Plot: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
Tagline – Even nice people can go to hell.
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Scary Filled Horror
Story: Drag Me to Hell starts where we meet mild manner loan officer Christine (Lohman), trying for the vacant assistant managers job, dating a professor Clay (Long) and generally just being a nice timid person. Christine’s day seems routine enough, but when Mrs Ganush (Raver) comes to her for an extension on the loan she must reject it.
Mrs Ganush begs and pleads for an extension, before being shamed, this forces her to put a curse on Christine, one that causes nightmares, day terrors and the need to solve this before it is too late.
Thoughts on Drag Me to Hell
Characters – Christine Brown is one of the best modern horror characters, she does an honest job, she isn’t rude, pushy or arrogant, she just makes a living the best she can. She has worked her way up to a potential assistant manager role. She is filled with innocence it adds to the horrors we see her having to experience after she gets cursed. Clay is the supportive boyfriend, a professor of psychology, he doesn’t believe in the supernatural even being the annoying rude figure to a fortune teller. Mrs Ganush is the gypsy that has seen her loan go bad, she needs an extension again which Christine much reject, we feel little sympathy towards her and the motivation for putting the curse on Christine.
Performances – Alison Lohman is brilliant in this role, we truly believe that she is the character of innocent nature. Alison is the true star of this movie, she goes through the most too. Justin Long is good in his role even if he is only the supportive boyfriend. Lorna Raver is great as the gypsy woman as you are filled with fear watching her.
Story – The story follows one young woman that is doing her job and she gets cursed by a vengeful customer. While this story does follow the traditions with its linear idea of woman needs to find away to lift curse as the hauntings are getting worse each time she is haunted. We get to look into curses and how they can have people attempt to lift them while haunting continue to get worse. It could easily be thrown into the idea of one woman dealing with guilt.
Horror – The horror in this movie is almost none stop, when it hits we do know when things happen and each moment becomes more terrifying.
Settings – The film does keep us in a normal American city, it shows how the everyday life of Christine is routine until the curse gets thrown on her, this takes us to more horror related location.
Special Effects – The effects are mixed for the most part, we have great horror effects when it comes to practical, but hits us with weak CGI moments only draw us back.
Scene of the Movie – Prepare the goat.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – Clays behaviour to the fortune teller, way to generic.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the best modern horror movies out there, we have terrifying scenes which are built up perfectly for the horror.
Considering my reasoning for my Round 4 pick, it shouldn’t be hard to deduce who I’m picking today. She just oozes aloof cool and I can’t believe, in one of the best performances of the 90s, she was booted for who? Dianne Wiest? In wha–? I can’t even remember.
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Taraji P Henson – Hidden Figures
In the 2017 Awards for best actress we didn’t get too much competition, we also had two performances very few people saw, Hidden Figures bought us a brilliant story of history and Taraji showed us her talent in a leading role in this movie that is such a delight to be watching.
I don’t know if this is an Official ‘snub’ or not (to be honest I know so little about the Oscars), but I absolutely had to choose This actor, in This performance, in This film – because I have NEVER understood how he didn’t get a Best Actor Oscar for his amazing portrayal of Billy Costigan – a complex character of a man who was decent and kind hearted, but also very mixed up confused and constantly living on the edge of a nervous breakdown. DiCaprio REALLY played it amazingly and I don’t often get emosh about actors performances (I’m the LEAST technical film fan out there) but I was honestly blown away by his performance in The Departed and I still drone on about it now (like now). I just think he played perfectly and so believably. It actually kind of annoys me that he didn’t win an Oscar for this, yet he did for fighting a CGI bear? I mean, what?
I should probably put more effort into researching this one but two very recent performances popped into my mind: Amy Adams in Arrival & Jacob Tremblay in Room. By snub I wasn’t sure if I was meant to pick someone who was nominated but lost or someone who wasn’t nominated at all? Well, neither of these two were nominated when they really should have been. With Tremblay, I kind of understand as the Academy often ignores performances from young kids so I’ll go with Amy Adams as my answer. She was fantastic in Arrival. Let’s see who was nominated instead of her: Emma Stone in La La Land (Winner. Adams was better and Arrival was WAY better), Isabelle Huppert in Elle (Not seen it but it looks good), Ruth Negga in Loving (Not seen it), Natalie Portman in Jackie (I guess she was okay but, wow, the movie somehow managed to be a complete bore) & Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins (Not seen it but, come on! This looks like the usual “We must always nominate Streep” bullshit). So. Yeah. There was definitely room for Adams in this category! Although I only saw two of these nominees so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. 😉 But I’d replace either of those two with Adams and am sure I’d replace Streep. Adams was definitely robbed, as was Arrival in general. Brilliant film.
My entry for biggest Oscar actor snub is James Stewart from It’s a Wonderful Life at the 1946 Academy Awards
James Stewart was arguably one of the most famous actors of the 40’s and 50’s but mainly the 40’s and arguably his most famous film was It’s a Wonderful Life. In this film he plays a downtrodden, suicidal man who goes on an emotional journey to learn how much of an impact he has made. His performance in this film is absolutely golden and he plays all the right emotions and does all the right the right things so that you feel genuinely sorry for him.
But does he win an Oscar for this great performance? No, he loses it to Samuel Goldwyn from The Best Years of Our Lives, a film I doubt you’ve even seen. This is disgusting and you know it.
I have the feeling that the most popular choice in this category will be Amy Adams in Arrival but for me, Matthew McConaughey should have had a supporting actor nomination for his brief but memorable appearance in Scorcese’s awesome film.
Because there have been instances where actors have been on screen for a few minutes (Beatrice Straight, Judi Dench) and nabbed the trophy so why couldn’t McConaughey?
For me, it truly kicked off the “McConaughssance”, better than his appearances in Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar combined, and in his big, powerful scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, he steals the show, keeps all eyes glued on him and ensures that you remember his performance after the credits have rolled, brief though his appearance was.
A memorable supporting performance which should’ve gotten far more recognition.
My Biggest Acting Oscar Snub has to go to Ed Harris, for his leading men and supporting role appearances in just about everything he’s done so far! My first sighting of this unsung hero has to have been his wonderful portrayal in Patsy Cline’s biopic as Charlie, her apparently abusive husband. He was fantastic at this role, making me sob at the end of this biopic as she called his name before that fateful planecrash that claimed her life. And in this film he and co-star Jessica Lange had a wonderful chemistry in all their scenes together. Since then he’s been adding his presence and gravitas to roles in Stepmom, Apollo 13, The Truman Show, The Rock and many many more. Yet, no Oscar. He’s playing good guys, and bad guys.. and hard to read guys.He’s believable in any role – a feat only few can pull off- all with these credible, steady performances. So its about time he was recognised for the talent he his… as he’s much less of a mystery man than his Man in Black role in Westworld.
Penn was great as Harvey Milk, but Rourke did a much better job this year with his role in The Wrestler and should have taken home Gold for this career defining performance.
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Liam Neeson – Schindler’s List
The Oscars have snubbed so many great percormers. Alas, picking them is a subjective, inexact science. If I could pick the biggest snub I would go with Liam Neeson in “Schindler’s List.” Tom Hanks beat him out that year winninng the Oscar for Forest Gump. I really don’t think it too much technical ability to play Forest Gump. Neeson has shown audiences his performance ability for decades, he was snubbed.
After considering what constitutes a “snub,” I’ve decided to limit my pick to someone who was not even nominated for an Oscar, since getting nominated is still an honor. There are plenty of actors and roles that deserved a nomination or even a win but were sadly ignored by the Academy. Some grievous ones that come to mind include Amy Adams for Arrival, Tom Hulce for Dominick and Eugene, Mathieu Amalric for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Sidney Poitier for To Sir, with Love. Yet one actor who seems to have been snubbed repeatedly is Tom Hanks, who has given several award-worthy performances in the 21st century yet hasn’t been nominated since Cast Away in 2000. They haven’t all been winners, but his roles in Saving Mr. Banks, Sully, and Bridge of Spies could have at least been nominated, while his portrayal of Captain Phillips could well have won. I know he won twice in the ‘90s, but it seems like the Academy is going out of its way to not nominate him, especially considering their favoritism for Meryl Streep year after year.
Peter O’ Toole was nominated for Best Actor 8 times, for films such as “Lawrence Of Arabia”, “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” and “The Stunt Man.” His most exuberant nomination was for the 1982 comedy “My Favorite Year.” His portrayal of an Errol Flynn-type “Movie Star” who is facing financial ruin is nuanced and outrageous in equal measure. His comic timing is superb, and you see every emotion clearly performed on his weathered face. A comedic gem.
For me, when I think of an Oscar snub, I consider not even being nominated for a great performance a snub. So in that vein, my pick is Jake Gyllenhaal in 2014’s Nightcrawler. While I didn’t enjoy the movie as well as most others seemed to, I was entranced by Gyllenhaal’s performance as Louis Bloom. He got into the character eerily well. The mannerisms he put into the character sent shivers down my spine. I thought for sure he would get a nomination that year but when the nominees were announced, his name was nowhere to be found. Normally, I don’t think about the nominations too much (mostly because I’ve stopped caring), but not acknowledging Gyllenhaal’s phenomenal turn as someone so detached from other humans was shocking. I don’t remember who won best actor that year but I do know that Gyllenhaal had a performance worthy of taking the Oscar and was never given the opportunity to get it.
I think Hank’s take of a good man like Miller who volunteers to serve his country but is being slowly worn down by what he has seen is riveting. Through Miller,we as the viewer can see how war affects us all. The shocking violence,the desire to see it end,protecting his men from harm,the struggle between duty and revenge. Most importantly is the fact that when Miller is dying while saving Pvt. Ryan,he urges him “Earn this”,he isn’t talking just to Ryan but to us all. We as a country need to keep earning what Capt Miller and all of the men who in World War 2 sacrificed. It’s a sublime performance by one of the best actors in my generation and he deserved an Oscar for it.
Writer: David Jonas, Vance Gerry, Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Al Wilson, Roy Morita, Peter Young, Art Stevens, Joe Hale (Screenplay) Lloyd Alexander (Novel)
Starring: (voice talents) Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Freddie Jones, Nigel Hawthorne, Arthur Malet, John Byner
Plot: A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.
Tagline – Magic twelve years in the making. Magic that will live forever.
Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Dark Fantasy Animation
Story: The Black Cauldron starts as we meet young pig farmer Taran, who has been getting trained to take over the care of Hen Wen a pig that is the only creature on Earth that knows the location of the Black Cauldron, the place where the evil Horned King can regain his power.
When the King learns that Hen Wen knows the locations he goes in search of the pig, which leads Taran to go on an adventure across the fantasy world to stop the Horned King regaining his power and bringing a new era of terror across the land.
Thoughts on The Black Cauldron
Characters – Taran is the traditional Disney reluctantly hero, he was a small pig farmer that goes on an adventure to fulfil his destiny by stopping the evil and bringing together a group off unlikely characters. Eilonwy is the princess that joins the adventure, her care free attitude helps along the way and makes for a strong character than we think. The Horned King is the ruler trying to gain his power to take over the land and will do anything to make sure he has this power. These characters are the by the book for this genre and don’t becoming anything overly memorable.
Story – The story follows an unlikely hero that goes on an adventure to hopeful save the fantasy world from an evil ruler. This does follow the idea of bringing unlikely friends together on the adventure and does become very dark for a Disney movie, but does follow the whole traditional ideas we have come to know.
Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Horror – The action goes hand in hand with the adventure as we see how the characters must work together to win and battles with the use of the fantasy world, there are elements of horror too because of certain chase sequences and events that happen around the Cauldron.
Settings – The settings take us on the adventure fantasy world that you could see in any of these movies, which is fine for me.
Animation – The time this movie was made, you would think this is good high standard for the time.
Scene of the Movie – Final moments.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – It is too dark for a Disney animation.
Final Thoughts – This is a good fantasy adventure that follows everything you need it to, but will be too dark for the younger audience.
Overall: Very dark animation from the Disney brand.