Backlighting: Jóhann Jóhannsson

I just heard the sad news of Oscar winning composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s passing at the age of 48. As my love and passion for film continues to grow, I have started to remember names and faces like I used to do with my favorite sports teams. Now, instead of knowing the Braves AA backup catcher, I remember the composer or cinematographer of my favorite movies. I don’t know many composers off the top of my head, but Jóhann Jóhannsson was one I knew and knew quite well. I have a spotify playlist dedicated to my favorite movie scores and Jóhann is a big part of it.
 
I first noticed his work with the film, The Theory of Everything. A powerful Eddie Redmayne performance driven home by Jóhann’s beautiful score. He has also teamed up with probably my favorite director working right now, Denis Villeneuve, on several projects including Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. He won a Golden Globe for his original score for The Theory of Everything and an Academy Award for his original score for Sicario. At just 48 years of age, it feels as if Jóhann was just beginning an amazing career. Sad loss for the world of film and music.
 
RIP Jóhann Jóhannsson

My Top 5 Songs

  • “Forces of Attraction” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

 

  • “Flight From the City” Orphée (2016)

  • “Cambridge, 1963” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

  • “The Beast”  Sicario Soundtrack (2015)

  • “Fordlandia”  Fordlandia (2008)

Last Month in Watched It: January 2018

What I Watched January 2018

Movies:

  • Lady Bird (2017)
  • I, Tonya (2017)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Patti Cake$ (2017)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)
  • The Room (2003)
  • The Disaster Artist (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Wind River (2017)
  • The Florida Project (2017)

The Good:

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro is beautiful love story between a deaf cleaning lady at a government facility and an amphibious man from the sea. The cinematography is some of the best of the year, which we have become accustom to with del Toro’s work. Award season should be kind to this movie. Grade A

The Bad:

The Room, from 2003, is widely considered one of the worst movies of all time. I’m going to agree that it’s bad, but strangely fascinating at the same time. A must see movie if you want to be in the “club.” Grade F

The Old or Surprising:

I truly had no real expectations of Coco. The trailers looked solid but they didn’t have me counting down the days. When I finally saw it, it immediately became one of my favorite movies of the year. Easily a 10/10 movie for me and I’ll even go as far to say it’s the best Pixar movie of the past few years. Best since Toy Story 3 and Up I would say. Grade A+

75th Golden Globe Predictions

My 75th Golden Globe Predictions

Total…. 14/25

My picks are in BOLD.

Film

Best Picture – Drama

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Dunkirk
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — WINNER

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • The Disaster Artist
  • Get Out
  • The Greatest Showman
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird — WINNER

Best Director

  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) — WINNER
  • Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  • Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World)
  • Steven Spielberg (The Post)

Best Actor – Drama

  • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
  • Tom Hanks (The Post)
  • Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) — WINNER
  • Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel Esq.)

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

  • Steve Carelll (Battle of the Sexes)
  • Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver)
  • James Franco (The Disaster Artist) — WINNER
  • Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)

Best Actress – Drama

  • Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game)
  • Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) — WINNER
  • Meryl Streep (The Post)
  • Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World)

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

  • Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul)
  • Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker)
  • Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
  • Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) — WINNER
  • Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
  • Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) 
  • Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
  • Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) — WINNER

Best Supporting Actress

  • Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  • Hong Chau (Downsizing)
  • Allison Janney (I, Tonya) — WINNER
  • Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Best Animated Film

  • Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco — WINNER
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Best Screenplay

  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (The Post)
  • Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) — WINNER
  • Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game)

Best Picture – Foreign Language

  • A Fantastic Woman
  • First They Killed My Father
  • In The Fade — WINNER
  • Loveless
  • The Square

Best Original Score

  • Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water) — WINNER
  • Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread)
  • John Williams (The Post)
  • Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)

Best Original Song

  • “Home” (Ferdinand)
  • “Mighty River” (Mudbound)
  • “Remember Me” (Coco)
  • “The Star” (The Star)
  • “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman) — WINNER

Television

Best Television Series – Drama

  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Handmaid’s Tale — WINNER
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Black-Ish
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — WINNER
  • Master of None
  • Smilf
  • Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture 

  • Big Little Lies — WINNER
  • Fargo
  • Feud: Bette and Joan
  • The Sinner
  • Top of the Lake: China Girl

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture

  • Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
  • Jude Law (Young Pope)
  • Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks)
  • Ewan McGregor (Fargo) — WINNER
  • Geoffrey Rush (Genius)

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture

  • Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
  • Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) — WINNER
  • Jessica Lange (Feud: Bette and Joan)
  • Susan Sarandon (Feud: Bette and Joan)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama

  • Jason Bateman (Ozark)
  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) — WINNER
  • Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Live Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)
  • Claire Foy (The Crown)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce)
  • Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why)
  • Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) — WINNER

Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None) — WINNER
  • Kevin Bacon (I Love Dick)
  • William H. Macy (Shameless)
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace)

Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
  • Alison Brie (Glow)
  • Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) — WINNER
  • Issa Rae (Insecure)
  • Frankie Shaw (Smilf)

Best  Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Television Film

  • David Harbour (Stranger Things)
  • Alfred Molina (Feud: Bette and Joan)
  • Christian Slater (Mr. Robot)
  • Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies) — WINNER
  • David Thewlis (Fargo)

Best  Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Television Film

  • Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) — WINNER
  • Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)
  • Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)

Last Month in Watched It: December 2017

What I Watched December 2017

Movies:

  • The Book of Henry (2017)
  • Office Christmas Party (2016)
  • Better Watch Out (2017)
  • Logan Lucky (2017)
  • Four Christmases (2008)
  • Mother! (2017)
  • Bright (2017)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
  • Call Me By Your Name (2017)

The Good:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the movie with the too long title that somehow works perfectly. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell deliver performances that rival their performances in Fargo and Moon. The movie is touches on several genres which for some made for a confusing tone. I personally loved it. Woody Harrelson is great as well. Grade A-

The Bad:

Bright was by far the worst movie I saw last month. The writing is horrific. It starts by building up a cool world you want to spend time in and follows that with a poorly written storyline. I heard they have a new writer for the sequel, so maybe theres hope this world will be explored more when it’s in better hands. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

What surprised me most this month was “Mother!,” it was so far from what I expected it to be. Darren Aronofsky is normally a director I can rely on to deliver a great piece of film that will be on my top 10 of the year. The heavy handed symbolism of Mother! didn’t land with me. Maybe i need to see it again. Beautiful film to look at. Grade C-

Last Month in Watched It: November 2017

What I Watched November 2017

Movies:

  • The Wolf Man (1941)
  • The Dark Tower (2017)
  • Girl’s Trip (2017)
  • Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  • Going in Style (2017)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  • The Star (2017)

The Good:

Not a great month throwing out the old in The Wolf Man. Everything else was either a heap of crap or just ok, but the best of the that group would have to be The Star. Not even so much because of the movie, more because of the experience I had with my son and wife seeing it. I am not a religious person but my son and wife are and he was so excited to see the story of Jesus’s birth. The story he had learned so much about at his religious preschool program. Movie had a nice balance of comedy, which I did enjoy. Grade C

The Bad:

The bad is always easy when theres a Michael Bay Transformers movie to talk about. Michael Bay decided he wasn’t done destroying beloved childhood characters and offered up yet another Transformers movie this year. This one is called Transformers: The Last Knight. Basically this movie has been a flop and Michael Bay has stepped away from the franchise. What more could you ask for from this movie? A Bumblebee movie is scheduled for 2018 with a new team behind it, so don’t give up hope on the franchise yet. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

1941’s The Wolf Man would be the old for the month. With The Mummy being such a flop, I have decided to go back and watch the classics that started the monster craze. The Wolf Man won’t blow you away and there are better classic films, but it’s a fun short watch. Remember short movies? Back when they didn’t have to be almost three hours long. Grade B

Last Month in Watched It: October 2017

What I Watched October 2017

Movies:

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Slieght (2017)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • The Big Sick (2017)
  • American Made (2017)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)
  • Okja (2017)
  • The Circle (2017)
  • Gerald’s Game (2017)
  • Gremlins (1984)

 

The Good:

Not a great month throwing out the old in The Wolf Man. Everything else was either a heap of crap or just ok, but the best of the that group would have to be The Star. Not even so much because of the movie, more because of the experience I had with my son and wife seeing it. I am not a religious person but my son and wife are and he was so excited to see the story of Jesus’s birth. The story he had learned so much about at his religious preschool program. Movie had a nice balance of comedy, which I did enjoy. Grade C

The Bad:

The bad is always easy when theres a Michael Bay Transformers movie to talk about. Michael Bay decided he wasn’t done destroying beloved childhood characters and offered up yet another Transformers movie this year. This one is called Transformers: The Last Knight. Basically this movie has been a flop and Michael Bay has stepped away from the franchise. What more could you ask for from this movie? A Bumblebee movie is scheduled for 2018 with a new team behind it, so don’t give up hope on the franchise yet. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

1941’s The Wolf Man would be the old for the month. With The Mummy being such a flop, I have decided to go back and watch the classics that started the monster craze. The Wolf Man won’t blow you away and there are better classic films, but it’s a fun short watch. Remember short movies? Back when they didn’t have to be almost three hours long. Grade B

Baywatch (2017)

DavidWatchedIt reviews are back and back with a… thud. Baywatch staring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron sounds fun right? Directed by Seth Gordon, the guy who has brought us such classics like Identity Thief and Horrible Bosses. Ok, not classics and one of those is a shit box but the other I liked. Sequel was even ok, but back to Baywatch and how fun it sounds. Truth is, it’s not fun or enjoyable. Like not even a little bit. It’s painfully bad, as most probably expected, including myself.

The movie starts with a cheesy rescue by Dwayne Johnson’s character that sets the tone as an over the top action comedy, or is it? The following couple scenes are set around some raunchy comedy that involves a poor mans Josh Gad performance by actor Jon Bass. Unfortunately, these comedic beats miss and miss badly. Honestly can’t lay much of the blame on the cast. It really felt like they cared about their performances, they were just given a script that was dog shit. Efron and Johnson had great chemistry that sadly was miss handled and under used. Eventually, the movie tries to get dramatic and action packed with a drug smuggling plot that no one cares about and don’t get me started on the horrible CGI and poor editing.

21 Jump Street pulled this type of movie off flawlessly. Extremely self aware with a very well written script. It had a crime solving element to it that was on the back burner and they made the audience care just enough about it. Baywatch failed in all aspects. The cast is very likable, but the rest is just an absolute mess. Don’t see this. A well casted movie, wasted by poor writing, confusing tone, and a lack of direction.

Rating – 3/10

Last Month in Watched It: July 2017

What I Watched July 2017

Movies:

  • Free State of Jones (2016)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • Baby Driver (2017)
  • Gold (2017)
  • The Mummy (2017)
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
  • The Fate of the Furious (2017)

TV Shows:

  • F is For Family (Season 2)
  • Preacher (Season 2)
  • Bloodline (Season 3)
  • GLOW (Season 1)
  • Riverdale (Season 1)
  • Fargo (Season 3)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 7)
  • Friday Night Lights (Season 5)
  • Last Chance U (Season 2)