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    The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Directed by Desiree Akhavan

    The lesbian verison of Boy Erased, Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a teenaged girl who gets caught with her girlfriend and sent to a gay conversion therapy center (this one is full-time). She is miserable and questions the treatment (for the most part), makes friends, has sex with her female roommate. Dr. Lydia Marsh is played by Tony-winner Jennifer Ehle and is a Nurse Ratched like character. Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck and Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. all have good roles. The film is mostly good, a bit slow at times, has its moments of humor, but the lead character is often lethargic which makes an audience member feel tired too. Worth seeing, I am surprised it didn’t do better with the Independent Spirit Awards.

    Grade: B

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    I’ve been brushing up on my 1939, watching Stagecoach and Gone With the Wind the last two days. I’m very happy to have finally seen these classics.

    Regarding both, I happen to accidentally stumble upon Thomas Mitchell many times. He’s a marvelous supporting actor, pulling the best performances out of his costars. I’m glad he won his Oscar for Stagecoach, and I’m also very keen on seeing the rest of his competition that year (already loved Claude Rains’ work in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

    The visual effects for Stagecoach are phenomenal for its time, especially some moments during the climax.
    It’s the start of a wonderful collaboration between John Wayne and John Ford too, and i’m they made over a dozen films together. Even when Wayne isn’t on the screen, he has a lingering presence. I do believe this is a “must see” Western and I’m happy that I’ve now seen it.

    Gone With the Wind is one of the all time classics naturally and I must say I felt embarrassed I hadn’t seen such a piece of art. Leigh is phenomenal, Gable is intriguing, De Havilland is moving and McDaniel is utterly lovable and hilarious at times. The production of this movie at the time it was released leaves me flabbergasted. The scope of this movie makes it very deserving for this movie to be called an epic. Everyone involved in this movie did a fantastic job. It’s a long watch of course, nearly clocking in at 4 hours (I had the version with the overture, intermission and so forth), but it’s absolutely worth it.

    Historians call 1939 the best year for movies ever, it’s definitely shaping up to be a fantastic source of perennial classics.

    “Gone with the Wind” is an excellent movie until after Atlanta burns – I feel the movie gets very “soap opera” in the second half. “The Wizard of Oz” will always be my favorite from 1939 – probably one of the best years in film. I still watch that movie to this day.

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    The Golden Bowl (2000) Merchant Ivory film. Superb performance by Kate Beckinsale sporting an American accent perfectly. She was so robbed of an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. And I couldn’t help noticing how a then-young Uma Thurman bore a striking resemblance to Bette Davis. She could’ve played Bette in a biopic.

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    Bohemian Rhapsody
    I usually hate musical biopics (fake BS) but I really enjoyed this movie, and I hope Rami Malek wins the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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    After watching Capernaum, I have to say that the movie’s lead Zain Al Rafeea is the only actor who deserves the Oscar more than Rami Malek. A perfect performance in a perfect movie!

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    Out of Africa (1985) It had been many years since I had last seen it. It was nice to view it again. It’s a very scenic film. I didn’t remember much about it. Acting-wise it was one Meryl Streep’s finest moments, though her “Danish” accent was rather weird. It sounded like she tried to make a British accent sound foreign in some way. I know of a Danish celebrity who speaks English with an accent that does not sound anything like Meryl’s accent in this film.

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    Annihilation : Seriously, it’s terrifying. Idk why I watched it in the middle of the night lmao. It’s also gorgeously shot and the acting is incredible tbh. The amount of Oscar nominations this was robbed of is heartbreaking. (Cinematography, Visual Effects and Actress should have been shoo-in)

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    FYC: Octavia Spencer (Luce) - Best Supporting Actress

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    Annihilation : Seriously, it’s terrifying. Idk why I watched it in the middle of the night lmao. It’s also gorgeously shot and the acting is incredible tbh. The amount of Oscar nominations this was robbed of is heartbreaking. (Cinematography, Visual Effects and Actress should have been shoo-in) A

    Agreed. Such an underrated film, one of my favorites of last year!

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    Annihilation : Seriously, it’s terrifying. Idk why I watched it in the middle of the night lmao. It’s also gorgeously shot and the acting is incredible tbh. The amount of Oscar nominations this was robbed of is heartbreaking. (Cinematography, Visual Effects and Actress should have been shoo-in)

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    Garland doesn’t make these films for awards and yet they’re actually fit for them versus what is actually served to us, and that’s whats amazing about it. He just tries his best with what he considers art. This film is so underrated in comparison to Ex Machina and it’s such a shame that it couldn’t get into those categories.

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    Finally got around watching Constantine. Boy, these visual effects did not aged well.

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    Jagged Edge (1985)
    The Trip To Bountiful (1985)
    just rewatching some of the lead actress performances of 1985

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    I hated The Portrait of a Lady the same way as I hated Nightcrawler. Hate the main characters in it. The Portrait… ugh… I had such high hopes for her. So I guess that means it’s a good movie because it made me feel some type of way.

    I also watched For the Boys with Bette Midler. That was a fun one. I’m surprised it didn’t get more recognition. A person’s life through different wars sounds like Oscar bait to me. Anyway, I would’ve selected her as Best Actress instead of Foster.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    Sorry for this hella long review, it’s for a hella long movie.

    Suspiria (2018):

    Just rented this tonight on Amazon Prime. Directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton.

    Dismal, depressing, and repulsive doesn’t even begin to describe this film’s setting, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing (all thanks to Luca’s direction). The score was amazing, as was Yorke’s introduction song, Suspirium. Johnson, Goth, Swinton, Fokina, and Harper were great. The beginning was really slow but once Johnson became a dancer and Olga (Fokina) arguing with Madame Blanc (Swinton), things started heating up. Speaking of Fokina, man was that scene something. Seeing it in context with the movie definitely added layers to it. Next, Swinton’s gaze follows you throughout the film, leaving you with thinking she’s watching you watching her on your screen (this film is clearly bringing out the dramatic cinephile in me). That reunion between the doctor and his wife was a nice breather *spoiler alert* until well, that ended lol. The final act was probably one of the most graphic, repulsive and terrifying things I’ve ever seen, yet belongs in a list of the best film endings of all time, all accompanied with Yorke’s great work.

    Johnson, Swinton, and the make-up are phenomenal and should’ve been the frontrunners this year (but it’s understandable as to why they weren’t). Downsides to the film were: Moretz was miscast as always, the length, and I think Johnson’s wig could’ve been a different color lol. Don’t know if I would recommend this to just anyone, but if you’re fine with slow films riddled with gore and great performances, this is one for you.

    Overall grade: A-/A

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    Rush was a great movie. Rooted for Bruhl’s character (didn’t realize it was based on real people) and it irks me how he got snubbed for that role. Oscars really need to stop skewing towards old men and young women but that’s a discussion for a different time.

     

    Isn’t It Romantic was also not as bad as I assumed it would be. Hopefully I remember it by the end of the year.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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