Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Weekend Watch. "The Oscars Edition"

Hello everyone out there in movie land.

I like to have these up on Friday morning, but I got home late from work Thursday night and than had to be back the very next morning.  So that's why it's being posted now.    Sorry for the delay.

With both the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, and The Academy Awards on Sunday.  I thought it would be nice to list some alternate titles to go with some of the nominees that you could watch at home.  This will be random, but a lot of fun.

Midnight in Paris 

Oscar Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director,  Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction.

Indie Spirit Nominated for Best Cinematography, and Best Supporting Male.

Woody Allen's latest movie has become quite a hit.  Not just with film critics but also with audiences who never thought they would like one of his movies.   I for one never thought people hated his movies, they just really did not care for the whole Woody Allen persona.  Owen Wilson is so far the best at getting all of Allen's trademark wit without over doing the neurotic stuttering.

Well if you liked "Midnight in Paris",  I highly recommend "The Purple Rose of Cairo" starring Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels.  It's a funny romantic story about a woman whose dreams comes true when her favorite movie character comes off the screen and into her life.  It sounds like a really ridiculous premise, but Allen infuses it with a reality that makes it truly spellbinding.

(Clip Curtosey of MGM HD)

The Artist.

Oscar Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography.

Indie Spirit Nominated for Best Feature, Best Male Lead, Best Director, Best Cinematography.

Everyone seems to be in love with "The Artist" at least those of us who have seen it.  If you haven't yet,  it's being played everywhere so there really is no excuse except for your own ignorance.   Many people still tend to think that this movie requires work and that they will have to read a lot.  Trust me on this, you will not.   The title cards are not used that often and when they are it's just perfect. 

After you see this silent classic.  I am  recommending Best Actor nominee Jean Dujarden in "OSS 117: Cairo,Nest of Spies"  also directed by Michel Hazanavicius.  This is the spy spoof  the "Austin Powers" sequels  should have been.   A really one of a kind farce that looks like it was actually filmed in the sixties.  I don't know how they got the right kind of film stock but it's quite incredible and also very funny.

(Trailer Curtosey of Music Box Films)

The Descendants.

Oscar Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Editing.

Indie Spirit Nominated for Best Supporting Female, Best Director,Best Screenplay.

George Clooney has another successful critical hit on his hands with his role in Alexander Payne's new movie.  He previously won an Oscar for his role in "Syriana" and has been nominated for his directing "Good Night and Good Luck"

Today I want to recommend a movie that really showed that Mr. Clooney had great screen presence.  I'm sure some people thought he was good in "Return of The Killer Tomatoes" and I personally liked his role in "From Dusk Til Dawn".  But the movie I'm referring to is Steven Soderberg's "Out Of Sight".  In it Clooney plays a bank robber who escapes from jail  by holding a Federal marshal(Jennifer Lopez) hostage with him in the drunk of his friend's car.   Chemistry is sparked and they instantly hit it off.  Both characters are so attracted to the other, they risk getting close even though it may cost them their freedom or their jobs.   It's a really tight movie with great performances all around.

(Trailer CUrtosey of Universal Pictures)


Oscar nominated for Best Sound Editing.

Indie Spirit nominated for Best Feature, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male,Best Director.

Although it was featured in many critic's top ten lists .  "Drive" failed to get the Academy's reconigtion this year.   What's even more insulting is that Albert Brooks amazing performance has failed to get him the Oscar nod either .  I'm glad he is getting nominated for an Indie Spirit award, and can't wait to hear his acceptance speech.

My movie that I am recommending to go with this  is "Bronson" also directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. This was my first introduction to Tom Hardy who is recently in "This Means War" and will be seen in "The Dark Knight Rises"    Hardy plays Charles Bronson, Britain's most violent criminal ever to be put in prison.  What sets this person apart from alot of other people incarcerated is that he actually enjoys being there.   To him prison is like a hotel and he is on a wild vacation.  This is a really bold performance from Hardy and  after you watch it.  You'll know right away why Christopher Nolan picked him to be Bane in the next Batman movie. The guy is so immersed inside this roll, he becomes unrecognizable.

(Clip Curtosey of Vertigo Films)

 Take Shelter.

Indie Spirit Nominated for Best Feature, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Female, Best Director.

It is a damn shame this movie did not get any love at The Oscars this year.  Michael Shannon is wonderful as a man who begins having visions of storm that can destroy humanity, but it all may be just in his head. 

After you're done watching this.  I am going to suggest Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of The Third Kind"    Because both movies are about one man's obsession to find out the truth.   No matter what the consequences are.

(Clip Curtosey of Columbia Pictures)

I'll be back with a new weekend watch next friday with all new movies being played in theatres.

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