POWER!! Who has it? Who needs it? Who wants it? Who lost it? Team Mamo recaps the year 2016 in movers and shakers as the pop cultural landscape is wracked by celebrity deaths, digital doubles and orange-faced idiots. Hey 2016: don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. And for sure don’t fall down that flight of stairs, accidentally set yourself on fire and throw yourself off a bridge.
The one in which Kurt doesn’t realize he’s the winner of a (much controversial) bet. In exchange, buys Andrew a present for his sunken heart after The Oscar results. We dive headlong into The Academy Awards with all its ins and outs and what-have-yous with Neil Patrick Harris and the face touching and the boring music and the severe lack of montages and the… hey hey hey don’t hurt me. We do recognize Julianne Moore as a favorite however, and we praise her Oscar win with a heartfelt review of the quite good, Still Alice. The Watch List rattles on with pro wrestling, Cronenberg, submarine movies are always awesome and… Aeon Flux? Yeah.
As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!
Looks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has their Bad Idea jeans on again. They have selected Brett Ratner to co-produce the show (with usual producer Don Mischer) which will be aired in 2012. Hmmm, so this is what the Mayan calender points to.
Either way the show will likely be better than that awful looking Tower Heist movie he has coming out. The only silver lining in this is that Ratner may bring back Hugh Jackman, who worked for him in X3: Franchise Killer.
While I do not think that something as edgy or unusual as Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (David’s Review) will make the ‘final five’ short list, but kudos to Greece for throwing it out there. Perhaps something like Tetsuya Nakashima’s Confessions (Bob’s Review) will make the cut despite its similarly unsettling subject matter. Either way, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did put out a big release yesterday with all of their Foreign Language film submissions, 65 of them in total even Greenland, from various countries:
After all the love on the festival circuit, I am surprised not to see Police, Adjective on the final short list for the Best Foreign Language Film nominees. Looks like Michael Haneke is the clear front-runner in this category with The White Ribbon, but this one is often very hard to predict. And yes, it is sad that Bong Joon-Ho’s Mother did not make the cut, as it is a very strong film with a fabulous central performance. Argentina’s entry, El Secreto de Sus Ojos, stars the great Ricardo Darín (Nine Queens, El Aura), who would have been in two films on this list if Spain’s entry, (no, it was not Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces) Fernando Trueba’s The Dancer and The Thief, had made the cut; which it did not.
AMPAS has narrowed it down to nine (below), with further pruning to five entries forthcoming.
El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Juan Jose Campanella – Argentina
Samson & Delilah, Warwick Thornton – Australia
The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner, Stephan Komandarev – Bulgaria
Un Prophete, Jacques Audiard – France
The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke – Germany
Ajami, Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani – Israel
Kelin, directed by Ermek Tursunov – Kazakhstan, – Kazakhstan
Winter in Wartime, directed by Martin Koolhoven – The Netherlands
The Milk of Sorrow, directed by Claudia Llosa – Peru
Want to know what other countries’ entries missed out? Check out all the details at The Film Experience.