"Philomena” Private Screening Hosted by Harvey Weinstein – January 30
Oscar nominees part 2. Including Steve Coogan (adapted screenplay), Joe Walker (film editing), Joe Letteri (visual effects), Phedon Papamichael (Cinematography), Andy Nicholson (production design), and Wylie Stateman (sound editing).
2.21 — The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) — Grade: A
I loved it the minute it started: so whimsical and comforting. The transitions are spectacular. I love it, and I love the direction.
We all have an inner-Walter Mitty, I know I do. I wanna beat up my boss and imagine I’m going on adventures with my crushes all the time. It’s just a fun/creative movie.
- The boat scene! That shark! The sound! Whoa ‘dere!
- Skateboard cross country scene.
- Eruption scene.
I love the whole mystery of everything and how everything is connected and the soundtrack is really awesome and it has a really sweet ending. To sum it up this movie made me smile a lot, and I like to smile.
- "Beautiful things don’t ask for attention."
- "If I like a moment…..personally I don’t like to have the distraction of a camera….so I stay…in it."
- "Stop dreaming, start living."
These two words describe this film perfectly. Why? Because one, this is a brilliant pun. Two, because if two Catholics would have never fucked we wouldn’t have a story. Steve’s quick thinking and brilliant play on words is the driving force in this film. Judi Dench’s performance is one of the best of her career, and 2013. I absolutely adored her character. I loved the way she never picked up on any of his sarcasm throughout the film. Her character was refreshingly blunt, and beautifully captivating. This film really pulled at my heartstrings and had me completely captivated from start to finish. I loved the flashbacks from past to present that Philomena was imagining in her mind about who her son really was. There was interesting religious perspectives going back and forth between Martin and Philomena. Throughout my life I have always found that people who deal with painful experiences often identify with God in two different ways, which are shown in this film. Philomena, who had her child taken from her at a young age sees God in a positive light, always blaming herself instead of God. Now Martin on the other hand who has lost is job, very cynical, and angry not only at the world, but at God. It has always been very interesting to me that people who go through such struggles either end up having strong faith in God, or none at all. All together this was probably my second favorite film of the year hands down. It deserves every nomination that it has received. A quote from Philomena, “I’d like to know if Anthony ever thought of me. I thought of him everyday.”
Steve Coogan wins BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay (Philomena)
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