So far, I’ve only watched 6/9 Best Picture nominees in the recently concluded Oscars. I’ll try to watch all of them but don’t quote me on that.
Here are my short reviews and my favorite quotes from them: (WARNING: Spoilers ahead!)
I enjoyed watching this movie just because it’s sci-fi and it’s refreshing to see this genre stand up against Drama in the Best Picture category. I love the flashforwards in the movie and I think Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner’s acting were superb. The film was good in a low-key kind of way. I especially loved that they named their daughter “Hannah,” which is a palindrome–meaning it can be read the same way forwards or backwards, just like how heptapods write their language.
Language is the foundation of civilization. The first weapon drawn in a conflict.
Didn’t think I could take Andrew Garfield with a Southern accent seriously but, well, he pulled it off. His acting was actually good. I also didn’t think I could sit through another one of Mel Gibson’s gory movies but I did because Garfield was so compelling to watch. I liked how they ended with Garfield on a stretcher on his way down like so many of those he saved then continued to show footage of the real people the movie was based on.
With the world so set on tearing itself apart, it don’t seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little bit of it back together.
All I can say while watching this movie was, “Yes!” because it empowered me so much as a woman of color 1I’m a Filipina, so I’m Malayo-Polynesian. I loved Taraji Henson, Janelle Monae (she is killing it in acting) and Octavia Spencer. Also liked Glen Powell even though I thought I couldn’t see him another way because of his role in Scream Queens season 1 lol. The narrative was good, there wasn’t a moment I was bored while watching this movie. I’m surprised it didn’t win any Oscars.
Yes, they let some women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson. And it’s not because we wear skirts, it’s because we wear glasses.
LA LA LAND
I’m a sucker for musicals (Hamilton is my jam). The lead roles were poorly-written but the story, music and cinematography were amazing. It’s good because it combined elements of Hollywood’s classic musical films but it wasn’t anything new for me. Still, I held out hope for a happy ending of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s characters even if I knew they weren’t gonna get it.
I’m always gonna love you.
Moonlight definitely deserved the award. I love how the story was told in three parts–my favorite was Chiron, the teenager. The film portrayed Chiron so genuinely that even though I didn’t go through what he went through, I feel like I experienced his life. It goes to show that you don’t have to be the exact same person in able to feel empathy for them. And it’s so important in today’s dialogue that a POC movie won among mostly white films.
In moonlight, black boys look blue.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
The story was sad in a good way, but I wasn’t impressed by Casey Affleck’s acting. I think Garfield deserved the award more but then again I haven’t seen the other nominated actors’ films. Would recommend watching this if you feel numb and you want to feel something because this movie will give you all the feels.
Patrick: Where are we going, to the orphanage?
Lee: Shut up. Get in the car.
Patrick: Can’t obey your orders until you unlock the door.
Regarding the whole Best Picture debacle–what an embarrassment! It took the Academy two minutes to correct the announcement. Horowitz, the La La Land producer who announced that Moonlight won, looked rude when he snatched the envelope from Warren Beatty’s hand but he gets a point for stepping up and letting the audience know that it was Moonlight that won.
What’s your favorite Best Picture nominee this year?
P.S. New layout is up! Tried to incorporate a little bit of color for a change. Peach is currently my favorite.
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