Thursday, 18 January 2018

My Wins

1935:

Picture: 39 Steps
Director: John Ford - The Informer
Actor: Victor McLaglen - The Informer
Actress: Greta Garbo - Anna Karenina
Supporting Actor: James Cagney - A Midsummer's Night Dream
Supporting Actress: Elsa Lanchester - Bride of Frankenstein
Ensemble: The Informer
Production Design: Bride of Frankenstein
Sound Editing: Bride of Frankenstein
Sound Mixing: Mutiny on the Bounty
Score: The Informer
Editing: 39 Steps
Visual Effects: Bride of Frankenstein
Costume Design: The Black Room
Cinematography: Bride of Frankenstein
Makeup and Hairstyling: Bride of Frankenstein
Original Screenplay: The Ghost Goes West
Adapted Screenplay: Bride of Frankenstein
Song: "Cheek to Cheek" - Top Hat

1937:

Picture: Grand Illusion
Director: Jean Renoir - Grand Illusion
Actor: Robert Montgomery - Night Must Fall
Actress: Irene Dunne - The Awful Truth
Supporting Actor: Erich von Stroheim - Grand Illusion
Supporting Actress: May Whitty - Night Must Fall
Ensemble: Grand Illusion
Production Design: Lost Horizon
Sound Editing: The Hurricane
Sound Mixing: The Hurricane
Score: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Editing: Grand Illusion
Visual Effects: The Hurricane
Costume Design: The Prisoner of Zenda
Cinematography: Grand Illusion
Makeup and Hairstyling: Make Way For Tomorrow
Original Screenplay: Grand Illusion
Adapted Screenplay: Make Way For Tomorrow
Song: "Someday My Prince Will Come" - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

1947:

Picture: Odd Man Out
Director: Carol Reed - Odd Man Out
Actor: Richard Attenborough - Brighton Rock
Actress: Claire Trevor - Born to Kill
Supporting Actor: Louis Jouvet - Quai des Orfevres
Supporting Actress: Kathleen Byron - Black Narcissus
Ensemble: Odd Man Out
Production Design: Black Narcissus
Sound Editing: Brute Force
Sound Mixing: Black Narcissus
Score: A Double Life
Editing: The Lady From Shanghai
Visual Effects: Black Narcissus
Costume Design: Black Narcissus
Cinematography: Black Narcissus
Makeup and Hairstyling: Black Narcissus
Original Screenplay: Miracle on 34th Street
Adapted Screenplay: Odd Man Out
Song: "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" - Song of the South

1949:

Picture: The Third Man
Director: Carol Reed - The Third Man
Actor: Toshiro Mifune - Stray Dog
Actress: Olivia de Havilland - The Heiress
Supporting Actor: Alec Guinness - Kind Hearts and Coronets
Supporting Actress: Mercedes McCambridge - All the King's Men
Ensemble: The Heiress
Production Design: Battleground
Sound Editing: Battleground
Sound Mixing: The Third Man
Score: The Third Man
Editing: The Third Man
Visual Effects: Battleground
Costume Design: The Heiress
Cinematography: The Third Man
Makeup and Hairstyling: Kind Hearts and Coronets
Original Screenplay: The Third Man
Adapted Screenplay: The Heiress
Song: "The Headless Horseman" - The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

1951:

Picture: Scrooge
Director: Alfred Hitchcock - Strangers on a Train
Actor: Michael Redgrave - The Browning Version
Actress: Vivien Leigh - A Streetcar Named Desire
Supporting Actor: Karl Malden - A Streetcar Named Desire
Supporting Actress: Kim Hunter - A Streetcar Named Desire
Ensemble: A Streetcar Named Desire
Production Design: The Tales of Hoffmann
Sound Editing: Ace in the Hole
Sound Mixing: Strangers on a Train
Score: Scrooge
Editing: Strangers on a Train
Visual Effects: Scrooge
Costume Design: The Tales of Hoffmann
Cinematography: Strangers on a Train
Makeup and Hairstyling: The Tales of Hoffmann
Original Screenplay: Ace in the Hole
Adapted Screenplay: Strangers on a Train
Song: "The Cool Cool of the Evening" - Here Comes the Groom

1954:

Picture: On The Waterfront
Director: Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai
Actor: Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront
Actress: Giulietta Masina - La Strada
Supporting Actor: Toshiro Mifune - Seven Samurai
Supporting Actress: Eva Marie Saint - On the Waterfront
Ensemble: On the Waterfront
Production Design: Rear Window
Sound Editing: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Sound Mixing: Seven Samurai
Score: On the Waterfront
Editing: Seven Samurai
Visual Effects: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Costume Design: Seven Samurai
Cinematography: Seven Samurai
Makeup and Hairstyling: Seven Samurai
Original Screenplay: Seven Samurai
Adapted Screenplay: On the Waterfront
Song: "Three Coins in a Fountain" - Three Coins in a Fountain

1957:

Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Director: David Lean - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Actor: Alec Guinness - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Actress: Deborah Kerr - Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Supporting Actor: Sessue Hayakawa - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Supporting Actress: Isuzu Yamada - Throne of Blood
Ensemble: Tokyo Twilight
Production Design: Paths of Glory
Sound Editing: Paths of Glory
Sound Mixing: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Score: 3:10 To Yuma
Editing: Paths of Glory
Visual Effects: The Incredible Shrinking Man
Costume Design: Throne of Blood
Cinematography: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Makeup and Hairstyling: Throne of Blood
Original Screenplay: Wild Strawberries
Adapted Screenplay: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Song: "The 3:10 to Yuma" - 3:10 to Yuma

1960:

Picture: Psycho
Director: Alfred Hitchcock - Psycho
Actor: Laurence Olivier - The Entertainer
Actress: Jean Simmons - Elmer Gantry
Supporting Actor: Eli Wallach - The Magnificent Seven
Supporting Actress: Jean Simmons - Spartacus
Ensemble: Rocco and His Brothers
Production Design: Psycho
Sound Editing: The Time Machine
Sound Mixing: Psycho
Score: Psycho
Editing: Psycho
Visual Effects: The Time Machine
Costume Design: Spartacus
Cinematography: Peeping Tom
Makeup and Hairstyling: Eyes Without A Face
Original Screenplay: The Apartment
Adapted Screenplay: The Entertainer
Song: "The Green Leaves of Summer" - The Alamo

1965:

Picture: The Hill
Director: Orson Welles - Chimes at Midnight
Actor: Terence Stamp - The Collector
Actress: Elizabeth Hartman - A Patch of Blue
Supporting Actor: Tom Courtenay - Doctor Zhivago
Supporting Actress: Simone Signoret - Ship of Fools
Ensemble: The Hill
Production Design: Doctor Zhivago
Sound Editing: Thunderball
Sound Mixing: Doctor Zhivago
Score: For a Few Dollars More
Editing: The Hill
Visual Effects: Thunderball
Costume Design: Chimes at Midnight
Cinematography: Doctor Zhivago
Makeup and Hairstyling: Red Beard
Original Screenplay: Red Beard
Adapted Screenplay: The Hill
Song: "What's New Pussycat" - What's New Pussycat

1968:

Picture: Once Upon a Time in the West
Director: Sergio Leone - Once Upon a Time in the West
Actor: Burt Lancaster - The Swimmer
Actress: Katherine Hepburn - The Lion in Winter
Supporting Actor: Jason Robards - Once Upon a Time in the West
Supporting Actress: Shelley Winters - The Scalphunters
Ensemble: Once Upon a Time in the West
Production Design: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Sound Editing: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Sound Mixing: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Score: Once Upon a Time in the West
Editing: Once Upon a Time in the West
Visual Effects: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Costume Design: Romeo and Juliet
Cinematography: Once Upon a Time in the West
Makeup and Hairstyling: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Original Screenplay: Once Upon a Time in the West
Adapted Screenplay: Romeo and Juliet
Song: "What is A Youth" - Romeo and Juliet

1971:

Picture: 10 Rillington Place
Director: Richard Fleischer - 10 Rillington Place
Actor: Richard Attenborough - 10 Rillington Place
Actress: Liv Ullmann - The Emigrants
Supporting Actor: John Hurt - 10 Rilllington Place
Supporting Actress: Cloris Leachman - The Last Picture Show
Ensemble: The Emigrants
Cinematography: McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Score: Duck, You Sucker!
Sound Mixing: Fiddler on The Roof
Sound Editing: THX 1138
Makeup & Hairstyling: The Devils
Production Design: McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Costume Design: McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Editing: The French Connection
Visual Effects: THX 1138
Original Screenplay: Dirty Harry
Adapted Screenplay: A Clockwork Orange
Song: "Pure Imagination" - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

1973:

Picture: Badlands
Director: Terrence Malick - Badlands
Actor: Jack Lemmon - Save the Tiger
Actress: Sissy Spacek - Badlands
Supporting Actor: Robert Shaw - The Sting
Supporting Actress: Sarah Miles - The Hireling
Ensemble: The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Production Design: The Holy Mountain
Sound Editing: The Exorcist
Sound Mixing: The Exorcist
Score: Papillon
Editing: The Exorcist
Visual Effects: The Exorcist
Costume Design: The Holy Mountain
Cinematography: Badlands
Makeup and Hairstyling: The Exorcist
Original Screenplay: Badlands
Adapted Screenplay: The Long Goodbye
Song: "Live and Let Die" - Live and Let Die

1974:

Picture: Chinatown
Director: Roman Polanski - Chinatown
Actor: Gene Hackman - The Conversation
Actress: Faye Dunaway - Chinatown
Supporting Actor: John Cazale - The Godfather Part II
Supporting Actress: Valerie Perrine - Lenny
Ensemble: The Godfather Part II
Production Design: The Godfather Part II
Sound Editing: The Conversation
Sound Mixing: The Conversation
Score: The Conversation
Editing: The Conversation
Visual Effects: Young Frankenstein
Costume Design: Chinatown
Cinematography: The Godfather Part II
Makeup and Hairstyling: Phantom of the Paradise
Original Screenplay: Chinatown
Adapted Screenplay: The Godfather Part II
Song: "The Hell of It" - Phantom of the Paradise

1984:

Picture: Amadeus
Director: Milos Foreman - Amadeus
Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Actress: Kathleen Turner - Crimes of Passion
Supporting Actor: James Woods - Once Upon a Time in America
Supporting Actress: Nastassja Kinski - Paris, Texas
Ensemble: Amadeus
Production Design: Amadeus
Sound Editing: The Terminator
Sound Mixing: Amadeus
Score: Once Upon a Time in America
Editing: Amadeus
Visual Effects: Dune
Costume Design: Amadeus
Cinematography: Paris, Texas
Makeup and Hairstyling: Amadeus
Original Screenplay: Paris, Texas
Adapted Screenplay: Amadeus
Song: "I Just Called To Say I Loved You" - The Woman in Red

1985:

Picture: Back To The Future
Director: Akira Kurosawa - Ran
Actor: William Hurt & Raul Julia - Kiss of the Spider Woman
Actress: Geraldine Page - The Trip to the Bountiful
Supporting Actor: Christopher Lloyd - Back to the Future
Supporting Actress: Madeline Kahn - Clue
Ensemble: Clue
Production Design: Brazil
Sound Editing: Back to the Future
Sound Mixing: Ran
Score: Back to the Future
Editing: Back to the Future
Visual Effects: Young Sherlock Holmes
Costume Design: Ran
Cinematography: Ran
Makeup and Hairstyling: Legend
Original Screenplay: Back To The Future
Adapted Screenplay: Ran
Song: "The Power of Love" - Back to the Future

1988:

Picture: Grave Of The Fireflies
Director: Robert Zemeckis - Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Actor: Jeremy Irons - Dead Ringers
Actress: Sigourney Weaver - Gorillas in the Mist
Supporting Actor: Kevin Kline & Michael Palin - A Fish Called Wanda
Supporting Actress: Sarah Polley - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Ensemble: A Fish Called Wanda
Production Design: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Sound Editing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Sound Mixing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Score: Cinema Paradiso
Editing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Visual Effects: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Costume Design: Dangerous Liaisons
Cinematography: The Last Temptation of Christ
Makeup and Hairstyling: Beetlejuice
Original Screenplay: A Fish Called Wanda
Adapted Screenplay: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Song: "Hairspray" - Hairspray

1991:

Picture: Barton Fink
Director: Joel Coen - Barton Fink
Actor: John Turturro - Barton Fink
Actress: Jodie Foster - The Silence of the Lambs
Supporting Actor: John Goodman - Barton Fink
Supporting Actress: Judy Davis - Naked Lunch
Ensemble: JFK
Production Design: Barton Fink
Sound Editing: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Sound Mixing: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Score: Beauty and the Beast
Editing: JFK
Visual Effects: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Costume Design: The Addams Family
Cinematography: Raise the Red Lantern
Makeup and Hairstyling: Naked Lunch
Original Screenplay: Barton Fink
Adapted Screenplay: JFK
Song: "Beauty and the Beast" - Beauty and the Beast

1992:

Picture: Unforgiven
Director: Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven
Actor: Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven
Actress: Sheryl Lee - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Supporting Actor: Gene Hackman - Unforgiven
Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei - My Cousin Vinny
Ensemble: Glengarry Glen Ross
Production Design: Dracula
Sound Editing: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Sound Mixing: The Last of the Mohicans
Score: 1492: Conquest Of Paradise
Editing: Unforgiven
Visual Effects: Dracula
Costume Design: Dracula
Cinematography: Unforgiven
Makeup and Hairstyling: Dracula
Original Screenplay: Unforgiven
Adapted Screenplay: The Player
Song: "Thankful Heart" - The Muppet's Christmas Carol

1993:

Picture: Schindler's List
Director: Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List
Actor: Jeff Daniels - Gettysburg
Actress: Holly Hunter - The Piano
Supporting Actor: Richard Jordan - Gettysburg
Supporting Actress: Christina Ricci - Addams Family Values
Ensemble: Schindler's List
Production Design: The Age of Innocence
Sound Editing: Jurassic Park
Sound Mixing: Jurassic Park
Score: Schindler's List
Editing: Schindler's List
Visual Effects: Jurassic Park
Costume Design: The Age of Innocence
Cinematography: Schindler's List
Makeup and Hairstyling: Mrs. Doubtfire
Original Screenplay: Groundhog Day
Adapted Screenplay: Schindler's List
Song: "Poor Jack" - The Nightmare Before Christmas

2003:

Picture: Return Of The King
Director: Peter Jackson - Return of the King
Actor: Russell Crowe - Master and Commander
Actress: Charlize Theron - Monster
Supporting Actor: Sean Astin - Return of the King
Supporting Actress: Yum Jung-ah - A Tale of Two Sisters
Ensemble: Master and Commander
Production Design: Return of the King
Sound Editing: Return of the King
Sound Mixing: Master and Commander
Score: Return of the King
Editing: Master and Commander
Visual Effects: Return of the King
Costume Design: Return of the King
Cinematography: Master and Commander
Makeup and Hairstyling: Return of the King
Original Screenplay: Dogville
Adapted Screenplay: Return of the King
Song: "Going Home" - Gods and Generals

2005:

Picture: The Proposition
Director: John Hillcoat - The Proposition
Actor: Ray Winstone - The Proposition
Actress: Lee Young-ae - Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Supporting Actor: Ed Harris - A History of Violence
Supporting Actress: Emily Watson - The Proposition
Ensemble: The Proposition
Production Design: Kingdom of Heaven
Sound Editing: Kingdom of Heaven
Sound Mixing: Kingdom of Heaven
Score: The Proposition
Editing: Sin City
Visual Effects: King Kong
Costume Design: Kingdom of Heaven
Cinematography: The Proposition
Makeup and Hairstyling: Sin City
Original Screenplay: The Proposition
Adapted Screenplay: A History of Violence
Song: "The Rider Song" - The Proposition

2008:

Picture: In Bruges
Director: Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight
Actor: Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
Actress: Maria Heiskanen - Everlasting Moments
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Supporting Actress: Amy Adams - Doubt
Ensemble: In Bruges
Production Design: The Good The Bad The Weird
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
Score: In Bruges
Editing: The Hurt Locker
Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Good The Bad The Weird
Cinematography: Let The Right One In
Makeup and Hairstyling: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Original Screenplay: In Bruges
Adapted Screenplay: Two Lovers
Song: "The Wrestler" - The Wrestler

2010:

Picture: I Saw The Devil
Director: David Fincher - The Social Network
Actor: Choi Min-sik - I Saw the Devil
Actress: Yoon Jeong-hee - Poetry
Supporting Actor: Taika Waititi - Boy
Supporting Actress: Jackie Weaver - Animal Kingdom
Ensemble: Of Gods and Men
Production Design: Shutter Island
Sound Editing: Inception
Sound Mixing: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Score: The Social Network
Editing: The Social Network
Visual Effects: Inception
Costume Design: Let the Bullets Fly
Cinematography: Valhalla Rising
Makeup and Hairstyling: The Way Back
Original Screenplay: Animal Kingdom
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Song: "Ramona" - Scott Pilgrim vs The World

2011:

Picture: Drive
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
Actor: Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Actress: Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Supporting Actor: Mark Strong - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
Ensemble: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Production Design: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Sound Editing: Take Shelter
Sound Mixing: Drive
Score: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Editing: Drive
Visual Effects: Melancholia
Costume Design: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Cinematography: Drive
Makeup and Hairstyling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2
Original Screenplay: A Separation
Adapted Screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Song: "Star Spangled Man" - Captain America: The First Avenger

2012:

Picture: The Hunt
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Actress: Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone
Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken - Seven Psychopaths
Supporting Actress: Bae Doona - Cloud Atlas
Ensemble: The Master
Production Design: Cloud Atlas
Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty
Sound Mixing: Berberian Sound Studio
Score: Cloud Atlas
Editing: Cloud Atlas
Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Costume Design: A Royal Affair
Cinematography: Skyfall
Makeup and Hairstyling: Cloud Atlas
Original Screenplay: The Master
Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
Song: "Skyfall" - Skyfall

2017:

Picture: Blade Runner 2049
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread
Actor: Harry Dean Stanton - Lucky
Actress: Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actress: Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread
Ensemble: The Death of Stalin
Production Design: Blade Runner 2049
Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Sound Mixing: Blade Runner 2049
Score: Phantom Thread
Editing: Phantom Thread
Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Makeup and Hairstyling: Logan
Original Screenplay: Phantom Thread
Adapted Screenplay: The Death of Stalin
Song: "Remember Me" - Coco

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Calvin Law said...

Nice one, Louis. Need to organize my own wins as well.

I really hope none of Hawke, Pattinson or Renner miss out. If I had to pick one to be snubbed then Renner, possibly.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Is May Whitty a 4.5 for Night Must Fall?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Actually rather glad to see Wallach get his win back.

I personally prefer Star-Spangled Man over Pictures in my Head.

I'm really glad you switched Spielberg and Williams' wins to Schindler's List.

Luke Higham said...

Thanks for switching to Star Spangled Man. :)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is Claire Trevor in 2nd for Dead End.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: For Film thoughts, The Hunt, The Wicker Man and Don't Look Now.

RatedRStar said...

Louis: Let the Bullets Fly for costume design, clever man =D, funnily enough out of its 12 HK nominations, that was the only one it did win for lol.

Luke Higham said...

Thanks for giving The Devils a 5.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: For film thoughts, I suggest Your Name, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Shouldn't Hurt be tied with Julia.

And have you seen Split with James McAvoy.

What other 2017 films have you watched lately.

Bryan L. said...

Louis: Thoughts on this 2010s cast for Tropic Thunder?

Tugg Speedman- Dwayne Johnson
Jeff Portnoy- Jonah Hill
Kirk Lazarus- Chris Pine
Damien Cockburn- Russell Brand
Alpa Chino- Jason Mitchell
Cody- Seth Rogen
Kevin- Will Poulter
Four Leaf- Kurt Russell
Rick Peck- Ryan Reynolds
Grossman- Matt Damon

Luke Higham said...

Bryan L: I'd keep Tom Cruise as Grossman and I would have Capaldi as Cockburn.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Visual Effects from 1971 is missing.

Bryan L said...

Luke: Good choices as well.

Everyone: Is it just me or did the casting of Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern of Star Wars: The Last Jedi feel...uninspiring?

Luke Higham said...

Bryan L: I don't have a problem with the casting but I don't think their characters were beneficial to the story.

Matt Mustin said...

Bryan: I actually liked Del Toro a lot. He brought some life to a character that on paper was nothing. Dern's performance was fine, but the character's really just there to set up a scene that's one of the highlights of Johnson's direction.

Mitchell Murray said...

Also just caught up with "Lady Bird" and.. honestly, its giving "Call Me By Your Name" a run for its money as my favourite of the year. While I wouldn't nominate Gerwig for best director I sure as hell would nominate her screenplay. As someone very close to that demographic Gerwig truly knocks it out of the park in how sincere and honest the characters she presents are. I was thoroughly drawn into the movie from the first scene to the last and would love to see it do well this year.

Saving Ronan

Metcalf - 5 (Every bit of praise that goes her way in justified, since she might be my favourite supporting actress candidate so far. Metcalf is just so genuine and heartfelt in every element of her performance, and she gives the movie a truly inspiring parent figure that simply elevates every frame she's in.)

Letts/Henderson - 4 (Two very strong supporting males that serve to only add to the movie's authenticity.)

Hedges/Chalamet - 3/3.5 for both (Again with Hedges.. he's genuinely likable and effective at being a normal teenager but just doesn't have the experience to sell his more overt moments. This is yet another derivative of his Manchester performance but having said that I'm not bored with him yet. Chalamet, on the other hand, is perhaps a little spotty at the beginning but overall is fine in the role.)

RatedRStar said...

Luke: What is your letterboxd link, do you have a list of the 2017 films you have seen?

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: I don't have an account at the moment. It's where I go to find more obscure stuff and I greatly prefer their rating system over IMDB's. I've seen Shape Of Water, Three Billboards and Blade Runner 2049 in the past couple of weeks. Also, I tend not to bother giving an opinion on something that I've seen later than everyone else has. I will say that I loved all 3 but neither of them could supplant my very personal choice in Dunkirk for my choice of the best film of 2017.

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Ahh ok den

Michael McCarthy said...

I'm glad Phoenix ended up with the 2012 win, though I do kind of wish Salvatori was still the 1960 supporting winner. As for 1984, even though I like Harry Dean Stanton much more as a person, Woods is probably the right choice.

Michael McCarthy said...

Also I'm not sure if anyone saw this on the last post, but I got to see Phantom Thread today. I have to give it some thought before I decide if I quite loved it.

Calvin Law said...

Michael: Phantom Thread lools like one of those films one should probably not instantly reveal what they thought of it.

Matt Mustin said...

Calvin: That seems to be a recurring theme for Anderson.

Calvin Law said...

Matt: Yep. I thought I hated The Master the first time I saw it, same with There Will Be Blood.

RatedRStar said...

I definitely loved The Master the first time...definitely.

Anonymous said...

Louis did you ever see the Blade Runner 2049 short film "Nowhere to Run" what did you reckon to it?

Michael McCarthy said...

I didn't have the most open mind when I first saw The Master, but I still quite liked it. It wasn't until after a couple of rewatches that I completely loved it. I was more open minded for his last two films, and I ended up loving Inherent Vice from the get-go. Phantom Thread is a little tougher though, probably because it's not meant to be "entertaining" like Inherent Vice.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: He saw it before Blade Runner 2049.

The Blade Runner short as directed certainly was far more impressive than what Luke Scott did with Alien Covenant. It isn't anything extraordinary in that sense, but it's solid job. What stands out in it though is Dave Bautista who seems to be proving that his performance as Drax was no fluke. Bautista seems like he could offer something rather special in the final film, as this was pretty remarkable work from him from just a couple minutes of screentime.

Bryan L said...

Guess I need to rewatch The Master then, because its the one PTA movie I couldn't stand at ALL. Phoenix and Hoffman are still 5s in my book though, but Mikkelsen's my win for that year.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is there a possibility of Waltz and Bale being reviewed and upgraded for 2013 Lead.

Louis Morgan said...

Giuseppe:

Yes.

Luke:

In regards to Star Spangled Man it just had slipped my mind, when refashioning the lists.

Trevor's #2.

I've seen Split, which uses the James McAvoy variety hour as a crutch, as the rest of film I found to be pretty terrible.

Maybe.

Bryan:

Fine, although I think you need someone a bit more surprising for Grossman as Damon's already had that sort of transformation in the Informant, and someone a bit more patrician for Damien.

Luke Higham said...

Your Thoughts on McAvoy and Taylor-Joy.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Well wait, I wouldn't mind getting into more detail on the McAvoy variety hour, although 10 for lead is still contingent on the aforementioned elements.

Taylor-joy - 4(She's good once again and does her best to make up for her close to atrocious co-stars as the other victims. She does her best to realize at least a genuine fear and unease in an attempt to create a real tension in the basement scenes. It is actually almost a bit ridiculous how much better she is than her co-stars in that regard, as the other two seem more in vein of a traditional bad M. Night Shayamalan performance, while she at least grants a real gravity to the situation just within her own performance anyways. She in turn is the only performance that really provides a proper filter for McAvoy to bounce off of, and their scenes alone together are easily the strongest in the film.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: From your prediction, Franco's the only one I'm concerned with.

Bryan L said...

Yes! McAvoy might get reviewed! (Emphasis on "might")

Luke: I'm tempted to leave him off my predicted Best Actor lineup (Franco, Oldman, DDL, Kaluuya and Hanks) and put Chalamet in due to Francos' allegations.

Louis: The Informant is actually why I thought of Damon haha. Would you say Split leans on McAvoy the same way Alien: Covenant leaned on Fassbender?

Matt Mustin said...

I saw The Shape of Water. I thought it was absolutely amazing. Just completely beautiful in every way. I was transfixed by this film from the very beginning to those gorgeous final seconds. It's a stunning film to look at, in particular the beautiful cinematography and outstanding production design, and to listen to as well, that piano-based score is just wonderful. And of course, the acting is great. Needless to say, I adored this picture.

Hawkins-5(Absolutely transcendent performance. I was captivated by her completely. Without the use of her voice, she creates such a powerful and fascinating character and I believed and cared about her every step of the way, and her chemistry with Richard Jenkins is amazing. Just beautiful work, in every way.)

Jenkins-5(You know, I was thinking a 4.5 for him, but the more I think about this performance, the more I love everything he did, and it's not even the most complex role in the world, but it's what he does with it that makes it so special. He brings an almost immeasurable amount of warmth to the film, as well as great deal of humour, and he just made his character extremely likeable. What's really special though, is his chemistry with Hawkins. The two are just incredible together, they are so perfectly in tune with each other and the film, that it's kind of beautiful. I found all their scenes together to be very touching, and Jenkins has a lot to do with that.)

Shannon-4.5(Well, if you're gonna tell a fairy tale, who better than Michael Shannon to be your Big Bad Wolf? This is a classic bit of Shannon brand madness, and I loved the hell out of it. I would like to one day seem him go back to more internalized work like Take Shelter, but I can't complain about this, since he's so perfectly intense.)

Spencer-3.5(This is pretty much what she always does, but she's enjoyable as usual, and just adds a nice bit of fun to the film. I liked her more dramatic moment too, but really she's there to be fun, and she is.)

Stuhlbarg-4(You know, I really gotta give him a lot of credit here, because this character really could've been an afterthought. Stuhlbarg though I found managed to bring a lot of humanity to this character, who's really just kind of a plot point.)

Matt Mustin said...

Also, in regards to Doug Jones, I don't really know how to evaluate this performance, but between this and his great work on Star Trek Discovery, he's had quite a year.

Michael McCarthy said...

Yeah I'm not sure I can give Jones a rating either. Also, it looks like I may end up being the only person who preferred Shannon to Jenkins in The Shape of Water.

Mitchell Murray said...

(Matt) Glad we agree on Shape of Water. Without revealing my thoughts of Hawkins I must say everyone brought their game, and a rewatch could make me love all the films performances even more.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Concerning McAvoy in Split, I actually prefer him in Atomic Blonde for his 2017 outings. Then again, I love Atomic Blonde more than anyone else here.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Actually I loved Atomic Blonde too.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is Valerie Perrine a 4.5 or 5 for Lenny.

RatedRStar said...

I did see The Post, you know what, I found it engaging and solid, of course it is no Spotlight or All the President Men but it was still interesting, and it wasnt overlong.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What are your thoughts on Thankful Heart, because I'm a little bit surprised it beat A Whole New World.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your rating for Melanie Lynsky in Win Win.

Calvin Law said...

Saw The Post. A mixed bag for sure, but I'd say it's good overall, though it does go overboard with the cheese.

Streep - 5
Hanks - 3.5
Paulson - 2.5
Odenkirk - 4
Rhys - 3
Greenwood - 4

Everyone else would be around a 3.

Luke Higham said...

*Lynskey

Robert MacFarlane said...

I finally saw Call American By Your Name. The pacing was admittedly frustrating, but I ended up really liking it a lot by the end. Chalamet lived up to the hype for me, as did Stuhlbarg’s big speech.

Michael McCarthy said...

I thought Chalamet was very strong at first but he hasn't stayed with me super well. Hammer and Stuhlbarg totally have though.

Louis Morgan said...

Saw Phantom Thread and Molly's Game. One was okay, the other joined Blade Runner as one of the two truly transportive cinematic experiences of the year for me.

Luke:

4.5

Although I like a Whole New World the choice is pretty easy for me. I'll admit this is one in part that is helped by its use in the film, which I find is such a joyous representation of Scrooge's transformation. Past that though I think it is a beautifully written song by Paul Williams. From the spirited lyrics that sum up the change so effectively, towards the orchestra that is so wonderfully vibrant that has such a splendid combination of both a show tune and Christmas Carol blend.

4

Luke Higham said...

Thoughts on both films and casts.

Calvin Law said...

Thoughts on both film and thoughts/ratings for the casts bar Day-Lewis?

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: Wow, I never imagined you'd like Molly's Game that much.

Luke Higham said...

Matt: :) He obviously means Phantom Thread. Though I would question his sanity if he did put Molly's Game over the likes of Dunkirk and Logan.

Matt Mustin said...

Luke: Yeah, I was kidding.

Luke Higham said...

I think it's a 3 way for the overall this year.

Stanton Vs Day-Lewis Vs Gosling and I believe Jackman will be in the top 5.

Bryan L said...

Luke: Where do you think Oldman will land in the Overall? :o

Calvin: Are you saving Hanks for The Post? I might give him a 4, but not sure yet.

Matt: Your thoughts on The Shape of Water are well-said.

Calvin Law said...

Bryan: I guess I'll save my thoughts just in case. He's not far off from a 4 for me honestly.

Luke Higham said...

Bryan L: Hard to say, if Kaluuya does really well on Re-Watch, then I see him taking the 5th spot with Oldman in 6th.

Calvin Law said...

My predictions for the top 10 are

1. Stanton
2. Gosling
3. Day-Lewis
4. Jackman
5. Franco
6. Oldman
7. Renner
8. Pattinson
9. Kaluuya
10. Hawke

Obviously I'm hoping Kaluuya will be higher and he may end up liking Chalamet more than I'd imagined.

Luke Higham said...

I have Franco in 7th.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I really hope Oldman isn’t higher than Kaluuya, Pattinson, Chalamet, or Renner

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Well I'll let Phantom Thread stew a bit more just to gather my thoughts overall. Right now though I'll just say it is very much a companion piece to the Master, as it uses the ID, Ego, Superego template again, I could see someone saying it is recycled in that regard, but I loved the direction PTA took that base towards this time around which felt entirely unique after that starting point.

Beyond that though I will also mention this film is stunning looking in every regard, and it is an utter shame that it is disqualified from best cinematography.

Krieps - 5
Manville - 5

Again a bit more time to gather my thoughts.

Molly's Game, again was very transportive...no it was okay. Sorkin indulges in kind of that over direction that can come from freshman efforts at times, however overall I thought he did alright-ish. He struggles a bit with tone but that also comes with his script. As he did with Steve Jobs, his attempt at moralizing the story falters a bit, and feels forced unfortunately. Another testament to the strength of what Fincher did with the Social Network as that element worked so well that film. Anyways here is struggles with that. What I did like was just the general storytelling where Sorkin's usual flair was well realized for the most part, and in all reality the film probably should have narrowed its perspective to that aspect of the story.

Chastain - 4(She's better here than she was in Miss Sloane, although she still has those moments that feel frankly Julia Robertseque, which is not a good thing for me. In that she becomes almost robotic in her delivery of her more flamboyant "I'm tough" lines. I thought for the most part though she acquitted herself well because she bothered to utilize her greater strengths as an actress those being in terms of of portraying raw emotion in a more subtle. I'm glad she included such moments, something severely lacking in her caricature in Sloane, and manages to humanize Molly thankfully. Again I don't think she's playing to her strengths with her more overt scenes, but here she provides a balance to the point I felt she gave a strong performance overall.)

Elba - 4(I think he was working with a weaker aspect of the story, that being where the moralizing was the heaviest. Elba though did his best to absolutely sell every piece of the Sorkinese to sell these scenes. Again in terms of their function they felt a bit repetitive but Elba managed to make them tolerable through just how much passion he put into every word.)

Cera - 3(Probably the most I've liked him as he was pretty decent as a completely intolerable actor.)

Costner - 3.5(Kind of in his latter day wheelhouse, but I thought it was a pretty good example of it. In that he effectively makes the combination of mostly stern attitude with a bit of warmth underneath, than very overt in one moment, fairly natural.)

Strong - 2(As I suspected from the trailer far too much Jeremy Strong for any decent film. He does his usual overacting here, though at least is sorta fits the character, but still not quite because he's not very good at over the top acting.)

Those as the players are pretty good for the most part particularly Camp, and d'Arcy James. O'Dowd was kind of terrible though.

Matt Mustin said...

Why's it disqualified from cinematography? Because he didn't use a DP?

Louis Morgan said...

Matt:

Because PTA refused to credit a cinematographer, as he said it was collaborative process including himself and apparently others.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Are you adding your top ten for the year shortly.

Louis Morgan said...

Fairly soon, yes.

Michael McCarthy said...

My personal top 10 for Lead Actor would be:

1. James Franco
2. Ryan Gosling
3. Daniel Kaluuya
4. Harry Dean Stanton
5. Daniel Day-Lewis
6. Hugh Jackman
7. Gary Oldman
8. Jeremy Renner
9. Sebastian Stan
10. Bruce Greenwood

I do agree that it'll probably be between Gosling, Day-Lewis and Stanton for the win. I bet Franco's not as high for Louis as he is for me, but I really hope he and Kaluuya end up rounding out the top 5.

Calvin Law said...

Mine keeps fluctuating but now it's:

1. Stanton
2. Jackman
3. Kaluuya
4. Oldman
5. Pattinson
6. Hawke
7. Franco
8. Gosling
9. Renner
10. Bell

Robert MacFarlane said...

My personal 5 for Best Actor:

1. Gosling
2. Kaluuya
3. Chalamet
4. Pattinson
5. Renner

I'm pretty happy with this lineup, though Stanton and DDL could easily break in once I see them.

Robert MacFarlane said...

As for Supporting Actor:

1. Hamill
2. Dafoe
3. Stewart
4. Duris
5. Stuhlbarg (CMBYN)

Could see Stan getting in once I see him.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I'm very happy Dunkirk came 3rd in your top ten.

Calvin Law said...

Ah shame about Detroit. Glad to see Good Time and Lucky sticking well with you.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Oh God, *please* at least lower Three Billboards a few slots. I beg of you.

Michael McCarthy said...

I was hoping Three Billboards would be a little higher actually haha. I'm glad I, Tonya is as high as it is, and Lucky is growing on me a lot. My only issue is that I wish Detroit, Loving Vincent or IT had made it in over Good Time, maybe I need a rewatch but I didn't love it quite as much as everyone else.

Michael McCarthy said...

And as for my Supporting Actor Top 10:

1. John Boyega (sue me)
2. Sam Rockwell
3. Woody Harrelson
4. Michael Shannon
5. Patrick Stewart
6. Daniel Craig
7. Will Poulter
8. Jerome Flynn
9. Mark Hamill
10. Armie Hammer

Anonymous said...

Louis: Rating and thoughts on Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Bronson and Eva Marie Saint in the Sandpiper and Barry Gordon in A Thousand Clowns.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: could I have your #11 to #20 of 2017?

Anonymous said...

Louis: You can watch The Bedford Incident with Poitier and Widmark here:
http://putlocker.tl/watch/kxzq55vY-the-bedford-incident.html

Anonymous said...

I really hope the Academy makes the right decision and doesnt nominate Judi Dench and Denzel Washington.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: I don't see Dench getting in over Streep and Washington could still sneak in though the allegations came 2 days before the voting had finished so it might be too late for it to affect Franco's chances.

RatedRStar said...

Best Supporting Actor will be a good lineup regardless of who makes it, its Best Actor where we need to cross our fingers and hope that Franco stays in ahead of Washington.

Omar Franini said...

Louis: what's your bottom 10 from 2017?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Have you seen Girls Trip or A Fantastic Woman yet.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: If not 10, could you have Jane as an extra review, because I'm really interested in Pattinson and I'm rather hoping Renner will round out your lineup of five.

At the same time, I hope Bale does really well.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What are your final nominee predictions for Directing, Writing, Animated Feature and the technical categories.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your casts and directors for 2000s and 2010s The Grapes of Wrath and reasons for these cast choices.

Bryan L said...

Anonymous: I asked him once about what past film roles would Adam Driver be great in and one of them was Jim Casy, so I'd like to hear why as well haha.

Calvin Law said...

His voice alone would be perfect, I'd imagine. Also in terms of retro castings, related to films made this year:

Good Time 1940s version directed by Carol Reed
Connie: Richard Attenborough
Corey: Celia Johnson
Nick: Dan O'Herlihy

Dog Day Afternoon 2010s directed by The Safdie Brothers

Sonny: Robert Pattinson
Sal: Ben Safdie
Moretti: Bill Camp
Sheldon and Murphy: Robert Knepper and Zach Woods
Leon: Paul Dano
Sylvia: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jenny: Samara Weaving

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Had a couple hours to kill, and so I watched The End of the F***ing World. Not gonna lie, I found Alex Lawther (young Alan Turing from the Imitation Game) very impressive.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I don't want to continuously bug you with this but when do you plan on re-watching Mean Streets.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Taylor - 2(It is amazing how poorly she and Burton work as the "good" romantic couples as they're only fine when they're at each others throat in at least some way. Taylor isn't quite terrible here, but she's pretty one note in her "sultry" temptress routine. It eventually transitions slightly to something a bit more dramatic, but in a rather melodramatic if not downright ridiculous fashion.)

Saint - 3(Thankless role but she brings a real investment into her scenes, giving the most compelling turn in the film despite having little attention paid to her. Saint at least offers something genuine in depiction of heartbreak and betrayal and manages to bring a bit of honesty in the overblown mess.)

Bronson - 2.5(Bronson isn't the first guy I'd peg to play a flamboyant beatnik. He's not terrible, but I can't say he overcomes the miscasting behind him. He just does not fit into the role in the slightest, but he is at least okay in portraying his one note of disdain past the presentation of the character.)

Gordon - 1(The embodiment of every cloying kid actor cliche, which is a severe problem when you are suppose to empathize and care about the kid. Unfortunately the way Gordon delivers the role is completely intolerable in every sense. He delivers every line in such an over the top way, that seems in an attempt to be funny, yet is tiresome at every stage. It's a downright grating performance every minute he is onscreen.)

Calvin:

11. Detroit
12. Logan
13. Loving Vincent
14. It
15. Get Out
16. Thor Ragnarok
17. Lady Bird
18. Baby Driver
19. American Made
20. Last Flag Flying

Omar:

1. The Snowman
2. The Book of Henry
3. The Circle
4. Mother!
5. Death Note
6. Victoria & Abdul
7. The Discovery
8. Mark Felt: And his very bad hair day
9. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
10. Downsizing

Luke:

Yes to Girls Trip. I wasn't able to find a decent way to see the majority of the foreign language recommendations.

Jane will be a bonus review if I don't do a 10.

Director:

Nolan
Del Toro
McDonagh
Gerwig
Peele

Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me By Your Name
Molly's Game
The Disaster Artist
The Lost City of Z
All the Money in the World

Banking on a anti-Netflix bias shutting out Mudbound.

Original Screenplay:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Get Out
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
Phantom Thread

Animated Feature:

Coco
Loving Vincent
The Breadwinner
Mary and the Witch's Flower
In This Corner of the World

Although the voting change could make this go far more populist. Also it's shame Your Name has received no attention in the precursors since I'm pretty sure it's eligible.

Cinematography:

Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Darkest Hour
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Costume Design:

Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Beauty and the Beast
Victoria and Abdul
Darkest Hour

Editing:

Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
I, Tonya
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Get Out

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
Wonder

Production Design:

Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Dunkirk
Darkest Hour
Beauty and the Beast

Sound Editing:

Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water
Wonder Woman

Sound Mixing:

Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water
Baby Driver

Visual Effects:

Blade Runner 2049
War for the Planet of the Apes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Score:

The Shape of Water
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Post
Darkest Hour

Song:

"Remember Me" - Coco
"The Mystery of Love" - Call Me By Your Name
"This is Me" - The Greatest Showman
"Evermore" - Beauty and the Beast
"Stand Up for Something" - Marshall (More likely something truly obscure)

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

The Grapes of Wrath 2000's directed by Tommy Lee Jones:

Tom Joad: Billy Crudup
Ma Joad: Melinda Dillon
Pa Joad: Robert Duvall
Grandpa Joad: Rip Torn
Muley: John Hawkes
Rosasharn: Rosemarie DeWitt
Casy: Jim Caviezel

The Grapes of Wrath 2010's directed by Jeff Nichols:

Tom Joad: Casey Affleck
Ma Joad: Kathy Bates
Pa Joad: James Remar
Grandpa Joad: Scott Wilson
Muley: Steve Zahn
Rosasharn: Charlotte Riley
Casy: Jimmi Simpson
Friendly Policeman: Michael Shannon

For Joad you need an unassuming man which both Crudup and Affleck fit. Crudup I think would offer a fine similair take to Fonda, Affleck, in that role, I think could bring something truly special in terms of portraying Tom's bitterness. For Ma, you need someone who can naturally exude a real maternal warmth which Dillon has done so well in the past, and Bates certainly could deliver as well. Need real salt of the earth types for Pa, so Remar and Duvall. Need similair for Grandpa though something unique about it which is certainly in Wilson's and Torn's presences alone. Muley you need some tragic madness in a few minutes which I think both Hawkes and especially Zahn could deliver. I would imagine Rosasharn would have a larger role in a modern version. For the role bring a believable sister to the Toms, but also proper to the nature of the role where there is quiet underlying subtle tragedy of the sister I think both Riley and could DeWitt could find. Then Casy you need something unique, side note Driver is still too young for the role so one would have to wait for a 2020's version. Jimmi Simpson is always a unique performer and I think could naturally bring a combination of humor and pathos. Caviezel has done well with the Jesus figure before, particularly The Thin Red Line, and subverting that a bit could be something very intriguing. Also since it is a requirement for Nichols, have Michael Shannon in Ward Bond's role.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thanks Louis, makes me feel abit better for Pattinson and Renner.

Luke Higham said...

Thoughts on Girls Trip and the cast.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I guess thats 13/14 5 star films for the year.

Calvin Law said...

Wow, American Made? That's certainly a surprise.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: I'm almost certain Kaluuya's getting a 5 now seeing how relatively high Get Out is compared to what I'd imagined.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I agree, Kaluuya's performance is probably the likely reason considering the reservations he has with the film.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Come on Calvin, you're making it sound like I hated Get Out, I said I liked it when I first saw it though I simply had some reservations, which I still have.

Luke:

I didn't care for Girls Trip. I just didn't really find it very funny. It is very obviously influenced by Bridesmaids with the majority of it being gross out/crass humor followed by extremely straight forward serious scenes. It just goes back and forth throughout. It isn't particularly well done with the tonal shifts being pretty awkward falling into kind of a melodramatic sitcom rhythm. I wouldn't have minded that so much, but I just wasn't really entertained to begin with.

Hall - 3(She's a fine straight woman to the gang for the most part. In that at least she does her absolute best to sell the dramatic moments, and on her end she does. She doesn't do as well with the comedic moments, but she doesn't have that many of them. She's mostly more than just fine.)

Latifah - 3(She's very much doing her usual thing, and as usual does it just fine. She actually can provide a certain balance within her own work to make her transitions natural from the absurd to the serious scenes. She's more than decent here.)

Smith - 2(She perhaps has the biggest challenge in that she goes from the extremes of the role constantly, and she just doesn't pull off either side all that well unfortunately.)

Haddish - 2(She essentially plays what is usually parody cwazzzy best friend character shown as a joke in a fake romantic comedy, but that's simply her character here. I will give her credit for putting her heart into every scene, and trying to sell every moment to the cheap seats. Unfortunately I just didn't find her very funny so the effort was a bit lost on me, and she was little grating rather than endearing.)

No.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What's your lowest 5 out of your top 20.

Calvin Law said...

Haha don't worry Louis I'm just saying in comparison to what I'd predicted it's stayed better with you.

RatedRStar said...

We ll probably give our main predictions on like Sunday night or Monday during the day, I will sound the gong as I have done each year to start it since I have a lot to say about this year =D.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I’m surprised American Made was in your top 20 as well, mostly because I thought American Made was crap.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your rating and thoughts on Poitier and Widmark in The Bedford Incident.

Michael McCarthy said...

I'm surprised about American Made as well. I liked it fine, and liked Tom Cruise a lot, but I would've expected Wonder Woman over that.

RatedRStar said...

It is great to see a Tom Cruise vehicle in which Cruise is on form, happens too little nowadays.

RatedRStar said...

Just sat here thinking about the Oscar nominations, thinking how many votes would happen in 2 days for James Franco to get in or miss, whether we are underestimating Tom Hanks, whether Day Lewis will miss for a film that the academy may dislike, whether we are overestimating Kaluuya, we shall see very soon.......

RatedRStar said...

I wonder what is going through Jake and Roberts minds right now, is there a wtf in the works, as for Denzel, its whether the Academy decides if its the performance or the film that decides whether Washington gets in or not.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Okja, then it's 4.5's until after Lady Bird, and then it's 4's for quite awhile.

Anonymous:

Widmark & Poitier - 4/3.5(Both do well in their roles in what is a film that doesn't quite come together in its attempt at I believe its own Kubrickian style. Widmark though acquits himself well though as a believable portraying of the dogged ship captain who cuts down those who question him too much, while Poitier brings his usual charm to elevate what could have been a forgettable role otherwise. They both do well though I don't think the material allows them to go past a certain point for much of the film. They both are terrific though in the ending Widmark in his portrayal of a sour resignation, and Poitier's of sheer horrified disbelief.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Shouldn't Poitier be below Cybulski and Olivier.

RatedRStar said...

Armie Hammer battles Michael Stuhlberg, Michael Shannon battles Richard Jenkins, does Steve Carell still have love for his previous nomination, and what about Christopher Plummer, can he once again get nominated and be the sole representative of his film just like before.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What ratings would you give Star Wars: The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

4 for Force Awakens, not sure where I'd fall on the exact rating yet, but nothing higher than a 3.5 at best for The Last Jedi.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What are your 5 biggest disappointments of 2017.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

1. The Snowman
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
3. The Last Jedi
4. Alien Covenant
5. John Wick 2

Omar Franini said...

Louis: Could you give your thoughts and ratings on the cast of mother!?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Could I have your thoughts on this.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=DbIbchSteCI

Robert MacFarlane said...

Well, here's my current 2017 rankings. If anyone has questions about a placement/rating, feel free to ask. https://letterboxd.com/koook160/list/2017-rankings/

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Have you seen Ingrid Goes West. If so, your thoughts on the film and cast.

RatedRStar said...

Robert: Alien Covenant higher than The Shape of Water and Detroit, care to explain?

Louis Morgan said...

Omar:

Ahhhhhhhhh...fine...Jennifer Lawrence's repeated delivery of "hey stop doing that!" was truly an example of someone delivering a line. Javier Bardem continued smug smirk, with the occasional switch to a not as smug grimace, was truly worthy of two separate statues of God with a smug smile and grimace. Ed Harris was happy then sad, and sad again. He was there. So was Michelle Pfeiffer she at least made a minor impression saying lines equal to those spoken by the woman who hosted the weakest link. Then the brother Gleeson show up. Brian doesn't do much, Domhnall's jealous despite his more established career this point, but he gets a chance to do horror movie waiting behind you silently thing for whatever reason. Then lots of other people act like drooling lunatics.

Luke:

Love it, just shows Nolan's successful and rather brilliant realization of the silent technique.

Robert MacFarlane said...

RatedRStar - Alien: Covenant may have been stupid, but unlike Prometheus I actually found it entertaining. It's not really worthy of that much praise, but I found it to be enjoyable junk food.

The Shape of Water is impeccably crafted, but I just could not get on its wavelength at all. The premise itself was too big of a hurdle for me to overcome, and the romance itself ended up being rather rushed and unsatisfying. The script's clumsy attempts at social commentary didn't help, nor did an oddly bored Michael Shannon.

Detroit just keeps sitting worse and worse for me over time. It starts off intriguing, but it becomes increasingly awkward and vague as it goes along. The handheld cinematography ends up working against it most of the time, including the hotel sequence. What really killed it for me is how it ultimately has nothing to say about its subject beyond "This was bad and it happened!". Even the parts I liked when watching it haven't had much staying power.

RatedRStar said...

Ok fine =D at least we agree that Alien Covenant as stupid lol so there is that.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Ingrid Goes West overall I thought was fairly predictable plot wise, and I'm not sure of its general tone in regards to the ending which treats it like a feel good moment when it really shouldn't be. It's made up for the performances in general, and most of its off-beat qualities actually work while feeling natural towards the characters.

Plaza - 4.5(This is a role she excels with as she certainly can do awkwardness quite well. This time though she takes it up more than a few notches, effectively so in portraying the technically rather demented state of the character. I liked her ability though to naturally variate with the intensity of her sort of madness at times showing in her calm moments as this tight rope from our perspective though you can see her just about to do something very wrong at any point. It's also impressive how well she avoids caricature as well as overacting even in Ingrid's strangest moments. Plaza all makes them natural to her very peculiar state of mind though whether that is showing her very specific joys she takes in or her particularity painful degree of desperation at every turn.)

Olsen - 4(She's good in that she goes slightly vapid but not too much here. She is good in portraying a certain facade of the person who seems to want to please everyone though with enough of a edge that Olsen finds by suggesting the real person beneath the instagram star.)

Jackson - 4(I found him pretty charming here in how affable he made the character. He worked quite well as a real straight man for Plaza just as someone who really isn't functioning on the same wavelength in the slightest as he just is eager in his own interests, and unlike Olsen's character's genuine in his wish to keep things fairly pleasant.)

Russell - 3.5(He doesn't have too much to do, but I do think he is pretty strong in the few moments where he breaks down from the sort of relaxed surfer dude routine to reveal the husband frustrated with his wife. Russell makes these moments really work by establishing enough of a hint of unease in his other scenes, where he seems pleasant enough yet is never one dimensional.)

Magnussen - 2(Now he's just a bit much in general. The character is obviously suppose to be over the top to a bit but he goes full caricature here. That seems to be Magnussen basic setting though from what I've seen so far.)

Michael McCarthy said...

I thought Plaza and Jackson were very strong in Ingrid Goes West, though on the whole I didn't like it much. I thought it had a lot of potential as a social media satire, but right when that aspect was getting really interesting the film abandons it to just follow Ingrid's mental deterioration. It ends up feeling unfinished.

Mitchell Murray said...

Just on an earlier thing.. I remember a time when I thought "Mother!" might make an appearance at the oscars this year, or if not I might have included Jennifer Lawrence as an alternate best actress.. that is, of course, until I saw it.

Anonymous said...

Louis what are your thoughts on Krieps and Manville?

Louis Morgan said...

Let me hold off on that as it would really require going into what could be seen as spoilers.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis, what are your thoughts on the cinematography of Fiddler on the Roof as well as the "If I Were a Rich Man" scene.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Colorado Territory (1949) and Garden of Evil (1954) are available on 123Movies. You can watch those films there.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Have you seen Lady Macbeth with Florence Pugh.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: your thoughts on the Key and Peele Les Mis parody, if you've seen it.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And have you seen Marjorie Prime.

My Predictions

In no particular order:

Picture
Dunkirk
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards
Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
The Florida Project
The Post

Director
Nolan
Del Toro
McDonagh
Peele
Gerwig

Actor
Oldman
Day-Lewis
Chalamet
Kaluuya
Franco

Actress
McDormand
Hawkins
Ronan
Robbie
Streep

Supporting Actor
Rockwell
Dafoe
Harrelson
Plummer
Jenkins

Supporting Actress
Metcalf
Janney
Manville
Spencer
Hunter

Original Screenplay
Three Billboards
Get Out
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
Phantom Thread

Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
Molly's Game
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool

Cinematography
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape Of Water
Darkest Hour
Three Billboards

Costume Design
Beauty And The Beast
Phantom Thread
I, Tonya
The Shape Of Water
Wonder Woman

Production Design
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape Of Water
Beauty And The Beast
The Post

Film Editing
Dunkirk
Baby Driver
Get Out
Three Billboards
The Shape Of Water

Visual Effects
The Last Jedi
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians Vol. 2

Makeup And Hairstyling
Darkest Hour
Guardians Vol. 2
Wonder

Original Score
The Shape Of Water
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
Darkest Hour
Three Billboards

Original Song
Coco - Remember Me
The Greatest Showman - This Is Me
Call Me By Your Name - Mystery Of Love
Beauty And The Beast - Evermore
Mudbound - Mighty River

Sound Mixing
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
The Last Jedi
The Shape Of Water
Baby Driver

Sound Editing
Dunkirk
The Last Jedi
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape Of Water
Baby Driver

Animated Feature
Coco
Loving Vincent
The Breadwinner
Ferdinand
In This Corner Of The World

Foreign Language Film
The Square
Loveless
A Fantastic Woman
Foxtrot
The Insult

Louis Morgan said...

Matt:

The cinematography is a highlight of the film as it delivers partially the grand cinemascope aspect to capture the more elaborate choreography Oswald Morris's work though manages to be a bit more dynamic than that. It actually seems to evoke a similair style to David Zhivago towards capturing the Russian countryside and effectively so. In that it manages to find this certain grandeur in scope yet with a certain grit through its focus upon essentially browns. That idea could easily turn ugly, but the browns are rather beautiful here particularly in the titular shot of the film.

"If I were Rich Man" benefits from being one of the best songs from the musical, and it comes early on before it frankly stretches itself for far too long. So it's in a prime position. Jewison directs the film pretty simply but effectively so in this case in just granting Topol the leave to deliver his entertaining and oh so joyous performance. He carries the scene and the song to make it really the best scene in that film.

Luke:

Yes to Lady Macbeth, and unfortunately yes to Marjorie Prime.

Calvin:

Fantastic parody as per usual from them due to their real devotion to every aspect, which typical to their sketches. In this case their performances that carry a genuine intensity which makes it so funny. In addition their "one at time" is legitimately decent song even past being a parody all made better by the direction of the scene that is frankly better whatever Tom Hooper was doing.

Calvin Law said...

I completely agree. Hope you loved Pugh.

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your thoughts and ratings on the cast of both movies?

Calvin Law said...

And your top 5 Key and Peele sketches.

Luke Higham said...

And thoughts on the films.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the chase scene in "The French Connection".

RatedRStar said...

I will put my final Oscar predictions now, just for the acting categories since the others that Luke mentioned seemed perfectly set in stone.

Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread
James Franco - The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour

James Franco will get in I think but if he drops out I could easily see Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington waiting in the wings if he misses, I imagine that 2 days isnt quite enough for him to have his spot stolen, Oldman and Chalamet are locks, Day-Lewis is in his final film and its likely he will make it since his film may do well, Kaluuya I feel will get in simply because his film will get a lot of nominations which will help him, I dont think a WTF nomination happens in this category.

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird
Meryl Streep - The Post

This looks like the default lineup, as Annette Bening may be too late, Emma Stone has surprisingly had no buzz for her performance, Jessica Chastain always seems to come up short often because her film is generally just ok and never gets that big boost, Michelle Williams will likely step aside for Plummer which leaves Judi Dench who appeared at SAG, but with Meryl Streep being the 5th nominee I doubt Streep drops out. There is no chance that Kruger and Vega get in, you have to get some big nominations to have a chance.

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins - The Shape Of Water
Christopher Plummer - All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Rockwell and Dafoe are locks, Dafoe has enough momentum for me to say that, I reckon we will get the first double nomination since Bugsy in 1991 as I reckon that Harrelson will get a big boost from his film doing so well, Plummer appeared at Bafta and seems likely that the Academy would love to honour him for his effort, there is a minor chance he misses but I think he gets in, that leaves Richard Jenkins who I think will get in as his film has been performing brilliantly overall but if he misses then Hammer, Stuhlbarg, Shannon and Carell will be waiting, Carells film has had no buzz despite his SAG nomination while Hammer and Stuhlbarg just haven't had enough nominations in the year for me to say one of them will get in, Shannon might surprise again but I am not confident enough to say that.

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J.Blige - Mudbound
Holly Hunter - The Big Sick
Allison Janney - I,Tonya
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water

Janney and Metcalf are locks, I feel with the momentum that The Shape of Water has will help Octavia Spencer get in, she is very liked by the Academy. After that it is a bit of a guess, Holly Hunter I think will get in and fly the flag for The Big Sick plus she is a previous nominee for an indie film. Mary J.Blige seemed early on like a lock but with the Netflix problem with her film, its not quite clear where she is on Oscars radar, she does have SAG and Golden Globe though so she will likely get in, Hong Chau seems to much like a Daniel Bruhl nomination which will be a shame but Chau still could get in over the line, then there are the potential surprise nominations waiting like Lesley Manville, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tiffany Hadish, Manville might be that person but that really is only if Phantom Thread clicks with the Academy, same with Thomas.

RatedRStar said...

I am going to bed now and will appear when the Oscar nominations are announced, I hope for the best.

In the immortal words of Captain Edmund Blackadder...

"Good Luck Everyone"

Luke Higham said...

Praying for Manville to get in ahead of Blige and I really hope Logan will get that screenplay nod, would hate to see it completely snubbed.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

I wouldn't say I quite loved Lady Macbeth but it is definitely an interesting film. In that it takes sort of normal storytelling methods, particularly in terms of the film's direction, to the typical "tragic" Gothic heroine then turns it on its head with what happens. Instead of having the heroine just have an affair it takes it to this extreme of what she went a lot further than that, and I thought rather effectively by becoming so chilling with what this subversion eventually brings.

Marjorie Prime is terrible. On just a stage adaptation level it has the main tenet that indicates a bad adaptation which is long solemn silences of truly nothing happening in at attempt to fill the gaps between the scenes of the play. I'm not sure the play itself works though based on the rest of the film that is one tired scenes attempting some greater importance yet failing to do so. It feels just like one hollow act, that certainly believes that it's discovering something profound. Unfortunately it is neither profound or even compelling.

Omar:

Lady Macbeth:

Pugh - 5(Well the fact that she's the lead in Park Chan-wook's adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl, give quite a bit hope for that adaptation. Anyway she's great here though in also playing into the idea of this subversion of the Gothic tragedy romance. In that early on she fulfills the type as she should as the woman mistreated and repressed by others. She does her cold scornful glances and inner turmoil most wonderfully, along with those tempestuous glances as that handsome stable boy. Once that affair begins does everything change though and Pugh is fantastic in delivering this sort of atypical expression in the role. In that she keeps a level of repression within the character fitting to the period setting but becomes extremely expressive in her most violent and lustful aspects. In this moments Pugh brings this considerable force that at first almost seems fitting to a proper heroine only until she succeeds in taking it a bit further than you would want. It's remarkable as she goes towards becoming wholly chilling in showing where this willfulness eventually brings to her final moments as this portrayal of a certain acceptance of repression though know with her own personal ownership of it.)

Louis Morgan said...

Jarvis - 3.5(He's more than fine in his early scenes in also playing into the type very much but not over doing it at any point. He doesn't leave any great impression in this but does an admirable job of it. When the story takes its turns though he's quite good actually in his own transitions in portraying the slowly building sorrow and guilt in the man which he realizes most effectively from losing this inherent confidence to the point he is on the point of a complete breakdown.)

Fairbank & Hilton - 3(Both give fairly simple performance but are both effective at least in being some pretty horrible men.)

Ackie - 3(I thought she was fine but I guess I don't think her mainly reactionary performance left as much of an impression as it could have. I felt this was particularly obvious in her final scenes where she doesn't bring all that much to them. She's wholly fine in that she serves her performance but I feel there was a greater potential in the role.)

Marjorie Prime:

Smith - 3.5(The only performance that I felt bothered in any way to elevate the concept to any tangible emotional level. She bothers to at least convey any sort of dynamic relationship within the conversations to reveal any emotional truth within them in some way. It still isn't anything too notable, but her performance at least brings a little bit of life into a lifeless film.)

Hamm, Davis, Robbins - 2.5(Their performances on the other hand seem weighed down by the concept whether or not they are even playing a robotic computer program. Their work is bland in some bizarre attempt at an emotional ambiguity that never feels honest or thoughtful in any way. Their work again feels more like a dramatic exercise rather than ever actually defining these characters as people or even computer programs trying to be people.)

Calvin:

Substitute Teacher 4
Slave Auction
Awkward Conversation
Family Matters
Killing An African Warlord

Anonymous:

Perhaps the greatest chase scene of all time, certainly among them through the sheer visceral intensity of every frame. The set up itself is already brilliant with the chase against the sniper with the car versus the elevated train. Friedkin's direction, and the editing though takes every opportunity to make it absolutely gripping. Friedkin apparently broke literal rules when filming it, such as filming in actual traffic, and perhaps was a little mad. The end result though does speak for itself, and it is simply stunning sequence.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Although you've yet to see Bening, Vega, Kruger and the ladies from Novitiate, what are your overall thoughts on Supporting/Leading Actress for 2017.

And have you seen Wonder or The Lost City Of Z or will you be watching those during the alternates.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Well both are turning out to be among the very best in any year quite honestly particularly lead actress. That category one could is argue is the richest this year, and really if you selected any performance among a group of 10 it would be a great choice. That isn't to disregard the supporting which is very strong as well, but lead actress is on another level, as it says something of the category when Academy mainstay Meryl Streep could potentially miss out, and for one her better performances.

I haven't seen Wonder, but I've seen Lost City of Z.

Luke Higham said...

Thoughts on Lost City Of Z and the cast.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Have you decided on Williams and Streep's ratings yet.

Louis Morgan said...

I liked Lost City of Z but what I really have to admire is James Gray's ambition with both this film and The Immigrants. In that he's trying to make films now that just are rarely made, and it's a shame for him as if these were made in the 60's or even the 90's I'd say both films would have received far more attention. He technically adheres closer to the style of a 60's epic with a certain modern touch, but overall his ambition is closer to those film. I don't think he made a great epic here, but I do think he made a good one.

Hunnam - 4(Well not being particularly impressed by some of his earlier work Hunnam delivers a solid old school leading man turn here. He summons up that sort of presence for his performance. He manages to give turn that dominants the film in the sort of unassuming way it should. He's careful though to bring enough of a sense of the emotional turmoil in the character, and importantly portray that striking ambition that compels the man. It's a rock solid turn the type you would've wanted for an epic of old.)

Pattinson - 3.5(I would not have minded more of his character as I liked what Pattinson brought here. He managed to adjust himself to really a period setting though with this certain atypical energy. He doesn't overdo it though but it effectively brings the right touch of flamboyance to his performance as well as the film.)

Miller - 3.5(Once again playing the dutiful wife, and this is a pretty good example of it from here. She effectively handles sort of the overarching Edwardian style, but with a real sense of warmth as well as concern in every one of her scenes with Hunnam.)

Holland - 3.5(Holland delivers once again as to be expected at this point. I liked his performance though as he managed to not overdo the angry son routine but effectively portrayed the emotional concern as the purpose within the anger. In addition he naturally transitions to finding that same ambition that Hunnam brings and delivers an earnestness in that relationship that makes his final scenes with him surprisingly heartwarming.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Lastly, could I have thoughts on Columbus and A Ghost Story if you've seen them and the casts for each.

Louis Morgan said...

RE SAG: Well Janney and Rockwell are winning.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Williams I've settled on a 4.5. I really need to see the Post one more time, as I'll admit I was extremely tired when watching the first time.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

I have seen them, I'll get you those thoughts later.

Calvin Law said...

I re-watched Three Billboards the other day and while I'll still be a bit sad for Willem if he loses, I simply cannot begrudge Rockwell if he wins, it's just a tremendous performance.

Bryan L said...

Calvin: I'd give Rockwell a 5 and Dafoe a 4.5 but I'd be pretty content if Dafoe wins.

Everyone: This might sound a bit crazy, but how do you guys think Matthew McConaughey would do as Frank Booth in a 2010s version of Blue Velvet? Killer Joe gone really wild, so to speak.

Calvin Law said...

Bryan: I think he'd be great.

Louis Morgan said...

Well that's all she wrote for the acting categories. Maybe just a little leeway in Best Actress, but probably not.

Louis Morgan said...

Well let the Three Billboards backlash continue, although at this point Get Out and Lady Bird are pretty far behind to catch up, especially since BAFTA won't help them.

Robert MacFarlane said...

B L E H

I fucking hate awards season.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Like, fine, give those actors awards. I've liked them much better elsewhere, but I'm happy to see them get their dues. But Jesus Christ, if Three Billboards wins Picture I'm going to actually vomit.

Mitchell Murray said...

In a strange way I'm actually glad we have someone like you on this blog, Robert. It would get pretty boring if everyone agreed on the more divisive movies every season, since if I'm not mistaken you also had a big problem with Hacksaw Ridge last year. The best part no one here can say your wrong with your stances.

One question though, of the movies you've seen what would be your choices for the acting categories and picture, Robert?

Bryan L said...

Louis: Past film roles for Tom Hardy? (I imagine there's plenty lol)

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your thoughts on Lost City of Z cinematography?

Luke Higham said...

Thank Goodness, Fassbender dodged a bullet with the Razzie nominations and Lawrence & Bardem were nominated for Mother!.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on the Razzie nominations.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Honestly I thought mother! was a terrible movie, but Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve the Razzie nomination at all.

Luke Higham said...

Just realized that today is the 10th anniversary of Heath Ledger's passing.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Luke: Can't believe it's been that long. Had he survived, I could have seen him being brilliant in many films of this decade.

Luke Higham said...

Tahmeed: Agreed, he may not have won the oscar, but I wish he was still around.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your cast for a 60's The Royal Tenenbaums.
Luke: Uh, he did win an Oscar, posthumously.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Yes, I do know that. What I meant was that If he were still alive, he may not have won it.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Do you think Ledger would've won if he was still alive.

Anonymous said...

Luke: Yeah, I think he would have.

Calvin Law said...

I didn't like mother! at all but Fassbender and Watts deserved to get in over Bardem and Lawrence.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I'd agree with you on Fassbender to some extent but he couldn't give a good performance in The Snowman, no matter how hard he tried, so I'm relieved he doesn't have the unwanted distinction of being razzie nominated and I completely agree with you on Watts.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: What about DeHaan and Coltrane.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: yeah definitely snubbed too. DeHaan gets worse the more I think about him, and I guess they just didn't consider Coltrane a noteworthy enough actor to nom him.

Bryan L said...

I truly can't believe it's been ten (10) years since Heath Ledger passed away.

Luke Higham said...

Everyone: Your top 5 Ledger performances.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Brokeback Mountain
3. A Knight's Tale
4. Monster's Ball
5. 10 Things I Hate About You

Haven't seen Lords Of Dogtown, Candy or Ned Kelly and I've only seen about 5 minutes of Doctor Parnassus.

Calvin Law said...

1. The Dark Knight
2. Brokeback Mountain
3. Monster's Ball
4. A Knight's Tale
5. Casanova

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: What did you think of him in Casanova.

Bryan L said...

1. The Dark Knight
2. Brokeback Mountain
3. Lords of Dogtown
4. A Knight's Tale
5. 10 Things I Hate About You

Haven't seen Candy, Ned Kelly or Monster's Ball.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: perfectly cast as the charismatic rogue and womanizer, the film is perhaps a bit too slight and questionable in its treatment of its female characters, but he does a great job of making Casanova both rather likeable but also not without judgement of his flaws in character, and develops his growing maturity in a way that is believeable. Mostly it's just a very fun performance.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Mitchell Murray:

Picture

Atomic Blonde
Blade Runner 2049
Get Out
Good Time
It
Lady Bird
Logan Lucky
Novitiate
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Your Name.

Director

David Leitch for Atomic Blonde
Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
Jordan Peele for Get Out
Makoto Shinkai for Your Name.
Denis Villenueve for Blade Runner 2049

Actor

Timothee Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name
Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
Robert Pattinson for Good Time
Jeremy Renner for Wind River

Actress

Dafne Keen in Logan
Saoisre Ronan in Lady Bird
Jessica Rothe in Happy Death Day
Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes
Meryl Streep in The Post

Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
Romain Duris in All the Money in the World
Mark Hamill in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Patrick Stewart in Logan
Michael Stuhlbarg in Call Me By Your Name

Supporting Actress

Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049
Sophia Lillis in It
Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird
Morgan Saylor in Novitiate
Allison Williams in Get Out

Louis Morgan said...

Bryan L:

Redmond Barry
Stanley Kowalski
Terry Malloy
Frank Macin
James Bond/Red Grant
Frank Troy

To name a few.

Omar:

Darius Khondji's work once again is very ambition as was his previous collaboration with James Gray in The Immigrant that set a high standard. It is remarkable work which once again like Gray's direction attempts something rather unique for modern cinema. That being it attempts to capture that grandeur of the old epics though still utilizing modern techniques where appropriate. Kjondji's work aim to find a contrast to Vittorio Storaro's work in Apocalypse Now, in terms of realizing the grand scope of the jungle, however here there is a certain wonder applied with its softer tones. This isn't overdone but emphasizes a sense of discovering in the jungle rather than the fear found in Apocalypse Now, but not going so far as to make it some dreamland. It succeeds in creating the needed sense of place but with pivotal need of a mysterious quality. There is a careful dynamic between the interior England scenes and the exteriors. Both are beautiful however there is a confinement of the England set scenes, which contrasts so effectively the grand vistas of the Amazon. I wouldn't say the film is quite on the level of an Apocalypse Now in terms of its cinematography, but its ambition is noteworthy as is its level success within that ambition.

Anonymous:

The Royal Tenenbaums 1960's directed by Billy Wilder:

Royal: William Powell
Etheline: Myrna Loy
Henry Sherman: Don Ameche
Chas: Jack Lemmon
Richie: Anthony Perkins
Margot: Shirley MacLaine
Eli Cash: Larry Hagman
Dusty: Joe E. Brown
Raleigh St. Clair: Walter Matthau

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Well as the "silent technique" films go of 2017 Ghost Story is easily the second best above the dismal Wonderstruck, but not quite up there with Dunkirk for me. That is not to say it is entirely without a fault as I do think David Lowery occasionally fumbles with his experiment, the now infamous pie eating scene for example could have gotten the idea across in the first two minutes. Overall he does realize this vision, which while already covered in NOEL the possessed Christmas ornament cartoon from the 90's, which is this passing of time realized through a single house. Lowery's finding of the appreciation of the mundane, though with tint of something far less than mundane through his ghost, actually does find enough of a genuine poignancy to take at least one step beyond seeming just an experiment to becoming a fulfilling and moving though rather atypical film. I will say its use of music is particularly remarkable here as Lowery finds a way for it to represent something that echoes through time. Rooney Mara is good as is everyone but this isn't a film about characters they simply are people that we are not mean to know beyond a certain point. Lowery's vision dominants the film, though not entirely without fault, it does succeed in creating a unique and memorable cinematic experience.

Columbus I found to be a tedious bore unfortunately. It seems to be going for a Jim Jarmusch style though its random conversations wish to adhere to some greater importance. It fails to replicate that style or successfully reference it in some way. An occasional conversation holds your attention but the director's choice of having every conversation at such a distance, right down to the aggravating sound quality of the vocals, even diminishes that accomplishment. This is particularly problematic as it attempts some further urgency with these conversations and their meanings to the characters. It fails wholly in that regard, and leaving the film as a pretender among other films of its ilk.

Cho & Richardson - 3(Well thankfully Richardson is at least much better here than in her abysmal work in Split. She at least is convincing as just a normal person. Cho and Richardson are both fine here, though I guess they offer just another reason for why Adam Driver's work in Paterson should be applauded. In that they do not effectively draw you into the words they are speaking and the emotions within them as they should. They are not bad in that they are least believable enough as people. Their delivery of the conversations though is often not engaging enough. They come off as people to be sure, but not people who could successfully hold your interest for very long. Their relationship though never becomes more than people just casually talking in the way they interact with each other leaving it a bit underwhelming. It isn't that they have no chemistry but they certainly don't have enough to make up for the film's overarching technique to portray the relationship.)

The Snowman and The Book of Henry were snubbed hard. Emma Watson deserved her nomination, but the Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem nominations are a little much. I despise the film, and I don't really care for their performances all that much however they are far from the worst of the year.

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your thoughts and ratings on Wonderstruck and the cast?

Calvin Law said...

Go figure, I really didn't care for A Ghost Story and I quite liked Columbus. Just goes to show eh.

Calvin Law said...

Although I'll admit just a tad bit of bias in that the film has an Asian American lead without needing to pandering to any specific 'criteria', speaking of which where is John Lone, I was just thinking that he'd have been brilliant in Blade Runner 2049 in possibly Jared Leto's role.

Anonymous said...

Where is John Lone!!!!

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXVh_bGRhgs

John Lone did go to the Oscars so =D, you know, I like to think he was nominated for Best Actor in 87 lol.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the crucifixion scene from The Passion Of The Christ.

Louis Morgan said...

Omar:

Wonderstruck has two great qualities within the terrific cinematography and the beautiful score by Carter Burwell, his stronger score from this year. It unfortunately is empty beyond that. Not since my last Gus Van Sant film viewing have I seen a film filled with so much walking with such assumed, yet lacking in, importance. The film has surprisingly little wonder at any point. I see its intentions at every point, but it wholly fails in every regard in terms of making the kids' journeys special in any way. They are sadly both terribly underwhelming as there is no depth within the material, and Todd Haynes fails to find any style, beyond technical precision, to elevate that material.

Fegley - 1.5(I hate to be hard on a kid, but he's quite terrible here. He delivers his lines the same way before and after he goes deaf, which is to yell them with the only emotion being a generalized annoyance. The rest of his work though is wholly vapid which is part of the problem with the film. Fegley brings nothing within his physical performance, nothing in his face, or his eyes. It is a completely vapid work which is particularly problematic when the film needed a performance that brought you into their emotions within silence. Fegley's awful performance prevents that at every turn.)

Simmonds - 2(Again I take no pleasure in this whatsoever, but she just wasn't good either. She just kind of carries the same general expression throughout. She's not actively bad like Fegley, but she's completely bland. She too just doesn't compel you to become engaged in the character beyond a cursory level.)

Moore & Noonan - 3(The only performances in the film that managed to stop my eyes from glazing over. Their roles are still pretty limited however they at least bring a bit heart to the film, and at least offer something there. They don't have much screentime but their time onscreen was the only time the film worked at all for me.)

Williams is in the film for like 30 seconds.

Calvin:

Lone would've been a great Wallace.

Luke:

As with much of the film I can't fault the technical elements of the film, Gibson's ability in terms of bringing the best from his resources as a director is always notable. I don't think his particular approach in terms of his vision adds that much to the potency that can already be found, and has been found in prior realizations of the story. The excesses here are a bit much, such as the bird trying to eat out the eye of the bad thief, and I don't think add to the power of it. It's not a bad depiction by any means as it certainly still holds a definite impact, but overall I don't find this particularly visceral approach was wholly necessary.

Calvin Law said...

Yeah I don't think I'll bother with Wonderstruck. If I want beautiful Edward Lachman cinematography and beautiful Carter Burwell music I can just watch Carol again.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: what are some other roles you'd think Lone would be great in? I think a Bond villain, or Jamie Foxx's role in Collateral (think more the De Niro take) could be good shouts.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Dr. Schultz in Django Unchained (Obviously changes required but I think that could created an interesting additional dynamic in the film.)
VM Varga in Fargo
Wilford in Snowpiercer(If uncredited now THAT would've been a reveal. Although I still think that would've been a perfect role for Gene Hackman)
Management in The Zero Theorem
Tom Hank's roles in Cloud Atlas

Calvin Law said...

Leave No Trace starring Ben Foster has been getting some impressive reviews.

Bryan L said...

Calvin: I'm glad to hear that. I hope that movie and Galveston increase his profile and give him a true breakout, though I think Galveston sounds more marketable.

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