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    “Amy” (2015): Brilliant documentary from Asif Kapadia that explored a subject I thought I knew a great deal about, but really didn’t, the breathtakingly talented Amy Winehouse. I’ve never seen this technique used for a documentery before of all audio interviews running over archival footage. It was so immersive and piercing to see and hear Amy’s life through the lenses of the people in her life closest to her (and to a larger extent, the world). It’s a product of a social media era where everything is filmed to the smallest minutiae. It’s a level of navel-gazing that I’m glad escaped my generation, though without it, we would have instead been subjected to douchey talking heads like Zane Lowe and Peter Travers waxing poetic about Winehouse’s lasting “cultural impact.” This was a highly deserving Oscar winner, and hopefully music docs will become more in vogue again after a hot streak of sorts with this, “20 Feet from Stardom,” & “Searching for Sugar Man.” It was clear from the doc that as stubborn as Amy could be with dealing with her inner demons, too many people in her life had terrible, ulterior motives in having her addicted and needy to keep the gravy train flowin’. Two key male figures in her life were the worst culprits: her absent, adulterous father and slimy ex-husband/lover who introduced Winehouse to heroin and crack cocaine. Thankfully, the film didn’t let them off the hook so easily and exposed them for the leeches that they truly were (the father has repeatedly asserted how inaccurate this doc is of him and misrepresents Amy’s story completely). I did think that the tone near the inevitable conclusion to Winehouse’s fate became a tad moralistic, but it’s hard to avoid those trappings in a cautionary tale like this one. I recall tons of VH-1’s now defunct “Behind the Music” episodes that treated similar rags-to-riches/untimely death stories with such broad strokes and lack of tact. Luckily, Amy’s lyrical and creative genius is in full display here with her masterpiece album, “Back to Black.” It’s a great tribute to an artist who left an indelible impact on the world, for better or worse, as well as a primer for those new or never exposed to her music before. Highly recommended viewing!

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    I have just finished watching I’m Thinking of Ending Things on Netflix. Despite some long scenes that could’ve made this movie feel like a stage play, it is able to stay captivating throughout thanks to director Charlie Kaufman’s understated, yet affective direction as well as the performances from Jesse Plemons and Jessie Buckley. This is likely thanks to the film’s literature roots, but the way the story is able to unfold is literally like something you would find in a novel. Not to mention that the movie concludes with such a stunning climatic sequence as well as a very ambiguous ending.

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    I saw 2 movies this week-

    Birds of Prey: I enjoyed it quite a lot! More than I thought I would, at least. Some parts were cringy, others made no sense (how does Montoya fit into the ‘Birds of Prey’? and how does she keep up with literal trained assassins and superheros?), but it was a lot of fun. Ewan was excellent.

    Rocketman: Much better than Bohemian Rhapsody, Taron does a fantastic job and was truly snubbed at the Oscars, but the sheer number of music biopics/adjacent that were released over the last two years (BR, the Dirt, Blinded by the Light, Yesterday) dilutes its novelty and memorability.

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    Just watched The Jazz Singer from 1927. It’s dated and of its time but still moving. I think Al Jolson gives a great lively performance. And the final performance really plays to the emotions but does it well.

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    I saw the remake of Mulan. It sucked! don’t waste 30 dollars on this kids.

    FYC Oscars: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), Mark Rylance (Trail of the Chicago 7), Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Soul (Best Picture, Best Animated Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay)

    FYC Grammys: Circles (Album of the Year), Good News (Record and Song of the Year), Future Nostalgia (Album of the Year), Don't Start Now (Record and Song of the Year), Everything I Wanted (Record and Song of the Year)

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    I just watched The Charlie Chaplin film The Circus. Chaplin’s eye for comedy is astounding! I loved the movie. I’m on a quest to watch every Oscar-nominated movie in history. Or at least the overwhelming majority of them. Wish me luck!

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    “The Judge” (2014): I remember when this film was released. At the time, the only thing notable about it was Robert Duvall being in it and his easy road to an Oscar nomination. As it turns out, he did exactly what was expected of him here and not much more. Nothing surprising or fresh really, but this wasn’t that kind of film. I love courtroom dramas, but this isn’t a great courtroom drama. If it had solely focused on the legal angle, I think I would have liked it better. The family scenes tired me, and the ensemble wasn’t utilized well. Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, and Vera Fsrmiga were all wasted. Billy Bob Thornton was in a stock role. Questions were left unanswered in the resolution. It was the Robert Downey, Jr. smugfest from beginning to end. I also wondered why the film looked so good, like why is all this amazing cinematography wasted here? Then I looked it up and found out that Janusz Kaminski was the DP. Mystery solved lol! Anyways, I was bored and watched so no one else had to. You’re welcome.

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    “The Judge” (2014): I remember when this film was released. At the time, the only thing notable about it was Robert Duvall being in it and his easy road to an Oscar nomination. As it turns out, he did exactly what was expected of him here and not much more. Nothing surprising or fresh really, but this wasn’t that kind of film. I love courtroom dramas, but this isn’t a great courtroom drama. If it had solely focused on the legal angle, I think I would have liked it better. The family scenes tired me, and the ensemble wasn’t utilized well. Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, and Vera Fsrmiga were all wasted. Billy Bob Thornton was in a stock role. Questions were left unanswered in the resolution. It was the Robert Downey, Jr. smugfest from beginning to end. I also wondered why the film looked so good, like why is all this amazing cinematography wasted here? Then I looked it up and found out that Janusz Kaminski was the DP. Mystery solved lol! Anyways, I was bored and watched so no one else had to. You’re welcome.

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    Watching Tenet right now.

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    I’m looking forward to seeing Ishtar, considered by many to be one of the worst movies ever made. Is it really that bad? The clips I’ve seen so far did manage to get laughs out of me.

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    In my quest to see most of the Oscar-nominated movies in history, I’m probably gonna skip over a good deal of the 2nd ceremony because frankly there’s not a lot of movies people remember here. I’ll come back for select acting contenders but that’s about it. I just watched Anna Christie and I loved the acting, especially Greta Garbo and Marie Dressler and it looks really good although it occasionally feels too stage-bound. On another note, I did like the intimate scale of the opening bar scene, and I was surprised that Garbo didn’t appear for the first couple of minutes.

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    speaking of 30s Oscars, I’ll never understand why Katherine Hepburn got nominated in best actress for Morning Glory over Little Women. especially when Little Women get in picture, director and won screenplay. was there a rule in place that prevents an actress getting double nominations in the same category? still either way she was much better in Little Women.

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    I just watched The Farewell last night and I absolutely loved it. Not only was the film annoyingly snubbed in actress, directing, and writing by the academy but the cinematography (also done by a female) got absolutely no recognition and is criminally underrated. This film was such a beautiful masterpiece. Lulu Wang should have at least gotten an original screenplay nomination over 1917. Ridiculous.

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    I just watched The Farewell last night and I absolutely loved it. Not only was the film annoyingly snubbed in actress, directing, and writing by the academy but the cinematography (also done by a female) got absolutely no recognition and is criminally underrated. This film was such a beautiful masterpiece. Lulu Wang should have at least gotten an original screenplay nomination over 1917. Ridiculous.

    I sobbed my eyes out at this film. I’m glad we still share tastes Rachel!

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", GLENN CLOSE FOR "HILLBILLY ELEGY", ANTHONY HOPKINS FOR "THE FATHER", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    Immediately after hearing the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, I saw that the 2018 biographical film, On the Basis of Sex, was on Showtime Anytime, so I decided to give it a re-watch. While it may not be the best biographical film about RBG we could’ve asked for, I still think the finished product is quite good. It does tell a very empowering true story. Felicity Jones gives a strong performance as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, though Armie Hammer is also terrific as her husband, Martin. Not to mention that Kathy Bates as Dorothy Kenyon is a very welcomed presence in this movie. Overall, the death of RBG made this experience of watching On the Basis of Sex all the more moving in my opinion.

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