5 Lines (or Less) Movie Reviews: Oscars 2016 Winners Edition

Racism, sexual abuse and climate change; these were among the multitude of issues that were addressed in 2016’s Academy Awards ceremony. Despite the fact that this years Oscars were surrounded by the racial discrimination controversy (which was tackled throughout the event by the delightful host, Chris Rock.) it was the best Oscars ceremony I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Oscars 2016
Credit: http://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy

Why? Because my favorite movies won 😀

From Inside Out winning Best Animated Movie to Mad Max: Fury Road being the front-runner with 6 huge wins, and Brie Larson winning Best Actress for my personal favorite movie of the year: Room; the most awaited moment was when the Best Actor category arrived. Oh yeah. History was made, and the internet lost its mind 😉

I can NOT forget how hard I was clenching my fists when the Best Actor category came on, and my screaming, jumping, clapping and cheering on top of my lungs when Julianne Moore said these 7 magical words “And the Oscar goes to…. Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo Oscar Win
Just look at him smile when he won. Just… look at him. :’)

This win wasn’t special to me because Leo is my favorite actor of all time. It was because this was an inspiring moment for me. I was rooting for him because that guy has taught us that what is the fruit of resilience. That when you love what you do and keep doing it with undying passion even though you don’t get the due-recognition you deserve (and have deserved for so many years), then it eventually pays off in the end. Leonardo DiCaprio’s career is an inspiration for us all. I know an Oscar (or any award or recognition) is not the determinant of greatness, but my tears of joy for that man were because all of us has a Leo inside us, and today he won; someday we will win too 🙂

Now let’s get to the reviews. So I won’t be talking about the movies I haven’t seen by now (DUH!) and have already reviewed, like my Mad Max: Fury Road Review  and Inside Out Review. For the rest of the 5 big winners, here is 5 Lines or Less. Get ready to see a lot of Potahtos being handed out!

Room:

Room
Credit: http://www.filmvilag.blog.hu

Room takes a gravely heartbreaking topic and turns it into a beautifully moving story of the relentless love between a mother and a son that transcends the worst of obstacles. Seeing the world from the innocent perspective of a brave child is not only sublime but also life-affirming. Brie Larson’s performance moves you to tears, and guys, keep an eye on Jacob Tremblay; one day he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Brie Larson

Potahto Rating:

10 out of 10 Potahtos

The Revenant:

The Revenant
Credit: http://www.rollingstone.com

A grueling tale of survival and revenge, the Revenant reveals the power of human spirit and resilience in the most jarring and ruthless of conditions. It’s realism is shocking and jaw-dropping. A standing ovation to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for keeping the Art of Cinema alive with his unbelievably phenomenal direction and Leonardo DiCaprio for giving the performance of a lifetime that will be remembered for generations to come.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Achievement in Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki
  2. Best Achievement in Directing – Alejandro González Iñárritu
  3. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Leonardo DiCaprio

Potahto Rating:

9 out of 10 Potahtos

Bridge of Spies:

ST. JAMES PLACE
Credit: http://www.independent.co.uk

Isn’t it weird that a movie based in the era of the Cold War leaves you with such a warm feeling inside? Bridge of Spies has a LOT of heart! Every time Tom Hanks is on-screen, his positivism, his ethics and his bond with the (lovable) Soviet spy constantly makes you smile despite the fact that the story is set in a time where the tiniest of mistakes could result in nuclear warfare. Well, it’s a Spielberg movie, perfection was imminent.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Mark Rylance

Potahto Rating:

9 out of 10 Potahtos

Spotlight:

Spotlight
Credit: http://www.youtube.com (review by Kevin Falk)

Spotlight makes you feel uncomfortable as it shows such a side of one of the most respected institutions in the world that is unthinkable to the masses. It depicts the real story of how the media can be used for raising your voice for the good and bringing justice to the affected victims. Stellar performances, an audacious script and exceptional direction make Spotlight a worthy winner for Best Picture.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Motion Picture of the Year – Michael SugarSteve GolinNicole RocklinBlye Pagon Faust
  2. Best Writing, Original Screenplay – Josh SingerTom McCarthy

Potahto Rating:

9 out of 10 Potahtos

The Big Short:

THE BIG SHORT
Credit: http://www.collider.com

Financial analysts, housing bubble collapse, corporate corruption and a LOT of banking terminology sure sounded like something that’ll bore me to death, but surprisingly enough The Big Short was a delight to watch. Powerhouse performances from some of my favorite actors along with astounding direction and amazingly well-written script that even a lay-man can applaud, The Big Short is definitely among the best of 2015.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – Charles RandolphAdam McKay

Potahto Rating:

8 out of 10 Potahtos

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Inside Out: Definitely in my Top 5 Best-Ever Pixar Movies. Not Exaggerating.

Yep, for me it’s right up there with the Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Ratatouille and Up. After 5 long years I have finally, FINALLY, come across an animated film which I can watch and rewatch and rewatch until I’m NEVER sick of it and then rewatch it again a bazillion more times with my future kids and grandkids. Thank you Pixar and Disney! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Inside Out Character Posters
Image Credit: http://pixarplanet.com

Movie Synopsis:

Excerpt taken from Rotten Tomatoes

“Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her five core emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

My Take on the Movie:

I have an advice for the adults: please bring lots of tissues with you when you go watch this movie. Otherwise, like me, you’ll seem like a blubbering mess who has nothing to wipe her tears and nose with. I had to keep sniffling loudly until my tears settled and then again after every 10 minutes the waterworks started again. That was the only complaint I had with my experience. I had no tissues. Don’t make the same mistake.

Crying

Yes, I’m sensitive. But there is a reason for it. I don’t tell this to most people that I’ve been going through severe depression for the past few months and I don’t understand my emotional instability, but Inside Out helped me make some sense out of it.

Inside Out was a 1 hour and 42 minute long heartbreaking, hilarious, emotional, adventurous, complex and GENIUS study on human emotion.

I won’t tell you much about the film, but I’ll tell you this: I could relate to Riley on so many levels. WE ALL CAN. Remember how we were when we were little? What kind of personality we had? Remember that unconditional happiness? Being a goofball? Having so many best friends? Having the best time of your life with your family? Just feeling happy no matter what. And as we grow old we start to destroy those fun and joyful personality traits. As we mature we let the Sadness and Anger take control of us and guide us in our life. Joy starts to take a back-seat. I don’t remember the last time I felt genuinely happy. But after seeing this film *spoilers ahead* I understood that even though Sadness does become an important emotional guide when we grow old but that doesn’t mean you should let go of Joy. They both together can help you build a much better and emotionally stable personality. They both can (and have to) work hand in hand.

Leo Crying

And hey, it isn’t just a sob-fest. This movie is equally hilarious and entertaining. That’s the absolute beauty of it. They have struck such a perfect balance in making this piece of art where it doesn’t get too emotional or too kiddish. The kids will get to experience a wonderfully entertaining adventure but the adults will get to explore the complex workings of this amazing world that exists within the human mind.

So please, please I beg you, please go watch Inside Out while it lasts in theaters. PLEASE!! Reward Pixar and Disney and their entire team on this beautiful effort. I promise you, you will love every single second of it. There is not one dull moment. It is a perfect film for spending your hard-earned cash on and having some quality fun time with your family and friends. Please go, NOW! Immediately!

Life Lesson Learned:

Life is gonna take some pretty hard twists and turns as we grow old; it’s gonna throw lemons at your face time and time again. But never let that kill off the best part of you. Acknowledge sadness when it’s needed but don’t let depression and anger take a strong hold on you. You are the master of your own emotional stability. Fight back, proudly and happily, with the support of your loved ones, and life will start to make a lot more sense.

Potahto Rating:

10 out of 10 Potahtos

*cheerful applause*