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Award Buzz: The Imitation Game

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Starting off the award season I thought Eddie Redmayne was the leading man who is going to win every award but after seeing The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m not so sure.

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Staring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, directed by Morten Tyldum and Norwegian film director and screenplay by Graham Moore

Starting with a mastermind of a screenplay,  this film is told in an effortless and plain approach, and you know that after 10 minutes in this film if going be a masterpiece and 2 hours later as the credits roll you know you were right.  The excellent production design captures the time and place brilliantly.  Seeing Britain torn as shots of bombers cause havoc over London and submarines launching rockets, as well as the rubble scattered streets and house, this film was truly rich in detail.  The editing takes us from year to year without having us in a shamble.

Fundamentally, a film is as strong as it’s cast and this film had a powerful one. Benedict Cumberbatch is a genius, he brings real humanity to a tortured Turing, particularly near the end, are almost unbearably moving. Keira Knightley is his female counterpart in a smaller but pivotal roll, the lone woman breaker who as it turns out is better than the men. Supporting actors Charles Dance, Rory kinnear and Mark Strong all offered characters and performances that were crucially needed. Also, credit to the young man who played a teenage Turing, as it for him that we believe in the subsequent actions and performance of Cumberbatch.

Hardly ever is a film as well done as this, it’s truly a cinematic masterpiece.

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Award Buzz: American Sniper

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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Adapted from the book by the same name, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman and diected by Clint Eastwood.  Eastwood (who turns 84 this year) still can compete with any young, new director out today, he did an great job on American Sniper, the actual war scenes were fantastic and are the highlight of the movie.  It showed the real struggles of American soldiers goes through before, during and after a tour. Before, the training, during making that first kill which is inevitable and after trying to coop with what have been seen, friends lost and return back home as a total different person everyone knew. Chris Kyle’s story is one to be remember for years to come, he went through a lot for freedom and to protect and in the end, there was no one to free him or protect him.

This movie may slip through Oscar ballot of nomination and if that happens it would be very unfortunately because Bradley Cooper gave an award-worthy performance better than American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Definitely  his best performance to date. Sienna Miller, Luke Gimes and Jake McDorman all gave great performances but Bradley Cooper truly made the film, he turned into Chris Kyle. You see Kyle’s struggle and pain shone through Bradley Cooper, he wasn’t acting, Cooper was Kyle. The Academy probably wont give him the nomination because it’s a hard year for lead actors, everyone bought there A game.

American Sniper was a great with a great director and an even greater performance from Bradley Cooper.

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Award Buzz: Into the Woods

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One of the movies you will hear about this award season is Into the Woods, mostly for its amazing performances and frankly that’s the only thing the movie have going for it. The movie synopsis is, a witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel with the tagline, be careful what you wish for.

Directed by Rob Marshall commonly know for his works on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,  Marshall put a dark twist on a beloved Broadway classic.  Into the Woods stars Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and the amazing Meryl Streel. From the list of actors cast in the movie there is no wonder why Oscar buzz is buzzing for Meryl Streep for her supporting role, Streep already grab SAG and Globes nominations. All the cast performed exceptionally well, James Corden shown throughout,  Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick sang beautifully, Chris Pine was just handsome and Johnny Depp was there for five minutes  -more on him later-.

Expectations were high for this movie, did the cast deliver? YES. But there is just so much a cast can do with a bad movie. The singing was good, not all the actors cast were good singers but the ones that were did well. Chris Pine is a better actor than singer his duet -Agony- was so bad it was laughable, not sure if that’s what Rob Marshall was going for. Johnny Deep song’s lyrics was perverted and uncomfortable to listen to. On the topic of Johnny Deep, this role was a typical role for him nothing stood out and his makeup and costume were amateur.  The songs however, were good for the first hour of the film, after that they were too much, too long and just bland. With that, said there was a standout song and it’s Meryl Streep’s Into the Wood. The movie wasn’t bad per se, a movie with high expectation/hype is.

Into the Woods is a perfect example of what 2014 is going to be remembered for in movies, great performances not so great movie.

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