Who are we getting ready for the Oscars 2022? The awards take place this weekend and a part of our What are we watching? this month is with some of the titles that compete for the Academy award, such as Drive My Car (Best Film) and Três Canções para Benazir (Best Short Film Documentary).
Other than that, there are also classic movies and, of course, the traditional series! Come spy on the March selection and don’t forget to tell us in the comments what you’ve been seeing too?
What are we watching?
|By: Alvaro Scola|
Movies that show a post-apocalyptic world have always caught my attention, but it’s been a while since I found a series that caught my eye. The Expresso do Amanhã, on the other hand, caught my attention for bringing this idea of apocalypse, but in a different way because it brings together a lot of people on a train and not in different corners of the Earth.
The series is not quite new, it premiered in 2020, but I’m at the beginning of it and, I admit, I can’t see less than two chapters a day! # stay
|Where to watch: Netflix|
|By: Igor Shimabukuro|
Even though I’m not a big fan of superhero works — don’t cancel me out, Marvel or DC fans — I decided to give the WandaVision series a chance. Maybe I was subpoenaed to start the marathon? Maybe. Is it possible that I didn’t even really know who the Scarlet Witch was? It’s possible — seriously, don’t cancel me! Still, the series has pleased me (and a lot).
Probably because WandaVision brings a different take on other series of heroes, like Smallville, Arrow, or Flash, for example. Not much beating, fighting and bloodshed. In fact – and without spoilers -, it is nothing more than a sitcom initially set in the 50s, in which reality and fiction mix at all times. And all this involving Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and Vision.
There are still a few chapters left (and the first season only has nine). But to better understand the Marvel universe, I will certainly need to review the series in its entirety after marathoning the Avengers movies. A little late? Maybe. But I’ve always been told that it’s never too late for anything!
|Where to watch: Disney+|
|Lars von Trier Duo: Nymphomaniac and The House That Jack Built|
|By: Luiz Nogueira|
Last weekend, I decided to watch some of the movies that were on my never-ending list of productions to see before I die. This time, I chose two of the features by Lars von Trier, a Danish filmmaker who usually shocks audiences with heavy themes and stomach-churning scenes.
In Nymphomaniac, which is divided into two parts, we follow the story of Joe, a woman who, as the name suggests, is addicted to sex. The feature has very disturbing scenes at times – including one of the worst sequences I’ve seen in my life. Even so, it’s a good movie, with interesting development and an unimaginable plot twist in the final moments. When the movie starts, there’s a warning that it’s a censored version — and if that’s the cut-scenes variant, the full version must be even more shocking!
The House That Jack Built is a little lighter and tells the story of Jack, an ordinary man who, overnight, decides to become a serial killer. What is interesting here is the playfulness, since the feature is an allegory to the Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri — including a scene that refers directly to the inspiring work.
|Where to watch: Nymphomaniac, available on Netflix; The House That Jack Built available on TeleCine and AppleTV+|
|Drive My Car|
|By: Marcelo Rodrigues|
With the Oscars rolling this weekend, nothing more fair than talking about one of the most elite films of the Hollywood awards, isn’t it? Based on the short story of the same name by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami (who has appeared in our “What We’re Reading” column), Drive My Car tells the story of an actor and theater director who has his happy life as a couple shattered from one moment to the next and needs to learn to live with grief and the different faces of love.
It’s beautiful, it’s artistic and, like all good Murakami, speaks to a part of the people we don’t always want to see – but we were happy to visit it at the end of the journey. Do you have a complete review here on TecMasters? Yes he has. Will it win the Oscar for Best Picture? Do not go. Is it a film? Absolutely!
|Where to watch: in theaters (and later on MUBI)|
|Three Songs for Benazir|
|By: Renata Aquino|
Living at war is no exception, but everyday in some parts of the world. Still, there is room for love, for dreaming and for youth. Three Songs for Benazir is a bit of that. The documentary, which could be a movie, shows joy and sadness at the same time.
The story depicts the life of Shaista and Benazir, a young Afghan couple who live on a tiny plot of land in a refugee camp and dream. They build a house, they want to have children, they want to run away and, at the same time, they honor their parents and their customs. Nominated for an Oscar for best documentary, he deserves to be highlighted. It is a reminder of our possibility to love and to destroy.
|Where to watch: Netflix|
|Little Fires Everywhere|
|By: Tissiane Vincentin|
One more drama for my list: the miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Celeste Ng, tells the story of two families. On one side we have Elena (Reese Witherspoon): white, known to everyone in town, the typical American model mother with four children, a loving husband – the “perfect family”. On the other side, Mia (Kerry Washington): black, single mother of an amazing girl, artist who lives moving from city to city and arrives to live in Elena’s neighborhood – and, more than that, in the house Elena rents.
It sounds like a standard story — and at times it really is — but as the episodes go by, we discover that there’s a lot more behind each of the characters. Something that viewers can see especially through the feature of flashbacks, which show the pains that tear each character under their everyday masks, and it becomes clearer to understand how the past impacts the current scenario of each of the lives shown.
The story is crossed by class, gender and race prejudices, but it goes further and shows, mainly, about being a mother. The best thing is that it has a beginning, middle and end, so even though it’s very short (8 episodes, which is perfect for a marathon), it has enough details to go deeper and you can see how it ends.
|Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video|
This was another edition of the what are we watching, an integral part of our special lists, published every month with the newsroom’s (or not so) favorites. To see past issues and also know what we’re reading or watching, click here. Until later!