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OSCARS 2016: The Drifters

Sicario

A dark horse nominee in all of its categories, Sicario is an expansively claustrophobic experience that has the vibe of a middle-eastern/cartel-driven war film.

Nominated for: Score, Sound Editing, Cinematography

The Verdict: Denis Villeneuve has almost outdone his own understanding of unbearable tension by producing a relentlessly taut, and dangerously unpredictable thriller in Sicario whose sheer force exceeds its imperfections.

★★★★★★★☆☆☆   7/10

 

Straight Outta Compton

A traditionally stirring biopic, Straight Outta Compton was probably the weakest of the African-American films nominated, but that doesn’t mean it lacks eminence.

Nominated for: Original Screenplay

The Verdict: Straight Outta Compton makes Gods out of its rap figures by producing a rap biopic nurtured to survive and sustain its remarkable cultural impact.

★★★★★★★★☆☆   8/10

 

Trumbo

A fascinating topic half-heartedly investigated, yet acted out brilliantly by its star protagonist, Heisenberg.

Nominated for: Actor

The Verdict: Well-told yet scattershot in its success, not even Bryan Cranston’s willpower can thwart Trumbo from the doldrums of director Jay Roach’s unexciting vision.

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆        5/10

 

Joy

A terribly executed film for a mediocrely inspiring figure in Joy Mangano, Jennifer Lawrence shouldn’t be acclaimed. Tis a true waste of a nominee.

Nominated for: Actress

The Verdict: Joy has little to feel joyful about as David O. Russell struggles to find the heart of a story that has only Jennifer Lawrence’s performance to commend, which isn’t enough.

★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆        4/10

 

Fifty Shades of Grey

Having taken the Razzies (Oscars for bad films) by storm last night, the only thing worth mentioning is The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It,’ which then again was played over a helicopter ride…

Nominated for: Original Song

The Verdict: Utterly underwhelming to say the least, Fifty Shades of Grey is a droning sexual affair that has failed to live up to its overhyped build-up.

★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆        2/10

 

Youth

A uniquely eccentric creation that could have succeeded if it battened down the hatches more effectively, and do a bit more of what Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash does.

Nominated for: Original Song

The Verdict: Youth is a truly unusual creation by director Paolo Sorrentino, successfully creating a unique story and set of characters, but failing to back it up with a flimsy message and set of images that struggle to corroborate.

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆        6/10

 

Spectre

It’s safe to say that Spectre disappointed everyone, but Sam Smith will obviously provide some joy to its otherwise underwhelming existence.

Nominated for: Original Song

The Verdict: Spectre sends Bond back to his old traditional roots where glamour means everything and action even more, but this causes Bond to take a step in the wrong way.

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆        6/10

  

HIDDEN GEM #1

Amy

Unanimously expected to win for Best Documentary, the late British singer was given a tribute that both heralded her genius yet plunged into the demons that corrupted her soul.




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