And the Oscar for the Best Picture goes to…

And the Oscar for the Best Picture goes to…The Shape of Water!

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So sorry for Dunkirk and Call Me By Your name

The Oscar for the best Film Editing goes to…

The Oscar for the best Film Editing goes to… Lee Smith for Dunkirk!

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The Oscar for best Sound Mixing goes to…

The Oscar for best Sound Mixing goes to… Dunkirk (Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten)!

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The Oscar for Sound Editing goes to…

The Oscar for the best Documentary Feature goes to… Dunkirk (Richard King and Alex Gibson)!

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Oscars: Trailers for the 9 Best Picture Nominees

Call Me By Your Name:

 

Darkest Hour:

 

Dunkirk (you can find my review here):

 

Get Out:

 

Lady Bird:

 

Phantom Thread:

 

The Post:

 

The Shape of Water:

 

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri:

The 90th Oscar nominees!

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Who’s going to win??

Here are the 2018 Oscar nominees:

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

– Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

– Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

– Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

– Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

– Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

 ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

– Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

– Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

– Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

– Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

– Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

– Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

– Frances McDormand, Three Billboards

outside Ebbing, Missouri

– Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

– Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

– Meryl Streep, The Post

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

– Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

– Allison Janney, I, Tonya

– Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

– Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

– Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

– The Boss Baby

– The Breadwinner

– Coco

– Ferdinand

– Loving Vincent

CINEMATOGRAPHY

– Blade Runner 2049

– Darkest Hour

– Dunkirk

– Mudbound

– The Shape of Water

COSTUME DESIGN

– Beauty and the Beast

– Darkest Hour

– Phantom Thread

– The Shape of Water

– Victoria & Abdul

DIRECTING

– Dunkirk

– Get Out

– Lady Bird

– Phantom Thread

– The Shape of Water

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

– Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Faces Places

– Icarus

– Last Men in Aleppo

– Strong Island

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

– Edith+Eddie

– Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

– Heroin(e)

– Knife Skills

– Traffic Stop

FILM EDITING

– Baby Driver

– Dunkirk

– I, Tonya

– The Shape of Water

– Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

– A Fantastic Woman

– The Insult

– Loveless

– On Body and Soul

– The Square

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

– Darkest Hour

– Victoria & Abdul

– Wonder

ORIGINAL SCORE

– Dunkirk

– Phantom Thread

– The Shape of Water

– Star Wars: The Last Jedi

– Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

ORIGINAL SONG

– “Mighty River,” Mudbound

– “Mystery Of Love,” Call Me by Your Name

– “Remember Me,” Coco

– “Stand Up For Something,” Marshall

– “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

BEST PICTURE

– Call Me by Your Name

– Darkest Hour

– Dunkirk

– Get Out

– Lady Bird

– Phantom Thread

– The Post

– The Shape of Water

– Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

PRODUCTION DESIGN

– Beauty and the Beast

– Blade Runner 2049

– Darkest Hour

– Dunkirk

– The Shape of Water

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

– Dear Basketball

– Garden Party

– Lou

– Negative Space

– Revolting Rhymes

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

– DeKalb Elementary

– The Eleven O’Clock

– My Nephew Emmett

– The Silent Child

– Watu Wote/All of Us

SOUND EDITING

– Baby Driver

– Blade Runner 2049

– Dunkirk

– The Shape of Water

– Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SOUND MIXING

– Baby Driver

– Blade Runner 2049

– Dunkirk

– The Shape of Water

– Star Wars: The Last Jedi

VISUAL EFFECTS

– Blade Runner 2049

– Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

– Kong: Skull Island

– Star Wars: The Last Jedi

– War for the Planet of the Apes

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

– Call Me by Your Name

– The Disaster Artist

– Logan

– Molly’s Game

– Mudbound

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

– The Big Sick

– Get Out

– Lady Bird

– The Shape of Water

– Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Dunkirk Review (voto/evaluation: 5/5)

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Directed by
Christopher Nolan
Produced by
Emma Thomas
Christopher Nolan
Written by
Christopher Nolan
Music by
Hans Zimmer
Cinematography
Hoyte van Hoytema
Edited by
Lee Smith
Production companies
Syncopy Inc.
Distributed by
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast

  • Fionn Whitehead as Tommy
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Peter
  • Jack Lowden as Collins, a Royal Air Force Spitfire pilot
  • Harry Styles as Alex
  • Aneurin Barnard as “Gibson”, a French soldier masquerading as a British Army private
  • James D’Arcy as Colonel Winnant
  • Barry Keoghan as George Mills
  • Kenneth Branagh as Commander Bolton
  • Cillian Murphy as Shivering Soldier
  • Mark Rylance as Mr Dawson
  • Tom Hardy as Farrier, a Royal Air Force Spitfire pilot

Review

The movie is set during the Second World War, based on the terrible evacuation of about 400,000 allied soldiers from the Dunkirk beach under the threat of the German Army.

Nolan puts the story on three battlefields and three different units of time (one week on the beach where the soldiers waited their fate, one day at sea following one of the civilian boats that took part in the rescue, an hour in the sky following the heroic pilot of a spitfire), three views that the director and screenwriter converge into a single present with extraordinary ability.

In the movie, photography and soundtrack are fundamental, everything goes through image and sound, noises are made so good that some Dunkirk veterans who have previewed it with the actor Branagh said that the movie’s sounds in films are even  more intense than those they have felt in reality in those dramatic days.

Each frame is a full-featured photograph, each sound is vivid, the soundtrack is perfect and keeps the highest tension all the time, the union of all these elements, along with some shivering silences, make Dunkirk a real and own work of art. The film can be described as a moving picture that performs a dance around space and time.

Nolan’s masters the perfect timing of the scenes, all the film is back and forth, like the waves crashing on the beach, like the soldiers who have a hope of escaping and are then brought back from the sea to the beach, time itself goes back and forth, as the ticking of a broken clock, like that beated by music and heartbeats. This also represents the race against the time that the soldiers run, struck by the Germans by sea, by land and by the sky,  trying to get away from that beach from which “you can almost see home” and return to England, while counting down to the next high tide.

Dunkirk’s beach is a kind of limbo, with soldiers waiting for their fate unaware of what’s going to happen

It is a new kind of war movie, there is no rhetoric, no heroism, no glory: all soldiers are anonymous either they are heroes or they are cowards or both; there are no heroes, only boys and men who want to go home, “surviving is enough” as the another anonymous character with some particular pictures, highlights the solitude and despair that war causes. It is not a war movie with the  good guys and the bad guys, here the enemy is a shadow, and does not play a central role.

Nolan’s war is made of people who die or who survive, but all feel burdened with a useless and naive sense of dishonor and disappointment originate from Churchill’s rhetoric.

The rescue of soldiers is not considered a victory but the containment of a defeat.

It is a film that can be safely defined as art, some have called it an impressionist masterpiece, and above all, also thanks to the excellence of the cast, it honors the true story.

Dialogues are very limited, but each word has a profound meaning, and the exceptional actors manage to express all the rest  with their looks.

It is absolutely a must see movie that deserves to enter history, as it has, probably, already done.

Synopsis

In 1940, during the early days of World War II, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium and Canada find themselves trapped on the beach of the French coastal town of Dunkirk as they face an impossible crisis. They’ve been cut off and surrounded by ruthless German Nazi troops. Over the course of eight days, the men must struggle to survive and hope for rescue.

Recensione

Il film è ambientato durante la seconda guerra mondiale, e si incentra sulla terribile evacuazione verso la Gran Bretagna di circa 400000 soldati alleati dalla spiaggia di Dunkerque sotto la minaccia dell’esercito tedesco.

Nolan pone la vicenda su tre terreni di battaglia e tre unità di tempo (una settimana sulla spiaggia dove i soldati aspettavano la loro sorte, un giorno in mare seguendo una delle imbarcazioni civili che parteciparono al salvataggio, un’ora in cielo seguendo l’eroico pilota di uno spitfire), tre punti di vista che il regista e sceneggiatore converge in un unico presente con abilità straordinaria.

Nel film sono fondamentali la fotografia e la colonna sonora, tutto passa attraverso l’immagine e il suono, i rumori sono resi talmente bene che alcuni veterani di Dunkirk che hanno visto l’anteprima con l’attore Branagh, hanno affermato che i suoni nel film sono anche più intensi di quelli che hanno sentito nella realtà in quei drammatici giorni.

Ogni fotogramma è una fotografia piena di significato, ogni suono è reso benissimo, la colonna sonora è perfetta e mantiene la tensione altissima in ogni momento, l’unione di tutti questi elementi, insieme ad alcuni silenzi da brivido, fanno di Dunkirk una vera e propria opera d’arte. Il film può essere descritto come un quadro in movimento che compie una danza intorno allo spazio e al tempo.

La resa dei tempi dimostra la bravura di Nolan, tutto il film è un avanti e indietro, come le onde che si infrangono sulla spiaggia, come i soldati che hanno una speranza di fuggire e poi vengono riportati dal mare sulla spiaggia, il tempo stesso che va avanti e indietro, è un ticchettio simile a quello di un orologio rotto, come quello scandito dalla musica e dai battiti del cuore. Tutto ciò rappresenta anche la corsa contro il tempo che i soldati, colpiti dai tedeschi via mare, via terra e via cielo, si trovarono a compiere per cercare di andarsene da quella spiaggia da cui “si può quasi vedere casa” e tornare in Inghilterra, mentre facevano il conto alla rovescia fino alla successiva alta marea.

È come se la spiaggia di Dunkirk fosse un limbo, con i soldati che aspettano la loro sorte ignari di ciò che gli accadrà

È un nuovo genere di film bellico, non esiste la retorica, l’eroismo, la gloria: tutti i soldati sono anonimi sia che siano eroi sia che siano codardi o entrambe le cose; non ci sono eroi, solo ragazzi e uomini che vogliono tornare a casa, “surviving is enough” come l’ennesimo personaggio anonimo con alcune immagini particolari evidenzia la solitudine e la disperazione che la guerra provoca. Non è un film di guerra in cui ci sono buoni e cattivi, qui il nemico è un’ombra, e non ha un ruolo centrale.

La guerra di Nolan è fatta di gente che muore o che sopravvive ma sentendo gravare su di sé un senso inutile e ingenuo di disonore e delusione derivante dalla retorica di Churchill.

Il salvataggio dei soldati non è considerato una vittoria ma il contenimento di una sconfitta.

È un film che può tranquillamente essere definito arte, alcuni lo hanno definito un capolavoro impressionista, e soprattutto, grazie anche alla bravura di tutto il cast, riesce ad onorare la storia vera.

I dialoghi ridotti al minimo, ma ogni parola detta ha un significato profondo e gli attori, bravissimi, riescono a rendere tutto il resto con i soli sguardi.

È un film assolutamente da vedere che merita di entrare nella storia, come probabilmente ha già fatto.

Maggio, 1940. Sulla spiaggia di Dunkirk 400.000 soldati inglesi si ritrovano accerchiati dall’esercito tedesco. Colpiti da terra, da cielo e da mare, i britannici organizzano una rocambolesca operazione di ripiegamento. Il piano di evacuazione coinvolge anche le imbarcazioni civili, requisite per rimpatriare il contingente e continuare la guerra contro il Terzo Reich.