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Moonlight

mv5bnzqxntiyodaxmv5bml5banbnxkftztgwnzqymda3ote-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. (IMDb)

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris), Cinematography, Directing (Barry Jenkins), Film Editing, Original Score, and Adapted Screenplay.

I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this movie, and thankfully, it definitely lived up to the hype. What was so beautiful about it was that it was so personal, so small in scope, yet you still felt a connection, a pull towards these people. Every single detail in this movie, every facial expression, every movement, was so precise and and specific, it just kept adding more and more to the story. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is beautiful, I’m honestly still mulling this movie over in my mind. A slow burn at times, but still an enthralling one.

9/10

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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Hell or High Water

mv5bmtg4nda1ota5nf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmdq2mdm5ode-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. (IMDb)

Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Film Editing, and Original Screenplay

I had multiple people tell me how brilliant this movie is. But honestly, at the end of the day, I really think I just don’t like Westerns. Even modern ones. The acting was very good. I was really pleasantly surprised by Ben Foster and Chris Pine. I haven’t seen either of them do anything like that before. Jeff Bridges was reliably impressive. The director, David Mackenzie, did a really nice job of establishing the world. You definitely understood who these people are and where they lived. I think overall the reason this just didn’t do it for me was its slow pace and a payoff that doesn’t come until the final minutes.

5/10

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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2017 Oscar Nominations

Seriously you guys, I need a time turner.

I have had literally zero free time, like it’s taken my literally 12 hours to write this post (I’ve been writing it little by little all day)

But yay Oscar nominations!

Admittedly, I was a little nervous to see this year’s nominees, hoping that they wouldn’t be so whitewashed. And I will say, this year’s batch is a step in the right direction, but still definitely highlights how far we have to go. I love Meryl to death, but did she really need her 23rd Oscar nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins? (Which I guess I’ll find out when I watch it…)

What I also appreciated was how many movies were nominated. There’s a wider array of movies nominated, rather than the same 6-8 getting nominated for everything.

La La Land does lead the pack with an insane 14 nominations. This is one I’m very curious to see, mostly because of how divided the opinions I’ve heard are. I will say, the majority of people who have a negative opinion have been my fellow theatre artists who thought that Hollywood could have done a little better. Excited to see it nonetheless.

As for the rest of the nominees, most weren’t surprising. I’ve heard Moonlight is nothing short of incredible, that Hidden Figures is awesome, that Denzel and Viola are a force to be reckoned with in Fences, etc.

I heard Arrival was good, just curious if it’s Oscar good. And while I heard Andrew Garfield is amazing in Hacksaw Ridge, do we really need another true war story?

Anyway, I’ve already seen two of the nominees, I’ve posted those reviews below:

Zootopia (Best Animated Film)

https://jeleff11.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/zootopia/

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Costume Design and Production Design)

https://jeleff11.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them/

Happy Watching!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Man Up

mv5bmtuzodcxndcxml5bml5banbnxkftztgwode1njm4nte-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_A single woman takes the place of a stranger’s blind date, which leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.

I watched this during a movie night with some friends. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, to work on some writing while half watching. This movie took up more than half of my attention, which is a definite compliment. Lake Bell is funny and witty, a hot mess without falling into the “quirky hot mess” stereotype. And I’ve always enjoyed Simon Pegg, but I found him oddly very attractive in this. Not that he’s not a good-looking guy. But there was a charisma with this character that I maybe hadn’t seen in other roles. The set up of the whole movie was very clever, as was the small moments. For example, when Pegg finds out that she’s not the right date, he tells her to go run a triathlon, which she lied about being able to do. As they race back to a bar, she actually runs, bikes, and “swims” (through a sea of people). Like I said, super clever. Two minor things. Rory Kinnear was just a tad too much for me as an old high school friend and Olivia Williams needed a better hair stylist. Overall though, a fun distraction.

6.5/10

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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