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'Banshees' and 'Everything Everwhere' are big surprises to me. Will 'Top Gun' get any gold men? How about 'Elvis'?
Not much talent in Hollywood.
"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. "
― W.C. Fields
Rented the other night. How this is hardly watchable, much less Oscar worthy, is beyond comprehension. Reviews talk about people bursting out loud with laughter...HUH?. Honestly, I didn't even crack a smile. close to 10 minutes of gushing vomit and exploding toilets....must have been great in the theater for those bringing snacks, popcorn and pop. I'm surprised Woody Harrelson even got half way into reading the script before declining. Underwhelming indeed!
his sense of humor is dry and he sent up the art world and its pretension in his last movie The Square...and I thought he was equally on target here with his over-the-top exaggerations of the ultra-rich. Yes, I laughed out loud, and while I was worried I would not enjoy the crude scenes, I found the whole ultra-luxury cruise falling into utter disaster to be hilarious. OK, my beef, it kind of loses steam in the last act, and I don't know why all movies now have to be 2 1/2 hours, but yes, I liked it a lot...and if anyone else did, and has not seen The Square, by all means, see it.
with a laugh track. Waaaay too long and it should have ended when the boat went down. We had already been indoctrinated with how helpless/useless elites are.
and all his previous work, I'm in!
entertaiing, somewhat predictable, but much better than I thought it would be. Action movies are rarely 'Best Movies', they tend to be on the boring side. Best chance is photography.
We saw Avatar on IMAX 3D yesterday. All 16 people in the theater were gray haired and made the 3+ hour film awake. Truth be told, my ears were hurting from the damned 3D glasses, but the effects were well done. You have to give it the photography honor along with the Whale trophy.
I just got Elvis on BluRay from NetFlix, we'll see if I stay awake for the end.
...I liked Elvis more than I thought I would.
Once Luhrman's frenetic scene cutting settled down, I thought it painted a pretty sympathetic picture of the King.
Top Gun had terrific special effects and Tom Cruise in just about every frame with lots of close-ups. An ad for Scientology?
We saw Elvis at the drive-in, well most of it anyway. Nearby storm knocked the power out around 2/3 to 3/4 way thru.
Didn't bother the 4 of us much to be honest. The part we saw didn't impress us much, doubt I'll ever see the remainder.
Don't understand how a film this great is nominated for best film, but not best director. Isn't a film's excellence a direct result of a director's effort?
Given your indulgences
The persistent anxiety and gray mud, the acting, the episodic approach--the movie is propelled along by one lengthy predicament after another, the arc of the mian character from innocent pacific to forlorn participant, the final feeling of futility and nothingness, is it a metaphor for all lives lived--not just in war?
My favorite three movies were Banshees of..., Tar, and All Quiet...--All Quiet.. may become the classic war film.
I almost never think any of the best picture nominees are actually "best" movie during my year...but I enjoy the hoopla anyway.
I did not warm much to Everything All at Once, I loved Avatar but strictly because of visuals. Banshees was cool and weird, but "better" than all those others? Not really. If I pick off the list, I pick Tar, which is a real immersion into classical music as well as a great role for Blanchett, and a not bad character study.
My one real happiness from this list is the nomination for Paul Mescal for Aftersun. Of course he won't win, but this was one of my two clear favorite movies last year (the other was RRR), and he is remarkable as the young father.
I was ready to bail. I think the Academy is catching Asians up after decades of being ignored.
Just liked the way that typed, got no horse in that race.
The old gold Oscars just ain't what they used to be, ain't what they used to be, ain't...
Pretty much always been a bunch of BS anyway.
Underwhelming in a good way though.
Banshees... fookin' Irish... great film.
No Mark Rylance nod for The Outfit?
Think Will Smith will pull a Tar, push his way to the podium?
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
I'm surprised that Danielle Deadwyler did not get a Best Actress nod for "Till".
For not being nominated herself as well as for Best Picture. Maybe the Academy is tired of rewarding films that do noting nut but incite resentment and victimhood.
I'd have to do some looking around but it is clear that you have a point.
But I'd 'modify' as follows:
Good chance the Oscars peaked somewhere between 20 and 30 years ago. And have been sliding toward a form of cultural irrelevance ever since.
Best picture has its ups and downs. So I'd look at special awards and supporting roles. Maybe even the list of those who passed the previous year.......
You'll have to decide for yourself when the shark got jumped....
Too much is never enough
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