So another year to wait for the golden globes 2014 but the awards season from this year is far from over. The Oscars is the big award show the one that people deem that matters but the nominations are not even out yet. The oscar nominations will be announced in a few days and the award show will take place on March 2nd which is very late this year. Anyway last nights awards have caused a stir in my opinion but I am glad that it has. People seem to be upset about the winners and the nominees so far and this makes me look forward to he oscars as I don’t think the people who won at the golden globes will necessarily win at the oscars. I was surprised to see that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender lose out to Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto. I do think awards shows are strange as 12 Years a Slave won best Drama but the actors did not win. If it was voted best film surely it should triumph in all categories. It missed out on everything except best drama. I still predict that 12 Years a Slave will do well at the Baftas and I reckon at the oscars it may clean up as well.
I was also surprised to see Jennifer Lawrence win as I felt her role in American Hustle was very underwhelming. I do like her a lot but if she goes on to win an oscar this year she will just become the next Meryl Streep who gets nominated for the sake of a nomination rather than actually being one of the best roles. DiCaprio won for best actor in a comedy and took a jab at the Hollywood foregin press by joking about his fellow comedians who were nominated. Unfortunately I think DiCaprio may miss out on an oscar nomination and I feel that even if he picks up a nomination he will not win. So far in the film awards it is interesting and this may be one of the best awards seasons in years as it doesn’t seem to be predictable.
Bryan Cranston rightly won for his role of Walter White in Breaking Bad and the show itself won for best drama. This was a really fitting send out for the show. So many people were impressed by Breaking Bad and having Cranston win was predictable but it was what everyone including myself wanted. It was also good to see Robin Wright win for House of Cards which is due to return on Netflix in February.
Here is the full list of winners.
Winner: 12 Years a Slave
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: American Hustle
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Winner: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club as Ron Woodroof)
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine as Jasmine Francis)
ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street as Jordan Belfort)
ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Amy Adams (American Hustle as Sydney Prosser)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle as Rosalyn Rosenfeld)
Winner: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Winner: Spike Jonze (Her)
Winner: Alex Ebert (All Is Lost)
Winner: Ordinary Love by U2 and Danger Mouse (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Great Beauty
Winner: Breaking Bad
MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad as Walter White)
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Robin Wright (House of Cards as Claire Underwood)
ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Jake Peralta)
ACTRESS, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope)
ACTOR, MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra as Liberace)
ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake as Robin Griffin)
Winner: Jon Voight (Ray Donovan as Mickey Donovan)
Winner: Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge as Lady Livinia Cremone)
MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Behind the Candelabra
American Hustle has already received a great deal of attention from the big awards and I predict that it will pick up a fair amount of awards. The film rightly receives attention for being a great film. This does have the elements of an art house film but at times it is highly entertaining at parts. The film follows Irving Rosefeld (Christian Bale) a con artist and his partner in crime Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who are swooped up by the FBI agent Richie DiMasso (Bradley Cooper) and asked to aid the government in bringing down corrupt politicians. The story starts with an attempt to catch Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) to capture him taking a bribe. When the opportunity presents itself DiMasso wants to go after higher up officials.
This film does have a great cast and they all work really well together. Bale and Adams had previously worked together on The Fighter and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence previously worked together on Silver Linings Playbook which were both directed by David O.Russell. It seems that O. Russell has a good relationship with his actors that he can collaborate with them on many different movies. O.Russell is known for having a temper on set but it seems that in his recent films the actors and crew he works with work with him well and he has no need to lose his temper. From a directing point of view O.Russell seems very skilled in his craft and his other films have really brought him into a new light as a filmmaker. I do very much look forward to what he will do next.
The film also features a cameo from Robert De Niro who plays a mob boss named Victor Tellegio and Louis C.K gives a decent performance as Richie DiMasso’s supervisor. Despite these two having small roles in the film their performances are really great and they did really stick out to me. I do think that Bale, Cooper, Adams and Renner really deliver in this film and I am glad to see that they all except Renner have received nominations. Lawrence have received nominations for awards for her role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, however I did not think her role in this was anything special. I know she is loved by many people and I do like her other work as well but I felt her performance really lacked when compared to the other actors in the film.
One criticism I do have with the film is that it is not consistently entertaining. For me entertainment is really important when watching a film. Art can be fun despite what some people say. The film is interesting when it is not entertaining though but I would rather it consistently delivered. The first part of the film is a lot less entertaining than the second half of the film but that does not mean any of the film is bad. With the mix of great performances, great story and great film making this film is well crafted and is a must see film.
Overall this film is a solid piece of cinema and may even be considered a modern classic. The film has so many good moments and with a great cast and crew there is no surprise that this film was successful. I am sure this will pick up a few awards when the time comes and with such an excellent cast this will continue to have financial success. Although some moments are duller and less interesting than others the film is defiantly worth checking out. As always I fear that the film will be lost on the larger audience but with a cast of A list actors I am sure people will check this out and will struggle to hate this.
What did you think of the film? Please comment below and thanks for reading.
The Golden Globes is one of the most prestigious award shows for the film and television industry. Many people see it as second to the Academy Awards. The awards season finishes up with the Oscars but as the golden globes is considered the second best award show this will receive a lot of attention. Also this does give us an indication at who will be nominated for the Oscars however because the category is split between Drama films and Comedy and Musical films it does not give us a fair indication of who will be nominated for the Oscars.
The Oscars only has one category for performances and one for best film and a lot of these films will miss out on Oscar nominations simply because there are not enough slots. For example American Hustle is in the Comedy and Musical category however I think that it will get nominated for Oscars based on performances being dramatic. For example the film The Artist won for Best Picture as the Oscars but only won the Best Motion Picture Comedy and Musical and The Golden Globes. The Oscars is more prestigious and the nominees really need to fight and campaign to get nominated.
We can not just go on the Golden Globes for the Oscars though. I think Bafta and SAG also give us an idea of who will be nominated at the Oscars and usually who will win. Bafta does tend to be biased towards British films however but it is not new that British actors are able to pick up Oscar nominations and even win a great deal of the time. If you look back a few years, Geoffrey Rush won the Bafta for The King’s Speech but lost out on the Oscar to Christian Bale in The Fighter. I do like it when we are surprised at awards shows but they have become very very predictable and after the winners of the Golden Globes are announced the chances of the winners being nominated and winning increases drastically.
Here are the nominations for the Golden Globes in the films category.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
12 YEARS A SLAVE
Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
Warner Bros. Pictures / Esperanto Filmoj / Heyday Films; Warner Bros. Pictures
Pathe, BBC Films, BFI, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow/Magnolia Mae; The Weinstein Company
Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Revolution Films; Universal Pictures
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
Warner Bros. Pictures / Annapurna Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Mike Zoss Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Studio Canal; CBS Films
Paramount Vantage; Paramount Pictures
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures; Paramount Pictures
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Francis Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
DESPICABLE ME 2
Universal Pictures, A Chris Meledandri Production; Universal Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (France)
Quat’sous Films; IFC Films
THE GREAT BEAUTY (Italy)
Indigo Film, Medusa Film, BABE Films; Janus Films
THE HUNT (Denmark)
Zentropa Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures
THE PAST (Iran)
Memento Films Production, France 3 Cinema, BIM Distribuzione; Sony Pictures Classics
THE WIND RISES (Japan)
Studio Ghibli; Touchstone Pictures
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Eric Warren Singer & David O Russell, American Hustle
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave
Do you like the list of nominations? Has your favorite film or performance been snubbed this year? Please comment below and thanks for reading.
I actually read all three of The Hunger Games books before the first film came out and I am glad that I did. I did like the first two books a lot but Catching Fire is my favorite. I am not just saying that because I am reviewing the film. I felt the book was more interesting and I had a better vision of the world that this story is set in. I felt that this film would look great on screen. Firstly I felt that the visuals that we were going to get in this film would look far better than the first one. I always thought I would like this film and I am really glad to have seen it.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen who has just survived The Hunger Games and is forced to support the president is controlling an uprising. Katniss feels she can not keep living a lie and despite attempts to convince people and mainly President Snow she is still causing an uprising unintentionally. Eventually Katniss is forced into the arena once again as President Snow sees no alternative in an attempt to kill her. The first part of the film follows Katniss trying to adapt to life after the games and the story of her and Peeta being forced to participate in the games once again. The second half of the film is the set piece which follows the characters fight for survival in a new arena. In the first film the arena is a forest but this time is is a tropical jungle and provides a more interesting threat as well and a more appealing sight for the audiences.
I do also think that the love triangle relationship between Katniss, Peeta and Gale is far more interesting a clear in this film. I also think that Lawrence gives a better performance as Katniss in this film. That may be because the story is more engaging but I also feel that The character has more pressure on her and therefore the performance would be more interesting as more skill is needed to portray Katniss in some intense and emotional scenes. Ill be honest the scene in the first one that featured Katniss crying over the death of Rue seems a bit put on. Where as in this film the emotion really comes out of Lawrence and the other cast members.
We do see the return of characters from the first film and introduction to some new ones. I did really like seeing Woody Harrelson has Haymitch again and I felt his role in this film was expanded from the first one and he had more depth and development to his character. I think that Donald Sutherland who plays President Snow was the perfect choice for the role and in this film he really gets to show off a darker evil side. We always know he is the bad guy but in the first film I felt his role was passive. He had a more active role in this film. A new character Johanna Mason a previous winner of The Hunger Games is forced to take place in the games again. In this she is played by Jenna Malone and even though her role was small compared to others I felt she had great presence on screen and was a really interesting character. I did think the casting of Finnick was quite poor. Sam Clafin plays the role and although I don’t think he ruined the role it was just very different from how I imagined him in the book. This is a minor issue and I am happy to let it slide.
I did feel that the length of the film was decent. Many people say it is too long and I could see it being cut by 5 or 10 minutes but it didn’t bother me. I think too long would mean it was boring and too short would have missed out a great many details that I would have wanted to see. I think the filmmakers got it right when making this film when it came to its length. A criticism of the first film was it took ages for the games to start. The games in this film started quite late on but I felt the first half of the story was interesting enough without throwing us into the action of the arena too soon. I think the first film waited too long till introducing the arena but I do think that film works fine.
I did also feel that along with a better story this film had better direction. Francis Lawrence took over from Gary Ross and Ross felt he needed more time to develop the film. I think Ross dropping out was a really good decision. Lawrence made the film more pleasing visually and something I hate in all films and something I really hated int the first film was the use of shaky cam. I don’t like the use of shaky cam and in a big budget film it seems silly to use. The Cinematography in this film was slick and clean and out did the first film. I think that Francis Lawrence is a better director than Ross. Visually the landscapes and the lighting throughout the film was a lot better. Both films had decent budgets and you can tell that this film was far better crafted than its predecessor.
Overall this is a fantastic film and although it will not be known as a cinematic great it really stands out to me as an interesting and engaging film as well as looking fantastic. Unfortunately the third book will be split into two films. I am personally not a fan of that but I can understand the reason for doing it. The main thing about this that annoys me is that there will be a large gap between part one and part two despite shooting back to back. I am glad that director Francis Lawrence is working on the other two films rather than Gary Ross as I felt this was a better film than the first one but that may just be down to the fact I liked to story of Catching Fire a lot more than the first book.
What did you think of the film? Please comment and thanks for reading.
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Back in July a trailer for X-Men Days Of Future Past was shown at comic con and was partially leaked. However the quality of the trailer was really poor. The trailer for this film was expected to be released on the web this month but I was expecting a different trailer to what we saw from the leaked comic con version. I am however not complaining as I am really happy to the trailer in high quality and I am able to make out all of the frames as well as new footage that was cut off from the end of the trailer that was released at comic con.
In the trailer it seems that the future X-men go to a temple somewhere. People are speculating that this will involve Apocalypse in some form which makes sense but I am not sure. It looks like the use of the temple is to send Wolverine back in time or at least his mind. Bryan Singer has said the future cast only take up 25-30% of the film so I do not think that will be enough time to introduce a major villain such as Apocalypse.
Despite what Singer said the trailer does not reflect the proportion. The footage from the trailer as well as the voice over is mainly from the future X-men. I however do not have a problem with that. This way Singer can show off footage without giving away primary plot points. Also I think by showing clips from both the future X-men and past ones, Singer is able to show the scale of the film. Singer claims this film to be a really ambitious project as the cast is so large. I for one was concerned about this when the cast went to comic con but I now have more faith in Singer to make a great film.
Wolverine is likely going to be the top billed actor for this film and despite people seem sick of Wolverine taking the lead in a film I am fine with it. I would rather see Magneto or Xavier lead but the nature of the plot does make sense for Wolverine to be the main character. Wolverine’s mind is going to be sent back in time and his character can act as a bridge between the two parallels. In the comics it was Kitty Pryde who time traveled but it makes more sense for Wolverine to go back in time as he has more experience and because of his slowed aging it would be an easier ask. From what Singer has said though I assume that Wolverine will be returned to the future rather than having to live 40 years to catch up.
Singer has described the use of time travel ‘It’s about figuring your rules and sticking to them. The principle I looked at is this theory that until an object is observed, it hasn’t really happened yet. The time-traveler whose consciousness travels through time I call The Observer, and until The Observer returns to where he traveled from, the result hasn’t occurred yet. So he can muck about in the past and it isn’t until he snaps back that the new future is set. As a result, we’re able to have parallel action, and there’s an underlying tension because there’s always that threat Wolverine’s consciousness could return and leave the world in an even darker place.’ This highlights that Wolverine will act as a bridge between the past and the future and explains a scene in the trailer.
In the trailer at the end we see young Xavier played by James MacAvoy and Older Xavier played by Patrick Stewart having a conversation with each other. I think that they will be able to communicate throughout the film. Apparently it only happens once but we will see. In the trailer we see young Xavier reading Wolverine’s mind and I assume he is still linked to his future self in some form. Because of this both young and older Xavier can speak to each other because they can read Wolverine’s mind in both the past and the future.
I am glad to see that both young and older Magneto feature in the trailer played by Michael Fassbender and Ian Mckellen. I think Magneto is one of the best characters of the series if not the best and I liked both portrayals by the two actors. It will be intresting to compare the two of them in the same film. They will not share screen time but it will be interesting to see the link between the character and see what has changed and what has stayed the same.
We also get to see the first footage of Bolivar Trask played by Peter Dinklage although there is only one shot of him in the trailer. We do see a lot of single shots of the future X-men as well. We see Iceman, Rogue, Storm, Colossus and as well as new characters. Beast and Mystique from the past X-men appear played by Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.
The trailer has got me excited despite I had already seen a great amount of the footage in the leaked comic con trailer but seeing it in high quality has made the difference. The film will be released in May of 2014 and I am think we may get another trailer by Christmas time or if not defiantly one early in the new year.
What do you think of the trailer? Please comment below and thanks for reading.
There are many films that will likely be nominated for best picture this year at the Academy Awards. I have not seen some of these but they are ones that are currently getting a lot of attention and hype. Here are some of my predictions for the nominations.
12 Years A Slave
This seems a highly likely choice to be nominated for Best Film. Django Unchained was popular last year but this film will take slavery more seriously as it is based on a real life person and rather than being glorified to be entertaining I think this film will deal with heavy issues seriously. Slavery is ignored a great deal in the world and following such an intense and true story of Solomon Northrup will allow audiences to understand the hardship of slavery whilst being compelled by someones real life survival story. I think this film has the makings to get recognition from the academy and early reviews are positive and I am sure it will get a nomination.
Like most of these films I have not seen this yet but early reviews are praising Gravity as the new Avatar. It is also doing extremely well at the box office. If I had to make a bet now at this years winner I think I would have to say Gravity. I have not seen the film or anything but people are loving it. I am not a fan of Sandra Bullock but I do like George Clooney is some films and the director Alfonso Cuaron directed Children Of Men which is a film I really enjoyed. I will have to see it as soon as it becomes out in the cinema for me.
American Hustle seems like a film that will get nominated. It has a lot of Oscar power behind it. It is directed by Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter director David O’Russell who has been nominated for directing for both mentioned films. Maybe the academy will reward him for this film. Also the film has two oscar winners starring in lead roles as well as the other leads all being nominees in the past. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress last year and Christian Bale won best supporting actor a couple of years ago. Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams have also all been nominated for Oscars. This is bound to pick up attention form the academy and will likely get a best picture nomination.
The Monuments Men
Frankly this film seems to have been made for the purpose of attracting the attention of the academy awards. I know very little about this film but I think its major theme will appeal to the academy. It is set in world war 2 and about soldiers who preserve art. Now I would think the academy would love to preserve art. The film has a great cast including George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin. Nice to see Jean Dujardin in something. Its been a while. But this film will get nominated just because of Clooney’s involvement I think.
Tom Hanks is a favorite at the Academy Awards and this film is already getting a great deal of recognition. The film is based on real life events and its themes are due to get audiences attention as well as its intense story. I do think the academy loves films based on real life and this is very recent. Pirates have been in the news over the past few years so it is a subject that cinema should deal with. The fact that Tom Hanks stars does not hurt its chances of receiving a nomination.
For me The Counselor is a wild card because I think it is going to be a hit or miss film. I think it has the makings of being a nominated picture but unlike other films its content is a heavy contributor. Where as a film may just get nominated for its subject this could be a generic crime films or one of the greatest films ever made. We don’t know. It has a great cast and had Ridley Scott directing as well as being penned by Cormac McCarthy. I will make my decision when the film comes out and reviews are in.
I am ashamed to say this but I do not think women are equal when it comes to movies. The portrayal of women always follows the typical stereotype of either being a mother or a sexual object. Even with some of the best performances given by female actresses. I feel that there are no decent roles for women in Hollywood. This may simply be down to society. I decided to right this after reading about a quote from film director Danny Boyle. On talking about the film Trance:
‘”Elizabeth’s obviously a classic femme fatale, using her allure, her beauty to manipulate the men but I didn’t want the icy blonde Hitchcock kind of thing…
It’s a big problem for a lot of those actresses. They play the apparent lead in a film but when you look at the part it’s not that great, they’re like a figurehead.”
I feel that what Boyle is trying to say is no matter however good the role is for the woman, they will always be portrayed in the same way. One film that I hoped would be different from every other film was The Iron Lady. Meryl Streep portrayed the late Margret Thatcher the first and only British prime minister of Great Britain. This was an incredible role for any woman actress to have. Still elements of her life include being a mother which is true so could not be ignored but it was to follow the struggle of her being oppressed as a woman politician in a world dominated by men. The film however was not good. rather than focusing on the determination of a woman overcoming the battlews of being a female in politics, it was watered down to a pathetic film about dementia. This showed Margret Thatcher struggling to deal with the loss of her husband rather than something that could have been so special. I feel that this is one of Meryl streep’s worst performances ever and I think it is an insult that she won the academy award for this role.
But most other roles for women make them objects of sexual desire and nothing else. Jennifer Lawrence received an Academy Award this year for Silver Linings Playbook. As much as I liked the film I felt that her performance was too typical of a woman playing a woman and nothing else.
Men appear to be far more versatile in movies and I think if you only had one academy award fro performance and not actor and actress most years if not all years the male actors will always pick it up. Perhaps because there is too much pressure on women to wither be objects of sexual desire or a mother their roles in films are limited. Women do hold a place in society and most woman stay their place in a matriarchal society rather than fight this. Mothers are important for the role of life and I am not having a go at woman just merely pointing out that roles in films are limited and rarely have the right amount of grit for actresses to give a decent performance.
For non matriarchal roles most actresses continue to be objects of sexual desire.The femme fatale is a common role for a women in a film and many people believe roles like these to be empowering, however these characters are using their sexuality to get what they want rather than logic. Some women do find the idea of using their sexuality empowering but that should not be the way to get what you want.
I hope that writers will be able to create better roles for women but also I can understand them keeping with how they are now. That is how society sees women and therefore it will be a difficult transition. This seems to be more of an equality to issue rather than a writers issue. Until 100% equality is reached between men and women, women will continue to be portrayed in this way in cinema.
I want to talk about a taboo subject that seems to be ignored in movies. Mental Illness. In society even mental illness is such a taboo subject. People tend to not understand anything about mental illness. Physical disabilities are taken seriously, even to the point that someone can receive a job just for being disabled. This is not the case with someone with a mental illness. Someone can be excluded from work for disclosing mental illness when applying for a job and despite attempts by the government to stop this, it cannot be prevented. Employers can easily say that the person was not what they were looking for or were not qualified but at the end of the day people do not have the time or resources to find out if this was the case when seeking employment.
So how can we understand this taboo subject? Cinema and TV are important as this medium reaches out to so many people. Despite now living in the internet age TV and Cinema still hold a place in society and a great deal of opinions are formed from the portrayals in this medium. The film One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest is probably the most famous film to tackle mental illness. The portrayal of mental illness in this film however is not positive. A lot of the inmates and I use that term loosely are aggressive, unstable and unpredictable. The fact is a film like this could destroy someones reputation. If someone is exposed to have a mental illness they are not greeted with care but the opposite, they are almost cast out of society, almost seen as not human. We have to remember that films are works of fiction and even if they have been based on a true story many elements will have been added in for better story telling.
More recently a film that has dealt with mental illness is Silver Linings Playbook, I thought this was a fantastic film and I feel that this portrayed mental illness in a much more realistic way as well as being kinder about the people who suffer with mental illness. Some elements of the film still show the taboo but that is understandable, mental illness is a taboo. I feel that this film shows its audience that people suffer from this and it has a real negative affect on their lives. However they are still human.
A problem with this film though was none of its content but how it was marketed to the audience. This is only my opinion but Silver Linings Playbook was Art cinema for me, it was marketed to us as just another romantic comedy and frankly there was nothing special about it. The film contains two very powerful and moving performances from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence received and Academy Award for her performance whilst Bradley Cooper only received an Academy Award nomination. Both performances gave a realistic portrayal of sufferers of mental illness. I feel that this film could have done wonders for the taboo around mental illness but because of the way it was marketed the taboo still exists.
Even if it was marketed in the right way the taboo would still exist. I like to think there has been a step taken to destroying the taboo. I think now more films may tackle the issue on mental illness and this is an important step to destroying the taboo completely.