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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Dear Daddy…

Writing101 Day 5

You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

Brevity is the goal of this task, although “brief” can mean five words or five-hundred words.


Walking down a stony path, I came across a piece of folded paper near an old wooden bench. Unfolding it I could see it was a letter, with crumpled edges and blood smeared on one corner. Terrified, I read the first line, but soon a smile crept on my lips.

Dear Daddy,

Today was my first day at scool. Kindergarden is fun. Miss Amy is very sweet but she told me I need to improove my spellings. Daddy I need your help with something. There is a meen boy in class who was bullieng me. Pulled my ponytale and called me poo poo face. You always fight with bad guys so can you tell me how I can stop Billy? I did not complane to Miss Amy because im a big girl and my daddys a fighter thats why im a fighter too.

Oh and Mommy does not let me eat chocolate anymore. She says its bad for my teeth. When you come back can you pleez bring lots of chocolates for me because when you are home mommy always lets me eat what ever I want. I miss chocolates and I miss you.

Lots of Love,

Sarah

Looking up, trying to locate any trace of the owner, I caught a glimpse of a wallet right underneath the bench. Just as I bent to pick it up, I heard her voice. “There daddy, look!” A little girl in the distance, pointing at me, and a bearded man with a kind face standing right beside her, with his strong hands on her frail shoulders.

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Putting Everything into Perspective

Paulo Coelho Quote
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I consider myself a very hopeful and optimistic person. I’m one of those “glass is half full” people; but I wasn’t always like this. A few years back if you had asked me this same “half empty/full” question I probably would’ve done this:

  1. Smile at you.
  2. Grab that glass carefully.
  3. Violently smash it on your skull.
  4. Take the remnants and shove them up your nostrils.
  5. Wouldn’t even tell you the directions to the nearest hospital.

Yes, I’ve faced quite a dark period (psychologically) in those years, but that time is behind me. I’m not getting into the details of what changed me. That is for another day. But today I wanted to talk about a little nugget of wisdom my Mom shared with me.

As I was saying, I’m a very optimistic person (now) but seeing everything in a positive light ALL THE TIME is really tough work. Especially for a person like me for whom thinking negatively comes naturally. You are in a constant fight with your nerves. And today was a tough day. Continue reading