One film can't tell us everything about our society, but a group of films, especially when nominated for awards together, can reveal many things about the society we live in now. Sometimes screens act like mirrors showing our cultures tensions and anxieties. The Golden Globe nominations for 2015 have many reflections. Some of these are historical events from Civil rights to gay rights, some are geniuses who fought massive obstacles, and others are acts of solidarity in the name of justice.
Grand hotels usually have a scheme, and a repetitive quality from colors, to rooms, to everyday activities. Some people thrive in this kind of environment, and Gustave H. is one of them. He takes on a protégé, Zero, while unexpected events unfold. Wes Anderson is a master of creating beautiful worlds for the quirky stories he tells.
Quoted as " A One-of-a-kind movie. (because) It touches something deep and true" by Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly, Boyhood is one of this years biggest achievements. As a movie filmed over twelve years, it has the audience watching growth and experiencing time as something that is always in control. We have to ask what about this movie feels so "deep and true"? With this film we are able to watch 12 years in about 3 hours, something we are unable to do in our own lives without missing pieces in between stories, photographs, and home movies.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a genius code breaker who helps crack the German Enigma Code during World War II. During this project he begins a close relationship with another codebreaker, Joan Clark. While working on creating the first computer, Turing's identity and homosexuality (illegal during this time) is threaded within this compelling true story. Turing gave society something it needed while at the same time was forced to hide something natural to him, simply because society didn't understand and approve.
Stephen Hawking didn't become who he is all alone, he did through the love of his wife, Jane Wilde, who stood by his side through his health issues. Intelligence isn't something we carry on our own, it's supported by the world outside of us, including by those who love and support us. Hawking unravels time into the past, as time does the same to him into his future.
In this wonderful historical comedy, gay activists in the UK join the Union of Miners in their 1984 strike. It's an act of solidarity by recognizing a shared oppression, and working together for justice.
The trailer for Foxcatcher carries symbols of America, competition, and desperation. Steve Carell steps out of his comedian shell to give audiences something unexpected as the extremely patriotic and unnerving John du Pont. It seems to have an interesting take on how powerful ideas are, and how they can take over our minds, and life.
"What happens when a man stands up and says enough is enough?" It's a question that still rings true today. "Enough is enough" is called out all the way from twitter pages to the blocked freeways of the USA. Director Ava DuVernay has become the first black woman to receive a best director nomination, and this film is outstanding because of her point of view. This story of people power has come to screens during a time when protest, justice, racism, and equality are still major issues today.
Michael Keaton plays a former big screen superhero on a quest for renewing his fame. It's a dark comedy about finding identity through the eyes of others, and fame as an enigma during the time of the internet and social media. We create what we want people to see, and the question is, if I'm not in the mind of others, who am I?
Disney takes on this very dark musical about how even the most wonderful fairy tale has a twisted side. We still love hearing these fairy tales, and we love them even more when they're torn to the ground, and resemble bits and pieces of our own experiences.
Bill Murray plays Vincent, a misanthropic man living life by the bottle, who hangs out with a 12 year old kid named Oliver while his mother, Maggie, is out making a living. He's not exactly the ideal babysitter, but he seems to offer up a different perspective. It's an interesting view on how it takes a community to raise a child.