The Academy Awards 2016

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I won’t title this blog “The Academy Awards 2016: Controversial, Emotional & Predictable”, although I want too. What have we had so far? Protests regarding the representation of black people and women nominated[1], and nominated actors who you can so safely bet on winning – the chances that they won’t is like forgetting your own name. Diversity & Competition or rather a lack thereof. Here, I will only comment on the Best Picture, Best Animated Film, and Best Actor and Actress categories.

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“The Revenant” Review

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The Revenant (2015)

“He would crawl until his body could support a crutch. If he only made three miles a day, so be it. Better to have those three miles behind him than ahead.” (Michael Punke, “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge”)

In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film “The Revenant”, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, an American frontiersman involved in an expedition to American wilderness in the year 1823. After a bear attack leaves Glass seriously injured, one of his companions decides to betray him, and among other horrific actions, leaves him behind. What follows is Glass’s unforgettable journey back to the outpost, to find the man who not only left him for dead, but also robbed him of the one dearest to him.

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Academy Awards Nominations 2016: Some Thoughts

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Best picture

  1. The Big Short 
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Brooklyn 
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. The Martian
  6. The Revenant
  7. Room 
  8. Spotlight 

It seems it’s all about “action and impact” with this 2016 Best Picture Academy Awards. I am rooting for “Spotlight”, but am glad that “Room” was nominated.  In my personal view, the “The Revenant” has its fair share of flaws, but who knows…We don’t see here “Carol” or “Steve Jobs”, surprise, surprise, and what about “Inside Out”?…this will be interesting, nevertheless. 

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“The Departed” Review

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The Departed (2006)

              ‘When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?’ (Frank Costello) 

Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller ‘The Departed’, winner of an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006, is considered to be the director’s finest take on the mob theme since ‘Goodfellas’ (1990) (intermittently he also directed ‘Casino’ (1995) and ‘Gangs of New York’ (2002)). With many great actors involved in this movie, and with such a meticulously constructed script, this is no wonder. ‘The Departed’ is set in the south of Boston during the time when the police wages their war against the Irish-American criminal syndicate. The film starts off with young Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) befriending the untouchable lord of crime, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Years later, there emerge two cops: one – Colin Sullivan, only too ready to infiltrate the state police as an informer for Frank Costello, and another Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), a guy who grew up in a criminal environment, who becomes a gang member working for Costello, while at the same time working as a undercover cop. When both the state police and the mob begin to suspect that there is an informer within their circle working for the other side, both Sullivan and Costigan must race against time to uncover the identity of another to save their lives.

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“The Great Gatsby” Review

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The Great Gatsby (2013) 

It is hard trying to adapt such a beloved American classic as ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. There will undoubtedly be many fierce criticisms pointing out how a delicate narrative of Fitzgerald cannot be possibly transformed into a film, and how Baz Luhrmann, the director, made it all too contemporary and overly-glamorous. While the criticism is valid to an extent, there are, nevertheless, many good things about the new film version of ‘The Great Gatsby’, and the film does not really deserve half the mud thrown at it by critics.

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“The Great Gatsby” Trailer

“Revolutionary Road” Review

Revolutionary Road (2008)

**SPOILER ALERT**

‘…The nice young Wheelers on Revolutionary Road, the nice young revolutionaries on Wheeler Road…’ (John Givings in ‘Revolutionary 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 the mid-1950s in Connecticut, USA.

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