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    MASS; Fran Kranz

    Don’t usually write up the films I watch…
    Ann Dowd gives a tormented perf but my MVP goes to Martha Plimpton and the screenplay.
    Simple sets packs a realistic punch.
    My personal SAG winner.

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    The Sunne in Splendour.
    I prefer my roses white

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    The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Action packed comedy. I laughed out loud a few times. Michael Keaton was great in it as well. There were a few times where I felt it dragged on for awhile. If you need a laugh, I highly recommend it.

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    Last night in Soho. I liked everything but the screenplay, too chaotic. Anya Taylor Joy is THE actress tho.

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    Top Gun Maverick, The Bad Guys, Elvis and Mr. Malcolm’s List

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    “House of Gucci” (2021): Boof! A true-crime story this sensational didn’t need to be such an overlong slog. Frankly, the film should have been a Ryan Murphy joint, b/c at least he would have brought out the inherent camp and glam factor instead of playing it so dry and straight with drab cinematography throughout. This could have soared with shades of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and “Halston” all through it. I’m curious what even drew Ridley Scott to the material in the first place, b/c it seems like such a huge departure for him artistically. Maybe the rise-and-fall Gucci element was key, or the opportunity to assemble an A-list ensemble and crew? Regardless, the conversation begins and ends with Lady Gaga, who delivered everything I needed from her as Patrizia Reggiani. Gonna go ahead and say she was wrongfully snubbed of an Oscar nomination, but I also see why Academy voters turned their respective noses on all of this in general. Gaga blazed effortlessly in the beginning third and inevitable conclusion, but the second third (almost a solid hour), she wasn’t featured as much she should have. The abrupt tonal shift with the dissolution of Maurizio and Patrizia’s marriage could have been handled better in the screenplay, and then Gucci’s financial woes went on and on. It was nice getting a jolt of excitement there with Tom Ford’s introduction, I guess. Salma Hayek was baffling. Adam Driver was fine, but he felt uncomfortable in every frame, like “what the hell am I doing here?” vibes. Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons did the best they could to elevate middling material. As for Jared Leto, I was expecting the worst performance ever put to screen based on his “Luigi” antics, but I got a kick out of the spectacle. There were probably dozens of character actors with various nationalities available for Paulo instead of Leto, but he didn’t deserve a useless Razzie for the role. Some semblance of a character was buried beneath all the prosthetics rubble, but if I’d been allowed to see the film before nominations, I wouldn’t have included Leto in my final predictions. Lots of “what ifs” throughout, but it’s nice that the film found a legitimate viewing audience during the pandemic surge without being Marvel-related or whatever. A better and much shorter film in different hands could have been a riot, and without the accentapalooza going on between the actors. But Gaga stole the show opposite three Oscar winners, so that will have to be her victory this cycle. Can’t wait to see what she does next!

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    “The Lobster” (2016): I’ve been watching more of Yorgos Lanthimos’s films lately, and I’m starting to understand his tone and style better than I did before. Really glad that the Academy remembered this in Original Screenplay. It almost works better as a thought experiment than film, but the dystopian content is executed beautifully, and I loved seeing later collaborators Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman from “The Favourite” pop up here in key roles. The star though is Colin Farrell, who has really challenged himself with demanding roles when he could have easily coasted on his looks and cashed out in marquee movies. Even in “The Batman,” there was specific character work going on as the Penguin, but with this, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Widows,” “In Bruges,” “After Yang,” and one of the best elements of a bad season of “True Detective,” he’s beyond overdue for his first Oscar nomination. Great supporting cast: John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Angeliki Papoulia (startling performance), and Ashley Jensen (almost unrecognizable). Can’t recommend the film enough, though I know it’s not going to be for everyone. It’s so detached and unsettling throughout, but rewarding all the same.

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    Recently watched  “The Gray Man” on Netflix. But won’t rate it too high.

     

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    My latest 3:

    Bodies Bodies Bodies- GOLD

    Nope- SILVER

    Bullet Train- BRONZE

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    “Belfast” (2021): Surprised by how affected I ended up being after watching this. I expected more heaping helpings of Kenneth Branagh’s late-career ham (like “Sleuth,” “Cinderella,” “Artemis Fowl,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” etc.), and instead got a deeply personal story about childhood, violence, and loss. Since I’m not even vaguely familiar with the history behind The Troubles, I focused more on the film’s family dynamics, centered around young Buddy’s naive perspective. Precocious young actors make my hands twitch, but Jude Hill at least had a natural screen charisma that carried the film well, with only one scene of his truly overblown and eye-rolling. Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan were both … fine. Not surprised or disheartened by either of their Oscar snubs. I was fairly distracted by their glossy, movie-star looks, to the point where I was thought, what the hell are they doing here as a downtrodden, working-class, 60s-era Belfast couple? I didn’t connect with “Ma” and “Pa” much at all, so good riddance to them. On the other hand, Ciarán Hinds and Dame Judi Dench gave me pretty much everything I needed as “Pop” and “Granny,” respectively, and I palpably felt the history and well-worn love between these two characters. Also, La Dench DID THAT in the final two scenes, whew! Fully support her surprise Oscar nomination now that I’ve finally seen the film. Compact runtime, yes, but emotionless digital B&W cinematography, weird scene framing, and a ridiculously written, cardboard-cutout “villain.” I didn’t need the incessant soundtrack cues from notable anti-vaxxer Van Morrison, but now that I’ve heard “Down to Joy” in full, okay, not a bad Original Song nominee. As for Branagh’s original screenplay Oscar, whatever. I’ll take that win more as his overdue career acknowledgement, though checking what could have won and what was wrongfully snubbed still annoys me. Regardless, highly watchable for what it is, and I’ll probably revisit it from time to time since it’s airing regularly.

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    “The Lobster” (2016): I’ve been watching more of Yorgos Lanthimos’s films lately, and I’m starting to understand his tone and style better than I did before. Really glad that the Academy remembered this in Original Screenplay. It almost works better as a thought experiment than film, but the dystopian content is executed beautifully, and I loved seeing later collaborators Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman from “The Favourite” pop up here in key roles. The star though is Colin Farrell, who has really challenged himself with demanding roles when he could have easily coasted on his looks and cashed out in marquee movies. Even in “The Batman,” there was specific character work going on as the Penguin, but with this, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Widows,” “In Bruges,” “After Yang,” and one of the best elements of a bad season of “True Detective,” he’s beyond overdue for his first Oscar nomination. Great supporting cast: John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Angeliki Papoulia (startling performance), and Ashley Jensen (almost unrecognizable). Can’t recommend the film enough, though I know it’s not going to be for everyone. It’s so detached and unsettling throughout, but rewarding all the same.

    The ending really creeped me, but the film on the whole was based on a really innovative concept which was appreciable.

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    ~Currently watching Abbott Elementary

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    My latest 3: Bodies Bodies Bodies- GOLD Nope- SILVER Bullet Train- BRONZE

    I have seen none of these three movies but I love this grading system!

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    Happening is both the most inventive and the most soul crushing movie I’ve seen in a long time.

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