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I have now seen all nine films nominated for best picture at this year’s Oscars. You can read individual reviews of each of them on this blog and, ahead of the forthcoming razzmatazz of the awards ceremony, here are my final thoughts on the contenders.

The three best movies are by directors who understand the visual grammar of cinema to the point that images speak louder than words.

In the case of The Artist there is no dialogue at all, unless you count the title cards. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is so memorable because of the amazing production design that brings the automaton and Parisian station to life. This supports the pseudo-religious view expressed by the young protagonist that we are all part of one enormous mechanism .

Both movies pay affectionate homage to silent movies in recognition of cinema as a painterly and visionary medium.

The other truly great film on the short list is Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life,. It too is visually stunning but the lack of linear narrative makes it the type of movie that wins more supporters at artier festivals like Venice, Berlin or Cannes.

I personally expect The Artist to triumph but would like to see Scorsese or Malick win as best director. Continue reading

MONEYBALL directed by Bennett Miller (2011)

“By my calculations, we’ll win the match and you’ll win an Oscar”

As an Englishman, I imagine that watching Brad Pitt in a movie about baseball is similar to an American watching Colin Firth in a film about cricket.

Personally, I’m not a great cricket lover although I know the rules and I can understand how people get passionate about the game.

Of baseball I know next to nothing and, above all, I can’t quite understand why it generates such excitement in the U.S. This is a major handicap when it comes to enjoying a film like Moneyball. Continue reading

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