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  • Damiansport1
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    This probably wont get any major Oscar love. While its getting great reviews its not getting the critical acclaim that people were predicting (people thought this would easily get in the 90s on Rotten Tomatoes). It could maybe get a screenplay nom if that category is weak. But nothing else but that. Brolin is a lock for a Golden Globe nom, and I would be very suprised if they snubbed it for Best Comedy/Musical.

    I think its gonna some techs nominations like Costumes, production design and Deakins

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    babypook
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    Omg! I really enjoyed this! A terrific homage to the glory days.

    Josh Brolin is a worthy Lead.

     

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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    babypook
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    [quote=”babypook”]

    Omg! I really enjoyed this! A terrific homage to the glory days.

    OMG! I really hated this.

    Pook, how did we wind up on opposite sides of the argument??? We need a couple of good drinks in a warm bar to hash this out. LOL

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    Hilarious. I can understand why you ‘hated’ it. I thought I would too, but instead, I found it fairly hilarious. Brolin, Clooney…wish there was more Johansson, Fiennes, Swinton, such a huge cast…they ‘cohered’ for me in a way which captivated me. Plus, the film is entirely irreverent, which is almost a Coen trait. I didnt object to the ‘target groups’ they were taking aim at. The many, many references to those 40’s stars kept me interested.

    Then, there’s Deakins. He likely wont win for this, but it wouldnt surprise me to see him receive a nomination, since his work is once again stellar, if somewhat understated. Carter Burwell’s score is terrific as well.

    As for the drinks, I just won my Denver bet, so I’ll buy.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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    I thought the film was a complete snooze, almost certainly the most anemic Coens film to date. Ehrenreich and Brolin were solid, but certainly not Oscar-calibur. I can fathom it getting a Globe nod or two, though, if next awards season is lackluster on the Comedy/Musical side.

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    Riley Chow
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    Jonah Hill being one of five equally-sized heads on the poster is perhaps the most egregious inflation of a role on a poster that I have seen.  He has a single short scene (ninety seconds and four words, per Ralph) in which he sits at a table.  The strange part is that they had other famous people listed on the poster with more to do (Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand), so it is not like the rest were nobodies otherwise and they wanted star power.

    Josh Brolin is leading.  George Clooney and Alden Ehrenreich are supporting.  Everyone else is essentially a two-scene cameo.  Scarlett Johansson managed to lose her character’s accent between her two scenes.  Channing Tatum has the best part.  If they released this in the fall, they could have gotten Globe nominations in comedy and actor.  Production design was great, but this is going nowhere at the Oscars.  Remember that The Grand Budapest Hotel had great critical reviews and great box office (and it was released a month later).  Martin Scorsese finally won an Oscar and his next film was his highest-grossing to date, but the Oscars totally ignored Shutter Island because it came out in February.  If this came out in the fall, George Clooney would get some buzz in the Oscar blogosphere that would ultimately amount to nothing and Tom would talk about how this is a role that actors love.  He is playing an actor, so he gets big speeches in the movies-within-the-movie.  They did not uglify him, but did subtle things with camera angles and whatnot so he is also very unattractive here.  I guess Roger Deakins could get in, as he seems to have nothing else on the way and always must be name-checked, which is too bad.  Someday, I will encounter in real life the bright moonlight of the movies.

    As for the movie, it is just very half-baked.  It is merely a collection of ideas for fun scenes that the Coen brothers never managed to work into any of their other movies, so they put them all in this one, without any regard for how they would come together into a cohesive story.  It seems at first like it has the potential to be a great ensemble movie with a lot of overlapping storylines that eventually crossover, but nope.  Plots get resolved off screen and characters randomly get dropped altogether.  Shame on the critics for giving it a light pass.  Beloved auteurs remembering old Hollywood with an all-star cast?  Well, it sure was a recipe for catnip.

    It has funny moments and I see what they were getting at, but overall, what a mess.

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    vinny
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    Haven’t seen it yet….fingers crossed I see it this weekend hopefully lol.

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    This was not a good movie. So many stars wasted and a story that went nowhere. Don’t even wanna linger on it.

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    My Review: 

    If you ignore the credits and passover the fact that this is a Coen Brothers movie you might hold this movie in a higher regard but you can’t ignore how much amazing material that gets hinted at in many scenes in this movie that just cut off way too early. I really enjoy the Coen Brothers and they are clearly having a ball making this movie but I wish they were having a ball making the whole movie. They should have just committed to a full quirky slapstick comedy than many segments of hilarity wrapped around a mystery that isn’t very compelling. The scenes that make this movie work are the little looks at the many movies being filmed on this studio like Channing Tatum’s sailer musical, Ralph Fiennes’ directed romantic drama, Scarlett Johansson’s big scale mermaid movie, and Alden Ehrenreich’s westerns. Most of these supporting players with the exclusion of Ehrenreich are underutilized like the three others I mentioned, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and Jonah Hill that only gets that one moment in the trailer in the movie. Fiennes is really fantastic and I would watch a whole movie about his character but really I would watch a whole movie about all these supporting players but Fiennes came out on top as my favorite. Swinton is really fantastic as the twin gossip columnists but she is given three or four scenes and McDormand’s cameo role is really hilarious but we get too much focus on this Josh Brolin/George Clooney mystery tale that just is not as fun as watching what is happening around the studio lot. This reminded me of my feelings of The Player except I enjoyed this movie a lot more but I really loved the opening where you see all the celebs in meetings but then you get hunkered down with a less enthusiastic mystery. George Clooney is pretty much just being himself in this movie which is what many say about all his roles but I think he has way more to that in a lot of his other roles but here he just isn’t given much to do to even be a character. Though the scenes with the group known as “the future” have really funny moments those were the slower scenes for me. I thought one of the first scenes involving the religious board was really fantastic and was a true Coen Brothers scene from a comedy that I wish had kept its stamina for the whole movie instead of just weaving in and out. The production design, costumes, hair, and original songs written for the movie are all excellent and Roger Deakins’ cinematography is great as always when he works with the Coen Brothers and though some scenes had issues, the screenplay is still really great, like I said if this was not a Coen Brothers movie you would say it is fantastic but having the baggage of knowing what they are capable of you feel underwhelmed by the end of what this movie could have been made my these wonderful directors/writers. So overall, in this infamous month of February at the movies, this is by far the best option you have right now and it’s a pretty solid option that will fill you with joy during the scenes of making the movies within the movie. 4 stars 

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