Oscars 2018. My Predictions

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Like every year, here come my Oscar predictions.

May the luck be with me!!

 

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Call Me By Your Name

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“Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.”

  • What is this movie about?

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

 

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  • Why should you watch it?

This is one of the finest latest films ever made, as in all of it is inside a bubble where everything is just beautiful and from where you won’t want to leave nor wake up.

We find ourselves in the typical summer set. When we are young and we have long periods of holidays, where our only main worry is not to get bored. The set here is sunny northern Italy in the 80s, which even adds more nostalgia to the story. We follow the summer of the son of a university teacher and his relationship with one of his father young assistants.

The story is beautiful, a love story between two men, something that we are not so used to (sadly). Both actors drive us into the movie; specially young Timothée Chalamet, who simply steals the show and succeeds in transmitting the ingenuity and the purity of the first time one falls in love and their inexperience. Opposite him we have Armie Hammer, who gives a magnificent performance and balances Timothée’s one and helps him to even shine more, playing the typical more experienced American. Both are simply fantastic and are the reason why this movie is like it is. 

This is a different movie where one can appreciate that love might come in different forms, each one of us will receive it in one way or another, when you least expect it. It might be something completely different form what you were expecting and in the end happiness is what is important, but one must never forget about reality…

 

 

  • Did you know?

– This film was based on André Aciman’s acclaimed debut novel “Call Me By Your Name,” published in 2007. Producer Peter Spears optioned Aciman’s novel before it was published, after seeing an early galley in 2007.

– Although the movie has a full opening credits sequence, the title of the film is not shown on screen until the end credits begin.

– The entire film (including the opening credits) was shot with a single 35mm lens.

– The film was largely filmed in chronological order, according to GQ Magazine.

– Armie Hammer did not only star in the adaptation of “Call Me By Your Name,” but he also lent his voice for the audiobook of André Aciman’s original novel.

– There was only one rehearsal before shooting. In multiple interviews, Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer said that director Luca Guadagnino asked them one day to come outside to do a rehearsal in the backyard of the villa. They walked to a patch of grass and flipped their scripts to a randomly selected scene to practice. When they opened the script, the page only read, “Elio and Oliver roll around in the grass making out.” Chalamet and Hammer looked at each other and said, “Alright, let’s go!” Just seconds into the making out scene, however, Guadagnino stepped in and directed them to act more “passionately.” So they started making out and continued to do so, and no one told them to stop. Eventually, the two actors stopped, looked around and realized Guadagnino had just walked away, leaving them rolling around in the grass. This was their only rehearsal.

– Despite various sexual scenes in the film, Armie Hammer stated in an interview that the most uncomfortable he ever felt during filming was when he was filming the dance scenes.

– Armie Hammer first met Timothée Chalamet while Chalamet was in a piano lesson. Chalamet then took Hammer on a bike tour around Crema, echoing the scene where Elio shows Oliver around.

– Both the source novel and the original screenplay included much more explicit sex scenes (both gay and straight encounters) and full-frontal nudity but Luca Guadagnino excised several moments from the finished film unless they organic to the plot and themes of the film as he did not want any to feel gratuitous.

– The sound of the fire crackling in the fireplace continues after the last image of Elio goes black and the final notes of Sufjan Stevens’s “Visions of Gideon” fade out.

Lady Bird

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“Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento.” -Joan Didion

 

  • What is this movie about? lady_bird_ver2

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

Many indie films are forgotten while other will be remembered. This one is one of the second group, a movie that will be remembered as an indie film that has been collecting awards and even more ovations wherever it was projected, if not check for ourselves in Rotten Tomatoes.

The story is pretty simple: last year of high school in a small town for a teenage girl. Is it true that we have been witness of this kind of stories many times, high school soap operas more likely, but this movie is completely different. This movie has a more real and purer way to show things. We follow the path of “Lady Bird”; we discover friendship with her, we discover love with her, we discover what is being daughter with her, and above all, we discover the joy of being young. That time when you biggest worry was what to wear to the prom. The story follows the whole last year of high school and it centers on what it is important to show: her relationship with her parents, with her siblings, with her friends, with boys, with other girls…

Not for a moment is there a weak moment in the story and not for a moment your eyes are leaving the screen. You are drown into the movie and you are part of it. You will reminiscence of your high school time and maybe find yourself thinking, hey, that’s me! Some scenes are really hilarious and you won’t be able to stop yourself from laughing out loud. The main thing that is driving the movie is Saoirse Ronan’s performance, she is the movie. Her performance is simply brilliant as she makes a great job in portraying the rebellious teen that is enjoying her last year of high school in a small town before (trying/wanting to) leave it.

Best adjective to describe this movie would be: beautiful. Because that is what is it, just beautiful. Is that kind of movie that makes you believe again in the magic of cinema. No superheroes, no visual effects, just people acting and portraying live as itself. Pure joy.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig first met each other at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 when Ronan was promoting Brooklyn (2015) and Gerwig was promoting Maggie’s Plan(2015). Ronan had already read Gerwig’s script and instantly connected with the titular character, so when both women discussed the script at length in Ronan’s hotel room and she read the key part aloud, Gerwig knew that she had found her “Lady Bird.”

– The film is Greta Gerwig’s solo feature directorial debut.

– According to director Greta Gerwig, the first draft of her script was 350 pages long, which would equate to a movie nearly six hours long.

– Lady Bird (2017) temporarily broke the record held by Toy Story 2 (1999) (163 reviews, all “fresh”) of the best-reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with 196 “fresh” reviews in a row. However, it ended up getting its first “rotten” review after counting 197, therefore no longer holding a perfect score. It maintains a 100% rating for Top Critics.

– Saoirse Ronan has said that the most difficult word for her to pronounce with an American accent was “perfect.”

– The fact that Christine (Saoirse Ronan) and best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein) wear the same color of nail polish is pure coincidence. Then, since there was a considerable degree of improvisational latitude allowed for character development on-set, a decision was made to have them wear the same polish color for the entire film.

– After the movie came out, billboard ads were put up in Sacramento congratulating director Greta Gerwig on her Golden Globe wins, with the hashtag “#SacramentoProud.”