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Oscar Wrap Up 2017

What an interesting night. Here are some things that flew through my head:

-First off, let me get this off my chest. La La Land deserved the awards it got. It was a visually beautiful movie, with a good score, and a good story with charming leads. (I will say I would have preferred Barry Jenkins or Denzel winning for Director but that’s me.) I don’t necessarily love the music (found it a tad bland), but City of Stars (which won) is definitely memorable. And granted I did not see Jackie or Elle, but Emma Stone winning was deserved. I thought she was great. I did say it did not deserve Best Picture, and it didn’t (more on that later). So, everyone can calm down now haha.

-I’m really glad Arrival picked up something (Sound Editing) because I feel like that one was overlooked.

-God Bless Viola Davis. She is a fucking inspiration. (pardon my language) She is who every actor should aspire to be.

-Didn’t love the choice of Casey Affleck. Personal issues aside, to me “Manchester by the Sea” was “white man does not handle grief well for two hours”. Meh.

-Yas Mahershala Ali. I missed his acceptance speech, but am very happy he won.

-Zootopia! Piper! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Which FINALLY brought home an Oscar for the HP franchise)

-Getting political tonight. Alright. I’m down.

-That last five minutes. Holy. Shit. I knew something was up when a white dude with a headset and envelopes started walking amongst the La La Land people. I leaned over to my friend and said “something’s wrong.” Goddamn. I wanted Moonlight  to win, and I’m so glad it did. The La La Land crew handled that awkward situation very well. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway did not. I’m sorry. You look at the envelope and see “Emma Stone, La La Land.” You know they just gave that award out. How hard is it to be like “Oops, we already gave Emma her Oscar!” Or something jokey and dumb like that.

Overall. I think this year definitely made some strides with #oscarssowhite Thank god. Let’s make this the new baseline, the norm instead of something to work towards.

Until next year!

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Won’t Back Down

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Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. (IMDb)

I’m somewhere in the middle on this one. On one hand, this is a really interesting commentary on America’s public school system. On the other hand, it got super anti-union and I felt like I needed to watch a documentary on the public school system in order to understand it. With the whole anti-union thing, I felt like it only showed the negative sides, and only mentioned the positives a few times, when it could have really opened up a debate about how unions are necessary, but policies should be looked over you know? This was also entirely too long. They easily could have shaved a half hour, possibly more off of this. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis are good in this however. They’re both concerned mothers who want what’s best for their kid. There are some heart warming moments, but the big picture of the whole thing was just a little too big for this movie.

4.5/10

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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