Best Motion Picture of the Year
12 Years a Slave
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
American Hustle (could be HER)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
12 Years a Slave
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
The Great Beauty
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Editing
Best Achievement in Production Design
The Great Gatsby
Best Achievement in …
Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson team up again for a tense thriller set inside a plane. Unfortunately the visual flair of the Spanish director cannot hide the plot holes of the films final act. Those prepared to suspend a massive amount of disbelief will leave the multiplex reasonably satisfied, for the rest of us a feeling of annoyance, disdain and frustration will trigger a less positive response to the proceedings.
The film begins promisingly; Neeson effortlessly inhabits the role of Bill Marks a flawed man with a drinking problem who just happens to be an air marshall. Aboard a flight he starts …
A mixed bag George Clooney’s love song to the more subversive war films of the sixties is refreshingly old fashioned but compromised at times by the director’s and co-writers Heslov’s awkward dialogue. “Who will make sure the statue of David is still standing? or the Mona Lisa is still smiling?” Clooney asks the President at around the five minute mark. My question: why is Clooney’s character lecturing President Roosevelt and showing him a map of Europe with a Nazi symbol as an education piece.
The story details the recovery of great pieces of art by a team of mismatched art scholars, …
Less a film about lesbians than an absorbing look at first love and how it impacts a young girl named Adele. Adèle is a high-school student played superbly by Adèle Exarchopoulos, who falls in love with Léa Seydoux’s Emma, an art student older and worldly. At three hours running time it’s too long, I understand the directors desire to fully explore the life of Adele yet Kechiche seems content to explore everything in her life, from the spaghetti stains on Adele’s face during dinner with her parents to her daily attempts to catch the bus to school. The repetition of …
“Did you hear Rock Hudson was a cocksucker? It’s a shame all that fine Hollywood pussy just being wasted.” So begins the based on true story of Ron Woodroof a typically homophobic Texan cowboy who in 1985 was diagnosed with HIV Aids. He’s handsome in a Texas hick white trash sort of way. He lives in a trailer, drinks to excess, snorts cocaine and has unprotected sex with loose women. When he is diagnosed with the deadly disease, he angrily exclaims, “There’s nothing out there that can kill Ron Woodroof in thirty days.”
Jean-Marc Vallee and writers Borten and Walleck frame …
Shaky camera moves are back in full force in Jose Padhila’s uninspired remake of the Paul Verhoevan classic. Padilha renowned for the kinetic Brazilian crime actioners Elite Squad 1&2 plus the riveting documentary Bus 174 fails to nail the tone of the film, and borrows from other better films, including Batman and The Hunger Games.
The films opening sequence appears inspired by The Hunger Games franchise as Pat Novak (Samuel L Jackson), a right wing television personality receives a live broadcast from a field reporter in Tehran. Fascism reigns as Operation Freedom Tehran (sound familiar) is in full deployment with robots …
“My father had given me the name troublemaker. I didn’t want to make trouble I wanted to make my family proud of me.”
Director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) and screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator) have produced a noble attempt at cramming the life of Nelson Mandela into a two hour and twenty minute film. As a result the film feels rushed at times and at its worst perfunctory but for those who no little of the icons early life Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has much to offer.
At the centre is Idris Elba’s strong performance that grows as the man …
Here’s the pitch a bachelor party in Vegas with a bunch of old fogies. With the written note by one of the fogies wife’s “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, he is dropped off at the airport with a condom and a couple of Viagra to celebrate the first bachelor party that could be covered by medicare. The film achieves its low point as the four octogenarians get the task of judging a bathing suit contest whilst redfoo puts his balls in the face of captain sunshine aka Paddy (Robert De Niro). Kline yells to the crowd “I’m available …
Here’s the pitch Rocky and Jake La Motta have a rematch to find out who is the better fighter. They hate each other due to Billy “the kid” McDonnen (De Niro) sleeping with Henry “Razor” Sharp’s (Stallone) wife now played by Kim Basinger (60 and looking 40) 30 years ago. Sharp now works in a Pittsburgh factory whilst Billy owns bars and a car dealership. Money seems the motivation to get the two old pros back in the ring. You could say the same for the pairing of Stallone and De Niro, in what is a forgettable occasionally funny trip …
Slavery was a form of exploitation in which one human was owned by another person, and in which the slave hovered uncertainly between the contradictory positions of being both a piece of property and also a person. They were treated like animals performing the hardest labour and working the longest hours, and they suffered from ill health and higher mortality rates. They were inconsequential, treated with utter contempt and it was designed to take away a person’s humanity.
The Slave Trade displaced millions and brought inconceivable suffering, in today’s terms it was a human rights crime on par with the holocaust. …