2014 Film Wrap: Wrestling, Woods and Civil Rights dominate cinemas

What makes 2014 the most exciting year for movies in a while is the fact that this may very well be another history making year. In 2012, Selma helmer Ava DuVernay made history becoming the first African-American woman to win for Best Dramatic Directing at Sundance.  This year, she has already made history being the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe and I am confident that Oscar is next!  In addition, Angelina Jolie makes her directorial debut with Unbroken making this years Oscar race for directing being the first time two women could be within the list of five nominees.  Very exciting stuff!!!

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No surprise with Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix's roles in Nightcrawler and Inherent Vice.  Both disturbingly interesting and complex...kind of like a car crash so horrible you just can't stop craning your neck to watch.

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Meryl Streep did it again.  Once again proving that her acting talent has NO boundaries in Into The Woods.  Reese Witherspoon had a very controversial year onscreen and off, but it seems that Wild is creating Oscar buzz for the star after tackling the true life story of Cheryl Strayed.

Michael Keaton, David Oyelowo and Benedict Cumberbatch are making the Best Actor race very interesting and varied.  Keaton, an acting veteran, is compelling in Birdman.  Oyelowo, who shoots no less than three films a year, is finally stomping with the big dogs with his portrayal of MLK, Jr. in Selma and Cumberbatch seems to be the latest Brit to take over Hollywood on the big and small screen.

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So having said that here are my predictions of some performances and films I feel should be recognized.

Best Actor:  David Oyelowo (Selma), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imagination Game), Jack O'Connor (Unbroken), Bill Murray (St. Vincent), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Supporting Actor:  Edward Norton (Birdman), Takamasa Ishihara (Unbroken), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), Miles Teller (Whiplash)

Best Actress:  Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Felecity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Naomi Watts (Birdman), Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Best Supporting Actress:  Meryl Streep (Into The Woods), Naomi Watts (St. Vincent), Kiera Knightly (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman)

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Click on the films below to see my reviews on each one...

 

Films:  Selma, Foxcatcher, Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Nightcrawler, Into The Woods, Pride, The Grand Budapest Hotel

I have yet to see Boyhood, which I hear is a major contender or The Most Violent Year. I will keep you posted here are the nominations.

In the meantime...

I watch a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film -- Force Majeure.  Click on this link for that review.

http://wp.me/p2v8yf-xg

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Force Majeure

I have a friend who meticulously plans vacations for her family every summer and holiday season.  Her family looks forward to the time together and from the pictures and cards sent they look like they always have just a great time!

In Force Majeure, Ebba and Tomas plan a vacation in the French Alps for a week.  Two days in, the family finds themselves staring down an avalanche while at lunch in a cafe.  Surviving this tragedy, the aftermath is wrought with emotional repercussions for the young couple and their children.

Ebba and their children begin to question the loyalty of Tomas after watching him run to save himself during the avalanche.  Tomas questions what kind of man he must be to not instinctually want to save his family first.

After Tomas continually denies that he didn't run away, it all comes to a head while dining with friends.  Emma makes Tomas watch the footage on his cell phone of the incident making him come to terms with his actions.  Ironically enough, the couple would experience yet another challenge while skiing with the kids in less than stellar visibility that has surprisingly positive results.

Lisa Loven Kongsli as Ebba is magnificent as is her co star Johannes Kuhnke (Tomas).  You need question for a moment their love for each other and how torturous this whole ordeal is to the stability of their relationship.  On the flip side, providing much needed humor is Kristofer Hivju (Mats) and Fanni Metelius (Fanni) as the unmarried couple who have befriended Ebba and Tomas.

Force Majeure was very intense and had me holding my breath from one moment to the next.  It was an thrilling ride from beginning to end and I am hoping it fairs well this awards season having already been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Take a peak at Force Majeure...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjjzVbTBF8o

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!