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  1. Webslinger

    Best Picture Predictions - 2018

    Having watched Roma this morning, I feel pretty safe predicting a second directing Oscar for Cuaron. As great as the many other contributors are, it's his baby from start to finish. That said... I worry about the Netflix factor for Best Picture. It shouldn't matter to a group that sees so many movies via screener, but I could see enough voters taking a hard line against awarding a streaming film, especially bearing in mind that Roma is the kind of film that should be experienced theatrically.
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    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    I'm still really surprised at just how much Bohemian Rhapsody has taken off on the awards circuit so far. Rami Malek I get - he went a long way toward rescuing that movie for me and I understand the Best Actor hype even if he's probably going to miss the cutoff on my personal ballot. But the film as a whole? Bleh. I didn't hate it (again: see that Malek performance), but it's a far cry from best of the year plaudits in my book.
  3. Not surprised at the Spider-Man CinemaScore. It's hard to imagine audiences not loving it. Even with plenty of competition coming for all quadrants, it should see some nice staying power over the Christmas and New Year's periods.
  4. Though one might initially scoff at the fact that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse marks the fourth separate cinematic continuity in just 16 years for the famed webslinger (with the current MCU iteration still going strong, no less), this animated take on the Spider-Man universe matches a bold premise with equally bold execution. The switch to the animated medium and the inclusion of numerous different versions of Spider-Man are presented so effectively that they don’t feel like gimmicks; rather, the whole film feels vibrant and energetic, wholly embracing nearly all the possibilities its medium and concept offer. While not directed by Lego Movie writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (though both are producers and Lord is credited as a co-writer), it has both their fast-paced, witty voice and their knack for finding resonant emotional throughlines in projects that feel like they should just be branded cash-grabs. By introducing alternate Spider-Man Miles Morales and opening up the Spider-Verse with different takes on the hero, the filmmakers not only fling open a door to greater racial and gendered inclusion in the cinematic superhero canon, but they also make a compelling case for the co-existence of multiple versions of a popular character with several well-realized heroes of their own dimensions in this particular universe. Miles’s story in particular – while admittedly following expected beats to a “T” – is affecting because of how well the script and voice acting play the crucial relationships in his life; he emerges as a character whose heroic journey is very much worth rooting for, and his mentor-mentee relationship with a Peter Parker in the midst of a midlife crisis has numerous touching moments and a well-played payoff in the climax. The film has a distinct visual style that may take viewers some time to adjust to, but it looks fantastic and delivers set pieces that take full advantage of the medium by delivering fluid, engaging action sequences that would be difficult to capture even with the live action films’ gargantuan effects budgets, and there’s more than enough humor (a not-insignificant amount of which is of the meta, fourth-wall-shattering variety) to allow it to embrace its identity as a cartoon. Between Tom Holland’s stellar live action depiction of Peter Parker and the wealth of possibilities that Into the Spider-Verse introduces and explores, the Spider-Man cinematic brand is in a uniquely exciting place where it’s balancing multiple balls in the air, and this film boldly – and successfully – takes a stab at redefining what a superhero franchise can be and how far it can reach. A- Stray Thoughts - and a lot of 'em, so into the tag they go (also: if you're snooping around this thread without having seen the movie, go see the movie first; it's one of those movies that works best if you don't know as much about it going in):
  5. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    I was going to do Roma tonight (I even kinda cheated and watched the first 7-ish minutes during some down time at work), but some stuff came up and I ended up watching La La Land again with family. In case you couldn't tell from my avatar, I still love it to pieces. But holy hot damn did those 7-ish minutes of Roma I watched on my laptop look gorgeous. A TV is no substitute for the theatrical experience, but I'm looking forward to seeing it on something bigger than my laptop tomorrow.
  6. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    So... the new Spider-Man is pretty rad.
  7. Webslinger

    SAG 2018 thread

    I'd have to hit up IMDB to name anyone in that movie besides Rami Malek and Mike Myers.
  8. Webslinger

    SAG 2018 thread

    Agreed. Saying that it's a hollow gesture is perhaps an overstatement considering that anyone who wins as part of the ensemble gets an award, but it feels like a cop-out to, say, nominate the cast of Black Panther as a collective whole but leave Michael B. Jordan out in the cold - AGAIN - for an individual nomination despite how great he's been across three very different roles in very different genres in his Coogler collaborations.
  9. Webslinger

    Best Picture Predictions - 2018

    Glenn Close is great in The Wife. It will be a career honors Oscar if she wins (duh, I'm not gonna sit here and pretend like it's not), but the performance itself is aces and will probably make my personal ballot in what I feel has been a crazy-loaded year for that category. A Close win would be miles better than the "Sorry we made you wait 30 years between wins" Oscar Meryl Streep got for a competent performance in the otherwise awful Iron Lady.
  10. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    I'll give Jason Momoa some love for the bold choice in pants on his SNL monologue.
  11. Webslinger

    Best Picture Predictions - 2018

    True, but there's the double standard where mainstream wide releases usually need to be hits to gain traction in awards season. Fair or not, they seem to be held to a different standard than prestige-y art house fare that is hardly ever expected to make much money.
  12. Webslinger

    Creed 2 (2018)

    It’s not the triumph that its predecessor was, but Creed II has enough intriguing and impactful material to justify its existence and keep its audience involved. Though the directorial verve that Ryan Coogler brought to Creed is noticeably absent here, the film still does an effective job of grappling with Adonis Creed’s conflict between building his own legacy and carrying on that of his father – this time with the added layer of his continued romance from the first film and the beginning of a new family. Creed II is at its best when it focuses either on Creed’s family drama or the energetic, well-choreographed fights. Unfortunately, the out-of-the-ring material with Viktor and Ivan Drago is underdeveloped to the point where the arc rounded out in the climax doesn’t hit as potently as the filmmakers intend, and Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa isn’t as vital and moving a presence as he was the last time around. Nevertheless, Michael B. Jordan continues to build an impressive resume in reprising the Adonis Creed role; he still has the charm and grit that carried his work in the previous film, and he skillfully plays up Creed’s vulnerability in appropriate places here. His chemistry with the also solid Tessa Thompson also continues to make the central relationship work, and Thompson turns in another quietly powerful performance that successfully reminds audiences of the familial stakes outside of the ring. The trajectory of the narrative is fairly predictable and it doesn’t really challenge or reframe the Rocky legacy as dramatically as the first Creed, but this sequel successfully takes its characters further and provides sufficiently solid entertainment for its target audience. B
  13. Webslinger

    Best Picture Predictions - 2018

    Probably to some degree, but I think the bigger problem is that it wasn't a box office hit. If it had really tapped into the zeitgeist in a major way, I think the industry would have to take it more seriously; alas, it just performed without much fanfare. And that's a damn shame because the movie is really good.
  14. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    I checked out Mowgli this morning. It was a pretty sad experience, really; Andy Serkis is clearly passionate about the material and tries sooooooo hard to make it work (and it looks pretty damn good too), but the story just never goes anywhere. Despite all the hype about the dark tone, the story and character development somehow both feel simpler than what was present in the Favreau remake.
  15. Wowzers... I really did not expect that The Grinch would be in the running to return to #1 this weekend. That's damned impressive. I'm not surprised that Schindler's List didn't make much noise. It's an excellent film, obviously (and I'm looking forward to catching the re-release at some point this weekend), but trying to get people to see a depressing 195-minute film that's also currently streaming on Netflix was always going to be an extraordinarily tall order.

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