In order of importance, maintaining the delightful, fresh beauty of the original should have been the top priority. Bathing secondary characters in gay should have been a, “Hey, we’ve got a super tight script here. Now let’s see where we can insert some extra character development to make it that much stronger,” decision.
Two important life lessons come to mind after watching the 2017 live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 Oscar nominated feature, Beauty and the Beast:
1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it (my dad taught me this one).
2. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should (the brilliant theme of Jurassic Park, and a lesson many, many filmmakers ignore every year).
Moonlight is a serious (like, seriously serious) and ponderous film divided into three sections, each depicting events that occur in the life of the main character as he ages from a child (when he’s called “Little”) to a teenager (when he’s call by his given name, Chiron) to an adult (when he’s called “Black”).
Arrival definitely wasn’t my favorite film of the year, but in between the stale military plot points and the absence of interesting characters besides Banks and the aliens, the core of the story – the part about language and communication – was actually pretty interesting. I just wish it had been wrapped around something fresher.
I think La La Land may end up winning 2016’s Oscar for Best Picture. That’s a shame because other, better movies were released last year (my vote would still be for Hell or High Water), but it’s about Hollywood, and it’s super cinematic, and the Academy loves that stuff.
Manchester by the Sea is a movie about grief. I have not seen a cinematic depiction of grief as real and raw as this since Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, “The Body” (S5: E16).
Did you hear about the conscientious objector who served in the U.S. military during World War II? He worked as a medic and refused to carry a weapon or to kill enemy combatants. In spite of the fact that he was ridiculed by his platoon and almost court-martialed for failure to follow orders during training, he ended up being one of the most courageous war heroes in U.S. history.
No. That wasn’t a spoiler. That was what happened in the preview for Hacksaw Ridge, this year’s Oscar-season WWII battlefield feature.
Spoiler Alert: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk isn’t really about a halftime walk. I mean, there’s a football game with a halftime in it. And the movie is definitely long. But there is a bit of a disconnect between expectations based on the title and what you actually get when you watch the movie.
Although most of its cowboys drive trucks, and many of the firearms in play are semi-automatic pistols instead of revolvers, Hell or High Water is a western – one that deftly reaches back in time to respectfully shake hands with classic western tropes.
On June 29, 2016, the Academy announced that it would be inviting 683 professionals to join its ranks.