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November 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm #1203183523
Having seen The Irishman I can see why some people prefer Pacino and others prefer Pesci, and that is why I think they will cancel each other out. I didn’t “like” the movie but what I did like were these two performances. The scene between the two of them was an acting class in itself – I would give a very slight edge to Pacino if I had to choose mostly due to the scene in Miami…November 17, 2019 at 12:25 pm #1203183504
I had very mixed feelings about The Irishman – well made, certainly; well acted by the three leads, yes – especially Pacino and Pesci – but how are we supposed to take it as a whole? Scorsese has so much affection for these monsters but that doesn’t mean I have to feel the same way, no matter how hard a film-maker tries to manipulate me into doing so. All of the elements were there but the content does matter, at least for me. My gut tells me Marriage Story is going to win BP – but I have to wait and see more of the potential nominees, particularly 1917 – the trailer for it explaining the continuous shot (Roger Deakins will win Best Cinematography) makes me think it has a strong chance too.November 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm #1203183491
Having just seen The Irishman I am now convinced Adam Driver will win Best Actor for Marriage Story in February. De Niro is fine, of course, but his character is less interesting than Pacino and Pesci’s characters, perhaps a bit too passive and with too many tics? He will be nominated, of course, but I don’t think De Niro will win.November 17, 2019 at 5:35 am #1203182974
I am heading out to see The Irishman later this morning. I am curious about the “de-aging” technology and how that affects my feelings about the performances. I am concerned about whether I will like the film – I am sure I will admire the film-making, the editing, the technical aspects, but will I enjoy the content? 3 1/2 hours is a major investment in sitting in a movie theater! I am mostly just curious about it, more than excited by it… I am trying to keep an open mind, worried it will be “sympathy for gangsters”…November 17, 2019 at 3:32 am #1203182891
I am absolutely convinced that Dame Maggie Smith will be nominated for Downton Abbey and am surprised that she isn’t in the top five in the odds on here. She gives a fantastic performance and she is beloved – there are many fans of the show and I believe particularly older members of the academy will lead to her getting nominated for it (and she will deserve it, especially for her final scene with Michelle Dockery).November 17, 2019 at 3:27 am #1203182880
The two performances I am curious to see that could break in to the lineup are Mark Ruffalo in Dark Waters and the lead who plays Richard Jewell (can never remember his three part name, but I think it ends in Hauser). Each time I see the trailers for their movies I think they have potential to be nominated, but so do 8 other actors and there are only 5 slots. (Last year I was really surprised they went with Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate, so there’s always room for a surprise).November 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm #1203182291
The Good Liar (2019; directed by Bill Condon)
Two superb lead performances by legendary actors – Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren – are the reason to see this enjoyable thriller. How many films come along that have as their leads older actors in their late 70’s, early 80’s? While I admit to not especially liking the flashbacks, mainly because I enjoyed the company of the two lead characters so much I wanted to stay with them, overall I fould this film to be much better than the critics give it credit: it’s enjoyable, extremely well edited, and especially it contains two brilliant lead performances. Well worth seeing! Also: I adore Russell Tovey and was thrilled to see him in a good supporting role – hoping he gets a worthwhile lead soon!
Grade: B+ (Grades for Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren: A+)November 16, 2019 at 12:57 pm #1203182281
I really enjoyed Helen Mirren’s terrific performance in the under-appreciated The good Liar – doubt she will get the recognition she deserves for it due to the critics not being on board with it. She is so compelling to watch always and this film is no exception. There are several actresses whose work in 2019 have been deserving but will likely not make it in to the lineup and the great Helen Mirren is one of them. (There are always 20-25 actresses who deserve one of the five slots every year).November 14, 2019 at 10:19 am #1203179366
So far I have been really enjoying the time jump, it’s like reading a mystery novel and having the clues filled in as you turn the pages (watch the episodes). Casey Moss is doing great work as J.J., almost every character feels revitalized and I am wanting to see what happens next. I have been very down on the show lately, and was hoping this would help get it back on track and so far so good.
As far as the veterans I prefer them, even when they have little to do. I am very unhappy about losing Adrienne (although it is my understanding she isn’t completely gone yet). Each time they have let Deidre Hall go it has been a mistake. Personally I want Sami back, with or without E.J. She was the only reason I watched the show back when we had east coast soaps competing for our daytime drama attention and viewership.
I love that Gabi is the boss! (; It’s nice having Chad and Abigail back on the show.
I am unconvinced that Days isn’t going to get cancelled. I have been through too much heartache in the past as each of my shows has been cancelled over the years and all the denials I am reading remind me of each and every one of the denials we read back then. Soaps must be very expensive to produce with so many on camera and behind the camera salaries and costs to pay for each episode, and the ratings are awful for all four soaps (the highest rated, Y&R, has what used to be the lowest ratings back when there were more soaps on the air). Soaps are my favorite form of entertainment so it’s been hard seeing this form of entertainment die out sadly. I hope I am proven wrong and Days stays on the air but my own thinking is that it’s just a matter of time before we lose this show just like we did with AMC, AW, ATWT, C, TD, TEON, GL, L, OLTL, P, R, RH, SB, SFT, SuB,T and all of the rest of them…(except for B&B, GH and Y&R, of course)…November 13, 2019 at 1:42 pm #1203178108
I think I agree with your DAYS choices as of now. Matthew Ashford seemed to be on a lot this year, so I could see switching him in for maybe Robert Scott Wilson, though Ben has become the hero of the show and I think belongs there more.
For GH actors, I agree that Steve Burton and Roger Howarth are leads for sure. After that, there’s kind of a second tier of leading men that includes Maurice Benard, Michael Easton, James Patrick Stuart, Donnell Turner, and Coby Ryan McLaughlin. I don’t really see Billy Miller as a factor here. Jon Lindstrom was a lead for the first quarter, but really faded after. Michael Easton seems the strongest candidate among those, as Finn has been a lead in a romantic story and work-related stories, and maintained a strong presence throughout the year. For pretty much the same reasons, I’d also go with Donnell Turner. Sonny has been on a lot, but he’s also mostly just been reacting to other people’s stories and getting superficially involved briefly.
Similarly, in lead actress, I’d bump Tamara Braun and Laura Wright in favor of Genie Francis and Rebecca Herbst. Laura and Elizabeth feel like more central characters playing more pivotal roles in storylines than either Kim or Carly, though, again, I know both of those characters got plenty of screen time in 2019, mostly to worry/cry over their kids.
Just my two cents.
I would agree with you about Genie Francis and Rebecca Herbst; I have preferred their work but Ms. Braun had the superb lead performances during Oscar’s illness and death – I will go with whatever a majority wants of course!
And while I think Jon Lindstrom will submit in lead again this year, and has the material from the first four months to be competitive, I would agree he is more of a supporting player for the rest of the year. (This was a problem with so many actors and actresses this year – they had great lead material for several months and then were practically day players for the rest of the year! I exaggerate, but not by much!) Yes, Coby Ryan McLaughlin belongs in lead – almost the whole year was dominated by Shiloh, for better or for worse. I think Billy Miller will submit in lead and has great material but it’s true that the rest of the year he fizzled out (outside of the Oscar’s illness/death story).
linecelts mentions that he thinks KKL and MTS belong in supporting – who would replace them as potential lead actresses from those two CBS soaps? Again, in a few months time when we have the official ballot it could look different, once there is feedback on placements.
Yes, Matthew Ashford has been more of a lead and belongs there. Interesting thoughts!November 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm #1203176401
Why are people predicting Jojo Rabbit? I don’t get why it would even be nominated for BP? It’s not beloved by audiences, the critical reaction was fairly divided, and personally imo it was not very good…
Of the films I have seen Parasite is the BP and Downton Abbey is my favorite movie of the year so far, but I have not seen Marriage Story, The Irishman, Little Women and a few others that are considered possible BP contenders. I also think Bombshell is going to be well regarded by academy members…November 12, 2019 at 11:28 am #1203176283
So I figured that Ciara’s apology was a con job on Victor and that she and Ben have a plan!
So Will made a “stupid decision” that led to the death of his mother-in-law Adrienne – Sonny might start dating Evan the male nanny, and somehow Will winds up in the same cell with his ‘murderer’! (:
Hope is still “Princess Gina” and has lucked out with Jennifer not remembering it was her that pushed her off the balcony. Is “Steffy” Stefano or Stefan? Or someone else?
Rolfe doctored the footage that got Eve convicted.
Nice episode, well played and well produced! (:November 12, 2019 at 11:24 am #1203176281
I don’t want Lucas and Brad to break up, but I like them having some drama. Also, though, it’s hard to believe they won’t at least temporarily break up when the truth about Wiley and Brad’s lies come out.
Nikolas seems to be behaving both very sloppily and like a real jackass.
I don’t mind a temporary breakup with some drama so long as they get back together in the long run! (:November 12, 2019 at 8:23 am #1203176001
I read the article more closely and while it isn’t “cancelled” it looks like it probably will be cancelled, or if they do pick it up it will be a reduced cast. The shutdown will be at least 4 months, which is a long time. I have been expecting the show to be cancelled; daytime soaps have not been able to survive the onslaught of so many different ways of people entertaining themselves ): I would miss Days if it were cancelled. I guess we just have to wait for more information…