Trois couleurs : Blanc (1994)

Blanc is the second of the well regarded Three Colors Trilogy by Krzysztof Kieślowski. The first one is Blue based on Liberty (liberté), this one is White and based on Equality (egalité), and the next one Red is based on Fraternity (fraternité). Roger Ebert calls it an “anti-comedy between the anti-tragedy (Blue) and the anti-romance (Red)”, which seems to be the best description of the film that I can find. Spoilers to follow.

This time around the main character is a shy man Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), an immigrant from Poland. We meet him before going into a divorce hearing and despite his limited knowledge of French he learns that, his wife, Dominique (Julie Delpy), doesn’t love him and that the reason for the divorce is that the marriage hasn’t been consummated. Humiliated by his wife Karol has lost everything but a 2 franc coin. He is left to busk in the Métro de Paris where another Pole, Mikołaj (Janusz Gajos). recognizes a song Karol is playing on his comb harmonica and they become friends. Mikolaj offers Karol a job to kill someone. They make their way back to Poland with Karol smuggled in a suitcase. Now back in Poland Karol become a wealthy man and decides to humiliate his ex-wife to get back at her for all that she did to drive him from Paris.


Oscars recap

Alright, there were some big surprises notably Jordan Peele winning Best Original Screenplay and Shape of Water taking home Best Picture. These weren’t seismic changes as both had previously won awards in their respective categories at other awards shows. So out of the big awards that I guessed those 13 from Saturday I got nine right. Missing those Best Documentary and Foreign Language films aren’t that big of a surprise as I had not seen any of the films. There were some cool moments in general one Bil Keane’s son Glen (Billy in Family Circus) picked up an Oscar for Dear Basketball with Kobe Bryant. Dunkirk picked up most of the technical awards (Sound(editing and mixing), make up and editing). Phantom Thread picked up the award that we all though it was going to get Costume Design. Blade Runner 2049 won Cinematography and Visual Effects.

I really liked how they took moments to honor the military and the average movie fan during the show as well.

90th Academy Awards Predictions

Alright, on Sunday the 90th Oscar Ceremony will take place in LA so here are my predictions although it seems that there are so many front runners having won the other awards this year.

Best Picture:  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Garry Oldman as Churchill in Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell as Officer Jason Dixon in Three Billboards
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards
Best Animated (Disney/Pixar) Film: It’s Coco this year.
Best Score: Alexandre Desplat for Shape of Water

As for the tougher ones
Best Song: Hope it’s that song from Coco
Best Foreign Language film: This is one of those shots in the dark The Insult? from Lebanon
Best Documentary: Another shot in the dark Faces Places

Those technical awards and short film awards well those are categories that most people don’t really care about so


2017 in film

On Monday the Razzie nominations came out and on Tuesday the Oscar nominations came out. These awards will honor  the Best and Worst in film in 2017. We will start with the Best.

Best Picture we have nine nominees and they as follows, with a brief plot overview of sorts.

Call Me by Your Name
 – coming of age in the 80s gay romance, Drama
Darkest Hour
 – The early days of Winston Churchill in WWII
 – The Battle of Dunkirk evacuation
Get Out
 – A black man visits the family of his white girlfriend at their home, the housekeeper and groundskeeper are black and act strangely.
Lady Bird – Coming of age in the 2000s daughter/mother relationship. Comedy
Phantom Thread
 – London’s couture world in the 1950s
The Post
 – The struggles to publish The Pentagon Papers by The Washington Post
The Shape of Water
 – A mute custodian befriends a secret merman at a top secret government facility in Baltimore in the 60s
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
 – A mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder, it’s a black comedy.


One of the best things about the awards in general this year is there are going to be many first time winners. All of the Directors, 4 of the five Supporting actors/actresses, and 3 of the five best actors and actresses. It will be hard to predict the Best Foreign film since the film that won the Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice is not nominated. Coco should win Disney/Pixar yet another Animated Feature Oscar.

On to the worst The 38th Golden Raspberry Awards. It’s been a rough year in film as there have been a bunch of poorly received films. For Worst film it is between Baywatch, The Emoji Movie, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy and the latest Transformers movie. This is a four horse race, sure Baywatch was a bad film but it wasn’t/isn’t the worst. The Mummy seemingly killed the whole Universal Monster movie universe, Fifty Shades was unfortunate and so was Transformers.



I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film about the African American Experience in America. It is based on the James Baldwin unfinished novel, Remember This House, which was a manuscript which contained the personal recollections of Baldwin on civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. Now this should be a film that everyone goes out and watch or it should be added to like high school history classes. It could help kids figure out how broken the world still is even though “we solved racism” by electing President Obama. Racism will exist for awhile longer, but I believe that Rodgers and Hammerstein were right in their song You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught “that it’s not born in you, it happens after you’re born.”

The film itself was rather interesting as in most history classes that I’ve taken you hardly get to the Civil Rights era or they gloss over it talking about Martin Luther King and Civil Rights Act of 1964 in like the final weeks of class. So it was nice to learn a bit more about these figures Evers, Malcolm X and MLK. It is available to watch on PBS until the end of the month so make some time to watch it.


Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi

To begin i will be talking about things that happened in The Last Jedi so there will be spoilers. If you are trying to avoid them please turn away. SPOILERS TO FOLLOW

The latest film from the Star Wars Universe begins with the Resistance packing up from their base as the First Order is about to start bombing it. As the Resistance escapes Kylo Ren and the First Order try to destroy the ships yet Kylo hesitates as he senses his mother and doesn’t want to destroy her, but a TIE fighter hits the bridge of the ship killing several leaders like Admiral Akbar. Thankfully they aren’t all killed as Leia uses some of her Jedi abilities to save herself, but she was still injured and leaves Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) in charge over Poe.

While this is going on Rey is on Ahch-To with Luke, we return with Rey presenting the Lightsaber to him only for him to refuse to come help. We dive into what the force is something like Midi-chlorians that are in all things that bind us all together, check on the last couple of episodes from The Clone Wars animated series. They lean on the spiritual side of the force which is great as well.

Back in the great space chase the Resistance get there own resistance as Poe wants to mutiny over Holdo when he discovers that Holdo’s plan is to use small transports to escape from the First Order on to an old rebel base on Crait. Poe thinks this is dumb and has Finn and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) go on a secret mission to find a code breaker to get them on the First Order ship to stop their ability to track the rebel fleet. They (Finn and Rose) have to go to Canto Blight to find a hacker to get them in. After finding DJ (Benicio del Toro) who steals a ship to get them back we learn that the rich are financing both sides of the war, so who are the good guys and who are bad. Oh and Nien Nunb is still alive.

This is all I’m going to say here as the needs to be something that you need to learn from going to see the film. It has some great action set pieces and I have no clue where the next film will be going JJ Abrams has his work cut out for himself, especially with the death of Carrie Fisher last year.  Another thing that I am glad is back is the humor at times The Force Awakens was a bit too serious. All in all it was another Star Wars film and I doubt that I could be that disappointed with one of them, as I am one of the few it seems still find some positives in the prequels which get derided by just about all the fanboys, who are out there complaining about this new trilogy as well. One of the coolest things about the film was the creature the Porgs are there because Skellig Michael has a bunch of puffins on it so the Porgs are there to cover that issue. Also, I am looking forward to what stories Rian Johnson has to tell in his trilogy.


Trois couleurs : Bleu (1993)

The Three Colors Trilogy is one of the greatest trilogies of all time. It is based on the French tricolor with each film being one (blue, white, red) and the story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic  liberté (bleu), egalité (blanc), and fraternité (rouge). Spoilers to follow.

The first of the films is Bleu which is about a wife, Julie de Courcy (Juliette Binoche), whose husband and daughter died in a car accident and wants to cut herself off from everything but finds that she can’t escape human connection.  The film is deeply moving and has several wonderful moments. One of my favorite shots in the whole film is when Krzysztof Kieslowski uses Juliette Binoche’s eye as a mirror. The music also plays a stunning role in the film as Julie’s husband is the famed composer, Patrice de Courcy, and he died before the piece he was working on for the Unity of Europe concert and it is hinted throughout the film that Julie was a contributor of some sort in the composition of the music, either as the real composer or a co-composer. As segments haunt her throughout the movie. After Julie gets out of the hospital after the accident she hooks up with Olivier Benoit, a long time collaborator who has long loved Julie. It’s a bit complicated as Julie gives up basically everything of her former life but as she tries to stop the Unity of Europe score from being finished and figures out about her husbands mistress. This bring her back into the life she is trying to escape.


Best Animated Movies of the 21st Century

Well, IndieWire is going all out and clearly defining what the greatest animated movies of the whole 21st century is and we aren’t even close to the end of the century. Sure it is nice to look back and recommend some films from the past years but call it the best films of the past decade or something like that. There are several films that you’d expect to be on the list but there are a couple that I’ve never heard of.  Sure several films deserve to be on the list but others seem like a weird choice to be on the list. It hits several winners of the Animated Feature Oscar, from one of the first, Spirited Away to Toy Story 3. Then there are others which never heard of like Paprika, Sita Sings the Blues and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. It was nice to see that about eight were not made in America and only four were from the Disney/Pixar brand. However there are some film that should have been on this list like Kubo and the Two Strings and others that shouldn’t have been on the list Finding Nemo or The Lego Movie sure they are good films but are overrated films. Sure this list come two year after IndieWire published a list of the 25 Best Animated Films of the 21st Century, and several of the films on this list aren’t on this newer list. By and large across the board it seems like everyone agrees that Studio Ghibli’s film Spirited Away is the best of all the animated films so far.


Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie

This has to be one of the coolest news about an upcoming movie that I’ve read in a while. Now growing up I watched a fair share of this show it originally aired in the 90s on Nickelodeon and YTV in Canada. It was a part of SNICK and I really enjoyed the show, and some of the episodes still hold up after two decades. Now according to The Hollywood Reporter the writer of It, Gary Dauberman, will be tackling this. In every episode of the show The Midnight Society, a group of teenaged friends,  met and one of them told a scary story. Some characters appeared in multiple stories like Sardo and Dr. Vink and there were a couple of multi part episodes. It would be wonderful if this films featured Gary and Tucker’s kids running a new Midnight Society, featuring an appearance of Ross Hull and Daniel DeSanto. I hope that this could eventually turn into a several film series with different stories being told, perhaps with different directors and writers tackling each new film


More Star Wars and Disney news

Well it was announced yesterday that Rian Johnson is going to be creating an all-new trilogy not focusing on the Skywalker family, according to the press release “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” This sound pretty cool and it seems like these could be how the new films after Episode IX comes out in 2019 and the rumored third solo film arrives in 2020. With a new trilogy perhaps will we be getting more Star War Stories as well. This seems great as was the announcement from Disney CEO Bob Iger that “a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.” Could this be the previous attempted television series Underworld set between III and IV with some focus on the Boba Fett from the cancelled video game 1313 or something very different. With Rebels set between III and IV, but not really dealing with the underworld and bounty hunters and a solo film rumored to be focusing on Boba Fett would either of these be great things to explore on television as well. This live action series will be on the Disney streaming service which will be ‘substantially’ less than Netflix and the service will be coming out in the second half of 2019. Now if we could also get some word on what Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm Animation is working on after Rebels end.