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Dr. H—long time contributor to JPFMovies makes his Revised Oscar predictions!

Dr. H—long time contributor to JPFMovies makes his Revised Oscar predictions!

Ok we’ve all been waiting for Dr. H. to release his revised picks for this year’s Oscars so here they are.  Please note that the revisions are due to transcription errors on behalf of the JPFmovies staff.

Best Movie:

Will Win:         “The Artist”

Should Win:    “The Artist”

Dark Horse:     “Hugo”

Strangely, after ruling the airwaves for more than three months, the Descendants fizzled out yielding all ground to the “Artist” and never recovered.  Some attribute this shift in power to the “Harvey Weinstein” factor.  JPFmovies feels it is the feel good factor working its chorus for the “Artist.”

Best Director:

Will Win:         “The Artist” (Michel Hazanavicius).

Should Win:    “Tree of Life” (Terrence Malick).

Dark Horse:     “Hugo” (Martin Scorsese).

Terrence Malick creates this little-seen masterpiece but the smart money is still on the “Artist.”

Best Actor:

Will Win:         George Clooney

Should Win:    George Clooney

George Clooney will win his 2nd Oscar.  A different role with the understated, repressed emotions played with nobility and panache.  The Oscar voters will love to vote this performance in.

Brad Pitt and Jean Dujardin were plainly unlucky to run into Clooney’s year.

Best Actress:

Will Win:         Viola Davis (The Help).

Should Win:    Viola Davis

Dark Horse:     Meryl Streep

The last time Streep won her Oscars was for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie’s Choice (1982), in which she gave a heart-wrenching portrayal of an inmate mother in a Nazi death camp.  Those Oscars were won when most Academy voters were still in high school.  Since Kramer vs Kramer and Sophie’s Choice, Streep has been nominated numerous times but no awards.  The only problem is that her impersonation of the “Iron Lady” Margret Thatcher is just that—an impersonation and Mrs. Thatcher does not have the same charisma she did in the 1980’s.  Unfortunately, JPFmovies does not see the pendulum swinging her way, which is too bad because Streep is probably the best living actress today.

Best Supporting Actor:

Will Win:         Christopher Plummer (Beginners).

Should Win:    Christopher Plummer.

Dark Horse:     “Jonah Hill.”

Jonah Hill did do a great job as the whiz kid totally against type casting.  But Plummer battles cancer and comes out of the closet two totally politically correct topics that raise hell of they were ignored.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Will and Should Win: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon for the “Descendants.”

Dark Horse:     “Moneyball.”

Best Original Screenplay:

Should and will win “Midnight in Paris.”

Dark Horse  “The Artist.”

Best Foreign Film:

Will and should Win “A Separation” (Iran).

Dark Horse  “Footnote” (Israel).

Best Animated Feature Film:

Will and Should Win—“Rango.”

Dark Horse “Kung Fu Panda  2.”

Best Original Score:

Will Win “The Muppets.”

Best Cinematography:

Will Win and Should Win “Tree of Life.”

Art Direction:

Will Win Should Win—“Hugo.”

Dark Horse “Harry Potter.”

Best Documentary:

Will Win To “Hell and Back Again”— From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris.

Dark Horse –“Undefeated” A documentary on an underdog football team who look to reverse their fortunes with Coach Bill Courtney.

Best Short Documentary:

Will Win “Saving Face” (Pakistan).  Every year hundreds of people — mostly women — are attacked with acid in Pakistan this short documentary follows several of these survivors.

Dark Horse “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.”  Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.

Best Makeup:

Will Win:  “Iron Lady” (Streep as Thatcher).

Dark Horse:  Albert Nobbs (Glen Close as a man)

Best Editing:

Will Win “Moneyball.”

Dark Horse “The Artist.”

Best Costume:

Will Win “Hugo.”

Dark Horse “Jane Eyre.”

Best Original Music Score:

Will Win “War Horse.”

Dark Horse “The Artist.”

Best Sound Editing:

Will Win “War Horse.”

Dark Horse “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Best Sound Mixing:

Will Win “Transformers Dark of the Moon.”

Best Visual Effects:

Will Win “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

Dark Horse “Hugo.”

We’ll see how Dr. H. does this year.  It will be tough for him to beat last year.  Good luck Dr. H we’ll see you in a couple of weeks.


Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Movie Reviews


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Part I of the 84th Academy Awards predictions, comments and thoughts brought to you courtesy of JPFmovies.

After a lengthy sabbatical, Dr. H finally returns to give us his take on the Oscars again.  Last year longtime contributor to JPFmovies Dr. H predicted 90% of the winners.  Very impressive and much more accurate than many of the “experts” that slither around the big name movie sites—which goes to show you that good things do in fact come in small packages.

The good news is that the overall quality of movies is up (way up from last year) — the flip side is that the Oscars are as irrelevant as ever.  Still, we must continue this tradition which does bring everyone a little fun.

In this post, JPFmovies (courtesy of Dr. H) provides you with a synopsis of this year’s 8 major contenders.

The Artist.

To the film’s credit, The Artist is the leader of the pack with 10 nominations including:

Best Film, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor and Actress.  The Artist has already won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Musical Comedy as well as Best Actor for Jean Dijardin.

The movie is set in 1930’s Los Angeles and George Valentin is the major silent movie star who feels threatened by the advent of the sound era and finds solace in the arms of a rising starlet, Penelope Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and finally agrees to a musical.

Reportedly the original idea by the French director/writer was to set this film in 1930 Berlin and draw a parallel between the rise of Nazis and the advent of sound in movies and make the hero commit suicide.

All we can say is – how very un-French. Fortunately saner heads prevailed and the movie was relocated to 1930’s L.A. The rest as “they” say is history. It remains an ultimate crowd pleaser and a feel good movie typical of what most movie audiences eat up today.  Whether this is good or bad, we will have to leave up to the viewer.

Will it pass the test of time?

No, but who cares?

Don’t watch this movie expecting Casablanca.  It’s not.  But it’s jolly good escapist fun and tailor-made for today’s recession days.

Recommended to watch once with your significant other.

2. The Descendants

If The Artist is the king this year, The Descendants is most likely the wise old grand counsel. Although billed as a dark comedy, there is hardly anything comical with the theme.  A rude awakening to the grim reality of losing one’s beloved.

Nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (George Clooney) and Screenplay.

Honolulu-based lawyer Matt King (Clooney), grieving for his comatose wife, has to make decisions about pulling the plug and selling some prime family land while confronted by his two dysfunctional daughters and the surprise knowledge of his wife’s infidelity.

A better movie than American Beauty, this movie brings the best in George Clooney that we have seen so far.

A critic’s favorite, the movie may or may not win but Clooney should surely win. He has already bagged the American Film Institute and Critic’s Choice Awards.

Very resonating screenplay.

Recommended to watch twice, once with your significant other and the second time with your ex…

3. The Moneyball

A sports movie based on true events, The Moneyball draws on a 2003 book about the Oakland Athletics baseball season of 2002, when the league had lost all its star players.

General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and an Ivy League whiz kid Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) devise a strategy to scout new talent and rewrite the rule book for talent hunting.

Nominated for six Academy Awards, all major ones except Best Director.

A very interesting story with old fashioned linear narrative style, a sharp, tight script and stellar performances from Pitt, Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Brad Pitt will lose to his best pal Clooney and Jonah Hill in supporting role to heavyweights like Nick Nolte and Christopher Plummer.

Recommended to watch with buddies.

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

JPFMovies is screaming extremely loud and incredibly close to your ears, “Don’t watch this emotionally manipulative, extremely irritating and incredibly soul drenching movie.” It is a 911 exploitative yarn about a son who lost his father.

No problem with the theme, but it’s so shallow.  Not at all Oscar worthy – that it would be lucky to go direct to DVD is being kind to this abortion.

You have been warned – and take it seriously.

5. The Tree of Life

An experimental movie from Terrance Mullich (Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven) is one that moved me for its intellectual honesty and the director’s brave attempt to break new ground, while it doesn’t always resonate with the audience and existential questions with creation and metamorphosis remain unanswered. Too much for the average moviegoer.

O’Brien (Brad Pitt) is a stern father raising his two sons in Waco, Texas. The older son (Sean Penn) reflects on his childhood and the death of his younger brother.

The cinematography is brilliant and the entire movie can be summarized in one word – elegant. Too bad it’s way ahead of its time.

Still (and  you heard it from JPFMovies), The Tree of Life will have a shelf life and cult following far exceeding anything we have seen this year or the last few years for that matter (and we love cult films at JPFMovies).

6. Hugo

Michael Scorcese extends himself to explore a child’s fantasy in a 3D adventure-based on Brian Selznick’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Colbert.” It is a captivating tale of a 12-year-old boy trying to fulfill his deceased father’s dream project, repairing a broken “automaton” – a robot like contraption that writes with a pen.

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and nine technical awards, it has some stiff competition this year. In other years, it would likely have been a shoo-in.

7. The Help

An inspiring tale of the civil rights era through the eyes of black housekeepers, Hope succeeds in capturing the screen with some really spicy dialogues and good acting. A particular bit of dialogue has been oft quoted:

Celia Foote: They don’t like me for what they think I did.

Minney Johnson: No, they don’t like you because they think you’re white trash.

Hope has been nominated for Best Film, Best Actress and Supporting Actress.

 8. War Horse

A disappointing movie by Spielberg about a boy, a horse and World War I. This movie would not have gotten anywhere near the Oscars without Spielberg’s name attached to it. It is classic Spielberg, lots of effects, technical excellence, but also has Spielberg’s tendency to emphasize style over substance.

9.  Midnight in Paris.

Woody Allen pays a tribute to a glorious film making career—his own.  After a brief respite, Allen bounces back
with what is arguably his best work for the past decade.  With his usual New York witty sarcasm and his entourage of fringe characters, you would find nowhere else but in the lower east end of Manhattan.  Owen Wilson plays a disillusioned Hollywood scriptwriter vacationing in Paris with his drop-dead gorgeous fiancée Rachel Adams and her obnoxious parents where they run into her even more obnoxious friends one of them is an expert on impressionist art.  Bored to death, Wilson takes a stroll down deserted boulevards for fresh ideas for a novel he is writing where, at the stroke of midnight, a car pulls over and the boisterous passengers of the car invite him for a ride which becomes a portal to the 1920’s where he is introduced by F. Scott Fitzgerald to Hemingway, Cole Porter, T.S. Elliot and subsequently Wilson falls in love with Picasso’s mistress.  His love is before she decides to travel even further back to the gilded age to be with Monet.  A very entertaining movie although scenes of the present day pale in comparison to the bohemian fun Allen takes us to enjoy.  Not a real contender for the best movie but as usual he had pretty much locked in best original screenplay and deservedly so.


Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Movie Reviews


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