Sunday, March 13, 2016

Post Oscar-time Oscar Roundup


PLOT:  Two women fall in love in the 50’s.

                Cate Blanchett is Carol Aird, a very blonde, rich, elegant woman and Rooney Mara is Therese Beilvet is a working woman and the two fall in love but there are problems.  Carol has a husband and a lovely young daughter.  The word lesbian is never said and it is very subtle how the relationship grows.  Blanchett is fantastic for she wants to be the perfect wife and mother but longs for her lady lover.  Mara is good too as a mousey young woman trying to find her way.  If you see the movie get some sleep for it is very slow moving.


PLOT:  The man who started the digital revolution.

                It is really not a bio in the usual sense but it tells a surrealistic backstage craziness before he goes on stage to sell the latest product.  This is a dialogue drive movie written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network and TV series The West Wing) and there are emotional explosions-not physical explosions. Michael Fassbender are great as Jobs, he is arrogant, amazing and few times compassionate.  The movie tells a little bit why he is that way.  Kate Winslet is very good as Joanna Hoffman, his assistant who as to deal with his annoying pettiness on a daily basis.  Who really stands out is Seth Rogan!  I don’t think he is funny in his comedies but in this dramatic role as Steve Wozniak he is outstanding!


PLOT:  The true story of a team of reporters who investigate priests who molest children and how far the cover-up goes.

                Everyone involved with the movie is outstanding acting (Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci), writing direction(Josh Singer Tom McCarthy).  It is so scary that we have to be worried about people in authority-police, priests and doctors and when journalist tell their story they better be right! It also shows that even the best reporters are not perfect and take pride in their work.   It is hard to stomach as victims tell their stories of how pastors abused them so be warned.


PLOT:  A loosely base true story about Joy Mangano , who invented the Miracle Mop.

                The trailer for this movie is so misleading.  You think it is a comedy about a young woman named Joy (Jennifer Lawrence) and her whacky family.  It is not.  It is about Joy who created the sensation the Miracle Mop and horrors of having it patented and be successful.  Lawrence is very good.  She is driven by debt and to prove to family and friends they were wrong that she can achieve to be a profitable entrepreneur.


PLOT:  The true story of Dalton Trumbo who was the top screenwriter then labeled a communist.

                Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad) was one of the popular screenwriters in Hollywood in the 40’s until they found out he was a communist.  He was blacklisted, went to jail, could never use his real name in Hollywood and for a while wrote B-movies to support his family.  Trumbo never played the ‘victim’.  He adapted to every bad situation with humor and creativity.  The cast was very good including Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Harper, comic Louis C.K. as Arien Hird and John Goodman is truly amazing as Frank King who makes B-movies for living and proud of it!  He plays the most outrageous characters so well he deserves a special Oscar.


PLOT:  A young woman is kidnapped, has a son and they are trapped in shed.

                Joy (Brie Larson) is a kidnapped woman who has a son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and they live in a small squalid shed.  Joy loves her son very much so she pretends that Jack is dead so her kidnapper has to remove the body and that’s how Jack escapes.  It sounds very exciting but it is very slow, very real, and very scary.  The two are saved now Jack has to adjust to modern life.  Larson won an Oscar for her performance but Tremblay should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for it was his story.

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