PGCMAs: Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Cast (2015)

Posted: February 23, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

PGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Actress

Juliette Binoche, Clouds of Sils Maria: Juliette Binoche is such a reliable actress, but she also doesn’t get lead roles too often and thus can be easy to overlook. Her work in Clouds of Sils Maria is a reminder of how excellent she is. Binoche plays a middle-aged actress going through something of a crisis in identity as she struggles with her age and her personal relationship with her assistant. It’s a very subtle performance, but that just makes her success all the more impressive.

Emily Blunt, Sicario: Emily Blunt has played characters who are hardened and strong before, but her character in Sicario also needed a more vulnerable element. Kate Macer is somewhat lacking in experience, and the character also needs to be frustrated and confused. Blunt does a great job capturing these elements while also maintaining Macer’s professionalism. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Biggest Surprise and Most Underrated Film (2015)

Posted: February 21, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

PGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Biggest Surprise

The Gift: The Gift’s trailer looked like a really standard Hollywood thriller and having just seen Cache for a film class, this also looked like a rip-off. As it turns out, the resulting film was a lot smarter and well-made than I expected.

Kingsman: I suppose I should have had faith in this given Matthew Vaughn has generally put out solid stuff, but man did the trailers look stupid. Turns out, this is actually a pretty fun film and while I don’t love it as much as a lot of people seem to, I definitely enjoyed myself. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Animated Film, Foreign Language Film, and Action Film (2015)

Posted: February 20, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

PGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Animated Film

Over the last few years I had abandoned this award, but given that I actually saw some animated films in 2015, I thought it time to bring it back. I unfortunately was unable to see Anomalisa.

The Good Dinosaur: I almost didn’t nominate this film as on the whole I don’t think it’s good, but the animation is impressive. The backgrounds in particular are pretty striking.

Inside Out: The general vibe upon Inside Out’s release was that Pixar had returned to the greatness they had built their name on. I don’t quite love the film, but it is certainly a lot more ambitious, intellectual, and emotional, than anything they’ve done post-Toy Story 3. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Comedy and Best Horror Film (2015)

Posted: February 18, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” SimpsonPGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Comedy

The Martian: There has been a lot of debate regarding whether or not The Martian counts as comedy, but given Mark’s comedic attitude and the humorous soundtrack, I’d say it belongs. More importantly, the film made me laugh, more so than a lot of the “real” comedies in 2015.

The Night Before: There really isn’t anything new about making a raunchy Christmas comedy, but The Night Before succeeds thanks to some great jokes, a fun cast, and just the right amount of heart. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Cameo and Best Villain (2015)

Posted: February 16, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

PGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Cameo

Most people define cameos as a famous actor or character making a very brief appearance, which is usually only one scene at the most. My definition is a bit more flexible. The described appearances still count, but I’m mostly looking at any actor or actress who provides a memorable turn in a role which is not quite substantial enough to be a supporting role.

Jesper Christensen, Spectre: Many anticipated Mr. White would return in Spectre to connect the Quantum organization with Spectre itself and that is a clever way to link them. More than that though, I genuinely thought it was pretty interesting what the film did with his character.

James Franco, The Night Before: Franco’s character is in some ways the punchline of a joke but his appearance also yields new comedy and its fun when he shows up. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor (2015)

Posted: February 12, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson PGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Supporting Actress

Joan Allen, Room: She may not have a lot of screen time, but Joan Allen does paint a very real portrait of someone reuniting with a long lost daughter while forming a new bond with a grandson. It isn’t the showiest of performances, but it is moving.

Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak: Jessica Chastain has consistently proven herself to be one of the best actresses of her generation. In Crimson Peak, she gets to stress her theatrical muscles by playing an over the top and insane villain. The character could have been played too broadly, but Chastain rides the line perfectly. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Poster and Best Trailer (2015)

Posted: February 9, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

PGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Poster

Crimson Peak: This is a simple poster, but the contrasting colours look great, I love the one-word tagline “Beware”, and the whole thing has an old school charm.

The Hateful Eight: I don’t have much to say about this one. It’s a nice piece of art that I like to look at. I also like that it avoids plastering the casts’ faces all over the poster. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Musical Performance and Best Score (2015)

Posted: February 9, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” SimpsonPGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Musical Performance

This award is all about honouring performances of songs by the characters on film. These can be covers, or original works. It’s worth noting that I’m more focused on the role of each performance in the film more than the musical integrity itself.

“Big Rock Candy Mountain”, Room: This is a relatively lowkey performance where Joy sings this song as a sort of lullaby to get Jack to sleep pending the arrival of Old Nick. The performance captures the love Joy has for her son as well as her fear of Nick and the song’s slightly melancholy tone is a good choice.

“Blood Bag”, Mad Max: Fury Road: This is actually a piece of score, but the song is briefly performed live in the film by the Doof Warrior (a.k.a. the guitar guy) and his percussion section when Joe and his army first leave the Citadel in pursuit of Furiosa. Simply an awesome scene which is presented in epic fashion. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Soundtrack and Use of Source Music (2015)

Posted: February 8, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Danel “PG Cooper” SimpsonPGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Soundtrack

The Big Short: If nothing else, The Big Short’s soundtrack is probably the one I would most likely listen to on my own time. It’s got all sorts of pop music (new and old), some classic rock, and some really awesome metal songs.

Creed: The Rocky series has always been known for its music and I like how the series shifts to music more representative to Adonis than Rocky. There is a lot of energetic and inspiring hip hop tracks which both fit the tone of the series while also forging its own identity. Read the rest of this entry »

PGCMAs: Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Editing (2015)

Posted: February 6, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

PGCMA 2015

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Age of Ultron: It’s a testament to how effects heavy modern blockbusters are that the VFX in Age of Ultron was almost an afterthought for viewers. This is a film full of robots, superheroes, flying, lasers, hover vehicles, and monsters, often on-screen at once. The sheer volume of effects is really impressive.

Ex Machina: Contrary to Avengers, this is a really small-scale film, but one equally dependent on effects. The most important character in Ex Machina is a robot who bears slightly human futures. It’s a character that requires both CGI and live actors and the filmmakers hit a great balance. Read the rest of this entry »