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Monday
Dec 10 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Saving Private Shakespeare

Jason Adams fromMNPPhere,serenading us "Beauty vs Beast"style - tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of John Madden's Best Picture winnerShakespeare in Love,aka the Oscar win that broke every straight boy's heart.Don't believe me?Go find one and mention howSaving Private Ryanwas robbed and watch the fire and fury rise in their pupils.(I really shouldn't make fun,seeing as they got their revenge in 2005.) But the contest of 1998 films is always a good one to stir up arguments excuse me conversation,and since that's what we're here for...

PREVIOUSLYAlthough of Saoirse love is strong it wasn't enough to tackle the one-two punch of The Green Dress and Briony being a little snitch-monster,and so Keira Knightley's Cecelia took top honors inourAtonementpoll last week,with about 3/4s of the vote.Saidpar:

"In fairness to Briony,i'd do a lot worse if somebody got between me and the housekeeper's son.But I voted for Cecilia cause,damn,that girl had some bad luck."

Monday
Dec 03 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Saoirse and Her Sisters

Jason fromMNPPhere with another round of "Beauty vs Beast"for you people.This weekendMary Queen of Scotshits theaters and I'm sure you'll hear more about it here being,you know,a movie starring two impressive young actresses being impressive once again - one of those actresses,the one called Saoirse,well she's spent 11 straight years now impressing us,and today we're looking back at the place that started,i.e.with Joe Wright'sAtonement.Saoirse should face down female relatives more often - her "cousin"Queen Elizabeth,her mother Laurie Metcalf,her sister Keira Knightley...it works out well for her.

PREVIOUSLYWetackled the parental figures ofMoonlightlast week (they could both use a good tackling,honestly) and y'all clearly thought the Oscars got it right,亚博主页giving Mahershala Ali almost 70% of you vote.SaidAlexD:

"Performance wise they're hand in hand for me.Both superb,both brilliantly adding depth and emotion to their characters.Ali shines all the dark and less flattering qualities of a character with whom we mostly sympathize on screen,while Harris humanizes a character with whom we don't (on screen)."

Friday
Nov 14 2014

Stockholm Film Festival: 'Imitation Game','Mommy' and 'Human Capital' Shoot for Oscar Glory

Glennhas been attending the 25th Stockholm Film Festival as a member of the FIPRESCI jury where he saw a selection of Oscar hopefuls including ‘The Imitation Game' and foreign language competitors ‘Human Capital' and ‘Mommy'.


The Imitation Game
One of the curious things about festivals in a city like Stockholm is that,due to delayed distribution methods,films like Morten Tyldum'sThe Imitation Gameand Alejandro González Iñárritu'sBirdman(the director's memo about the name change apparently hasn't crossed oceans) can compete for prizes alongside global curiosities like Pascale Ferran'sBird Peopleand Adilkhan Yerzhanov'sThe Owners.They feel unfairly situated alongside arthouse titles from the whole globe.

My fellow jurors were surprised when I informed them thatThe Imitation Gamewas an Academy frontrunner.Given that the Oscar Best Picture competition at this stage appears to be quite polarizing and auteur-focused,I wouldn't be surprised if Tyldum's film about the cracking of the WWII enigma machine cracks its own way into the runaway position.Nor would I be able to beall thatangry as it's really a rather good movie that has been handsomely produced and features several great performances,including Keira Knightley who is,yet again,on film quality-raising duty.While I found its very British respectability somewhat hard to truly embrace,it meant that I was impressed it didn't always merely go for the easiest of sentimental choices.There are rousing,emotional moments,sure,with plenty of speeches about what's right and just while they wear their primly knitted sweaters and suits,and the end especially will give plenty of viewers less ice-hearted than I a good sniffle,but for the majority of the film's length it holds its cards relatively close to its chest.At least until the final act,where its quivering stiff upper lip gives way entirely.It's the cup of Earl Grey of the season: reliably,dependably solid.B+

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Monday
Jul 07 2014

Halfway Pt.3: Sound,Songs,Score.What Did You Enjoy Listening To?

Having covered the most astounding visuals from the first half of 2014 let's move on to Sound.This is when I suddenly become shy,mutable,and tongue-tied as a critic.You may read this post at any decibel level but please know that I'm whispering it.A truth: sound is the aspect of filmmaking for which I feel least qualified to judge.I try to absorb what's happening in underscoring and with the mix and editing.I'm definitely more attuned that I once was.But the fact remains that my ears are neither as well trained nor as aggressive in consumption as my eyes.I love to hear other people talk sound and scoring (I recommend the bookThe Conversationsby Walter Murch which is on film editing but it touches on sound as well) so please do share your favorites in the comments.I'll probably learn something if you do.At the very least I'll have more to consider.

If I had to vote right now...

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:Captain America: The Winter Soldier(Henry Jackman);Godzilla(Alexandre Desplat);The Grand Budapest Hotel(Alexandre Desplat);Noah(Clint Mansell);Snowpiercer(Marco Beltrami)...though I'd be hard-pressed to tell you why in all five cases other than that I responded to the music and thought it a fine match for the material tonally

BEST SOUND MIXING & EDITING:In these categories I'd undoubtedly go with some mix ofthe otherwordly bestial movieslikeGodzilla,NoahandHow To Train Your Dragon 2and I'd most definitely opt forUnder the Skinand not just because my BFF and I leaned toward each other and whispered Yaz's "I Before E Except After C"lyrics during the enormously creepy vocalizations in the first minute of the film.But other than that I'm open to suggestions...

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:And now we can raise our voices againafter the jumpbecause I have five I LOVE already and we're only half finished with 2014.Guess what they are...

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