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Author Topic: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread  (Read 233 times)

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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2017, 12:45:59 am »
The nominees for Best Voiceover role:
Ellen DeGeneres (Finding Dory)
Christopher Walken (The Jungle Book)
Charlize Theron (Kubo and the Two Strings)
Auli'i Cravalho (Moana)
James Earl Jones (Rogue One)

...and the winner is... Ellen DeGeneres for Finding Dory! Aside from the sweet sound of a billion dollars, Finding Dory owes its existence DeGeneres's indelible turn as the blue tang. Luckily, essentially all the magic of her performance in this film's predecessor remains, and without her this film may have fall pretty close to low tier Pixar category (i.e. Cars territory)

Honorable Mention: James Earl Jones for Rogue One. Even if his one major scene of dialogue is marred by a cheesy line at the end (just like Revenge of the Sith...), seeing him reprise his most famous voiceover role improved an otherwise mediocre second act.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2017, 12:54:46 am »
The nominees for Best Original Screenplay:
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
The Salesman

...and the winner is Manchester by the Sea! It is within the story and dialogue that Kenneth Lonergan's latest film's heart lies. The level of tact and heart evident in the script allows for the odyssey of its characters to remain consistently riveting (and open ended in a good way) while also balancing differing tones without feeling jarring - for example, even in otherwise somber scenes humor manages to be injected.

Honorable Mention: The Salesman

Worst Original Screenplay:
Gods of Egypt,
Money Monster
Nine Lives
The Secret Life of Pets

...and the winner is The Secret Life of Pets, for its humor never surpassing the realm of low hanging fruit, and for frustrating lack of originality. This honestly could have been in the Worst Adapted Screenplay category.

Honorable Mention: One of the guilty pleasure films (i.e. Gods of Egypt and Nines Lives), I guess. I didn't put much thought into this category's honorable mention.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2017, 01:07:53 am »
Nominees for Most Entertaining/Intense Moment:
First Encounter (Arrival)
The first battle (Hacksaw Ridge)
Final scene (Hell or High Water)
The silence breaks (Silence)
*Final scene (The Witch)

...and after consideration the winner is the first battle scene from Hacksaw Ridge. Yes, we see glimpses of war in the opening scene, but that brief segment cuts away due to the exhausted condition of Doss at that point in time. We end up forgetting about our brief exposure to the battle during the first half of the film, which prevents us from preparing for the carnage about to come. The setup to this specific scene is absolutely nail-biting, and when bullets begin to fly, Mel Gibson's refusal to sugarcoat suffering (especially in a war as rife with it as World War II) delivers the most visceral war scene since Saving Private Ryan. However, this bloodshed is never a matter of cheap thrills, as it creates the foundation for the most uplifting and emotional segments of the film. Say what you will about Mel Gibson as a person, but you can't deny his skill and passion behind the camera.

Honorable mention: The climax of Silence, due to its palpable tension and its thought-provoking events (especially if you read into the possible interpretations).

Most Emotional Moment:
*"Just one more" - Hacksaw Ridge
The ending (La La Land)
The ending (Lion)
Randi’s apology (Manchester by the Sea)
*Swimming lesson (Moonlight)

...and the winner is Randi's apology from Manchester by the Sea. I heard about this scene going into the movie but I still wasn't prepared for this scene. It demonstrates the prowess of the two actors on screen, and its spontaneity never veers into cheaply sentimental territory. I might go as far as to say that this is perhaps my favorite scene from a movie in 2016, especially due to its importance to the rest of the film (for me, at least) and its essentially perfect union of screenwriting and acting.

Honorable Mention: The ending of Lion. As formulaic as it was I can't deny the impact of the story surrounding it.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2017, 01:12:59 am »
The nominees for Best Cinematography:
Bradford Young (Arrival)
Stéphane Fontaine (Jackie)
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Rodrigo Prieto (Silence)

...and the winner is Linus Sandgren for La La Land. This race was a lot closer than usual, but ultimately La La Land's impressive tracking shots, vibrant hues, clever shot transitions, and the return of Chazele's whip-pans secured the win for this lovely musical.

Honorable Mention: Rodrigo Prieto for Silence, due to its essentially perfect lighting, its gorgeous shots of natural environments, and its appealing tracking shots.

Worst Cinematography: Allegiant, Batman v Superman, The Legend of Tarzan, Suicide Squad

...and the winner is... Suicide Squad, for demonstrating an inability to keep a shot for more than five seconds during an action scene and its misunderstanding of proper lighting. David Ayer does not mesh well with a PG-13 rating.

Honorable Mention: Any of them. I might just say The Legend of Tarzan for similar reasons to the winner.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2017, 01:20:19 am »
The nominees for Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis (Fences)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Soo-an Kim (Train to Busan)
Kate Dickie (The Witch)

...and the winner is Viola Davis for Fences. While I will admit to needing to rewatch this film I saw enough of Davis's performance to commend the considerable range she displays throughout the film. Her fierce commitment to her role anchors the film to the point that her sporadically trying a bit too hard can be overlooked.

Honorable Mention: Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea for the scene that won an award a few minutes ago.

Worst Supporting Actress:
Alison Budol (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters)
Malina Weissman (aka the child actor from Nine Lives)
cArA dELevINgnE (Suicide Squad)
Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: Apocalypse)

...and the winner is Jennifer Lawrence for X-Men: Apocalypse. Some of the worst performances in my eyes are the ones where the actors don't seem like they care at all. Lawrence's performance here very clearly fits into this mold and only validates the allegations about her behavior on set that caused the death of JTMN Part 2.

Honorable Mention: The kid actor from Nine Lives
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2017, 01:23:27 am »
The nominees for Worst moment:
Scaling the Wall, or any action scene in Allegiant
“Save Martha” (BvS)
Will’s final decision (Me Before You)
The Brazilian erectile cream joke (Money Monster)
Brand’s “fall” from grace (Nine Lives)

...and the winner is "Save Martha" from Batman v Superman. This scene is an easy target, I know, but no amount of Snyder apologist analysis can justify the utter stupidity present with this scene.

Honorable Mention: Will's final decision in Me Before You for nearly making me laugh, which is not in the best interest of a supposed tearjerker.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2017, 01:28:02 am »
The nominees for Best Original Score:
Johann Johannsson (Arrival)
Moniker (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Mica Levi (Jackie)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
*Mark Korven (The Witch)

...and the winner is Justin Hurwitz for La La Land. I might be cheating here by including the actual songs in my verdict (which Hurwitz still composed), but a musical cannot stand without the pillar of actually good music. Hurwitz's work here has an abundance of delightful earworms, and one can't deny the flawless capturing of the sweeping romanticism Chazelle sought when making the film in Mia and Sebastian's Theme.

Honorable Mention: Johan Johannsson's unique and atmospheric score for Arrival. The score for The Witch was also very good too.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2017, 01:33:31 am »
Nominees for Best line of dialogue:

“Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.”  (Eye in the Sky)

“I've been working here for 44 years. Ain't nobody ever ordered nothing but a T-Bone steak and baked potato. Except one time, this **** from New York ordered a trout, back in 1987. We ain't got no goddamned trout.” (Hell or High Water)

“There comes a time in man's search for meaning when one realizes that there are no answers. And when you come to that horrible, unavoidable realization, you accept it or you kill yourself. Or you simply stop searching.” - Jackie

A spoiler-laden quote from Silence:
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“No woman can ever truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.” - Sing Street

...and the winner is the quote from Jackie. Feeling too lazy to type out the full quote again, but I found it to be a very thought-provoking line in a very pivotal scene from the film.

Honorable mention: The line from Hell or High Water since it probably made me laugh the hardest unironically of any line in a film from 2016.


Nominees for Worst line of dialogue:

“Gadzooks.” - Allegiant

“Take a bucket of **** and call it Granny's Peach Tea…” - Batman v Superman

“This is why they call this a bored meeting!” - Nine Lives

“Now that’s a killer app!” - Suicide Squad

"This is Katana! She's got my back! She could cut all of you in half with one sword stroke just like mowing the lawn! I would advise not getting killed by her- her sword traps the souls of its victims." - Suicide Squad

The winner is “Now that’s a killer app!” from Suicide Squad. Speaking as someone who finds Batman and Robin to be a guilty pleasure, this bad pun was too much for me. However, it is not the worst pun I heard in 2016, thanks to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Honroable Mention: The other line I nominated from Suicide Squad due to its clunkiness almost being amusing.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2017, 01:42:50 am »
The nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival
Fences
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Hacksaw Ridge
Silence

...and the winner is Silence, for its evenhanded treatment of the weighty ideas it juggles and its refusal to never give easy answers. As a result we got perhaps the best faith based movie of the year.

Honorable Mention: Arrival

Worst Adapted Screenplay:
Allegiant
Batman v Superman
The Legend of Tarzan
Me Before You
Suicide Squad

...and the winner is Suicide Squad. While Allegiant is also a numbing mess of a screenplay that raises more questions than answers, it has the benefit of not having painful excuses for humor. I have no idea what Ayer was thinking here.

Honorable Mention: Allegiant
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2017, 01:48:59 am »
The nominees for Best Actress:
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Taraneh Alidoosti (The Salesman)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

...and the winner is Natalie Portman for Jackie. Without Portman's exceptional performance as the beleaguered First Lady, Pablo Larrain's film would not have worked at all. She nails the dialect of Kennedy perfectly and turn has more than a couple heartwrenching scenes that require the finest of actors to accomplish.

Honorable Mention: Amy Adams for her nuanced turn in Arrival. This was one of the closest calls for my awards this year.

The nominees for Worst Actress:
Shailene Woodley (Allegiant)
Emilia Clarke (Me Before You)
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad)

...and the winner is Shailene Woodley for Allegiant. As bad as the previous Divergent movies were I could at least Shailene Woodley credit for actually trying to elevate the material. Something must have happened, because she seems as bored in this movie as everyone who watched it was.

Honorable Mention: No one specific, but probably Margot Robbie for Suicide Squad.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #30 on: April 03, 2017, 01:55:49 am »
Nominees for Best Actor:
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Shahab Hosseini (The Salesman)
Andrew Garfield (Silence)

...and after some pondering the winner is Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea. While it may not be as showy as some of the other performances nominated (a very strong field, by the way), Affleck's performance was engaging for unlike any of the other lead actor performances this year. The emotional restraint he harbors in every scene is palpable, and his work in the most pivotal scene in the movie solidified the impact of said scene. I saw a character in the place of an actor, which is more or less a job well done for an actor.

Honorable Mention: Either Denzel for Fences or Andrew Garfield for Silence. Take your pick.

Worst Actor:
Theo James (Allegiant)
Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman)
Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan)

...and the winner is Henry Cavill for Batman v Superman. I didn't care that much either way for these three performances but that scene where Cavill just looks constipated after the Capitol building just blew up was baffling, and more or less solidified this win.

Honorable Mention: Take your pick of the others. THey were all very vanilla.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2017, 02:04:31 am »
The nominees for Biggest Surprise:
Gods of Egypt
Finding Dory
The Jungle Book
Nine Lives

...and the winner is Gods of Egypt. If a year and a half ago you were to tell me that a movie with Gerard Butler as an Egyptian god would be my new guilty pleasure film, I'd probably write off that opinion. But when I saw this movie, my eyes were opened. If Proyas's career dies at least he went out with a bang.

Honorable Mention: Nine Lives, because I couldn't prepare myself for the utter confusion I felt at watching a movie where Kevin Spacey turns into a cat.

The nominees for Biggest Letdown:
Captain America: Civil War
Hail Caesar
Rogue One
Star Trek Beyond
Sully

...and the winner is Rogue One. As I mentioned before on this forum, there were three (sort of four after I saw the trailer for Silence) movies I felt would more or less redeem 2016's cinematic quality in my eyes. Those films were Arrival, La La Land, Rogue One, and, as I mentioned, Silence. Three of those films are nominated for Best Picture at these awards. The other film, meanwhile, left me generally unimpressed aside from the last 45 minutes, which I concede diminish the connotations of desperation present in Star Wars' opening crawl. Rogue One has only made me more aversed to the Han Solo spin-off and all other Star Wars spin-offs to come.

Honorable Mention: I guess Captain America: Civil War based off the combination of my enjoyment for Winter Soldier, the reviews, and the promise of the beginning of the film.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #32 on: April 03, 2017, 02:15:04 am »
Nominees for Best Director:
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Martin Scorsese (Silence)
Robert Eggers (The Witch)

...and after heavy thought I decided to go with a tie for Denis Villenueve for Arrival and Martin Scorsese for Silence. Expected a specific winner? Too bad, since this is my awards show. Anyway, I felt that neither of these films would have attained their level of quality without these two directors' involvement. Villeneuve managed to create a politically relevant, riveting sci-fi piece that might just be the closest we get to 2001 this decade. There's a lot of pressure on Blade Runner 2049, but after seeing Arrival I can say with absolute confidence that Villenueve is the most qualified director to take on that challenge. Meanwhile Scorsese's quarter decade effort to bring Silence to the screen paid off immensely due to its audacity and ambition, proving that age has yet to make him truly lose his touch.

Honorable Mention: Assuming the tie doesn't nullify the nomination then Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, or my favorite war movie and my second favorite faith based movie this decade.

Worst Director:
Robert Schwentke (Allegiant)
Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman)
David Yates (The Legend of Tarzan)
Barry Sonnenfeld (Nine Lives)
David Ayer (Suicide Squad)

...and the winner is Robert Schwentke for Allegiant. This film had essentially no personality. As much as I could rag on the other films they mostly had something that stood out about their styles.

Honorable Mention: Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman)
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2017, 02:21:02 am »
The nominees for Worst Picture:
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Allegiant
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Theatrical version)
Ghostbusters
Gods of Egypt
The Legend of Tarzan
Me Before You
Nine Lives
The Secret Life of Pets
Suicide Squad

...and in the end I had to go with Allegiant. Justice was accomplished when this thing killed its franchise, because it, of all the films I saw in 2016, had the least personality and care from those in front of and behind the camera. It's a rather exhausting film that I can't quite summon the correct form of vitriol for due to it also being forgettable, which is more or less the worst thing a movie can do for me.

Honorable Mention: Suicide Squad
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #34 on: April 03, 2017, 02:28:07 am »
And finally, the Best Picture nominees:
Arrival
Green Room
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
The Salesman
Silence
The Witch

...and the winner is... Silence! It took a couple months of reflection for Silence to earn this status, but I can say with confidence that it deserves this title. Silence is a challenging film to watch and digest within a viewing - and this quality has, in my experience, demonstrated the enduring strength of a film. Very few films this year had me as emotionally invested as Scorsese's latest due to its methodical look at faith and martyrdom, its impassioned performances, its technical beauty, its unflinching brutality, the stunning climax, and the thought-provoking epilogue segment. We need more movies like Silence, as few film - if any - can parallel its dramatic weight and its insistence on dwelling on tough subjects.

Honorable Mention: Arrival for being, as I stated earlier, one of the closest films this decade we'll get to being another 2001.
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Re: The 2017 Kashmir Movie Awards Thread
« Reply #35 on: April 03, 2017, 11:51:09 am »
Guess I really should get around to seeing Silence as soon as possible. Good picks overall Kashmir, really appreciated the love for Arrival and Hacksaw Ridge especially!
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