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by dws1982
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2016
Replies: 138
Views: 27257

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2016

Little Men I don't know. I like a lot of things about it, particularly the two younger actors. There's a lot of truth in the way it shows how the friendship between two kids can be affected by things that have nothing to do with anything they do. And like I said, the two young actors are both very ...
by dws1982
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Final Oscar Predictions
Replies: 18
Views: 562

Re: Final Oscar Predictions

First and only predictions. Picture (in order of likelihood) La La Land Moonlight Manchester By the Sea Arrival Lion Hell or High Water Hacksaw Ridge Hidden Figures Fences Deadpool (I'd guess this will be an 8 or 9 film lineup, but I wouldn't be shocked with 6; And I do feel dumb for putting Deadpoo...
by dws1982
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: Silence reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 1427

Re: Silence reviews

And I would say the movie wasn't 5 minutes but 15 minutes too long -- once Garfield performed his pivotal act, I felt things could have been wrapped up at any point, and each new scene kicking in made me less and less happy. SPOILERS for this who haven't seen the movie (or read the book, although I...
by dws1982
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: DGA Nominees
Replies: 14
Views: 264

Re: DGA Nominees

Though I heartily endorse Scorsese's nomination for The Last Temptation of Christ, it was less for merit than as a way of supporting Scorsese for a film that the fundamentalist right had done everything in its power to cripple or shut down -- to the point of offering Universal a significant amount ...
by dws1982
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: Silence reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 1427

Re: Silence reviews

We're basically at polar opposites on this one. To me it's not just the movie of the year, but easily my favorite Scorsese film. Probably would've ended it about five minutes earlier, on what was a very moving scene and image, and where Garfield's character is saying what is more-or-less the final l...
by dws1982
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Golden Globe Discussion Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 423

Re: Golden Globe Discussion Thread

Unless I'm mistaken, La La Land just won more Golden Globes than any other film. Yes, it did. It broke One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest record. That film won 6. Worth noting that Cuckoo 's nest and Midnight Express both got to six wins on the basis of the now-defunct "Best New Star" awards.
by dws1982
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Golden Globe Predictions contest!
Replies: 34
Views: 774

Re: Golden Globe Predictions contest!

Picture (Drama): Hacksaw Ridge Picture (Comedy/Musical): La La Land Director: Damien Chazelle Actor (Drama): Casey Affleck Actor (Comedy/Musical): Ryan Gosling Actress (Drama): Isabelle Huppert Actress (Comedy/Musical): Emma Stone Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali Supporting Actress: Viola Davis Scre...
by dws1982
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: Hidden Figures reviews
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Hidden Figures reviews

It's a likable movie, and that's it's saving grace, or at least one of them. It gets plenty of mileage based off of that, and it may even get a Best Picture nomination on that basis. (It's also the kind of movie that could get no nominations and no one would really be upset.) Characters register mor...
by dws1982
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Jeffrey Hayden
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: R.I.P. Jeffrey Hayden

One of his episodes of The Andy Griffith Show --"A Black Day for Mayberry"--is one of the all-time great sitcom episodes, as far as I'm concerned. People talk about other episodes of the show--the one where Opie rescues the birds, for example)--more, but for pure laughs, this one is hard t...
by dws1982
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: 2016
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2016
Replies: 138
Views: 27257

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2016

When I think about the worst movies of a given year, I try not to waste too much effort going after, as Bog called it in another thread, the low-hanging fruit. Sometimes I even find things to like in those movies--I don't think I ever mentioned it here, but I found plenty of worthy things in Ben-Hur...
by dws1982
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds
Replies: 15
Views: 325

Re: R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds

Too sad to even think about, really.

Much sympathy to the family.
by dws1982
Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: 2015 Oscar Shouldabeens
Replies: 20
Views: 2183

Re: 2015 Oscar Shouldabeens

Yeah it definitely had that air of failure about it, especially after it opened to what was the worst PSA ever or something (I think another movie "beat" it to that distinction a few weeks later). The story itself is fairly conventional, but it's just alive and exciting and (surprisingly, ...
by dws1982
Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: 2015 Oscar Shouldabeens
Replies: 20
Views: 2183

Re: 2015 Oscar Shouldabeens

Since 2016 is about over, I guess I should catch up with my 2015 picks. Best Film: 1- Son of Saul (Laszlo Nemes) 2- Room (Lenny Abrahamson) 3- Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas) 4- Phoenix (Christian Petzold) 5- Queen and Country (John Boorman) 6- The Big Short (Adam McKay) 7- Steve Jobs (Danny ...
by dws1982
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: Fences reviews
Replies: 12
Views: 2782

Re: Fences reviews

Probably could've been decent enough 95-minute movie but it's dragged on to nearly two-and-a-half unbearable hours. It feels like there's an almost slavish devotion to the source material here--characters don't converse here as much as they just speak to each other in long monologues--and to be hone...
by dws1982
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: 2016
Topic: Nocturnal Animals reviews
Replies: 11
Views: 1272

Re: Nocturnal Animals reviews

Bog wrote:Paradoxically (maybe ironically) the worst film in Woody's oeuvre is better than this, no? Crimes and Misdemeanors reference, correct?

Yes, I found that quote in Inside Oscar.

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