• Susan May

What's on at the movies 23rd Feb 2017?

Oscars this weekend ...

... on Sunday night, Monday morning here in Australia, and I must say that I find it hard to pick winners. Usually I'm torn between a few films and actors but this last year I found the offerings a little lacking. So I'm guessing on my picks and this is based on my personal taste, since most of the nominated films I did not love at all. In fact, one of them I left halfway through I was so bored.

Here goes with a few Oscar picks:

Actor in a Leading Role Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge (although they'll give it to Ryan Gosling probably or Casey Affleck, no idea why.)

Actor in a Supporting Role Dev Patel Lion (they'll give it to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight because of last year's controversy. Other than Lion the other films in this category made my most boring list for 2016.

Actress in a Leading Role Emma Stone La La Land. I didn't love the film but I love her.

Actress in a Supporting Role Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures (probably they'll give it to Viola Davis for Fences, which was the film I walked out on.)

Directing Denis Villeneuve Arrival (but it will go to Damien Chazelle La La Land because he made a musical)

Best Picture Hidden Figures (I have my fingers crossed but there are so many dull films in this lot it could be anyones

Best Original Screenplay La La Land, again it's a musical. Terrible choices though (although I haven't seen 20th Century Women).

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A Street Can Named Bob ✪✪✪✪½ Opened February 9

I don't love cats. I don't love stories of down and out people (I find them too sad ala Manchester by the Sea and The Lady in the Van. I'm also, as you know, not keen on swearing or watching people taking drugs. Probably the trailer doesn't do this justice either, so on the Saturday morning of the preview I was expecting to be bored or angered to tears. Instead by the end I was moved to tears. So please take tissues. or Can you hear me purring? The movie was fabulous, although my heart was breaking through most of the story as we watched poor James Bowen attempt to get his life back on track.

Of course Bob the cat steals the film. You would think some of the truth has been stretched a little. How can a cat behave in such a human-like way? Well, since Bob the cat actually acts in his own movie we are left with no doubt that this is an extraordinary animal and an incredible, life-affirming story. The feel good movie of the year. Please go and see this little gem. You will thank me for my recommendation later.

Film Blurb

This film tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

Hidden Figures ✪✪✪✪✪ Opened February 9

This is the film I'm going to go out on a limb and call as the Best Picture winner for this year's Oscars, which will be announced on Sunday. At least I hope it wins over the other films since it's by far the most entertaining of all of them. Although Hacksaw Ridge and Arrival were good too, but most of the others made my least entertaining list for the year, including Denzel Washington's Fences, where I left the screening after an hour because I was so bored.

You've probably already had someone tell you to go see this and I will wholeheartedly agree. This is a great true story with everything we love in a big Hollywood film: good acting, a story that moves along at a pace, characters we can cheer on, and a happy and inspirational ending. Go see Hidden Figures, a fascinating film for all ages.

Film Blurb

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Stars Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner.

Trainspotting ✪✪✪✪✪ Opened 23rd February 2017

I don't remember much about the first 1996 film except I couldn't understand why everyone loved it so much, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this. Stories about drugged up criminals, filled with swearing and violence are definitely not my cup of tea.

However I loved this. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Weeks Later, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours, Shallow Grave) is a director at the height of his prowess. His stylized vision and quick paced editing, along with a killer sound track makes for an entertaining thrilling and, dare I say it, fun film experience. This will probably be one of my favorite films of the year and needs to be seen on the big screen so you are fully immersed in the on-screen antics and the music. Just brilliant. Stars Ewen McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner.