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OSCARS 2016: A Reminder For Why I Love Chris Rock So Much

Chris Rock, Oscars 2016
Chris Rock, Oscars 2016

During all the Oscars controversy of the last few months, I knew that this year’s chosen host, Chris Rock would make the right choice about whether to present the event or not. I certainly wished that he would. Especially because anyone that has seen any of his standup comedy knows the man to be smart. Precisely as smart and impassioned as the excellent job he did with the 2016 Oscars opening monologue…

I stayed up late so I could listen to Chris Rock’s words as soon as possible. I’m exhausted this morning and regret nothing.

Other key highlights for me included Leonardo DiCaprio’s Best Actor win and Kate Winslet’s reaction as he delivered his speech. Who doesn’t want a friendship like that? There’s also the beauty of the last few words of Best Director winner, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s acceptance speech…

‘I am very lucky to be here tonight, but unfortunately, many others haven’t had the same luck. There is a line in the film where Glass, to his mixed race son says, ‘They don’t listen to you, they just see the colour of your skin‘ So what a great opportunity for our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and this tribal thinking and make sure, for once and forever that the colour of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair’

It was beautiful.

List of 2016 Oscar Winners

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE REVENANT (2015): Great Movie, The Trailer Did Not Lie

The Revenant (2015): Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant (2015): Leonardo DiCaprio

Alejandro González Iñárritu is the director of The Revenant, a much talked about movie with a brilliant cast. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson to name just a few.

In addition to the talented film making team, all anyone really needs to know before watching is that The Revenant is a tale of vengeance, the very highly justifiable kind.

Iñárritu is well known for his innovative shooting style and the way in which The Revenant is shot is no different. Not to say that you’re going to find anyone appear to be levitating as is the case in Birdman (2014) – Iñárritu’s previous Oscar winning movie. However, as the film’s magnificent teaser trailer revealed back in July 2015, you’re going to experience some very impressive things that you probably haven’t experienced before. There’s also the original musical score and beautiful wintery cinematography.

If all I’ve mentioned so far still isn’t reason enough to watch, there’s the possibility that The Revenant may just result in a long overdue Best Actor Oscar win for Leonardo DiCaprio. I mean, did you see the standing ovasion he received at the Golden Globes when his name was called for Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama), for this very movie?

Bring on February 28th 2016, an Oscars presentation that will be interesting for several reasons.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE REVENANT (2015): Trailer Of The Week From Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hardy

The Revenant (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy… There are very few other names that get me as excited about the release of a brand new trailer than these two, and what a beauty we have here…

Teaser Trailer…

Full Trailer…

The Revenant, is from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Director of the 2015 Best Picture Oscar winning film, Birdman (2014)

Based on this stomper of a  teaser, the film’s tale of vengeance might just be the one. You know, the film that finally gets that Best Actor golden trophy in the hands of… 

Happy Revenant 🙂

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BIRDMAN 2014): Dark And Different

Birdman (2014), Zack Galifianakis, Michael Keaton
Birdman (2014), Zack Galifianakis, Michael Keaton

My favourite thing about Birdman is the pleasant surprise of Zach Galifianakis in a serious dramatic role. Though not a particularly sizeable one, he does a brilliant job.

Directed by the apparently unpronounceably named Alejandro González Iñárritu, the acting, dialogue and distinct style of shooting are impressive.

It’s clear why critics love Birdman and equally so, why some of the general film watching public don’t. Something to do with the film not being quite ‘traditional.’

Birdman (2014), Michael Keaton
Birdman (2014), Michael Keaton

Regret about familial relationships and difficulty adapting to the changing environment are two of the key themes Iñárritu’s Oscar winning film explores.

The film is dark, both thematically and aesthetically. As such, cheered up is unlikely to be how you feel as you watch. That said however, you’ll be entertained because all the Actors deliver very noteworthy performances that result in Oscar nominations for Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton.

Audiences will get insight into what it can be like behind the scenes of a highly anticipated theatre production. Especially how peculiar things can become when said production is the responsibility of a formerly successful Actor who also happens to be extremely desperate for a comeback.

I particularly love the Time Square scene. Not because of its comedic value, but as commentary on how even when things still continue to go wrong after a long obstacle-filled struggle, you can find a way for the show to go on.

Happy Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 🙂

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