“Inception” Score is Edith Piaf Song in Slow Motion

This is a dated article now, but for the fans of Nolan’s “Inception” (2010) who haven’t seen this yet (maybe very few :):

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“The Edith Piaf song, “Non, je ne Regrette Rien” is used by characters “Inception” like an alarm to wake from dreaming. It’s a lovely touch, and one exploited by composer Hans Zimmer in assembling the film’s entire score. Read more of this post

The Academy Awards 2014

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Best Picture

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

Other nominees: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street

Well, there are hardly any surprises here, with virtually every film commentator predicting ‘12 Years a Slave’s win. It is easy to see why there was hardly any competition at all in this category, too. With greatest respect and admiration for other nominated films, ‘12 Years a Slave’ just stands out in terms of its artistic merit and, most importantly, the impact it produces. I don’t mind if ‘Gravity’ sweeps every award out there, as long as the Best Picture goes to its most deserved contender. Arguably, ’12 Years a Slave’ is the only film in the category to which you can comfortably assign the word ‘masterpiece’. It is a great achievement for everyone involved in the production of this film, especially for its director, Steve McQueen.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman (23 July 1967 – 2 February 2014)

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‘My passion to develop as an actor didn’t have anything to do with people knowing me. I had no idea that would happen. To become famous, to become a celebrity is something that I thought happened to other people’. (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

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My 10 Favourite French-Language Films

Modern era and in no particular order

1. La Haine (Hate) (1995)

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A “Better Life” Review

A Better Life (2011)

‘A Better Life’ follows the story of Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir), a Mexican illegal immigrant in the US who works as a gardener at rich people’s mansions. Carlos is also a single father, raising his teenage son Luis (José Julián). When Carlos sees the chance to better his and his son’s life with the purchase of a new truck, he scraps every dollar and buys it. When the truck is stolen, desperate Carlos teams up with his son to try to return it.

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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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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.

 guardian.co.ukThursday 23 February 2012 20.00 GM

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