Finally in. The much awaited Oscar Nominations! Take a look at the list below and let me know what you think. Do you agree with the Academy? Did they leave out anything you absolutely wanted to see on this list? Is it better or worse than other years or about on par? Just let me know what your thoughts are, I am very curious. The official Oscar Ceremony will take place March 2nd, 2014 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the show, so it should be good. Continue reading
Yes, this is a beauty contest. It’s not about the overall quality of the film. This is just about the look of the film. So mostly the way it was shot, the cinematography, the framing, the camera angles, the film stock, the sets, the costumes, the actors, the makeup, the landscapes. In short: The visuals. I know this may sound shallow, but if movies are primarily a visual medium after all. The aesthetic qualities of a film are where a lot of our enjoyment of a film comes from, whether we pay attention to it or not. The great thing about it is that you don’t really have to explain it: The picture speaks for itself. Continue reading
The Grandmaster is still one of my favorite films of the year. This second American trailer shows more action and martial arts sequences. The Weinstein Company is clearly trying to market it as the next, I don’t know what’s the last really successful foreign martial arts film (does The Raid count)? Anyway, if you’ve seen the film or know anything about Wong Kar-wai, you know that his films have little to do with the words “action packed”.
Like I’ve already said in my review however, the film looks incredible (stunning cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd), the fight sequences are mind blowing (Yuen Woo-Ping of Kill Bill fame does a spectacular job) and the acting is top notch (especially Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi, who carry the film and look great). The story about Bruce Lee’s grand master Ip Man opens in US theaters August 23rd, 2013 and was already released in China.
The Grandmaster chronicles the life of Ip Man Wing Chun (played by Tony Leung), in Foshan in the 1930s and his flight to Hong Kong after the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Ip Man’s peaceful life is threatened by Gong Yutian (Wang Qingxiang), a retiring martial arts master from the north, is doing anything but encouraging the friendship with the south. Meanwhile his newly appointed heir Ma San (Zhang Jin) turns out to be up to no good and kills this master. His daughter, the beautiful Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), is determined to avenge his father’s death, but of course to do so she’ll have to renounce a happy life with Ip Man. Continue reading