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In Reply to: RE: How are you ranking the Academy Award Nominated films posted by RGA on February 28, 2023 at 15:22:37
My annual Academy Awards Rankings (out of five):
10) Women Talking **
9) Triangle of Sadness **
8) Top Gun: Maverick ***
7) Avatar: The Way of Water ***
6) Elvis ***
5) The Banshees of Inisherin ***
4) The Fabelmans ***
3) Tár ***1/2
2) All Quiet on the Western Front ***1/2
1) Everything Everywhere All at Once ***1/2
I enjoyed the Avatar film far more than the original. Elvis was style over substance but had enough style and a decent pace.
I am okay with ***1/2 star films being nominated. Not a big standout to me.
With the Academy - Directors choose Director, actors choose actors - but everyone votes for picture.
For best picture, all the members in all branches list up to five films in preferential order.
So it is theoretically possible that no one chose EEAAO but it got enough "points" for second and third place to be the winner.
It was somewhat of a tossup for me with All Quiet... but I knocked it down for editing and lack of scope/originality. War is hell. Got it. It's well done. EEAAO was and is probably the only film on this list tha I would ever want to watch again (and that's iffy).
It just wasn't a strong year.
Personally, I would have chosen "The Batman" over any of these. Indeed, "The Menu" and even the silly comedy/horror M3GAN (released in 2023 though) over this lot. M3GAN was a hoot. The Terminator meets Chucky
I attempted to watch that a couple of days ago and gave up after 45 minutes. Any words of encouragement?
I suppose it depends which movie you're watching in Everything Everywhere All at Once -
From a review: Science Fiction is usually a gloss over a commentary of our time. Star Trek always did it (when it did it well).
"When Evelyn reveals she always wants to be with Joy, no matter where they are, it is the start of a healing process for both characters from the pain inflicted previously. That is key to overcoming both of their traumas and breaking the generational cycle that causes a rift between parents and their children. At the heart of the film is the message that family matters, so long as one is willing to listen and approach things with an open heart. Besides dealing with family trauma like Encanto, the film explores how a person can be caught between so many expectations, perceptions, and the constant barrage of things in life that require so much of one's attention."
If I get back to it, I'll will keep your comments in mind.
With some of these Sci-Fi films - I try to ignore the spectacle (multi-verse) and try to figure out what the hell the heart of the movie is about.
In the film, it is revealed that Evelyn is living the most mundane version of herself - all the things she could be she is not. The grandfather would not understand that his grandaughter is gay. The mother (Evelyn) is caught in the old traditions and trying to accept her daughter.
To me, this is the heart of the film. Personally, I think they could have made a better film without all the Multi-Verse stuff but then perhaps it would have then just been a human drama that no one would go and see.
There are other themes in there - what's the point of it all kind of stuff that others may appreciate - and that's why I would choose it as the best of this lot. It had some ambition - it tried to do something and appeal on a few levels.
All Quiet was a good war picture but doesn't really have much of narrative and is mostly a series of horrors.
Tar is a commentary I suppose on power corrupting - and a lesson on not stepping on people to get to the top as you may need them on the way down.
Personally, I liked The Batman and The Menu more than any of these nominated movies.
...we couldn't remember much about it after seeing it when it first came to streaming.
So we watched it again last night.
We couldn't get through it after about an hour and a half, which I suspect is what happened the first time.
We realized we didn't really care about what happened to any of the characters. This is what passes for a Best Picture today?
We also watched The Fablemans this week. Interesting but very lightweight.
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