My mother has been talking about Lost in Translation for a while now and how good a movie it is. I finally saw it the other day and yeah, it is a great film.
Sofia Coppola, who wrote and directed the film, won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and deservedly so. This movie is a beautiful story of two people who find themselves rethinking their lives in Tokyo, Japan who just so happen to run into each other and form a beautiful friendship. These two characters being Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte and Bill Murray’s Bob Harris.
Charlotte is a young woman who is questioning her two-year-old marriage with a young photographer whose investment in her seems like a second thought. And Bob Harris is a faded actor who’s in Japan trying to sell advertising for a whiskey company. His twenty-five-year long marriage is getting a bit stale, he’s slightly annoyed with his wife who seems to barely have time to talk with him across seas.
Charlotte and Bob’s relationship in this movie is a beautiful twist on the idea of two people having an affair. Even though they’re married and even though their feelings for one another can be seen as slightly sexual, Coppola writes them in a way where they feel cemented as good friends, not sexual partners. And I appreciated that!
You see the title of this post? It’s not an exaggeration. Life of Pi, a film that was nominated for eleven Oscars, including Best Picture, and won four of them back in 2013, is undoubtedly the most beautiful and one of the most stirring films I have ever seen.
Before roughly about a week or two ago I had never heard of this film. I’ve never seen it on any lists for classics or movie buff essentials. I’ve never seen a single commercial for it or heard any chatter about it. And then one day I’m browsing through HBO Max and I stumble upon it. My sister and I saw the featured image for the film,
this, and immediately I said to myself, “I don’t want to watch that.” So we put it off, instead choosing to watch other great classics like Kramer vs. Kramer and The Green Mile. (By the way, The Green Mile freaked me out and made me utterly bawl my eyes out. Ugh, it hurt. Great movie. A+)
And then yesterday, instead of watching Citizen Kane which is another movie I know I’ve got to watch one day but I keep not getting the urge to, we decided to tackle Life of Pi because why not.
What transpired thereafter was two hours and seven minutes of me and my sister being utterly transfixed. From the opening minutes to the last, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee brings to life a story that feels like it’s right out of the pages of maybe one of the most transfixing children’s books ever written.
There are two writer/directors that are making waves in both blockbuster films and thoughtful Oscar-buzz worthy movies. They are Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson.
In 2017, Waititi and Johnson got a chance to share their writing chops with blockbuster movies that moved the particular stories in bold new directions. Waitit helped direct and steer the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, in a direction that was both brilliant and very entertaining. Thor, whose first two previous movies are considered on the bottom of totem pole in the MCU desperately needed an upgrade and Waititi’s vision gave him a story worth caring about while allowing Chris Hemsworth to let his comedic chops shine.
Room, the film that awarded Brie Larson her first and only Oscar, is a movie that has interested me ever since I heard about it. Considering that I am a Brie Larson fan for her role as Captain Marvel I was super intrigued to see why her performance in Room garnered her an Oscar and after seeing the film I totally understand now.
Room follows the story of a kidnapped woman (Brie Larson) and her son, born in captivity, as they live life in a single room locked away by their captor. The film is heartbreaking, depressing, and oh so dreary. I found myself crying quite a bit and yet was utterly enthralled in this story that felt so real. There was never a moment where I felt that the movie had been written that didn’t seem realistic and that was very important.
The performances by the film’s two leads, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, were top notch. Tremblay provided such an overwhelming performance that I feel he’s the best child actor I’ve seen since The Sixth Sense‘s Haley Joel Osment. He should’ve been nominated as well.
All in all, if you haven’t seen Room, I implore you to do so. The film is way better than I expected and quite the find, as long as you have tissues on hand.
I’m giving it 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. I already liked Brie Larson but after seeing this movie I really like Brie Larson. I’m so happy she’s the one playing Captain Marvel.
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Soul is, in my opinion, the best movie of the year. Its story is so perfectly written, its theme so telling for this year’s problems, that to ignore it and deem it unworthy of being considered for Best Picture seems preposterous.
As we all know, 2020 has not been a regular year, meaning the list of films lining up to nab a spot for the Best Picture race is slim and at a time like this it makes even more sense to nominate a great film like Soul for such a prestigious award nomination.
And let’s not forget, it’s happened before. Both Up and Toy Story 3 were great enough films that they were nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Picture. Soul should be the next movie to join that list.
It’s a remarkable film that deserves every bit of praise it can get and yeah, I hope I’m not the only one thinking this movie should get Best Picture. And yeah, I even think it should make history by becoming the first animated film ever to win Best Picture because it actually is that good.
What do you think? Do you think it should be nominated for Best Picture? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Let me tell you about a movie that I watched earlier this week. It’s an Oscar-winning film called The Descendants and it is SOOO GOOD! I’m not going to say much about the film because it was so magnificent but I will say this, it is a must-watch.
With impeccable writing, acting, and directing, this Best-Picture nominated film from 2011 is a hidden gem that is currently available on HBO Max.
I cried, I laughed so many times, I gasped, there were so many great and memorable moments, and yeah, it was just really fun to watch. 5/5 stars
Go ahead and do yourself a favor. Please watch this movie!