Palpites para o Oscar 2016


Votei na enquete do The New York Times, mas não sei se votei em quem eu acho que vai ganhar ou naquele que eu gostei mais e realmente acho que merce. De qualquer jeito, aí estão minhas apostas para o Oscar:

 

Melhor Filme: Votei em The Big Short. The Revenant e Spotlight são páreo duro. The Revenant vai ganhar.

Melhor Diretor: para mim Tom McCarthy merece o prêmio por Spotlight. É muito difícil dirigir uma história complexa ,onde quase não há atores secundários, e todos os atores tem muitas cenas juntas, coletivas, fazer esse grupo funcionar junto em cena é difícil e McCarthy faz isso com maestria. Merece o Oscar.

No entanto, Dirigir The Revenant é uma tarefa tão épica quando o filme, e a academia ama o Alejandro G. Iñarritu, adora “bicampeonatos”, então acho que o Oscar vai para Iñarritu por The Revenant.

Melhor ator: votei no Leonardo diCaprio, e acho que ele vai ganhar sim, ele merece.

Brian Cranston está ótimo é um forte concorrente com DiCaprio por sua atuação em Trumbo – a seu favor tem o fato de que a Academia adora filmes sobre eles mesmos.

Se aquele pivete nível Malhação do Eddie Redmainne ganhar, eu rasgo meu diploma (grande coisa porque não sou formada em cinema mesmo). Ele é péssimo, tem apenas uma expressão facial, aquela carinha de paisagem com os olhinhos sorrindo, sempre sorrindo, sempre o mesmo olhar, debochandl da cara do espectador. Um piá medíocre que não merece a atenção que merece. A única coisa que vai me emputecer muito nessa cerimônia é se esse guri ganhar outra estatueta. Não pode!!

Melhor atriz: Brie Larson, sem dúvida. Saoirse Ronan é linda, jovem, talentosa e uma das mais subestimadas jovens atrizes de Hollywood. Mas ela é bem melhor que o papel pelo qual está concorrendo. Por isso, acho que Brie Larson vai ganhar.

Melhor ator coadjuvante: Tom Hardy, Tom Hardy e Tom Hardy. Está tão bem que rouba a cena em The Revenant a ponto de ofuscar o Leonardo diCaprio. Semqualquer outro ganhar esse Oscar, é uma injustiça.

Melhor atriz Coadjuvante: Jennifer Jason Leigh por The Hateful Eight. Ela praticamente É o filme. Alicia Vikander é capaz de ganhar, só pra que o filmezinho do Eddie Redmainne não fique sem Oscar. Mas não merece.

Roteiro Original: Spotlight, sem dúvida.

Roteiro Adaptado: The Big Short deve ganhar. The Martian é um forte concorrente, mas a academia odeia ficção científica!

Filme Estrangeiro: Son of Saul (nao vi todos)

Melhor animação: não vi nenhum

Edição de som: The Martian

Efeitos visuais: The Martian deve ganhar por fazer um filme inteiro locado “em outro planeta”, e esse é um aspecto fundamental para esse filme muito mais do que todos os outros concorrentes, especialmente porque ele concorre a melhor filme (Star Wars, por exemplo, não concorre), e The Martian jamais concorreria a melhor filme se tivesse efeitos visuais toscos.

Ex Machina é um filme muito subestimado, e o cenário distópico é detalhista, intricado, e perfeito a ponto de quase não se perceber que se tratam de CGIs. merece um honroso segundo lugar na minha lista.

The Revenant… Bom, é bem mais fácil criar efeitos visuais que imitam a natureza e um monte de brutamontes sujos do que fazer um filme inteiro baseado em outro planeta. Não mrece

Stars Wars – mais do mesmo. Teve algum efeito visual inovador? Então não merece.

Mad Max: Fury Road – a estética é parte importante desse filme de ação, então capricharam nos efeitos visuais, mas nem se compara com The Martian.

Edição: The Big Short.

Curta animado: ignoro a categoria

Curta Live Action: ignoro a categoria

Documentário curta: ignoro a categoria

Trilha sonora original: Star Wars, The Force Awakens. Porque ninguém é páreo para John Williams.

Canção Original: Spectre (só conheço duas das músicas concorrentes)

Produção: The Revenant

Fotografia: The Revenant

Figurino: A Garota Dinamarquesa

Maquiagem: Mad Max – Fury Road

Documentário: Amy vai ganhar, é obvio. Mas quem merece o Oscar mesmo é “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, só que é uma filme do Netflix sobre uma cantora ativista negra. E Hollywood odeia todas essas coisas.

Mixagem de som: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

 



Review of “Battleship” (2012)


So, right, I watched this. (For free – I’m not crazy.) Utterly ridiculous – as most alien invasion movies are. For those that are not aware, it’s based on the 2-player board game of the same name. It’s important to note that this is one of the simplest board games ever. It consists of blindly “shooting” at your opponent’s navy by calling out positions on a grid. Keep this fact in mind for later.

Now, I’ll tell you straight away that the first 20 minutes can simply be skipped. This span of the movie is one of the more tedious attempts at character development ever. And hello, no one is watching an alien invasion movie based on one of the simplest board games ever for the characters. If they needed to pad for time, I would have liked some insight into the aliens’ motives. (I can hardly believe I am asking such a thing of this movie, but there it is.) Anyhow, skip the beginning, as you’ll easily figure out the two-dimensional characters’ simplistic motivations and relationships by watching the action parts of the movie.

After the blah-blah, the aliens land. One ship breaks up and smashes up a bit of China. The rest land near Hawaii and toss up a giant shield that not even Liam Neeson can get through, leaving only 3 human naval vessels (none of which are battleships) inside. Apparently the alien ship that crashed had all their communication equipment on it, so now they need to invade Hawaii to use some radio telescopes there to contact a (human) satellite to contact their home planet to tell them to send more ships to help invade earth. Yes, that’s right, humans have a modest-sized satellite that can contact other star systems, but aliens who can cross interstellar space don’t have the same technology on all their ships, only the one.

Moving on… oh, yeah, speaking of moving. The alien space ships – SPACE SHIPS – move by hopping in/on the water. I am not making this up. They look like Megatron trying to do the breast stroke. They never fly again, nor do they submerge again once they’ve surfaced near the beginning of the movie. They conveniently stay on the 2-dimensional surface of the ocean and fight the human naval ships pretty much like other, albeit spastic, human naval ships. Handy, eh?

Remember the point from the first paragraph I told you to keep in mind? Good. This is carried over into the film – aside from eyesight neither the human nor alien ships can detect one another. Now, clearly, we can expect that star-hopping aliens would be able to jam human radar and what not. However no explanation whatsoever is given as to why the aliens can’t track the human ships. Worse still, the humans cheat! The tricksy bastards use TSUNAMI DETECTION BUOYS to track the hopping alien ships. And with enough accuracy to shoot missiles at them and eventually hit them. I shit you not. (To be fair, it was a Japanese sailor who figured this out, so that’s probably why it worked. The only semi-intelligent characters in the movie are Caucasian females or Japanese males. Lucky for the aliens there wasn’t a female Japanese character or they would have been screwed right off the bat.)

So, now that the makers of this movie have crippled the aliens in ways only justifiable in the context of slavish devotion to a 70 year old game a 6 year old can play and that the humans are cheating, you have to start to wonder if perhaps the kids from “Super 8” should get subbed in for the US Navy, since clearly there’s hardly a challenge in it for the military. But wait! The aliens have spiffy, flying, spinning, fiery, metal-chewing ball thingies that eat ships, helicopters and highways for lunch. Probably adolescent filmmakers too. So, with all the puny human ships now turned into scrap metal, what’s a bunch of socially dysfunctional heroes to do? You guessed it: grab a bunch of naval veterans, un-museum-ify the USS Missouri, and use this 70 year old battleship to fight the last alien STARship. And here you were worried there wasn’t going to be a battleship in this.

So, anyhow, now we have some serious action. The nine 20-inch guns of the Missouri pound the crap out of an alien vessel made out of trans-uranic elements no earthling (Japanese or otherwise) can identify. Also, the loser captain of the museum ship and the Japanese guy shoot out the windows of the alien ship using large rifles. They do this because the aliens, as it turns out, are invading a planet that is so bright they’re functionally blind on it without sun glasses. Seriously, my 90 year old grandmother could beat these guys at this point. Still, the heavily damaged last alien ship manages to spit out 3 of the spiffy, flying, spinning, fiery, metal-chewing ball thingies just as the Missouri shoots its last round off at the radio telescopes on Hawaii (to prevent the ETs from phoning home). Fortunately, the last alien ship was damaged enough that the giant shield is down and Liam Neeson is able to save the Missouri and our heroes with some of his aircraft carrier’s fighter jets. It’s worth pointing out that Liam knows his jets are so bad-ass that rather than launching all of them to help fend off an ALIEN INVASION, he only sends a few. It’s like he knew the movie was almost over or something and was trying to save jet fuel.

So, anyhow, what’s good about this movie? Nice action sequences. Good effects. Thus, I would say you should only see this movie under the following circumstances: 1) you don’t have to pay for it, 2) you can easily skip the first 20 minutes or so, and 3) you can ignore the idiocies enough to enjoy big metal human sea ships and big metal hopping alien sea ships knocking the crap out of each other.



Shutter Island


Saturday I watched “Shutter Island” with my friends @tilatil and @carlagene.  I went out for the company, not the movie per se, thus had I no clue about the plot whatsoever – no reviews, no synopsis, no nothing. I knew it had the word “island” somewhere in it’s title and Leonardo DiCaprio played the leading character – instant bad dejà vu here, since the only DiCaprio+island movie that I had ever seen was trully bad.


Before the movie, a promotional short-film/advert for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was exhibited (such edition of the World Cup will take place in Brazil). The short movie location: Israel. The characters: Palestinian arabs and Israeli jewish, adults and kids. One of the kids is playing soccer in the alley, when the ball decides to go for a ride, take a detour and land just in the middle of a group of palestinian arabs. After one moment of silence and tension, arab and israeli kid look at each other, realizing that, underneath the habitual attire, both are wearing the yellow brazilian soccer uniform shirt. The kids then smile at eachother, and go play soccer together. A message at the end said “Brazil’s soccer brings people together all over the world.”


Hippieness apart, I really liked that ad. Anyway, back to the movie.


So, there was I, expecting nothing beyond the joyous company of my friends. That was only until the opening credits rolled in – by then I already loved the film. A ferry boat coming out of the mist just to land by the docks. Year 1954. Suspenseful soundtrack. Had it been anything of trully awful that came out of that intro, I’d still keep for “Shutter Island” a tiny room in my heart – because I love films that take place in past decades, specially the 40’s to 60’s;  because I love stories that involve ships and boats and sailing, in spite of being scared to death (yet not less fascinated) of the ocean, this worldwide mass of water that surrounds me and could swallow me far into it’s deepness to never bring me back to surface again. </ramble>


The good surprise is what followed was a fairly elaborate and interesting plot. Leonardo DiCaprio did a great job – and I immediately sympathized with his character’s seasickness. I was impressed by the subtlety and skillfullness of his acting: he slowly, smoothly – almost imperceptively – goes from  ‘dutiful-sane-Marshall-with-dramatic-past’ to  being a ‘stone-cold-psych-ward-crazy-dude’.  I know he’s familiar with playing crazy men, but none of them had made that transition so smoothly. It’s not a repetition of  his role in The Aviator. Mark Ruffalo’s was noteworthy as well. No comments needed on Ben Kingsley.


The film brings up a few topics: the dark side of psychiatry and it’s legitimacy and ethics, being that criminals deemed mentally ill were sentenced to Shutter Island,  guinea pigs to a bunch of old arrogant psychiatrists’ experimentations. Martin Scorsese succeeds in making psychiatrists look bad. Doctors apart, anyone who ever entered a psychiatric hospital knows reality is not too far behind fiction. Actually it happens to be quite loyal to many and many hospices out there.  Trully sad,  filthy and decadent.


I have to confess I figured out what the ‘plot twist’ was 45 mins into the movie, which made my friends very angry, because I made a comment (assuming they’d figured it out too, naturally), so I kind of spoiled it… anyway, I guess I’m not to be taken as the rule here: I have seen way too many films of this kind, enough to guess the plot twist very early in the story. Reckon everyone else’s reaction, I wouldn’t say it’s a predictable plot. Can’t remember any plothole for the momment.


“Shutter Island” is rated 8.1 at IMDB, and, until I finished this post, it was #218 on IMDB’s Top 250 list.


Similar films: Memento, Identity, A Beautiful Mind, The Machinist, Secret Window, The Others, Hide and Seek.



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