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  • AMG
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    The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has released a first trailer: http://youtu.be/eTJ1qS7KOm4

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    TomHardys
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    The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has released a first trailer: http://youtu.be/eTJ1qS7KOm4%5B/quote%5D

    Looks promising and very similar (almost word by word) to the script I read. The people down at Fox Searchlight were dumb. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts could’ve entered this year’s scarce Lead Actor and Supporting Actress categories quite easily with those characters.

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    Halo_Insider
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    Going purely on the trailer, it seems maybe a little conventional and Oscar-lite to me. I don’t doubt that the final product could be the kind of thing that would have been up the Oscar’s alley for this year (mainly due to the 4 acting nods and 2 wins that Vallée has gotten from his last two features), but this doesn’t make me too excited for it. I’m fine with potentially leaving this a Fassy/Leo race.

    Always great to see Gyllenhaal, though.

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    Nessie
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    I read the screenplay but found it annoying and trying too hard to be quirky. Trailer looks OK but not great. And where is Naomi? She’s the female lead.

    Good to see Chris Cooper though. 

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    AMG
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    It looks good. I don’t think it will be up for Best Picture or anything, provided they decide to move the release of it gets decent enough reviews following Toronto. Gyllenhaal looks really good though, and they can capitalise on his Nightcrawler snub, and great performance in Southpaw earlier this year.

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    Noé
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    Uhm… I was expecting more sharpness. I mean it’s just the trailer but still.

    I don’t trust Jean Marc-Vallée.
     

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    M
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    Looks like a Best Actor bid only.

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    Uhm… I was expecting more sharpness. I mean it’s just the trailer but still.

    I don’t trust Jean Marc-Vallée.

    I feel like he is trying to make his films more and more sappy. DBC was gritty and real and had its touching moments. Wild was gritty for the main character but pretty soft and sappy a lot of times. This looks like a Cameron Crowe film in the 90s. 

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    TomHardys
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    [quote=”tomhardys”]

    [quote=”agloster94″]The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has released a first trailer: http://youtu.be/eTJ1qS7KOm4%5B/quote%5D

    Looks promising and very similar (almost word by word) to the script I read. The people down at Fox Searchlight were dumb. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts could’ve entered this year’s scarce Lead Actor and Supporting Actress categories quite easily with those characters.

    I agree about Supporting Actress (so far), but how in the world is Lead Actor considered scarce? I made a list last night of legit contenders and Lead Actor is nearly double all of the rest. I’m sure there will be a dud or two (or more) – including Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw – but otherwise, it’s insanely competitive. 

    – Christopher Abbott, James White
    – Michael Caine, Youth
    – Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead
    – Bradley Cooper, Burnt
    – Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
    – Matt Damon, The Martian
    – Johnny Depp, Black Mass 
    – Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant 
    – Jesse Eisenberg, The End of the Tour
    – Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Secret in Their Eyes
    – Michael Fassbender, MacBeth
    – Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
    – Ben Foster, The Program
    – Andrew Garfield, 99 Homes
    – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Snowden
    – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walk
    – Jake Gyllenhaal, Southpaw
    – Tom Hanks, Bridge of Spies
    – Tom Hardy, Legend 
    – Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road 
    – Ethan Hawke, Regression
    – Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea
    – Tom Hiddleston, I Saw the Light
     Michael Keaton, Spotlight
    – Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes
    – Brad Pitt, By the Sea
    – Robert Redford, Truth
    – Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
    – Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
    – Peter Sarsgaard, Experimenter
    – Will Smith, Concussion 
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    Oh well, you really want me to write do you? Abbot’s film is too small even to garner a nom for EG_T winning actress Cynthia Nixton, Miles Ahead was pushed to 2016, Cooper and Cranston have no buzz and their movies got tepid responses at test screenings (too much flaws going on), Damon is in a pic which genre couldn’t even get Interstellar anywhere near the Oscars, Eisenberg’s movie belong to his co-lead who is getting all the (small, almost non-existent) campaign, Ejiofor’s film is supposedly going to TV, Fassbender’s Macbeth is being sabotaged by its own distributor, no one touched Foster’s movie because it’s bad, Garfield’s 99 Homes was never in the radar in the first place, Hardy’s performance in Legend got polarizing reviews and if Mad Max gets any acting nomination that would be Charlize Theron who got (by far) the most praise, Hawke/Hemsworth/Ruffalo/Smith will never get nominated before some names like Abraham Attah and Géza Rohrig that are in much more critically acclaimed films with better distributors (that you so conveniently ommitted from your quite frankly unnecessary list), McKellen is this year’s Timothy Spall without the Cannes prize, Keaton is being campaigned as Supporting, Gyllenhaal’s best shot is Demolition in case it gets pushed back since Southpaw’s awful release date killed Jake’s chances, Brad Pitt will play second field to the much baitier character of Miss Jolie and I cannot believe you’re mentioning Peter Sarsgaard for a movie that probably not even he knows he’s in. I haven’t heard or read a thing about that. Come on now, seriously?

    I just eliminated about 70% of your list. AMPAS will do the rest. No, Best Actor is not insanely competitive this year and please let’s not list every single actor whose film has a release date somewhere between September and December because that’s illogical and totally nullifies the purpose of objective and reasonable predicting.

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    #194146

    [quote=”edsonlnoe”]

    Uhm… I was expecting more sharpness. I mean it’s just the trailer but still.

    I don’t trust Jean Marc-Vallée.

    I feel like he is trying to make his films more and more sappy. DBC was gritty and real and had its touching moments. Wild was gritty for the main character but pretty soft and sappy a lot of times. This looks like a Cameron Crowe film in the 90s. 
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    You’re right! This looks like a Cameron Crowe. Also I agree with the sappy tone and all that. Except for one thing. Dallas Buyers Club wasn’t gritty nor real.
     

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    from Entertainment Weekly

    Despite being directed by the Oscar-friendly auteur behind Dallas Buyer’s Club and Wild, and a homegrown Canadian one at that, Demolition didn’t send anyone out into the streets on Thursday night on a high of cinematic ecstasy. It’s a downer of a film, albeit one with another exceptional performance from its star, Jake Gyllenhaal. Beyond that, Demolition was a strange opening-night pick because it won’t even hit theaters until April 2016, making it almost beside the point for anyone who came here trying to divine this year’s Oscar tea leaves.

    Gyllenhaal plays Davis, a Wall Street big shot whose wife dies in a violent car crash in the opening minutes, leaving him shattered and numb. With a tragedy like losing a spouse, it’s hard to say what’s the right or wrong way to grieve. Even so, Davis’s method is odd. He begins by writing a series of obsessive, oversharing letters to a vending-machine company that shortchanged him when he was trying to buy some peanut M&Ms in the hospital while his wife was on the operating table. Then he becomes obsessed with destroying things: a fancy refrigerator, an even fancier cappuccino machine, and finally his sleek multimillion-dollar home.

    He’s trying to literally smash and tear apart his old life in order to forget it and move on. He’s a man who’s become unhinged (and maybe he always was; it’s hard to say) who needs to feel something, anything, even if his odd form of therapy comes at the business end of a sledgehammer.
    Naomi Watts plays Karin, the single-mom customer-service professional who answers his letters and sees in them a desperation that she wants to understand. And Chris Cooper plays his tough-as-nails father-in-law who can’t comprehend the way he’s responding to his daughter’s death.

    In recent films like Prisoners, Nightcrawler, and Southpaw, Gyllenhaal has proven and underscored why he’s one of our most committed and chameleonic stars. But while Demolition‘s portrait of a widower provides another showcase for Gyllenhaal’s intensity (Davis could be a wealthier and slightly more well-adjusted cousin of Nightcrawler’s Louis Bloom), it’s also a wildly uneven and tonally schizophrenic movie. It doesn’t seem like it knows what kind of film it wants to be. It’s so busy being quirky it can’t decide if it’s a really dark comedy or an off-kilter meditation on loss.

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    Kris Tapley and I are the only ones who loved this:

    ‘Demolition’ (vague spoilers about the first few minutes of the film) 

    Jean Marc-Vallee’s latest film is a pleasant surprise. Gone is the director who made the safe and by-the-numbers ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. ‘Demolition’ is so vibrant and explosive — the kinetic editing moves the film at an incredibly swift pace. His use of music to punctuate a scene is reminiscent of David O. Russell, and the writing is Kaufman-esque, without the pretension and complexity of his best works. 

    Gyllenhaal is great here, and he manages to nail the character of Davis, even as the tone shifts erratically. He gets a lot of the funny lines, whereas Chris Cooper gets stuck with the dramatic lifting. Sandwiched between comedic scenes, Cooper manages to give the story weight and meaning (“Losing a child… There’s no word for it — there shouldn’t be”). 

    Vallee shows off his skills as a visual stylist, reversing the motion of some scenes, and cross-cutting many scenes with flashbacks. There is even a sequence that is so gloriously synced up to the music that it’s a miracle that it fits within the story, let alone elevates it. This is an exciting movie as it shows a filmmaker taking risks, and not abiding by a clear-cut genre or formula, with a smart and charming screenplay to boot. Although I think it does sag a bit when the plot developments pile up at the end, ‘Demolition’ soars with these actors as they adeptly tread the perfect line between comedy and drama. 

    RATING: 4/5 

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    I just saw this movie. I adore it. Fight me. Jake Gyllenhaal deserves to be winning the Oscar this year for it. (It was officially released in 2016 in April)

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    Jake deserves Oscars for his whole career. Biggest travesty ever he has one freaking nomination

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