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Indie vs. Mainstream: A Fight Over Adam Driver

Adam Driver surely is a gifted talent and moreover seemingly born on Sunday. His luck is in escape from being labelled a Star Wars black-hearted bad boy forever. Sometimes this thing happen even to really good actors who had their path crossed with a top popular franchise, remembering Daniel Radcliffe or Robert Pattinson (the latter is at least trying to ruin the curse of Twilight by trying different genres: western in Damsel, indie in The Lighthouse and the forthcoming next Batman). Of course he will be associated with Star Wars in some inevitable way, but still both filmmakers and audience see his diverse and flexible acting potential, waiting him to make something brand new. Within past three years he made an appearance in very different independent films, but were these direcors` experiments successful – it is still up to the audience to decide. Jim Jarmush, Spike Lee, Terry Gilliam, and back to Jim Jarmush again – all of them wanted Driver in their movies for his something special in acting, and all of them got him casted. Didn`t Adam get lost in this magic garden of cinematic temptation?

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Once Upon A Time On Silver Screen

Quentin Tarantino made the right professional choice – he knows how to surprise the audience. There might be a vast palette of attitudes to him and his eccentric creative thinking, but he cannot be deprived from high-staking freshness, sense of style and ability to follow it in his own way. Signature aesthetics of bloodshed is a long gone fairytale for lamers, Tarantino is multidimensional and unpredictable. This October he returns on screen with his 9th feature film that has already made the summer – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. 10 extra minutes of previously unveiled footage to be shown in theaters while China bans the release of the film, tanking its box office – too much of an intrigue, let`s better talk about the movie itself. It is quite a deed to rebuild the live atmosphere of Hollywood of 1960ies in the name of sweet nostalgia. The way Tarantino coped with this task is absolutely stunning, the soundtrack he has chosen still rocks in my ears, covering the profound performance by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. For those who think they`re too old for this party: just keep in mind The Irishman by Martin Scorsese that united Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci into the third age dream team.

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A Joker in an Oscars Deck?

As an independent observer I try to avoid putting an eye on someone else`s reviews till I see a movie with my own eyes, but that was a special case. The media campaign were exploding soundly like a cannonade all year round, running before the timeline and promising Joker its pedestal in cinematic history. It was impossible to ignore the tsunami of opinions, however in the piles of positive and even suspiciously saccharine reviews my attention was caught by the one and only IndieWire comment: ‘Fight Club’ is the movie that ‘Joker’ failed to become. While the comic and action film fans held their breath in anticipation, the critics prepared their flattering words for festivals and openings, Joker put a smile on his wicked face and held the Golden Lion in his hands, and I could not put this very peaky comment out of my head.

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Western Battle: The Sisters Brothers vs. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

A few years ago BlogProFilm has already talked about western, its history, rises and falls, classics and innovative approaches. Since then the western has expanded its film vault and does not tend to slow down. Now the genre proves to be developing sustainably, and will not give up its podium without a fight. However, quantity does not always mean quality, and all-star cast not always guarantee the success. To substantiate the words with some proof let me compare two top-expected westerns screened in late 2018: The Sisters Brothers and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Prepare your SAA`s and sharpen your knives, gents, that`s no rap-battle, this is film critics in motion.

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G`Day and happy B`Day, Mr. Mendelsohn

Wherever he goes, he is going to have fun. No matter how serious the role is, there will be singing and dancing behind the scenes, and possibly some stage property will be missing. This gentleman has a superpower: special charm, massive as unconventional weapon, also attributed to cats only. So, this is about the guy who will never grow up. About Ben Mendelsohn.

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Captain Marvel: Way Higher, Way Faster, Way Stronger

Due to a funny turn of events the world misses 1990ies. Look, recently all cinematic genres tune to a nostalgic trend: within a year we have seen Ready Player One, Mid90s and now Captain Marvel. However putting those not quite faraway times on screen the way they`d look themselves is an art multiplied by responsibility and vision of a cameraman, plus close attention to details and, which is most important, personal involvement and colorful memories. In fact I have to admit that as the post-production campaign started I had no intention to see the film, with all due respect to Marvel Studios and comic book universe. It seemed too shoal even for its type, but it is funny that later my mind was changed polarly, not by the warm Copenhagen night and even not by the Empire Cinema, but mainly by the brilliant screenplay and PR decision of making a ginger cat one of the key characters. Cats, aren`t they the clue to global supremacy?

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A Star Is Born: Far From The Oscars Now

Many words of appreciation and excitement were said about A Star Is Born reboot: another fairytale that got eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Leading Actor & Actress, Cinematography etc., but won just Best Original Song. Despite of critics` warm welcome I could ever hardly agree that Bradley Cooper`s directing debut was powerful enough to stand competition with best examples of Oscar-level excellence. What went wrong and what could have made it right – let`s take all facts and rumors to find the truth.

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Arctic: Special Screening with Mads Mikkelsen

In Russia February is called ‘the month of wicked roads’: snow-covered streets, bone-chilling wind, spring-awaiting anxiety. These winter days Moscow was warmed up by Arctic vibes and Scandinavian charm. How the north can be so hot – ask Mads Mikkelsen about it. The acclaimed actor came to Moscow to present Arctic, his new survival film first released at Cannes Film Festival 2018.

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Oscars 2019: Bets Placed!

Last year`s challenge inspired three major BlogProFilm experts to try their luck again and predict possible Oscars outcomes. This year`s Academy Award season tends to dilute Foreign Language Film nomination: its nominees appeared to be overspread among almost all other nominations. Here are our predictions, and feel free to comment.

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Anthony McCarten: the screenwriter of the luck

Freshly screened Bohemian Rhapsody has already fairly set the Thames on fire at the Golden Globes ceremony by gaining the key awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. There is not the less prestigious BAFTA ahead, and then comes the Oscars with five nominations – a half less that The Favourite earned, however, no one doubts that Bohemian Rhapsody will take the floor at the Academy Awards ceremony. Some may think that the award season of 2019 will be remarkable for its musical trend: along with Bohemian Rhapsody critics put their stakes on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga`s project A Star Is Born. But I will take a risk and propose the other vision of award trends. Look, it might be a coincidence but while crusading in pursuit of globes, BAFTAs and golden guys the first leading film must be somehow a fairytale (remember The Shape of Water, the last year winner), as the other one conversely realistic. And what can be more realistic than a biopic? This genre has its own recipe of success, and no one knows it better than Anthony McCarten.

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