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Calling Up overrated is one thing, saying it's one of the 10 worst movies you've ever seen is just wrong. Anyway.#17. TRAFFIC2000POSTER/TRAILER ANALYSIS: We already discussed why the poster sucks (faces don't match names), trailer is a mess.NOMINATION ANALYSIS: Picture, Director, S. Actor (Del Toro), A. Screenplay, Editing. Damn.Traffic is a weaving, bobbing movie. It's great because it doesn't preach right or wrong. I'm shocked I liked it so much, which is how it got so high.The strongest storyline is Del Toro's. He's brilliant in his part and you can see every bit of anguish on his face. However, the storyline featuring Michael Douglas as the judge who is supposed to be a drug czar but realizes that the War on Drugs is unwinnable (and it is) is also great stuff.Traffic's long as fuck running time hurts it a bit. Nearing 3 hours, I think it could've used a bit of trimming. The Ayala/DEA storyline, which mostly works because of Catherine Zeta-Jones, should've been cut down. (Also, I'm so glad Harrison Ford wasn't in this movie.)The editing is GREAT. The use of different colored filters was a small but great trick, and it takes great skill to manipulate 3 storylines like that. The camera feels like a fly watching all these events unfold because of the great work done.Traffic shows great restraint in dealing with a tough topic and I greatly preferred this to Soderbergh's other BP nominee that year.Hint for #16:
03/20/12 09:31 PM
Entering the Top 15...#16. PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE2009Trailer cannot be embedded, click here.POSTER/TRAILER ANALYSIS: Both are love.NOMINATION ANALYSIS: Picture, Director, Actress (Sibide), S. Actress (Mo'Nique), A. Screenplay, Editing. I remember it winning Screenplay over Up in the Air was a mild shock.And with that, The Hurt Locker wins 2009, but it was really close. Precious is still excellent, mostly because of the acting. Sibide's starring role is great and I think her subsequent part as the maid in Tower Heist isn't fair to her at all. All the supporting roles are great too-Mariah Carey and Paula Patton are great, and I particularly like Xosha Roquemore's role as Jo Ann. "My favorite color is fluorescent beige!"But we all know who the star of the movie was. Mo'Nique's role is dynamic, brilliant, and I am so glad she won without campaigning. Her breakdown at the social worker's office...goddamn. Definitely one of the most deserving winners this category has ever seen, and this category tends to make good choices A LOT. Dynamic performance that makes the movie what it is, makes it worth watching herself, etc.But the movie is well written too. It's very honest in its grimness and its depiction of inner city life. Precious' apartment was very well made. The editing nomination is a nice little surprise, because of Precious' daydream sequences, Mary's fast paced abuse, and some of the bits set to music.Precious came so close to winning for 2009 but in the end, I guess the inspirational bits...I don't want to say they didn't work for me, but they weren't as great as the rest of the film? I dunno. Also, I read the book, and while I liked it, I feel that this book was better suited to be a movie. Also, changing the book's title to be the same as the movie's was bizarre.Still, Precious is bleak yet hopeful and features some very strong acting.Hint for #15:
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KMKinCB wrote:I actually like it for being an action movie, but people act like it's a great movie to make you think, but when you think it's not trying to teach you anything important or even say. It's just a popcorn movie and people try to act like it has a great message and it doesn't at all.
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ilovekelly752 wrote:Hint for my next one:
03/21/12 11:07 AM
#15. The Tree Of Life(2011)This movie is my second favorite of 2011, and in my top five for the 2010's so far. The directing was absolutely beautiful in just about every individual area. It had a similar feel to Melacholia, which I liked a lot, and was my 11th favorite of the year, but this, in my opinion, was an abosulte knockout emotionally, and beautifully posed questions aboutlife, the way we choose to live our lives and the results of that, and why God takes things away from good people. I watched it twice, and the second time, I picked up on things I didn't catch the first time. The many different philosophical ideas depicted in the script, in my opinion, should've made it a lock for a Best Original Screenplay nomination. I have no idea how people thought The Artist had a better script. Many people flat out hate this movie, but I don't think that's because of the script. It is very slow paced, and if you're not interested in the ideas of the movie, you probably won't be able to tolerate, so I can see why some people don't like it. That's another thing. I'm always reading comments on the internet of people who don't like it claiming how everyone who likes it is pretentious and looks down on people who don't like it, yet I have never seen one comment from someone who liked it that gave me that impression. Smarter people than me hate this movie. I think it's just a matter of whether or not you are interested in the ideas that the movie depicts, such as life, death, the afterlife, the origin of the world, why people choose to live their lives the way they do and what results of that, and why bad things happen to good people. More specifically regarding that last one, would be why does God take things away from people seemingly randomly, as represented in this movie by Sean Penn's character's brother's death. The movie approaches all of these themes through the eyes of Sean Penn looking back on his life as a child. The movie depresses you throughout, but it ends with an unbelievably strong, inspirational feeling. This is the kind of movie that needed to be made. It's certainly one for the ages.Major awards it won or was nominated for:Best Picture (lost)Best Director (lost)Major awards / nominations I would've given it:Best Picture (nomination)Best Director (nomination)Best Original Screenplay (nomination)My Nominees In Order For Best Picture Of 2011:1. Beginners2. The Tree Of Life3. The Help4. The Descendants5. Midnight In Paris6. 50/507. Hugo8. Bridesmaids9. Young Adult10. Margin Call
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ilovekelly752 wrote:KMKinCB wrote:I actually like it for being an action movie, but people act like it's a great movie to make you think, but when you think it's not trying to teach you anything important or even say. It's just a popcorn movie and people try to act like it has a great message and it doesn't at all. You didn't like the idea of choosing to live in a fantasy, because it's better than real life? That idea really made Inception and Memento great for me, apart from just being enjoyable movies.
03/21/12 12:43 PM
#14. Crash(2005)I don't get the hate even a little bit. I think a lot of it came from it beating Brokeback Mountain, which it shouldn't have, but it is still great. Some people say the dialogue is unrealistic, and the idea is too forced, but I think that is realistic. Some people aren't very subtle, and anyone who thinks people today aren't still like that has a pretty perfect view of the world that I'd like to have. I've heard stories from people who have experienced very similar things to what some of the characters experience in Crash. I thought each individual storyline was interesting. There were so many fascinating moments, like Sandra Bullock reacting to having a gun to her head, with Mark Pena in her house, and the scene with Thandie Newton and Terrence Howard being pulled over by Matt Dillon. Stuff like that was enough to put it high on the list, but there were several moments of extremely strong emotion and intensity that carry it this high. The scene with the magic cloak and the scene where the girl gets shot with a blank were absolutely beautiful, exhilarating moments. The scene where Matt Dillon saves Thandie Newton was fantasic, and the scenes near the end where Ryan Phillippe is in the car with Larenz Tate, and where Sandra Bullock tells her maid what a good friend she is are heartbreakingly beautiful. I'm sure there are some great moments I'm forgetting. Thandie Newton and Mark Pena fall just outside of my nominations, and Loretta Devine gave a strong performance too. The whole cast is very good, with no obvious weak links. I do think it's weird that Thandie Newton and Sandra Bullock were passed up for Catherine Keener, who is probably a great actress, but gave only a solid performance in Capote. Sandra would've made my list instead. I talked about how underrated I think she is, and I'm not sure people took her seriously yet, so that might've had something to do with her snub. I also agree with Matt Dillon's inclusion. His monologue in the beginning was great acting and great writing. It was incredibly well directed, and would've been a solid choice to win that category, although I agreed with the academy's choice for who did win. It deserved Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing without a question, and I also think it was robbed of Best Original Song for In The Deep. The song itself is very pretty, and its use in the movie was spectacular. I would've understood if it lost to songwriting genius Dolly Parton, but there's no way the academy can justify It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp winning. That's probably the weakest winner that category has ever seen. As Time Goes By wasn't even nominated in its year, but that ridiculous mess wins. Anyway, Crash is an absolutely beautiful depiction of racism in modern day Los Angeles, and it shows each character as a human being, and in my opinion, poses the idea that deep down, we all realize that about each other, whether we think we do or not. It was a deserving choice for Best Picture, althought not the one I would've picked.Major awards it won or was nominated for:Best Picture (won)Best Director (lost)Matt Dillon for Best Supporting Actor (lost)Best Original Screenplay (won)Major awards / nominations I would've given it:Best Picture (nomination)Best Director (nomination)Matt Dillon for Best Supporting Actor (nomination)Sandra Bullock for Best Supporting Actress (nomination)Best Original Screenplay (award)
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ilovekelly752 wrote:Next up for me is a movie where a train can be seen at least once.
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