FINAL DAY: COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS ~ “BEST PICTURE”

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WE ARE HERE!!! The final day of my Oscar Countdown and I’ve saved the biggest and best for last. While this is a very good slate of films, and most of them deserve to be here, for the first time ever, I don’t have a picture that I truly ‘LOVED’ this year in this category as Nocturnal Animals wasn’t nominated. I liked them all, again, some more than others, and while I still have a pick – there is no one clear choice for me. That and my pick has no chance of winning whatsoever. So with that being said…I always hope for a few fun upsets!

BEST PICTURE

Arrival
While I really enjoyed this film, one of the best Sci-Fi movies I’ve seen, but can I roll with it for best picture? nah, but it is worth a watch, especially if you like this genre. It also has a very relevent message for this day and age of politics that we now live in. It shows that hate for something or someone different, really doesn’t need to be. Truthfully right now, I would trust an alien more than the circus clown act we have in charge at the moment.

Fences
While I liked this film at points, on other points it just lagged or went to fast as they literally took every single word from the play and put it into the film. I get it, you don’t want to mess with the original sometimes, but in this case, trimming it down some would have been beneficial and the movie suffered as a result of not doing so.

Hacksaw Ridge
Let’s face it, the first 45 minutes of this was an absolute cheese-fest. The remainder – sort of a gore-fest. And while it did good at the points of making you flip-flop on what you wanted that main character to do, it also gave us some Brits & Aussies doing terrible attempts at southern accents.

Hell or High Water
While it’s good to see a film be remembered from earlier in the year, and I liked the film, it just really never struck a chord with me as award material when watching.

Hidden Figures
I enjoyed this film a lot and it was about time something was done and made about these three fantastic women and what they contributed to our NASA space program in the 60’s. It had some big ups and a few downs with the tone of it all.

La La LandWINNER
With an opening scene that I just loved and so well done, you would think the rest of the film was going to be just as good. It’s not. Mind you it’s a good watch, but far from a great one and just a little to far-fetched, cutsey perfect for me. But hey, WHIPLASH was so damn good and was what a jazz story could be, that well, I guess I’ll give a groan when this wins, but I can’t hate on it completely.

LionMY PICK
While far far from a perfect film, the first half delivers big and is terrific, but it’s second half drags a lot until you get to the last 10 minutes or so. Again, I’m not in love with it. Having a great post Q & A with Dev Patel and first time director Garth Davis probably helped me some, but it did move me as a wonderful story of hope. And with that, I picked it even though I know it has absolutely no chance of winning.

Manchester by the Sea
For me, the film isn’t terrible – but honestly, I had no idea what as happening in the first 20-30 minutes. You just knew the guy was angry, but no clue as to why. It took 2 hrs. to get to the point and those 2 hrs. seemed like many more at times.

Moonlight
While watching this film, I couldn’t help thinking I’ve seen this story before..and I have – noting the fact it was done much better on the ‘The Wire’ and I think I would have liked to see three episodes of that again vs. this film. It was more than a tad inconsistent, with the first two thirds much better than the last third, and I was distracted by having characters played by multiple actors who looked nothing alike. That being said, it’s a good film considering the shoe-string budget it was made on.

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OSCAR COUNTDOWN: BEST PICTURE

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It’s HERE!!! Superbowl Sunday..of Movies that is!! #whoooohooooo And we are at the end.. the most anticipated category there is. Eight Nominees..everyone has a favourite..which is mine??!! Well read on here..read on.. and let us all enjoy the show and hope that there are a few fun upsets and that everyone has a fav. or two that wins something! Cheers!!
(Drum roll please)

BEST PICTURE:

Whiplash
Jason Blum, David Lancaster, Helen Estabrook

How to even describe this movie except that I loved it..then I saw it a second time and I loved it even more!! If there is a upset of the evening, this would be the one I would want.

American Sniper
Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Peter Morgan

I liked this movie.. it’s not my favourite but good performances especially by Bradley Cooper, make it better. Though a it’s become a politically charged film, it’s still a good movie.

Birdman
Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

I remember the first time out of the three times I saw this movie..and walking out thinking “THAT was fucking brilliant” I still think it is and it’s just a mind-boggling fantastic film full of imagination and a story within a story that I just simply loved.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales

This was such a fun movie. I remember noting in my review that come Oscar time, it might be nominated even though it was so early in the year to predict that.. I was right. It might not be my pick, but it’s definitely a movie to be seen.

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The Imitation Game
Teddy Schwarzman, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky

The only movie to make me cry..both times I saw it. It was just such a heart-wrenching story for me and the fact that my family was in the war and had it not been for Alan Turing, I might not even be here. Also, the whole prosecuting such a brave, brilliant man for being gay, just broke me.

Selma
Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

While a strong film, it was almost like a bio of MLK and while I really loved some of the performances, I think the timing of it’s release coinciding with the racially charged political climate that was/is going on, made it more relevant as when it was first screened it wasn’t scoring very high. It definitely deserves to be here, just not to win.

The Theory of Everything
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten

There are times this film moves slowly and if not for the amazing story of what this man has accomplished in his life and how he’s beaten the odds ten-fold, plus it’s also a story of how strong a person his wife had to be to stand by his side throughout, and lest we not forget the brilliant performances..well..it might not be what it is.

Boyhood
Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

This is my least favourite film of the bunch. I saw it waaay back before all the hype, and while I think the idea of it brilliant, the film itself is an average story of a boy growing up. I think so many have fallen in love with the idea of it, rather than noting it’s really just that..an average film with a brilliant idea behind it.

My Pick: Birdman (with an outside secret hope for a “Whiplash” upset 🙂 )
Will Win: Birdman
Possible Win: Boyhood

THIS DAY IS HERE!! COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS ~ BEST PICTURE

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Yep..I loved this movie. a lot.. I thought it was fun, fast-paced, great soundtrack, great costuming, great one-liners, fantastic hairstyles and great comb-overs!! And yes, again, a really good dark comedy. Ross Von Metzke hated this movie..even with all that going for it.. so #BOO to him.  And it actually has a chance to win..It’snot my 1st choice, but it’s up there!!

So I knew the story from when it happened in real life and for some reason just did not have the desire to see this movie when it was out. I only recently watched it on ONDEMAND and it was okay.  I wasn’t surprised by anything and the performances were good. But unlike say, last years Best Picture & one of my fav. movies ever, ‘Argo’ it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. I knew the ending of that movie also, yet the tension was surmountable. This didn’t do that for me.  Was it an entertaining good movie, yeah it was..but I think it could have been skipped over for a few others that might have been better that didn’t get nominated. Not even close for a win from me.

Well..in case you didn’t know it already I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! there..I said it..:)  It’s by far my movie of the year and sadly it’s a long shot to win Best Picture.. For me, not only were there fantastic acting throughout the movie, but the story told was simply just heartfelt and amazing.  Once again a true story, but one that kept you rooting rooting and then rooting more for Ron Woodward in the fight for his life.  It was one of the best ‘little guy takes on bureaucracy’ movies made in a very long time.  If the Academy has anything left in them, this would be their movie of the year.. as is, It’s mine!

I just don’t get it.. I don’t get the hype, the accolades as honestly, I almost nodded off during this movie.  It had a good premise and all, and it’s possibly one of the only movies I would recommend in 3Dm but beyond that.. no..it was a basic okay movie that was entertaining enough at times, but at others, really dragged. And it’s all CGI/Green Screen..which I guess I just still like movies that are actual movies this year. Sandra Bullock has been better…and I love George Clooney, but his character actually kinda creeped me out. Sad thing is..this movie might win and it’s so my ‘Anne Hathaway’ of the year.. :/

Huh.. this movie left me in a conundrum.  See I have always liked Joaquin Phoenix and while I think his performance was good, the movie was so-so for me.  I couldn’t get into the whole Scarlett Johansson voice g/f though we can thank our lucky stars she wasn’t on-screen trying to act it out as that would have been worse than just a voice. But does anyone not remember ‘Lars & the Real Girl’ with Ryan Gosling..now that movie I loved.. This one just made me laugh in disbelief at times, and make me know for sure that I never want to live in a time when your friends don’t blink and eye that you’re bringing a cyber-bot on a double date..shoot me before that happens please.. 

While this was a cute, sweet movie and I liked it well enough, what it comes down to is it really has no business being nominated up here with some of these movies. They skipped over a lot of other really good ones and for me that says it all. 

When I went to see this movie I had no idea it was a real story..and even more so that the ending had happened in our not so recent past.  To this day, I will never understand the cruelty that religion and religious purveyors put upon people.  This movie broke my heart as it could have been such a happy outcome but because of the absurdity of the Catholic Church, it was heartwrenching. Dame Judi was wonderful in bringing the real Philomena to life and Steve Coogan in a good turn as the reporter who helps her unearth the truth and becomes an invaluable friend. Best Picture..no probably not, but a good movie nonetheless

So I realize this movie is one of the Oscar darlings of the year and has a very good chance of winning but I don’t see how the Academy isn’t seeing some of what I saw.  Let me preface that by saying, I thought it was a good movie..just not a great movie and it seems to be touted to be.  For me it was choppy and out of sync..starts off with Solomon Northup is in a club of sorts, then he seemly kidnapped, then he’s on a farm with some crazies, one of them a great performance by Paul Dano, then he’s with Alfre Woodward & Lupita while they are sipping tea with pinkies and all, then he’s getting tormented by Fassbender, then Garrett Dillahunt deceives him, then all of a sudden Fassbender is back, then he’s building a gazebo with Brad Pitt.. there were points in time when I almost got lost. If we are going to go story for story of the slave era, I would pick ‘The Butler’ way over this movie and the ton of great performances it had that have all been overlooked. But again, it’s an Oscar darling. *sigh*

Oh the EXCESS EXCESS EXCESS of this movie.. I loved every second of it and the fantastic performances and while it was probably one of the best of the dark comedies, we are reminded that this too is a true story and how disgusting it was how one guy bilked out so many people. But that’s why Leo wanted to do..he wanted to show that and wow..what a performance he gave.  Marty Scorsese is always brilliant and yes, I am secretly cheering for this movie to win ..after DBC of course.. 🙂

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