Saturday, March 26, 2016

My Definitive Cut, 2015

It's that time of year in which a Top 10 Favourite Films list is overdue.  














There are 21 nominees in the year of 2015 (in alphanumeric order):
7 LETTERS (Various)
AFERIM! (Radu Jude)
ASSASSIN, THE (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (Joss Whedon)
CAROL (Todd Haynes)
DHEEPAN (Jacques Audiard)
EX MACHINA (Alex Garland)
HATEFUL EIGHT, THE (Quentin Tarantino)
INSIDE OUT (Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen)
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (Matthew Vaughn)
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller)
MARTIAN, THE (Ridley Scott)
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
MUSTANG (Deniz Gamze Erguven) 
REVENANT, THE (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (Mark Burton & Richard Starzak)
SON OF SAUL (Laszlo Nemes)
SONGS WE SANG, THE (Eva Tang)
SPOTLIGHT (Tom McCarthy)
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS (J.J. Abrams)
TAXI TEHRAN (Jafar Panahi)

My Favourite 10 Films of 2015

1.    SON OF SAUL
2.    MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
3.    CAROL
4.    EX MACHINA
5.    INSIDE OUT
6.    SPOTLIGHT
7.    THE ASSASSIN
8.    THE REVENANT
9.    7 LETTERS
10.  MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART

Honourable Mention

11.  TAXI TEHRAN
12.  THE HATEFUL EIGHT

My Favourite 5 Directors of 2015

1.    George Miller (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD)
2.    Todd Haynes (CAROL)
3.    Hou Hsiao-Hsien (THE ASSASSIN)
4.    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (THE REVENANT)
5.    Laszlo Nemes (SON OF SAUL)

Honourable Mention

6.    Jafar Panahi (TAXI TEHRAN)






Monday, February 29, 2016

Academy Awards, 2015



















Prediction Results:  14/21 (67%);  20/21 (95%, if including dark horse)

And the nominees are:

BEST PICTURE

'The Big Short'
'Brooklyn'
'Bridge of Spies'
'Mad Max: Fury Road'
'The Martian'
'The Revenant'
'Room'
'Spotlight' - winner!

Will Win:  'Spotlight'

Dark Horse:  'The Big Short'
Should Win:  'Spotlight'
Should Have Been Here: 'Carol' and 'Inside Out'

BEST DIRECTOR

Adam McKay ('The Big Short')
George Miller ('Mad Max: Fury Road')
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ('The Revenant') - winner!
Lenny Abrahamson ('Room')
Tom McCarthy ('Spotlight')

Will Win:  George Miller

Dark Horse:  Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Should Win:  George Miller 
Should Have Been Here:  Ridley Scott ('The Martian') and Todd Haynes ('Carol') over Lenny Abrahamson and Adam McKay

BEST LEADING ACTOR

Bryan Cranston ('Trumbo')
Matt Damon ('The Martian')
Leonardo DiCaprio ('The Revenant') - winner!
Michael Fassbender ('Steve Jobs')
Eddie Redmayne ('The Danish Girl')

Will Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio

Dark Horse:  Michael Fassbender
Should Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio
Should Have Been Here: Michael B. Jordan ('Creed') or Johnny Depp ('Black Mass') or Ian McKellen ('Mr. Holmes') over Matt Damon 

BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett ('Carol')
Brie Larson ('Room') - winner!
Jennifer Lawrence ('Joy')
Charlotte Rampling ('45 Years')
Saoirse Ronan ('Brooklyn')

Will Win:  Brie Larson

Dark Horse:  Saoirse Ronan
Should Win:  Saoirse Ronan
Should Have Been Here:  -

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale ('The Big Short')
Tom Hardy ('The Revenant')
Mark Ruffalo ('Spotlight')
Mark Rylance ('Bridge of Spies') - winner!
Sylvester Stallone ('Creed')

Will Win:  Sylvester Stallone

Dark Horse:  Mark Rylance
Should Win:  Mark Ruffalo
Should Have Been Here:  Idris Elba ('Beasts of No Nation') or Michael Keaton ('Spotlight') over Christian Bale ('The Big Short')

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh ('The Hateful Eight')
Rooney Mara ('Carol')
Rachel McAdams ('Spotlight')
Alicia Vikander ('The Danish Girl') - winner!
Kate Winslet ('Steve Jobs')

Will Win:  Kate Winslet

Dark Horse:  Alicia Vikander
Should Win:  Rooney Mara
Should Have Been Here:  -

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

'Bridge of Spies'
'Ex Machina'
'Inside Out'
'Spotlight' - winner!
'Straight Outta Compton'

Will Win:  'Spotlight'

Dark Horse:  'Inside Out'
Should Win:  'Spotlight'
Should Have Been Here:  'The Hateful Eight' over 'Bridge of Spies'

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

'The Big Short' - winner!
'Brooklyn'
'Carol'
'The Martian'
'Room'

Will Win:  'The Big Short'

Dark Horse:  'Room'
Should Win:  'Carol'
Should Have Been Here:  'Steve Jobs' over 'The Martian'

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

'Carol' - Edward Lachman
'The Hateful Eight' - Robert Richardson
'Mad Max: Fury Road' - John Seale
'The Revenant' - Emmanuel Lubezki - winner!
'Sicario' - Roger Deakins

Will Win:  'The Revenant'

Dark Horse:  'Carol'
Should Win:  'The Revenant'
Should Have Been Here:  -

BEST FILM EDITING

'The Big Short'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' - winner!
'The Revenant'
'Spotlight'
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Will Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Dark Horse:  'The Big Short'
Should Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Should Have Been Here:  -

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

'Bridge of Spies'
'The Danish Girl'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' - winner!
'The Martian'
'The Revenant'

Will Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Dark Horse:  'The Revenant'
Should Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Should Have Been Here:  'Carol' over 'The Danish Girl'

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

'Carol'
'Cinderella'
;The Danish Girl'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' - winner!
'The Revenant'

Will Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Dark Horse:  'Cinderella'
Should Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Should Have Been Here: -

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' - winner!
'The Revenant'

Will Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Dark Horse:  'The Revenant'
Should Win:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Should Have Been Here:  -

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

'Bridge of Spies' - Thomas Newman
'Carol' - Carter Burwell
'The Hateful Eight' - Ennio Morricone - winner!
'Sicario' - Johann Johannsson
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' - John Williams

Will Win:  'The Hateful Eight'

Dark Horse:  'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'
Should Win:  'Carol'
Should Have Been Here: 'The Revenant' (Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto) and 'Spotlight' (Howard Shore) over 'Bridge of Spies' and 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Earned It" - 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
"Til It Happens to You" - 'The Hunting Ground'
"Manta Ray" - 'Racing Extinction'
"Writing's On the Wall" - 'Spectre' - winner!
"Simple Song #3" - 'David Lang'

Will Win:  "Til It Happens to You"

Dark Horse:  "Writing's On the Wall"
Should Win:  "Til It Happens to You"
Should Have Been Here:  "See You Again" - 'Furious 7' over "Earned It" - 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

BEST SOUND MIXING

'Bridge of Spies'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' - winner!
'The Martian'
'The Revenant'
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Will Win:  'The Revenant'

Dark Horse:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Should Win:  'The Revenant'
Should Have Been Here:  'The Hateful Eight' over 'Bridge of Spies'

BEST SOUND EDITING

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - winner!
'The Martian'
'The Revenant'
'Sicario'
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Will Win:  'The Revenant'

Dark Horse:  'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Should Win:  'The Revenant'
Should Have Been Here:  -

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

'Ex Machina' - winner!
'Mad Max: Fury Road'
'The Martian'
'The Revenant'
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Will Win:  'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Dark Horse:  'The Revenant'
Should Win:  'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'
Should Have Been Here:  'The Walk' over 'Ex Machina' or 'The Revenant'

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

'Anomalisa'
'Boy & the World'
'Inside Out' - winner!
'Shaun the Sheep Movie'
'When Marnie Was There'

Will Win:  'Inside Out'

Dark Horse:  'Boy & the World'
Should Win:  'Inside Out'
Should Have Been Here:  -

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

'Embrace of the Serpent' (Colombia)
'A War' (Denmark)
'Mustang' (France/Turkey)
'Son of Saul' (Hungary) - winner!
'Theeb' (Jordan)

Will Win:  'Son of Saul'

Dark Horse:  'Mustang'
Should Win:  'Son of Saul'
Should Have Been Here:  'The Assassin' (Taiwan) or 'Taxi Tehran' (Iran) 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

'Amy' - winner!
'Cartel Land'
'The Look of Silence'
'What Happened, Miss Simone?'
'Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom'

Will Win:  'Amy'

Dark Horse:  'Cartel Land'
Should Win:  'The Look of Silence'
Should Have Been Here: -

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Contest: HAIL CAESAR! (PG)

Stand a chance to win a pair of preview tickets to the latest Coen Brothers picture - HAIL CAESAR!

Screening Details:
Date:  Wed 9 Mar
Time:  From 7pm
Venue:  The Cathay @ Handy Road
(Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut)



Instructions:
1.  Answer the following: Name one other feature directed by the Coens.

2.  Email to eternalitytan@gmail.com with the subject header 'Joel & Ethan', your answer, name, NRIC and mobile no. by Friday 4 March, 11:59pm.  Only winners will be notified by email.  Please participate only if you can attend the screening that evening.

Release date: Opens 10 March in theatres
Rating: PG













Prizes are courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore.



Saturday, February 13, 2016

BAFTAs 2015 Predictions


Here are my BAFTAs predictions for movies released in 2015.


Result: 15/21 = 71%; 17/21 = 81% (if including dark horses)


BEST FILM

'The Big Short'
'Bridge of Spies'
'Carol'
'The Revenant' winner!
'Spotlight'

Will Win: 'The Revenant'

Dark Horse: 'Spotlight'

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

'45 Years'
'Amy'
'Brooklyn' winner!
'The Danish Girl'
'Ex Machina'
'The Lobster'

Will Win: 'Brooklyn'

Dark Horse:  '45 Years'

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY BRITISH FILMMAKER

'Ex Machina' - Alex Garland
'Second Coming' - Debbie Tucker Green
'Theeb' - Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd winner!
'A Syrian Love Story' - Sean McAllister, Elhum Shakerifar
'The Survivalist' - Stephen Fingleton

Will Win: 'Ex Machina'

Dark Horse: 'Theeb'

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

'Inside Out' winner!
'Minions'
'Shaun the Sheep Movie'

Will Win: 'Inside Out'

Dark Horse: 'Shaun the Sheep Movie'

BEST DOCUMENTARY

'Amy' winner!
'Cartel Land'
'He Named Me Malala'
'Listen to Me Marlon'
'Sherpa'

Will Win: 'Amy'

Dark Horse: 'Cartel Land'

BEST FOREIGN FILM

'The Assassin' (Taiwan)
'Force Majeure' (Sweden)
'Theeb' (Jordan)
'Timbuktu' (Mauritania)
'Wild Tales' (Argentina) winner!

Will Win: 'Force Majeure'

Dark Horse:  'The Assassin'

BEST DIRECTOR

Adam McKay ('The Big Short')
Steven Spielberg ('Bridge of Spies')
Todd Haynes ('Carol')
Ridley Scott ('The Martian')
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ('The Revenant') winner!

Will Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Dark Horse:  Ridley Scott

BEST LEADING ACTOR

Bryan Cranston ('Trumbo')
Matt Damon ('The Martian')
Leonardo DiCaprio ('The Revenant') winner!
Michael Fassbender ('Steve Jobs')
Eddie Redmayne ('The Danish Girl')

Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Dark Horse: Michael Fassbender

BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett ('Carol')
Brie Larson ('Room') winner!
Saoirse Ronan ('Brooklyn')
Maggie Smith ('The Lady in the Van')
Alicia Vikander ('The Danish Girl')

Will Win: Brie Larson

Dark Horse: Saoirse Ronan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale ('The Big Short')
Benicio Del Toro ('Sicario')
Idris Elba ('Beasts of No Nation')
Mark Ruffalo ('Spotlight')
Mark Rylance ('Bridge of Spies') winner!

Will Win: Idris Elba

Dark Horse: Mark Ruffalo

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh ('The Hateful Eight')
Rooney Mara ('Carol')
Alicia Vikander ('Ex Machina')
Julie Walters ('Brooklyn')
Kate Winslet ('Steve Jobs') winner!

Will Win: Kate Winslet

Dark Horse: Rooney Mara

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

'Bridge of Spies'
'Ex Machina'
'The Hateful Eight'
'Inside Out'
'Spotlight' winner!

Will Win: 'Spotlight'

Dark Horse: 'Ex Machina'

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

'The Big Short' winner!
'Brooklyn'
'Carol'
'Room'
'Steve Jobs'

Will Win: 'Steve Jobs'

Dark Horse: 'Brooklyn'

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

'Bridge of Spies' - Janusz Kaminski
'Carol' - Edward Lachman
'Mad Max: Fury Road' - John Seale
'The Revenant' - Emmanuel Lubezki winner!
'Sicario' - Roger Deakins

Will Win: 'The Revenant'

Dark Horse: 'Carol'

BEST FILM EDITING

'The Big Short'
'Bridge of Spies'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' winner!
'The Martian'
'The Revenant'

Will Win: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Dark Horse: ''The Revenant'

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

'Bridge of Spies'
'Carol'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' winner!
'The Martian'
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Will Win: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Dark Horse: 'Bridge of Spies'

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

'Brooklyn'
'Carol'
'Cinderella'
'The Danish Girl'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' winner!

Will Win: 'Cinderella'

Dark Horse: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

BEST MAKEUP & HAIR

'Brooklyn'
'Carol'
'The Danish Girl'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' winner!
'The Revenant'

Will Win: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Dark Horse: 'The Revenant'

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

'Bridge of Spies' - Thomas Newman
'The Hateful Eight' - Ennio Morricone winner!
'The Revenant' - Ryuichi Sakamoto & Carsten Nicolai
'Sicario' - Johann Johannsson
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' - John Williams

Will Win: 'The Hateful Eight'

Dark Horse: 'The Revenant'

BEST SOUND

'Bridge of Spies'
'Mad Max: Fury Road'
'The Martian'
'The Revenant' winner!
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Will Win: 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Dark Horse: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

'Ant-Man'
'Ex Machina'
'Mad Max: Fury Road'
'The Martian'
'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' winner!

Will Win: 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Dark Horse: 'Ex Machina'