Monday

2015 Awards

BEST ACTRESS
1)    Daisy Ridley – The Force Awakens
2)    Lily James – Cinderella
3)    Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
4)    Anne Dorval – Mommy
5)    Sarah Snook - Predestination
6)    Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
7)    Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Faults
8)    Ellen Dorrit Petersen – Blind 
9)    Brie Larson – Room 
10) Cate Blanchett – Carol 
                                                                       
BEST ACTOR
1)    Matt Damon – The Martian
2)    Leland Orser – Faults
3)    Michael B. Jordan – Creed 
4)    Hugh Bonneville – Paddington
5)    Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
6)    Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
7)    Jacob Tremblay – Room 
8)    Antoine-Oliver Pilon – Mommy 
9)    Jason Mitchell – Straight Outta Compton
10) Colin Farrell - The Lobster

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1)    Suzanne Clement – Mommy
2)    Cate Blanchett – Cinderella
3)    Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
4)    Mia Wasikowska – Maps to the Stars
5)    Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
6)    Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
7)    Kristen Stewert – Clouds of Sils Maria
8)    Rachel Weisz – The Lobster
9)    Rooney Mara – Carol 
10) Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1)    Sylvester Stallone – Creed 
2)    Steve Carell – The Big Short
3)    Harrison Ford – The Force Awakens
4)    Michael Keaton – Spotlight
5)    Nicholus Hoult – Mad Max: Fury Road
6)    Joel Edgerton – The Gift
7)    Chris Ellis – Faults
8)    Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina
9)    Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
10) Tom Noonan – Anomalisa

BEST ENSEMBLE
1)   The Big Short
2)   The Hateful Eight
3)   Spotlight
4)   Cinderella
5)   Mommy
6)   What We Do in the Shadows
7)   Faults
8)   Straight Outta Compton
9)   The Martian
10) The Lobster

 BEST DIRECTOR
1)    Mommy
2)    Mad Max: Fury Road
3)    The Big Short
4)    Blind
5)    The Hateful Eight
6)    The Martian
7)    Anomalisa
8)    Faults
9)    The Gift

10) Ex Machina

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

1)    Ex Machina
2)    Force Awakens
3)    San Andreas
4)    The Martian
5)    Mad Max: Fury Road
6)    Jurassic World
7)    Avengers: Ultron
8)    Paddington
9)    The Nightmare
10) What We Do in the Shadows

BEST MAKE UP

1)    Mad Max: Fury Road
2)    Ex Machina
3)    Predestination
4)    Carol
5)    The Hateful Eight
6)    Crimson Peak
7)    What We Do in the Shadows
8)    Goodnight Mommy
9)    Cinderella
10) Brooklyn

BEST SOUND
1)    Mad Max: Fury Road
2)    The Hateful Eight
3)    Furious 7
4)    Jurassic World
5)    The Tribe
6)    The Revenant
7)    The Force Awakens
8)    Ex Machina
9)    The Martian
10) San Andreas

BEST SCORE

1)    The Hateful Eight
2)    Mad Max: Fury Road
3)    The Force Awakens
4)    Cinderella
5)    It Follows
6)    Carol
7)    Ex Machina
8)    Sicario
9)    Inside Out
10) Bridge of Spies


BEST ART DIRECTION
1.   Crimson Peak
2.   Cinderella
3.   Mad Max: Fury Road
4.   Carol
5.   The Hateful Eight
6.   The Revenant
7.   The Force Awakens
8.   Kingsman
9.   Krampus
10.  Paddington

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1)    Cinderella
2)    Carol
3)    Mad Max: Fury Road
4)    Crimson Peak
5)    The Hateful Eight
6)    Kingsman: The Secret Service
7)    The Duke of Burgundy
8)    The Force Awakens
9)    Brooklyn
10) Chi-Raq

BEST EDITING

1)    Blind
2)   Mad Max: Fury Road
3)    Mommy
4)    Furious 7
5)    The Force Awakens
6)    The Martian
7)    Sicario
8)   Tangerine
9)    M:I – Rogue Nation
10) The Big Short

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1)    Mad Max: Fury Road
2)    The Revenant
3)    Crimson Peak
4)    Carol
5)    The Good Dinosaur
6)    The Assassin
7)    The Hateful Eight
8)    Cinderella
9)    Chi-Raq
10) Youth



BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
1)    The Big Short
2)    Mad Max: Fury Road
3)    The Martian
4)    Cinderella
5)    Predestination
6)    Paddington
7)    Spotlight
8)    Room
9)    Straight Outta Compton
10) Steve Jobs

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
1)    Mommy
2)    Faults
3)    Blind
4)    What We Do in the Shadows
5)    The Hateful Eight
6)    Maps to the Stars
7)    The Lobster
8)    Anomalisa
9)    Gett
10) Carol

BEST SCENES
1)    Mommy – Wonderwall
2)    Mad Max: Fury Road – First chase
3)    Jurassic World – Pteradyctals on Main Street
4)    Furious 7 – The Heist
5)    Straight Outta Compton – Listening to “No Vasaline”
6)    Pitch Perfect 2 – Underground Battle
7)    Mommy – What might’ve been
8)    Inside Out – Inside other minds
9)    Phoenix – Last Scene
10) The Martian – Rescue
11) Room – The Escape
12) Sicario – Parked Ambush

Most Original Film or Filmmaking
1.    The Tribe
2.    Anomalisa
3.    Chi-Raq
4.    Mad Max: Fury Road
5.    The Lobster
6.    What We Do in the Shadows
7.    Predestination
8.    Blind
9.    Room
10. Ex Machina
11. Wild Tales
12. The Nightmare
13. Inside Out
14. Tangerine

Best 2015 Release Listed as 2014 on IMDB
1.    Mommy
2.    What We Do in the Shadows
3.    Predestination
4.    Faults
5.    Paddington
6.    Blind
7.    Maps to the Stars
8.    Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
9.    Creep
10. Wild Tales
11. Love & Mercy 

Saturday

Discoveries of 2015

Many believe that I watch too many movies, while enjoying few. Also, I've already seen all the Great ones. There's nothing left to Discover. Here are experiences that say otherwise.

 
American Madness (1932)
Frank Capra already has 6 films on my list of Essentials, but this was the one I didn't see coming. I selected it for Walter Huston and Pat O'Brien, but Capra makes them just two parts in a mosaic about the banking industry 70 years ago that still speaks to today's fragile economy. Capra has always been a master of taking important subjects and making them about great people and this is right up there. Huston also proves to be a perfect fit for the idealistic Capra hero.



Home From the Hill (1960)
Selected for Robert Mitchum, he's perfectly cast as an uber-macho, neglectful father who returns to find his son has become a "mama's boy". Mitchum aims to set the boy straight in this melodrama from Vincente Minnelli. I'm not a fan of Minnelli, but putting him at the helm of a masculine vs. feminine deathmatch is perfect. Mitchum gets to be ultra-Mitchum while every action he takes is reframed for us as questionable.



Blues in the Night (1941)
This is my current tastes in a single film. It's a great musical, a great noir, with great dialogue and some great performances from personal favorite Llloyd Nolan to the dependable Jack Carson to Betty Field, who is the year's femme fatale discovery.



Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
I put this one off for years because it sounded so sad and from Lasse Hallström I expected more mawkish heart pulling. This is not a typical tearjerker. The dog isn't abused or injured and if it dies it's going to be of old age. Instead the dog becomes a symbol for all of us who ever had to deal with something bad happening that we can never quite wrap our heads around. We may never understand it, while we keep to our routine day after day, waiting for things to get right.



3 by Basil Dearden (1959/1960/1962)
A great night at the movie. What began as one planned viewing turned into a triple feature from a director I was largely unfamiliar with. The Eclipse Set Basil Dearden’s London Underground covers three popular Noir sub-genres, a racially charged murder mystery, a heist film and a jazzed up version of Shakespeare's Othello. All 3 are different enough from each other while capturing a particular feel for Britain during this time period.

Mistaken For Strangers (2013)
Initially funny, ultimately emotional documentary of two brothers. One is a confident rock star, while the other continually screws up to avoid facing his constant doubt in himself. This says more about family than any fictional tale of family dysfunction.

The Heartbreak Kid(1972)
I am not a fan of director Elaine May, but I really liked The Heartbreak Kid for all the reasons why people like May's type of awkward comedy. "The Office" created a lot of great uncomfortable comedy, but nothing is as hilariously, uncomfortably awkward as some of the highlights here.

A Walk In The Sun (1945)
A war picture that emphasizes the waiting but isn't tedious because there's a lot of conversation (provided by the great Robert Rossen). A great ensemble, but the standout is Richard Conte who jumped from outlier to major star in my mind. I watched a lot of his films during Noir-vember because this had me wanting to see more.

Ghostwatch (1992)
A proto-Paranormal Activity from Britain is like a modern War of the Worlds. Builds nicely to some creepy and scary moments that are hard to shake off.

Burn Witch Burn (1962)
Like Village of the Damned, this British chiller takes a new turn every few minutes so you're never quite sure what's coming, though you're certain that damned eagle statue is going to be a part of it.

Orphan (2009)
Something is wrong with Esther, alright. From a pulpy premise, the script and director go classy. Good performances keep the screws tightening for almost two hours. A horror film that plays the long game rather than trying to jolt you with scares every 5 minutes. That's what makes it such a find.


Friday

2014 Awards

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

1)    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
2)    Godzilla
3)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4)    Under the Skin
5)    Birdman
6)    Guardians of the Galaxy
7)    Noah
8)    Robocop
9)    Force Majeure
10) Edge of Tomorrow

BEST MAKE UP

1)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
2)    Birdman
3)    Guardians of the Galaxy
4)    Maleficent
5)    Into the Woods
6)    Witching & Bitching
7)    Snowpiercer
8)    Under the Skin
9)    Noah
10) The Theory of Everything

BEST SOUND
1)    The Wind Rises
2)    Godzilla
3)    Under the Skin
4)    Willow Creek
5)    Force Majeure
6)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
7)    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
8)    The Babadook
9)    Interstellar
10) Edge of Tomorrow 

BEST SCORE

1)    The Wind Rises
2)    Under the Skin
3)    Godzilla
4)    The Guest
5)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
6)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
7)    The Lego Movie

BEST ART DIRECTION
1)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
2)    Snowpiercer
3)    Journey to the West
4)    The Zero Theorem
5)    The Lego Movie
6)    Birdman
7)    Under the Skin
8)    300: Rise of an Empire
9)    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10) The Immigrant

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
2)    Witching & Bitching
3)    Snowpiercer
4)    Birdman
5)    Inherent Vice
6)    Guardians of the Galaxy
7)    Noah
8)    Under the Skin
9)    Into the Woods
10) Mr. Turner

BEST EDITING

1)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2)    Witching & Bitching
3)    Robocop
4)    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
6)    Snowpiercer
7)    Godzilla
8)    Boyhood
9)    Enemy
10) Gone Girl

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
2)    Under the Skin
3)    Birdman
4)    Ida
5)    Blue Ruin
6)    Witching & Bitching
7)    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
8)    Snowpiercer
9)    Force Majeure
10) The Immigrant



BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
1)    Snowpiercer
2)    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3)    The Babadook
4)    Guardians of the Galaxy
5)    Under the Skin

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
1)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
2)    The Wind Rises
3)    Frank
4)    Witching & Bitching
5)    Dear White People
6)    Blue Ruin
7)    The Lego Movie
8)    Nightcrawler
9)    Locke
10) Boyhood

BEST ENSEMBLE

1)   Birdman
2)   The Grand Budapest Hotel
3)   Coherence
4)   Boyhood
5)   Snowpiercer
6)   Frank
7)   We Are the Best!
8)   Force Majeure
9)   Nightcrawler
10) Guardians of the Galaxy

 BEST DIRECTOR

1)    The Wind Rises
2)    The Grand Budapest Hotel
3)    Boyhood
4)    Snowpiercer
5)    The Lego Movie
6)    Blue Ruin
7)    Frank
8)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
9)    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10) Witching & Bitching

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1)    Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2)    Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer
3)    Alison Pill – Snowpiercer
4)    Kim Dickens – Gone Girl
5)    Emma Stone - Birdman
6)    Kiera Knightley – The Imitation Game
7)    Carolina Bang – Witching & Bitching
8)    Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
9)    Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
10) Jillian Bell – 22 Jump Street

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1)    JK Simmons – Whiplash
2)    Edward Norton – Birdman
3)    Michael Fassbender – Frank
4)    Brian Cranston – Godzilla
5)    David Koechner – Cheap Thrills
6)    Bill Paxton – Nightcrawler
7)    Kristofer Hivju – Force Majeure
8)    Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
9)    Toby Kebbell – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10) Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

BEST ACTRESS
1)    Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
2)    Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
3)    Essie Davis – The Babadook
4)    Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
5)    Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
6)    Lisa Loven Kongsli – Force Majeure
7)    Sarah Snook – Predestination
8)    Melanie Lynskey – Happy Christmas
9)    Elisabeth Moss – The One I Love
10) Anna Kendrick – Happy Christmas
                                                                      

BEST ACTOR

1)    Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
2)    Dan Stevens – The Guest
3)    Ralph Finnes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
4)    Tom Hardy – Locke
5)    Michael Keaton – Birdman
6)    Andy Serkis – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7)    Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
8)    Macon Blair – Blue Ruin
9)    Miles Teller – Whiplash
10) Johannes Kuhnke – Force Majeure 

BEST SCENES
1)    Noah – Creation/Evolution
2)    The Guest – Bully Bar
3)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Elevator
4)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Assault on Nick Fury
5)    Witching & Bitching – Opening robbery
6)    Under the Skin – In the Goo
7)    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Urban Warefare
8)    The Trip to Italy – Mock Interview
9)    Blue Ruin – In the Trunk
10) Willow Creek – In the Tent

BEST LINES
1)                        The Wind Rises – “Would you prefer a world with or without pyramids?”
2)                        Big Hero 6 – “Fa-la-la-la-la”
3)                        Guardians of the Galaxy – “Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast.”
4)                        The Trip to Italy – “How man Batmen did you bury?”
5)                        Snowpiercer – “I know babies taste best.”
6)                        Snowpiercer “Be a shoe.”