November 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm #1202401484
Saw this tonight and was really surprised. A lot of people have been predicting Leo, but nobody is actually talking about the performance so I assumed that it was a bland performance they thought the Academy would namecheck. But she was fantastic in this, probably best performance of her career. Margaret Quaelley was also very good, and hope this is a start to a great post-Leftovers career. Agron and Nicholson gave solid performances, particularly Agron who really surprised me.
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.November 4, 2017 at 2:09 am #1202401594
Could this surprise in screenplay?November 7, 2017 at 6:38 pm #1202404735
Melissa Leo chewed the scenery whole, but damn, was she brilliant. Easily her best performance yet. She had this fantastic monologue toward the end of the film that sealed it for her. I don’t know how well she stands in the supporting race this year, but she’d be a worthy winner with this performance.November 8, 2017 at 10:43 am #1202405313
Could this surprise in screenplay?
Original Screenplay is one of the most competitive categories this year (Three Billboards, Shape of Water, The Post, Lady Bird, Get Out, The Big Sick, Phantom Thread, Darkest Hour, Florida Project, Dunkirk). I doubt it, but if it does it probably gets into picture too.November 11, 2017 at 11:46 am #1202408039
I am seeing this movie tomorrow and your posts encourage me to the point where I am willing to travel to the only movie theater that is showing it (the art house movie theater, which is across the river). I am glad to hear such positive things about Leo and Qualley (: I will write more tomorrow after I see the movie!November 13, 2017 at 11:04 am #1202409474
Leo is excellent and the film doesn’t treat religious devotion as cavalierly or callously as a lot of American films do. The approach to the subject is grounded, fair-minded, but also opinionated. I think the big barrier to this getting any award traction is the subject, sadly. Sober discussions on belief are few and far between in Hollywood, so it’s a topic that may have a hard time finding the necessary audience. It will really have to make inroads with the critics, though Leo has the advantage of name recognition as former winner and two-time nominee. But I don’t really see it getting any other nods.November 13, 2017 at 11:23 am #1202409484
Novitiate is definitely a film worth seeing. I give it a B+. My only objections are the lack of a musical score (which slows the movie down) and the fact that Kathleen isn’t really affected all that much by vatican 2 – it would have been better if the new rules created conflict between the novitiate and the mother superior, but the antagonism was with other characters. Two superb supporting performances: Julianne Nicholson as her agnostic worldly mother and Melissa Leo as an authoritarian insane dictator of a mother superior. Both are awards worthy performances. Everyone else is excellent, as is the direction and screenplay. Out of the 11 frontrunners on goldderby I have only seen 4 of the performances so far and I rate Leo higher than Metcalf, Dunst and Pfeiffer (I disliked the latter’s performance) and tied with Holly Hunter in The Big Sick, which I loved and thought she was magnificent.
Favorite scene: the confrontation between the two mothers. Nicholson and Leo both delivered powerhouse performances! (:January 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm #1202464601
What happened to this movie and to Melissa Leo?
Did they not campaign?January 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm #1202464610
People didn’t go and see it – it has two superb performances, Melissa Leo and Julianne Nicholson, both Oscar-worthy, but this film came and went in a blink of an eye ):February 25, 2018 at 10:25 am #1202500580
I just watched this and was really captivated by it. It was a great film, with a wonderful script and directing effort by Maggie Betts. She should have secured a First Time Feature Film Directing nod at DGA, but alas this film was slept on all season long. This was a great ensemble with a standout moment for almost all of the young girls and great performances by the veterans in the cast. While much of the sparse praise for this film was heaped on Melissa Leo, I was impressed by Julianne Nicholson the most. She was spitfire, but also had tender moments and while she wasn’t always necessarily articulate or morally correct, you understood her motivations and thus felt for her character deeply, especially as the film progresses. I craved for her to have a little more screentime, but she’s still my actress of choice from this film and will make my personal lineup. Leo was, of course, great and a very interesting “villain.” Margaret Qualley was wonderful and really followed through on the potential she showed on “The Leftovers” (and I will root for anyone associated with that show to have great success for years to come). Dianna Agron really stepped up to the plate in a way that I honestly didn’t think she could. In the right vehicle, she could be a real breakout star. This was a great role and (SPOILERS) I was very sad to see the character go halfway through the film, although it absolutely made sense to the story and for the character. If she had a constant presence, she may have rivaled Nicholson as my favorite part of the film. This was a great film and I’m excited to see what Maggie Betts does next after a spellbinding debut!February 25, 2018 at 3:06 pm #1202500673
I really liked it. Qualley was quite good as lead, Agron and especially Nicholson were great. And Melissa Leo has given one of the best performances of her career. But it got me thinking. Someone like Sigourney Weaver would have killed it and Allison Janney would have not sweep anything. Weaver would clean not only industry awards but probably critics too. What the fuck is going on with her agents? Or is it her decision to play all those action roles? I know they pay better than indie movies but seriously, if she played that role she would have been winning golden dildo next week.March 21, 2018 at 2:48 am #1202516766
Finally saw this underrated one.
Great debut for Maggie Bets, it’s hard to believe none carried about this movie.
Great ensemble work and stunning performances from Leo, who should have been Oscar nominated over MJ Blige or Octavia Spencer, Margaret Qualley and Julianne Nicholson.