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The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:52 am
by Chris P
What would forumsters be nominating or rooting for, or critiquing from the last 12 months? Unusually I don't think I've been to the movies in that time period (it's got so expensive, and 2nd hand DVDs are often so cheap, plus there are so many good older films out there). I do have a copy of Captain Fantastic that my bro lent me, so I may report back on that in due course. Also I would like to see Arrival in the future. Anyone seen Moonlight?
(Pity Rob Hall is still locked out of the forum, waiting for Zee to re-set admin, sure he might contribute to this thread otherwise. Also on a related note, Debbie Golt is also unable to post due to admin being unavailable)

Re: The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:28 pm
by john poole
Best American films I've seen of late - Jim Jarmusch's 'Paterson'; Mike Mills' '20th Century Women'; and the documentary 'Tower' - none of them nominated of course. Hoping to see 'Moonlight' tomorrow.

I thought 'Arrival' was OK but over-rated - reminded me of something I'd previously seen - someone suggested it might have been an old episode of the 60s TV show "The Outer Limits". I had been looking forward to 'Manchester by the Sea, being a big admirer of the director's previous film but found it over long and strangely un-moving apart from Michelle Williams. La La Land I have avoided not liking the trailer or the director's previous film.

My favourite films "not in the English language" from last year included the Icelandic 'Rams'; Almodovar's 'Julieta'; 'Things to Come (with the great Isabelle Huppert) but ... none of them nominated ...

Re: The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:08 pm
by AndyM
john poole wrote: Almodovar's 'Julieta'


This was exceptionally good, his best for years.

Re: The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:00 pm
by john poole
Chris P wrote:Anyone seen Moonlight?

I have now, the clear standout from the four nominated films I’ve seen, so perhaps the voters (unlike PricewaterhouseCoopers) got it right - which I do not think has happened all that often since the 1970s. It had a lot to live up to from all the claims reviewers had made about it - a little slow in places maybe, but good performances including Mahershala Ali (who also won) and Naomie Harris (who didn’t), stylishly filmed, semi-autobioraphical for the first two thirds, and a story that had not been told many times before. And, I would imagine, better music on the soundtrack than that musical, including this from Aretha’s pre-Atlantic days -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cIWu5m8UmA
written by Charlie Singleton and Eddie Snyder …. who also wrote the English lyrics for ‘Strangers in the Night’ and ‘Spanish Eyes’
http://www.jaxhistory.org/portfolio-ite ... singleton/

Re: The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:04 pm
by Chris P
In a parallel universe, maybe the Jodorowsky won ;)

Re: The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:11 pm
by john poole

Re: The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:31 pm
by Chris P
thanks john.

here's the english subtitled trailer: https://youtu.be/BpzJzGl3XYw

An impassioned intelligent clear-sighted rant and plea that Alejandro Jodorowsky made specially during the filming of Endless Poetry. He must have achieved some sort of outcome somehow, whether by these channels or not, because the film was completed. Worth listening to and watching:
https://youtu.be/i2d8fdUENMA

Re: The SotW Oscars

PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:51 am
by john poole
Chris P wrote:He must have achieved some sort of outcome somehow, whether by these channels or not, because the film was completed

$335,387 raised on Indiegogo -
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/alej ... vie-film#/