Month: February 2017

Academy Awards 2017 – The Winners

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Well that was an eventful evening! After that slight moment of confusion, it was Moonlight who walked away with the Best Picture Award on the night of the 89th Academy Awards. Here is a full list of winners:

Best picture

  • Winner: Moonlight
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best actress

  • Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land
  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie
  • Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best actor

  • Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington – Fences

Best supporting actress

  • Winner: Viola Davis – Fences
  • Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman – Lion
  • Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best supporting actor

  • Winner: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel – Lion
  • Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best director

  • Winner: La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
  • Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best original screenplay

  • Winner: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  • Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou

Best adapted screenplay

  • Winner: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Alvin McCraney
  • Arrival – Eric Heisserer
  • Fences – August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion – Luke Davies

Best original score

  • Winner: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
  • Jackie – Mica Levi
  • Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
  • Passengers – Thomas Newton

Best original song

  • Winner: La La Land – City of Stars by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • La La Land – Audition by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • Moana – How Far I’ll Go by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Trolls – Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
  • Jim: The James Foley Story – The Empty Chair by J Ralph and Sting

Best cinematography

  • Winner: La La Land – Linus Sandgren
  • Arrival – Bradford Young
  • Lion – Greig Fraser
  • Moonlight – James Laxton
  • Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Best foreign language film

  • Winner: The Salesman – Iran
  • A Man Called Ove – Sweden
  • Land of Mine – Denmark
  • Tanna – Australia
  • Toni Erdmann – Germany

Best costume design

  • Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
  • Allied – Joanna Johnston
  • Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
  • Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
  • La La Land – Mary Zophres

Best make-up and hairstyling

  • Winner: Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
  • A Man Called Ove – Eva Von Bahr and Love Larson
  • Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

Best documentary feature

  • Winner: OJ: Made in America
  • 13th
  • Fire At Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated

Best sound editing

  • Winner: Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
  • Deepwater Horizon – Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • Sully – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Best sound mixing

  • Winner: Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Gary Summers, Jeffrey J Haboush and Mac Ruth
  • Arrival – Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • La La Land – Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A Morrow
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best animated short

  • Winner: Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
  • Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
  • Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
  • Pearl – Patrick Osborne

Best animated feature

  • Winner: Zootopia
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle

Best production design

  • Winner: La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
  • Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
  • Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
  • Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

Best visual effects

  • Winner: The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R Jones and Dan Lemmon
  • Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
  • Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
  • Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Best film editing

  • Winner: Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
  • Arrival – Joe Walker
  • Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
  • La La Land – Tom Cross
  • Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Best documentary short

  • Winner: The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
  • 4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
  • Extremis – Dan Krauss
  • Joe’s Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
  • Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis

Best live action short

  • Winner: Sing – Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
  • Ennemis Interieurs – Selim Azzazi
  • La Femme et le TGV – Timo Von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
  • Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
  • Timecode – Juanjo Gimenez

Upcoming Sequels That You Might Not Know About

This year has some rousing films in the pipeline, which we have previously covered in the What To Watch: Jan-Jul article. Here we look at the various sequels arriving in the coming months; some of which you may or may not have heard about:

Logan – 1st March

Probably the most anticipated X-Men movie there has been and certainly judging by the trailer and reception, possibly one of the grittiest and darkest Marvel movies there has ever been. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are set to leave the X-Men scene with a bang.

Kong: Skull Island – 10th March

More of a remake rather than a sequel of the giant ape, but this time there is to be no New York. Tom Hiddleston leads a team of explorers and soldiers to the uncharted island in the Pacific. Samuel L Jackson and Brie Larson also tag along for the ride.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers – 17th March (Canada)

There aren’t many notable movies that Seann William-Scott has starred in since his Stiffler days. That said, Goon was one that held some form of credibility and he is set to reprise the role of hockey player, Doug Glatt. Jay Baruchel returns to write and direct.

The Fate of the Furious – 14th April

They just know when to say enough’s enough when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise so here they are with the latest offering of the corny, bald headed, hard man, petrol loving series. There’s no suggestion they’re set to stop so let’s just enjoy the most expensive cheese going whilst it’s here.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – 28th April

One of the many Marvel entries on this list but arguably the most anticipated. The first Guardians of the Galaxy turned a lot of heads when it was released and the return of Starlord and co has Marvel fans giddy. Expectations are high though ahead of next year’s Avengers: Infinity War in which our Guardians will be featuring.

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Alien: Covenant – 19th May

The Alien franchise is going back to its roots by installing Ridley Scott back into the director’s chair which has excited fans into thinking he can produce something close to the success of the original 1979 Alien movie. Michael Fassbender leads the new crew into peril.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – 26th May

Like The Fast and the Furious series, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has perhaps produced more movies than it has actually warranted. The fact that they’ve already changed the name of the latest edition doesn’t bode well but Johnny Depp reprises the loveable Captain Jack Sparrow which is no bad thing.

Transformers: The Last Knight – 23rd June

Director Michael Bay isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and neither are the Transformers movies in general. Saying that, it is one of the most successful franchises so they must be doing something right. Mark Wahlberg returns to watch some robots hitting each other.

Despicable Me 3 – 30th June

It doesn’t matter how old you are, the outrageously childish humour of the first two Despicable Me movies left just as many adults in stitches as it did youngsters. Although the stand alone Minions film didn’t break any ground, the return of Gru and co will surely put a smile on everyone’s face this summer.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – 7th July

We got a taster of Tom Holland as the latest Avenger to join the crew in Captain America: Civil War. But we’ll learn more about the young web slinger as Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man teaches him the tricks of the trade as he tries balancing school life with the superhero world. Another one ready to feature in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Cars 3 – 14th July

Pixar’s next offering sees the third instalment in the Cars franchise as Owen Wilson reprises his role as Lightning McQueen, this time to take on Jackson Storm, voiced by Arnie Hammer. Pixar never fail to impress so not much more needs to be said about this one.

War for the Planet of the Apes – 14th July

It looks like Caesar has finally had enough with humans and is this time pitted against Woody Harrelson (good luck Caesar…). The third in the Planet of the Apes franchise would suggest this is the last in the series, but there is yet to be any official word on that.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 29th September

Director Matthew Vaughn brought us Kick-Ass in 2010 which was pretty awesome. He decided not to direct the sequel and it was rubbish. Fast-forward to 2014 and he produced Kingsman: The Secret Service – a similarly stylish, X-rated flick to the original Kick-Ass. The good news is he will be directing the sequel with Taron Egerton reprising his role as the foul mouthed secret agent.

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Blade Runner 2049 – 6th October

This is perhaps one of the riskiest sequels of the year as a generation worshipped the original Blade Runner when it was released in 1982. Unlike Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott will not be returning to direct but there’s hope yet as Arrival director, Denis Villeneuve takes the helm, with Ryan Gosling taking the lead role alongside the returning Harrison Ford.

Thor: Ragnarok – 17th November

Thor and Hulk have been quiet since the last Avengers outing so here they are teaming up along with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. The new threat: Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, who looks to bring down Asgardian civilisation once and for all. The final Marvel entry on the list ought to set us up nicely for Infinity War.

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Paddington 2 – 10th November

Everyone’s favourite bear returns this winter with the impressive cast from the first edition returning along with the exciting additions of Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi. Paddington gets himself into bother when his present for Aunt Lucy’s 100th Birthday is suddenly stolen.

Justice League – 17th November

Zack Snyder is another director that divides opinion, no more so following the release of Batman vs Superman. We got a taster of what’s to come in Justice League throughout B vs S and the general consensus is hoping for a slightly better result this time. Unfortunately Zack, the Avengers are in a completely different league (pun intended).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 15th December

Coming up to Christmas, it must mean another Star Wars film is on its way. The Force Awakens left fans gagging for more and literally left us on the ultimate cliff hanger. Rogue One was a nice filler but The Last Jedi is seemingly one of the most anticipated Star Wars films.

Pitch Perfect 3 – 22nd December

Our early Christmas present is the third instalment of the Pitch Perfect series. Not much has been given away regarding plot but we do know that the majority of the cast will return and that it will be full of more singing and dancing. Happy days.

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All release dates are UK based

Patriots Day – Review

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Director Peter Berg for a while has been on the brink of producing something special. He may have had a number of blips with the likes of Hancock and Battleship, but he has also produced some impressive docudramas including The Kingdom, Lone Survivor and last year’s Deepwater Horizon. His latest venture, Patriots Day, sees him take on the story of the 2013 Boston bombings – and it is the movie that takes Berg’s directing prowess to next level.

The film follows the true events of the bombings as well as the incredible subsequent events when two brothers, Damerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, target the finish line of the Boston marathon with a pair of homemade bombs, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. Detective Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg, who is also the only fictional character in the movie) was on duty at the time of the explosions and is seemingly our main protagonist throughout the movie.

All other characters in the film (barring Michelle Monaghan’s role as Tommy’s despairing wife) are real life accounts from victims Jessica Kensky (Rachel Brosnahan) and her partner Patrick Downes (Christopher O’Shea) to all police officials including Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) and Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K Simmons). Along with FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), they play huge roles in the aftermath of the bombings, searching tirelessly for the two brothers in quite an amazing few days in Boston. The movie ends with touching interviews and images from the day which you can’t help but feel moved by.

Berg has a knack of mixing together devastation and sentimentality. We are introduced to Boston on the morning of the bombings as a quirky, lazy place with a number of wise cracks from all the characters – an easy going opening to the movie. But as a result, we are immediately invested in the characters, including the two brothers with whom we ascertain their motives and background of throughout – discovering more about the antagonists is another admirable trait of Berg’s.

The scene of the explosions isn’t over-egged by Berg, but from this moment on the audience is gripped by the pure tension the subsequent events exploit. And these said events are quite incredible – it’s almost best to go into the movie without knowing too much of what happened in the days that followed.

Berg doesn’t struggle with the high number of character profiles – in fact Wahlberg’s role isn’t necessarily outdoing anyone else, he is just one of the many heroes that Berg is patriotically portraying. As a result, Patriots Day is some of his best work. It’s a captivating watch, incredibly moving and a true homage to all the victims and heroes of the tragic events of those few days.

Gold – Review

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The story behind Gold is quite a remarkable one but the telling of it by director Stephen Gaghan fails to sparkle. All the ingredients suggest that this could have been a classic, money based caper but the end product is merely a lacklustre wannabe Wolf of Wall Street.

Matthew McConaughey (who possibly was casted following his brief appearance in Wolf of Wall Street) plays Kenny Wells, a man who is on the brink of driving his family’s business into bankruptcy in the late 80’s. Following a literal dream he has one night, Kenny goes all out into the prospecting game, venturing to Indonesia to meet Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez), a fellow prospector who believes he knows where to get digging deep in the jungle territory.

The pair forms a business partnership and soon enough begin hiring local Indonesian villagers to start digging for the buried riches. Back home in Nevada, Kenny has a group of salesman set up in order to gain investors in the new business venture, along with his partner Kay (Bryce Dallas-Howard), who enjoys the sudden income increase when Kenny and Michael seemingly strike lucky. Consequently, a number of New York firms as well as various other parties become interested in Kenny’s project.

Unsurprisingly, McConaughey is the most notable and watchable component of the movie. He has clearly prepared himself and then some for the role with the receding hair line and incredibly rotund belly – that said, how challenging can it be to prepare for a role by piling on the pounds? The performance itself is typically engrossing, making the mundane conversations and confrontations that bit more intriguing.

Unfortunately not much can be said for the rest of the movie. Gaghan uses musical montages with pop tunes from the 80s in an attempt to create a fast paced, Wolf of Wall Street or The Big Short type movie. It’s all in vain as the film never really takes off at any stage, nor takes any risks unlike its main protagonist leaving a blunt and lacklustre end product. That’s hard to believe with a storyline such as this (though if one was to dig further, you’d find that the movie only barely matches the true story that it claims to be inspired by).

With McConaughey being the sole sparkle to gleam from the movie, Gold is one that promised a lot but doesn’t dig deep enough shine as brightly as its subject matter.

2017 BAFTA Awards – The Winners

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The 70th Annual British Academy Film Awards took place last night with La La Land stealing the headlines securing five awards, followed by Lion and Manchester By The Sea, which earned two awards apiece.

Here is the full list of winners from last night:

Best Film

La La Land

British Film of the Year

I, Daniel Blake

Best Leading Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea

Best Leading Actress

Emma Stone – La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Dev Patel – Lion

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Original Screenplay

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By The Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay

Luke Davies – Lion

Best Cinematography

Linus Sandgren – La La Land

Best Editing

John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge

Best Production Design

Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Costume Design

Madeline Fontaine – Jackie

Best Original Music

Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

Best Make-Up/Hair

J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Sound

Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare – Arrival

Best Special Visual Effects

Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez – The Jungle Book

Best Non-English Speaking Film

Son of Saul

Best Animated Film

Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Documentary

The 13th

Rising Star Award

Tom Holland

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh – Under the Shadow

Best Short Animation

A Love Story

Best Short Film

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Manchester By The Sea – Review

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Manchester by the Sea is possibly the film that brings Casey Affleck out of the shadow of older brother, Ben, in terms of acting prowess. The heart-breaking and bleak storyline brings out the absolute best in Affleck, and with a Golden Globe already under his belt, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him grab an Oscar at the end of this month either.

He plays Lee Chandler, a janitor in Boston, leading a mundane and exiled life following a dark tragedy in his life. After learning that his older brother, Joe (Kyle Chandler) has died, he finds himself back in his hometown of Manchester, where he discovers that he will have to look after Joe’s 16-year-old son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges).

Lee now finds himself in a difficult position, fighting demons in his past and now struggling to come to terms with having to take on the huge task of his selfish and reluctant nephew. As the film progresses, we learn more about Lee’s past, discovering that he was a social, happy go lucky kind of guy as well as a loving husband, father and uncle to a younger Patrick. That is until the incident that turns him into this cold, deadpan character as the film continues to evolve with Lee’s past and present beginning to converge.

It’s hard to see the Oscar for best actor heading anywhere other than Affleck’s direction. The piece of casting for Lee is an absolute masterstroke as Affleck nails this fractured, empty soul yet with something so dark brooding deep inside which is so difficult for an actor to portray. There are certain aspects of Affleck that display this perfectly whether it is his slumped shoulders or his motionless facial features. They don’t give away much, but you know for sure that there is a rage and ache deep inside of Lee, showing no real emotion despite the occasional angry outburst at a customer and the odd scrap in a bar.

Writer and director Kenneth Lonergan also does a cracking job of setting the tone of the movie. The snow and frostiness of the scenery captures the cold nature of the movie, and there are certain dull and uneventful moments throughout the film that will bypass without any consideration but will gradually build the feeling of pain and difficulty amongst the characters. This can be something as basic as being unable to find a parked car. Simple and mundane, but more effective than one might originally think.

There’s no doubt Manchester by the Sea will leave its audience in a dark place and guarantees the odd tear, and credit has to go to Lonergan as well as Affleck for his gloomy performance – he will be seeing gold come the end of the month for sure. The movie in general will leave a sour taste in your mouth, but in a good way.

 

Super Bowl Movie Trailers

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The Patriots may have won Super Bowl LI but more importantly, there were a host of trailers for some of this year’s hottest upcoming movies. Here’s a full list of what we were treated to last night along with their UK release dates:

“The Fate of the Furious” – 14th April

“POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales” – 26th May

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – 28th April

“A Cure for Wellness” – 24th February

“Life” – 24th March

“Ghost In The Shell” – 31st March

“Logan” – 1st March

“Transformers: The Last Knight” – 23rd June

“Baywatch” – 2nd June