2015 Academy Award Nominees is a Complete Joke for the So-Called “Best Films”
Something Is Rotten In Hollywood!
I just finished watching most of the films that were sent to me by the Academy. I was extremely impressed by a few of the smaller films about which I had previously blogged. They include the exceedingly brilliant, “The Danish
Amazing writing, photography, acting, directing and producing. A fifteen year development jewel. Next, I lauded several highly dramatic, well-produced films:
“The Big Short”
A special blog was posted about that incredibly daring, self-critical script/movie—“Trumbo”—a must see for all Americans---starring two outstanding stars: Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren. This movie was both enlightening and extremely entertaining with outstanding performances across the board. Unfortunately, Hollywood is trying to hide its past; or, something else is going on—no mention whatsoever of this great film.
Another film that I thought was worthy of mention but I did not have the time to write about was “Creed”-starring Michael B. Jordan, an extremely talented young actor; as well as, the all-time favorite, Sylvester Stallone. Special mention has to go to Ryan Coogler, the young director/writer who did an outstanding job of creating some very exciting scenes. This film brings back both the pathos and vitality of the original “Rocky” franchise, first created some 40 years ago.
I did not write about the films that I thought should never be considered for an academy award; let alone a film that should have never been made in the first place [real chutzpah on my part!]. I held back from writing my list of “stinkers” until I saw the chaotic Golden Globes Awards which was often an unfortunate presage of the flops that would be considered as best films for 2015. Here is my list of bad movies that somehow won Globes. Avoid paying to watch the following movies, save them for a real off night if nothing else is available:
“The Revenant”—the fact that the title was so esoteric gave me a hint that at best, this film by the non-talented Alejandro G Inarritu; whose former film, “Birdman,” spoke volumes about inanity in films that lack drama, cohesion or raison d’etre. This time around Alejandro was true to his genetic coding for pretentious social messages which should be relegated to half-hour documentaries. This time around, the Mexican director engaged the talents of one very talented producer, Arnon Milchan [an Israeli gunrunner with 130 films credited to his name]. At the same time, two of the most talented actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy [“Legend”] were the leading stars in this ersatz National Geographic film of a bear tearing a man apart. Other than a very long boring chase scene through the woods, nothing compels this film to be anything other than mediocre—at best.
“Carol”—a tepid, boring movie about a 1950’s Lesbian love affair. An outdated film that spends most of its time on the road going from one run-down motel to another one. Harvey Weinstein could and should do a lot better.
“The Martian” starring the very talented Matt Damon and directed/ produced by the formidable Ridley Scott is a dud! This film was not even worthy of being made. It’s basically a monologue interspersed with some unimpressive scenes of a planet. The film is bereft of drama, action, tension. So if you want to see Damon talking to himself for an hour or more; and you have nothing better to do than watch this film and go to sleep five minutes after it starts.
“Joy” another paean to the blessed unholy relationship among the neurotic writer/director David O. Russell and the two talented actors, the underpaid Jennifer Lawrence [ a mere $53 million] and Bradley Cooper. If anyone wants to learn how to sell a mop on the Home Shopping Network [HSN], please see this discombobulated film which should never have been made.
“Bridge Of Spies”—A 1950 spy film produced/directed by Steven Spielberg and written by the two moribund, overrated clones—Ethan Coen and Joel Coen made a fictional account of a one of the most boring episodes in the history of spydom –the Russian’s destruction of the U2 spy plane. This movie sounds highly contrived and has the deadly beats of dialogue that only two brothers completely bereft of any skills; other than to write about their boring solipsistic world.
“Room”—despite solid performances from Brie Larson and child actor Jacob Tremblay, the film lacks drama, touted for reasons beyond my limited comprehension. It’s as bad as it is claustrophobic.
“Brooklyn”—cute, non-eventful film about an era in Ireland that was long forgotten because it was and is not very important.
“Steve Jobs” –written by Aaron Sporkin, the talented play wright who should have remained writing long, tedious dialogues that belong in an Off-Broadway play. This is boring film that explores nothing more than the constant harangues of the talented actor, Michael Fassbender shouting to the equally gifted actress, Kate Winslet. As for the British director, Danny Boyle, he has a clear inability to dramatize the life of a real SOB as he goes from one Silicon Valley company to another one.
That’s my round up of the films that I suggest that you watch on your DVD or NETFLIX and the ones to save until you are desperate. It will be interesting to see how far afield I am from my colleagues in the film industry, who presumably should know better than I. Academy Awards Ceremony is on February 28.