If you are interested in watching the 2015 BAFTA awards and you’re living in North America, you might be able to watch them…just not live and not if you live in Canada. Here are the broadcast times:
USA: The show is being broadcast on tape-delay on BBC America at 8PM eastern. It is then being replayed at 11PM
Canada: Apparently, Bell has the rights to broadcast the BAFTAs but none of their kazillion channels (according to the listings that I’ve gone through) are showing it. In the past, Canadian license-holders have shown the awards event days after the event so it might be made available at a later date. BBC World News has the red carpet nonsense at 12:15 eastern.
If anyone knows of when the show is being broadcast in Canada, please leave a comment or e-mail me so I can update this post.
Either way, I have plans on watching it as I still can’t watch television for a long period of time. Hopefully that will change soon and I can start posting regularly on the site again. The constant headaches are gone but if I watch television or work on the computer for longer than half-an hour, I get really tired. Still, I’m doing way better then I was last week where I was sleeping most of the day.
Since I can’t spend too much time doing writing or working on the computer on account of the concussion, I’d figure I’d write really quick reviews of the movies I’ve got queued up for formal reviews.
American Sniper – A one-dimensional tale that takes film back to the time of good guys in white and bad guys in black. This film almost feels like propaganda and has racist-overtones. If you can get past all that, it’s a decent film. ☆☆
Big Eyes – An intriguing story about the Keane paintings saga with some sub-par performances by some great actors. Amy Adams was good but this was not her strongest work. Christoph Waltz was doing his usual shtick which was bearable for the first half of the film and intolerable during the final part of it. It tells a good story but I felt it was missing something and could have been better. ☆☆☆
Birdman – Cool story about an actor trying to figure out what to do with his career and his mind going haywire. It would have been neat had the entire film been one long take like the first half of the movie was but then it switched to a more traditional film. Worthwhile to watch but nothing mindblowing. ☆☆☆
Boyhood – A cinematic achievement in how the film was shot in real time using the same actors over the years. Yet the film has some issues with how the story develops that leaves some curious holes in the plot and development of the characters. ☆☆☆
A Dark Truth – A former CIA operative living in Canada is trying to solve the mystery behind a company selling the water by a company through nefarious means. The premise is fascinating but the performances and the mise en scene felt second-rate. ☆☆
The Grand Budapest Hotel – A charming, quirky, and really funny movie. One of the most unique films you’ll see all year. ☆☆☆☆
Guardians of a Galaxy – Basically, it feels like Indiana Jones in space. This movie was a lot of fun and didn’t fall into the same rhythm as many other comic book movies. ☆☆☆☆
The Imitation Game – Interesting movie but factually inaccurate and, like Foxcatcher, knowing the real story took me out of this one. ☆☆
Into the Woods – An interesting idea of taking several fairy tales and combining them falls a bit flat. As a musical, it’s fine but none of the songs are all that catchy. The characters range from tolerable to annoying. It’s just not that great a musical or story. ☆☆
Selma – A riveting film about Martin Luther King. While it does come off a bit preachy and some techniques used to highlight certain aspects of the story feel a bit corny, the story is well done and will give you engaged from start to finish. ☆☆☆☆
Unbroken – Great film about an American POW in a Japanese camp. A really good story about persistence that didn’t feel preachy (even with the gimmicky catchphrase that tries to tie the whole movie together). One of the better WWII films to come out in the last decade. ☆☆☆☆
I have been sidelined with a concussion so there will be no new podcasts or articles on the site for the next week. If I’m feeling good enough, I’ll have something up in time for the BAFTA awards next weekend.
After spending several hours working on the movie podcast and finding all the links to the movie trailers, I realized it wouldn’t make much sense to publish the podcast when I’ll be doing another one two days later. Therefore, I’m only going to just cancel the podcast that was supposed to be published this past Tuesday and put everything on this coming Tuesday’s podcast. It’ll be one of the biggest movie podcasts that I’ve ever done so I’ll be offering it as one big podcast or you’ll also be able to download the Oscar portion separately from the box office stats portion.
I apologize for the delays but the cold I got last week knocked me out for a few days. I was hoping to be back on track by today but I’ve had to get back on top of other things that I wasn’t able to work on when I was sick.
Here is the schedule for this week:
– The Imitation Game (Movie Review)
– Birdman (Movie Review)
– Weekly Movie Podcast (including Oscar nominations)
– Big Eyes (Movie Review)
– Unbroken (Movie Review)
– Weekly Running Podcast
– Into the Woods (Movie Review)
– A Dark Truth (Movie Review)
– Boyhood (Movie Review)
– The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie Review)
– American Sniper (Movie Review)
– Selma (Movie Review)
– Weekly Video Game Podcast **RETURNS**
– Castle of Illusion (Video Game Review-PS3)
– Retro/Grade (Video Game Review-PS3)
– Guardians of the Galaxy (Movie Review)
– A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Movie Review)
– A Haunted House (Movie Review)
– Struck by Lightning (Movie Review)
– Mama (Movie Review)
– Two Days, One Night (Movie Review)
– Still Alice (Movie Review)
– The Lego Movie (Movie Review)
– Bit.Trip.Beat (Video Game Review-Wii)
– Kid Icarus (Video Game Review-NES)
Due to me being sick for a good part of last weekend, I’m behind on a bunch of things. Many of these things have nothing to do with the website but take priority. I do plan on getting caught up on my schedule by the end of the weekend so all the reviews and podcasts scheduled should be up by Sunday.
The Theory of Everything
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
Directed by: James Marsh
On paper, the story of Stephen Hawking would seem quite intriguing. He is one of the greatest minds that the world has ever produced despite the fact that he suffers from ALS and was given only a few years to live decades ago. In the film, The Theory of Everything, director James Marsh examines the life and times of Stephen Hawking by using Hawking’s wife Jane as the main character of the film. In some ways, it makes the film quite interesting in offering a unique perspective on how Hawking has lived his life but, in other ways, takes away from possibly some of the more interesting possible storylines that the film could have demonstrated to see him progress as an educator and theorist. Regardless, the story takes a bit of a backseat as the performance of Eddie Redmayne as Hawking is simply incredible.
Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Jaeden Lieberher, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
St. Vincent is a perfect example of how even though a film can seem so formulaic and basic, it can still be a heartwarming and fantastic film. Theodore Melfi does not really change anything with the whole “old grumpy guy befriends young kid and becomes less grumpy” formula. Bill Murray plays an old curmudgeon perfectly while Jaeden Lieberher showcases a character who is so wondrous in his intrigue, it’s no surprise that Vincent and Oliver become very close. The movie will not surprise you but it will leave you with plenty of laughs and tears.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Why? This was the question that kept coming up upon viewing Wild. Why does the film’s protagonist feel it necessary to go on a several thousand mile long hike? Why even care about Reese Witherspoon’s character? Why does it matter if she makes it to the end? Jean-Marc Vallée presents us with a movie that feels low on substance. It tries to be about a woman’s struggle with infidelity and drug use, her trials in overcoming these problems and what she does to cleanse herself. Instead, it feels like an aimless exercise that’s only strenuous hike is from opening to closing credits.
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Whiplash is about jazz drumming. Now, that may seem as exciting as a movie about hardcore knitting but this movie is very enjoyable and makes drumming one of the most exciting things ever. This is a collaborative effort as the directing efforts of Damien Chazelle and the great acting performances of J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller make this a very complete package. That’s not to say this movie is not without its problems but it will probably be the best movie you’ll ever see about jazz drumming.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: Bennett Miller
On paper, if you were looking at any given movie and it had Channing Tatum and Steve Carell as your top stars in the film, you would be expecting some low-fare comedic romp (maybe with some action scenes) that would appeal to some and cause others to turn their noses into the air. However, that is not the case with Foxcatcher. Instead of a cheap comedy good for a good laughs, Bennett Miller gives us a chilling film about the story of the Schultz wrestling brothers who dominated Olympic wrestling in the 80s. The problem is that this movie does too much to be like a work of art and does a mediocre-at-best job of telling a very interesting and harrowing story.