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TRAGEDY: No Oscar for our beloved Nicole Kidman this Year

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I am a declared Kidmaniac (meaning a die hard fan of Nicole Kidman) and ever since I learned that Nicole had signed to play Grace Kelly, I was simply overjoyed with excitement. An Icon in her own right playing  Old Hollywood royalty meant a great comeback moment for Nicole. And when I talk about comeback, I want to clearly state that Nicole has never left and she remains strong and artistically  brave (a characteristic not very common in Hollywood). I refer to this comeback as a return of Nicole to the spotlight of a very ambitious TWC project.. The latest roles of Nicole with exception to the Railway Man (starring Colin Firth) have all being part of the dangerously thrilling world of Indie films..

And this also meant that Nicole would be once again nominated for an Oscar. She has been snugged far too long. But this week, the Weinstein Company announced that Grace of Monaco would be released until Spring of 2014….

My heart is crushed and I am very anxious, because the teaser revealed last week, only keeps us wanting more and we’ll have to wait even more… So this is  the possible scenario:

2013 is already a very crowded race, the film might need improvements and it has better chances for next year’s race..

Making movies about beloved real personalities is a tricky business. And few actors/actresses have succeed in playing these roles, transcending the SNL personification into a unique portrayal of the personality, not trying to be exactly the same, but instead capturing the emotional personal depth of the person. Nicole has long experience in portraying real life characters (Martha Gellhorn, Diane Arbus, Patricia Wallace) , she even won an oscar playing the infamous Virginia Woolf. Other actresses have had the same successful outcome in playing real life characters, including Cate Blanchett (Katherine Hepburn), Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), Sandra Bullock (Leigh Anne Tuohy) among others. However these actresses had the advantage of having great films as well (so did Nicole, The Hours is one the greatest films of the past decade). Meaning that its key to have a good movie + a great performance = in order to get an academy awards nomination. The only exception in recent years, is the case of Meryl Streep winning an oscar for the Iron Lady, where she played Dame Margaret Tatcher.  The movie was not hideous, but it was not good either. It was boring and it was designed to showcase a very physical convincing performance. But the film never dwelt with a strong storyline that exposed the great, bad and awful of Mrs. Tatcher, instead it was a crazy ride between the past and the present. Meryl Streep is the exception as she glows and attracts oscar nominations, like no one else in the industry, other actresses could have simply vanished.

Another factor to take into account is that TWC has already too many films for this year’s race, including: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Philomena, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, August: Osage County and  Fruitvale Station. Grace could do better next year..

So coming back to Grace of Monaco, TWC might have had second thoughts on the film, thinking that the movie, apart from Nicole’s performance was not great. And that could ruin Nicole… So we don’t want that. Oliver Dahan and the other producers have time until January, to give the final cuts, to make the movie stand up to the great Nicole. Lets hope it succeeds! We have a recent example of failure with Diana. Naomi Watts was in the predictions of this year’s race, but the critics have destroyed the film and Naomi, closing any chance of Naomi getting into the race. For those reasons,  Grace might have been pulled out temporarily to return next year as a roaring success (i’ll have my fingers crossed).

Nicole is great no matter what and her Grace Kelly will surely be another career defining role…

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Review: The Lone Ranger

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For quite a while, I have been hearing that the Lone Ranger was awfully bad. The critics have not been kind with this film. But critics can be sometimes unfair, snobbish and sometimes they take themselves too seriously (I never agreed to their criticism against Nine (2009) by Rob Marshall). So I always try to make my opinion about a film, in order to corroborate or contradict, the previous criticisms. So I decided to take my best friend to the cinema to watch the Lone Ranger directed by  Gore Verbinski. And then the nightmare begun….

The Lone Ranger is one of those movies in which you feel comfortable and happy, to see it end!  Best moment of the film: The closing credits…

I don’t get it! When you have a great cast (apparently)  + stunning cinematography + an already popular story. How on earth can you go wrong ??

This a look at 5 aspects of the Film that make it  Awful Bad!

1.  John Reid

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Armie Hammer is gorgeous. There is no denying about that. He has that dreamy look of a timeless prince charming. And just for the record cowboys always get me going! But unfortunately, his hotness did not do much for the character or the movie. John Reid is a lawyer that comes back to the mid west to become district attorney. But his law enforcement methods are diminished by the heroic work of the rangers, lead by his own brother Dan Reid (Played by James Badge Dale), who chase outlaws. So there  is a clash between them and their ideas of justice. Until that part the story works. Also there is a background romance that involves Dan’s wife Rebecca (the beautiful Ruth Wilson ) and John. But it never develops and we just don’t care about them. So John does not believe in guns, he cares for a fair trial.. I respect that, but its not credible. He portrays lawyers as idealist imbeciles (What would Harvey Specter think about that?) and is quite annoying. At first we understand he doesn’t want to be his brother. He wants to be different and be outstanding in his own way (very respectable). But after he is shot and his brother killed by a cannibal maniac (who eats his heart), ideals have a limit… I know they want to portray him as someone honourable. But  instead he looks weak,dumb and pathetic… Watching him was painful..

2.  Tonto

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I am a fan of  Johnny Depp.  But he needs to step up his game! I could not stop seeing Captain Jack Sparrow in this film. The same faces, the same looks…I could not see Tonto. Depp is an incredibly talented character actor. But he is always delivering the same thing over and over again. And as a viewer you get tired.. Tonto was Captain Sparrow’s indigenous representation of Jack Sparrow. And his jokes seem to be the same.. Very disappointing to see a great actor not deliver the best of his talent… Lets hope Depp’s future projects involve roles that do not involve an all over the top, picturesque, feminine character.

3. The story (too many things happening)

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So the story involves the chasing of a dangerous maniac, saving Dan’s widow, exterminating the indigenous, silver and railroads, unification of America, ass kicking prostitutes with ivory limbs, scorpions a weird white horse. Its just too much! The story had so many turns and subplots, that took attention from the core story: John and Tonto going after the cannibal psycho. The best stories are the ones that tend to be more simple than anything…Some subplots or scenes could have been cut and things would have gone better.

4. The mixture of humor + canibalism + prostitutes + Indian magic 

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So we have already made a point regarding the needless complexity of the story. But thats not it. The Lone Ranger had too many  things going on! So that was bad! But whats even worse…is that the thing going on, did not work together. This is a Disney movie! But for several moments, it feel like something else! The humour was not great and sometimes it  was out of the context ( for example John went to the whore house looking for a man, the man of the entrance highlighted that he strongly believed that John was gay. Is it funny? I don’t know…But I think its out of context and actually when I was in the cinema, almost nobody got it). The other element which I think did not work at all and heavily  disturbed the balance of the story, was cannibalism.  And I mean, very graphic gut eating bloody cannibalism! That moment in which Butch eats Dan’s heart…just took cruelty and justice to another level…But that is not all, there was also a prostitute (Helena Bonham Carter) that lost her leg to the psychotic cannibal… Plus there was some supernatural stuff that had and it didn’t had purpose..

5. And finally it was hell long..

So after all of these… the film was fucking long…Good Lord why?? I just wanted to leave the cinema! Every time that I had the illusion that the film was going to end! It didn’t, there was something left…It was torturing! And I was the happiest person alive when it ended!

I dont want to give further spoilers, but this movie was A W F U L!

Have you seen it?? If you haven’t …Don’t!