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2/19 TCL Movie Trip

Paul Mcguire Grimes gives his thoughts on four Oscar Nominated movies.

“Room”

Jack is celebrating his fifth birthday with his mom in the only place he knows about, which is Room. Room is the small little space they live in. There’s a sink, tub, rug, a wardrobe, and a little skylight to let some sunlight in. Jack has never left Room as they are locked in. He doesn’t understand that there is an outside world. He also doesn’t understand that he and Ma are prisoners being held captive by Old Nick and that Ma has been in Room for seven years. Now that Jack is getting older, he is a valuable asset in trying to escape. Ma comes up with a few plans to lure Old Nick into taking Jack out of Room. Their most recent attempt works, as Jack is able to escape the clutches of Old Nick and get help. With the help of the police, both Jack and Ma are freed, but their re-entrance into the real world comes with more problems. Ma has troubles adjusting to being reunited with her parents, and Jack explores the world he has never known before.

Four Oscar nominations:

Best Picture
Best Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Best Actress: Brie Larson
Best Adapted Screenplay

 

“The Big Short”

2008 saw the largest financial crisis that shook the lives of millions of Americans. It crashed the housing market and pummeled big banks as a result. Mortgage-based security came crashing down and only a few guys saw it coming. Michael Burry, played by Christian Bale, was the initial analyst that started to dive in deep into the numbers of the mortgage backed loans. He came up a plan to short it with a concept called “credit default swap” as a way to bet against the housing market. He’s the kind of guy fueled by heavy metal music blaring at top decibels in the middle of his office. He’s not one to go up against. Ryan Gosling’s Jared Vennett is a young Wall Street banker from Deutsche Bank. He believes Burry’s theory and goes to various banks to warn them. He, in turn, gets laughed at for this ridiculous idea as the housing market is actually booming. His next target it Mark Baum, a hedge-fund manager who teeters on the brink of collapse himself. Jared uses a flashy demonstration with Jenga blocks in hopes of convincing Mark to invest in the credit default swap. Then there’s Ben Rickert, who’s done with the banking world but gets roped back in and acts as a mentor for two young businessmen who come across Vennett’s plan and need some assistance for their own plan of attack.

-Five Oscar Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Director: Adam Mckay
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing
 

“Steve Jobs”

After the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, I saw hordes of people reading about his life when the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson was released. Emmy and Oscar winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, “The West Wing”) has now adapted portions of that book for the big screen. Instead of doing your standard biopic, he focuses on three different product launches to illustrate a different side of Jobs played by Michael Fassbender. The story starts with the 1984 launch of the Macintosh, and you get a clear picture that he is intelligent and a force to be reckoned with if you get in his way. He barely even acknowledges the fact he has a daughter. His colleague Joanna Hoffman is the only person that is able to stand up to him.  The story continues on his path of releasing the Next cube and iMac as well as how he was released from Apple by CEO John Sculley and what brought him back.

Two Oscar nominations:

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet

 

“THE REVENET”

When all hope is lost, just keep breathing. That’s the lesson Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is trying to ingrain in his son, Hawk (Goodluck). Along with John Fitzgerald (Hardy) and Jim Bridger (Poulter), they are part of a fur-hunting group led by Andrew Henry (Gleeson). They find themselves under attack by a group of Native Americans. Members of their group perish, but thankfully they are able to escape. They must leave their boat and many of the pelts aside to lighten their load and keep a low profile. Tension continues to build between Fitzgerald and Glass as Hawk, who is part Native American, continues to be a part of the group. At one point when Glass is separated from the group, he is brutally attacked and mauled by a bear. He is whipped around, has his throat slashed but, in the end, survives the attack.

Twelve Oscar nominations:

Best Picture
Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Supporting Actor Tom Hardy
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Production Design
Best Cinematography
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Visual Effects


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