I have very recently watched “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” and I have been impressed of another one not being nominated for this year’s Best Movie. I mean, I couldn’t bring myself to pass the critical first twenty minutes of “12 Years a Slave”, so I do not really understand the British fuss, except that the lead actor is British. It received the Golden Globe for Drama and maybe I have been wrong in my haste.
I want to say that this year, the only movie close to an Oscar is “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Glamorous, interesting subject, flawless acting (Margot Robbie seemed to exaggerate with the accent from time to time, but she was ok, I’ve seen worse), it has everything except being positive.
American Hustle is an empty shell, too bad for Christian Bale, it has some great acting, of course, and I have to remember that it has a lot of cleavage too, so it qualifies. The movie sucks.
Great acting, big drama, tremendous subject and despite a first class distribution, “August: Osage County” did not make the list, as well. I thought it was because of the conditions, you know, about timing and all, I’ll check again after the ceremony, because “Dallas Buyers Club”, with his Best Male contender, is not an Oscar as a movie. Gravity has been fine, great music and effects, sensitive but…
“Her”, on the other way is boring, the subject is in a way or another very inciting, only it was too long. Clean. Joaquin couldn’t be better.
A movie with roots in my own profession, very close to my heart and perfectly done (they have surprised some aspects of truth) is Captain Phillips, of course. I have enjoyed it more than “The Wolf…”, and “American Hustle” I don’t even mention. “American Hustle” left a bad taste, like a complex meal you expect to enjoy, and eat on it until you finish it, not believing that it is so common, even having only gourmet ingredients like Adams and Lawrence, or stuffed things like Bale and thoroughly prepared like Bradley Cooper. This was not “The Fighter”, nor “Silver Linings Playbook”, so the disappointment is greater. Some fans can consider it an artie movie, it has a few elements, but it is not even an artie. The lucky thing is that it has a lot of nominations and a great favorite, the talented Jennifer Lawrence, who, with flair and style can conquer everything. She has been born Oscar material, like Meryl Streep or Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff.
If Leonardo DiCaprio will win the Best Actor for “The Wolf of Wall Street”, it will be like Julia Roberts winning it for Erin Brockovich, an Oscar for talent, for what one is and can do, for pure acting without artificial effects. Anyway, the chances are more in McConaughey’s favor, he also rot himself a little more than necessary (reminding me of The Machinist, only Bale has been younger at the time) just for the sake of “acting”. Both Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey are conscientious of their bodies, but Bale damaged himself more.
Coming back to “Captain Phillips”, it was an example of how companies don’t care too much for the crew, for the people. I have witnessed something like that in my past, not a pirate attack, but an accident at sea with an Egyptian A/B, who was not important enough for the company to deserve the calling for rapid medical help. He lost a hand, and the supervisor who came from Athens after my ship arrived safely in Pusan, South Korea, said the assurance would have covered just the helicopter expenses not the medical treatment, and waiting three more days with his arm bleeding and crushed bones, was in his advantage. At least he will have money to leave perfectly after that, home in Damietta.
The real Captain Phillips has been rescued by chance and only because he was an American citizen. They would have dumped the boat altogether if not. The ship, “Maersk Alabama” still has problems, maybe it is cursed. Two SEALs died recently there, without too many explanations given to the press, it was just news release. They didn’t die in a piracy incident, that was curious, and not one (who maybe had a heart attack), but two of them, in a crew of sixteen, employed to keep safe the container ship.
With great regret, I have to say that I haven’t watched yet “Nebraska” or “Philomena”, I’m sure that they both have great performances in them. That’s all for now, I haven’t watched “12 Years a Slave” as well, but I don’t regret.
As a final joke, please admire the Screen Junkies’ approach of this highly claimed and nominated film (The Outstanding British one), Gravity:
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