The Silver Bullet ~ Money Monster

 

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Synopsis: A bombastic TV personality is taken hostage along with his crew live on air. Unfolding in real time, they must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

Release Date: May 13, 2016

Thoughts: I miss Jodie Foster.  The two time Oscar winner hasn’t been in a film since 2013 (Elysium), choosing her projects so carefully that she’s now in a state of semi-retirement.  So whenever she does choose to come out to play, I tend to take notice.  Foster’s in the director’s chair for Money Monster but she’s brought on some heavy artillery casting two mega A-list movie stars to play a brash financial guru and his weary producer that get taken hostage by an irate fan. Foster’s directing roster may be spotty but this has the whiff of something interesting, and not just because George Clooney (Tomorrowland) and Julia Roberts (Mirror, Mirror) look well-matched (too bad I Love Trouble hadn’t been made today…then again…). Co-starring Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) and arriving at the cusp of the onslaught of big summer pictures, I’ll invest some time in this Monster.

Oscar Nominations 2016

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Every year I wake up Oscar morning so excited and every year I turn off the TV (or, in today’s case, closed my browser window) disappointed.

Below is the full list of Oscar nominations but let me say…

  • No Ridley Scott nomination for Best Director?  This is a crime.
  • Another crime is The Academy being swayed by the studios into nominating Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander for Best Supporting Actress for movies where they were clearly the lead (or co-lead) female.  Terrible…and it bumped people like Kristen Stewart (yes, THAT Kristen Stewart) out of the race and also Vikander herself for the more supporting turn in Ex Machina.  Helen Mirren too!
  • Bryan Cranston’s nomination for Trumbo is almost as jokey as his performance…what a waste of a nomination.  The Academy does know nominating Cranston as Trumbo doesn’t forgive what Hollywood did to the actual man, right?
  • Netflix is represented with TWO nominations in the Best Documentary Feature category…
  • No Best Picture nomination for Carol or for its director?  Very sad…
  • No nomination for Lily Tomlin in Grandma?  Even sadder…
  • No Jane Fonda nomination for Youth? Eh…I should be sad but I’m still not sure I even liked her…but maybe I did…then again maybe I didn’t…
  • Sylvester Stallone in Creed…I whooped when the nomination was announced.  Same with Tom Hardy’s nomination.
  • Sad that a Best Animated Short nomination went to Sanjay’s Super Team instead of Lava, a much superior (and far more moving) short.
  • Again…though they could have nominated 10 films, there are only 8.  This left films like Straight Outta Compton, Carol, and Inside Out off the list.

Aside from these initial observations, the nominations were fairly straightforward…but there’s still plenty of time for the tables to turn.

BEST PICTURE
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Spotlight
The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST DIRECTOR
Adam McKay, The Big Short
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

BEST EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Big Short
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Brooklyn
Carol
Room
The Big Short
The Martian

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A War
Embrace of the Serpent
Theeb
Mustang
Son of Saul

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Danish Girl
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant 

BEST SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hateful Eight

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
What Happend, Miss. Simone?
The Look of Silence
Winter’s On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Anomalisa
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Boy and the World
When Marnie Was There

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant 

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
‘Manta Ray’, Racing Extinction
‘Writings on the Wall’, Spectre
‘Earned It’, Fifty Shades of Grey
‘Til It Happens to You’, The Hunting Ground
‘Simple Song 3’, Youth

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok 
Stutterer

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Leave Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Body Team
Chau, Beyong the Lines
Flaude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River
Last Day of Freedom