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    I have just finished watching Nomadland through a virtual screening from the New York Film Festival. Before I go into my thoughts, let me say that this a movie that’s been getting tons of acclaim from critics, though it’ll likely be seen as overhyped by casual audiences. It wouldn’t surprise me if people feel “That was it? Nothing happened!” by the end of the film. That’s not to say I fall exactly into that category, but I can understand why certain people may end up feeling that way.

    As for my thoughts, director Chloé Zhao approaches the story more as a documentary with Frances McDormand’s character serving as the audience surrogate. It is through Fern’s eyes that we the audience join her on the journey she takes throughout the film. Overall, I found Nomadland to be quite a compelling character study.

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    Just saw The Conversation. Incredible film! Definetely deserved all of it’s nominations, especially the one for Sound. The fact that Gene Hackman wasn’t at least nominated for Best Actor is criminal, but I guess it was because the academy prefers quiet performances.

    Fuck the Grammys

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    I have just finished watching The Boys in the Band on Netflix. I’ve never seen/read the original stage play nor have I seen the 1970 movie directed by William Friedkin, so this review is based strictly on this version:

    The results of film adaptations of theater works that keep the exact same principal cast and director from their stage productions intact can be hit or miss. Sometimes, you have a masterwork like Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Though other times, you have something like Susan Stroman’s The Producers. Yet, Joe Mantello’s The Boys in the Band proves why Hollywood should (at least) consider taking the same cast and crew from the stage to the screen more often.

    Joe Mantello, being the accomplished theater director that he is, has managed to come up with quite a few tricks to make this theatrical work come across more cinematically than just a filmed stage play, keeping the audience’s attention throughout. Which especially shows with how he is able to introduce all principal characters in the opening sequence. Not to mention that the added flashbacks are also a nice touch.

    Everyone in the cast gives terrific performances. Each of them show a wide range of emotions from enthusiastic to empathetic. The fact that they’ve all spent about three months doing the play on Broadway really helped them feel at home in their roles in this movie.

    As a straight man, I was very fascinated by how this movie was able to provide a look at what gay life was like back in the late 1960s. No matter what sexuality you are, I think this new interpretation of The Boys in the Band is worth seeing.

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    I have just finished watching The Glorias on Amazon Prime Video. I found it to be a well intentioned biopic that kind of feels its two and a half hour running time. I think this story probably would’ve been better told as a miniseries instead of a feature film. Though there are some great performances in this movie (especially from Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander). I also liked the scenes where Gloria Steinem is having internal conversations with her younger selves. Plus, there are some nice visually imaginative sequences (courtesy of director Julie Taymor) that I also appreciated.

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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.

    Exactly my thoughts. It’s always baffled me. She even won the Venice Award for her role in Little Women! Although somebody did tell me once that they campaigned Hepburn for Morning Glory in the hopes of getting that film more money or something, and if I’m not mistaken both Morning Glory and Little Women were distributed by RKO Radio Pictures.

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    Last night I watched Fargo. Terrific film. Ominous, darkly funny. I loved all the performances, especially Frances McDormand who creates such a weird, complex fascinating character.

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