mercoledì 12 dicembre 2018

Golden Globes 2019: nomination e vincitori

2019 Golden Globe Awards

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothée Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” (HBO)
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“Kidding” (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

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domenica 2 dicembre 2018

Una settimana senza Bernardo Bertolucci

A una settimana dalla scomparsa del grande regista 2 volte premio Oscar Bernardo Bertolucci, ricordiamo il grande regista italiano attraverso le principali tappe della sua carriera.

Bernardo Bertolucci (16 marzo 1941 – 26 novembre 2018)



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giovedì 29 novembre 2018

Film 1525 - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Intro: Sono sempre stato curioso di vederlo, anche se non avevo mai avuto né lo stimolo, né la situazione giusta che supportassero la mia curiosità. Poi, complice il solito giorno libero e la mancanza di cose da fare al Takarakka, si è presentato il momento perfetto.
Film 1525: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998) di Terry Gilliam
Visto: dal computer portatile
Lingua: inglese
Compagnia: Fre
In sintesi: Una delle pellicole più strane e disturbanti che abbia mai visto, sicuramente non quello che mi aspettavo. Una storia difficile da seguire, tra violenza ed ira ingiustificata, una massiccia dose di droghe e allucinogeni, un retrogusto piacevolmente retrò e una coppia di protagonisti scoppiati come non mai, per un risultato finale altalenante e non del tutto soddisfacente. Ne comprendo lo status di cult, ma ho faticato a godere della visione;
il viaggio (letteralmente) allucinante di Raoul Duke e Dr. Gonzo per il deserto del Nevada alla volta di Las Vegas sarà minato di personaggi assurdi e le più disparate disavventure, il tutto per uno sballo totale che costerà non poche fatiche ai due protagonisti. Il tutto in nome di uno sballo costante - che francamente fatico a comprendere - e una ricerca quasi masochistica della situazione a complicarsi che, in tutta onestà, alla lunga perde di quel senso ludico e spregiudicato per sfociare in una ripetitiva spirale nonsense che rallenta l'"avventura". E alla fine sembra tutto un po' fine a se stesso.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz, Flea.
Box Office: $13.7 milioni
Vale o non vale: Uno di quei titoli cult che andrebbero visti almeno una volta nella vita per farsi un'idea personale su uno di quei titoli che ha diviso la critica ed esaltato un certa certa tipologia di pubblico. Sicuramente un film insolito e avventuroso alla sua maniera, anche se ho assistito a trasgressioni più riuscite.
Premi: In competizione a Cannes 1998 per la Palma d'Oro.
Parola chiave: Droghe.

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Film 1524 - The Salt of the Earth

Intro: Un documentario è sempre un ottimo modo per approfondire qualche argomento. In questo caso si tratta del lavoro di oltre 40 anni di un artista di fama internazionale.
E poi cugina spingeva tanto per farmelo vedere...
Film 1524: "The Salt of the Earth" (2014) di Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Visto: dal computer della Fre
Lingua: inglese
Compagnia: Fre
In sintesi: Un documentario affascinante e ben realizzato, un lavoro che racconta la storia dell'uomo e artista Sebastião Salgado in maniera particolarmente approfondita e intimista attraverso l'occhio del figlio Juliano Ribeiro e quello esperto di Wim Wenders;
colpisce innanzitutto la forza di Salgado, costantemente alla ricerca di nuovi progetti e stimoli, oltre che di storie da raccontare. C'è la ricerca di una verità sull'uomo e la sua natura, sulla Natura, sui rapporti tra individui, nonché quelli tra la Terra e chi la abita. C'è molto da vedere, oltre che da farsi raccontare, per un approfondimento sul lavoro di un grande fotografo che ha saputo essere l'occhio del suo tempo, narrando conflitti, accendendo riflettori, puntando il dito. Non si può fare a meno di rimanere affascinati, stregati dal suo lavoro, oltre che profondamente scossi dalle immagini potentissime e dalle storie tragicamente umane che fanno parte di questo documentario. Un vero e proprio tour de force che lascia lo spettatore con non pochi spunti su cui riflettere.
Cast: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
Box Office: $3.6 milioni
Vale o non vale: Bello e potente, nonché carico di significato. Interessante per chi già conosce l'artista e certamente di valore per chi non dovesse ancora conoscerlo. Vale davvero la pena di lasciarsi condurre attraverso questo "The Salt of the Earth".
Premi: Candidato all'Oscar per il Miglior documentario; vincitore nella categoria Meilleur film documentaire ai César 2015 e vincitore a Cannes 2014, tra i vari premi, anche del Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize.
Parola chiave: Fotografia.

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Film 1523 - It 2

Intro: Credevamo fosse la miniserie completa e, invece, era solo il secondo episodio... Ci siamo lasciati convincere a vederlo lo stesso. Forse non è stata una grande idea.
Film 1523: "It 2" (1990) di Tommy Lee Wallace
Visto: dal computer portatile
Lingua: inglese
Compagnia: Fre
In sintesi: Avevo già visto la miniserie tratta dal famoso romanzo di Stephen King qualche anno fa e, nonostante le buone intenzioni, non ne ero rimasto particolarmente impressionato. La mancanza di quella insicurezza infantile, lo stile retrò e la mise-en-scène particolarmente datata avevano compresso un risultato finale potenzialmente interessante. Oggi come allora si ripropone la stessa mancanza con, in aggiunta, il confronto stilistico e narrativo del più recente e riuscito "It", uscito al cinema appena un anno fa e subito campione di incassi (nonché di critiche entusiaste).
Questa miniserie televisiva, uscita nel 1990, fa quello che può nel consegnare al pubblico un prodotto spaventoso e delirante, mancando però di fondi e, forse, anche un po' in creatività. Ciò detto, tutto il peso di questo prodotto ricade su un ottimo Pennywise interpretato da Tim Curry, indimenticabile protagonista;
la mancata visione del primo episodio ha forse sottratto qualche sfumatura al racconto, sicuramente più affascinante quando si tratta di raccontare le paure dei ragazzini, piuttosto che degli adulti. Risolvere il mistero del clown malefico e sconfiggerlo una volta per tutte coinvolge, in questa storia, un punto di vista adulto che manca di una certa dose di fantasia. Ovvero è tutto più reale di quanto non vorremmo, nonostante tutto. In definitiva direi che questa seconda parte di "Stephen King's It" funziona così così e non riesce nel suo intento catartico di risolvere egregiamente la vicenda. Si lascia guardare, ma gli spaventi sono tutt'altra cosa.
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Cast: Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Richard Masur, Annette O'Toole, Tim Reid, John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Tim Curry.
Box Office: /
Vale o non vale: Ha un valore nostalgico innegabile e certamente i fan di King apprezzeranno. Per lo spettatore moderno, però, il nuovo "It" potrebbe avere più appeal dal punto di vista dello stile e di quel pathos legato a spaventi e paura.
Premi: Candidato a 2 Emmy Awards, la serie ha vinto per nella categoria Miglior colonna sonora.
Parola chiave: Fognature.

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venerdì 16 novembre 2018

Film 1522 - The French Lieutenant's Woman

Intro: I always wanted to see this movie and it was about time I saved some time to just do it.
Film 1522: "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981), Karel Reisz
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: no one
Briefly: "The French Lieutenant's Woman" was not what I expected it to be. I got myself mislead by a title which refers to France & army, but in the end that's not what the movie is about. Two love stories, two different settings for a plot that is divided between the struggling relationship involving the gentleman palaeontologist Charles Smithson and the enigmatic Sarah Woodruff and the actors who play them in a modern filming of the story. Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons are romantically involved in both stories in a parallelism that drives you exactly where you expect it to lead you, except that everything just turns and what would have been impossible in the Victorian period drama story happens and what you thought to be inevitable in the real life story fades away. Sometimes a plot can still surprise you;
I find the Victorian period settings quite intriguing, with a special note on costumes (by Tom Rand) and hairstyling (for Streep bold and explosive hair). The comparison between the two plot timelines' style are obvious and well handled not in an ordinary way;
Streep and Irons are great actors and perfect for their double roles here: I was really fascinated by Streep performances, she can really be whomever she wants;
I find this art imitating art subplot really fascinating. A movie that depicts the making of a movie means to witness the process of that medium analyzing itself through its own tools, which is always compelling and worth studying.

Cast: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, David Warner, Hilton McRae, Peter Vaughan, Liz Smith, Penelope Wilton.
Box Office: $26,890,068
Worth watching?: Not always perfect, but well acted and narratively intriguing. The parallelism between the two stories is the core of the plot which will surprise you in the end. Worth watching, a real Meryl Streep's fans cult.
Awards: Nominated for 5 Academy Awards (including Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium); 3 Golden Globes nomination and 1 win (Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama); 11 BAFTAs nomination and 3 wins (Best Actress, Best Sound and Best Score).
Key word: Film.

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venerdì 9 novembre 2018

Film 1521 - Boo! A Madea Halloween

Intro: I've never watched a Tyler Perry movie before (and I heard they're terrible), so I was keen to indulge in this pretty little sin of mine to get my own idea about Mr. Perry's work.
Film 1521: "Boo! A Madea Halloween" (2016), Tyler Perry
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: no one
Briefly: not that I was expecting it to be great or even entertaining, yet still I was hoping to be proved wrong. Instead, "Boo! A Madea Halloween" is even worst than I thought;
badly acted and poorly directed, Tyler Perry comedy-horror movie is silly and pointless, incapable of being either funny or scary. I was particularly disappointed, especially because this picture had a huge success over the American audience since it managed to gain the top spot at the box-office. I'm still trying to figure it out how or why.

Cast: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, Lexy Panterra, Andre Hall, Liza Koshy, Diamond White, Brock O'Hurn, Bella Thorne, Tyga.
Box Office: $74.8 million
Worth watching?: Just for Tyler Perry's work fans.
Awards: Nominated for 3 Razzie Awards (Worst Director, Actress and Screen Combo).
Key word: Prank.

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giovedì 1 novembre 2018

Film 1520 - Geostorm

Intro: Not that I was too exited about watching this movie, yet still I was intrigued by its disaster movie vibes.
Film 1520: "Geostorm" (2017), Dean Devlin
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: Fre
Briefly: not a really good movie, even though it tries hard to be entertaining and worth watching. It lacks on creativity and delivers a lower than average product that isn't good enough and it is surely forgettable. If you love disaster movies, "The Day After Tomorrow", "2012" or even "Armageddon" are better choices than "Geostorm". And, to be honest, Gerard Butler is not a good actor.
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Amr Waked, Adepero Oduye, Robert Sheehan, Richard Schiff, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia, Mare Winningham.
Box Office: $221.6 million
Worth watching?: disaster movies should be fun and thrilling, enjoyable enough to let you go beyond the usually poor plot or character writing. None of this happens here. So save yourself some time and look somewhere else.
Awards: /
Key word: Space station.

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Film 1519 - Arrival

Intro: The first time that I saw it I thought that this movie was interesting and compelling, that's why I decided to watch it again.
Film 1519: "Arrival" (2016), Denis Villeneuve
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: Fre
Briefly: what I appreciate about this story is the similarity between the plot and the alien's communication: everything goes in circle. And even if you don't understand all from the beginning, you have plenty of time to figure it out what's really happening. And when you do it, you're just blown away;
Amy Adams is just amazing as always. She's a great actress and a wonderful interpreter, it doesn't matter if she's playing a princess, a nun or a linguist professor. You follow her through the movie and trust everything she does because she's perfect in what she's doing;
"Arrival" starts as every other sci-fi film that involves aliens and spaceships as they land on Earth overnight and people cannot understand what's happening; the difference, though, is in what happens next: no fights or violence straight away, just the need to understand what's happening by communicating with the extraterrestrials. That's what I loved the most about the movie and what helped me get over the sometimes too slow pacing of the story. This and the amazing Amy Adams, of course. And Denis Villeneuve directorial style is always beautifully poignant.
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Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien.
Box Office: $203.4 million
Worth watching?: Interesting and challenging, "Arrival" isn't the typical alien-involved sci-fi picture, instead it follows its own path down to an ending which is not granted at all. Not exactly rhythm friendly but surely intense and beautifully acted, directed and scored, it's an elegant story about knowing ourselves and the strangers from out of space. Not to mention the ones that inhabit the Earth...
Awards: 8 Oscars nominations (Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay among others) and 1 win for Best Achievement in Sound Editing; 2 Golden Globes nomination (Best Drama Actress and Original Score); 9 BAFTAs nominations and 1 win for Best Sound.
Key word: Private number.

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venerdì 26 ottobre 2018

We need to talk about Venom

Even though it had a better than expected box-office first week ("Venom" was initially projected to gross $60–70 million, but it went on to gross $80.3 million, marking the best October opening weekend of all-time, as well as the seventh best opening for a Sony film), Tom Hardy's new antihero Eddie Brock struggled to find critics consensus.
With an approval rating of 30% based on 258 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, a weighted average score of 35 out of 100 on Metacritic and an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale on CinemaScore, the movie didn't exactly topped fans and critics expectations. With some reviews describing it as "worthless", "aggressively loud and stupid without being much fun at all" or even "chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man", "Venom" has apparently failed to impress its crowd, yet still managing to make strong business: with a worldwide gross of $466.5 million the movie was able to surpass the $450 million gross it needed to break even (Deadline Hollywood estimates).
So what is it about "Venom"? Is it that bad or it just wasn't able to reflect the expectation behind it? You decide. And, in the meantime, you can enjoy our latest info pic!



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Film 1518 - Lilo & Stitch

Intro: One of my favourite animated feature films ever!
Film 1518: "Lilo & Stitch" (2002), Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: Fre
Briefly: this movie is great and I remember I was so caught up by the story when I first watched it, which it really surprised me. "Lilo & Stitch" is funny and entertaining, sweet and kind to a new, enjoyable level. Lilo's character is built up so perfectly, she's a real human being role model, always open to second chances and new possibilities in life. I really do love her;
smart and well written, this isn't just a family movie, but also an enriching story that reminds us that differences are everywhere in life, yet still they shouldn't really matter: you can be a crazy weird invincible alien mad at everyone and still find your place in life thanks to new friends and an open mind. We should embrace our differences and not being scared by them.
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Film 1518 - Lilo & Stitch

Cast: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Zoe Caldwell, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin Michael Richardson.
Box Office: $273.1 million
Worth watching?: Terribly sweet and - honestly - unexpectedly funny, "Lilo & Stitch" is a must see not only for every Walt Disney Pictures fan, but for everyone who's looking for a nice movie experience and a perfect cartoon choice. Trust me!
Awards: Nominated at the Oscars for Best Animated Feature.
Key word: Experiment 626.

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venerdì 5 ottobre 2018

Film 1517 - Lady Bird

Intro: I was so into this movie without even had a clue about it, but I loved the fact that this is an all-women project and the movie got ravishing reviews. Not to mention all the nominations that it got from the latest award season...
Film 1517: "Lady Bird" (2017), Greta Gerwig
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: Fre
Briefly: I really have to say that I wasn't impressed by "Lady Bird". Greta Gerwig directorial debut can be fun sometimes and it is surely solid when it comes to the plot, but in the end I didn't enjoy it that much. Probably my expectations were too high for a movie that got so far with reviews and awards. And most of the time it's hard to match what you would like to see with what you're actually seeing;
I am definitely in love with Saoirse Ronan, she really can act! I think she deserves her Golden Globe as Best Actress even though an Oscar win would have been difficult to imagine, mostly because of the other performances nominated this year. Anyway I prefer her in "Brooklyn", where she is simply divine. A round of applause also to Laurie Metcalf, absolutely perfect in this role;
I find a little bit difficult to see where does Gerwig Best Director nomination comes from. Nolan in "Dunkirk" is amazing and was about time that Guillermo del Toro's talent got recognised, but "Lady Bird" directorial effort is not any different from other coming-of-age comedy-drama movies we see almost everyday;
I think this is a decent film that works mostly because of its great cast and a story that sounds really true even though it's fiction. It's easy to relate with Lady Bird McPherson, a senior student at a Catholic high school in Sacramento, that struggles to find herself in a world that she doesn't see as her own. She needs to find her way through school, parents expectations, friends, dreams and all that stuff teenagers must experience while they try to figure it out what they'd like to be in adult life. Apart from that, "Lady Bird" isn't that amazing, even though it has its moments.
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith.
Box Office: $78.5 million
Worth watching?: I was expecting something else or, probably, I was just expecting too much. Anyway I find "Lady Bird" a very normal film that deserve a chance, even though it's not that great as the critics want you to believe.
Awards: Nominated for 5 Oscars (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay), 4 Golden Globes (winning Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actress) and 3 BAFTAs (Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Leading Actress).
Key word: College.

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giovedì 4 ottobre 2018

Film 1516 - Wonder

Intro: I was curious to see this movie, an unexpected huge box office hit that I didn't know anything about until it hit the theatres.
Film 1516: "Wonder" (2017), Stephen Chbosky
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: Fre
Briefly: a nice movie with an heartwarming story, "Wonder" works well thanks to its cast. Jacob Tremblay is a talented young actor (he's Brie Larson kid in "Room") able to lead this project on his own shoulders; Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are an unexpectedly well matched married couple on the screen and, of course, they know how to act;
apart from the acting point of view, this picture is filled with feel-good vibes and good intentions, even though you can tell from the start where the plot is gonna lead you. You know that the poor kid with the facial deformity (Treacher Collins syndrome) will struggle at school, as you already know that at the end he will find he's way through the pain. He'll be always different, but he'll manage to make friends and survive his first school year. So, as I was saying, "Wonder" tells you a great story, even an empowering one, but fails to deliver something new to watch.
Cast: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Izabela Vidovic.
Box Office: $305.9 milion
Worth watching?: The perfect choice if you're looking for a decent movie with a feel-good vibes heart. It is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio.
Awards: Nominated for 1 Academy Award (Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling) and 1 BAFTA Award (Best Make Up/Hair).
Key word: Friendship.

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martedì 2 ottobre 2018

Film 1515 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Intro: One of my favourite movies of all time. There's no need to have an excuse to watch it all over again.
Film 1515: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), Peter Jackson
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: Fre
Briefly: perfectly directed and acted, the first film of this trilogy is the one that made me fall in love with the movies. It's epic, it's entertaining and brilliant, outstandingly crafted thanks to the work of motion picture industry artists, and I think it pays a perfect homage to the book;
visual effects are still stunning even though it's a 17 years old work. The soundtrack is simply amazing and it manages to balance the action sequences with the romantic or quieter moments. Howard Shore and Enya did a great job;
Peter Jackson leads this picture perfectly: I'm still getting excited every time I watch this movie thanks to his great vision and talent.
Film 159 - Il signore degli anelli - La compagnia dell'anello
Film 313 - Il signore degli anelli - La compagnia dell'anello
Film 1270 - Il signore degli anelli - La compagnia dell'anello
Film 1515 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Film 314 - Il signore degli anelli - Le due torri
Film 1279 - Il Signore degli Anelli - Le due torri
Film 1295 - Il Signore degli Anelli - Il ritorno del re
Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis.
Box Office: $871.5 milion
Worth watching?: Between "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit" one I have always preferred the first. It's groundbreaking, absolutely entertaining and magical at the same time. So if you love J.R.R. Tolkien, fantasy or you're simply looking for a good story, start with "The Fellowship of the Ring" and don't stop until the Ring of Power has been destroyed.
Awards: 4 Oscars win out of 13 nominations (Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Music, Original Score, Best Effects, Visual Effects), 4 Golden Globes nominations (Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Score, Song), and 5 BAFTAs win (Best Film, Best Direction, the Audience Award, Best Special Effects, Best Make-up).
Key word: Moria.

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Film 1514 - The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Intro: I was intrigued by the the incomprehensible plot and the tense trailer, not to mention the good reviews and the best screenplay win at the Cannes Film Festival last year. That's why I was so keen to see the latest Lanthimos directorial effort.
Film 1514: "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (2017), Yorgos Lanthimos
Watched: my laptop
Language: English
Watched with: Fre
Briefly: tense, but particularly slow, "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" aims to be a thriller with horror vibes even though it just manages to exacerbate the viewers with its deviant plot. In my opinion it's more boring than scaring;
Farrell and Kidman are beautiful actors and they carry the story as far as they can, the problem is that nothing really happens here until the end and it's frustrating that you have to wait for the very last minutes to get the plot moving forward. Probably it was one of Lanthimos goals to induce these kind of emotions in the viewers, yet still you really need to be committed to the cause to actually enjoying it;
"The Killing of a Sacred Deer" has a really powerful finale that partially redeems its previous 90minutes of nothing happening while you wait for the good stuff to come, but I don't think it's enough to appreciate a 2 hour-long movie that leads nowhere for the most of its running time. I think "The Lobster" has a powerful message underneath that is missing here. And you can definitely feel it.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp.
Box Office: $6.1 milion
Worth watching?: Yorgos Lanthimos fans will find it interesting and probably entertaining, but for those who don't know the previous Greek director works it's probably better if they start with "The Lobster" first: "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" is even slower and less fun.
Awards: Best Screenplay at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival (tied with Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here).
Key word: Alcoholism.

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