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January 31, 2020 at 8:25 am #1203321718
“Troop Zero”: 5 out of 10 stars. Great artistic direction, great photography… and superb supporting performances by Viola Davis and Allison Janney… that’s the thing. Their quaility acting deserved a better storyline and a better script for them (actually after watching the film, the audience might feel that exploring the material behind the past friendship of this two characters… could have been way more interesting than the actual main plot).
And “The Good Liar”: a 5 out of 10 too. Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are great as always and the plot is juicy, but at the end, it has so many crazy and meaningless twists that losts credibility.January 31, 2020 at 10:20 am #1203321901
“Uncut Gems” (2019): I can’t decide where I land with this film? It’s exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure. I didn’t look at my watch once, so yay for keeping my attention throughout, but goodness. I can’t recall a film with such kinetic energy since maybe, “The Wolf of Wall Street”? Never seen a Safdie Bros. film before, so I don’t know if this is an anomaly or representative of their usual collaborations. Adam Sandler was fantastic here and indeed Oscar-worthy. It would have been an inspired best actor nominee, but I guess too many Academy voters held his past dreck against him, which is sad and hypocritical. I just pretend that this is a makeup for Pryce’s snub last year for “The Wife.” Three other acting standouts: Julia Fox, a new actress on the scene who radiated onscreen as Sandler’s love interest; LaKeith Stanfield, someone who really needs to win an Oscar already, and to my great surprise, Kevin Garnett, retired NBA legend. He had a natural screen presence and chemistry with Sandler and stole multiple scenes. Interesting fact: other NBA players were considered for this role (set in 2012), including Joel Embiid, Amar’e Stoudemire, and eerily enough, Kobe Bryant (RIP). All backed out for one reason or another, and thankfully, Garnett was chosen instead. This is a crazy and divisive film that I can’t stop thinking about. I’m kinda glad that Sandler found some critical recognition for this role. It shows what he can do when he’s not playing annoying man children or being in films about evil remote controls.January 31, 2020 at 10:41 am #1203321948
Klaus – adorable and fluffy. Beautifully animated.
I lost my body – beautiful. I wish I had the chance to see this in theatres. One of the best scores I’ve heard all year.February 22, 2020 at 11:21 am #1203356640
American Beauty (1999)
I thought it was an amazing film and deserved to win Best Picture. I enjoyed everyone for the exception of Bening. I thought she was fabulous in like the first half of the movie and just went downhill from there. Spacey deserved his win. Cooper scared the crap out of me. He was robbed of a nomination. Suvari was my MVP. I was surprised that I enjoyed her performance that much. Bentley and Birch were spectacular as well. I thought it deserved all of its nominations except for Best Actress. I would have nominated Cooper and Suvari for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress with Bentley and Birch right behind them.February 22, 2020 at 1:03 pm #1203356740
Saw Fury Road again a couple of days ago to determine whether or not it was still my favorite movie of all time after Parasite, and the answer is yes. There’s just so much to love about Fury Road: the phenomenal practical action, mind-blowing visuals, stunning choreography. This is quite possibly the best looking film ever made, and it’s production values blow every other film this decade out of the water.
I’ve also come around to the story a lot more since I last saw it. Yes it’s simple, but that means the plot is super lean, with no bloat or filler, and has more time to focus on themes, characters, and world-building. And all of those aspects are done exceptionally well. That’s what sets Fury Road apart from a film like 1917: which is pitch perfect below-the-line, but suffers from a hollow script and a complete failure to emotionally invest.
I think the only (very nitpicky) criticism I can give is that it’s very unevenly acted. Theron and Hoult, who give decade-best performances as Furiosa and Nux, are so great that they make everyone else look bad by comparison (even though all of the performances in this film are decent). We know Hardy wasn’t very committed on set, but I think the other actors just weren’t as strong and that’s why they don’t shine as much.
I don’t give this rating much, but Fury Road is for sure a 5 out of 5 stars.
Parasite: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay
Joker: Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix
Jojo Rabbit: Best Adapted ScreenplayFebruary 22, 2020 at 1:10 pm #1203356746
I watched LadyBird again and I’m still in love with it. Ugh Saoirse and Lauries performances were just as great as I remembered and I’m still pissed that it got nothingFebruary 22, 2020 at 1:31 pm #1203356752
I just rewatched Lady Bird (saw it when it first came out but was just on in the background). Loved the film. Ronan/Metcalf were most likely 2nd in their respective categories. Both gave terrific performances. Greta Gerwig’s direction was amazing, along with her writing
Drama- Killing Eve/The Crown/The Morning Show
Jodie, Sandra, Olivia, Jennifer & VIOLA DAVIS
Comedy- Schitts Creek/ Dead to MeFebruary 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm #1203356756
I watched LadyBird again and I’m still in love with it. Ugh Saoirse and Lauries performances were just as great as I remembered and I’m still pissed that it got nothing
Metcalf definitely should have won and was way above everyone. I love Janney to death but Metcalf was robbed.February 23, 2020 at 6:19 pm #1203357993
Portrait of a Lady on Fire finally came to my city and I was not disappointed. Honestly one of the best endings to a movie ever. Absolutely deserved Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Actress for Haenel and Merlant, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Costume Design, and International Feature. I would’ve rooted for a win in Screenplay and Cinematography, both of which absolutely blew me away. Really sad this one didn’t get more love, but go see it while it’s in theaters in the US!!
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