Thursday, July 1, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #364: Oscar Winners Edition: Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Oscar Winners Edition: Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects




As with most of the movies that I picked today, it was hard finding the still that was from my favourite scenes, so I usually tried to find one that was the closest to it.
1917 (2019)
The scene that I actually wanted I think came after Schofield encountered the enemy soldier in this still. One where he proceeded to run, weaving in and out of the partly standing buildings trying to hide in the shadows as above the sky is alight from what seems to be a dogfight so the shadows from the buildings seem to move lengthening and receding and lengthening.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
I had liked the sepia tone scenes in this movie, like the one in this scene and the ones in the apartment where K meets Deckard.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
I like scenes that are shot in the dark because of the play of light and shadow, and this I thought was beautiful.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
This movie had some gorgeous vistas of the ocean and the Galapagos Islands. But I also like the shots of the crew at sea during a mist and there were some great action scenes like in this still, plenty of mist and smoke.
Road to Perdition (2002) 
The movie had a lot of dark moody scenes. I think this scene had a shot of both Hanks and Newman in the same frame but I couldn't find a still of it.

I had been quite confused over the difference between Visual Effects and Special Effects so I had to look it up. Visual Effects are those that are added in post production, like motion capture and CGI. While Special Effects are those effects that are actually filmed like pyrotechnics, animatronics and prosthetic makeup.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
I've said this before, while I'm not a fan of the story, the movie is visually stunning due to the great cinematography and visual effects.
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Jungle Book world looked so magical and the animal characters were so lively. The "live-action" Lion King just cannot compete.

Ex Machina (2014)
I like the look of the androids the way you can seen the internal mechanics. The point was to show that they can look human but for Caleb to also clearly see that they are machines, to test him.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
LOTR won each year it was nominated in this category, but I decided to go with the first one as it started it all.


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  1. Great picks! I'm glad we match on a few. I'm happy you picked 1917, Visually that film was stunning.

  2. Ah, we matched with Pan's Labyrinth. It's such a stunning film. Good choice with Ex Machina. I decided to go more old school with my choices.

  3. Great picks!! Love Pan’s Labyrinth which is so well shot. Same with 2017 and love Road To Perdition.i almost went with Master & Commander and maybe I should have. I. Also glad you chose Blad Runner which is so dark and metallic. I have not seen your first 2 special effects ones but Ex Machina is an excellent pick and just LOTR. This scene was amazing.

  4. Great picks! I'm happy to see 1917 as the cinematography is terrific in that one.

  5. All the stills you chose are amazing! 1917 really hits different... that shot is gorgeous. Ex Machina and Blade Runner are great too!! Ugh, all these look beautiful!


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