Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Trailer Break: The Danish Girl

Is your body ready?  Eddie Redmayne's is.  Listen, I'm going to level with you all here.  I am NOT a fan of Eddie Redmayne's Oscar win last year, not because Michael Keaton was so much better (I don't even nominate Keaton), and not even because Redmayne whored himself out for an Oscar, but I'm not a fan because his performance was emotionally vacant and undeserving of an Oscar.  It was a gimmick.  I don't hate Redmayne or find him devoid of talent (I've nominated him once before).  I don't care what anyone does in their personal life...what I care about is what they do in front (or behind) that camera, and what he did wasn't impressive to me.

This looks impressive.

He delivers more emotional character development in this trailer than he did in the entirety of The Theory of Everything, and Vikander looks incredible as well.  I'm all in for this.  It looks visually captivating, and emotionally stirring, and it's so topical and poignant and pretty much everything that everyone is talking about right now.

Oscar bait?  Yes.  

Worthy of our attention?  Yes.

Now, I've been saying this all year, and this trailer didn't change it for me.  Eddie Redmayne is easily the frontrunner for the Oscar this year, and unless this gets universal pans and he's nominated on gimmick alone, I don't see him losing.  Sure, Don Cheadle or Leonardo DiCaprio could make a play, especially if their performances receive raves and their 'dueness' becomes a real narrative this year, but this performance/character/subject seems really, really ripe to snag Redmayne the gold.

I just hope he's truly deserving this year.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

1955 Fisti Awards

1955.  Guess what...I kind of LOVE Marty.  I was baffled when I first saw it that it was a film that has accumulated so much backlash over the years.  I mean, what did you want to win?  That lineup is absolute crap outside of Marty, if we're going to be honest.  Mister Roberts was one of the dullest times I've ever spent in front of my television, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing is so trashy-dull (yes, DULL) and Picnic is, once again, DULL.  Like, what was AMPAS smoking?  There is nothing worth adoring about these films at all.  The Rose Tattoo is pretty good, and contains a GREAT performance from Magnani (who won the Oscar), but the whole Lancaster perf is so silly and the character is so ridiculous that I can't say the film is great or anything and certainly not Best Picture worthy.

Marty, amidst these contenders, stands out as something special.  It's intimate and heartfelt and leaves a lasting impression, and Borgnine's performance is just so richly complex.

And yet, it's not on my ballot.

Yes, the year as a whole is rather incredible.  So many brilliant films with such range of genre, style, substance and impression.  From rich melodrama, horror, suspense, romance, comedy and the recreation of the film noir, 1955 is everything I ever wanted it to be, and more.  So, with that said, I now present to you the Fisti Awards of 1955!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

1988 Fisti Awards

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1988.  Let's get one thing out of the way first; Rain Man is kind of a weak winner.  I mean, it's NOT a bad film, but it's far from great or anything, and in a year with such rich cinematic diversity, it's a shame that a film that so obviously pandered to 'Oscar' wound up taking home top honors.  I would honestly rank if fifth in the lineup.

But that's just one aspect of a pretty awesome year.

As a point of interest, Cinema Paradiso was my winner here for the longest time, but because of my rule regarding foreign film (it will be eligible for Fistis the same year it is NOMINATED for Oscars), I had to move it to 1989.  So, with it's absence came a rather wonderful development.  1988 became the year of the Animated Film here at the Fisti Awards.  Yes, 1988 is a bounty of animated work, and they come through and SLAY with nominations and wins (a lot of wins).  Out of 17 awards, 10 of them go to an Animated Film of some sort.  AND, 1988 boasts the first official animated BP winner here at the Fistis!

So, with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1988!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Origin of an Auteur Blogathon: Xavier Dolan

John over at Hitchcock's World has come up with a really interesting blogathon that I just had to jump all over.  Unfortunately, circumstance (my imminent move) looked as if it was going to get in the way of my participation, but fortunately for me, I had pre-chose a subject for which I was not only familiar but had already written extensively about.

The blogathon is titled Origin of an Auteur, and the rules are as follows:

1) Pick one director and identify his or her first feature film. It must be the first feature film (i.e. over one hour runtime) listed in her/his filmography. 
2) While you will be primarily discussing that one film, you should have an understanding at least some of the director's later films, enough to be able to recognize his or her style. 
3) Analyze your chosen film in relation to the director's later projects. What elements of his or her style do you see here? 
4) Keep in mind that this blogathon is based on critical thinking and analysis, not simply on whether you liked the film. Your post should not be so much on the film itself as what it says about the director. 
5) Repeats (i.e. two people writing about the same director and film) are acceptable, but discouraged. If you do choose a topic someone else is writing about, try to find something different to say on the subject. 
6) Include a banner and a link back to this post. There are several banners to choose from below, and you are permitted to create your own provided they fit the blogathon's themes.
So, let's get started.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Actresses of Color Who Deserve 'Better' Careers...

The image above may be startling, but it's an image that I think perfectly captures why these kinds of posts are important.  Actresses come in all shapes, sizes and colors and yet it's pretty consistent that the whiter, thinner and younger you are, the more prominent you'll be in the Hollywood community.  We've discussed this before, starting when I posted my Ten Most Interesting Actresses in Hollywood post, which lead to The Fisti Recast-athon.  And now Wendell over at Dell on Movies has constructed a list (which led to another) about Actresses of Color Who Deserve Bigger Careers.

So, of course I wanted to play along and give my own list, but I'm cheating a bit.

First, I'm not limiting myself to ten, because, well, NO...and I'm changing one word in Dell's post to incorporate a few actresses that I think deserve something 'better'.  Yup, I'm not just talking 'bigger' careers here...I'm talking better ones.

Let's get started:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Oscar Redo-a-thon!

I'm going to get crap for this, I'm sure of it.

Ok, so Matt over at Film Guy Reviews is hosting his very first blogathon entitled Oscar Re-Do, and despite the hectic moving schedule going on over here, I really wanted to lend my support.  Thankfully, this is a subject I'm very well versed in, considering that I have my very own personal awards (The Fistis) and so I'm used to 'redoing' Oscar.

Here are the official rules:
1. You must only pick one film from one year. 
2. When nominating it in different categories, you must take out one actual nominee to make room for yours. 
3. After including it in each category you chose, give a short blurb as to why you would've entered it in the different categories that you chose and why you would've nominated it over the nominees that you replaced. 
4. It can be a film that is already nominated. But one that only has about one or two. 
5. After posting on your blog, you can post the link in the comments section of this page or tweet me @filmguy619.
Now, there are a lot of films I love that Oscar pretty much shut out, but I wanted to stick to a year and a film that I've already posted here so that you have a reference for my passionate appreciation of the film.  So, despite thinking that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the greatest films of all time, I decided NOT to feature it since the 2004 Fisti Awards are not yet posted here.  And, even though I do feel like Mommy should have been nominated for pretty much every Oscar out there, I've talked enough about that film recently (and it's going to continue soon), so I opted to NOT discuss that film, even though the 2014 Fistis are up.

So, what did I go with?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Against the Crowd Blogathon!

Alright.  So...I'm pretty swamped, but my buddy Wendell is hosting his Against the Crowd Blogathon for the second year in a row, and since I really wanted to participate last year but wound up missing deadline, I decided I NEEDED to give it a go this year, despite my schedule.  

Also, I get to have one of my favorite debates: the whole 'why is Forrest Gump considered a good film?' debate!

Oh, this is going to be fun.

So, here are the official rules straight from the Wendell's mouth:
1. Pick one movie that "everyone" loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 75% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it. 
2. Pick one movie that "everyone" hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 35% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it. 
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies. 
4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own.
Pretty simple, right?

Let's kick things off with your good, my bad: