Tuesday, February 08, 2011


I Am Love
Number of Nominations: 1
Categories: Best Costumes
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray
Trailer: Click for Trailer
Tilda Swinton shows off her bilingual skills in I Am Love, an Italian film about a modern day love story which is tearing apart a rich family. The movie itself drags. It is entertaining at moments, but for the most part the film failed to hold my attention. The nominated costumes are lovely, but not really Oscar fare. Best Costumes awards usually go to a) films about British royals or Elizabethan folks (Young Victoria, The Duchess, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) or b) period pieces (The Aviator, Titanic, The English Patient). I Am Love is nominated against two British period pieces, an extravagant fantasy, and a period western. Don't count on hearing the title called on Oscar night.
Grade: C-
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Number of Nominations: 2
Categories: Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray (Pre-order)
Trailer: Click for Trailer
So this is normally the part of a review where I would give a brief summary of the film, but if you haven't been following the Harry Potter books and films for the last decade, then there's not much hope for you at this point anyways. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1—or HP7 as it's been mercifully abbreviated—racked up two nominations, the eight and ninth for the series which has yet to actually win a single Academy Award. Unfortunately I doubt this will be the boy wizard's year. The visual effects are stunning, as they have been with all the Potter films, but in both categories HP7 is up against two very visually driven films, Alice in Wonderland and Inception. This first half of the final installment in the series feels less visual and more emotional and plot-driven (much like the first half of the book). Wandering through the forest tracking horcruxes, while necessary and interesting, just isn't what Academy voters are looking for in their Best Visual Effects winner.
Grade: B+

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