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Old 01-23-2017, 03:49 PM   #151
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Watched Florence Foster Jenkins this weekend. I wasn't expecting greatness, so enjoyed it fine. I wanted to see it immediately when I heard they were making a movie out of this. Heard about the story in college, from a music professor.

Meryl Streep should get another Oscar just for the singing. It's hard to sing that off key when you're actually a decent singer.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:06 PM   #152
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I watched Montage of Heck as well as Oasis: Supersonic over the weekend. I'm not a major Oasis fan (I enjoy the first two albums to a certain extent) but I find their story pretty interesting, and Noel cracks me up, even now. The brothers were/are often insufferable but the odds of a meteoric rise like that are infinitesimal - and there was a lot of great footage from their early days.

As for the Cobain doc, I mean, it certainly posed more questions than it really answers but I thought the combination of the footage, the sound collages and the animation was captivating to say the least. And it was pretty fair overall; it seemed to me to present his strengths and a lot of the warts, too - it was not a smear job nor worshipful. I cannot remember watching a doc like this and feeling like I knew the person way more intimately than prior to. I have nothing specific to say/add that a million people have not said before as it pertains to Cobain himself, so I'll just add that the last 15 minutes or so were just so fucking sad.....and perhaps infuriating too. I

It is also very difficult to process, for me, that his death occurred almost 23 years ago.
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Old 01-24-2017, 02:00 PM   #153
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Oscar nominations are out:

http://www.avclub.com/article/here-a...-awards-248928

Hopefully this will get Hell or High Water back in theaters. I missed it last year.

I also just saw Arrival, which is definitely a new favorite that I'll want to watch again for years to come. Next up, La La Land.
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Old 01-24-2017, 03:05 PM   #154
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Meryl Streep should get another Oscar just for the singing. It's hard to sing that off key when you're actually a decent singer.
Fuck, I wasn't serious! I wouldn't have picked her for a nom this year.
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Old 01-24-2017, 11:19 PM   #155
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Fuck, I wasn't serious! I wouldn't have picked her for a nom this year.

She will always be nominated when the opportunity presents itself. Haven't seen the movie so can't judge. Many had predicted Amy Adams for that slot in what would have been her 6th nomination.

Hell or High Water is awesome. My favorite so far but I have only seen that, Hacksaw, and Arrival for best picture noms.

I like that there are 9 nominations meaning there were enough first place votes for each film.

Quite a comeback for Mel. Hacksaw Ridge is such a powerful dichotomy of a statement on war and anti-war values.


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Old 01-25-2017, 04:21 AM   #156
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Silence with only one nomination is a travesty, a slap in the face of America's greatest cinema artist.

Whatever.
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You'd think that with my love of film combined with my living the bulk of my adult life in LA and having friends in the industry that I'd give a shit about the Oscars or whatnot, but, I literally could not care less and cannot recall the last time I watched. Not saying that I don't understand why people do pay attention, I of course understand that.....but for me, it just does not matter. Not sure why.
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Old 01-25-2017, 01:40 PM   #158
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Maybe you're dead inside?
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Old 01-25-2017, 02:09 PM   #159
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You'd think that with my love of film combined with my living the bulk of my adult life in LA and having friends in the industry that I'd give a shit about the Oscars or whatnot, but, I figuratively could not care less and cannot recall the last time I watched. Not saying that I don't understand why people do pay attention, I of course understand that.....but for me, it just does not matter. Not sure why.
Ditto! I've grown more and more disconnected from the Oscars with every passing year, and often can't bother to watch it these days.

That said, I'll be mildly annoyed for a few minutes if La La Land wins over Moonight.
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Considering Moonlight is about gay black men and has an unconventional structure, it's a miracle it has gone this far with mainstream awards (as well as its box office success). I hate to say its advocates (I consider myself a moderate one) should be happy with what they have, but it should still win a couple awards and it's a major triumph whatever happens.

But despite whatever shortcomings it may have in the script department (the one category I really hope it loses), La La Land is a breath of fresh air, is very well directed. and I appreciate the nods to classic musicals both American and French. So I'm certainly happy for its success.
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Yeah, I didn't walk out of La La Land thinking it was the best movie I'd seen in ages or all year, but, I definitely walked out happier than when I walked in. I had a smile on my face throughout most of it, which I probably say less and less as it pertains to film/TV. Part of that pertains to my own choices and tastes, obviously, but still.
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You'd think that with my love of film combined with my living the bulk of my adult life in LA and having friends in the industry that I'd give a shit about the Oscars or whatnot, but, I literally could not care less and cannot recall the last time I watched. Not saying that I don't understand why people do pay attention, I of course understand that.....but for me, it just does not matter. Not sure why.
It's really the only awards ceremony of any kind I care about. But I care about it almost OBSESSIVELY.
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I like La La Land a great deal. But if the Academy can't make a point of choosing a critically acclaimed unconventional movie about gay black men a year after #Oscarstoowhite and three months into Mr. Orange's term, it's a problem. Particularly if they go for a movie about jazz in which the only black character is a pop musician and sort of the "villain". I get why La La Land could (and probably will) win, and I would probably be defending it most years, but it's a shame still. Again: just mildly annoyed, as Moonlight has already received all the critical praise it deserves.

I thought the SNL skit was spot on, by the way.

'SNL' unleashes 'La La Land' police on all the haters
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I thought La La Land was more or less amateurish Film Bro crap. Yes we get it Damien Chazelle, you've seen a couple Minnelli and Demy movies, but you have no idea what makes them compelling.
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They're remaking Scarface with Leonardo DiCaprio as Tony Montana. Why...?
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