All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
A Breath Of Fresh Vintage Air
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…
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 liked the movie, but Best Picture...? Seriously!?
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.
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…
In the past couple of years we have had a number of films look back to fertile periods of cinema’s history; from Scorsese’s love letter to the pioneering greats in Hugo to the Spielbergian fan-fiction of Abrams’, Super 8. Whilst both were undoubtedly affectionate towards those movies that inspired them the end results were rather lifeless and never quite recaptured the true brilliance of the film’s that initially influenced them. Despite the plethora of awards I was fully expecting The Artist to be another handsomely made but hollow facsimile of past greats, but on this occasion it pleases me to be very wrong indeed.
The Artist ended up being not only a loving homage to the silent era of Hollywood…
Not necessarily a "Best Picture" worthy film, but it's truly a delightful, fresh film in today's day and age full of sixth Transformers and giant CGI fests.
I was a little weary coming into this one. I have been in the mood for old flicks lately, and the concept of this one drew me especially. Though, the academy haven't always been consistent in choosing worthy best picture winners, and The Tree Of Life would have been my personal pick. Nevertheless, The Artist was a comfortably grand and unique experience.
More of a spectacle than an intense character study or wholly perfect feature, The Artist makes interesting statements and looks at a crucial and definitive part of the Hollywood. It's not always thoroughly or completely engrossing or original in its narrative, it could do with another layer of shock, surprise, and emotional depth, but I appreciate the strides…
My first thought when I heard about The Artist was that the whole contemporary silent film thing was nothing more than a pretentious gimmick that was sure to garner plenty of undue praise from critics simply for nostalgia's sake. After all, they stopped making silent films nearly 80 years ago for a reason right? But what self respecting cine file can just choose to ignore an Oscar candidate (particularly one as well received as The Artist) altogether? I had to check it out, and I'm happy to say I was wrong.
The Artist stars Frenchman, Jean Dujardin as 1920's silent film star, George Valentin who's on top of the world as the film begins, but soon finds himself on the…
it's a nice movie but I expected more maybe because of its 5 academy awards or the high IMDB rating .. I don't know .. anyway I loved the dog more than anything else.
I avoided this movie for 5 years just because I was angry it won like every Oscar a year I was young and couldn't understand the point of a modern silent film. When I finally watched it in my film class this year, I hated myself for being so stupid. This film is genius in every aspect. It has a dog that is more talented than half of Hollywood and changed my life (RIP Uggie). Jean Dujardin's acting is some next-level sorcery shit. Dude's a magician or something. And I'm not one for dancing but I could watch these two dance for hours. I thought this film would be everything I don't like; it turned out to be everything I wanted. It's an extremely entertaining story that brought me so many emotions.
Fun and charming.
1 extra star for the adoreable doggo.
Best Actor - Jean Dujardin
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
Complete list. :-(