23 February, 2015

30th Film Independent Spirit Awards winners

Best Feature – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Director – Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Lead Male – Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Lead Female – Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Supporting Male – J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

Supporting Female – Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Screenplay – Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler

Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Editing – Tom Cross for Whiplash

Best First Feature – Nightcrawler

First Screenplay – Justin Simien for Dear White People
John Cassavetes Award – Land Ho!
Documentary – Citizenfour
International Film – Ida
Robert Altman Award – Inherent Vice

Special Distinction Award to Foxcatcher

Piaget Producers Award –  Chad Burris, Elisabeth Holm and Chris Ohlson

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award – H., directors Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

Lenscrafters Truer Than Fiction Award – The Kill Team, director Dan Krauss

87th Oscars winners

Best Picture
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Actress in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash 
Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo

Foreign Language Film
Ida (Music Box Films), Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski

Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Pictures)

Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Costume Design
Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Film Editing
Tom Cross – Whiplash

Documentary (Feature)
Citizenfour (RADiUS-TWC)

Makeup and Hairstyling
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Music (Original Score)
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Music (Original Song)
“Glory” from Selma

Sound Mixing
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley – Whiplash

Sound Editing
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – American Sniper

Visual Effects
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher – Interstellar

Documentary (Short Subject)
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Short Film (Animated)
Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Short Film (Live Action)
The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

22 February, 2015

35th Golden Raspberry "Winners"

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

Kirk Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex Tape

Ben Affleck (From RAZZIE “Winner” for GIGLI to Oscar Darling for ARGO and GONE GIRL)

Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Kelsey Grammer / Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too and Transformers: Age of Extinction
Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of Extinction

Kirk Cameron & His Ego / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, Written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey

06 February, 2015

35th Golden Raspberry Award nominees

Every year John J. B. Wilson and his team of hundreds of contributors pick out the worst from the world of film in each year, topping this years nominations is Transformers: Age Of Extinction with a massive 7 nominations. With the event happening in roughly two weeks on February 21st, here are the nominees for 2014's "Razzie Awards".

Worst Picture;
Left Behind
The Legend Of Hercules
Saving Christmas
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Worst Actor;
Nicolas Cage in Left Behind
Kirk Cameron in Saving Christmas
Kellan Luts in The Legend Of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane in A Million Ways To Die In The West
Adam Sandler in Blended

Worst Actress;
Drew Barrymore in Blended
Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman AND Sex Tape
Melissa McCarthy in Tammy
Charlize Theron in A Million Ways To Die In The West
Gaia Weiss in The Legend Of Hercules

Worst Supporting Actor;
Mel Gibson in The Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer in The Expendables 3 AND Legends Of Oz AND Think Like A Man Too AND Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Shaquille O'Neill in Blended
Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland in Pompeii

Worst Supporting Actress;
Cameron Diaz in Annie
Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nicola Peltz in Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Bridgette Cameron Ridenour in Saving Christmas
Susan Sarandon in Tammy

Worst Screen Combo;
ANY two robots, actors or robotic actors in Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Kirk Cameron and his ego in Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz and either his abs, pecs or glutes in The Legend Of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron in A Million Ways To Die In The West

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel;
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
The Legend Of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Worst Director;
Michael Bay for Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Darren Doane for Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin for The Legend Of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane for A Million Ways To Die In The West

Worst Screenplay;
Left Behind by Paul LaLonde and John Patus 
Saving Christmas by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey
Sex Tape by Kate Angelo, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty
Transformers: Age of Extinction by Ehren Kruger

The Razzie Redeemer Award;
Ben Affleck From RAZZIE “Winner” for Gigli to Oscar Darling for Argo and Gone Girl
Jennifer Aniston From 4-Time RAZZIE Nominee to SAG Award Nominee for Cake
Mike Myers From RAZZIE “Winner” for The Love Guru to Documentary Director of Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Keanu Reeves From 6-Time RAZZIE Nominee to Critically Acclaimed John Wick 
Kristen Stewart From RAZZIE “Winner” for The Twilight Saga to the Art House Hit Camp X-Ray

Top Five review

Genre: Comedy, Romance.
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Cedric The Entertainer,
Year Of Release: 2015
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Director: Chris Rock
Synopsis: "A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show." IMDB

Chris Rock's latest film was not one he just starred in, he also wrote and directed it which is no mean feat, in recent years Chris Rock's work has been less than enjoyable shall we say. He seems to have fallen off the wagon in the Comedy department. Following his buddy Adam Sandler who coincidently has a cameo in this movie which is funnier than he previous five years in film combined. So to say I was apprehensive was kind of an understatement, anyway, here is my review of Top Five.

I will start off saying, this film is not anything we have not seen before, it's a Romantic Comedy riddled with all the cliches you get from every previous instalment in the genre. The story isn't that great, but that's not to say it is a bad story, at times you do find yourself drifting a little bit, but you find me a Rom/Com in which your attention doesn't drift. However when it comes to Top Five and you find yourself drifting another incredibly funny cameo will appear on screen and boom you're right back into it. The film depends a lot of the third act as do most in the genre, the chemistry of Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson was brilliant on screen which made the cheesiness of the scenes bearable. The dialogue between said characters was written great by Rock himself, their repartee was fun to experience.

With Rock directing he allowed his fellow comedic actors to shine in their roles albeit small roles, a specific scene in which he goes to visit his family has some great comedians dropping some incredibly funny lines some of which seem improvised (not sure why I feel this after watching, they just do) plus a scene with DMX that had tears rolling down my face along with a bachelor party scene with Sandler and Seinfeld the movie is full of laughs. Was great to see Rock step back and allow these other actors steal some scenes, great work by the rather inexperienced director.

Now to talk about the acting, it's not the kind of acting that you will see in the films that will get nominated for the big awards. However, that being said, it does not mean the acting is bad, Rock acts like he does in many films which I personally enjoy and the two women in his life Rosario Dawson and Gabrielle Union were great in their roles. The better of the two in my opinion was Union, she was brilliant in the role of Erica Long, Andre Allen's soon to be reality star wife.

Overall, the film was a thoroughly enjoyable watch, I'd say the perfect date film packed full of laughs and has the overlying tone of romance throughout. Take the missus or mister out to see this and I can safely say you guys/girls will laugh your butts off and route for Rock's character Andre to get the relationship he wants and deserves. I sincerely hope Rock continues to write and direct films n the future, if he stars it's a bonus, however if he chooses not to I can still envision the film to be a great watch. Just watching some of the scenes in this film and you can see how great Rock can be behind the camera instead of in front.