March 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm #1202806936
Lost in Translation:
Whew. Such a nuanced and subtle film. First things first, Coppola’s direction is brilliant, as are the performances from the two leads. Scarlett even out-acted Bill imo which makes her oscar snub… confusing. With that being said, the real thing that makes this movie stand out is it’s ability to find humour in the extremely sad story that is at it’s core. The screenplay voluntarily let us past it’s sweet and cute surface in only a couple of well-chosen moments,which makes the loneliness of both main characters and their incapacity to find a purpose to their lives even more heartbreaking.
Definitely an A+March 6, 2019 at 9:31 pm #1202806967
I watched “Kinsey” (2004) again for the first time in over a decade. It really holds up well today. I don’t think this film received its proper due in its time. Maybe the content was too radical or clinical for voters or something, but it wasn’t like I was scandalized by seeing this film back then. The focus was on other contenders for sure, like “The Aviator,” “Ray,” “ESOTSM,” “Vera Drake,” “Finding Neverland,” “Hotel Rwanda,” and our late-breaking BP winner, “Million Dollar Baby.” I’d like to think that “Kinsey” could have made an expanded BP field, but this was a competitive year. Liam Neeson gave one of his best performances. No reason to have Johnny Depp there except for career momentum and afterglow Oscar nomination. Funny/sad that both men are disgraced now with little chances of being nodded again. Laura Linney was fantastic. Peter Sarsgaard should have been more competitive. Bill Condon at the very least should have been more of a consideration in Original Screenplay. There’s also a cameo here by the late Lynn Redgrave I forgot about that knocked me over. Even John Lithgow was memorable in the little that the script allowed for him. This was an interesting exploration of sexuality and the inner forces that drive us as human beings to love, mate, and destroy. Glad I revisited this film!
love this review. Kinsey is one of my all time favourite movies. Also made me rediscover Laura Linney (already saw her prior in The Truman Show but I became a fan of her with Kinsey).
I was banned for unspecified reasons. Bye, Goldderby. Thank you, next!March 7, 2019 at 9:34 pm #1202808335
La La Land:
Rewatched it for probably the 12th time. I’m still blown away. Damien Chazelle’s direction is the best I’ve ever seen.
Emma Stone deserved every bit of that oscar, Ryan Gosling should have won. Actually, It should have won every category it was nominated for (that costume design loss is just laughable).March 7, 2019 at 9:55 pm #1202808354
Vox Lux (2018):
God, how disappointing this movie was. Raffey Cassidy and Natalie Portman are wonderful, but their talents are completely wasted on a meandering script and a nonexistent plot. It wasn’t as haunting as it was exhausting, and after that ten-minute concert scene I just felt like I had gotten absolutely nothing out of the movie. I will give it a few points for some occasionally innovative dialogue, costumes and hair and makeup that I LOVED, mildly interesting songs that I did admittedly return to on Spotify afterwards, and actually pretty good direction. Everyone involved just could have done so much better. It’s not terrible, just a massive letdown and depressingly mediocre, especially painful when you can tell that it’s trying SO hard to be deep and cutting and sensational. Brady Corbet, there’s no doubting you have legitimate talent, but let someone else write the script next time.
4/10March 8, 2019 at 10:45 am #1202809124
Saw 2 great documentaries: Apollo 11 and Free Solo.
If I had seen Free Solo prior to Oscars I would have predicted it. The visuals were breathtaking and the story was very engaging. It really felt like you were thee hanging on the edge not knowing which one could be your last.
Apollo 11 was everything First Man wanted to be without any of the pretentiousness. I saw it in Imax and had many moments thinking that this couldnt even be real. Whoever restored the footage needs to be given the nobel prize. It’s even better than They Shall Not Grow Old. I hope it wins in 2020.March 8, 2019 at 3:47 pm #1202809511
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde -1931 This was supposed to be a horror classic ( unexpectedly funny )
Mildred Place -1945 ( A )
Rebel without a Cause -1955
Anastasia 1956 ( A )
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane 1962 ( A +++) 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻March 9, 2019 at 5:14 am #1202810044
I just watched Ben Is Back. Julia Roberts is amazing, and Lucas Hedges is superb. But I still prefer Beautiful Boy and I still think Thimothee Chalamet should have won the Oscar.
Free Solo was gripping and very heartfelt at the same time.
Destroyer was a pretty irritating movie, despite Nicole Kidman delivering a knockout performance. But Glenn Close was still better than everyone else last year.March 14, 2019 at 10:04 pm #1202817158
Cries and Whsipers -1973
A Room with a View -1986
The Hours -2002. Love Nicole’s transformation. She became the character. Her acting was different from her other movies. Meryl was great but reminded me of same acting approach from her previous work.
The Pianist – 2002. A bit of both GreenBook + Schindler List
Winter’s Bone – 2010. Jennifer’s acting was raw/really good 👏🏻
Tree of Life – 2011. Notable performance by Jessica.
Silver Lining Playbook – 2012
Her – 2012. I agree with someone who said, the story is about fallin’ in love with your iPhone.
Brookyln – 2015
Mother! 2017- allegoryMarch 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm #1202817164
Paradise Road – 1997. young Cate Blanchett, Frances Mcdormand and Glenn Close in 1 movie plus Pauline Collins. The only thing I did not like was Frances’ acting.March 15, 2019 at 1:06 am #1202817298
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
An absolutely fabulous turn from Julie Christie, her delivery had me practically screaming. The bridge scene was simply one of the most devastating movie deaths ever.
I left the movie with so many things in my head regarding what it says about gender and human existence in general, but when I talked to my friends the first thing that came out of my mouth was “did you see Tilda’s fucking gowns?!”March 15, 2019 at 10:02 pm #1202818163
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989): Need to do a rewatch since I stopped paying attention to it near the time Pfeiffer started hitting it big with HBO messing up.
Cruel Intentions (1999): Watched this for the first time in a while. Gellar’s Kathryn is purely iconic and deserved an Oscar nomination for the line: “I’m the Marcia f**king Brady of the Upper East Side…” amongst everything else. Her talking about the power of God while holding her cocaine-filled cross necklace gave me life. I also can’t tell if Philippe is Razzie-worthy or cult following-worthy. Grade: B+
Love & Other Drugs (2010): Jake Gyllenhaal can continue to like get it. That’s all.March 16, 2019 at 10:01 pm #1202818991
Vox Lux (2018):
The cast, cinematography, and songs were simply astonishing. I don’t know why I was wondering what Dakota Johnson could’ve done as the sister in the beginning, it was just a random thought lol. The beginning was tough yet amazing and emotional, but Willem Dafoe interrupting the performance was so odd, not to mention the score that followed it. I guess Dafoe is a good narrator, but his narration was so pointless and the shots during it I just hated. After that, I didn’t care for the constant changing situations; it probably would’ve done better if it stayed longer pre-music career and further explored the emotions of Celeste and those around her. The second half turned into a showcase for Portman, which I’m fine with because she was amazing in the end, but hated Celeste’s heavy personality change (especially that accent, god) and the entire half was kinda pointless which brings me to think what was the point of this. Christopher Abbott continues to be a Jon Snow lookalike and I’m here for it. Overall, Portman, Law, Cassidy, and Martin were great, don’t know if I can say the same thing about everything else post-church.
Grade: I wanted to love it but I don’t know how I really feel about it, much like everyone else on here at first, so I’m giving it a range of C- to B-; but I can definitely see myself growing to hate it because post-church performance turns into a pretentious fest.
Edit: Actually, now I hate it because there was literally no point for me to spend $5.99 to watch this, especially with that ending. So I’m giving this a low D+/C-.March 17, 2019 at 12:50 am #1202819132
Edit: Actually, now I hate it because there was literally no point for me to spend $5.99 to watch this, especially with that ending. So I’m giving this a low D+/C-.
Love, I’ll pm you a hundred safe free sites literally offering anything to watch. 6$ really?
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