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February 26, 2021 at 3:28 pm #1204063628
I normally have to be awake to cryFebruary 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm #1204063632
Sound of Metal. Give Riz Ahmed the Oscar.
FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")February 26, 2021 at 3:35 pm #1204063636
The US vs BH was mostly bad, but Andra Day performance was mostly great. She deserves a nomination in my opinion.February 26, 2021 at 8:07 pm #1204063844
Benny’s Video by Michael Haneke. To someone who have watched this film, can you tell me what the hell really happened at the end?February 26, 2021 at 8:30 pm #1204063859
Network (1976). It’s a very weird and bonkers movie but is truly excellent and scarily prophetic. Paddy Chayefksy was truly ahead of his time and Sidney Lumet’s direction is impeccable. The actors are just stellar!! Faye Dunaway in such a delicious performance. Peter Finch, William Holden and Robert Duvall are terrific. A must watch.February 26, 2021 at 11:04 pm #1204064025
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. A fan like me obviously enjoyed it, but it’s actually pretty good. A very honest and intimate depiction of Billie’s meteoric ascent, even throwing shade to the industry and to her own discography
Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)February 27, 2021 at 10:55 am #1204064863
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (2020): The scope and timeliness of this film feels like the newest BP winner, or at least in line with the issue-driven films of the seventies that share immediate kinship. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it, and I imagine Academy voters who lived through the tumultuous events of 1968 and the DNC riot will respond positively too. Sorkin’s direction is still overly bombastic, but I guess improved from his prior effort. I’m fully accustomed to his rat-a-tat-tat dialogues from being a “West Wing” nut, but did a sobering allegory to the capital insurrection and BLM protests really merit that level of treatment? Things felt too flippant at times, which worked occasionally, especially in the courtroom scenes against Frank Langella’s unbelievably horrid federal judge, but didn’t in other stretches. The ensemble was fine and gelled well together, but I thought the most effective ones were Mark Rylance and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (almost unrecognizable from “Watchmen”). It took me out of things repeatedly with both Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen being so much older than Thomas Hayden and Abbie Hoffman were in this era, and whatever Mid-Atlantic or Bahhh-ston accents they were attempting. The mix of archival footage to the riot reenactments was blended beautifully. Loved Michael Keaton’s surprising appearance. I don’t know what the hell Jeremy Strong’s acting choices were or why they were entertained. Wished there had been at least one notable female performance of worth. I guess Caitlin Fitzgerald was the closest, but her screentime was too brief. I could see Cohen going all the way to the Oscar win based on this plus his “Borat” legacy, but there’s better to offer in this category. Ironically, when Fred Hampton’s death was glossed over in the script, I thought to myself, that’s all the more reason to watch “Judas and the Black Messiah,” b/c now I want the details of his more compelling story! All in all, a fascinating historical period that I’ve been going down a rabbit hole exploring since seeing this. I’ll revisit the film multiple times most likely.March 1, 2021 at 2:12 pm #1204074957
“Nomadland” (2020): It’s hard to view Oscar frontrunners after the fact when that frames so much of the discussion, if it’s worth the build-up or not. I see the BP race as being solely between this and “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” with both films speaking squarely to the grim sociopolitical climate of today in polar opposite ways. I know that I was far more entertained and roused by “Chicago 7,” but I was moved in a deeper way with “Nomadland” as a significant exploration of grief and resilience. Since I knew nothing about nomadic life before now, I did some digging. First and foremost, they make the active choice to embrace community over commerce, refusing to be called “homeless” regardless of the circumstances leading them to the lifestyle. Frances McDormand anchored the film beautifully, which is necessary since what’s surrounding her is so contemplative, flattening, and slow-moving. This was my first Chloé Zhao film, and hopefully not my last. She has such a distinctive auteur voice, and some of the choices she made knocked me for a loop. The cinéma vérité style was right up my alley, and Joshua James Richards’s cinematography is at the top of my predictions. The nonactors really gave the film authenticity. I doubt any of them could coattail McDormand, but Swankie was incredible and highly impactful. Linda May had an undeniable warmth to her. Bob Wells’s bookends with McDormand served the narrative well. I thought for the longest time that David Strathairn could be the surprise supporting actor contender to watch out for, but sadly I found Dave’s arc ill-fitting and contrived. Something like this winning BP would be unprecedented, but I can’t stop thinking about the film or Fern, who is simply unforgettable. Even with the abhorrent “Three Billboards…,” I never wavered with McDormand’s standout work there, and here, she’s like I’ve never seen her before. It was like she was renewed or refreshed. I’ll want to see this film again in the near future too.March 1, 2021 at 4:13 pm #1204075192
March 3, 2021 at 10:31 am #1204080173
- One Night in Miami
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- The United States VS. Billie Holiday
Last night I watched I Care a Lot. Interesting premise worthy of discussion. Pike was very good, hated Gonzalez’s acting and the way her character was directed. Yet another movie where ‘beautiful violence’ against women is a plot device. On the other hand, Dianne Weist fucking rocks.
Just finished Barb and Star Go To Vista del Mar and it might be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.March 7, 2021 at 2:45 pm #1204090743
Another Round. Very well made but should have been an actual comedy.March 7, 2021 at 2:56 pm #1204090793
I’ve watched 3 of the 2014 Best Actress nominees this week (Blanchett, Bullock and Streep), previously seeing Adams. Here are my thoughts on them
Blanchett- OMFG i think this is the best performance i’ve ever seen, she was fucking phenomenal.
Bullock- A very strong performance, basically a one woman show. A much deserved nomination & better than her previous winning performance
Streep- I thought she was ok, she had one great big scene. However, I thought she was quite hammy and OTT with the role, and slightly miscast.
I watched American Hustle last year, Amy was brilliant- definitely the best of the cast. 100% deserved her nomination.
Emma Thompson was robbed AF for her phenomenal role in Saving Mr Banks, I assume Streep took her nomination spot which infuriates me quite frankly (I love Streep btw and watched a win worthy performance of her earlier today (doubt)).
Yet to see Judi Dench in Philomena.
6th Place WGA 2021
12th Place VES 2021
61st Place BAFTA nominations 2021March 8, 2021 at 4:22 am #1204093792
Watched Judas and the Black Messiah and thought it was very good overall. As with all historical movies, you can only pay the most basic lip service to a handful of events. Daniel Kaluuya is incredible, he really owns every scene – you can’t take your eyes off him.
I’m onto the docos mostly now, generally they are so much fresher and more ‘enjoyable’ to watch than the features, tbh. I’ve watched Boys State, Crip Camp, Welcome to Chechnya and Dick Johnson is Dead in recent days. All incredible. DJID reminded me more of a non-fiction movie than a documentary, if that makes sense. It’s a piece of art. I think I like my docos more investigative style, although it really did make me think. Boys State made me cry. Crip Camp was inspiring but ended really weirdly. Welcome to Chechnya though. Whoa. Shook me.March 8, 2021 at 5:52 am #1204093928
I saw Phantom Thread. Haunting, thrilling, weird and utterly perplexing. Fantastic. But genuinely curious as to how the Academy even watched the movie, let alone nominate it for Best Picture! That too the same Academy that nominated the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book just a year later. I’m stunned that Phantom Thread was nominated for six Oscars.
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