Yearly Archives: 2018

Film review: Downsizing – Matt Damon, Hong Chau in Alexander Payne’s thought-provoking …

Alexander Payne's Downsizing is a story one step removed from his realism-driven comedies like Sideways and The Descendants. The film begins as Norwegian scientists make a breakthrough: technology to shrink human beings to five inches tall. The advantages are clear, from reducing our ...
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It’s A Long Way Down On Oscar Morning For Amazon

Mike White's Brad's Status was a unexpectedly phenomenal look at a middle-class father whose Alexander Payne-esque dissatisfaction with his humdrum life gets put into surprisingly astute perspective. Unfortunately, it never went anywhere. Neither the Ai Weiwei documentary Human Flow, about the ...
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Indies: Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen

Alexander Payne's newest film “Downsizing” is one of the most underrated movies I've seen in a decade. It follows Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife (Kristen Wiig) as they undergo an operation that shrinks themselves to five inches tall. Payne has never made a bad film. In fact, with movies such ...
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Paramount Comes Up Empty in Oscar Nominations for First Time in 15 Years

... including the now-dormant Paramount Vantage) has gotten blanked by the Academy. Paramount came into this Oscar season with high hopes for a trio of high-profile and starry films, including Alexander Payne's high-concept “Downsizing” with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, director George Clooney's ...
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Oscar nominations 2018: The snubs and surprises

Holly Chau earned plenty of individual love for Downsizing but in the end voters across the board haven't liked Alexander Payne's satire and she is also overlooked. Bafta nominee Lesley Manville for Phantom Thread and Octavia Spender for awards juggernaut The Shape Of Water make the cut.
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12 biggest Oscar nominations snubs and surprises

After receiving a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination, Chau missed out in the best supporting actress race for playing a Vietnamese refugee in Alexander Payne's drama. The film's lukewarm reception made her lose out to Blige, Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville (“Phantom ...
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Disney’s gloriously ghoulish Coco charms UK box office

... xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Lion were the big new releases. Cinema bookers are now looking to the forthcoming weekend's crop of releases – including Aardman Animations' Early Man, YA franchise concluder Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Alexander Payne's Downsizing and Afghanistan ...
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With Orange Is The New Black and Line of Duty Sony Pictures Television Networks Launches Sony …

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is launching a second Sony-branded, Free-To-Air TV channel on Tuesday 6 Feb bringing crime fans a carefully curated schedule full of the best scripted and non-scripted entertainment from the genre. Sony Crime Channel hits TV screens with a slate of ...
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Downsizing is a big film that gets lost in shades of Matt Damon beige

Director Alexander Payne presents the Sanfranek's wonderfully drab existence in shades of inoffensive pastel and muted browns, and the early scenes go big on the weirdness of miniaturisation, with white coat-clad humans scooping up miniature humans from hospital beds and Safranek hauling ...
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Downsizing actress says Matt Damon is ‘not some highfalutin Hollywood star’

Chau, who has been nominated for Critics Choice, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her scene-stealing role in Alexander Payne's social satire, said her relationship with Damon was "effortless" while making the film. Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment she said: "I met him on our very first ...
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