The Academy Awards 2012

Best Picture – The Artist

Well done, The Artist. A deserved win, no doubt. But can it get any more predictable? Hardly. The Artist has been everyone’s favourite for a long time and I am sure less than 0.006% expected ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ crew to stand up to collect the Award.

Actor in a Leading Role – Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Was a close call as everyone predicted. Jean Dujardin sweeps the Oscar with Clooney undoubtedly left hoping that he would have a chance to play someone who is in as much trouble as his hero in ‘The Descendants’ for another chance to win.

Actress in a Leading Role – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Given, that at least the British television was proclaiming with utmost certainty that Streep was going to be a winner (how they knew that?), – (note they were not saying – she maybe a winner, but certainly will be), few surprises here, at least for the British audience. Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astounding 17 times. This is Streep’s third win. Taking into account her “very humble” winner’s speech, however, I think most people have already forgiven her.

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“A Dangerous Method” Review

A Dangerous Method (2011)

With ‘A Dangerous Method’, Cronenberg sets out a plan to immerse the audience into the world of passionate forbidden love and clever intellectual discourse on a fascinating topic of human psychiatry. The film follows a complicated working relationship between two of the most prominent psychoanalysts of the 20th century, Professor Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Dr Jung (Michael Fassbender), as well as shows Dr Jung’s sophisticated affair with his hysterical Russian patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley). 

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Oscars 2012: Is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the worst best picture nominee ever?


Stephen Daldry’s post-9/11 drama is almost universally reviled, but the Academy has a history of nominating some dreadful films for the top prize, and often ignoring future classic. 23 February 2012 20.00 GM

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“The Year of Living Dangerously” Review

 The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

Peter Weir’s ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’ is an underrated romantic drama set in the backdrop to Indonesia’s political unrest in the mid-1960s, when the country was making its transition to the so-called ‘New Order’. The film, therefore, was banned in Indonesia until 1999.

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“Revolutionary Road” Review

Revolutionary Road (2008)


‘…The nice young Wheelers on Revolutionary Road, the nice young revolutionaries on Wheeler Road…’

This is not the most famous line from Richard Yates’s critically acclaimed novel ‘Revolutionary Road’, but one of my favourite ones. The 2008 film adaptation of this novel, directed by Sam Mendes, though deemed by critics as “something way too much coming way too late“, is nevertheless, a brilliant underrated drama set in mid-1950s in Connecticut, USA.

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“Anonymous” Review

Anonymous (2011)

To be, or not to be, that is the question’‘Anonymous’ is a film set in the Elizabethan era and revolves around the idea that Shakespeare may not be the one who wrote his plays and poems. The theory here is that Shakespearean plays were written by 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, and then passed on to the intermediary, by the name of Benjamin Johnson, who then passed it on to Shakespeare, who staged the plays, taking full credit for each of them. 

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“War Horse” Review

War Horse (2011)     

 Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, ‘War Horse’ is a moving picture about a strong ties of friendship which develop between a boy and his horse. The film begins with the boy’s father, Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan), buying a horse, Joey, at a horse market for a very high price. Young Albert (Jeremy Irvine) becomes instantly attached to the talented Joey and teaches him to plough to try to pay the family’s rent in Devon. When the war breaks out, however, Joey is sold to the army, but not before young Albert promises Joey to honour their friendship, and to find him someday. Although the film is full of sentimentality and idealism, it is also very entertaining and heart-warming.

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