This is a brief review of the Academy Awards nominations for 2015. The movie that surprised me the most -- for not being nominated -- was NOAH by Darren Aronofsky, starring Russell Crowe as Noah. It was a great movie, exploring the story of Noah and the Flood in a very creative way. It was viewed as anti-Biblical by some critics, but I think it was in support of the story of Noah. Darren Aronofsky, a professed atheist, said in a private screening that he tried to make it faithful to the story of the Bible. The movie is artistic because Darren also used his love of the comic books genre to give NOAH the look and feel of comic books. It was a very enjoyable experience for me as a filmmaker to see this movie.
The other movie that I liked was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's BIRDMAN starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. This movie is nominated for the Oscars, including for best director. The movie is by far one of the best movies of this century, if nothing else for it's creativity -- Inarritu put in the drummer in the scenes of the movie and used the percussion only musical score to underscore the whole movie. It looked like a tribute to Luis Bunuel, who wanted to put a band on the roof of a buildings for one of the scenes in LOS OLVIDADOS, but the producer wouldn't allow it because of the expense! Inarritu deserves an Oscar for best director.
I didn't review the movies nominated in 2014 because none of them made the grade in my opinion.
Feb. 18, 2015