December 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm #1201963303
Whether we personally “like” him or not for his words and actions I believe that he absolutely deserves an Oscar nomination for his PHENOMENAL direction of HACKSAW RIDGE. He not only elicited great performances from a large cast (esp. the lead: Andrew Garfield, who is right up there with Casey Affleck as giving the best male performance of the year), he also supervised and worked on and with a brilliant screnplay adaptation, great camera work (the most harrowing yet clear war scenes I have seen), editing, sound, music, production design, visual effects, MAKEUP!, and created a world that is fully inhabited. I was amazed! I went in to the movie with a great deal of trepidation and I left in tears, shaken, stirred, and I LOVED this movie! The film is truly one of the best of 2016 and is brilliantly directed!December 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm #1201963304
He already has an Oscar for his directing. He’s not overdue for a welcome back anything. He’s still a miserable person.December 6, 2016 at 12:38 pm #1201963317
Methinks M you have missed my point: his DIRECTION is superb and deserves recognition! Lots of people I don’t like win things and get nominated for things; sometimes they deserve the recognition, sometimes they do not.December 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm #1201963333This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.December 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm #1201963351
He knows how to film intensity very well. He knows how to make violent stories “epic” but Hacksaw Ridge isn’t really that great. It’s decent. Andrew Garfield is fine.December 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm #1201963385
For the record, I like him not. But yes, Hacksaw Ridge is an amazing movie.December 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm #1201963401
Yes, Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best movies of the year. It was brilliantly directed and acted. I wonder why it doesn’t generate too much Oscar buzz.December 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm #1201963467
Or perhaps because the opening scenes (before he enlists) are hilariously cliched and cornball. Or maybe it’s that much of the combat sequences are like any other WWII movie post-SPR.
Some of the basic training moments are quite effective in the articulation and defense of his faith, and the final setpiece with him alone on the ridge is indeed quite harrowing. Plus he’s certainly got sincerity in his corner. He’s no hack.
But the film is just a hybrid of things we’ve seen before: Mix SERGEANT YORK with FRIENDLY PERSUASION and a little WE WERE SOLDIERS for seasoning. Not bad by any means, but also not that special.December 6, 2016 at 3:37 pm #1201963470
TBH he deserved a nomination for Apocolyptco too. Amazing filmDecember 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm #1201963476
With Silence not being an Academy movie, he definitely has a shot nowDecember 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm #1201963499
Trust me, Martin Scorsese will take over Mel Gibson’s spot.December 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm #1201963594
Should he get one? Debatable, but you think he should and that’s your opinion and I will respect that.
Will he get one? No. Not a chance.December 6, 2016 at 5:53 pm #1201963596
Well he already won Hollywood film Award and A nominee for Aacta and Crtics choice also satellite award….. He could….
NOTHING TO SEE HEREDecember 6, 2016 at 6:31 pm #1201963628
Mel has this way of bringing out pointed and memorable perfs from his casts and this is the strength of this film. I had a couple of problems with it, such as the screenplay which struck me as ‘uneven’, even clichéd, despite it being a ‘bio’.
But the cast, meaning everyone around Garfield (lol) really works.
What could be worrisome is the film’s box office. Not so good. It may recoup with Oscar nods (or if Garfield poses for some nudie posters…kidding, kidding) and DVD sales. And it would definitely help if Mel stays ‘quiet’.
Nice to see people here giving the guy his due.
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