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January 26, 2018


Lady Bird

I kinda loved this film. It’s so quirky, and funny, and real. I’m definitely a fan of Saoirse Ronan (HannaThe Grand Budapest Hotel!). This is a movie about a teenager, and deals with teenage issues, but it’s definitely not your stereotypical “teen movie.” Maybe because it’s not trying to be edgy or crude or overtly funny, so it succeeds in all those areas in its on unique way. I have only seen a few of the Best Picture nominees so far, but I wouldn’t be mad if this won.
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Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I really enjoyed this movie. It’s definitely unique, and surprisingly quite funny, in the darkest of ways. When I first finished it, I didn’t really see it as Best Picture caliber, but the more I think about it, the more I like it, and the more I get what makes it special. It’s got some really solid acting all-around, but Peter Dinklage‘s small (no pun intended) part was probably my favorite character. Also, at this point in my limited view, I’d give Best Supporting Actor to Sam Rockwell. (Frances McDormand was awesome as always.) I mostly just liked that it was such an original story, and I never quite new what was going to happen next. Not really in a suspenseful way, but I just didn’t know what to expect. I could imagine some people might find it a little slow moving, but I was never bored, and the ending is potentially lacking to some, but I thought it worked.
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Dunkirk

This is a really great war movie from one of my favorite directors (maybe favorite?). It’s definitely very realistic (I would assume), and makes you feel seemingly as uneasy as the subjects in the movie. My biggest complaint is with the way Nolan chose to tell the story, time-wise. I get that he wanted to make it unique, but it’s a little confusing at times. I did like that you’re getting to see the war/rescue from three different perspectives: land/sea/air. Most definitely worth checking out.
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Call Me by Your Name

I have to be honest here, I didn’t love this movie. I know I was supposed to, but I just didn’t. First of all, I just found it to be kind of boring. And it wasn’t that it was slow, I can do slow. It just felt lacking. Second, none of the relationships felt… right. From creepy to crappy (poor Marzia). Seemingly, to me, no one actually cared about anyone. Third, the movie is set in the 80s, and it honestly felt like it was made in the 80s. I don’t know if that was on purpose or not, but it didn’t work for me. I will say that the performances are fantastic, and the last few minutes are really well done. I also loved hearing Sufjan Stevens on the soundtrack. Overall, it just came across as pretentious: “This movie is art! An instant classic!” Am I alone here?
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