Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola’s father, urged her to shoot the movie in High Definition Video because “it’s the future”, but she chose film because “film feels more romantic”.
Wuthering Heights (2011)
Recently watched: Emily Brontë’s classic tale of lost love has been adapted countless times for stage and screen, but few interpretations match the rawness and intensity of Andrea Arnold’s take on the story. As with her earlier film Fish Tank the environment really comes to life through the sound, the sweeping shots, and the close ups of trivial details, only here the bleakness of the moors replaces the bleakness of a council estate. Dialogue is kept to a minimum and certainly plays less of a role than the cold wind which always seems to be whistling past the microphone. There’s a certain lack of chemistry between the two main protagonists but this is nevertheless a compelling watch that proves you can do period drama that’s real and fresh.
2012 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee #1
The Tree of Life
BLACK SWAN Featurette: Visual Effects Reel
Ellen Burstyn and Darren Aronofsky on-set Requiem for a Dream (2000)
2012 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee #9
Midnight in Paris
As part of my annual tradition, I’m presenting my picks for winners that were overlooked in the major categories. It was a pretty banal and conservative year for the Academy, who decided to go safe. The choices of films like War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are clear examples of…