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This weekend we are taking you through some of the best Oscar-winning productions in Hollywood.
THE SHAPE OF WATER.
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, this sci-fi/fantasy takes you on a journey that never goes to the extreme from both genres.
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Set in the 1960s it tells the story of a mute janitor working in a government facility who meets and falls in love with an otherworldly amphibious humanoid creature captured there. The details in both film and music are rather sublime and ambience and message are set up in a way, a hopeless romantic could feast on for days.
Sally Hawkins gives an enchanting performance and Guillermo Del Toro takes us through the paces with extraordinary delicacy and clarity of vision. 7/10.
Clint Eastwood has proven time and again to one of the finest modern filmmakers for a while now but yet despite his accolades so far he seems to be a tad underrated.
Notwithstanding that did not stop him from making one of the finest films of 2003 Mystic River a neo-noir drama that unravels with a sense of mystery from the opening shot.
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The plot is centred on a gruesome murder of a young girl and intertwines three storylines together for a quality mystery drama. All of the performances are riveting and each deserves high praise particularly from Sean Penn and Tim Robben who both won Academy Awards for their roles.
Defiantly one of the finest mystery films of the 2000s and a good watch for movie fans, 7.9/10.
LOST IN TRANSLATION.
Sophia Coppola daughter of directorial legend Francis Ford Coppola’s film sophomore directorial work “Lost in translation” is a really beautiful representation of depression, loneliness and love.
It depicts emotional struggles between both Charlotte (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Bob ( played by Bill Murray) as fish out of water Americans who are in far away from Tokyo, Japan and feels out of touch with the world around them (neither speak Japanese so can’t properly interact with the people there).
Also although both are married their partners don’t seem to properly understand them, in many ways, they are the same, they share the same sense of loneliness, depression and isolation from almost everyone and everything and this is where the true beauty of the film lies.
Lost in translation hits just right, it is beautifully filmed, cleverly written, unexpectedly funny, acted brilliantly, paced to perfection with an engaging ending. A quality comedy-drama to keep you entertained this weekend, 9/10.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.
Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan best known for his work on the Martin Scorsese period crime drama “Gangs Of New York” and directing “You Can Count On Me’, comes an extremely realistic take on the long-lasting effects of grief and sheds a look on the subject that does not feel bloated or insincere like some other Hollywood movies.
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It stars Casey Affleck as Lee a janitor in Boston who returns to his hometown Manchester, Massachusetts to act as a guardian for his nephew who just lost his father due to a terminal illness.
With sharp and detailed writing and subtle but powerful performance from the cast particularly Casey Affleck (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role), Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea provide an intense, character-building plot and Affleck delivers a spectacular performance that leaves a lasting impression, 8.5/10.
Monster’s Ball is a compelling film of family conflict, rage and redemption. Halle Berry completely immerses herself in her role, even going as far as a completely nude sex scene in the movie which was very controversial at the time
Her performance nevertheless earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress and is she is still the only black person to win it till date. Billy Bob Thornton gives an electrifying performance as a man who is a death row officer and unknowingly gets into a romantic relationship with the widow of the convict he just killed.
His character constantly grapples with his demons and wants his better self to emerge victoriously. The characters are rather complex with human imperfection, no one emerges as completely likeable or entirely bad (except Hanks father anyway).
I’m not sure one should read too much into this movie as a study of attitudes towards race, but more as a portrayal of human frailty and the continuing quest for hope and positivity, Monster’s Ball is a can’t-miss film experience. 8/10.
In an era of oversaturated content and generic premises, comes Fleabag a fantastic comedy, with the aura of originality and a complete breath of fresh air. It works on so many levels and is a well written, clever comedy, reliant on multidimensional characters, plots and life issues.
It Starts Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a woman only known as “Fleabag”, A woman with a sharp and sardonic sense of humour, who has no filter as she navigates life and love, and sexual adventure in London while trying to cope with a painful tragedy.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge took her stage show and crafted it into this well-executed, acted and directed gem. It is also a triumph for female writers and the amount of feminist comment in there is not lost.
Fleabag is far too clever for the generation who will watch it. 9.5/10.