Feb 28, 2016

WIWTW #36

Best Picture: The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Actress: Brie Larson
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance
Best Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara
Best Animated Film: Anomalisa
Best Cinematography: Sicario - Roger Deakins
Best Costume Design: The Danish Girl - Paco Delgado
Best Directing: George Miller
Best Documentary (Feature): Cartel Land
Best Documentary (Short Subject): Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road - Margaret Sixel
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Revenant
Best Music (Original Score): Bridge of Spies: Thomas Newman
Best Music (Original Song): "Til it Happens to You" - Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
Best Production Design: The Martian: Arthur Max
Best Short Film (Animated): World of Tomorrow
Best Short Film (Live Action): Day One
Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road - Mark Mangini and David White
Best Sound Mixing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Big Short - Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Spotlight - Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

Let's see how I do...

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Here are your Razzie "winners." Really wish a winner would come and claim their award like Halle Berry did once. @Comingsoon.net
  • Box office report: Not even Egyptian gods can keep Deadpool down, but it's not like he had to fight that hard. With another $31.5 million, Fox is sitting pretty with that $285.6 million domestic gross. #2 is Lionsgate's most recent attempt at a film franchise and it failed miserably. Gods of Egypt reunites Alex Proyas and Gerard Butler from 300, but they weren't able to recapture that magic. A $14 million opener isn't trilogy material (or worthy of a 2-part finale for that matter). Kung Fu Panda 3 finished with $9 million and biblical epic Risen managed $7 million for the #4 spot. 
  • Predator 4 appears to be a done deal after getting a 2018 release date from 20th Century Fox. Shane Black who played a character in the original is writing and most likely directing too. @Comicbook.com
  • What's the best Oscar year of all time? Consult this extremely long list if you want to know: @Flickering Myth
  • Interesting little infographic on the cost of winning an Oscar: @decluttr
Video of the week: And like I said, someone should really come and get their Razzie Award like Halle Berry did.

 _______________________________________________________________________

Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 6.00
_______________________________________________________________________

February 21st

 

Orgazmo (1997)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A cult favourite for fans of South Park

I'll be honest, I was expecting to hate Orgazmo. I'm also not a watcher of South Park, so I figured that Trey Parker's teen sex comedy was going to leave me cold. I have to admit that I was wrong. I actually ended up laughing a few times due to the absolute absurdity of Orgazmo that thankfully has the intelligence of knowing that it is a bad film. Some jokes are as childish as I expected them to be, but Parker clearly does have a talent for writing comedy when he goes beyond trying to get laughs from 13 year-olds. He's also not that bad in the starring role, but his sidekick played by Dian Bachar steals the show on more than one occasion. 

February 22nd

 

Picture Perfect (1997)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A late 90's Jennifer Aniston rom-com

The thing with Jennifer Aniston movies is that she mostly just plays her character Rachel from Friends with a couple of differences of course. In Picture Perfect, her character is a marketing professional trying to move up the ranks. Too bad she's not in a serious relationship which is why she never gets the time of day from her boss (???). Anyway, you can't really fault Aniston who's just following direction, nor can you fault her for her wardrobe that has her showing off too much leg and cleavage to really be appropriate in a professional setting. Picture Perfect actually isn't that bad until the climax that is which is grossly dramatized, but feels right at home in a middling Hollywood rom-com.

February 23rd

 

Zinda (2006)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: An unauthorized remake of South Korean revenge classic Oldboy

Hollywood gets a pretty bad rap when it comes to international remakes, but this is one example where another country is the more serious offender. Spike Lee's remake of Chan-Wook Park's Oldboy was pretty uninspired, but it's nothing compared to the complete misfire that is Sanjay Gupta's earlier attempt. The legendary scenes that stick out from Oldboy? Well, they look like they were reworked by the hands of a director asleep in the chair. Certain story elements were changed as to not offend Indian audiences for the worst and dramatic sequences are more likely to inspire laughter than any sort of feeling. Zinda has got to be one of the worst remakes I've ever seen.

February 24th

 

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A trifecta of Winnie the Pooh shorts put into one film

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh puts Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too all into one package to great effect. It's the kind of animated film that adults and children can enjoy and you don't need to have read the Winnie the Pooh books either. The songs are charming, the voice acting couldn't be better and the animation is simply timeless. This is actually one of the movies I watched growing up and I appreciate it now more than ever. There aren't many characters that are more memorable than Pooh and the gang and never has honey looked as delicious as it does in Pooh's world.

 

 

Psycho (1960): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 9/10

What is it: Alfred Hitchcock's take on a horror flick

Hitchcock has one of the strongest filmographies among directors, but Psycho is one of his films that just sticks out a little bit more. No doubt it was even more of a shocker back in 1960, but the decades haven't come close in washimg away the impact of Psycho. It truly is a revolutionary picture that takes some big risks with its storyline and pushed the envelope in terms of what was acceptable back in the day. Performances are strong, especially from Anthony Perkins who does some amazing things with his character. He can be downright scary when necessary. I haven't even gotten to the climax which really is one of the most chilling in cinema history. Even at 60 years old, Hitchcock still had it.

February 25th

 

All-Star Superman (2011)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: Yet another DC Animated Universe film centered around a dying Superman

Based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name, it's easy to see that All-Star Superman COULD'VE been one of the best animated DC movies ever. The story is really something quite special, but it's undone by a too short running time that pokes holes everywhere. Coming off as episodic and rushed in order to squeeze everything in, the impact that's left behind by All-Star Superman is almost non-existent as a result. In my mind, All-Star Superman is one of the most disappointing animated DC movies I've seen due to what could have been. The solution? This should've been a two-parter like The Dark Knight Returns. Animation in certain places could've been better as well.

 

 

Hitchcock (2012)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A mostly true, partially fantastical account of the making of Psycho.

Hitchcock is a pleasant tribute to Alfred Hitchcock and it provides some pretty interesting insight into the making of one of the most famous horror movies of all time, Psycho. Hitchcock is far from perfect though due to its heavy-handedness and the fact that it struggles to maintain its fun and mischievous tone throughout. However, it does feature some very good costumes and makeup, not to mention strong performances from Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and the rest of the cast. Serious biopic fans (do these exist?) probably won't think much of it, but as a semi-serious Hitchcock biography, you could do much worse.

February 26th

 

VeggieTales: Moe and the Big Exit (2007): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A VeggieTales video which combines the story of Moses and The Lone Ranger

After seeing The Ballad of Little Joe some time ago which is another western-themed VeggieTales movie, I didn't have very high expectations for Moe and the Big Exit. I was right. Sure the animation is probably the best I've seen out of Big Idea, but it's clear that the writers working on this aren't much for writing. It's hard to believe that something could be as unfunny as MatBE is and it gets worse as it goes on. At first I thought the songs weren't that bad, but once I got to the hip hip Silly Song with Larry and his veggie crew I mentally checked out. No one deserves to have to sit through Moe and the Big Exit, not even kids.

February 27th

 

Is it Always Right to Be Right? (1970)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Winner of Best Animated Short at the 43rd Academy Awards

At first glance, Is it Always Right to Be Right? isn't all that impressive. That's because for an animated film it's not much to look at which isn't very good when it somehow ended up as the winner of Best Animated Short. What sets it apart however is that it is a film with an idea that is scarily relevant even today. In short, it's about multiple groups of people believing that their viewpoint is 100% correct and that those on the opposite side are 100% wrong. This dogmatic way of seeing things ends up splitting the world in two, whether it be about the generation gap, racism or wars. ItARtBR is a product of its time and it's maybe a smidge preachy, but can be easily applied to 2016 which makes it worth its 8 minutes.