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  • FreemanGriffin
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    I looked through 30 pages to see if there was already a thread for this movie and couldn’t find one. I am heading out to see this movie and am wondering if others have seen it? What did you think of it? What are it’s awards season prospects? Could this be a SAG Ensemble Cast nominee? Thoughts?

    I will weigh in with my own thoughts after I have seen the movie today.

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    I really liked it. Everyone in the cast was brilliant – Frances was my favourite. If this doesn’t win Production Design it would be a serious injustice. The only problem I had was the third story was a little weaker than the first two.

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    I didn’t like this movie – quite dull and even the production design is the same as we have seen in other Wes Anderson movies. Timothee Chalamet was charming but that was it. All of the performances fell flat and I really hated the first longer story, the art section. Really disappointed in this movie. I give it a D.

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    wolfali
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    I thought this was enjoyable. It isn’t one of Wes’ best and there definitely are some flaws (I didn’t really connect with it emotionally, or at least as much as I did with a lot of his other films) but it was still a film that had me fixated which I consider to generally be a good thing.

    It’s a shame as always with Wes’ films the actors have pretty much no chance at getting nominated. Léa Seydoux and Frances McDormand would be very deserving supporting actress nominees in particular.

    FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.

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    Honestly, I kinda would put it among his best. Not absolute top-tier, but definitely upper-half Wes.

    I think what I like best about it is that it doesn’t go in for the big emotional gut punch like Grand Budapest did at the end. It has a resonance that really sneaks up on you, that you don’t notice get until Wright’s monologue towards the end, and then you notice it’s been there all along. It’s about a bunch of lonely people trying to devote themselves to something–art, politics, writing, food, anything–greater than themselves.

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    Cocastique
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    I don’t have the words to express how much I hated this.

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    Stefania
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    I don’t have the words to express how much I hated this.

    I haven’t seen it yet. What did you hate about it?

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    Honestly, I kinda would put it among his best. Not absolute top-tier, but definitely upper-half Wes.

    I think what I like best about it is that it doesn’t go in for the big emotional gut punch like Grand Budapest did at the end. It has a resonance that really sneaks up on you, that you don’t notice get until Wright’s monologue towards the end, and then you notice it’s been there all along. It’s about a bunch of lonely people trying to devote themselves to something–art, politics, writing, food, anything–greater than themselves.

    Jeffrey Wright, perfectly realizing that moment.

    FYC
    Best Picture: "Aftersun" (A24); “Bones & All” (MGM/UA)
    Best Director: Charlotte Wellls; Luca Guadagnino
    Best Actress: Frankie Corio; Taylor Russell
    Best Actor: Paul Mescal; Timothee Chalamet
    Best Supporting Actress: Chloe Sevigny
    Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Andre Holland, Michael Stuhlbarg
    Best Original Screenplay: Charlotte Wells
    Best Adapted Screenplay: David Kajganich

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    Cocastique
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    I haven’t seen it yet. What did you hate about it?

    I thought it was heartless and hollow. It was like looking at hundreds of pretty frames that didn’t mean anything whatsoever. Style over substance.

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    This felt like having sex with seven condoms on. Really cold and sterile but for no reason at all. Nice presentation though.

    For Your Consideration:
    The Banshees of Inisherin in ALL categories, including:
    - Best Picture
    - Best Director
    - Best Actor (Colin Farrell)
    - Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson)
    - Best Supporting Actor (Barry Keoghan)
    - Best Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon)
    - Best Supporting Actress (Sheila Flitton)
    - Best Original Screenplay

    Letterboxd: Ray_In_Bruges

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    Wanda
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    Watched this recently and I have to say it was quite disappointing. I certainly enjoyed the spectacle that his formalism gives but I kept on waiting for his heart to show and it just never did. Definitely over-written, just to prove how witty he can be, hoping that we find something touching among all the unnecessary details he gives us, but there’s really not much there to chew on – his takes on art and politics come off as shallow and clumsy and the comedic moments simply don’t land.

    Maybe his weakest since his debut? Where would you all rank it on his filmography?

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    wolfali
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    Where would you all rank it on his filmography?

    1. The Royal Tenenbaums
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    5. Rushmore
    6. The Darjeeling Limited
    7. Isle of Dogs
    8. The French Dispatch
    9. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    10. Bottle Rocket 

    FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.

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