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Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Over/Under of Hindi Films in 2015 so far...




The Over/Under of Hindi Films 

in 2015 so far...

Half the year to half the decade has already gone by and quite a few good films have left their mark.

Some a bit too much; Jurassic World, comes to mind as an example of a good movie...maybe, just maybe having made a bit too much money. More than it probably deserved in terms of quality.

Still the Dinosaurs are ruling, what can one do?

Speaking off too much box office for a worthless film, one cannot help but think of mainstream Hindi Cinema.

Except this year has seen a number of small films once again leave an impact at the BO and critic's minds, allowing Hindi and Indian cinema to once again grow exponentially.

Most of the mindless gems are yet to arrive or seen by me (Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, anyone?).

Some of these films have turned out to live up to potential (Dil Dhadakne Do) and more (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) or less (Kuch Kuch Locha Hai).

But potential that is expected or well loved and equally hated depending on how one sees the pre-hype.

Or how hype surrounding the film post-release is generated.

Of course designating a film as overrated or underrated, doesn’t make it plainly bad or good; but just not as good or better than the hype and praise/hatred it's given.

So here's to a few films from this year so far that have either achieved the over or under tag...

The Underdog Awards 2015



The Underdog Awards 

2015

So this is just a short apology for those who anticipated the end of the Second Official Underdog Awards. 

Sorry, I got to busy to finish and by the time I had any time; I decided finishing seemed pointless...so here's the full awards nomination list with winners highlighted in bold italics...

Once again sorry. 

Underdog Award for Best Film

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Gone Girl
Joe
Under The Skin
Mr. Turner
The Babadook
Nightcrawler
Frank
Blue Ruin
Snowpiercer
The Double
The Rover
Starred Up
Dear White People
Interstellar
Locke
Only Lovers Left Alive
Inherent Vice
Enemy
The Immigrant


Underdog Award for Best Director
Underdog Award for Best Cinematography
Bong Joon Ho for Snowpiercer
Seamus McGarvey for Godzilla
Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner
Daniel Landin for Under The Skin
David Michod for The Rover
Yorick Le Saux for Only Lovers Left Alive
Steven Knight for Locke
Mandy Walker for Tracks
Christopher Nolan for Interstellar
Robert Elswit for Inherent Vice
Matt Reeves for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Jeff Cronenweth for Gone Girl
Dennis Villeneuve for Enemy
Robert Elswit for Nightcrawler
Jonathan Glazer for Under The Skin
Darius Khondji for The Immigrant
Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive
Erik Wilson for The Double
James Gray for The Immigrant
Natasha Braie for The Rover


Underdog Award for Best Editing
Underdog Award for Best Production Design
Mike Flanagan for Oculus
Jon Hutman for Unbroken
Matt Villa for Predestination
David Warren for The Zero Theorem
Paul Watts for Under The Skin
Ondrej Nekvasil for Snowpiercer
James Herbert for Edge of Tomorrow
David Crank for Inherent Vice
John Gilroy for Nightcrawler
Charles Wood for The Guardians of The Galaxy


Underdog Award for Best Costume Design
Underdog Award for Best VFX
Mary Zophres for Interstellar
Maleficent
Carlo Poggioli for The Zero Theorem
Godzilla
Bina Daigeler for Only Lovers Left Alive
Edge of Tomorrow
Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard for Fury
Under The Skin
Patricia Norris for The Immigrant
Noah


Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)
Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)
Guy Pearce for The Rover
Juliete Binoche for Clouds of Sils Maria
Bill Hader for Skeleton Twins
Essie Davis for The Babadook
Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner
Hilary Swank for The Homesman
Tom Hardy for Locke
Charlotte Gainsbourg for Nymphomaniac
Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up
Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant
Brendan Gleeson for Calvary
Anne Dorval for Mommy
Tom Hardy for The Drop
Mia Wasikowska for Tracks
Andy Serkis for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
John Lithgow for Love is Strange
Scarlett Johansson for Under The Skin
Chris Evans for Snowpiercer
Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive


Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)
Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)
Alfred Molina for Love Is Strange
Elizabeth Moss for Listen Up Philip
Tyler Perry for Gone Girl
Agata Kuleza for Ida
Ben Mendelsohn for Starred Up
Emily Blunt for Edge of Tomorrow
Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice
Suzanne Clement for Mommy
Michael Fassbender for Frank
Carrie Coon for Gone Girl
Nicolas Cage for Joe
Rene Russo for Nightcrawler
James Gandolfini for The Drop
Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer
Phillip Seymour Hoffman for A Most Wanted Man
Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria
Robert Pattinson for The Rover
Maggie Gylenhall for Frank
Toby Kebell for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins


Underdog Award for Best Breakthrough Performer
Underdog Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Katherine Waterston for Inherent Vice
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Tessa Thompson for Dear White People
Gone Girl
Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood
Dear White People
Jack O'Connell for Starred Up, 71 and Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Macon Blair for Blue Ruin
Snowpiercer
Jenny Slate for Obvious Child
Pride
Chris Pratt for The Lego Movie and The Guardians of The Galaxy
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ansel Elgort for Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars
Nymphomaniac
Gugu Mbatha Raw for Belle and Beyond the Lights
The Guardians of The Galaxy
Stacy Martin for Nymphomaniac
Inherent Vice


Underdog Award for Best Breakthrough Director
Underdog Awards Hall of Fame
Anna Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Gary Oldman
Jennifer Kent for The Babadook
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Xavier Dolan for Mommy
Sigourney Weaver
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
Charlie Kauffman
Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler
Michael Ballhaus


Underdog Award for Best Original Screenplay
Underdog Award For Best Adapted Screenplay
Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive
Avi Korine and Richard Ayoade for The Double
Justin Simien for Dear White People
Gillian Robespierre for Obvious Child
Alex Ross Perry for Listen Up Philip
Kelly Masterson and Bong Joon Ho for Snowpiercer
Jennifer Kent for The Babadook
Gary Hawkins for Joe
Jeremy Saulnier for Blue Ruin
Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan for Frank


Underdog Award for Best Soundtrack
Underdog Award for Best Score
The Guardians of The Galaxy
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Guest
Only Lovers Left Alive
Frank
Inherent Vice
Mommy
Under The Skin
Begin Again
Nightcrawler


Underdog Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Underdog Award for Best Documentary
The Raid: Berandal-Indonesia (Indonesian)
SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night-American (Persian)
Ivory Tower
Mommy-Canada (French)
Jodorowsky's Dune
2 Days, 1 Night-Belgium (French)
The Internets Own Boy: The True Story of Aaron Swartz
Why Don't You Play in Hell-Japan (Japanese)
The Final Member

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 6



The Underdog Awards

Special Category

(Best Ensemble Cast, Best Breakthrough Actor, Best Breakthrough Director) 

 

 

Unlike last year, I've added one more category to this year's special awards.

This year we can see five candidates for Breakthrough Director.

As well as the original Best Breakthrough Performer and Best Ensemble cast. It's a rich collection of the finest performances of the year.

Enjoy!


Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 5





The Underdog Awards

Writing Category

(Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay)

 

Welcome back to the Underdog Awards.

Bogged down by a set of pieces I am unfamiliar with, my awards have taken longer than expected and read longer than they should have.

So we're going to get a little funky and quicker this time round, cause this is my domain.

Writing.

I'm loving writing, thinking of ideas, making them into stories and trying my hand at (frankly amateurish right now) screenplays.

I promise you these will be short and hopefully efficient. Plus it will finish faster

So let's get on with it...

Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 3



The Underdog Awards

Music Category

(Best Score and Best Soundtrack)

 

 

 
Before I dive right in, let me first make a slight edit. In my rush to put out the Underdog Awards, I forgot to really analyze a lot of my nominees especially the music section which I am weak at judging. As such I was unable to really decide whether a few films really deserved their nomination in these sections.

Specifically speaking of the soundtrack and the difference it has to the background score. See the soundtrack can be the overall collection of sound elements such as dialogue, songs and score in a film. Or it can simply be the licensed music used within a film.

Where as the score is an instrumental piece created for the benefit of producing the right atmosphere of a film.

In favor I thus removed both Only Lovers Left Alive and Inherent Vice from the soundtrack, despite them having licensed music. I felt however the Begin Again and The Guest were better for it, with some music I could personally get behind and gave feel to their own severely underrated films.

So anyways, let's just move on and here goes...

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 4




The Underdog Awards

Technical Category Part 1

(Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best VFX)

 

 

Unofficially sponsored by Whistling Woods International School of Filmmaking.



This is because all that I've learned in excess and detail about the technical aspects of film making comes from their teachings. It gives me the bravery and strength to include these vital sections into my awards show this year.



So why not just get straight to it, cause this one's going to be a long one.




Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 2



The Underdog Awards

Best Documentary Feature/Best Foreign Language Film




Welcome to the Second Annual Underdog Awards!

The first awards we will begin with are for the feature film category.

Every year the Academy Awards tons of great Documentaries and Foreign films, so why should the Underdog Awards stay behind?

I'd like to first give a special mention to the documentary Life Itself based on the life and times of renowned critic Roger Ebert. I was sadly unable to watch this gem, which was lauded around the world but didn't secure an Oscar nomination.

Of the foreign language, you already know the rules. 

Anyways now onto the bigger things...