Cinematography is an art form that can be as bold as a gong crashing after a moment of silence, or as subtle as the tide coming in. It is something that elevates a film to the heights of accolade or turns a film into a frustrating mess when it misfires.
While at the heart of cinematography is the Director of Photography or Cinematographer, to get something from the script to the final shot takes a whole team of professionals, and it is their talent that we champion today.
So without further ado, these are the moments of cinematography that took our breaths away in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, click on the banners to be taken to the full reviews.
TL;DR – This is a list of not what we think will actually win in today’s 2020 Academy Awards, but who we would give the awards to if we could
It is Oscars time again, and for the first time in a long time I can’t watch the ceremony live, but that does not mean I can’t enjoy the vicariously through the form of an article. So here we will be going through all the nominees and picking which ones we would have picked if we were a voting member of the academy.
Now, I should preface this with the notice that we have not seen every film nominated, so we will only be picking form those we have seen. To be fair, we will only be covering the categories where we have seen at least three of the nominees. Also, if you would like to see our reviews for said films you can clink on the links to be taken to them. So with out any further prattling on here are the nominees.
I actually quite liked all the nominees in this category, even the films that didn’t quite grab me like Once in Hollywood and Marriage Story you could tell was still well written. However, I think one did just make it out on top and that has to be Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won exploration of class and wealth in modern South Korea.
TL;DR – I countdown all of my top 100 films shown throughout the decade from Chappie to Roma to Paddington and more.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching and as it is also the end of the decade it means reflecting back on the past. With this in mind, I have been thinking back to the hundreds and probably thousands of films that I have watched and boy was it quite a decade. We got to see a conclusion of a twenty film franchise, solid trilogies appear, and new filmmakers explode onto the stage with unique voices. While there was also a lot of rubbish and more than a few franchise false starts today we are going to focus on the positive and explore my personal top 100 films of the decade. Now all films are subjective, so our list might look completely different than yours, also we didn’t get to see every film this decade so we may have missed some that ended up on your list. We’ll be going over the whole 100 in one list with a little blurb as to why it is there. If there is a banner picture it means that we have reviewed the film and if you click on the banner it will take you to the article.
Now without further preface let’s dive into the wonderful world of film and see if my top 10 is the same as yours?
TL;DR – A truly brilliant work of cinema that works on a character, action, and story level.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
When you hear that a film has won the Palme
d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival you immediately take notice. Because even
though the voters at Cannes don’t always get it right, they always at least
pick a film that is interesting. Well today not only do we get a film that is interesting,
but we also get a film that made me feel multiple different emotions throughout
its run time, and made an entire cinema audible gasp more than once, like the
whole cinema. Well, Parasite is a
more than just interesting film. Now in this review, we are going to avoid
saying too much about the ending, but just, in general, this is a film that is
best seen with as little information as possible.
So to set the scene, we open in on the Kim family: father Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho),
mother Choong-sook (Jang Hye-jin), son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik), and daughter Ki-jung
(Park So-dam). They live in a semi-basement flat in the poorer part of Seoul
trying to make a living from whatever odd jobs they can find, like folding
pizza boxes into shape. Then one day one of Ki-woo’s old army friends who is now
in university comes to visit. He lets Ki-woo know of a job as an English tutor
to a rich family that would pay very well. The only problem is that Ki-woo
never went to university, even though he is qualified for the job, so he gets
his sister Ki-jung to fake him up some university records and shows up at the
Park family house. Mr Park (Lee Sun-kyun) is a successful businessman who runs
a company and spends a lot of time away from the house, so he leaves his wife
Yeon-kyo (Cho Yeo-jeong) in charge of hiring and she is apparently a bit dim.
Well, when she watching his lesson with her daughter Da-hye (Jung Ji-so) she
mentions that they are looking for an art tutor for their son Da-song (Jung
Hyun-joon) and Ki-woo knows just what to do.