilliantly acted but most importantly Pedro Almodóvar back to his weird, bizarre best. Antonio Banderas is also back to his best and Elena Anaya deserves more roles like this.
- Moneyball – with a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin you expect a compelling story and snappy dialogue, I am happy to report both are present and are helped by Brad Pitt’s second great performance of the year. Reminiscent in part to The Social Network (also written by Sorkin) and that has to be a good thing.
Posted in Movie Of The Month, tagged Haywire, J Edgar, Like Crazy, Shame, The Artist, The Darkest Hour, The Descendants, The Grey, The Iron Lady, Underworld Awakening, War Horse on February 1, 2012 | 1 Comment »
From speaking to American movie fans and reading their blogs I understand that January is a bit of a lean month full of crappy movies. Here in the UK things are very different, with indie gems and Oscar contenders coming out, for example last January I saw: 127 Hours, The King’s Speech, Black Swan and Blue Valentine. Unfortunately I also saw Season of the Witch! So what did I see this January?
The Descendants – With his wife in a coma following a powerboat accident, an Hawaiian lawyer has to reconnect with his daughters. A fantastic family drama that surely makes George Clooney favourite for the best actor Oscar.
The Grey - Surprisingly good adventure thriller about a small group of drillers oil workers who survive a plane crash in Alaska only to find they are in the middle of the kill zone of a pack of wolves.
Like Crazy – A British student falls for an American classmate, things are complicated when she is deported for overstaying her visa. An honest and believable story beautifully told and with a fantastic young cast.
Posted in Movie Blog, Oscars & Awards, tagged Angelina Jolie, Beginners, Christopher Plummer, Game of Thrones, golden globe nominations, golden globes, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Hugo, Idris Elba, Jean Dujardin, Johnny Depp, Ludovic Bource, Luther, Martin Scorsese, Michelle Williams, Midnight In Paris, My Week With Marilyn, Peter Dinklage, Ricky Gervais, ryan mcneil, The Artist, The Golden Globe, Woody Allen. Midnight in Paris on January 17, 2012 | 1 Comment »
As soon as the Golden Globe nominations were IMDB declared it “The Road To The Oscars”. I am never very excited by the golden globes for this exact reason, they truly are the starting point and an indicator for the Oscars but really have little or no right to be. For those who don’t know the globes are nominated, voted and presented by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. But who are the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? In the words of Ryan McNeil from The Matinee they are “one hundred or so anonymous star-fucker fans”. In the 1960’s it was revealed that the selection of winners was less than fair, suggesting that if the winner wasn’t in attendance at the ceremony, a new winner would be selected.
There have also been more other accusations made against the group, earlier this year in an article in the telegraph Anita Singh picked up on a joke make by Ricky Gervais during this years ceremony “I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumour going around that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes,” she went on to say “The HFPA is currently being sued for $2m by a publicist who claims its members accept lavish gifts in exchange for supporting particular films. The HFPA denies the allegations.” Having said all that I don’t think they have done a bad job this time around. Here are a few awards I think they got right this year:
- Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: The Artist (2011)
- Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)
- Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn (2011)
- Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010)
- Best Director – Motion Picture- Martin Scorsese for Hugo (2011)
- Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris (2011)
- Best Original Score – Motion Picture -Ludovic Bource for The Artist (2011):
- Best Actor – Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Idris Elba for Luther (2010)
- Best Supporting Actor – Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones (2011)
There are three possible reasons for the categories I haven’t mentioned: I haven’t seen the winning film – I don’t agree with the winner – I don’t care who won in that category.