9 items from 2015
Oscar often has a soft spot for an acting gimmick, something that proves that the performer has somehow shown themselves worthy of a gold statue by virtue of the physical and mental demands of their role. Extreme weight loss or gain has been a popular way to capture the attention of Academy voters. Christian Bale is the current champ at this form of acting, taking over from Robert De Niro, whose 60-pound weight gain for his Oscar-winning boxing role in 1980’s “Raging Bull” is the stuff of legend. In the past, the six-footer has packed on muscle for 2000’s “American Psycho” and for his Batman films. But, in between, he dropped an alarming number of pounds to achieve a rail-like physique in 2004’s “The Machinist” and 2006’s “Rescue Dawn.” But all his yo-yo dieting finally paid off with Oscar success when Bale won supporting as a crack-addict boxer in 2010’s »
- Susan Wloszczyna
The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced tonight and if you're like me, the Best Ensemble win for Birdman makes it your new frontrunner for Oscar's Best Picture as it has now won not only with the Producers Guild, but with the Screen Actors Guild. Of course, there is one oddity to this win, while it took home ensemble, Michael Keaton lost Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Emma Stone lost Best Supporting Actress to Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Edward Norton lost Best Supporting Actor to J.K. Simmons (Whiplash). Apparently Birdman is all about the sum of its parts... I can accept that. The only category I haven't mentioned was Julianne Moore winning Best Actress for Still Alice and perhaps I don't mention that because it's quite simply a joke. Put that performance alongside the likes of Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and can you really tell me »
- Brad Brevet
A new video examines director Martin Scorsese’s use of mirrors in his films ranging from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Gangs of New York and his most recent work in The Wolf of Wall Street. Is Scorsese using it as a reflection on humanity? Is he commenting on the thwarted views of the characters?
Watch the video below to judge for yourself how Scorsese uses the mirror with his characters.
The post Watch how Martin Scorsese uses mirrors in his films appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Zach Dennis
Well, if you don’t believe it, Ali Shirazi makes a compelling argument — Martin Scorsese loves mirrors. Yep. Mirrors. In his nearly three-minute video, Shirazi makes a pretty solid case for Scorsese’s frequent use of mirrors in film. Kudos to the editor for integrating “The Big Shave” — Scorsese’s 1968 short — and tracking the motif from there on out. “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Shutter Island.” They all fit the bill. Whether it’s Leo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, or one of the plethora of other stars Scorsese has worked with over his illustrious career, it’s not uncommon for moviegoers to observe them glancing — and talking — into a mirror. What is it about mirrors? Is it that they convey a reflection on humanity, on ourselves, that we make the determinations about? Are they how we perceive our reality? Is what you see in the mirror different than what I see? »
- Zach Hollwedel
Good Morning Oscar fans! Today is nomination day!
Wamg was in the thick of nomination morning fever at the home of the Oscars – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Prior to the announcement, A.M.P.A.S. and the show’s producing team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, gave the press assembled in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre a first look at the new Oscar promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris, titled “Anything Can Happen,” and given what went down this morning, that’s certainly the case.
Let’s get right to the big shockers – No Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature or Life Itself in Best Documentary Feature.
Also missing among the presumed nominees were Ava DuVernay (Selma, directing), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, directing), Jennifer Aniston (Cake, best actress), David Oyelowo (Selma, best actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, best actor), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, best actor), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, »
- Movie Geeks
No, this isn’t an informative article about building shelves and benches but rather the first major short film from Josh and Mitch and Jam Flicks, better known for their adverts. Cantering around one man, Andrew (Anton Saunders), who’s left broken after discovering his wife has had an affair. Unable to confront her about it, he tracks down the man she’s sleeping with and goes to his place of work – a D.I.Y store.
This is easily the best short film I’ve reviewed so far. There’s almost nothing to it; no real action, or strong dialogue. In fact then entire script is basically the guy serving Andrew and being bemused with his spaced out behaviour. It all pretty much rests on Saunders’s acting and portrayal of a man torn between doing nothing and brutally assaulting the man sleeping with his wife. Fortunately, he does a stellar job. »
- Nicky Johnson
It seems a strange question to ask, but films that take on any sort of serious sporting theme are getting rarer and rarer. It’s not as though sports have gone out of fashion. TV audiences, sponsorships and attendances around the world are at an all-time high, but at the same time the movie industry – and its Siamese twin the games industry – seems to have fallen out of love with sports.
Now this strikes us as… well striking. If you look at the history of film, sports plots abound – Raging Bull (boxing) springs to mind as a classic, Rush and Senna (motor racing) stack up impressively, and there are others that we could point to as worthy of merit as well, but rather than list them, it is perhaps equally worth pointing out that for every decent treatment, there are hundreds of duds. Some of them so bad that they »
- Kyle Reese
Paul Schrader’s latest directorial effort is a solemn CIA tale, with darker undercurrents lost in a woolly cut
Paul Schrader has a hell of a pedigree: screenplays for Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, a director’s filmography that includes gems like American Gigolo and Mishima, and an occasional sideline as an erudite film historian. But his career has languished in the doldrums of late, and his follow-up to The Canyons, his Lindsay Lohan–starring semi-succès de scandale, sees him coming a cropper. It’s an espionage thriller about a CIA man (Nicolas Cage) dashing from Bucharest to Mombasa in pursuit of the terrorist who tortured him years earlier. At one time mooted as a project for Drive man Nicolas Winding Refn, who now has an executive producer credit, the film was reportedly recut by its backers, with Schrader’s intended expressionistic colour scheme massaged down to a drab functionality. »
- Jonathan Romney
#10. Chinatown (1974)
Lost to: The Godfather Part II
Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.
#9. Cabaret (1972)
Lost to: The Godfather
Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »
- Joshua Gaul
9 items from 2015
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