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    1. Post-fall festivals 2023 Oscar predictions

      Okay, I promise this is the last time I’ll make one of these posts for the rest of the year. The major fall festivals (TIFF, Telluride, and Venice) happened. So many movies got mediocre reception...

      Okay, I promise this is the last time I’ll make one of these posts for the rest of the year.

      The major fall festivals (TIFF, Telluride, and Venice) happened. So many movies got mediocre reception at these festivals (namely Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu’s Bardo, Florian Zeller’s The Son, and Sam Mendes’s Empire of Light).

      So the race has taken a more serious shape. Here are the old predictions.

      Here are the renewed predictions:

      Picture:

      1. The Fabelmans
      2. Babylon
      3. Avatar: The Way of Water
      4. Everything Everywhere All At Once
      5. The Banshees of Inisherin
      6. Women Talking
      7. Elvis
      8. TAR
      9. The Whale
      10. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

      Alt: Top Gun: Maverick

      Director:

      1. Steven Spielberg - The Fabelmans
      2. Damien Chazelle - Babylon
      3. James Cameron - Avatar: The Way of Water
      4. Daniels - Everything Everywhere All At Once
      5. Todd Field - TAR

      DGA Snub: Martin McDonagh - The Banshees of Inisherin

      Lead Actor:

      1. Brendan Fraser - The Whale
      2. Austin Butler - Elvis
      3. Colin Farrell - The Banshees of Inisherin
      4. Bill Nighy - Living
      5. Hugh Jackman - The Son

      Alt: Diego Calva - Babylon

      Lead Actress:

      1. Margot Robbie - Babylon
      2. Naomi Ackie - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
      3. Michelle Yeoh - Everything Everywhere All At Once
      4. Cate Blanchett - TAR
      5. Olivia Colman - Empire of Light

      Alt: Jennifer Lawrence - Causeway

      Supporting Actor:

      1. Ke Huy Quan - Everything Everywhere All At Once
      2. Brendan Gleeson - The Banshees of Inisherin
      3. Paul Dano - The Fabelmans
      4. Brad Pitt - Babylon
      5. Ben Wishaw - Women Talking

      Alt: Barry Keoghan - The Banshees of Inisherin

      Supporting Actress:

      1. Michelle Williams - The Fabelmans
      2. Claire Foy - Women Talking
      3. Sadie Sink - The Whale
      4. Kerry Condon - The Banshees of Inisherin
      5. Janelle Monae - Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

      Alt: Nina Hoss - TAR

      Original Screenplay:

      1. Everything Everywhere All At Once
      2. The Banshees of Inisherin
      3. Babylon
      4. The Fabelmans
      5. TAR

      Adapted Screenplay:

      1. Women Talking
      2. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
      3. The Whale
      4. Living
      5. Bones & All

      Cinematography:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Babylon
      3. The Fabelmans
      4. Empire of Light
      5. The Batman

      Production Design:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Babylon
      3. The Fablemans
      4. Elvis
      5. Amsterdam

      Costume Design

      1. Babylon
      2. The Fabelmans
      3. Elvis
      4. Amsterdam
      5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

      Hair and Make-up

      1. The Whale
      2. Elvis
      3. The Batman
      4. Babylon
      5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

      Original Score:

      1. The Fabelmans
      2. Babylon
      3. Avatar: The Way of Water
      4. Women Talking
      5. Empire of Light

      Sound:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Top Gun: Maverick
      3. Babylon
      4. Elvis
      5. The Fabelmans

      Film Editing:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Babylon
      3. The Fabelmans
      4. Everything Everywhere All At Once
      5. Elvis

      VFX:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Top Gun: Maverick
      3. Everything Everywhere All At Once
      4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
      5. The Batman
      4 votes
    2. Six quality films from the directors of this year's Cannes Film Festival

      Quick intro: My personal problem with Reddit's movie sub is with its narrow perspective on films. I know it might sound elitist, but I just found most of the discussions to be circlejerks or full...

      Quick intro: My personal problem with Reddit's movie sub is with its narrow perspective on films. I know it might sound elitist, but I just found most of the discussions to be circlejerks or full of references/memes done to death. The anti-theater Netflix-can-do-no-wrong attitude is confusing at best (considering the overwhelming love for Nolan/PTA/Taratino who are championing the analog film experience). /r/truefilm is full of insightful writing but it's not exactly a welcoming place for newbie cinephiles who got into films via MCU, Star Wars, or other blockbuster franchises. Don't get me wrong, I visit both subs everyday, but I kind of wish there's a balance: A place where you can have both casual discussions about high-brow cinema AND in-depth essays about comedy with dick jokes.

      Hence why I am writing this while ~movies is still fresh (hopefully I am adding something of value and not come off too rambly). Now of course I could just start a post asking for foreign film recommendations, but I just don't find those post to go anywhere, they usually just end up with people listing out films without any thought or explanation. Cinema is about your personal experience in relations to what you see on screen, and I think we are doing ourselves a disservice if we watch something and just shrug it off as "it's great you should watch it" or "it sucks". So putting money where my mouth is, here are some recommendations for non-english films. Sorry for the long set-up, but I hope this encourages a dialogue, even if you disagree with the above or my recommendations.

      ANYWAY. I settled on 6 because I didn't want it to a Top-5 list and 4 seems too short. 6 just feels right. Cannes just ended and I feel like it's a good time to start talking about the directors of this year's festival as their newest films will be available in the near future. So in no particular order, here are six quality films from the directors of this year's Cannes:

      1. "Mountains May Depart" (2015) - Jia Zhangke
        An ambitious piece of work that spans 25 years with an intro that goes for about an hour before the title card. Even if you don't like the film, the confidence of Jia Zhangke is in full display here.
      2. "Secret Sunshine" (2007) - Lee Chang-dong
        If Lars Von Trier films aren't realistic enough for you, here's a good one to kickstart your misery. After I finished watching it for the first time, I had to go for a walk and ended up wandering the city for 3 hours. It affected me in such a meaningful way. Surprising funny, if you can see the irony in it.
      3. "Ida" (2013) - Pawel Pawlikowski
        The cinematography! The framing in this movie is incredible, as if Ida is having a silent ever-going conversation with God. Not to mention the beautiful black and white!
      4. "A Separation" (2011) - Asghar Farhadi
        It was my first Farhadi film, and I quickly went on a hunt for all other Farhadi films right after. The writing grips you and really puts you in the place of all the characters. I could recommendation any other of his films, but to me, A Separation is perfect writing and a must-watch for any screenwriters.
      5. "Nobody Knows" (2004) - Hirokazu Kore-eda
        Heartbreaking. You know how the characters will end up (spoiler: not a good place) but you can't look away. I'm glad Kore-eda won Palme d'Or. Can't wait for his new one!
      6. "Vivre sa vie" (1962) - Jean-Luc Godard
        The only film pre-2000 on my list, but it's a film that feels quite modern. I've always felt that "Vivre sa vie" should be everyone's first Godard film instead of, say, "Breathless". It's the most coherent and it's a easy watch. It's a good starter movie before you take a deep dive into Godard's filmography (his work ranges from groundbreaking to borderline unwatchable IMO).

      Agree? Disagree? Sorry if I sound too much like Cinefix, haha. What do you think? Which other Cannes directors should I check out?
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