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For Your Consideration: The Tree Of Life Is The Best Picture Nominee With Something For Everyone
The Tree of Life asks a lot of moviegoers, no doubt, asking them not just to engage in a loopy and highfalutin' narrative, but to dig into their own personal emotions as well. This doesn't work for a lot of people, and it's not wrong not to like it, or to admit you don't get it. But if you let go just a little, and wait for The Tree of Life to get to the moment that moves you, I promise it will
For Your Consideration: The Descendants Is The Best Picture That's Hollywood Drama At Its Best
it's the rougher edges of The Descendants-- the Alexander Payne-ness of it, the now-ness of it-- that make it stand out. The way it engages with Matt's strange conflict in being both white and native Hawaiian, the way it depicts marriage as something that can break while nobody is watching, the way it allows Lillard's Brian Speer his own dignity even as a philanderer-- The Descendants goes down easy, but it carries tough things with it
For Your Consideration: Moneyball Is Change We Can Believe In
I donít think that Moneyball is a political film. I donít think that director Bennett Miller saw Beane as a proxy for Obama and I donít think the movie sways to either side of the political scale. How could it? Michael Lewis wrote ďMoneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair GameĒ in 2003 and the movie chronicles the Oakland Athleticsí 2002 season. But no movie released in 2011 better represents the era in which we are living
For Your Consideration: Midnight In Paris Is The Best Picture Nominee That Gets Nostalgia Right
Allenís writing is every bit as charming and funny as the other light-hearted Best Picture contender, The Artist, but most importantly, MiP is a smart comedy that actually has something significant to say about tour collective problem with viewing the past through rose colored glasses
For Your Consideration: The Artist Is More Than Just A Simple Crowdpleaser
While The Artist is set in Hollywood's Golden Age and certainly revels in allusions to some of the era's masterworks, it hardly paints a glossy picture of its setting. Instead, Hollywood is portrayed as a fickle community that will celebrate its stars one moment and leave them in the gutter the next
For Your Consideration: The Tree Of Life Is Too Messy For Best Picture
Maybe there really is nothing to get. Maybe all the critics who have so vehemently backed The Tree Of Life are simply assigning value to weirdness and deeper meaning to idiotic, pretentious ramblings. Maybe the careful and well-constructed core of this Best Picture nominee is not actually buoyed by its elongated natural backdrops but instead coated in layer after layer of supernova-scented shit
For Your Consideration: As A True Love Letter To Cinema, Hugo Should Be King
While James Cameron may be the most prominent name when it comes to 3D filmmaking today, with Hugo it was Martin Scorsese who truly explored the potential of the new technology, but more importantly used it to make a statement about the art. By filming The Artist in the classic non-widescreen ratio and without color, Hazanavicius made homage to what things used to be like and itís a nice gimmick, but, conversely, Scorsese actually used 3D...
For Your Consideration: Why Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Deserves Best Picture
The emotions earned by EL&IC are so honest, so genuine, that nitpicking them seems inconsequential. It was never about the key that Oskar found in his fatherís closet. It was about closure, and Bullockís mother found it in her troubled son
For Your Consideration: The Help Is Heritage Not Defined By Hate
"It's heritage, not hate." That argument doesn't really apply to The Help, which few can argue as actual hate speech, but I come back to it again in the movie's defense, trying to explain how you can be nostalgic for a period of history that's ugly and unflattering, how the intersection of white and black lives can be both fraught and sometimes terrible, but also more complicated than is easy to remember
At The Oscars, Winter's Bone Is A Model For Real Indie Success
Very few indie movies are going to be as good as Winter's Bone next year, but dammit, they're all going to try, and in no small part thanks to the fact that the Academy-- lover of all things baity, big, important and star-powered-- opened its arms to the badass Ozarks drama that could.
Black Swan's Greatest Trick Was Convincing Oscar That It Isn't Horror
Thereís a formula you can follow to work your way in contention for the top prize at the Academy Awards. Heavy drama plus a few well placed laughs and two or three scenes that leave the audience choked with tears and youíll have no problem landing among the elite ten being scrutinized for the Oscarís best picture. But what if youíre a brilliant film that blurs the line between thriller and horror...
Oscar Take Note: The Social Network Is Both Annie Hall And Star Wars
Whereas the Star Wars and Annie Hall debate is still wrestled with today, one technically better, one more entertaining, The Social Network far surpasses all other Best Picture nominees on both measures. Itís the ideal combination of greatness and entertainment value