It is that time of the year again when the award season is rolling by and everyone expects you to be on-trend about the year’s biggest films (the kind which were not produced by Marvel/DC Comics).
So, you got who won big at Golden Globes but here comes the big question – do you know why? As your friends/colleagues/rivals/neighbours rave about Michael Keaton’s inspired performance in Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel’s sheer artistry, don’t feel all at sea.
Here’s a list of films that made it big at Golden Globes, put them on your must-watch list and get ready to dazzle your audience. If you don’t get to see them right away, we also tell you how to fake it. So, just grab your champagne flute and be prepared to be the life and soul of the party with your on-trend Hollywood knowledge.
Acclaimed director Richard Linklater cast a five-year-old boy, Ellar Coltrane, in 2002 for this project. They shot the movie through the years until the summer of 2013, telling the story of a boy (Mason), his sister (Samantha, played by Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei) and their mother (Olivia, played by Patricia Arquette) as they live their lives and move from one town to another.
Mason watches his mother fall in and out of love while she studies, idles away visiting days with his semi-absent father, and has an absorbing relationship with his sister.
How to fake it: Linklater has shown with sheer honesty how a child grows into an adult, because that’s literally what his film depicts. It is so much more than a coming-of-age story.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Legendary concierge Gustave H runs The Grand Budapest Hotel with flair and iron discipline. Extremely ‘popular’ with old ladies, his most trusted friend is lobby boy Zero Moustafa. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune – even as events take a turn for the nasty across the world. The film is a delightful mix of colour, detail and gravitas.
How to fake it: The film looks all style but its thoughtful and deeply emotional. And how it weaves in the rise of Nazism!
Michael Keaton plays ageing actor Riggan Thomson, whose claim to fame is playing a superhero, Birdman. He has moved on now but his fans have not. To exorcise this demon and get another stab at fame, Thomson decides to do a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver tale, which Riggan himself has written, is starring in and directing.
Things climb up a notch when bankable star Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) shows up to read for the part. The scenes between Keaton and Norton as they rehearse and compete form the high of this film.
How to fake it: Technical prowess, inspired performances and layered story… this film needs to be watched multiple times.
The Theory of Everything
Counted amongst the greatest minds of the world today, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s story comes alive on screen under the able direction of James Marsh. Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane present the extraordinary story of a man who sets on an ambitious scientific research which will change the way we look at the universe after he has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
How to fake it: You get to meet the man behind the genius and that’s where the beauty of this film lies.