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June 3, 2019 at 7:19 am #1202921485
The trailer was just released today. Bale and Damon seem to be doing variations on past performances, so meh. Tracy Letts, on the other hand, really popped. It’s time for his first Oscar nomination, and supporting actor would seem like a good place for it. Very Alan Alda-ish here.
Discuss.June 3, 2019 at 7:46 am #1202921538
As a famous singer said, "ain't nobody gonna Thatcher, Thatcher, Thatcher!"June 3, 2019 at 8:00 am #1202921553
I hope people realize James Mangold’s terrific direction and not only appreciate Damon’s and Bale’s performances.He is extremely underrated director of our time.
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I LOVED THIS! Just sad that it will probably compete with many other GREAT FILMS for the bottom three spots for Best Picture, but this really deserves a spot! People who aren’t interested in cars might find it boring tho, but I think it’s for everyone.
It’s on track to top the weekend box office with $22M, above Charlie’s Angels which will have $13M.November 15, 2019 at 7:50 am #1203180677
I’m seeing this film on Saturday afternoon and plan on putting a review right here Sunday afternoon. I’m extremely exited for this film, especially since some of my favorite critics like Chris Stuckman, Jeremy Jahns, and Dan Murrel have called it one of their favorite films of the year.
For Your Consideration
Best Picture: Parasite
Best Director: Bong-Joon Ho,
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix
Best Actress: Scarlett Johansson
Supporting Actor: Al Pacino
Supporting Actress: Florence Pugh
Adapted Screenplay: Jojo Rabbit
Original Screenplay: ParasiteNovember 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm #1203181538
I really think this film will appeal to a core group of voters who like underdog films that harken back to “the good ol’ days,” but even beyond that, I enjoyed this film. Once the action really kicks up in the final hour or so, I was locked in, but the set up is good and allows for some nice moments for both Bale and Damon. They’re both good here and it is impossible to determine who is lead or who is supporting, so both going lead makes sense I think. There are specific stretches of the film where one is more prominent than the other, but it altogether is pretty equal. Bale probably gets a little more to do, though Damon has some good moments too. The technicals are great and this shouldn’t have an issue getting recognition for sound and editing, at least. Given the surprise box office reception, I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie’s overall Oscar chances rebounded from its huge reception earlier this season that cooled down once new contenders entered the scene. For a while, I even had this as my Best Picture winner with Mangold getting a Director nom. I don’t see that happening, but a Best Picture nomination is possible and wouldn’t be unwarranted, though that has more to do with what Oscar voters like than the actual quality of the film, even though it is a good movie, in my opinion.November 16, 2019 at 5:05 am #1203181814
I like bale’s performance here. So much more than his performance in Vice.
I don’t think any acting noms will come out of this but his performance is the best of the stellar cast.
Sound is amazing. Editing is sick. Should be a BP contender.
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BUT NOT REALLY because this is based on real events.
Can anybody explain what technicality pushed him to second place? I checked Wikipedia and it didn’t address that issue.
I just love movies. And awards.November 16, 2019 at 8:20 am #1203182030
SPOILER: Can anybody explain what technicality pushed him to second place? I checked Wikipedia and it didn’t address that issue.
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Le Mans rules hold that in the event of a dead heat finish, the car that drove the furthest distance is the official winner regardless of overall standings in the race. And since the Ford car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon started the race eight meters (roughly 60 feet) behind Miles (who was in the pole position), Miles is declared the second-place driver.November 16, 2019 at 8:23 am #1203182040
It’s overperforming at the box office too with a $30M+ debut!November 16, 2019 at 8:27 am #1203182042
Seeing this next saturday (or maybe tomorrow if I can squeeze it in my schedule)November 17, 2019 at 9:04 am #1203183184
Saw the early showing today. AWESOME movie. Bale is Oscar worthy. A+November 17, 2019 at 10:48 am #1203183379
Got to catch Ford v Ferrari last night. As someone who’s never been particularly interested in racing or cars (outside of Mario Kart), I had a total blast. Damon and Bale both delivered great performances. Bale’s part is more showy, and ultimately has more heart than Damon’s, but it never felt like Damon was being outperformed, even if I preferred his costar. If one of them makes it in, it’ll likely be Bale, which I believe is a possibility, but I don’t expect it to happen. Kudos to the studio for campaigning both of them in lead. They gave up an easy Supporting Actor nomination for Bale, but him going supporting would be absolutely egregious fraud. They are co-leads. The story doesn’t give one of them emphasis over the other. They’re complete and total equals. I’d be ecstatic if both of them could defy the odds and sneak into Best Actor, partly because both of them gave great performances, and partly because it would serve as a sign that studios should be campaigning leads as leads (something that Green Book could’ve been able to do last year, cause we all know he and Viggo and Ali would’ve gotten more votes than Dafoe). This is a classic underdog story, and I believe that’ll resonate with people. It’s not breaking new ground, but it’s doing this type of narrative very well. It’s a shame that this didn’t come out last year, cause I’m pretty sure Tracy Letts would’ve gotten an Oscar nod. He’s wonderful as Henry Ford II, and steals pretty much every scene he’s in. Unfortunately, his category is looking pretty stacked this year, so I’m not expecting him to make a big splash this awards season. The cast as a whole is great. This could be a deserving nominee for SAG ensemble. Shoutout to Noah Jupe. He’s a teenager who spends most of his screentime acting against one of the most acclaimed actors living today (Bale), but he totally stood his ground. Now onto the technical aspects. You can’t have a good racing movie without good races, and boy do they deliver here. The pacing, the sound, the cinematography, and the performances all come together to create absolutely exhilarating sequences. Director looks pretty crowded this year, and that’s a shame for James Mangold, as he’d be incredibly deserving of a nomination. The overall look and feeling was spectacular. After seeing it, I’ve placed the film into my 10th slot for Best Picture, and I can definitely imagine it going higher. Much like the heroes of the story, Ford v Ferrari is very likable and easy to root for. I’ll have to see The Irishman and 1917, but I can definitely imagine this film taking editing and the sound categories. The movie relies on those fields, and the people working in them completely delivered. Overall, I’d definitely recommend this film. It’s exciting, very likable, and a whole lot of fun.November 17, 2019 at 11:18 am #1203183406
The industry knows what a quagmire category confusion and arbitrary placements are creating. They still won’t write down any rules for reasons I strongly suspect are self serving.
I’m hoping it won’t be long before they take that step which is stronger than merely written guidelines, which still don’t exist.
ETA: it’s also unpleasant seeing all the venom directed at any particular actor out of the belief they committed fraud.
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