Author: J.C. Simpson

And the Oscar Went To, or “How it Should Have Happened”

I’m back, folks. If only for this review. Now that I’m 18, I feel that I’ve gained a more direct view on film. I’m beginning to venture into the industry myself, and being a cinephile, I have MANY issues with the Academy. First being that almost every year, the get the awards wrong. They tend to find something political and say “hell, this is the big thing! This will get some buzz! THIS is the future of cinema, because I am an older person that is in touch with modern American society.” So, with this knowledge, I went on a journey through the years. I’ve done something similar to this before, but just for gits and shiggles, I decided to go about making a list of almost all of the awards (excluding the sound editing department and costume department because I am not heavily versed in those fields) that the Academy flopped on. Some of the years had multiple possible winners for Best Picture because I just couldn’t decide which film was the best of that year. So, ¬†without further ado, let’s go reverse-chronologically.   2013 BEST PICTURE Winner – Argo Snubbed – Cloud Atlas / Django Unchained   BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Winner – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer & Donald R. Elliot: Life of Pi Snubbed – Cloud Atlas     2012 BEST PICTURE Winner –...

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3rd Annual Simpson Awards

Hello all! This year was a bit lacking in film in my opinion, so here’s my best picks in the categories that follow. We start this year with the ackonwledgment that it was slow and that it didn’t really do much for a film lover like me. Admittedly, I had high expectations for this year’s supposed blockbusters, but my fear came to life: not many films impressed me like 2010’s films did. But I digress. There were some films this year that did spark my interest. So without further adieu, here is my awards list: Best Original Screenplay: Super 8 Best Adapted Screenplay: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Best Director: Terence Malick – The Tree of Life Best Actor: Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life Best Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tin Tin Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino – Super 8 Best Adapted Score: Tyler Bates – Sucker Punch Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life Best Editing: Super 8 Best Sound Mixing: Sucker Punch Best Visual Effects: The Tree of Life Best Art Direction: The Tree of Life Best Costumes: Sucker Punch Best Supporting Actor: Oscar Isaac – Sucker Punch Best Supporting Actress: Elle Fanning – Super 8 Best Picture: Super 8 Thanks again to everyone for reading my reviews. Expect many more to come in 2012, this fine-looking...

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My Top Nine Films of 2011 (Pre-Awards Ballot)

Though some people may disagree with my list, these are the best movies of the year. That is that. Please comment and see if you agree. 9. X-Men: First Class 8. SuckerPunch 7. Drive 6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 5. Limitless 4. Source Code 3. The Tree of Life 2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 1. Super...

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3/4 Year Best Film Competition

This is my update of my list so far for best film of the year. Here are the categories and front-runners so far (no winners will be chosen yet). These are just the five biggest categories, mind you. Best Film >Source Code >Suckerpunch >The Tree of Life >Super 8 >Moneyball >Limitless Best Actor >Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life >Bradley Cooper, Limitless >Jake Gyllenhaal, Source Code Best Director >Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life >J.J. Abrams, Super 8 >Duncan Jones, Source Code Best Original Screenplay >Suckerpunch >Source Code >The Tree of Life >Super 8 Best Adapted Screenplay >Limitless...

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The Tree of Life

THIS REVIEW DOESN’T CONTAIN SPOILERS, BUT IT DOES CONTAIN INFORMATION RELATED TO THE MOVIE THAT MAY GIVE THE SITUATION OF THE FILM AWAY. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. Though confusing, The Tree of Life is certainly the (if not tied for) movie of the year. With good acting when happening, AMAZING effects, and a very interesting tale, the movie gives an audience of only those very into film what they’re looking for. If you are just the standard watcher (ex. if you thought Drillbit Taylor was artful) then do not see this movie. You will hate it. The film’s only flaw is the ending sequence. It is as if Malick wanted to confuse the audience just to do it. He didn’t do what I wanted him to do, but the fact remains that the rest of the film (and the fabulous score by Alexandre Desplat) is very good. Bottom Line: A. As good as Super 8 on some levels (my top pick (yes, over Source Code) for the year), better on some, worse on others, but this film will certainly win Best Cinematography. That’s a...

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