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‘Interstellar’

interstellar

So what does the genius Christopher Nolan do with his ‘blank check’?  He makes a film that’s not quite on the level of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But honestly, what is?

Interstellar is epic and ambitious and unique (especially in the current era of filmmaking).  The McConnaisance is the headliner of this ‘near future’ tale of a pilot called back into service when the future of the human race is in question (no pressure).  A lot of science is dropped to explain the plot, all supposedly based on real scientific theories (I’m an artist, like most of you, I have to trust what I’m hearing as far as that’s concerned.)

So my nitpicks with the movie aren’t with the science that I can’t refute.  It’s with the genre jumps.  For the most part, this is a science fiction film, but there are turns where it becomes a family film, and in the last act, it becomes an action movie for 20 minutes or so (with a nice uncredited cameo from one of my favorite movie stars).  The tone shifts work most of the time, but not all of the time.

But with an ensemble including Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, David Oyelowo, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine, Nolan fanboys will not be disappointed.  Definitely worth seeing (on the big screen if you can still catch it).

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12-years-a-slave

Here are the nominees for Lead Actress:
Amy Adams
Cate Blanchett
Sandra Bullock
Judi Dench
Meryl Streep
Who Should Win
MALIK: It’s the freshest performance in my mind, but I think the most filled out performance was Judi Dench in Philomena.  Don’t think she’ll win though.
ART: I agree. Judi Dench is pretty great. But, Cate Blacnhett is fierce. Been a fan for years. Just one of those actresses where anything she does, you gotta take notice.
Who Will Win
MALIK: Probably Cate Blanchett, though I will always argue it’s way too much Blanche Dubois for my personal taste.
ART: You may be right, but she does a great Blanche. Sandra Bullock did an underrated turn in Gravity and I wish she received more recognition, but Cate will take this category.
Who We Want to Win
MALIK:  I’d like to see Dame Judi honestly.  Not saying I hope she retires, but it would be a nice capper to an impressive career.
ART: Whoever Malik wants to win, who is… kidding. I’m a fan of each actress in this category. But, Cate had the showiest role, with the least controversy. Certainly, Amy Adams is on the fast track to being a frontrunner, but the film, Blue Jasmine completely lives or dies based on Cate’s performances and it would not have the attention it has without her effort. She should take this.
And here are the nominees for Lead Actor:
Christian Bale
Bruce Dern
Leonardo DiCaprio
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Matthew McConaughey
Who Should Win
MALIK: McConaughey is on an absolute tear right now, but he’s earned it.
ART: I agree. He may pull a Bo Jackson in acting and win in an Oscar for his movie work and an Emmy for his TV work, because his acting in Showtime’s True Detective has been just as stellar. I’m not sure what happened, but it’s like somebody sat him down and was like, “Yo, people mostly know you for the mellow California accent and taking your shirt off, what you gonna do about that?” He’s on a roll.
Who Will Win
MALIK: Alright alright alright…
ART: Christian Bale already has an Oscar and Leo is Leo. Bruce Dern may be the sentimental favorite and dark horse and Chiwetel will be lauded for simply getting a nomination. Matthew McConaughey, the guy wasn’t taken seriously even three years ago, will take this. Oscar loves a great comeback story.
Who We Want to Win
MALIK: Even though I’ll probably lose every dramatic role I want for the rest of my life to him and David Oyelowo, it’d be nice if Chewie won.
ART: I really, really want to say Chiwetel, for obvious reasons. May still say it… His turn was the only one that nearly moved me to tears, especially within the last ten minutes of the film. But, Matthew McConaughey really went all out with his portrayal. That dude earned it this year.
Last post of the week will break down one of the most unpredictable Best Picture races in a few years…

Dallas Buyers Club

EXCLUSIVE: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto film scenes together for The Dallas Buyers Club in New Orleans.

Dallas Buyers Club is based on the true story of Ron Woodruff, a purebred blue collar Texan who contracts the HIV virus in the mid 80s.  Fighting against our own notions about what caused the disease (this was pre-Magic) and more importantly, the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry who controlled which drugs were legal in this country, Woodruff became something of a one man crusade as he fought for his own life (while figuring out some loopholes to make money along the way).

The film stars Matthew McConaughey in one of those roles that I can’t imagine anyone else playing.  The Southern drawl and the machismo and the sense of humor beneath it all; this definitely feels like one of those projects that was better off for being in development for awhile before it fell into the right hands.  In a supporting role that I also think will be in the mix as we get into awards season, Jared Leto plays ‘Rayon’, the tortured soul who gives Woodruff the ‘access’ he needs to the clientele who will buy his ‘product’ in droves.

I knew and respected that both of these guys could act, but this is a high point for both of them and as a result the film as a whole is better for it.  Jared in particular deserves props for taking a part that could have been very ‘one-note’ in how it was portrayed, and giving it some depth.

I’m sure I’m biased some here since I gravitate toward films that give actors challenges they might not be able to pull off, but when it works, you get films like this.  Check it out if you get a chance.