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by dws1982
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 162
Views: 10326

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

Good Time This may be not he wrong side of bizarre for some (Magilla, I believe you'll absolutely hate it), but I loved this. It's a fairly standard setup--fallout from a bank robbery--but it goes off in several unexpected directions both narratively and aesthetically. It's a crazy trip, and it man...
by dws1982
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Evaluating the nominees
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: Evaluating the nominees

Not making any claims that I can top anything Uri has done, but here are my thoughts on the top eight. Best Picture 1- Dunkirk (The only nominee I've seen more than once, so I might expect some fluctuation on re-watches. But this compelled me from the start, and really deepened on re-watches, althou...
by dws1982
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Evaluating the nominees
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: Evaluating the nominees

Just like Mister Tee's "Who'll Be Back?" thread, this is one thread I look forward every year. I always enjoy the unique perspective, even (and maybe even especially) when it doesn't align with my opinion.
by dws1982
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Florida Project reviews
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: The Florida Project reviews

I love your story of how you related to this film, Precious. I was mixed on it. I think Sean Baker is great at world-building and at getting inside a specific point-of-view; I think that if he wanted to, he could have great success with some of the live-action things that Disney has tried to do late...
by dws1982
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Documentary Feature
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Categories One-by-One: Documentary Feature

It looks like Faces, Places is going to turn out to be the only one of these I won't get to see before the Oscars. It doesn't hit DVD until March 6, so that's no help, and Amazon doesn't have it available for rental yet. Although I'm not always a huge fan of the distribution models they (especially ...
by dws1982
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Best Actor
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Categories One-by-One: Best Actor

I'd like to point out that in Lead Actress, this is not much of a factor. Jennifer Lawrence was Timothee Chalamet's age when she won her Oscar over Emmanuelle Riva, who was the "overdue" veteran of that year. Tough to call someone an overdue veteran for an American film award when they ne...
by dws1982
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Best Actor
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Categories One-by-One: Best Actor

I'd like to point out that in Lead Actress, this is not much of a factor. Jennifer Lawrence was Timothee Chalamet's age when she won her Oscar over Emmanuelle Riva, who was the "overdue" veteran of that year. Tough to call someone an overdue veteran for an American film award when they ne...
by dws1982
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Your Oscar Ballot - Best Film
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: Your Oscar Ballot - Best Film

1. Dunkirk
2. Phantom Thread
3. Lady Bird
4. Call Me By Your Name
5. Get Out
6. The Post
7. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
8. The Shape of Water
9. Darkest Hour

I've only seen Dunkirk more than once; I could see some movement on this list if I saw some others again.
by dws1982
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson
Replies: 4
Views: 128

R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Just breaking. He was only 48. From his official Facebook page: It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of our dear friend Jóhann. We have lost one of the most talented and brilliant people who we had the privilege of knowing and working with. May his music continue to inspire us. – ...
by dws1982
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Reg E. Cathey
Replies: 0
Views: 67

R.I.P. Reg E. Cathey

Born and (mostly) raised in Huntsville, Alabama, so this is a bit of a hometown loss. Cathey was a great character actor. He worked a lot in TV--mostly in guest-starring roles (he won an Emmy for his recurring role on House of Cards). If it's a show from the last two decades (especially one filmed o...
by dws1982
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: I, Tonya reviews
Replies: 21
Views: 819

Re: I, Tonya reviews

With this one I have to co-sign much of what Precious Doll said. I couldn't stand this from the start--just a mean, hateful film. You get very brief moments--from Robbie, but more from Sebastian Stan--that suggest a more interesting satire, and a movie that might have something interesting to say ab...
by dws1982
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-By-One: Supporting Actress
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Categories One-By-One: Supporting Actress

The nominees: Mary J. Blige, Mudbound Allison Janney, I, Tonya Leslie Manville, Phantom Thread Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water Finished the female categories before the male categories this year--maybe a first for me, probably because the female nominees are all connect...
by dws1982
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: DGA Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 746

Re: DGA Nominations

I understand the themes that del Toro is dealing with here. How could I not? They're so bluntly (and, in my opinion, inelegantly) incorporated into the text of the film. I didn't think the narrative flowed very comfortably, I thought the characters were one-dimensional blanks and that the actors (fo...
by dws1982
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: DGA Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 746

Re: DGA Nominations

I'll try to go into detail in the movies of 2017 section, but the del Toro/ Shape of Water thing is going to turn into an all-time I-don't-get-it Best Director (and maybe Best Picture) selection for me. In other cases (e.g., Innaritu/ Birdman ) where I didn't like the movie, I understood the appeal ...
by dws1982
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: 90th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Original Song
Replies: 16
Views: 471

Re: Categories One-by-One: Original Song

Since songwriter names don't appear on the ballot, I think it's giving voters too much credit to speculate that voters will vote one way or the other because of who wrote the song. Unless the song (or the nominee) infiltrates the public consciousness the a major degree, I don't think the voting in t...

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