Bohemian Rhapsody / The Favourite / Green Book / Vice (2018)

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY [2018, D+] – Horrendously shot. Haphazardly edited. Despicably written. Absent of any attempt of a coherently told narrative and not just band worship. Goes through Freddie’s life with lack of insight. Malek tries. Live Aid works. Of course, the music’s great.

.

THE FAVOURITE [2018, A-/B+] – Lanthimos’ sharp, eclectic eye relishes wonderfully mapped triangular farce. Leads go all in with performances; digs deep, goes all out. Paces itself with measured brilliance. Slowly builds tragicomedy with masterful precision. Earns that finale.

.

GREEN BOOK [2018, B] – Guilty of occasionally simplifying its themes for the sake of maintaining feel-good feel. Realizes strength in its terrific leads, adding much-needed nuance. I bought the characters’ symbiotic growth. There are shortcomings, but why the overhate?

.

VICE [2018, B/B+] – Admittedly unhinged at times, but full of conviction. Shouts with a single-minded voice. Unsubtle, but storytelling embraces that spirit. Cast delivers terrific work. Props for focusing on a character that the film itself disdains. An angry film that enrages.

.

So far, here are my Best Picture nominees ranking:

  1. The Favourite
  2. A Star is Born
  3. Vice
  4. Green Book
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody

Left to watch: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Roma

Advertisements

7th TFO Awards: Rules of Eligibility

Here are the rules for eligibility to the 7th TFO Awards, honoring excellence in film for the year 2015.

For a film to quality for this year’s awards, it must be either one of the following:

  • included in the Reminder List of Eligible Productions released by the Academy for the 88th Academy Awards;
  • included in the Eligible Productions for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature released by the Academy for the 88th Academy Awards;
  • submitted to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Academy Awards, whether accepted or not, unless included in another year’s Reminder List of Eligible Productions provided by the Academy;
  • released in Los Angeles and/or New York City in 2015 that was not included in that year’s Reminder List of Eligible Productions provided by the Academy;
  • exhibited in a film festival in 2015, unless given a qualifying run in Los Angeles and/or New York City in any other year and/or was included in another year’s Reminder List of Eligible Productions provided by the Academy;
  • for non-American films, released in its country of origin in 2015, unless given a qualifying run in Los Angeles and/or New York City in any other year and/or was included in another year’s Reminder List of Eligible Productions provided by the Academy;
  • for internet releases, officially premiered online in 2015, unless given a qualifying run in Los Angeles and/or New York City in any other year and/or was included in another year’s Reminder List of Eligible Productions provided by the Academy;
  • for films that do not fall on any of the said categories, their eligibility will be studied on a case-to-case basis.

The announcement of winners will be at the Live Online Awards Marathon on June 18, 8 PM PHT.