Tuesday, 1 March 2016

March 2016 - Oscar Winners 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zootropolis

Hi Everyone,

It's that time again. Time for me to upload another movie releases newsletter – giving you and me an overview of the major film releases hitting UK cinemas over the coming month.

I've had to use my little Sony Vaio laptop again to create and upload the newsletter; as my main PC is still on the blink. While I get my main computer fixed, I've “bitten the bullet” and purchased an Acer Revo One RL85 nettop. It cost over £200. Not a fortune, yet still a sizeable amount. But I can't keep squinting at that tiny laptop screen; It's driving me crazy. lol. I hadn't heard of nettops before, but they seem to be netbooks that sit on a desktop. Not as powerful as a proper home PC – but okay for the internet. The RL85 was recommended in the March 2016 edition of Computer Shopper to I thought I'd give it a go. I'll let you know how I get on with it next month.

Well done to all those nominated for an Oscar this year. And hearty congratulations to the winners. I am especially pleased that Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor for The Revenant. It was, as they say, finally his year. A notable performance that put him through a lot, and he is (one suspects) partly being rewarded for his entire body of work. Anyway, congrats to him. He seems like a great guy.

Click here to see The Oscars in pictures at the BBC website:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-35684504
Here's a non-exhaustive list of the results from the 88th Academy Awards held on 28th February 2016. (Winners in bold type):-

Best Picture: Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, The Revenant.

Best Director: Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).

Best Actor: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Sylvester Stallone (Creed).

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).

Best Cinematography: Carol (Ed Lachman), The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson), Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale), The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki), Sicario (Roger Deakins).

Best Film Editing: The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Best Sound Mixing: Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian, Room.

Best Original Screenplay: Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton.

Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Best Costume Design: Carol, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road, The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, The Revenant.

Best Production Design: Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant.

Best Score: Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Hateful Eight, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Best Animated Feature: Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie, When Marnie Was There.

Sam Smith also won Best Song for his Spectre theme song Writing's on the Wall, and Amy (about late singer Amy Winehouse) won Best Documentary, wheareas Best Documentary Short was A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and Best Foreign Language film was Son of Saul.

How many Oscars did each of the main films win? Here's a table for you:-
  • Mad Max: Fury Road = 6
  • The Revenant = 3
  • Spotlight = 2
  • Bridge of Spies = 1
  • Ex Machina = 1
  • Inside Out = 1
  • Room = 1
  • Spectre = 1
  • The Big Short = 1
  • The Hateful Eight = 1
  • The Danish Girl = 1 

(There were no wins on the night for Brooklyn, Carol, Steve Jobs, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. or The Martian etc.)


 March 2016 New Releases:-

  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ©2016 Warner Bros.(All Rights Reserved)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia or Zootopie) ©2016 Walt Disney Studios (All Rights Reserved)

UK cinema releases for March 2016 include some real gems. Most anticipated must be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We've waited a long time to see this great match-up. I mark this event in my March 2016 newsletter - with a little look at the history of Batman and Superman in the movies. The new release from Disney is the animated feature Zootropolis.
Here are the “big” films released nationwide: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Anomalisa, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Hail, Caesar!, Kung Fu Panda 3, London Has Fallen, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Norm of the North, Risen, Rock the Kasbah, The Boy, The Choice, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, The Other Side of the Door, The Witch, Time Out of Mind, Truth, and Zootropolis (aka Zootopia).

Limited or “key cities” offerings include Court, Disorder (aka Maryland), Goodnight Mommy, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Kapoor & Sons, Marguerite, Speed Sisters, The Club, The Here After, The Ones Below, The Pearl Button, and Welcome to Me.

Here's the link to my March 2016 newsletter (approximate size 11MB):-

Please note: As some of my readers with old laptops or netbooks are finding that the Youtube embedded videos on my page are slowing down loading too much for their systems; I have decided to add the film trailers on day two of each month. That gives a day without the lag that these (for some reason) bloated Youtube videos are creating. To see the videos, simply visit my blog again after the first day of each month. 

If you are going to the cinema in the next few weeks, As usual, I hope you have a really great time. Happy viewing!

 Apologies: By the way, Blogger is sometimes stretching out some (but not all) of my paragraph breaks! lol. Does anyone know why or have any suggestions to stop this happening?

Here are the March 2016 movie trailers:-

10 Cloverfield Lane



Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Disorder (aka Maryland)

Fifty Shades of Black

Goodnight Mommy


Hail, Caesar!



Kapoor & Sons

Kung Fu Panda 3

London Has Fallen



My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Norm of the North


Rock the Kasbah

Speed Sisters


The Boy

The Choice

The Club

The Divergent Series: Allegient

The Here After

The Ones Below


The Other Side of the Door

The Pearl Button

The Witch

Time Out of Mind 


Welcome to Me

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia)