2016 Awards – Worst Supporting Actor

Through the month of January, I will be looking back on 2016, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Worst Supporting Actor

Nominations

Mark Strong – Grimsby

Johnny Depp – Alice Through the Looking Glass

Jesse T Usher – Independence Day 2 Resurgence

Winner

Mark Strong – Grimsby

Mark Strong is one of the best and most respected actors in the business, what he goes through is insulting to his abilities.

 

 

 

The Addams Family (1991)

addamDirector: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson (Screenplay) Charles Addams (Characters)

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, Dana Ivey, Paul Benedict, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman

 

Plot: Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Family Comedy

 

Story: The Addams Family starts as we meet the family Morticia (Huston), Gomez (Julia), Lurch (Struycken), Wednesday (Ricci), Pugsley (Workman) and Thing (Hart) who have been trying to contact Uncle Fester after his disppearnce years before. Bring in Tully Alford (Hedaya) and his wife Margaret (Ivey) who want the Addams family fortune.

Tully and Abigail Craven (Wilson) use her son Gordon (Lloyd) to pretend to be Uncle Fester as he enters the house to find his share of the fortune but his adventure are nothing like he would expect as he has to deal with the unusual behaviour of the Addams family. It isn’t long before the family starts to question this Uncle Fester and soon begin to love the strange character even if he isn’t the man they thought he was.

The Addams Family is one of the true classic family comedy fantasy film that shows just how different we can see each person in our own family to be different. The interactions between the family are all twisted in a loving way where we could see others question while the interaction with the people outside the family all come off slightly awkward which sums up the family perfectly.

The con-artist side of the story comes off nicely as we can see how naïve a family can be but even with love people can change. The performances are all great with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston have perfect chemistry as the father and mother of the family. The rest of the cast all give great performances that you can believe from start to finish with the uniqueness given to each character.

 

Overall: Underrated classic that hits on all of the unique style needed to make it truly stand out.

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2016 Awards – Best Action

Through the month of January, I will be looking back on 2016, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Action Film

Nominations

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The Wavewave

Captain America: Civil Warcasting card

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The Accountantacc

Winner

The Accountantacc

Pure action this is the one for me this year, I enjoyed all these films but for me The Accountant was as good as John Wick the year before being a darker less superhero filled action which is what I prefer.

 

 

 

Hidden Figures (2016)

hiddneDirector: Theodore Melfi

Writer: Allison Schroeder, Theofore Melfi (Screenplay) Margot Lee Shetterly (Book)

Starring: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali

 

Plot: Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important and Enjoyable Drama

 

Story: Hidden Figures starts as we meet our three African-American women working for Nasa Katherine G Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monae), the three still must deal with racial hate but have learnt to overcome the hate. With Al Harrison (Costner) having to lead the team with engineer Paul Strafford (Parsons) to get the first American into space.

Katherine being a mathematical genius gets the chance to work under Al Harrison in a room full of higher class white people who all look down on her except Al, while Mary is being pushed by a Jewish Polish immigrant Karl Zielinski (Krupa) to try out for the engineering opportunity who knows how to overcome what can look impossible. Dorothy is just trying to help motivate and get the supervisor role looking after the rest of the African American women working in Nasa known as ‘computers’. We get to see how these three women overcome the discrimination going through America to play key parts in America’s finest achievements.

 

Thoughts on Hidden Figures

 

StoryWe all know the space race story but not many of us know the story behind the incredible achievement. This story shows the hard work and the discrimination these three women had to overcome to make one of America’s great achievements happen. This type of story annoys me because I can’t believe how naïve people were when it came to treating people differently because of their race or religion has held back humans from so many crowning achievements it could have accomplished. Seeing how everything unfold is charming as it is serious subject matter because you want to support these ladies on their own ability to overcome the racial divides that were still going through America.

Characters/PerformancesThe characters are mostly based on real people with Katherine, Mary and Dorothy all show how ground breaking these women were for both race and women everywhere. Al Harrison shows us a man who knew of the racial divide but chose to ignore it while we have Paul Stafford being the stumbling block between the two as he doesn’t accept the inclusion of an African American woman in his field. When you look at the performances Henson, Spencer and Monae are all brilliant all giving performances that show all the skills these actresses have. Costner and Parsons are also great in the supporting roles with everyone else making this feel like the true story with none of the overacting.

SettingsThe settings are all perfectly recreated for the time 1961 America including the old-fashioned computer usage, cars and use of the segregation between the races. We feel like we are fully in the time of the events in this story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a must watch for all as we learn about the ground-breaking people in history that are often over looked.

 

Overall: Watch and learn just how important these women were to history.

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The Two Face of January (2014)

twoDirector: Hossein Amini

Writer: Hossein Amini (Screenplay) Patricia Highsmith (Novel)

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Daisy Bevan, Babis Chatidakis, David Warshofsky

 

Plot: A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Thriller

 

Story: The Two Faces of January starts as we meet vacationing couple Chester (Mortensen) and Colette (Dunst) who are visiting Athens where they meet American tour guide Rydal (Isaac). As the three spend a day together this turns into nothing special.

The film takes a big twist when we learn that Chester is a con artist who has been tracked down by a private detective that he kills but Rydal witnesses this and joins them on their escape from Athens then Greece and the mess they find themselves in.

The Two Faces of January has good without saying special performance from the three leads in the movie, as for the rest of the cast they are just your average supporting cast never doing anything to push the story further than our three leads. Viggo would be considered the stand out of the three as he must play the calm character at times but also show his darker side when needed.

As for the thriller side, we are kept guessing as we do always get the feeling something is going on between the characters without being told this, this happens from the looks but most importantly from the music being used through the film. We get a very loss romantic story going on that doesn’t get a chance to come through enough which disappoints. The settings are all beautiful just like the back drops of Greece would be to any film.

In the end this is a slow-moving thriller that just doesn’t get to pull us in enough even though it has an idea of keeping us guessing what is going on.

 

Overall: This is one of those thrillers that you know there are twists coming but in the end just doesn’t suck you in enough.

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