Last year it was the Lupita Nyong’o who expressed her confirmation to every little child that no matter where they came from their dreams are valid.
This year my favourite Oscars moment is the speech by Graham Moore, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. His inspiring message of “stay weird, stay different” resonated to millions around the world!
After the thought has sunk in to the deepest portals of my brain, I suddenly noticed onions flying around my room! That was such a powerful message! I wonder how many young lives were saved that night.
I love American TV show awards night. Aside from awaiting the exciting announcement of winners and listening to heart-melting speeches, what I look forward to American TV show awards night is the opening number. Opening numbers has always been one highlight dynamite.
This year’s Oscars is no different. Just look at those visual effects! It’s freaking amazing! It actually even became more special because it is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. My most favourite awards ceremony show host on the face of the earth.
And here’s the reason why David Burtka is the luckiest man alive!
Can a film be at the same time funny, exciting, intelligent, poetic, violent, colorful and absurd? The answer can be found in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. It is because all these elements are present in this brilliant movie.
Ralph Fiennes character of Gustave H, the hotel’s superstar Concierge is such a joy to watch. He imbibes sophistication in his acting in which humor, action and drama were all mixed up in such a perfect balance. Aside from the great Fiennes, the film also boasts of master cameo performances by that of Adrien Brody, Willem Defoe, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton and a lot more. Presence of these superstars would definitely elicit giggles from the viewers by their mere simple recognition in the movie.
Because of the gorgeous colors, the engrossing story, the stunning visuals and the array of actors with bits of roles in the story, the movie feels like I was walking through one fantastic and extraordinary music video. I was like transported to the eloquent 1930s Europe of a different universe without the jet lag.
Aside from all these elements, what I particularly would like to rave about the movie are the well-crafted sparkling dialogues. Spoken especially by the engaging Gustave H. The set of words spoken by Gustave are like pieces of art works hanging in a museum. He can be very eloquently composed and can also be uproariously agitated. And because of his difficulty from balancing his temperament he ends up being sophisticatedly hilarious!
To prove my point here is the dialogue, a letter in fact, written by Gustave H to his colleagues of the hotel when he was at the confines of a prison:
My dear and trusted colleagues,
I miss you deeply as I write from the confines of my regrettable and preposterous incarceration. Until I walk amongst you again as a free man, the Grand Budapest remains in your hands, as does its impeccable reputation. Keep it spotless, and glorify it. Take extra-special care of every little bitty bit of it as if I were watching over you like a hawk with a horse-whip in its talons, because I am. Should I discover a lapse of any variety during my absence, I promise swift and merciless justice will descend upon you. A great and noble house has been placed under your protection. Tell Zero if you see any funny business.
Your devoted Monsieur Gustave
The dialogues were so incredibly sharp, rich, witty and completely brilliant. In fact, because of the clever use of words in the dialogues, this is one of the few movies which would be worthy to be seen with subtitles.
No doubt, the Grand Budapest Hotel is one grand symphony of beauty. I truly enjoyed it!
A film is considered a classic or a masterpiece if the viewers today will still be totally stirred, emotionally moved and knocked off even if it has been created decades ago. Usually a movie turns out to be ridiculous and hilarious when it will be viewed years after it has been produced – outrageous costumes; goofy hairstyles; over-the-top spiels; and, campy setting – though during the time when it was released for commercial screening it was once considered hip, sensible and even serious.
But the movie I saw last night belonged to a different league. It is a 35-year old classic entitled “Midnight Express” directed by Alan Parker and written by Oliver Stone. It is a graphic story of Billy Hayes and his brutalized ordeal in a Turkish prison for a drug abuse offense. It is a prison drama years before my favorite 1994 prison-themed movie Shawshank Redemption was produced.
Midnight Express is a riveting film that still holds up in today’s viewing public. It exhibited unmatched intensity concerning injustice, human abuse, releasing of pent up anger, frustration and even sensualism to the point of mental disintegration. This is so far the oldest prison-themed film I have seen that invokes nail-biting emotion on my part.
Right after seeing the movie, I immediately googled Midnight Express and was not surprised to learn that the movie won a couple of Oscars (for best music and Oliver Stone for his writing). It was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Picture. If I were an adult during the year it was released, I will definitely write the Oscars demanding them to explain why on earth they snubbed Brad Davis’ brilliant performance in the film!