Ang Lee now has two Oscar wins (Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi) to his name and has established himself as one of the top directors around. For whatever reason, I did not get around to seeing Life of Pi until just recently and I seriously regret not being able to see this movie in theaters. I even regret not being able to see this movie in 3D. Ang Lee proved that he could adapt an ‘unadaptable’ book and was able to capture the wonderful journey of faith.
The 85th Academy Awards (now renamed The Oscars) take place Sunday night beginning at 8 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. PST), but red carpet coverage begins live at 7 p.m. EST.
Below are my predictions for who will win in each of the 24 categories that the academy has selected this year. Check them on below…
There have been a number of adaptions (plays, musicals, TV shows, movies) over the years that have featured Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. Though, this marks the first time that Anna Karenina has truly been brought to the big screen and been given the respect and attention that the 19th century critically acclaimed novel deserves.
If you are looking for a movie that is original and inventive, then Upside Down is your movie. I can honestly say that there has never been a movie quite like this one. Upside Down features two identical worlds that are connected through gravity and the company Transworld. Even if you walk away from this film unsatisfied, you still have to appreciate the world that director Juan Diego Solanas has created. The premise and concept of the film is entirely new and leaves you wanting more films like this.
The Impossible is the account of the remarkable true story about the 2004 tsunami that hit Thailand. The tsunami killed nearly 230,000 people. The movie focuses on one family, the Bennetts, who were separated after the tsunami hit the resort they were staying at for Christmas vacation. This is only Juan Antonio Bayona’s second feature film (The Orphange was his first), but he has created a movie in which some may mistake for Steven Spielberg at his best.
**Note** If you haven’t seen Side Effects and are thinking about going to watch it, then I would advise you to wait and read this review after you have already seen the movie.
Steven Soderbergh has established had quite the resume over his 35 films that he has directed. To many movie critics he is beloved and held as one of the top directors working today. However, I have noticed the general movie fan has mixed feelings when it comes to his career. Overall, I am an avid fan of Soderbergh’s work. I loved the Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen; I enjoyed Out of Sight, Haywire and The Informant; and I didn’t care too much for Contagion. Since 2005, there have only been 3 out of the 11 movies that Steven Soderbergh directed that audiences have liked more than the critics have like on RottenTomatoes. That being said, I believe that both critics and the general audience will find Side Effects to tense and exciting.
I did not know much about Get the Gringo before watching it. In fact, I only watched this movie after hearing Anderson Cowan rave about it on the podcast The Film Vault. Adiran Grunberg made his directorial debut and Mel Gibson help write the film alongside Grunberg. I do not suggest watching the trailer for this movie, but you will need to know some background information to make the film more enjoyable. The prison featured in the film is based off a real prison called El Pueblito that closed down in 2002. Throughout the film, you will see drugs, guns and families present in the prison. So, if you had enough money, your family could move in with you while you were serving your sentence.