Reason Review!

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Reason (2015) is a short film directed by Bruno Ilogti and written by Marcela Jacobina. The story, which was inspired by Philosophical Investigations (1953), Ludwig Wittgenstein’s posthumous work, follows Gemma (played by Andreja Pejic), a model living in New York who goes to therapist Clement Belrose (played by Anna Mouglalis) because she sees her career as been superficial and feels guilty for not being content with her life which others wish to have.

Andreja Pejic’s portrayal of Gemma is stunning and very emotive. We are brought into the story and the deepness of Gemma’s emotions through her excellent performance and expressiveness. Anna Mouglalis’ performance is also excellent and together their scenes are sublime and filled with emotion and occasional humour. It is a well-written story which tosses the usual stereotype of a model on it’s head. Gemma feels guilty about achieving what she has because she doesn’t feel she deserves it or she is doing anything worthwhile and it is through this vulnerability in the character that viewers can connect with her. It is very human and we all feel it in one way or another. The way the film is shot is also beautifully done.

Watch the film here:

 

And the director’s cut here:

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Style Highlights From The Oscars 2016!

Style was on the agenda as usual at the recent Oscars. Below I have compiled the style highlights from the night so let’s take a look back at some of the style winners:

Female Style

Saoirse Ronan

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Looking stunning on the night in this dark green sequinned gown by Calvin Klein was Saoirse Ronan who was nominated at the awards for Best Actress for her role in Brooklyn.

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg looked amazing on the night in this wonderful gothic-style gown.

Alicia Vikander

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Winner of Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander looked amazing in this light yellow gown for her big win.

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Brie Larson

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Winner of Best Actress on the night for her role in Room, Brie Larson looked fabulous for her big win in this dark blue gown by Gucci.

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Male Style

Jared Leto

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The always stylish Jared Leto looked brilliant on the night in Gucci.

Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart looked amazing on the night in this wonderfully glitzy jacket.

Sam Smith

Winner of Best Original Song with Jimmy Napes on the night for Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre, Sam Smith looked very dapper for his performance and for their big win as did Jimmy Napes too. His speech which he dedicated to the LGBT community worldwide was lovely even if part of it was a bit inaccurate. Go Sam!

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Chris Rock

Host Chris Rock looked amazing for his presenting duties on the night. On another note I absolutely loved the way he confronted the issue of there been no black actors and actresses nominated in the main categories with amazing humour. Go Chris!

 

 

 

 

 

Love Hate Review!

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Love Hate (2009) is a short film starring Ben Whishaw and Hayley Atwell and written and directed by Blake Ritson and Dylan Ritson with music composed by Tom Haines and Christopher Branch.

It follows the story of a charity worker called Tom (Whishaw) who meets Hate (Atwell) and shows Tom that underneath his kind spirit there might be another side to Tom’s personality. Very good comedy/drama with a touch of the supernatural possibly about it and really well acted.

Check the film out below:

Marilyn Monroe: The Missing Evidence

I recently watched a documentary on TV3 called Marilyn Monroe: The Missing Evidence which was very interesting. Investigating whether Monroe’s death in 1962 at the age of just 36 was suicide or murder, the documentary has some interesting input from commenters including Chris Epting, Professor Robert Watson, Richard Buskin, Darwin Porter, Raymond Strait and Jay Margolis. Detailing various different versions of what may have happened on the night of Monroe’s death, the documentary includes information such as the eyewitness statements of ambulance attendant James Hall and partner Murray Liebowitz that they seen Dr. Greenson inject a fatal injection into Monroe’s heart and how St. Jack Clements who arrived later thought it was murder. The theories that Robert Kennedy was at Monroe’s house twice in the day and told Dr. Greenson on the phone that Monroe needed to be silenced are also explored.

A really interesting documentary with lots of information leaving viewers to draw their own conclusions on what they believe to have happened that night.

Highlights, Style & Winners From The Recent Oscars & Brits: Look back!

Recently two very big ceremonies took place. One in the world of film. The other in the world of music. The Oscars in America and The Brits in England. Let’s take a look back at the highlights from Royal Blood’s win for rock at The Brits and Birdman’s big win at the Oscars as well as the style and the winners!

Highlights From The Oscars

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Wins Best Picture

Graham Moore’s, John Legend’s, Common’s & Patricia Arquette’s Inspiring Speeches & John Legend’s & Common’s Performance

Neil Patrick Harris Opens the Show

Maroon 5 Perform

Winners

Best picture: Birdman

Actress in a leading role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Actor in a leading role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Supporting actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash

Directing: Alejandro G Inarritu for Birdman

Original screenplay: Birdman

Adapted screenplay: The Imitation Game

Costume design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Makeup and hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Foreign language film: Ida

Documentary (short subject): Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Live action short film: The Phone Call

Visual effects: Interstellar

Animated short film: Feast

Animated feature film: Big Hero 6

Production design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman

Film editing: Tom Cross for Whiplash

Documentary feature: Citizenfour

Original song: Glory from Selma

Original score: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Presented By: Neil Patrick Harris

The Brits Highlights

Sam Smith Wins & Performs Too

Royal Blood Win & Perform Too

Paloma Faith Wins & Performs Too

James Bay’s Critics’ Choice Win

Winners

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Ed Sheeran – X

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR

One Direction – You & I

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Sam Smith

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Foo Fighters

BRITISH SINGLE

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

Pharrell Williams

GLOBAL SUCCESS

Sam Smith

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Paloma Faith

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Taylor Swift

BRITISH GROUP

Royal Blood

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST

Ed Sheeran

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD (previously announced)

James Bay

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Paul Epworth

Presented By: Ant & Dec

Oscars Style

Female Style

Sienna Miller

Jennifer Aniston

Scarlett Johansson

Jennifer Hudson

Karlie Kloss

Male Style

Jared Leto

Common

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

David Oyelowo

The Brits Style

Female Style

Cara Delevingne

Holly Willoughby

Emma Bunton

Rebecca Ferguson

Paloma Faith

Male Style

RJ Mitte

Adam Lambert

Nick Jonas

Mark Ronson

Sam Smith

Sam Smith Clears Up At The Grammys While Boyhood Scoops Top Award At The Baftas!

It’s been a whirlwind of awards ceremonies recently with some of music’s finest turning up for the Grammys in America and some of the acting greats turning up at the Baftas in England. The talent, the performances, the style … it’s been another glittering year for these two prestigious ceremonies. Let’s take a look at the highlights starting with the Grammys.

The Grammys

Sam Smith’s Four Wins And Performance With Mary J Blige

I am so happy for Sam Smith on his four Grammy wins. Sometimes the big winners at some of these ceremonies can be very hyped up acts but this year a true singer came out on top. Winning Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Speaking after winning his final award for Record of the Year, Smith (22) said,

“I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.”

He later said of the man who inspired the record,

“I’ll be seeing him soon. So I can let him touch the Grammy — once.”

Hozier’s Nomination And Annie Lennox Duet

So proud of our very own Hozier who was nominated for Song Of The Year for Take Me To Church on the night and performed Take Me To Church and I Put a Spell on You with Annie Lennox. Stunning.

AC/DC Open The Show

One of rock’s finest AC/DC opened the show to perfection with tons of energy.

John Legend, Common and Beyoncé Perform

Stunning and emotive performance by John Legend, Common and Beyoncé about the rights of people of colour.

And the style:

Most Stylish Men on The Night

Sam Smith

Hozier

Best Female Style

Charlie XCX

Katy Perry

Full List of Winners

Record of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Worlds Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Salli Isaak Songs, Ltd./Universal Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork

Song of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters

Album of the Year
Beck – Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters

Best Rap Album
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children”
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin – Syro

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes
Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo – Eve

Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo
Chick Corea – “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum

Presented By: LL Cool J

The Baftas

Boyhood Wins Best Picture

Boyhood collected the Best Picture award on the night and looks set for Oscar glory.

Stephen Fry’s Kiss-athon

The host Stephen Fry had a kiss-athon on the night sharing kisses with Michael Norton, Edward Norton and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Kasabian Open The Show

The wonderful Kasabian opened the show brilliantly.

Jack O’ Connell Wins Rising Star Award

Actor Jack O’ Connell follows in the footsteps of James McAvoy (who presented him with the award) and Ben Whishaw by winning this prestigious award.

Eddie Redmayne And Julianne Moore Win Leading Acting Awards

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore look set for Oscar glory adding the Bafta to their collections.

And the style:

Best Male Style

Stephen Fry And Elliott Spencer

Douglas Booth

Best Female Style

Julie Walters

Keira Knightley

Full List of Winners

Best film
Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

Best actress
Julianne Moore Still Alice

Best actor
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

Best director
Richard Linklater Boyhood

EE rising star award (voted for by the public)
Jack O’Connell

Best costume design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero

Best adapted screenplay
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten

Best film not in the English language
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczynska

Best original screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) Pride

Best cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki Birdman

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Best supporting actor
JK Simmons Whiplash

Best special visual effects
Interstellar Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

Best animated film
The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Best sound
Whiplash Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Best editing
Whiplash Tom Cross

Best short animation
The Bigger Picture Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

Best short film
Boogaloo and Graham Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

Best makeup and hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

Best production design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Best documentary
Citizenfour Laura Poitras

Best original music
The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat

Outstanding British film
The Theory of Everything James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Bafta Fellowship (announced earlier)
Mike Leigh

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema (announced earlier)
BBC Films

Presented by: Stephen Fry

The Family Stone Movie Review!

I loved this film, The Family Stone (2005) but my main problem with it was that I found it hard to care about the protagonist Meredith’s (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) plight in the film and you need to be rooting for the main character wanting them to succeed. I didn’t love the character but I was rooting for her up to the point where she had her homophobic/racist moment at the dinner table. After that, I zoned out from supporting her which threw the concept of relating to a character out the window. How can one root for someone like that?

Otherwise I liked the movie. It was very realistic, funny (fantastic one-liners!) and endearing. It had that whole traditional family Christmas element but it didn’t over milk it to the extreme. It was a set of characters who seemed very real to real life with flaws and good qualities so the writing was superb in almost every aspect. It is brilliantly written by and also directed by Thomas Bezucha. The acting from the whole cast was incredible especially Diane Keaton and Craig Nelson as the parents of Meredith’s fiance Everett (played by Dermot Mulroney) and Tyrone Giordano as his brother Thad but the whole cast are amazing and unite brilliantly to give touching performances in this Christmas family drama/comedy. Well worth watching for the festive season if you haven’t seen it already. You won’t be disappointed.