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  1. Webslinger

    Best Picture Predictions - 2018

    The Favourite was never going to be a box office smash, though. I saw it twice theatrically - partly because I loved it, partly because it was exhibited in the wrong aspect ratio the first time I saw it (seriously). Both times, the audience I saw it with was clearly expecting something akin to Downton Abbey, only to be blindsided with the sex, profanity, dark comedy, and uncomfortable ending the film threw at them. Its chances of being anything resembling a crossover mainstream hit were always minimal, and I don't think that detail should hinder its Best Picture chances if it really does have a realistic shot at the prize. Of course, all that commentary seems merely hypothetical considering that I think the race is really down to Green Book and Roma. My head tells me that Roma has to win it because of the precursors it has racked up, but my gut says Green Book.
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    Best Picture Predictions - 2018

    I'm not ruling out a BlacKkKlansman upset, but I'm not feeling it despite the huge contemporary relevance and the opportunity to award a Spike Lee joint. I felt like Spotlight and Moonlight both had more vocal support ahead of the ceremony, so their wins were surprising but not as shocking as a victory for BlacKkKlansman would be. As far as my preferences go, I'm rooting for Roma, more than willing to embrace upset wins from The Favourite or BlacKkKlansman (or Black Panther, but I feel like that's an even bigger longshot), hoping against all hope that A Star Is Born (#1 on my list for last year) isn't dead yet, and not looking forward to a win for Green Book. If Bohemian Rhapsody - a film that barely got a passing mark from me - goes on to win, I might just skip next year's ceremony in silent, irrelevant protest.
  3. I'd say it's as much a sign of the times as anything else. When studios have largely abandoned mid-budget films in favor of going all-in on established brands and potential franchises, it's hard for something outside a certain mold to break out.
  4. I'm still holding out hope that (500) Days of Summer wasn't his one-hit wonder, but yes. I did at least like Gifted, but it felt like anyone could have directed it.
  5. But he also did (500) Days of Summer, which seems like a much closer analogue than the ASM flicks. Not having seen Your Name (I know, I'll get around to it eventually), Webb's involvement doesn't necessarily sound like a bad choice if he has a solid script to work with.
  6. Webslinger

    Best Picture Predictions - 2018

    And that's why I've been hesitant to budge from predicting Green Book over Roma. The Netflix resistance seems like it's going to be significant (and dumb considering that many of the voters watch most of these films at home anyway), and Green Book just seems like a fitting winner for the contingency that wants to dig its heels in and stick it to the whiners. On a related note, the write-up on A Star Is Born had some incredibly annoying points. They're turning their backs on the film because a precursor organization didn't award it and because Lady Gaga's speeches were cloying? How childish.
  7. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    Even on the other side of that teacher/student divide, that "will we/won't we?" waiting game on delays and cancellations is still nerve-wracking. It's been a weird few days. I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that Seattle - freaking Seattle! - has been getting pummeled with snow.
  8. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    Expectations were still pretty high all the way up to release, even if it was abundantly clear that it wasn't going to be as big as Reloaded. For reference, Box Office Guru was predicting $80 million for the Friday-to-Sunday gross. I still remember being shocked when the weekend estimate was only at 50 (and then it fell from there with actuals the next afternoon).
  9. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    There was a time when I thought The Matrix Reloaded was superior to the original and one of the best sequels ever made. That time was right after it came out, when I was 12. It's still a pretty solid movie, though, even if it's messy. I just bought the trilogy in 4K, so I'll re-watch those contested sequels soon.
  10. A 50% drop from its predecessor's opening five years ago would be incredibly discouraging for Lego 2. Like other posters, however, I feel like the studio blew its shot at turning the brand into a reliable franchise by waiting too long to do a proper sequel. Even back when Lego Batman posted a slight underperformance two years ago, there was some thought that a direct Lego Movie sequel would have made more sense at that point in time; now it's even more apparent. Or, on the flipside, perhaps it just illustrates what a fortunate fluke The Lego Movie was in the first place as something that should have been a cheap cash grab but instead ended up being hugely successful critically and financially.
  11. Webslinger

    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    45 million accounts watched it. Some of those are bound to be geezers who hit it by accident.
  12. Webslinger

    91st Academy Award nominations

    I guess Bohemian Rhapsody must be a case of "most equals best." I saw a tweet the other day that showcased the many awkward edits and breaks with the 180-degree rule in a dialogue-driven scene.
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    Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    Kids who were born the last time I cared about a Now compilation would be in eighth grade by now. I'm still kinda amazed that they survived iPods, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, etc.
  14. Huh. I was banking on Black Panther as one of the safer picks for Picture, especially after how frequently it showed up elsewhere. So, what are the odds of Bohemian Rhapsody winning Worst Feature as a reaction to the Best Picture nomination?
  15. At least it made Overlooked Feature.

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