Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MINI REVIEWS: Barney's Version & Tron: Legacy

Barney's Version
Number of Nominations: 1
Categories: Best Makeup
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray
Trailer: Click for Trailer
Barney's Version tells the tale of a man's (Paul Giamatti as Barney) life over a period of 35 years, through 3 marriages, 2 divorces, a murder investigation, and a debilitating illness. The overall film is excellent, and worthy of more than the single nomination it received. The nominated makeup is everything this category should—but doesn't always—reward: It is realistic, subtle, and important to the film. The film features Giamatti from his early 30s into his 70s, so the makeup artists had to age him, but also make him younger for some scenes. Dustin Hoffman as Barney's father is also seen slowly but noticeably aging. One character, Barney's third wife Miriam, is aged so subtly, you may not notice it at all until a flashback reminds you what she once looked like.

As I said, this film SHOULD win Best Makeup, but depending on whether any of the voters even get a chance to see it (it has been in very limited release) it may lose out to something flashier like The Wolfman.
Grade: A
Tron: Legacy
Number of Nominations: 1
Categories: Best Sound Editing
Availability in US: In Theatres (Click for Showtimes)
Trailer: Click for Trailer
Tron: Legacy follows the son of legendary software designer/hacker Kevin Flynn as he searches for his father and gets stuck inside the program he created. This film will not be winning any Oscars and here's why: It sucked. The only redeeming thing about this film—read: the only thing that kept me awake—are the visual effects, but since they failed to score a nomination, this film will go home empty handed, just as the original Tron did 28 years ago.
Grade: D-

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