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Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 

kittykittybangbang and I have a goal to see 26 movies (in theaters) this year. This was our second.

All five short films were good. Four out of the five were amazing.

  1. Helium, Denmark. I cried from beginning to end. Non-stop. Had to actively stop myself from snorting and snotting on myself. I had to breathe out of my mouth.
  2. The Voorman Problem, UK. Good. Not great. Actually, the more I think about it, it was okay. 
  3. Avant Que De Tout Perdre, France. It takes about 30 seconds for the tension to set in and it never lets go. No joke, when the credits roll, you’ll still be frozen and tense in your seat. Great. 
  4. Aquel No Era Yo, Spain. Gut wrenching. Heart breaking. It makes you cry and get angry. It makes you want to quit your job and do something that comes even remotely close to mattering.
  5. Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa, Finland. Very funny. Wonderfully acted. Not a single frame of film is wasted. 

To answer your first question, yes, you should go see these films. To answer your second question, I don’t know which one could win the Oscar. 

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It’s been a long time, but we are back into things with our film fest.

#16 was Life of Crime, based on an Elmore Leonard novel. It was about as average as you can get. The performances were spot on (perhaps excluding Isla Fisher— it’s debatable). There was a way it was paced and directed that just zapped the fun right out of it. It wasn’t bad, just not very likable.

#17 was Frank which was genuinely funny and surreal. I can’t really talk too in-depth without giving stuff away. It was better than Life of Crime. It was fun and good-humored up until the climax where it turned into not that. What it turns into isn’t bad, its just a different tone that I don’t think was as well executed.

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From 3/15:

kittykittybangbang and I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson.

A synopsis:

The Grand Budpest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. 

It’s tied with Rushmore as my favorite Wes Anderson movie. He uses every single trick he has. From Bill Murray, to symmetrical framing, to stop-go animation, to brilliant use of profanity: everything Wes has learned is executed flawlessly.

I loved it. I had to pee 10 minutes into the movie and I wouldn’t let myself get up to go. I dealt with it. That’s how good it was. It stopped me from peeing.

Godzilla!

Man oh man… was I excited about this one. Godzilla is the eighth movie towards the 26-movies-in-a-year goal. and the first one I saw this year that I didn’t like.

Starts out great. Tension. Danger. Suspense. Once that breaks, it never comes back.

The monsters look great, but It’s tough to tell just how great, because of all the debris porn.

What a let down. I recommend skipping this one.

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Next up in this year’s film fest… Amazing Spider-man 2!!!

What I thought:

  • Way better than I expected.
  • In fact, it was really good.
  • The CGI looks like shit on TV. On screen, looks fantastic.
  • Lots of world building. A smidge too much.
  • Laughs. Tears. Gasps. 
  • Peter and Gwen are the highlight, but Jamie Foxx is great too.

What kittykittybangbang thought:

  • It was fine.
  • Too long.
  • Marc Webb couldn’t frame a shot to save his life.

This was the 7 movie in our year of movies. At the 18th week of the year, and 7 movies below our belt, that puts us at about 2-3 movies behind.

Godzilla is next, although I’ve been told I might like Only Lover’s Left Alive.

MadKItty Film Fest Update

#11: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow was really good. Emily was amazing. Tom was great. Bill Paxton was delightful. The aliens’ kind of sucked. There is a deus ex machina, but whatever. It’s popcorn sci-fi. When they try to make cerebral sci-fi, you get Prometheus, so I just dealt with it.

I’m bummed it kind of flopped. I think it might have been more appealing to action flick lovers if it was rated R. There were more than a few moments where I was wondering to myself, “There should be more blood here,” which is an odd thing to think. When you see it a couple of years from now on HBO or Netflix, you are going to kick yourself for skipping it in the theater.

Also, it was the first movie I saw in IMAX 3D. I’m usually against IMAX movies in regular theaters because it isn’t in a “real” IMAX theater, but we took the risk and wow— it was something. That extra few feet on the screen genuinely added to the experience. 

  1. Her
  2. Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2014
  3. Lego Movie
  4. The Lunchbox
  5. Grand Budpest Hotel
  6. Captain America: The Winter Solider
  7. Amazing Spider-Man 2
  8. Godzilla
  9. X-Men: DoFP
  10. Locke
  11. Edge of Tomorrow
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MadKItty Film Fest Update

#9: X-Men Days of Future Past - We thought it was good, but not neccessarily great. All the elements were there, there was just something missing… when something fantastic happened on screen, it didn’t feel fantastic. I blame Bryan Singer.

#10: Locke - The challenge was to make a movie where you only see one character in one setting. That’s it. The whole movie is one man in one car, using his BMW’s Bluetooth phone. The filmmakers pull it off. Tom Hardy is fantastic. The actual plot, which is hidden by many of the pitches you’ll read, doesn’t live up to expectations. For me anyways. 

  1. Her
  2. Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2014
  3. Lego Movie
  4. The Lunchbox
  5. Grand Budpest Hotel
  6. Captain America: The Winter Solider
  7. Amazing Spider-Man 2
  8. Godzilla
  9. X-Men: DoFP
  10. Locke
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From 3/8, kittykittybangbang and I saw The Lunchbox.

A synopsis:

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.

This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

What an amazing film. Movies like this are why Shannon and I are having our year of movies— to force us to stop watching the usual crap and to see something with a new perspective. 

Irfan Khan is a full body actor. Every moment, every head nod, every line of dialogue seems meticulously selected to telegraph a feeling into the audience. He is amazing.

Go see it. You’ll be well pleased.

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