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What makes a best picture?
Dare this culture say, the sum total of moments acted out from first act to the end, with touching moments communicated through scenes that reveal character, conflict, an impossible odd and the things between which work out the solution or lack thereof of the character(s) whom an audience comes to fall in love with, yes root for, like a presidential candidate on a Super Tuesday or like the two multicultural humans sitting at Dutch, having coffee discussing their upbringing, #’s and the change needed to Hollywood’s institutional gatekeepers.
While all these factors are playing out through bits of pixels and data that lens a length of time before ones eyes, there is something that this culture finds pivotal to the scenes that draw us in the most – those intimate ones where coffee is the ultimate prop. In this years nominated best picture films below, find the demitasse or bigger, and you shall find why these films might merit their nomination, even a winning vote.
THE BIG SHORT
A movie, based off of a book of the same name and a true story, where no one paid attention. But, when four different sets of characters begin to see the flaws in the housing market – an eventual bubble due to faulty, unworthy subprime housing loans – which leads to the eventual creation of a credit default swap market that bets against collateral debt obligations leading to the financial crash of 2007, widely seen in 2008 by Americans. Here’s a featurette with Anthora coffee cups – one of the smallest insiders privy to the big short included.
Leave it to a dinner table for a young girl to have to determine how her future will play out, in her native home of Ireland or the one she has sights and a heart into – Brooklyn, which she finds homesickness from early on in her quest to make a life of her own.
BRIDGE OF SPIES
Tom Hanks, playing James B. Donovan is asked to become a criminal lawyer in name of American Justice, to rescue an American whose spy plane is captured by the Soviet union during he Cold War. This request is asked across a desk and two sitting coffees.
Based on a novel of the same name, “ROOM” is an entire world of a mother Ma (Brie Larson) and her son Jack, (Jacob Tremblay) in a literal room where they are held captive by Old Nick (Sean Bridgers) until they escape – Jack first, by a rouse of being dead, upon which he enters the real world.
This American drama featuring cinematic heavyweights – Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup – is based upon a true story following the stories of victims who accuse the Catholic clergy in a child sex abuse case in Boston, uncovered by its “Spotlight” team – the investigative unit at famed newspaper, The Boston Globe.
THE BIG SHORT
Director Adam McKay tells all four stories collectively, while maintaining their individual perspective, including the voice of history in the wake of bad loans that broke America, Americans and then spiraled other foreign economies as well. Notice the Anthora coffee cups – one of the smallest insiders privy to the big short included in the below featurette.
Its space, it doesn’t cooperate.
Over a cup of Joe, the botanist Martian realizes that he can survive twice as long if he rations his food supply and figures how to grow his own food, within the next four years.