While the buzz surrounding The Martian, the 2015 film based on Andy Weir's novel, directed by the brilliant Ridley Scott, appears to circle more 'round scientific accuracy, its flight of fancy shortcomings (it is, after all a sci fi film, not a documentary) are less for me at issue.
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For me, The Hateful Eight was a mixed bag. The performances are first-rate, though the music was overly heavy at times and it occasionally worked against what was happening by overpowering it to make it appear that more was happening than actually was.
If the filmmakers had taken enough time to get to know real transgender people prior to making this film, the depiction of Lili would have been one of a lucid, reasonable person trying to live honestly to herself in the midst of a world that wants to interpret and label her as crazy.
What a beautiful film, what wondrous performances, what a perfect way to describe tragedy and its aftermath for the survivors, without dwelling in pathos or finding a simple way out of its inevitable ending. You know, just so everything can be tidy and easy, as a less talented filmmaker would have done.
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Unlike the deep pockets of many European entries, this was shot in a mere seven days, on a budget of just $3,000, in the notorious township of Alexandria, in South Africa.
We all have something to hide. Usually, we bury it deep inside the caverns of ourselves, where no one can find it. It's a secret, a wild whisper so engrained that we can't dismiss it. It's our shadow. And it follows us everywhere.
While Netflix continues to tweak the formula on how films get seen, Hollywood made a solid case for the importance of filmmaking designed for the theater. This is all preamble, of course, to my end-of-year ballot.
At its core, Kaan Müjdeci's film Sivas is a story about a boy (Aslan), the girl he adores (Ayse), his adversary for her love (Osman) and a magical animal. Simple enough, if it was a true fairy tale.
On November 13th, Whoopi Goldberg turned 60. The actress, producer and The View co-host got her first Oscar nomination when she made her film debut in The Color Purple. And she's one of those rare people to have won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, Daytime Emmy, Grammy and a Tony.
When he was 19, Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for What's Eating Gilbert Grape. His great dream was to make enough money as an actor so he could go to college and become a marine biologist.
Galvin Scott Davis' timeless new film, Daisy Chain, a five minute animated short narrated by Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet, was born from misery and travail, and is the most stirring recent example of art communicating the subject of anti-bullying.
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The double message reverberating through Catherine Duquette's aptly titled Celebrity Bound is where her one-person multimedia show at Daniel Brunet's resurrection of English Theatre Berlin gets its impact.