True Detective – Season 1: curiously, as a reverse to what is usually seen, the mystery at the center of this series is almost a MacGuffin; the two central characters and their relationship is what matters the most. Continue reading
Despite (or because of) the many times I have mentioned how great 2013 was for film, at some point I just need to let go and move on to 2014. The Oscars ceremony last night seems the perfect reason to do so. Continue reading
House of Cards – Season Two: considering how interesting the first season was, the biggest strength of the second season is picking up, in tone and in the storyline, where that one left off. Continue reading
True Grit: the strength of this film begins in the Coen Brothers’ screenplay: the characters are interesting and round, and the dialogues are rich and fun to listen to. Continue reading
Posted in Revisit
As promised , here’s the list of who I think will win each of the categories in the ceremony.
I invite you to post your own picks as well in the comment session below. Here is the full list of nominees. Continue reading
The Book Thief: apart from some specific elements (the intriguing choice of narrator chiefly among them), this story has been told many times before; usually better and more emotively. Continue reading
Posted in Film reviews
The Monuments Men: somewhat pleasurable, but surprisingly flat and unexciting film. It’s a great-looking cast and a very interesting starting point for a plot; the problem, however, Continue reading
As I did last year, these would be my votes (which film or candidate, given the universe of the nominees, I believe should win), not who I think will win. (That post will come later.) I’m not giving my vote unless I’ve seen most nominees in a given category, and I’ll update this post if I’m able (or willing) to change my vote.
The Best Picture award, unlike the others, is voted in a preferential ballot; therefore, all the nominees are ranked.
Without further ado! Continue reading
RoboCop: this is a well-crafted film; the sound design, visual effects and Lula Carvalho’s camerawork (for the most part; there are a few handheld shots that stuck out like a sore thumb) are solid. Continue reading
Game of Thrones – Season 3: while the third season juggles a growing number of storylines and characters and at times neglects someone for a while, paradoxically it feels more Continue reading