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Better than the Oscars.  The Omars!  The Normanees for these Academic Awows are….

  • Sicario
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Room
  • The Big Short
  • Tangerine
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • the Hateful 8

 

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And the winner is……… MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.  George Miller to receive this coveted obsidian sculpture!

It was close.  The Revenant almost made it into the list for sheer visuals and sound, and might have won, but it’s attempt at an emotional play with a recycled and basic revenge plot left it missing the mark and made it feel like a wanting presentation.  And that wanting tears back the beauty of the setting as you think of the director’s somewhat heavy hand.  Bone Tomahawk was solid, and built an interesting world.  Sicario was very interesting and brought an unusual sense of horror and conspiracy to the subject.  The Room was a bit loose with its structure which detracted, but the subject was compelling enough to make it very cinematic; and the early escape was unusual and interesting.  The Big Short could have been annoying, but instead it was fun, had good acting, and it did some weird tricks with the soundtrack in the backgrounds of scenes, and forth wall breaking that made it exciting.  Tangerine was funny, great acting, and was full of culture making the definitive trans prostitution movie, and the definitive Santa Monica Blvd movie; it’s refreshing to see a lightness in a tough setting too, because it’s not all violins in the real world.  What we Do in the Shadows was just plain funny.  And the Hateful 8 makes the dialog in other movies feel mute and moot, with acting that made you want to repeat after them; though it does get tired.

What I kept coming back to with Fury Road though was the score.  You knew what to expect, and when the score kicked in you could feel the anticipation.  Very dramatic tunes.  The opening moved fast, maybe with an off frame-rate, which hammered in the thesis of what was to come.  It felt like something new, an amphetamine rush in a desperate world with no quarter and no sleep.  The tone forwarded by the cinematography and editing contributed to this feeling of pace, which helps the viewer imagine what it’s like to live in this science fiction setting.  And, you have to appreciate the amount of new designs to look at in the costumes and vehicles.  Fresh concept art always adds to the believe-ability of the setting, and lets you imagine a mini history for each piece.  Although the plot was basic, there was a still lot in it to think about.  And the plot-less ballets of action were pretty to watch as you thought about the plot.  The hits felt hard, even though a lot of the choreography was ridiculous.  And the ridiculousness just added to the cartoonishness of it, which is fine. Charlize’s character was interesting because she had to out smart her villains to stay alive, and make strategic and willful decisions to make up for physical shortcomings.  The position of women gives a lot to think about early humans and what we might be like in different circumstances, and what it’s like to be physically vulnerable.  The loss of hope.  Redemption at home.  Corny, but clean and presented well, and reasonably emotional.  It just put the most on screen, and that makes for good watchin’.

 

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Written by THEM on February 27th, 2016

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