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October 31, 2019 at 8:36 am #1203160497
“Judy” (2019): I’d say that the major takeaways here are “welcome back, Renée!” for a breathtaking lead performance as Judy Garland, and that the film itself is a threadbare support of that showcase role. I know that was never the goal of anyone involved to make a BP contender, but still. It’s a surprisingly in-depth take on the imagined last days of Judy Garland’s fragile and tragic life. I thought that Renée stepped up to the plate in every possible way: the hair, costumes, makeup, choreography, voice, body mannerisms, and yes, even the singing too. I didn’t think that the flashbacks were necessary. Felt like shoehorned #MeTooRealness thrown in there for effect, when Garland by most accounts thought of Mayer as a second father (but I know, both realities very well could have been true; the real story was Judy’s wretched mother, which is given no screeentime). I could tell that a novice director was at the helm, and at times, I wanted more from the supporting cast. Two immediate standouts were Jessie Buckley and Finn Wittrock. Not quite enough to nominate for either, but at least they enlivened the film when necessary. Highly recommended viewing regardless for Renée’s comeback role!October 31, 2019 at 7:05 pm #1203161243
It’s been a while since I’ve seen The Blind Side, but I remember Sandra Bullock giving a great performance in that. In fact, here’s how I’d rank the three Best Actress nominees from 2009 that I’ve seen… 1. Sandra Bullock 2. Gabourey Sidibe 3. Carey Mulligan
Bullock in The Blind Side doesn’t hold a candle to Mulligan in An Education. They’re not even in the same league.October 31, 2019 at 7:10 pm #1203161245
My favorite Bullock film remains Love Potion # 9.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K Dick Blade RunnerOctober 31, 2019 at 7:13 pm #1203161252
I thought Carey Mulligan was great in An Education, but I’m not sure if her character on paper felt worthy of an Oscar win. Though definitely nomination worthy. I’m glad she at least managed to win the BAFTA.November 1, 2019 at 6:06 pm #1203162369
I just watched the Peanut Butter Falcon and I really enjoyed it.
A couple days ago, I watched the Farewell and it was pretty good.November 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm #1203162373
I just saw Midsommar and for me, it was not as good as Hereditary.November 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm #1203163493
I just watched Beanpole. It was heavy, intense and depressing. However, I really liked it. I think, it really has a high chance to be in the shortlist for Oscar’s International Movie category.November 3, 2019 at 7:58 am #1203163889
Jojo Rabbit. What a mess…November 3, 2019 at 6:08 pm #1203164804
Drinningen (Queen of Hearts). Whoa, that was intense!November 4, 2019 at 8:49 am #1203165455
“Pain & Glory” (2019): Devastatingly beautiful addition to the Almodóvar canon, and without “Parasite” around, would likely be the frontrunner for Best International Film. I hadn’t heard of the riff between Almodóvar and Banderas that fueled much of this film, but that history and build-up gave Antonio Banderas the opportunity to give the performance of his career to date. I’ll root for him hard to make the cut in Lead Actor, and of course, Almodóvar in Director. This was so personal at times, I thought that I shouldn’t be viewing this? The manipulation of memory and what fuels us to persist through suffering and joy was fascinating material to explore. Loved Asier Etxeandia as Alberto here (“Banderas surrogate”), and in a just world, he would be in the supporting actor conversation. Let’s talk about Penélope Cruz for a bit. She was as luminious as I’ve ever seen her as Jacinta, though I waver if she was in the film enough to be viable in supporting actress. She was in one of my favorite scenes of the year with the laundry sequence singalong, and I know I wanted to see more of her character around. My only issue with the film was that it was overlong, and maybe the focus could have diverted elsewhere at times. Regardless, this is a deeply felt and engaging work from Almodóvar as a late-career culmination as well as a gateway into his earlier work (see a particularly cheeky cameo role from Almodóvar mainstay Cecilia Roth for proof of that). Highly recommended viewing.November 5, 2019 at 4:01 pm #1203167569
I watched Parasite at movies yesterday. It was amazing. Perfect balance of comedy and thriller.November 5, 2019 at 7:57 pm #1203167761
I noticed Ides of March was playing. Since this was one of my favorite films that year I watched it again.
A politically astute film with a great cast. It was bitter sweet seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman. Thanks for what you gave to art and film.
Won’t go into much more detail except that I love the score (Desplat) and this :
MVP Evan Rachel Wood=Melinda Dillon Absence of Malice.
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerNovember 5, 2019 at 8:12 pm #1203167770
rewatched 9 to 5 cuz why not, dolly was just the best, a shame she didn’t commit to a career in filmsNovember 6, 2019 at 4:03 am #1203168123
For the past 12 days, I saw
Joker: amazing in every way.
Dolemite is my Name : highly recommended to all. Such a nice feel good flick.
Farming : it deserves some love.
Hustlers: just fine.
The Farewell : cool and interesting.
Gemini msn: what an ugly joke.
Maleficent : not great but better than I thought it’d be
Best Actor :.
Taron Egerton = Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix = Joker
Eddie Murphy = Dolemite is my Name
Best actress :
Charlize Theron = Bombshell
Alfre Woodard = Clemency
Brad Pitt = Once upon a time in Hollywood
Supporting Actress =
Margot Robbie = Any of her two performances.
Dame Maggie Smith = Downton Abbey
Octavia Spencer = Luce
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