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Old 12-30-2016, 10:13 PM   #91
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Manchester is forgettable and overrated.
Margaret is very very good.
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Speak for yourself. I'll not be forgetting it for a long time.
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Margaret is boring. Will never watch another film by him.
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Old 12-30-2016, 11:58 PM   #94
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Margaret is boring. Will never watch another film by him.
Don't really understand completely dismissing a director(or actor or whatever) because one didn't like one piece of work.
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I don't meant it. Probably. But then life is short.
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Random Movie Talk XV: You Asked For It, Cobbler

Gaaahhhh Arrival was so good. As a language nerd with years of linguistics study under his belt, I could not have asked for a better sci-fi conceit.

Nice to see Amy Adams get some decent material for the first time in ages. Very empathetic performance. Enough with the Lois Lane sleepwalking.
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Loved that movie so very much. So refreshing for the genre.
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I saw Fences today, and while not familiar with the original play, I found this to be very powerful. Moreso than Manchester By The Sea. Both are fairly stripped down and in service of their words, this one just resonated for me a little more.

Washington and Affleck's characters and performances couldn't be further apart, and while I can appreciate minimalist acting and inner turmoil, Washington just towers over everyone else this year IMO. He has a lot of opportunity to do some thespian grandstanding, but he still portrays a full, layered character. There are big, loud moments but also smaller, quiet ones and he's brilliant at both.

He obviously had the benefit of playing the same role on the stage, for which he won a Tony, but taken on its own as a performance for the camera, I still find it to be about as good as acting gets.

Viola Davis and the rest of the cast aren't far behind.
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Gaaahhhh Arrival was so good. As a language nerd with years of linguistics study under his belt, I could not have asked for a better sci-fi conceit.

Nice to see Amy Adams get some decent material for the first time in ages. Very empathetic performance. Enough with the Lois Lane sleepwalking.

Totally agree. I liked everything about it - the mood, the story, the visuals. Amy Adams was great, and she was also fantastic in Nocturnal Animals (another very good movie, by the way, much better than Ford's earlier work).


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I will bang out every Oscar nominated best picture as a matter of principle.

NFL-Weddings-Christmas Eve robbing my movie time. Usually I hit 3 Oscar contenders at a time on a lazy Saturday with one ticket.

We should do a pool when Academy awards time come around. Maybe through public polls.

In the sphere of potential nominees I have seen Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge.

Sully is well done...some noms possible. Snowden underrated, expecting nothing. Best Oliver Stone movie since Any Given Sunday.


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You will see some mediocre fare this year for sure.
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:49 PM   #102
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Hey LM, you might enjoy this article:

http://theplaylist.net/amy-adams-dir...i-fi-20161209/


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Old 01-01-2017, 08:57 PM   #103
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I loved Arrival. Loved it.

La La Land left me a little cold. Yes, it's charming, and I like a retro "hey, let's do an old-school (insert genre here)" throwback, but I do not understand the huge hype it's getting. I was expecting to be wowed, and I found myself checking the time a few times during the second half.

I felt the same way about The Artist. I think Hollywood just loves movies about itself.
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I think what's refreshing for a lot of people is that most recent musicals of this millennium have relied on quicker editing to mask the lack of our current actors' dancing abilities, as well as sustaining the interest of the "MTV generation" (Moulin Rouge being the most obvious example, but a similar approach was used in Chicago). While Gosling and Stone aren't Astaire and Rogers, it was nice that the director just kept the shots wider so you could see their whole bodies, and letting the musical numbers breathe a little.

There was just a more creative use of the wide frame in general, as well as some lap dissolves, something that used to be more popular during the Golden Age. So while the performances/songs weren't necessarily anything groundbreaking (the score itself was fantastic, though), I think this is why it's getting such a response. Crowd I saw it with cheered after the opening number and applauded loudly at the end.

Don't be surprised when it wins Best Picture.
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Random Movie Talk XV: You Asked For It, Cobbler

Agree with everything Laz said. I'll also add that La La Land differs from other recent musicals where each song/set piece is specifically designed to move the story forward through its lyrics. La La Land uses its music more creatively, in particular instrumental pieces that tells the story through emotions and not words.
 
I thought that the last sequence when Gosling's character plays the piano motif at Seb's, which immediately takes us back to that first scene where they meet at the restaurant, was brilliant in this respect.


Moonlight should win best picture though. Not sure it will happen, but after last year's diversity fiasco and the current political moment, I'm still hopeful.
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