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Month: January 2016

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Sicario” – 3 nominations

“SICARIO” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell, and Molly Smith // Directed by Denis Villeneuve // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 30th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  22 films – 30 days // Advertisements

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Ex Machina” – 2 nominations

“EX MACHINA” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich //Directed by Alex Garland // // Dated Viewed: Friday, January 29th, 2016 // AMAZON PRIME //  24 films – 31 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [17] “The Hunting Ground” – Best Original Song

“TIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU” FROM “THE HUNTING GROUND” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga From the documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” which focuses on the allegations that major universities are covering up their sexual abuse cases as a way to keep people coming to their campuses, Lady Gaga and Diane Warren present a heartfelt ballad to express this emotional hurt that … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [17] “The Hunting Ground” – Best Original Song

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Theatrical Releases: Fifty Shades Of Black & Kung Fu Panda 3

FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK || Having just watched “Fifty Shades Of Grey” for the Oscar Challenge, it is clear to see that Marlon Wayans’ parody, “Fifty Shades Of Black” basically takes the same exact dialogue and moments and weaves in his formulaic dumb comedy, which is even less subtle and even more blatant than ever before. There’s something about Wayans that makes this even … Read More Theatrical Releases: Fifty Shades Of Black & Kung Fu Panda 3

2016 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Straight Outta Compton” – Best Original Screenplay

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff FILM SYNOPSIS: In the mid-1980s, five young men from Compton — Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren — form a hip-hop group called N.W.A. As their music takes off, they attract the attention of veteran rock manager Jerry Heller, … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Straight Outta Compton” – Best Original Screenplay

2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Original Score

CAROL Cartel Burwell At its core, and as described in the Adapted Screenplay category as well, “Carol” is a love story. So Carter Burwell’s main drive in composing the score for “Carol” was to highlight those moments of discovering love, exploring the characters feelings for one another, and ultimately the characters acting on those feelings, all while trying to use of instruments relevant to … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Original Score

2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Adapted Screenplay

CAROL Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy Based on “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early 1950s, department store clerk Therese Belivet is entranced by Carol Aird, a self-assured suburban housewife. As their relationship intensifies, Therese and Carol find themselves subjected to vehement scrutiny, especially by Carol’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Harge, and Carol is pressured to abandon the affair in order to … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Adapted Screenplay

2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Costume Design

CAROL Sandy Powell Watching the featurette for Costume Design in “Carol,” as with the one from “The Revenant,” you really get a sense of what the thought process is for costume designers. Although Sandy Powell accredits most of the elements to Todd Haynes and producers, you also hear her describe finding Therese’s hat and it calling to her, even despite the fact that she … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Costume Design

2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Cinematography

CAROL Ed Lachman Edward Lachman and Todd Haynes have collaborated on three films now, all three having been nominated for an Academy Award in some capacity, with Lachman getting a previous nomination in 2002 for “Far From Heaven” and along with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Cate Blanchett, who Haynes and Lachman team with again in “Carol.” Lachman has a way of completely … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Cinematography

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Supporting Actress

ROONEY MARA “Carol” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Rooney Mara plays Therese Belivet, a department store clerk in the 1950s who longs for a more fulfilling life and falls in love with a refined older woman. Rooney Mara plays Therese in “Carol” with a quiet reserved nature. She a thoughtful person does not express much, yet you know where her gaze lies and that usually where her … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Supporting Actress

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Leading Actress

CATE BLANCETT “Carol” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Cate Blanchett plays Carol Aird, a sophisticated housewife who is threatened with losing custody of her daughter because of her relationship with another woman. There’s absolutely no question why Cate Blanchett has been nominated by the Academy seven times now. When she plays a role, she not only completely transforms into that character, but she travels to every end … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Leading Actress

2016 Oscars Challenge: [15] “Youth” – Best Original Song

“SIMPLE SONG #3” FROM “YOUTH” Music and Lyric by David Lang What will likely end up being my favorite film of the year, “Youth” is the perfect example of why I continue to take part in this Oscar Challenge, as to discover films I might not otherwise see. With so much range of emotion, with stellar performances all around, “Youth” is not only well … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [15] “Youth” – Best Original Song