Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) Review

Martha is a damaged young woman who is struggling to process the abuse she suffered living in a cult for many years, on managing to escape from it she is living with her sister Lucy and her new husband Ted. Not telling them anything about where she had been or what had actually happened to her, she begins to get more and more paranoid as we are shown the painful memories as flashbacks.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read More »

Contagion (2011) Review

ADBE2933-4AEC-4AB8-AB7B-AA7AC9F1AB7F

Beth Emhoff when returning from a business trip to Hong Kong suddenly dies after suffering from an infection which is flu like and her young son also suffers. Mitch her husband somehow seems to be immune but as the days pass how many more people will be taken down by the virus?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read More »

Oscars 2011 – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

One last look at the actors and the roles they were nominated for best supporting! I guess I am Team Bale for this one!

Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund in “The Fighter”

The has-been who believes that he is making his boxing comeback, while attempting to help his younger brother train and do something he never did. Become champion, whilst battling with drug addiction which has taken over his life. We see him fight his demons and eventually help his brother out. Larger than life and totally crazy, brilliant performance from Bale.

John Hawkes as Teardrop in “Winter’s Bone”

A very haunting performance in a very haunting film. At times very difficult to watch but Hawkes put in a very good performance, eventually helping out his niece.

Jeremy Renner as James Coughlin in “The Town”

Missed seeing this film, so cannot comment on the performance.

Mark Ruffalo as Paul in “The Kids Are All Right”

I have to admit that when I found out Ruffalo was nominated for an Oscar I was very shocked as seeing his previous performances didn’t think it would be something he would ever achieve. But in this he does put in a very honest performance as Paul, managing to make us feel sorry for him when we really shouldn’t.

Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Louge in “The King’s Speech”

Rush gives a fantastic performance and helps Firth bring out his character. They have fantastic chemistry and bring out the very best in each other. If anyone is a threat to Bale I really think it’s Rush!

Spirit Awards 2011 – Winners

Black Swan picked up 4 Independent Spirit Awards last night, which was just fantastic to see! The film seems to have been forgotten about in the Oscar race, other than the leading role for Natalie Portman. The Spirit Awards seem to just love Aronofsky and his films.

The King’s Speech picked up another award, this time for Foreign film. Obviously no Colin Firth allowed James Franco to receive a very well deserved award for his role in 127 Hours.

Best Feature: “Black Swan”
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
Best Screenplay: Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, “The Kids Are All Right”
Best First Feature: “Get Low”
Best First Screenplay: Lena Dunham, “Tiny Furniture”
John Cassavetes Award: “Daddy Longlegs”
Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Best Male Lead: James Franco, “127 Hours”
Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, “Winter’s Bone”
Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”
Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”
Best Documentary: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
Best Foreign Film: “The King’s Speech”

Read More »

Oscars 2011 – Nominations & Predictions

20 Days to go until the 2011 Oscar ceremony, so I thought it was about time that I made the effort to actually post the nominations and my predictions for the awards as well. Looking forward to it this year and will be making the effort to stay up late to watch all the drama unfold!

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Prediction: The King’s Speech

I think it has gained the most momentum leading up to the Oscars over the last few weeks. So I fancy it to pick up the big award.

Read More »