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Movie Mash Up: Oscars 2013 Edition   Leave a comment

So it’s still almost  a month or so before the Oscars happen (thanks to you, winter Olympics) and two or more weeks before the last precursor hands out their awards (that would be the BAFTAs), pretty much, it’s a barren week for 2013 movies. Personally speaking though, I’m starting to finalize my Tit for Tat Film Awards for this year and I’m catching up with a lot of the obscure foreign language films of last year. With that said, let’s deviate from the awards for a while and play a game! It’s one that I have been doing for quite some time now, but this is the first time I’ll be writing about it. It’s called movie mash up (how original, I know!), and I’d be combining different films from the past Oscar year and try to come up with a decent synopsis of the two films involve. I came up with ten, but I’d only be writing six ones. Okay here we go!

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Blue Jasmine is the Warmest Color

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux
Genre: Romance, Drama
Plot: After an unsuccessful stint with her sister Ginger, former New York socialite Jasmine Francis moves to France in order to start life anew. With no money to pay cabs, she was walking in the streets of Paris one day when she crosses path with Adele, a free spirited girl who is mending a broken heart. Adele and Jasmine became a couple and everything seemed fine until one day, Adele’s former flame, Emma decides she wants to be with Adele again.

short term 12 years a slave

Short Term 12 Years a Slave

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o
Genre: Drama
Plot: A black New Yorker man wakes up one day and realizes he lives in a residential treatment facility. With no idea how he got there, he tried to escape so many times but to no avail. It was until he develop a friendly relationship with Grace, the head facilitator over at the place, where in he knew himself better and waited 12 more years before leaving the facility.

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August Osage County Buyers Club

Cast: Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
Genre: Biographical, Dark Comedy
Plot: After the death of her husband and realizing that she’s now alone, a pill popping foul mouthed widow named Violet Weston teamed up with Ron Woodroof and Rayon in supplying drugs and pills to the whole of Osage County and Oklahoma. After Woodroof died, Weston continued this business and benefited with her own personal pill supplies as well.

philomena in nebraska

Philomena in Nebraska

Cast: Judi Dench, Bruce Dern, Steve Coogan
Genre: Dramedy
Plot: When a journalist picks up the story of an old woman named Philomena,  who is on a search to find her son taken away from her when she was young, it took them all the way from UK to Hawthorner, Nebraska to talk to the father of the son, an old man who’s in a search himself of the million dollars he allegedly won from a sweepstakes raffle.

all gravity is lost

All Gravity Is Lost

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Robert Redford
Genre: Action, Comedy
Plot: After a gruesome and almost impossible survival from space, a female astronaut lands near a shipping container that caused the wreck of an old man’s boat. The two people, with no one else to talk to, DID NOT develop a May-December affair, but more of War of the Roses format on who will own the one life raft available.

the great gatsby beauty

The Great Gatsby Beauty

Cast: Toni Servillo, Leonardo di Caprio
Genre: Experimental
Plot: In a modern plot twist of the acclaimed novel, Jay Gatsby DID NOT die from George Wilson’s shot. He then moved to Italy and stayed with friend, Jep Gambardella. After the latter’s 65th birthday, the two best friends reflected how they have lived their life all these decades as they walk through the different streets of Rome.

HA! There you have it. LOL. It was a challenging one but fun nevertheless. Which one do you think has the potential to succeed? LOL. I’m actually interested with the idea of the Redford/Bullock action comedy. And do you have your own versions of movie mash up? Post them below!

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66th Cannes Film Festival Winner Predictions   1 comment

 

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In just a few hours, the 66th Cannes Film Festival is about to close. After almost two weeks of non-stop film premieres, the biggest movie festival in the world will soon end. And it is up to jury head Steven Spielberg, together with members Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz, Lynne Ramsay, Naomi Kawase, Cristian Mungiu, Daniel Auteuil, and Vidya Balan, to reveal their choices on the winning films and performances for this year. It’s definitely one of those up in the air years, as there were a lot of films that gained positive response from the media and the Cannes audience this year. And of course, there’s also those surprising choices that came from movies that received cold reception.

I’ll give my shot on who I think will end up as winners in the festival this year. However, it is noteworthy to emphasize that it is really difficult to predict these things since there’s no trend to follow as the jury members change every year. But with that said, here are my predictions for the seven categories to be awarded at the closing festivities:

SCREENPLAY:

Prediction: Ethan and Joel Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis
As of now, the Coens’ latest entry is turning up to be the best reviewed American film of the year thus far (with a perfect 100 score), and Llewyn seems to be destined to win something in the festival. While chances of directing, actor for Oscar Isaac, and even the Palme d’Or (critics are comparing it to Barton Fink which won them a Director prize), I think they will spread the wealth and reward it with a Screenplay win.

Alternate: Asghar Farhadi, “Le Passé
Farhadi is shaping out to be one of the notable names in festivals and his follow up to 2011’s A Separation also gained notable mentions from the critics. If Farhadi won’t win the top plum this year, then they can pick up multiple wins including this one for screenplay.

ACTOR:

PREDICTION: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra
While odds for a tie are slim, I’m predicting the team up of Matt Damon and Michael Douglas to pick up the top male plum for this year. It really sucks that this won’t get a theater premiere (which easily eliminates them from Oscar contention), but Douglas’ unanimous reviews (and even mentions of his all time best work) is definitely a shoo-in for an Emmy already. It’s also likely that it will solely be Douglas who will win, but with Damon working with Spielberg in the past, he can easily sneak Damon for the win too.

ALTERNATE: Bruce Dern, “Nebraska
If not Douglas, then one can expect Bruce Dern to snatch up the Actor prize for his work in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. This can be some sort of a prelude to his possible Oscar season, and they can also tag team Will Forte as well, in case they give Behind the Candelabra a higher award.

ACTRESS:

PREDICTION: Adèle Exarchopoulos, “Blue is the Warmest Color
If the jury doesn’t connect to a consensus choice of Blue… being the Palme d’Or, then it can find its way to recognition by winning the Actress award via Adèle Exarchopoulos’s unanimously praised performance. If the Damon/Douglas tie don’t work in Actor, then expect a consecutive tie here (after last year’s victory from Beyond the Hills ladies) between Adèle Exarchopoulos and co-star Lea Seydoux.

ALTERNATE: Marion Cotillard, “The Immigrant
After failing to win this category last year for Rust and Bone, Cotillard can see herself in contention and even a win for this year, thanks to James Gray’s The Immigrant. Cotillard is a famous French star who has been a regular at Cannes for the past few years. This can also be The Immigrant’s win especially if the movie divides the jury.

DIRECTOR:

PREDICTION:  Paolo Sorrentino, “La Grande Belleza
Sorrentino surprised everyone when he got overwhelming positive response for this year’s The Great Beauty. Reviews specify the good combination of breathtaking visuals and the strong direction, which leads me to believe that if Sorrentino wins anything from the festival, it’ll most be likely this one.

ALTERNATE: Steven Soderbergh, “Behind the Candelabra
Soderbergh is one of the true Cannes breakouts. His career started out with sex.lies.videotape in 1989, and this could be a statement from the jury for Hollywood passing up on the film because of its theme. Also, Soderbergh hasn’t won in this category yet, and this can be his first prize here.

JURY PRIZE

PREDICTION: Hirakazu Kore-eda, “Like Father, Like Son
Kore-eda’s drama about the nature vs. nurture of two children switched at birth was a hit at Cannes, and Jury Prize seems to be the most fitting category to reward it. Rumor also have it that Kore-eda is already back at Cannes, which means that it’s likely that the film will be rewarded for something. It also seemed to be getting raves from the jury with Spielberg quoted as emotional to the film’s theme.

ALTERNATE: James Gray, “The Immigrant
Gray is such a divisive filmmaker. His works is always between a love it or you hate it. It’s either for you or not. With that said, I can also see a scenario where they give him the Jury Prize in order to satisfy members of Jury who wants it to be rewarded with something while also satisfying those members who do not like it, as it won’t get the top prize.

GRAND PRIX:

PREDICTION: Jia Zhangke, “A Touch of Sin
Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin seems to be perfect for the Grand Prix category. It’s not a total standout to win the Palme, but it gains specific supporters that can push it for this. He was also spotted already back in Cannes, and he’ll probably get something tomorrow.

ALTERNATE: Abdellatif Kechiche, “Blue is the Warmest Color
I can see this following the scenario of The Master over at Venice last year. It’s the unanimously praise film that gets the jury pumped up. But since the top prize can’t win anything else, they’d have to settle giving the runner up prize to it in order to accommodate other noteworthy things about the film such as rewarding the lead actresses. It can be a battle between giving a sole top prize or settling for second with multiple mentions to go home.

PALME D’OR:

PREDICTION: Asghar Farhadi, “The Past
And I guess the top prize will be given to Farhadi’s The Past. It’s French, it has Farhadi, it’s the conventional choice, it made jury member Kidman in tears after leaving the screening. The Past seems to be the logical choice that will not be hated; after all, it got solid reviews, it’s not as particularly polarizing from the other commendable entries, and you know everyone is just in love with Asghar Farhadi right now. While this is no sure thing, I can see this getting the consensus pick among the jury members.

ALTERNATE: Abdellatif Kechiche, “Blue is the Warmest Color
Lo and behold, this is really the film that towered among everyone else in terms of critical reception. It has already gained buzz and world interest, and the reviews are really staggering and far and away from the other contenders. The thing though that makes it an easy choice to win is that the theme might alienate others. We still don’t know for sure what type of jury is this, and we don’t know if they’re really gonna go for something as bold as this to receive the top prize. But as always, it can easily snoop in the top prize if it gets the jury fired up.

That’s it. I’m really excited to see a lot of entries from this year’s batch, as it’s one of the most lauded in years. I’m also gonna miss Legend Kidman’s red carpet appearances and teaching everyone how it’s done. I’m looking forward to the closing and awarding ceremonies later. Now, who are you rooting and predicting to win? Post it there in the Comments section.

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