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    How is there not a thread for this yet? This movie was stunning.

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    Will probably be my personal choice for best picture. It was stunning. The script and Burnham’s direction were both genius in my opinion. I am in love with this movie. Fisher gave such a nuanced performance. This was such a smart, relatable, powerful and nuanced film and I really do hope it can make an impact come Oscar season.

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    moviefan61794
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    Thanks for starting this thread, Hunter. I just saw this film on Thursday night and it will also probably be my favorite film of the year. I cannot stop thinking about this movie. The layers upon layers of detail here are so lived in and creates a world that is instantly relatable, surreal and entertaining. This script has so much to say about something a lot of us cannot relate to (being a teenage girl in 2018) and that it was written by Bo freakin’ Burnham of all people is astonishing.

    This film not-so-elegantly captures what makes that time of your life really scary and really beautiful all at once. The constant peaks and valleys, the lingering threat of embarrassment, and the idea that every calculated move you make carries so much weight. It’s an idea reinforced in the cinematography and the score, for example, that really showcase Kayla’s anxiety and the seriousness of it all to her. That the film does not trivialize her struggles or turn into a full tilt tragedy nor a quirky comedy is a serious balancing act that I’m shocked they could even pull off.

    I think the film is relatable if you can remember your middle school days, no matter your gender or how “popular” you think you were. Everyone in middle school was drowning in a lack of self-confidence while desperately trying to fit in however they saw possible. I think this film is also really important for parents of today’s teenagers to see, to understand what exactly is so “dramatic” about their lives. The stakes are kind of low for a middle schooler from an adult’s point of view, but through Kayla’s eyes, every move is momentous and impossible and exhilarating.

    I am just glad a film like this will exist for future generations of teenagers, like how I was able to go back and watch the coming-of-age films of decades prior to my being a teenager. As I left the theater, I came upon a conversation between some moms who brought their daughters, who wanted to have a “debrief” after the film. I’m happy they will see their struggles depicted in a manner that is not condescending and does not discredit them, but also ultimately exclaims that things do, in fact, get better.

    Bo Burnham’s script and direction far exceeded my high expectations, and I’m excited to see what he contributes his voice to next. Elsie Fisher blew me away with a performance that will not get the credit it deserves, because it is one we are so familiar with whether because it reflects someone else in our lives or because we were once the same anxious teenager. I just absolutely adore this movie.

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    My two cents…

    Please, oh please let this extraordinary film emerge an awards season contender.

    Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, the year’s best picture thus far, is a remarkable coming-of-age tale, just as sharp and insightful as last year’s Lady Bird. It also happens to boast two performances richly deserving of Oscar conversation – leading lady Elsie Fisher and the superb Josh Hamilton, whose turn marks one of the great big screen dads of recent years.

    Eighth Grade centers on Kayla Day (Fisher), a 13-year-old navigating her way through the final week of the hellish nightmare that has been eighth grade. Kayla, like the vast majority of her peers, is infatuated with social media and she goes one step further, constantly posting motivational videos on YouTube, aimed at providing fellow eighth graders with the tools necessary for school survival.

    Alas, these videos attract close to zero views and Kayla herself is having the most aggravating time getting through middle school. Her dad Mark (Hamilton) adores Kayla but struggles to connect with her as she spends nearly every minute at home with her eyes glued to either her smartphone or laptop.

    The final week proves a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. There are suffocating events, like Kayla’s invitation to a pool party hosted by icy classmate Kennedy (Catherine Oliviere), and more positive encounters, like when she meets Kennedy’s lovably odd cousin Gabe (Jake Ryan) and gets to shadow a cool high school senior (Emily Robinson). For better or worse, Kayla’s world is turned upside down over these final days and through it all, keeping a careful eye on her, is Mark, with all of his unconditional love.

    Eighth Grade is often spine-tingling in the way it so vividly and perceptively captures this harrowing time in life and, for every moment that’ll leave you erupting in laughter (like nearly every moment featuring Aiden, the apple of Kayla’s eye), there’s another guaranteed to make you cry. Fisher and Hamilton share a devastating scene toward the end of the picture that recalls Timothee Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg in last year’s Call Me By Your Name – and frankly, might be even better.

    Fingers crossed A24, which has been gangbusters in recent years in generating recognition for its pictures, goes all-in on this masterful film.

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    THE OSCAR 100 (#25-21): Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn and Robert Forster

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    Seeing this next week and I cannot wait!!

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    I love pretty much everything that Bo has ever done and I’m so pleased his filmmaking debut is such a huge critical success.  If you ask me, it’ll probably follow in The Big Sick’s footsteps and garner a single nomination for Original Screenplay, but if we’re lucky he’ll follow in Jordan Peele’s footsteps instead and get nominations for Director and Best Picture, as well.  He certainly deserves it.

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    I saw this a second time and it was absolutely spectacular. I am still in awe. This needs to get nominations across the board at the Oscars: picture, direction, screenplay, lead actress, supporting actor, and every score and cinematography.

    Everything about this movie is just so perfect and spot on, especially the ensemble. Watching this a second time, you really notice the small details that Bo Burnham worked so hard on to create such an authentic atmosphere. The ensemble is so perfect it’s insane. Every little kid is cast perfectly. The idea or a mean girls reboot would make me vomit, but if it ever happened, the two means girls in this movie would be perfect. The McDonalds kid, I mean that’s a man. I loved Emily Robinson, who I recognized from Transparent. I mean, even the principle was just so perfect. These characters are so authentically specific it’s just amazing to see. The sheer detail of the authenticity makes it worth rewatching.

    Once again, I have to mention Elsie Fisher. Her performance was so beautiful nuanced and raw. And Josh Hamilton’s monologue had me crying. My one complaint about the movie was that the direction focused on Fisher during his monologue, which worked perfectly with the film, but only had me frustrated because I wanted to see his acting more. It’s more of a selfish dearie than a legitimate complaint.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had such a powerful physical reaction to a film, both times I’ve seen it.

    I can’t stress how much I love this movie. PLEASE go see it! I will cry when it gets 0 Oscar nominations.

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    This has got to be one of the most overpraised films of the year, but it happens with 99% of fare coming out of Sundance with a shred of critical praise, so go figure.

    Not surprisingly, Burnham can’t go five minutes without winking at his audience, and it makes for an eyeroll-inducing affair. Instead of constructing characters, he’s constructed caricatures, and instead of relating the experience of an eighth grader, he’s relating a collection of shitty experiences. It works better as a cringe-inducing YouTube video than a narrative film.

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    Third time and still amazing. I love this movie.

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    I wonder what the excuses will be when the nominations arrive this winter and this film is snubbed for Picture, Director and Screenplay, especially when at least two or three less acclaimed films are nominated instead.

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    I wonder what the excuses will be when the nominations arrive this winter and this film is snubbed for Picture, Director and Screenplay, especially when at least two or three less acclaimed films are nominated instead.

    Bo’s direction is phenomenal, but if the screenplay specifically doesn’t get in I riot

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    I wonder what the excuses will be when the nominations arrive this winter and this film is snubbed for Picture, Director and Screenplay, especially when at least two or three less acclaimed films are nominated instead.

    Bo’s direction is phenomenal, but if the screenplay specifically doesn’t get in I riot

    I think it is going to win best picture from at least one of the major film critics awards and that will revive its Oscar fortunes. If there were only five best picture nominees its poor box-office may be fatal, but with so many slots to fill the most acclaimed American film of 2018 is going to make the best picture line-up.

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    A screenplay nomination seems the most likely, but I really, really want Elsie Fisher in Best Actress. I hope critic awards and a Golden Globe nod can get the ball rolling. She deserves it.

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    A screenplay nomination seems the most likely, but I really, really want Elsie Fisher in Best Actress. I hope critic awards and a Golden Globe nod can get the ball rolling. She deserves it.

     

    Speaking of which, supporting actor is (right now) so incredibly open I’d love to also see Josh Hamilton make a splash at least with critics, to me he’s this year’s Laurie Metcalf.

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    Anyone else see this gem?

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