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    That must be so surreal. I've been meaning to get the book from the library. How weird to see someone you know being played by Nicole Kidman.

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    Itís very crazy! She said that some reviewer of the movie said she (as played by Nicole) looked like a Real Housewife of Arkansas! Lol She said she took that as a compliment.

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    I thought BlacKkKlansman was pretty great. Although it was classic Spike Lee, I was still somewhat surprised at how comedic it is. The narrative is entertaining and interesting, emotionally charged, and yet a little bit too on the nose at times. The end is definitely a sucker punch, even though the comparison between now/then and forecasting of current politics is layered throughout the whole film. I don't think I've ever seen John David Washington in anything before and he really made an impression here; I thought he was wonderful and magnetic as the lead. Adam Driver was also in fine form.

    Also, this weekend I'm going to try to put together a summary of how the most anticipated films have fared at Venice and TIFF if Florence doesn't steal my internet/power/life. Awards season is starting!

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    I absolutely loved A Simple Favor. I was expecting a train wreck based on the trailer, but then saw the Rotten Tomatoes score and decided to check it out... so glad I did! It’s part “Gone Girl,” part comedy. So hard to explain. Easily one of my favorites of the year. Anna Kendrick. It should be a requirement that Anna Kendrick be in every movie. Honestly, I would not be surprised to see her nominated for an Oscar. It’s so rare that you see a movie that is unique, like truly unique. I guess you’d call this a dark comedy, but it’s so much funnier than any comedies released lately. But you still get enthralled in the mystery and drama. Ah, I just loved it!

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    ^ I dislike Blake lively so much as a human but I really want to see that movie

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    ^I absolutely loved it! The entire theater seemed to as well.

    I personally really like Blake, but would not consider her a top-shelf actor in comparison to others. She’s good in the movie but Anna Kendrick totally steals it.

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    with a star is born coming out this weekend. we are officially kicking off movie releases for award season. huzzah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace_Of_God View Post
    with a star is born coming out this weekend. we are officially kicking off movie releases for award season. huzzah!
    Weíre going to try and go to the matinee tomorrow. Iím visiting family, so Iím not sure how often their movies sell out here or even if itís a sell out kind of movie.

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    Omg I just saw A Star is Born. Really loved the modern twist on the old story. Who knew Bradley Cooper could sing so well? Damn. He was superb in his role! The guy had mad skills.

    Gaga was great too of course. I liked her a lot. But I think knowing she is an excellent singer/actress in advance took away the shock factor that Bradley gave me. I knew he could act- but sing that well? Wow.

    overall- just give them both all the awards right now. Really well done.

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    I wanted to go see "A Star Is Born" but it wasn't on my Movie Pass movies today. Sad being at the mercy of Movie Pass. Of course, I could just pay, but then that defeats the purpose. Ugh!

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    I've seen:

    A Simple Favor
    A Star is Born
    First Man
    Colette


    And all of them ranged from good to great. I think First Man was probably my favorite of the four (and I wasn't expecting that).

    A Simple Favor: I actually thought Blake Lively ran away with this movie. Kendrick and Lively both were basically playing exaggerated versions of themselves, but Lively brought something really special to the role. She displayed that movie star quality that you don't see too often. I'm not a huge fan but she totally won me over. I thought Feig did a great job at establishing a very particular tone. He's a fun director. Oh, but the last third or so of the film goes completely off the rails and I ended up being more lukewarm on the film than the first two thirds would suggest. Also, Henry Golding, oh my god.

    A Star is Born: OK, this was good. I think the reviews have overhyped this one, and I went into it thinking it'd be fantastic, and it wasn't. Cooper was good, particularly his direction; this is a great debut for him. Gaga was pretty good, the songs were good, Sam Elliott was actually MVP for me, even though he had probably ten minutes of screentime, lol. I sort of liked the updated version of the story. But I thought Cooper and Gaga had very little chemistry, which shocked me because it was singled out in reviews as being amazing? Anyway, it's a solid film.

    First Man: This surprised me. I'm going to be honest I didn't really want to see this movie (I didn't like the trailer) but I had a night free to go to the movies and this is the only one that worked time wise. It was riveting. In the first scene of the film you see through Gosling's perspective the atmosphere of the Earth, and right away I realized I was going to see something marvelous. Anyway, we come back to Earth, we deal with human problems, we deal with loss, we go to the moon. And throughout it all Chazelle's direction is staggering, he builds the tension so well that you're invested in a story that you know the ending of, and many of the events which lead up to it. Gosling is a force, and Claire Foy does a brilliant job with an underwritten role. I also thought Jason Clarke was great. Anyway, this is one of my favorites of the year so far.

    Colette: This was also pretty great. Keira Knightley is doing phenomenal work in this one, she is such a magnetic lead, and really embodies the title character. Dominic West is also quite good in his bumbling, quasi-villainous role as the husband. The first half of this film reminded me of those classic 90's period pieces: Merchant Ivory, the plethora of Jane Austen adaptations, etc. But it's in the second half that the story really takes a turn, and it's so unapologetically modern and carefree. The more I think about the film the more I appreciate it. Plus I loved the score.
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    ^ I agree with you on A Star is Born. Good but completely overhyped. I was wondering if I was missing something everyone else was seeing. It's not a comparison thing either because in all my binge watching of AMC when I was young, it was never one I stumbled across.

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    Screeners are finally going out so hopefully things will become ďavailableĒ soon and I can catch up lol

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    Independent Spirit Award nominations -

    BEST FEATURE

    Eighth Grade
    First Reformed
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Leave No Trace
    You Were Never Really Here

    BEST FIRST FEATURE

    Hereditary
    Sorry to Bother You
    The Tale
    We the Animals
    Wildlife

    BEST FEMALE LEAD

    Glenn Close, The Wife
    Toni Collette, Hereditary
    Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
    Regina Hall, Support the Girls
    Helena Howard, Madelineís Madeline
    Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

    BEST MALE LEAD

    John Cho, Searching
    Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
    Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
    Christian Malheiros, Socrates
    Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

    BEST DIRECTOR

    Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
    Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
    Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
    Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here
    Paul Schrader, First Reformed

    BEST DOCUMENTARY

    Hale County This Morning, This Evening
    Minding the Gap
    Of Fathers and Sons
    On Her Shoulders
    Shirkers
    Wonít You Be My Neighbor?

    BEST SUPPORTING MALE

    Raķl Castillo, We the Animals
    Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
    Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade
    John David Washington, Monsters and Men

    BEST SCREENPLAY

    Richard Glatzer (Writer/Story By), Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash Westmoreland, Colette
    Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
    Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
    Paul Schrader, First Reformed

    BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

    Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
    Christina Choe, Nancy
    Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds
    Jennifer Fox, The Tale
    Quinn Shephard (Writer/Story By) and Laurie Shephard (Story By), Blame

    BEST EDITING

    Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here
    Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates & Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
    Luke Dunkley, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart, American Animals
    Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Levy, The Tale
    Nick Houy, Mid90s

    BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

    Burning (South Korea)
    The Favourite (United Kingdom)
    Happy as Lazzaro (Italy)
    Roma (Mexico)
    Shoplifters (Japan)

    BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

    Kayli Carter, PRIVATE LIFE
    Tyne Daly, A BREAD FACTORY
    Regina King, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
    Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE
    J. Smith-Cameron, NANCY

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Ashley Connor, Madelineís Madeline
    Diego Garcia, Wildlife
    Benjamin Loeb, Mandy
    Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria
    Zak Mulligan, We the Animals

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    Incredibles 2- I enjoyed this but certainly not as much as the first one. The kids are my favorite part of the movie. it was pretty predictable and I did not like the very heavy jealousy storyline they had for Bob. I thought it took a lot away from the movie. I think Id actually prefer so far Isle of Dog if that gets nominated.

    A Star is Born-Caution this review is probably going to be spoilery AF. I didnt see the two versions prior to this one, but I would be interested in doing so. It was funny, I didnt realize Sam Elliot was in it (Katie waited to read your review) and when Cooper started talking I'm Like hey he sounds like sam elliot! and then there was that whole story line haha. I think the most interesting storyline was Coopers character slowly losing his hearing. I thought it was an okay movie, def overhyped. Gaga will get the nomination for the final 15 minutes of the film but I have no idea who she's against at the moment and have a lot more to watch. I enjoyed Cooper a good deal in this. Directing and acting wise. Ill support his nomination in both. HOWEVER I do have to say. I thought it was manipulative AS F%CK when Gagas character came to his aide and was like i won't do this again. And then that same day he basically convinces her to marry him. Did not like. I thought the most powerful shot was at the end with the dog outside the garage. I straight up started crying at that. is the original song for this film "shallow"? Cause if so that was my LEAST favorite song in the whole movie. Oh also. If Demi Lovato and I connected st a bar and she invited to fly me to a concert there wouldnt even be a second thought. Iíd be like when do we leave. Silly Gaga. Overall if we're going to go with movies about has been music people and up and coming artist Id like to throw one of my favorites Begin Again in there for comparison. Ill forever be bitter that didnt get more attention


    Ill be interested to see more nominations come out. Overall it seems like my original list in the first post is holding steady with predictions. and Backseat (the dick chaney movie) has been changed to VICE. I was very confused when I kept seeing that on predictions haha I'm like Ive never heard of this movie haha

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    I loved Begin Again. It was one of those movie experiences where I went in with low expectations figuring it was one of those hyped movies where I’d be bored to tears. I was pleasantly surprised, and so happy I saw the movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace_Of_God View Post
    I thought it was manipulative AS F%CK when Gagas character came to his aide and was like i won't do this again. And then that same day he basically convinces her to marry him. Did not like.
    OK so YES. 100%. This was a very unhealthy relationship all around. Like, I did not root for this couple at all and I kind of think I was supposed to.

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    ^ yeah thatís the thing. I was rooting for them individually but NOT as a couple at all

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    First Man- I have to say, it never occurred to me that we didnt have a movie about this before. At least of this magnitude. Like this story seems ripe for the picking. I knew much about the timeline of these events because I watched that short lived show "The Astronaut Wives Club". So i knew the major characters and the ones that died. I actually like that I knew a good amount going into it. Production wise this is pretty great. I mean the shots of them on the moon look outstanding and extremely realistic. I completely forgot this was directed by the guy who did LA LA Land. What a change! He did good with a completely different genre. I am pleased. I think Claire Foy was pretty great in it, its one of those subtle but meaningful performances. I also looked up as much as i could after to check accuracy as I usually do, and shockingly with only a few minor changes this was on point to what all actually happened, so I liked that. I think Ryan does a solid job, I believe this is one of the more subtle leading men characters Ive seen in a long time and he makes it pretty engaging to watch him.. I think its a solid movie. It won't be my favorite of the year but I enjoyed it a great deal.

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    Widows is an excellent in the moment film. I had a great theater-going experience with this one. Personally, I think Steve McQueen is one of the best directors out there, and this is shot masterfully. It's slick, thrilling, well-paced, and somehow both broad and introspective. It is very, very clearly a Gillian Flynn script. If you liked Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, you'll like this story; if you disliked the prior two, you'll hate this as well. I do have to say that the more time has passed the less I like the script and in particular the Liam Neeson twist. It sort of falls apart on reflection, but that doesn't take away from the thrill of the initial viewing. Viola Davis is a QUEEN, oh my god. She carried this film wonderfully, and this is a star turn for Elizabeth Debicki, she's easily the standout of the supporting cast. I also loved Brian Tyree Henry in this. Daniel Kaluuya was great but his character was, to me, a little underused and his arc didn't wrap up well. Anyway, I'm disappointed that Davis, Debicki and McQueen don't have a chance for this.

    The Favourite is pretty spectacular. Colman, Stone and Weisz are incomparable. Without having seen all of the contenders, I really, really want to see Colman win the Oscar for this. The way she weaves comedy and tragedy is nothing short of superb. And Stone and Weisz go head to head with her beautifully. On the surface it's a surprising performance from Stone, but in retrospect, it makes perfect sense. Her performance works so well because she's immensely charismatic and likeable, and you have no problem rooting for her at the start. Then the film does the whole switcheroo and Stone nails it. Weisz is phenomenal as well. This is finally a character she can sink her teeth into; she's biting and caustic and absolutely perfect. I seriously cannot praise the performances enough. Even though Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are in no way, shape or form supporting here. This is simply a film with three leads. Anyway, the script is wonderful in its originality, not quite as batsh*t as most Yorgos films (he didn't write it) but still quirky, weird and entertaining. I will say that the tonal shift in the final third probably could've been handled a little better. There was about a twenty minute stretch that I thought worked solely because of the ladies' performances. OH and let me shout out Nicholas Hoult! He was wickedly good. I prefer his performance to just about every other supporting actor I've seen this year. He's definitely ahead of Driver on my personal ballot so I'm sad he hasn't gained any traction whatsoever. But back to the techs. The cinematography is jarring, and you do get used to it throughout the film, but I still think I would've preferred that there weren't so many fish eye shots throughout. All in all, my favorite of the year so far.

    Despite two central performances that are very good, Green Book was very disappointing for me. The sad thing is this is an inherently interesting subject matter--the premise is great. But I think the screenplay is the weakest point of this; it relies way too heavy on stereotypes and cheap jokes. There are a lot of interesting bits that are food for thought and could become discussion pieces, but the film just magics them away. Mahershala Ali in particular is great here, but his character is peripheral; Ali brings as much characterization as he can here, but I was left wishing the film had told the stories of both of these men, rather than revolving around Mortensen's character. Speaking of, Mortensen is good, it's a very committed performance and I won't be mad if he's nominated. For SAG, I'd say Washington > Mortensen > Cooper (the only three I've seen--Gosling in First Man is better than all of them, though). Anyway, give Linda Cardellini more role 2k19, please.
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