2018年1月23日 星期二

2018 Oscars Eve Prediction

2018年1月23日香港時間大約晚上九時半,美國電影藝術與科學學會(The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)便會公佈第九十屆學院獎(Academy Awards)的提名名單,現在讓我做一個Oscars Eve Prediction,看我的預測是否準確。

BEST PICTURE
1. The Shape of Water
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. Lady Bird
4. Dunkirk
5. Get Out
6. Call Me by Your Name
7. The Post
8. Darkest Hour
9. I, Tonya
Alternates: Mudbound, The Florida Project
No Gut, No Glory!: Blade Runner 2049

BEST DIRECTING
1. Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
2. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
3. Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
4. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
5. Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name
Alternates: Jordan Peele, Get Out, Steven Spielberg, The Post
No Gut, No Glory!: Craig Gillespie, I, Tonya

BEST ACTOR
1. Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
2. Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
3. James Franco, The Disaster Artist
4. Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
5. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Alternates: Tom Hanks, The Post, Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
No Gut, No Glory!: Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

BEST ACTRESS
1. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
3. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
4. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
5. Meryl Streep, The Post
Alternates: Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game, Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul
No Gut, No Glory!: Annette Bening, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
3. Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
4. Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
5. Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alternates: Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World, Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me by Your Name
No Gut, No Glory!: Patrick Stewart, Logan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Allison Janney, I, Tonya
2. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
3. Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
4. Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
5. Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Alternates: Hong Chau, Downsizing, Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
No Gut, No Glory!: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
1. Lady Bird
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. Get Out
4. The Shape of Water
5. I, Tonya
Alternates: The Big Sick, The Florida Project
No Gut, No Glory!: Darkest Hour

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
1. Call Me By Your Name
2. Molly's Game
3. The Disaster Artist
4. Mudbound
5. Wonder
Alternates: Logan, Victoria and Abdul
No Gut, No Glory!: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
1. Coco
2. The Breadwinner
3. Loving Vincent
4. Ferdinand
5. The Girl Without Hands
Alternates: The Boss Baby, Despicable Me 3
No Gut, No Glory!: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
1. The Shape of Water
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. Dunkirk
4. Darkest Hour
5. Beauty and the Beast
Alternates: The Post, Phantom Thread
No Gut, No Glory!: The Greatest Showman

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. Blade Runner 2049
2. Dunkirk
3. The Shape of Water
4. Darkest Hour
5. Call Me By Your Name
Alternates: Mudbound, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
No Gut, No Glory!: The Post

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
1. Phantom Thread
2. Beauty and the Beast
3. Darkest Hour
4. The Shape of Water
5. The Post
Alternates: I, Tonya, Murder on the Orient Express
No Gut, No Glory!: The Beguiled

BEST FILM EDITING
1. Dunkirk
2. Baby Driver
3. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
4. The Shape of Water
5. Get Out
Alternates: Blade Runner 2049, The Post
No Gut, No Glory!: Darkest Hour

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
1. Darkest Hour
2. I, Tonya
3. Bright
Alternates: Wonder, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
No Gut, No Glory!: Ghost in the Shell

BEST SOUND MIXING
1. Blade Runner 2049
2. The Shape of Water
3. Dunkirk
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
5. Baby Driver
Alternates: Wonder Woman, The Greatest Showman
No Gut, No Glory!: War for the Planet of the Apes

BEST SOUND EDITING
1. Dunkirk
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. Baby Driver
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
5. Wonder Woman
Alternates: The Shape of Water, War for the Planet of the Apes
No Gut, No Glory!: Justice League

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
1. War for the Planet of the Apes
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
4. The Shape of Water
5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Alternates: Okja, Dunkirk
No Gut, No Glory!: Kong: Skull Island

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
1. The Shape of Water
2. Dunkirk
3. Phantom Thread
4. The Post
5. Darkest Hour
Alternates: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Blade Runner 2049
No Gut, No Glory!: Wonderstruck

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
1. "Remember Me", Coco
2. "The Mystery of Love", Call Me By Your Name
3. "Stand Up for Something", Marshall
4. "This Is Me", The Greatest Showman
5. "Jump", Step
Alternates: "Mighty River", Mudbound, "Evermore", Beauty and the Beast
No Gut, No Glory!: "I Don’t Wanna Live Forever", Fifty Shades Darker

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
1. Jane
2. Faces Places
3. City of Ghosts
4. Icarus
5. Last Men in Aleppo
Alternates: Strong Island, LA92
No Gut, No Glory!: Chasing Coral

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
1. In the Fade (Germany)
2. Foxtrot (Israel)
3. Loveless (Russia)
4. A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
5. The Square (Sweden)
Alternates: The Insult (Lebanon), On Body and Soul (Hungary)
No Gut, No Glory!: Félicité (Senegal)

2018 Razzies Nomination Reaction

明天香港時間大約晚上九時半,美國電影藝術與科學學會(The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)便會公佈第九十屆學院獎(Academy Awards)的提名名單。每年前夕,Razzies Awards會公佈其提名名單,但入圍的全部都是質素很低的電影,因為它要與金像獎唱反調,選出年度之最...差,大部分得獎者都不會出席領獎,看看今年的提名名單!

WORST PICTURE
Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, Mother!
Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight
James Foley, Fifty Shades Darker
Alex Proyas, Gods of Egypt
Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy
Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie

WORST ACTOR
Tom Cruise, The Mummy
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Darker
Zac Efron, Baywatch
Mark Wahlberg, Daddy's Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST ACTRESS
Katherine Heigl, Unforgettable
Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker
Jennifer Lawrence, Mother!
Tyler Perry, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (as a female character)
Emma Watson, The Circle

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem, Mother! and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Russell Crowe, The Mummy
Josh Duhamel, Transformers: The Last Knight
Mel Gibson, Daddy's Home 2
Anthony Hopkins, Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kim Basinger, Fifty Shades Darker
Sofia Boutella, The Mummy
Laura Haddock, Transformers: The Last Knight
Goldie Hawn, Snatched
Susan Sarandon, A Bad Moms Christmas

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Any combination of two characters, two sex toys or two sexual positions, Fifty Shades Darker
Any combination of two humans, two robots or two explosions, Transformers: The Last Knight
Any two obnoxious emojis, The Emoji Movie
Johnny Depp & his worn-out drunk routine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Tyler Perry & either the ratty old dress or worn-out wig, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

WORST SCREENPLAY
Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant; based on Baywatch by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Gregory J. Bonann, Baywatch
Tony Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White, The Emoji Movie
Niall Leonard; based from the novel by E. L. James, Fifty Shades Darker
David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman, Jon Spaihts, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet; based on The Mummy franchise, The Mummy
Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Ken Nolan and Akiva Goldsman; based on Hasbro's Transformers action figures, Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL
Baywatch
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

2018年1月22日 星期一

熱血新世紀 Equals (2015)

電影名稱:熱血新世紀 Equals
產地:美國 USA
上映日期:22 September 2016
觀看日期:25 September 2016
片長:101 Minutes
導演:Drake Doremus
演員:Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart

觀後感:
情感的流露是人類與生俱來的特徵,我們會因為各種事情而產生情感上的變化,並透過不同的方法向外界透露或發洩自己的感受;如果一個人選擇把情感只困在自己的心裡,便會出現情緒問題,繼而影響日常生活。電影將所有角色設定於一個禁止有情感產生的世界生活,對所有人民進行不合理的監視。人民在世界中不會患上疾病,恆常地注射政府所配合的藥物,而情感及性行為被列為禁止的項目。Silas(Nicholas Hoult飾)發現自己產生變化,懷疑自己患上Switched-On Syndrome(SOS),他在檢查中得知自己只是初期病患者,可惜他的病情持續惡化,並發現自己對同事Nia(Kristen Stewart飾)產生興趣。Silas為了避嫌而轉換工作,他後來加入了病患人士的支持小組,知道了政府鼓勵SOS患者了結自己的性命,而疫苗也即將面世,懷有身孕的Nia被當局發現扣留。支持小組全力協助Nia逃出生天,後來被政府人員強制性注入疫苗,Silas在絕望中接受注射,當Nia找到他的時候已經變得沒有強烈的感覺。當他們繼續逃亡之際,Silas逐漸記起和Nia過去的點滴,開始對她重拾頓時失去了的感情。

Nicholas Hoult是一名英國男演員,他決定演戲後獲得不少很好的演出機會,年紀輕輕的他參演過大型製作及獨立電影,他算是一位有自己想法的演員,近年的作品有Warm BodiesJack the Giant SlayerMad Max: Fury Road。筆者沒有看過他在獨立電影中的演出,雖有聽說過他是一位不錯的演員,但在這齣電影中他的表現只是普通,他的角色所流露的情感非常淡然,其實他的表情由始至終也是一樣,所以在末段的情節失去了說服力。他的下一部推介是Tolkien,他飾演魔戒小說系列的作者,傳記片是演員可望有突破演出的電影類型之一,他應該會有不錯的演出,筆者對他的星途發展也蠻看好的。Kristen Stewart是一名美國女演員,她受到父母的影響很早加入了電影圈,一直參演不少小型的製作,直到Twilight系列讓她成為舉世知名的新晉演員,她從而繼續發展自己的事業,希望有朝一天可以實現她的導演夢,近年的作品有Camp X-RayClouds of Sils MariaStill Alice。她在電影中的演出並沒有得到很大的迴響,角色本身沒有甚麼特別的地方,而她選擇和男主角一起的前後並沒有太大的對比,筆者不太喜歡她的演繹。她的下一部推介是Lizzie,這齣電影在今年的Sundance Film Festival獲得不少好評,聽說她的演出很有看頭,相信她又再成為影評人的新寵兒。

電影的設計跟同類型作品差不多,一個權力機構控制著一定範圍內的人民,稍有偏差便會消滅異己,好讓一切都在其掌控之內,今次被控制的元素是人的情感,感覺上與The Giver相似,不過電影沒有講及在矛盾主要原則的情況下,人可以從哪裡來,而且將情感及人放在對立的局面,除非配合電腦特效、劇本改寫或者表現優秀的演員,否則完全沒有說服力。兩位主角在整部電影的表情完全一樣,其實他們在私下相處時理應會有很大的分別,畢竟他們要用盡氣力去隱藏真我。電影用白色為主調配合故事內容,營造了白色恐怖的狀態,即使主角之間產生互相吸引的感情,感覺一點都不浪漫,反而有點像一對學生小情人被家長發現談戀愛,電影的訊息並不是很明顯地被表達。情感流露雖說是人的必然,但我們也要適當地控制自己的情緒,盡量不要只偏重於開心或者悲傷,我們應該要擁抱我們所遭遇到的,容許自己的感受有高低起跌,人生才會是精彩無憾的。

評分:
故事:10/50
演員:6/35
效果:1/15
總分:17/100

2018 Screen Actor Guild Awards Winners

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour as Winston Churchill

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Officer Jason Dixon

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Allison Janney, I, Tonya as LaVona Golden

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Wonder Woman

2018年1月20日 星期六

BJ單身日記:生得啦BABY Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

電影名稱:BJ單身日記:生得啦BABY Bridget Jones's Baby
產地:法國 FRA 英國 GBR 美國 USA
上映日期:15 September 2016
觀看日期:21 September 2016
片長:118 Minutes
導演:Sharon Maguire
演員:Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey

觀後感:
很多人年輕時對愛情有憧憬,很想去感受愛與被愛的滋味,不少人會按照自己所擁有的條件去選擇適合的伴侶,條件較好的會有很多愛情選擇,像筆者這些平庸之輩則沒有這種煩惱。當我們成家立室後,下一階段就是迎接小生命的誕生,現今社會的小孩很容易被寵壞,很多為人父母者都對子女言聽計從,筆者的兒甥還未夠兩歲,性格已經發展得非常橫蠻,可惜的是他萬千寵愛在一身,恐怕要到上學後才會有機會被認真地整治。Bridget Jones(Renée Zellweger飾)已經步入中年,她經歷過兩段感情失敗後還是單身,而身邊的朋友也因為兼顧家庭而減少見面,任職電視節目製作人的她和好友同事一起到週末音樂節去慶祝自己的生日。她在音樂節上遇見一位帥氣成熟的男士,受到酒精影響後和對方發生關係,驚惶失措的她趕忙逃跑。後來她重遇Mark(Colin Firth飾)並和他發生關係,可惜Mark永遠把工作放在首位,令她對彼此的關係失去信心,所以她也是選擇離去。BJ發現自己懷孕,但不知道孩子的父親是誰,後來在節目中遇到音樂會上帥氣成熟的男士Jack(Patrick Dempsey飾),他靠創辦情侶配對網站而成為城中的鑽石王老五,BJ告知真相後得到Jack的支持;她同樣將消息告知Mark,他的反應非常興奮,而BJ決定在孩子出生前不進行DNA檢測。兩位男士對BJ關懷備至,Mark嫉妒Jack的存在而經常發怒,不過他們依然在孩子出生前陪伴BJ準備。在BJ分娩時Mark剖白自己的心意,他不介意孩子的爸爸是誰,因為他愛的是BJ,這令BJ作出愛情上的決定。一年後BJ和Mark結婚,而孩子的生父是Mark,Jack以朋友的身分出現祝福一對新人。

Renée Zellweger是一位美國女演員,她在千禧年代紅極一時,演出過不少經典作品,之後星途卻屢受挫敗,曾經有六年時間絕跡影壇,這齣電影就是她回歸影壇的首部作品,代表作有Jerry MaguireChicagoCold Mountain。筆者有看過她第二集的演出,也有看過她在低潮時期的表現,今次她的演繹比起以前的表現有一種成熟的感覺,觀眾如果知道她的故事,一定會感受到她在六年的期間經歷過不少,因而在個人成長方面有所得著;筆者覺得她的演出雖說不上是特別精彩,但是她再次演出的勇氣很值得我們鼓勵的。她的下一部推介是Judy,她飾演傳奇人物Judy Garland,這類傳記電影向來是影評人的偏好,還是看看她能否再度得到觀眾的一致好評吧!Patrick Dempsey是一名美國男演員及賽車手,他在舞台上出道,憑著外表演出過不少愛情電影,後來因參演電視劇Grey's Anatomy而聲名大噪,代表作有Can't Buy Me LoveSweet Home AlabamaEnchanted。他在電影中飾演一名極具吸引力的中年男子,角色的形象跟他本身十分相似,而他的演出並沒有打動觀眾,筆者沒有感受到他所發揮的演技,可能是角色的設計問題,或者是他只是表面地詮釋角色的要求。他的下一部推介是The Postcard Killings,故事關於到歐遊的情侶遭遇殺害,一名偵探聘請一名記者追查真相,他在這齣電影應有很好的發揮機會,不知道他會否把握得到呢?

電影延續了上兩集的故事,在BJ的感情問題上增添不少的亂子,而且跳步講及生孩子的階段,毫無頭緒的BJ需要選擇真命天子經營家庭生活,節奏比起之前更急進。幾位演員們的演出一般,他們所帶出的喜感仍然是電影的賣點,引導觀眾在歡笑中面對認真的人生問題,作出適當的決定。兩男爭風呷醋的場面令女性觀眾十分羨慕,特別是他們的對象是一名中女,電影的喜劇及浪漫的效果符合預期。現在生孩子並不只是經濟能力的考量,反而更重要的是如何把孩子教好,學會尊重別人及培養獨特的個性,讓他們長大後也可以照顧自己的生活。

評分:
故事:20/50
演員:12/35
效果:4/15
總分:36/100