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Oscar Nominations

15 Jan

Check out the Oscar Nominations this year.

Some nominations were pretty obvious, but there’s a couple nice surprises.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/14/entertainment/oscar-nominations-2016/index.html?eref

The Academy Awards will be Sunday February 28, 2016.

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Boyhood

10 Jul

I recently went on a family trip to Slovenia. You’ve never heard of Slovenia, right? Think of it as Croatia’s introverted little brother. The flights plus the layovers to Slovenia are brutal and total about 30 hours of sitting and staring. While on my first 9 hour flight, I read an article in Elle praising Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.

Linklater’s an interesting director/writer. His previous credits include Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013). All three movies follow Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy) over their 20 year relationship. The movies are about everyday life and how relationships develop, change or collapse over time.

Linklater is just about to release his newest film, Boyhood, which follows Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to 18. The movie examines how Mason Jr. deals with his parents’ (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) divorce. Most movies that span a character’s life have a few actors playing the same person at different stages. What’s cool about Boyhood is that Linklater filmed a few scenes intermittently over a 12 year span – which means Ellar Coltrane is literally growing up before our eyes.

Already, the movie has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has garnered awards from the Berlin, San Francisco and Seattle International Film Festivals, and praise from top critics at Time, Rolling Stone and more.

Though I haven’t seen Boyhood, I’m a Linklater fan and suspect that his newest film deserves the hype. It shows a level of commitment you rarely see from directors today.

Boyhood open July 11 in limited release.

 

Public Transit

5 Jun

After a particularly grueling morning on the C-Train, I started wondering about movies that feature public transit and how it’s depicted.

In almost every movie there are scenes that take place on or around public transit (subway, bus, trains…and more). What I noticed is that very few movies take place exclusively on transit. 1994’s Speed is the only movie that comes to mind other than The Taking of Pelham 123. The problem is both movies fall into the action genre. Anyone who rides the bus or train with regularity knows that a horror movie should be made about transit. Think about it – crowds of strangers, the filth, the weirdos, power failures, nowhere to go…

What do you think?

Stargate Remake

30 May

A Stargate reboot/reimagining is in the works. The hope is that the remake will revitalize the franchise and be the start of a movie trilogy. The remake is being done by the original Stargate producer/director team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The 1994 movie starred James Spader and Kurt Russell.

The reimaging by the original creative team is reminiscent of 2013’s Evil Dead remake that was produced by the original  director, Sam Raimi, and star, Bruce Campbell.

 

Interstellar

29 May

Recently I watched the full length trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie, Interstellar. According to the official movie website – In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.

Interstellar may have elements of time travel and alternate realities, but as usual, Nolan is keeping most details under wraps. The movie stars Academy Award winners, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain.

Nolan does an amazing job of combining science fiction with drama and I’m sure Interstellar will deliver in quality and casting. The only potential miscast actor could be Matthew McConaughey. Despite winning an Academy Award last year for Dallas Buyer’s Club, it’s difficult to look past his string of painful romantic comedies (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool’s Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past…etc.) and his personal preference for playing bongo drums naked while smoking pot. His performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club has been his best in recent years, but McConaughey lacks the charisma and talent of other leading men like Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio or Robert Downey Jr.

I find it painful to live in a world where Matthew McConaughey has an Oscar and Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t.

Interstellar opens November 7, 2014.

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