All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.
Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, The Artist is an awe-inspiring ode to the silent era of cinema and is filmed with such fine elegance & precision artistry that it was too difficult for me to wipe the grin off my face while watching it. An enthralling work of indelible charm, every frame of this silent feature pays its tribute in the most respectful manner possible but also succeeds in carving out its very own identity in the process.
Set in Hollywood during the years when talkies were being introduced into cinema, The Artist focuses on the relationship between a major silent film star & an aspiring young actress who bump into each other during the premiere of the former's…
I liked the movie, but Best Picture...? Seriously!?
Boy, was I disappointed.
I was looking forward to this film, of course fuelled by the hype surrounding it, the Oscar nominations it got and the prizes it had already won. For me it was merely a gimmicky, thinly stretched exercise in style.
Now don't get me wrong, I really appreciate what they were trying to do here. Anyone who wants to make an ode to cinema has got my vote and I applaud them for that. I just feel by wrapping it all in a flimsy, incredibly shallow plot they caused me to lose interest.
Dujardin's performance has been praised a lot, but I found him to be very one-dimensional. Sure he has got incredible charm and an unmistakable…
I was grinning like an idiot the entire time I was watching this film. Hard to pinpoint what exactly makes it so effortlessly endearing – I mean, there are many things – the slapstick is great, the music's lovely, the dog is adorable, the whole movie is just an energetic whirlwind of visual witticisms and delightful touches. But I think the real goodness comes from how confidently it flirts with the boundary between authenticity and kitsch... every scene is so well-rendered in the language of camp and irony that it makes the moments of cold, stark drama all the more horrific and powerful.
There is so much meta-commentary here on the magic of film – the way we surrender ourselves…
It looks great. It - perhaps ironically - sounds great. The acting is fine, particularly from Jean Dujardin and Uggie the dog. But while the novelty of a modern silent film is fun (with all due respect to Mel Brooks SILENT MOVIE), it feels more like a stylistic exercise or a short film stretched to feature length rather than a complete work. It's so slight and breezy, and instantly forgettable.
The Artist is a silent film that although remains quiet throughout, produces a very fun little story and a dazzling acting display from the leading man. This film mixes comedy and drama, brings emotion and even action and makes a film that is actually for a movie we never see or haven't seen for near a century, pretty damn good. I felt this movie was strongly very good, and here below is why so.
The story is short but fun and as it goes along it reveals the emotion from our main character and who and what is making him sad. With a comedy vain running through it this is actually quite funny and just little bits can make you…
Best movie of the year? Not too sure. Best silent film I've ever seen? Eh. Not so much. But, oh my goodness, is this movie charming or what? Watched it as an in-flight movie to London. Some of the pacing is off, but it is a nice return to classic film structure. I like seeing those tropes played out for our modern sensibility.
There’s no shortage of movies about movies. Wither you’re talking about films about actors, directors, writers, or even the occasional meta-textual comment on the format itself, you can find plenty. Something else there’s no shortage of are rise-fall, and usually, rise again stories. I’ll go ahead and factor in stories about the Golden Age of film making too. The point of this is, “The Artist” is not exactly exploring new territory here. It’s a film concerned with the past.
This isn’t inherently a bad thing, of course. The delight of a film doesn’t necessarily have much to do with its subject matter. And, no kidding, “The Artist” is rather delightful in spots. In its opening sequence, silent movie star George…
A unremarkable faux-silent era film. A safe, conventional narrative in a novel, not so novel, package. Lacks the charm of the silent era, and only moderately offers silent film techniques. Way too little visual dialogue for a silent: much performance, little cinematography. A silent film for people who have never seen a silent film before. Stripped of all off-putting elements (characteristic film grain, shadows, fast motion, excessive theatricality) and designed for the modern popcorn viewer. Its tendentious aim to please compromises its sincerity.
60/100 - Decent.
This film is a lot of fun, and holds interest. I found the dog tiresome, but I'm a mean old bitch with no imagination.
Berenice Bejo is delightfully charming, in that way that made us fall in love with Audrey Tautou. But what has she done for us lately?
One of the most lauded meh movies in recent history.
The Artist is a great film with a very interesting concept and a nice twist ending. Some parts were very slow though.
I know many have beaten up on this film over the years and I can understand why, to a degree. Did it deserve Best Picture? No. Is it still really good? I'd argue yes.
At it's heart, it's a romantic comedy but done so with style and flavor. The silent film treatment, yet ironically very meta, gives them film an appeal we just don't see today. And it was more than just a gag. I thought the visual flair of this movie is wonderful and the acting is quite fantastic.
The melodrama is a bit much at the end, but the characters are charismatic enough to sell it well, like all good rom-coms tend to do. And thematically there's some…
It looks like everyone saw something a little different in this movie. To me it was both a homage and a memorial to the glory days of Hollywood. In that it was purely enjoyable for anyone who knows enough to appreciate that era, and simultaneously sad and tragic for the same reasons. Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo were brilliant and authentic enough to make me forget that I was watching a film made in the 21st century. You simply can't go wrong with Goodman and Cromwell either. How I wish that movies like this one would set a trend and usher in a new era of quality film-making.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…