Feb 27, 2011
The Oscars night is about thirty hours away and even if I hadn’t seen a handful of its nominations (in particular, “Black Swan” and “True Grit”), with the way things were at the award events that led to Oscars thus far, I could say that I’d had a pretty good odd in guessing the winners.
My pick, obvious, “The Social Network.” Most likely to win? “The King’s Speech.” I personally took the manic energy on how “The Social Network” had presented itself than the relatively tamer and more friendly “The King’s Speech” on any given Sunday. But, “The King’s Speech” was probably more preferred in general because it was sympathetic, ended in a high note, and featured a compelling character that was actually lovable as oppose to a quote, “an asshole,” end quote that has been attributed to the other film’s character.
David Fincher. I’d completely lost faith to the Academy had they pick another. Well, Darren Aronofsky might become an exception but until I see “Black Swan” for myself, it’s David Fincher.
For once, I felt that this year’s nominations for Best Actor was rather uninspiring. Colin Firth was the obvious choice and I don’t really care if he or any other nominees who will win this award.
Again, until I see “Black Swan,” I’d go with either Annette Bening from “The Kids Are All Right,” or, with a slight inclination, Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone.” Both Jennifer Lawrence and Annette Bening had given me something to remember about a character that, as circumstances has it, had to be strong as they waged their respective inner struggle. However, my favorite leading lady from the year’s past wasn’t even nominated. My favorite leading lady from the year’s past had been Chloë Moretz from “Let Me In.”
Best Supporting Actor
For this year’s award, I loved every single performance that gets nominated in this category. My pick would be Christian Bale from “The Fighter” who was once again, disappeared into his character, that you had to see it to believe that this crazy and skinny dude was and still, (arguably) the greatest Batman.
Best Supporting Actress
My favorite of this category, Helena Bonham Carter. The one who gets to bring home the trophy? Melissa Leo from “The Fighter.” The duality of her character in “The Fighter” was intriguing and perhaps even, hate inducing. But, as I’ve stated in my review of “The Fighter,” it’s rather impossible to in the end, not to sympathize with her character. That’s why she’s going to win. A little foot note, I hadn’t seen “True Grit” but I heard that Hailee Steinfeld was pretty awesome in it.
Best Original Screenplay
My second favorite screenplay of the year (the first one is going to win Best Adapted Screenplay) is “Buried.” But it wasn’t even get a nomination. Thus, my pick from this category? “Inception” for it’s logic shattering layer of dreams landscape. However, “The King’s Speech” will win because really, if you could take a relatively boring subject of an autobiography into an enjoyable two hours feat, that was a great storytelling at work.
Best Adapted Screenplay
I will personally hand write a hate letter to each and every Academy members if Aaron Sorkin didn’t win this one.
And that’s a wrap. Actually, there are quite other categories as well but by the exception of Best Documentary, I honestly couldn’t care less about the other categories.
Feb 19, 2011
Save the Movies - For me, It begins with this tweet. And as with many Indonesians willing to have some crowd-sourced information in a timely fashion, I head to kaskus for a thorough examinations and the general public’s opinion on the matter. As well as some links to the more professional news outlet, such as the Globe. As it […] »
Feb 18, 2011
The King’s Speech (2010) - An exemplary of film making in term of acting, this film has got to be one of the best if not the best itself, ensemble that I’ve seen from 2010 films. Universally solid acting throughout, a pleasant mix between drama and (fortunately) a decidedly small dose of comedy, and more or less, an underdog story […] »
Feb 12, 2011
No Strings Attached (2011) - Sometimes, in order for an actress/actor to keep the end meets and thus, enabling him/her to participate in an award-friendly flicks, s/he would need to appears or producing a farce that was solely meant as a cash-cow, if possible. I think, that was what Natalie Portman did in this film. Hot from the heels of […] »
Feb 10, 2011
The Fighter (2010) - When it comes to a film that portrays or contains boxing, I’ve got two titles that immediately came to mind. “Raging Bull” and “Rocky.” Obviously, for me the former was more superior. This film is a mix between the two. It has the drama and a dark passage that reminds me a lot to “Raging […] »
Feb 02, 2011
The Green Hornet (2011) - The only thing that made me willing to give “The Green Hornet” a chance is Michel Gondry. First of all, I think Seth Rogen is not funny but he’s confident that he is funny and for me personally, that’s a bit annoying. If he keeps at it, I’ll be as annoyed as I am now […] »
Feb 01, 2011
The Way Back (2010) - In order to really feel “The Way Back,” you need to ask yourself a question of whether the idea of spending nearly two and a half hour watching the struggle of men against mother nature has it appeals for you. If you say “yes,” then what’re you waiting for? Go watch this movie while it […] »
The Mechanic (2011) - In simple wordings, “The Mechanic” goes something like this. Talk, action set piece, another talk, another action set piece, repeat. In fact, to me, it does seems that the film was merely a series of action set piece focusing on either Jason Statham or Ben Foster or both doing whatever violence their characters are prone […] »
Jan 29, 2011
Eat More, Gain None – Self Experiment Week #1 - One of the perks of having a close acquaintance with female co-workers is the generous availability of snacks. It’s no secret, at least where I come from, that girls often were associated with snacks. I love snacks. I mean, who wouldn’t? Although I’m not a particularly a big fan of it. Oft times when I […] »
Jan 21, 2011
Burlesque (2010) - Even if I had a soft-spot for musicals, “Burlesque” felt more like an extended and overlong music video than a feature length. Glittery, with everybody faking winks and smiles at the camera every now and then, and props, living or otherwise, silently littered the background in a setting that expanded and shrunk conveniently regardless of […] »