A SINGLE MAN Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Watching the trailer for this film does not prepare you for what you are stepping into. Here is what I knew about this film when I stepped in: Tom Ford, a fashion designer, is a first time director. Colin Firth is nominated for Best Lead Actor. Julianne Moore had Oscar … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: A Single Man
Month: February 2010
FANTASTIC MR. FOX Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Stop motion animation at the medium’s finest. Easily fell in love with this film. Fox brings all the elements of a good film together in one package, leading in great voice actors, great screenplay, and great animation. George Clooney tops off as the voice of Mr. Fox, only leading a cast of … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Fantastic Mr. Fox
IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS Up For: Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Costume Design The first two words that come to mind within the first 15 minutes of this film: Low Budget! Now I know, “do not judge a book by its cover” so I bit my tongue through the film and hoped for the best. I was sadly mistaken. Dubbed as … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
THE BLIND SIDE Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Ask any one of my friends and most likely they can tell one thing… I dislike Sandra Bullock. Recently, her two headline roles have been in the Proposal and All About Steve (to which she won as Razzie Award, the equivalence of worst performance … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Blind Side
Good news to anyone who is following the journey: looks like I will be able to watch all but three films this year. I was able to find most films in the area. The ones I will miss: The White Ribbon (nominated for Best Cinematography) The Most Dangerous Man In America (documentary) Which Way Home (documentary) If anyone knows where I can find these … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Good News!
THE YOUNG VICTORIA Up For: Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Costume Design Best Achievement in Makeup Overall, fantastic film. Emily Blunt is exquisite. Paul Bettany (not Ifans Rhys as I commonly mistake the two) was fantastic as well. Mark Strong took part in the cast as well, playing such a great part I did not even recognize him (most recently in … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Young Victoria
BRIGHT STAR Up For: Best Achievement in Costume Design A viewer must be in a right mood to simply sit down and take in Bright Star. Though the costumes were gorgeous and century appropriate, the dialogue and storyline is like reading the poetry that is being presented. The performances were great. The two leads were wonderful, though the on-screen chemistry was through dialogue instead … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Bright Star
AVATAR Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Achievement in Directing Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing Best Achievement in Visual Effects For a long time, I waited to say my piece about Avatar (if … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Avatar
FOOD INC. Up For: Best Documentary, Features Here is what Food Inc. did for me: it disgusted me, it ripped my heart out, it suggested that I live the wrong way but cannot do anything about it because of my social status, and left me feeling helpless. A documentary like this needs to be careful. The entire film is broken into sections and each … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Food Inc.
So far so good… My adventure through the many films nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards is really paying off. I am completely amazed at how great films that sound so bad in title and on paper can turn out to be. I keep getting the same response from people: they are Oscar movies, they are supposed to be good. But most Oscar movies … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: My Journey Thus Far
JULIE & JULIA Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep) Julie & Julia inspired me to start this blog. The film itself was entertaining, but did not strike me as Oscar-worthy. The performances were sub-par, especially from Meryl Streep. I simply have a feeling that the people that grew up with Julia Childs teaching them to cook on … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Julie & Julia
PARIS 36 (FAUBOURG 36) Up For: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song The first thing I told myself was to take the easy way out and simply look up the four individual songs up for nominations (the fifth I had already seen in Crazy Heart) and choose from there without watching the entire films. Instead, I took the leap into … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Paris 36