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My Take on the Oscars 2014

In Awards on March 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

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What. A. Year. and what a great collection of films. In the past, I have commented on films that have won, that I know, and films, that have lost, that I know, which sadly, leaves a few categories out of my critique. However, it would be pointless for me to comment on a film or category that I knew nothing about so, I will continue to offer my opinion in this fashion and if you don’t like it….well I’m sorry.

The Winners!

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

First off, can I comment on the year that Matthew McConaughey is having/will have with “True Detective” of course. It appeared as though he needed to shed those 40 or so pounds to shake off that terrible rom-com type-casting that appeared to be all he could do. Now he’s in it. With such films as “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Killer Joe” McConaughey has found that if you put him in something dark and gritty, he will excel and I wish good fortune upon him because I think he totally deserved this win. Yes, Leonardo could have finally gotten a win, but sadly, this year was just not his and I agree with this. I’ve seen both films but agree whole hearedly with the Academy’s choice.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Totally deserved this win. Amazing story, beautifully filmed, and incredibly well-acted. There wasn’t even a chance for the other films and I’ve seen nearly all of them. “12 Years a Slave” tells a heart wrenching TRUE story of a freed slave who strives for his own freedom. It is a beautiful devastating film and absolutely deserved this win.

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

If Jennifer Lawrence won for this, I would have given up all faith in the selection criteria for the Academy. Seriously. She deserved this. Every single person in that audience knew it, I knew it, and if you see this film, you’ll know it. Astounding performance by raw actress.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Now I know there was a lot of hope that Barkhad Abdi would take this award, but if you’ve seen “Dallas Buyers Club” you know Leto deserved it. He became his character, auditioning for the role in drag, and totally sold the audience on his struggles as well as his strength. Leto displayed an aspect of his abilities I have never seen before and absolutely deserved this award.

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years  A Slave

Without a doubt. Those lines appeared authentic and powerful. They were delivered with charisma that was unmatched by any other contender. Granted, the actors bring that to the screen, but the lines themselves must be powerful. They must move you, bring chills to you. These lines did it, without a doubt.

Best Original Screenplay: Her

I have to say, I’m glad Spike Jonze walked away with something because, given the competition, I didn’t think he would walk away with anything. “Her” was a powerful movie about an interesting and original topic and I believe that this man, who started out with “Jackass” and filming music videos, deserved this win.

Gravity for just about anything that has to do with the technical aspects of filming

Have you seen this film? No? Well you should see it, in IMAX 3-D. You will be trasnported to space and you will be on the edge of your seat. I’m serious. From start to finish this film was a fantastical adrenaline rush that really made you strive with the character. Such a beautiful and frightening film

The Losers:.

Sandra Bullock Best Actress for Gravity

People either love her or hate her and in “Gravity” I loved her and felt that just like, McConaughey, she deserved some recognition for a number of terrible movies she’s done in the past. I also feel that she deserved some credit for the amount of work she put into that film. I would imagine it isn’t easy reacting to debris that isn’t actually there but she did it quite well. That being said, I did not see “Blue Jasmine” but will have to view it to see what the fuss is all about.

Steve McQueen for Best Director for Twelve Years a Slave

Sydney They Call Me Mr. Tibbs Poitier was presenting the award. A man who broke the racial barriers in Hollywood and filmed a fantastic thriller in an area in which racism still prevalent, during a time in which racism was still prevalent. And he could have presented the award to Steve McQueen a man whose movie describes the struggle of a freed slave against the tyranny of the white slave owner. This was the perfect setting and yet, sadly, it didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, I love “Gravity” but I believe that the setting was perfect for McQueen to take this award home.

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“Gravity” Had Me Floored

In Movies on October 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

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Go see this movie. Go see this movie if you like thrillers, if you like character development, if you like suspense, if you like cinematography, if you like George Clooney, if you like Sandra Bullock, and if you like Alfonso Cuaron, director of “Children of Men” and “Y Tu Mama Tambien” Go. See. This. Movie.

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone who is up in space on  her first mission alongside commander Matt Kowalski, played by George Clooney, who is equal parts light-hearted and concern. Ed Harris, IMDB informed me of this, did the voice for Houston: Mission Control in this film and is worth mentioning because I didn’t know this. While up in space, Dr. Stone is a raw nerve held together by work. She is up there to complete a task, not to make any friends along the way. While uploading a new program to the Hubble telescope, Stone and Kowalski are informed by Mission Control to get back to the International Space Station because Russia has detonated a series of satellites, the debris of which is heading directly towards them. The rest of this movie is profound and edge of your seat terrifying.

I had the pleasure of seeing this film in 3-D and it was completely worth it. My God. I was immersed in it. This was due in part to the 3-D but mostly due to Mr. Cuaron. Seriously. The lack of sound in precise moments, the use of first person point-of-view, made it seem like you were right up there with them.

The length of his shots were really what stood out in this film. I don’t know how long the first shot is, but it is long, and it give the viewer a glimpse into the vastness of space as well as the characters that are bouncing around in it. Just astounding.

Sandra Bullock was excellent in this film and if she doesn’t walk away with an Oscar then the person who beat her to it better be astounding. She was unlike anything I have ever seen from her before. It was mostly her within this film which made her performance that much greater. It was just you and her. You experienced every bump, every anxiety, every chance of hope, right alongside her.

George Clooney appeared at home in this film, like he truly was Commander Kowalski who had a slew of stories up his sleeve but was read to become exacting at a moment’s notice.

This film was absolutely everything anyone said it would be. It was a simple and short story but it was powerful. Go see it for yourself and tell me otherwise if you truly feel different.