Movie Analysis

Making A Biopic

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Biopics are very hard to make in my opinion and very hard to pull off. There have been many biopics over the years but some are clearly better than others. Making a biopic can be very difficult because if the people involved are still alive or the story is very recent it can cause controversy and many other issues. For example The Fifth Estate stars Benedict Cumberbatch plays founder of Wiki Leaks Julian Assange. Assange asked Cumberbatch not to star in it and I understand why. Firstly the film may be critical of him and he doesn’t want Wiki Leaks slated by a film, also it is intimidating to have a film made about you. I have not actually seen The Fifth Estate yet so therefore I don’t know how critical it is of him.

Other than that Biopics can focus on an entire persons life which can work but I feel they seem rushed. I prefer biopics that focus on a specific time in the persons life to be better. For example The Fifth Estate focuses on the founding of Wiki Leaks whereas the film J. Edgar shows a lot of the life from J Edgar Hoover’s childhood up to his death, A problem I had with the film is that a lot of it seemed relevant. A story focusing on him starting the FBI would be a lot more interesting than his whole life. I felt a lot of scenes in the film added nothing to the film and they were only put in because the film makers wanted to create tension and hurdles for the character to overcome. Another film I didn’t like was The Iron Lady because it was not focused on one thing. The trailer was really deceiving and rather than being about Margret Thatcher’s years as prime minister it included scenes of her meeting her husband and her suffering from Dementia. The film was not a biopic at all it was more like a dementia information film.

The George W. Bush Biopic W. directed by Oliver Stone did go over several time periods in his life. It introduces President Bush as he is at University and goes up to his presidency and does focus around the invasion of Iraq after the events of 9/11. Despite this wasn’t as focused as I would have liked I found the film’s structure and flow to be really good and it was a well rounded film despite being about such an unpopular president.  Josh Brolin played Bush really well and I was even sympathetic towards him.

Biopics however are not historically accurate at all.  Writers need to add in drama and suspense in order to make them more interesting to the mass audience. Not to be harsh on anyone but the interesting things that happened in these peoples lives may not have actually been that intense or interesting at the moments of them happening. In order to create emotion and tension in the film the reality of the situation must be ignored in order to make the film more appealing. Lots of films that get Academy Award recognition are biopics. This year’s nominations have not been released yet but my predictions and many other peoples predictions include The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Foxcatcher, Rush and The Fifth Estate. These films are all based on true events and real people but will be glamorized in order to make them more appealing.

Do you enjoy watching Biopics? What is your favorite Biographical film? Please comment and thanks for reading.

 

Early Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Leading Actor

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Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

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Having won 2 Oscars in the past as well as earning many other nominations, Tom Hanks is known for being one of the world’s best actors and movie stars. In Captain Phillips he plays a real captain who had to protect his cargo ship from pirates. I have not seen Hanks in anything recently so I am very much looking forward to seeing his performance in this film. I do however think that he does not stand a chance of winning the Oscar even if he gets nominated. That is nothing to do with how good an actor he is it is to do with the politics of the academy awards.

Chiwetel Ejifor – 12 Years A Slave

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Chiwetel Ejifor has been in many feature films and has worked on both television and the stage. He plays the real life figure Solomon Northrup who was kidnapped in New York where he lived and was forced to become a slave. This will be a very different film from that of Django Unchained which brought the issue of slavery to popular cinema once again. This film will be a more accurate interpretation of slavery than that of Django Unchained. I am very much looking forward to this film as well and looking forward to not just Chiwetel’s performance but the great ensemble cast the film is going to feature.

Idris Elba – Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom

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Idris Elba is an esteemed actor who came to my attention in the BBC series Luther. He was also in The Wire, American Gangster and Thor. In this film he plays Nelson Mandela. This will be the story of Mandela’s life before he was imprisoned and will go up to him becoming president. This film is not about him being president. It is about the journey he needed to take to become president of South Africa. it is clearly a story people are interested in and I feel that Elba will win the academy award this year.

Christian Bale – American Hustle

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Christian Bale is famous for his ability to change his appearance and weight for roles. We have seen this in The Machinist where he got his weight down to 7 stone. He has also bulked up as Batman on three occasions and jumping in between a skinnier role in The Fighter. Bale teams up again with The Fighter director David O’Russell. He plays a con artist who teams up with an FBI agent for a sting. Bale has put on weight for this role and is donning a comb over. Obviously we cannot base his chances of getting nominated by just how he looks but Bale is a great actor and from what I have seen in the trailer and the team behind the film. I have faith that he will pick up a nomination.

Michael Fassbender – The Counselor

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Michael Fassbender is one of the most popular actors around at the moment and after having been snubbed for Shame he may pick up a nomination in The Counselor. The story follows a lawyer who gets caught up in the underworld of drug trafficking. It is written by Cormac McCarthy who wrote No Country For Old Men and is directed by Ridley Scott. However I think Fassbender may only get nominated for supporting actor in the film 12 Years A Slave in favor of this.  Only time will tell.

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Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf Of Wall Street

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DiCaprio is cursed to never win an Academy Award it seems. He has been nominated a few times and missed out on each occasion. He has also been snubbed many times by the Academy. He is overlooked for some great films he has starred in. Maybe this year he will get nominated for this role but even if he does I guarantee he will not win. He is playing a real person so this is almost a biopic depending on how you look at it. He has played real people before well and this still does not make a difference. The film follows Wall Street Banker Jordan Belfort on his rise and fall in the banking world.

Early Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Supporting Actor

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The Oscars is still a few months away but that does not stop people predicting who will be nominated. Here are some of my predictions for Best Supporting Actor.

Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave

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Michael Fassbender is currently one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. He has been busy doing many projects for the past couple of years starting in both big budget and independent movies. This year he is re collaborating with Shame and Hunger director Steve McQueen. After his snub at the Oscars two years ago for his role in Shame it is highly likely he will receive a nomination for 12 Years A Slave. Last year Django Unchained brought slavery back to the attention of filmmakers however whereas Django Unchained contained many sub genres 12 Years A Slave will be more focused and more dramatic. Despite being leads in McQueen’s other motion pictures Fassbender will likely receive a best supporting nomination for this role as he is not the focus of the film but i’m sure he may steal the show.

Bradley Cooper – American Hustle

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I didn’t think much of Bradley Cooper as an actor until I saw Silver Linings Playbook and I was able to go back and watch some of his other films. I do think he is a really good actor and I am annoyed that he did not get more recognition for his role in Silver Linings Playbook for playing a man suffering from mental illness. I personally feel his performance was stronger than that of Jennifer Lawrence who won her category at the Oscars last year. Cooper is teaming up again with David O’Russel the director of Silver Linings Playbook. Cooper plays an FBI agent who teams up with a con artist. I don’t know much about the plot of American Hustle but its cast and production team is enough for me to go see it. After not winning last year Cooper should at least get a second nomination for this film.

Daniel Bruhl – Rush

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Daniel Bruhl is a bit of an unknown to me however I am aware that he was in Inglorious Basterds and more recently The Fifth Estate. He seems like the generic foreign nominee for this year however from the trailer it looks like he gives a powerful performance as the formula one drive Nicki Lauda. I will be seeing Rush soon hopefully and I will judge whether he gets nominated on the performance in the film once I’ve seen it. However there is lots of talk already about him receiving a nomination. Rush is directed by Ron Howard who has won two Oscars for A Beautiful Mind. The fact he is directing the film may give the academy the chance to see Daniel’s work and hopefully he will receive a nominated.

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

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Now I’m not sure if this role will be nominated for Leading or supporting but I think most likely supporting. This may seem like an unlikely nomination but from what I have heard of the story this will be a very unusual performance from Steve Carell. Carell is well known for his portrayal of Michael Scott in The Office and is known for working in Comedy. In Foxcatcher he will play John Du Pont a millionaire schizophrenic who murdered his best friend. The film will follow the Schultz brothers story up until Du Pont commits the murder. I am surprised that Carell took this role but I think this shows his determination to stop being typecast. He even wears a lot of make up and a fake nose and is almost unrecognizable in this role. This is the role that I am most looking forward to seeing this year. I think The Oscars will give him a nomination because in this he will show how much range he really has as an actor.

Jonah Hill – The Wolf Of Wall Street

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Jonah Hill who as many of you know started off in comedy movies but has moved into more serious films such as Moneyball which he also received a supporting actor nomination a few years ago. Hill has not left his comedy roots having recently stared in 21 Jump Street bit is also starring in The Wolf Of Wall Street directed by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. The film will likely receive some attention from the Oscars but Hill may miss out on a nomination.

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Javier Bardem – The Counselor

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The Counselor seems to me to be a wild card at the Oscars this year and I would not be surprised if it is overlooked completely. It has a star studded cast, Ridley Scott is directing and the story was written by Cormac McCarthy who wrote No Country For Old Men which also featured Javier Bardem who won a best supporting Oscar for that film. Javier Bardem is also supporting another crazy hair cut as he did in No Country For Old Men, but will this be enough to get him noticed? Probably not. I will have to see the film before I can judge how good his performance but if Bardem delivers I can defiantly see him picking up a nomination.

J.J. Abrams Won’t Direct Star Trek 3

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J.J. Abrams is now a popular director and writer. For most people he is the creator of Lost. For others he is the man who directed the Star Trek Reboot. It was announced that his next project will be the controversial Star Wars Episode VII. So people assumed that he would not have time to direct the third installment of the Star Trek franchise. He has now confirmed he will not direct the next film.

Many Star Trek fans will be disappointing at this news but he has said in an interview that he will still be involved in writing the script. It is understandable that he would have to drop directing the film as he is now going to take on the other biggest sci-fi film series Star Wars. I personally prefer Star Wars to Star Trek but I don’t hate Star Trek. It seems a lot of die hard fans will be angry that Abrams is dropping Star Trek to so Star Wars.

I have also expressed my concerns of a Star Wars sequel as have many other people. The fact there is no concrete casting news as of yet is annoying a lot of people. At comic con this year we got nothing about Star Wars and nothing from D23. This is a very ambitious project for Abrams to take on. The only solid information about Star Wars so far is the director, the writer. John Williams will be scoring and the film will be shot in 35mm instead of digital.  There are the rumors of the original cast returning but that is not concrete.

Overall this is going to upset a lot of people but the fact he will still have some involvement in Star Trek is good news for fans. Star Wars can be a hit or a miss and it may have been a mistake for Abrams to jump on a different franchise. We just have to wait and see what Star Wars Episode VII holds for us.

Are you upset over Abrams stepping down from directing Star Trek? Please comment below and Thanks for reading.

Ian Mckellen To Play Sherlock Holmes.

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Recently Sherlock Holmes has been brought to the big and small screen. Robert Downey Jr plays Sherlock in two Hollywood films and Benedict Cumberbatch has portrayed Sherlock on the small screen in the BBC tv series Sherlock. We are now going to get another actor portraying the iconic detective. Ian Mckellen.

The film will be directed by Bill Condon who previously worked with Mckellen in 1998 on Gods and Monsters. The film is based on a novel by Mitch Cullin which follows Sherlock after he has retired and is haunted by a case he was unable to crack. In the story it follows Sherlock at 93 years old and is set in 1947. I am not sure if Mckellen will be portraying him as the 93 year old as Mckellen is still only 74.

The official synopsis is

‘The plot will follow an elderly Holmes, at age 93, long-since retired from adventuring and residing in rural Sussex, when he is drawn back to work by memories of an unsolved case from a half-century earlier. Since his former partner Dr. Watson is no longer with him, and his own mental faculties are suffering from the ravages of time, this version of Sherlock Holmes must struggle with his diminished capacity, including his faded memory and reduced powers of observation, due to old eyes. Despite his advance age, Holmes is determined to solve the long unsolved case while he still can.’

As an older Sherlock I think Ian Mckellen is a perfect choice for the role. A Slight Trick Of The Mind will begin shooting next year. Mckellen will be the 255th actor to portray Sherlock Holmes. What do you think of the casting? Has this news got you excited please comment below.

Ben Affleck Is The New Batman

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Last week it was rumored that Christian Bale may once again don the cowl and portray Batman in Man Of Steel 2. Bale did not take the $50 million offered and it was announced that now Ben Affleck will be portraying Batman. This has caused a lot of people to be upset.

Ben Affleck was not my choice or frankly an obvious choice for me to play Batman but I trust the studio as they are the ones with the script so they know who will portray the character best. I also think it is unfair people slating Affleck over this. This is such an iconic role for any actor to have and fans already hate him.

People are also bringing up the fact that there was controversy over Michael Keaton portraying Batman and many consider him to be the best portrayal. I personally like Bale the best but maybe thats because Bale was Batman in my teenage years and I got to see the films at the cienma which is more fun that watching it on television.

I have been reading what people have been saying and some things I am concerned about but I am not going to let it get to me. Affleck is a brilliant director and has really changed as an actor over the last five years. People are comparing this to Daredevil already. Actors usually get better with age in my opinion.

Affleck will need to make this version of Batman his own. If he copies Bale directly people will slate him There are so many different versions of Batman and it will need to be different from Nolan’s Batman. Affleck and Synder need to make this version as different as possible in order to be accepted.

I am very pleased that an older actor is playing Batman. Affleck is 41 and like I said he has matured as an actor so I am very looking forward to a weary but confident portrayal of Batman. I can only aassume that this Batman will have already been Batman for a few years before facing the Man of Steel.

I did think that Affleck would play a great Batman but a lesser Bruce Wayne. But there is plenty of time for that to change. Until a trailer is seen I cannot really make a comment on it. Bale played Bruce Wayne really well and my only concern is Affleck will not be able to out do Bale.I will give Affleck a chance and I think everyone else should.What do you think about Affleck portaying Batman? Who would you have rather seen portray him? Comment below and thanks for reading.

Christian Bale May Return As Batman?

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I loved Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and feel that it will stand out as one of the best trilogies that have ever been made. The Trilogy itself had a defining ending and allowed this character of Bruce Wayne to be portrayed realistically. The film is set in a much more belivable universe compared to other superhero movies.

I have just found out this rumor that Bale is being offered $50 million to return as Batman in Man Of Steel 2. Whilst some may be happy about this I am not. I really think Bale’s batman running around with Superman will destroy the mythos of Nolan’s trilogy. Bale has said previously that he will not do another Batman film but would $50 Million change his mind.

I really hope that he does not appear again. To steal a line from The Dark Knight ‘Look whoever the Batman is, he doesn’t want to do this for the rest of his life. How could he? Batman is looking for someone to take up his mantle.’. I think this line reflects it. Bale does not want to be type cast as Batman for the rest of his life.

I do however think Bale portrayed a brilliant Batman and I am only upset if he would return because The Dark Knight Rises had a definitive ending. Maybe if he played a slightly different version of Batman I would be okay with it but most audiences would just assume it is the same incarnation and that would ruin the mythos of the trilogy.

Bale is the right age to be playing this new Batman. At almost 40 years old he is exactly the age Warner Brothers want to play this new Batman. Bale said last month ‘we were fortuante to make three films lets not get greedy’. So I hope that he sticks to what he has said.

I would rather he not return as Batman but if it is done correctly I may be able to accept it. We now just have to wait for the news to come in if he will star in it or not. What do you think? Would you like to see Bale return as Batman? Please comment below.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. What To Expect

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At comic con Marvel announced the title for the Avengers Sequel. To many peoples suprise it looks like Thanos will not feature. He may have a small cameo but we have no idea. The Villain of this film will be Ultron. Whedon has said that this film will only be loosely based on the comic book and we can expect an original story. Thanos will appear in Guardians Of The Galaxy and may appear as the villain in Avengers 3.

Ultron is an Artificual Intenllegence robot with super powers. In the comics he was created by Ant man. As Edgar Wright has taken his time with Ant Man, Weadon has stated that he will not appear in this film. The origins of Ultron will need to be tweaked. Many people are already suggesting he is a creation of Tony Stark. That would make the most sense and would work.

We can also assume that the Avengers team is going to get larger. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier we can assume that Falcon will join the Avengers and appear in this film. Whedon has also stated that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will join the team. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has met up with Whedon and is going to be playing Quicksilver. Scarlet Witch is yet to be cast and rumors are slow.

Vin Disel is also rumored to appear in this sequel. At comic con he announced that he will be staring in Marvel Studios productions but his role is top secret. Many suggest he will be playing Vision but lets wait and see.

Annoyingly this film may become too cluttered with characters. So they may need to phase out some of the current Avengers if they are to bring on all these new members. The team will be able to get a bit bigger first but if Marvel Studios wants it to happen all these chracters will join the team. And then I will have the same concern as Days of Future Past.

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The Avengers was a box office hit and I am sure that this will make the same amount of money or more and will be equally as good. Whedon is a comic book fan and loves all of his projects so I really think he is the right man for the job and I trust his judgement with characters at the moment.

Are you looking forward to this film? What to you think of Ultron as the villain? Who should play Ultron? Comment below and thanks for reading.

Batman vs Superman (Man Of Steel 2) What to expect

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In June I blogged about if the Justice League movie would happen or not. If it was to happen I suggested a few things. Those things have come true. I predicted correctly. I said that a Justice League movie should not be done till 2017 and that is the case. I said that Batman and Superman should team up in a film first, that is the case. And that other League members should be introduced in others films, so far A Flash movie has been confirmed.

I am happy that Warner Brothers are no rushing into a Justice League movie. I did think a Batman reboot should have been done first but after thinking about it, it is not necessary. We all know Batman’s origin story initially. We know what happens to his parents, we knows he is a billionaire, we know he travels the world to become a detective and a fighter. Why would another film get made to explore that.

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I did really enjoy Man Of Steel and it is a great starting point for a Justicec League movie. I am not sure at the moment how the film will work out. As with the title of the film it is unknown. We can assume that Batman and Superman are going to face off each other and eventually join forces. Will there be a villain they need to take down together? I really can’t say.

I do think that maybe Lex Luthor will appear as a minor role and maybe set up to be the main villain in Man Of Steel 3. Darkseid has been rumored to be the villain in the Justice League movie so I doubt he will be the villain. Others have suggested Doomsday will be the villain for this film. Maybe a Batman villain will be the threat of this one?

I am anxious about this film as I love Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy so much and I am very greatful that his creation is protected by him and will not appear in the Justuice League. If there is a new Batman it will have to be very different from Christian Bales’ portrayal. I think Luke Evans should play the role of Batman in this film. Others are already suggesting Ryan Gosling, Armie Hammer, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. Casting needs to be spot on if they are going to make this work.

Overall I am both nervous and excited about this project and I have felt that Warner Brothers only inteneded to make Justice League because of The Avengers. The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel all did well at the box office I don’t want to see this made as a pathetic attempt to try and get one over on Marvel. It should be done correctly or not at all.

What do you think of this film? Who would you like to see portray Batman? Who should the villain be? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

X Men Days Of Future Past: What To Expect

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I am not the only person to show concern over this film. Many people are criticizing the project as it has too many characters. It appears from where I am standing that Bryan Singer simply just threw in many characters for the sake of it. I have not seen the film or read the script but this is what it looks like for an audience member. I do think the project can work but I do think Singer has to be careful.

I am also annoyed at the idea that they are likely going to ignore new chracters that were introduced in First Class in favor for more of the older mutants. I am all in favor of seeing Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen return. But why do we need Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Colussos. Shadowcat has a major part of the comic story so I am fine seeing her. But Emma Frost and Azazel have been cut from the film. Why introduce them if they do not use them. I do understand the ida of making the film too crowded upsetting people but why ‘semi reboot’ if you just bring back all the old cast.

I do think that the film will mainly follow the new cast the likes of Michael Fassbender and James Mcavoy. I really hope that it is not split 50/50. I loved First class and at the time it was considered a reboot and not a prequel. I am looking forward to seeing the end product of the film but this is a very ambitious project and I can see that it could go very wrong very quickly.

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We know that Wolverine’s mind will be sent back to his younger body in order to prevent the seninal robots wiping out mutants. Wolverine will need to help young Magneto and young Xavier to prevent the genocide of mutants.

My biggest fear is that the film will be to crowded by characters and not enough time will be spent with the young characters. Singer coming on board may mean he just wanted to have a trip down memory lane and only put effort into the old cast members.

And for those of you who dont know The Wolverine end credits scene features a set up for Days Of Future Past. What do you think of Days Of Future Past? Is it too ambitious? Are there too many characters? Please comment below and thanks for reading.