Oscar nominees: “Lost Daughter”, “Spencer”, “Belfast”, “Alley of Nightmares” – NoHo Arts District

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Oscar nominees: some unwanted thoughts about “Lost Daughter”, “Spencer”, “Belfast”, “Alley of Nightmares” and much more …

There have been Oscar nominations, and of course there are always those nominations that you can agree with, some that you can argue with, and a few that people can nod their heads at. For me it is with the nomination of «Dune » for anything but technical advances. To say I was waiting for the end would be to say nothing. Knowing what else awaits us seems like a threat. (I know those who are familiar with the book will disagree with me, but the film really makes no effort to attract those who know little or no book at all. And as for the entertainment value, say what you want about David’s version Lynch, at least one could enjoy him the way he was, with a little tension or pain in his eyes.) I would also add «Alley of Nightmares » to my “shaking my head” list. Impressive in conveying the benefits of life, but the images of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett make their characters either too gullible or too transparently evil. This leaves a longing for the relative subtlety and restraint of the original. (It also requires great melodramatic freedom with the original novel – for those who praise and defend it for its fidelity.)

Based on the negative statement above, I am pleased with several nominations for “Belfast. This is a wonderful, compact film about growing up by writer and director Kenneth Bran, in which the protagonist (and surrogate Bran) faces some of the trials and tribulations of adults amid conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in turbulent August Belfast. 1969. Jude Hill as Buddy – a very attractive lead role; his mother and father are beautifully portrayed by Catriona Balf and Jamie Dornan. There are also significant contributions from nominees Judy Dench and Kiaran Hinds as Buddy’s grandparents.

Although it will be a while before I get back to “The Lost Daughter » and «Spencer », the recognition of the Academy they received is justified. Kristen Stewart was quite successful from the series “Twilight”, and her performance as the troubled Princess Diana during the long painful Christmas weekend among the royal family is exquisitely done. In her image you can see the aspects of Diana’s persona that made her so attractive to the British (and world) press, and in her communication with her husband and children – intelligence, disobedience, resignation and fragility, which led to her final break with tradition and the prince . As for “The lost daughter “, Olivia Coleman’s educator on vacation (in Greece) is experiencing as many internal upheavals as Lady Spencer Stewart. The Lady of Coleman has a few unresolved issues concerning family, motherhood, personality and affections, and she formed into something to contact young mother Nina (Dakota Johnson), who also travels, albeit with her daughter and large family. from Queens. Nina can’t cope with her increasingly rebellious little daughter; the fact that the daughter can’t find her doll (which Leda found – and didn’t return) complicates things. Beautifully crafted by Maggie Gyllenhaal (a remarkable actress who debuted as a director with this film adaptation of Helen Ferrante’s novel), the story juxtaposes the Lady’s current controversy with revealing memories (Oscar-nominated Jesse Buckley is gorgeous in her role as a young lady, starring a young lady). , identity and self-esteem. It’s not for every taste, but it’s a pretty useful movie. (And didn’t I forget to mention Ed Harris, who tenderly portrays both the watchman and the potential companion of the lonely Lady? Well, note that this is mentioned.)

How not to rejoice in the nominations on «To be Ricardo? ” Well, if you can only take Lucille Ball, who plays Lucille Ball, then you may have cause for concern, but for those who want to give Nicole Kidman a chance, she does a great job, especially with Lucille behind-the-scenes, no nonsense, no the humor that marked her television persona, the fiercely devoted show, her character and the art of comedy. I’m also glad that Javier Bardem was nominated for Ricky / Daisy, and surprised and pleased that J. K. Simmons won a nomination for the role of Fred Mertz (aka William Froley). I would have been even happier if Nina Orianda had been nominated for her Ethel / Vivian, but “Supporting Actress” is traditionally a crowded category. And for the record, I’m also happy with the nominations for Andrew Garfield («Tick, tick… Boom! ”) and Will Smith («King Richard »); on the other hand, I found Benedict Cumberbatch «The Power of the Dog » a little too consciously and self-consciously, and Macbeth Denzel Washington (in “Macbeth’s tragedy) a little too restrained (and the film as a whole too controlled) to be able to capture the desired impact … although there are a few effective details along the way. And to finish … I was hoping to see Nicholas Cage among the nominees for Best Actor for his burning role in the film «Pig “, but I suppose the members of the Academy have a short memory. Oh good…

Oscar nominees: “Lost Daughter”, “Spencer”, “Belfast”, “Alley of Nightmares” – NoHo Arts District

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