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  1. Saw it last night. I'll confess I'm slightly biased since I read the book first, but honestly I was pretty underwhelmed by it. It took a legitimately interesting and rage-inducing story and turned it into a very generic 'racial-relations Oscarbait' movie. It had all the hallmarks and tropes of a 'White Saviour' movie, just without the white saviour themselves. You could practically make a bingo card out of all of the Hollywood tropes involved. Don't get me wrong, it had a handful of scenes that worked and the actors do a solid job (with special mention to Tim Blake Nelson, who is taking that southern accent he had from Watchmen and fully running with it), but I do think it's somewhat telling that halfway through the movie I became convinced that this movie wasn't written/directed by an actual black guy, simply because its portrayal of the black community/issues was so cartoonishly stereotypical. (I was right, although it was an asian director rather than a white one). Maybe a few years ago, this sort of movie would've gotten past me just fine, but considering how many great black-directed movies there were last year dealing with complicated racial issues in a way that felt genuine, this sort of film just doesn't feel like it cuts it for me anymore. Once again though, I will say I am fairly biased, having the vastly superior book to compare it to, but even trying to view it through an objective lens as its own thing separate from the book, I still can't bring myself to be very impressed with it. It's not Green Book levels of willful ignorance and terribleness, but it definitely feels like the sort of movie we should've moved on from by now. I won't exactly be surprised if other people without my biases can sit down and enjoy it- that Hollywood formula is a popular one for a reason- but I can't really bring myself to say I liked it very much.
  2. Simultaneously better and worse than I was expecting it to be. I will say upfront that I'm firmly on the side of 'TLJ was a great movie' and that I feel this movie wasted a lot of the potential that that movie set up, but I'll try and ignore that for now and judge it on its merits. Which it has a few of, I guess? I'll say upfront though that the first half was very much not good. They were clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel in regards to 'usable footage of Carrie Fisher' and it definitely showed with a bunch of early scenes involving her that made almost no sense pacing, dialogue or just generally plot-wise. My particular favourite was when Rey gave Leia her lightsaber in a moment of doubt, only for Leia to return it about two scenes later with barely anything actually having changed, scenes that were clearly just there because Disney had footage of Carrie Fisher handing Daisy a lightsaber and vice-versa and wanted to use them somewhere. Also the treasure hunt they go on for the macguffin is bad and almost half of it feels like padding. Seriously, they go to one planet to find a person to find a clue to find the vault to find the macguffin to find the planet that Palpatine is on and end up getting sidetracked twice to rescue Chewbacca and help C3PO translate the dagger. Most of it could easily have been cut/compressed for time and fails to add much character-wise or world-building wise. And for all that he's supposed to be the big threat looming over the heroes, Palpatine has almost zero presence in the movie for the vast majority of it. He gets one brief scene at the beginning with Kylo (complete with LOOK GUYS, WE EXPLAINED SNOKE! ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?) And then does absolutely nothing until the final act. However, honestly, I did feel the movie picked up by the second half and I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I expected. Admittedly, it was the same kind of basic broad strokes storytelling as TFA, rather than anything more ambitious like TLJ, so I'm not exactly going to give it massive amount of credit, but it was fun enough. It may have been like switching from a rich steak back to a common hamburger but fuck it, I'll eat a hamburger. And Emperor Palpatine is nothing if not rich in ham. Honestly, as much as I was ultimately unsatisfied by this movie, there are legitimately a lot of ideas in here I like, some of which are actually pulled off reasonably well? While I still think Rey was far more interesting as a nobody, if you had to give her a 'special' bloodline, making her a Palpatine wasn't a bad choice (even if the movie didn't really do anything all that interesting with it). The general arcs that they were going for with the characters, while obvious as fuck, do land and stuff like Finn bonding with the former stormtroopers was great. Although why they keep feeling the need to try and force female love interests for Finn and Poe when Oscar Isaac and John Boyega clearly share the best romantic chemistry in the franchise is beyond me. (Don't worry though LGBT fans, because there's a split-second kiss between two unnamed female background extras- clearly designed to be easily removed in the foreign edits- for you to enjoy! Who says that Disney is bad at representation?!) Honestly, I'd say the acting is strong across the board here, in spite of the weaker writing. While Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver are probably the standouts (as usual with these films), it's hard to think of anyone who doesn't do a good job. The effects are also on point and the action choreography, while never really blowing me away, never left me particularly bored either. Plus, who doesn't love a cool fleet Big Damn Heroes scene? With that said though, it's ultimately still not a great film. Not completely garbage perhaps, but not particularly good either. It tries to drag the formula back down to its tried and tested roots after TLJ's controversies, but ultimately does so in such a clumsy way that it leaves neither side satisfied. Also, Babu Frik for life.
  3. Speaking as someone who has seen Okko's Inn, I personally think it entirely deserved the nomination. It's a legitimately great little movie that's been painfully overlooked this year. I've now seen all 10 nominees for Best Feature/Best Indie Feature this year and, in terms of favourites, I'd probably rank it 2nd only to Promare, (which IMO should win this award and all other awards, but won't because film critics are cowards.) Eh, it's possible, but I can't say that I think it'll happen. I don't think ILMB has quite the same broad appeal as a Spirited Away or something, and Netflix is probably going to prioritize campaigning the shit out of Klaus as well, which'll probably distract them from going for it as hard as they could've. Personally, I'm still inclined to think that Toy Story 4 is going to take it, simply because it's a well reviewed Pixar Movie and that tends to be the Academy's default when it comes to this award, but I suppose there is room for an upset. I have to admit, there really doesn't feel like any kind of strong frontrunner at the moment and ILMB might garner the passion needed to push it through. Personally, even though I was lukewarm on it, I'd honestly kinda like to see it happen, if only to provide a nice change from the usual big studio kids movie wins.
  4. Finally got the chance to see I Lost My Body today. Honestly, I was somewhat underwhelmed. I can kinda see where the buzz for it coming from, since half the story is legitimately fantastic, but the other half is just a fairly bleh drama that feels like it gets the lion's share of the screentime. And the movie absolutely fails to bring its two main plot threads satisfyingly together at the end before finishing on a very abrupt note I was more annoyed at than enthralled by. I still reckon it has a possible chance of making the Oscar nom simply by the strength of the good half (which I'd honestly compare to the junk planet part of Wall-E in terms of telling an effective story with no dialogue), but I don't see it pulling out a surprise win and beating out Toy Story 4 or any of the others. Also saw Bunuel and the Labyrinth of Turtles, another French film that's also on the shortlist. I liked it just fine, (even if the title and promotional images are hella misleading to anyone not familiar with Luis Bunuel), but I don't think it has a hope of getting nominated. For a movie- an animated movie- about a famous surrealist director, it's shockingly tame. Although I will give it credit for possibly being the first animated movie ever to fail the 'No Animals were harmed during the making of this film' test. On a more positive note French animation note though, (even if it's technically a Oscar contender from last year), I did finally get to see Ruben Brandt: Collector and it was absolutely fantastic. Definite recommend if you get a chance to watch.
  5. Soooo, I just watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs Batman right before going down to the cinema to see The Nightingale and I'm not going to lie, I may have just set a minor world record for tonal whiplash. To sum up simply,- Me, at the end of TMNT vs Batman: "Hahaha, Batman just invited the turtles to a pizza party! How very wacky of him." Me, in the cinema, thirty minutes later: "WAIT NO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THAT BABY." (The Nightingale was fucking great though. And TMNT vs Batman was... certainly those words I just said.)
  6. I don't know how much the specific animation prize you mentioned means in regards to this, but I will say that I Lost My Body has been on my radar as one of the most likely films to potentially overtake Weathering with You in regards to the Oscar nom. It won a prize in Cannes and also two out of three of the awards at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which only 4 other movies have ever done, all of whom also got eventual Oscar noms (specifically, The Breadwinner, My Life as a Zucchini, The Boy and the World and Fantastic Mr Fox). Currently I'm still thinking Weathering with You is more likely, since it has the better 'narrative' (specifically the Academy making up for overlooking Your Name back in 2016), but if anything's going to challenge it, I reckon it'll either be I Lost My Body. Or Nezha. Also, I'm seeing it in November, because of course I am.
  7. Okay, I've seen Weathering with You now and unless something else manages to get the necessary momentum in the next few months, I'd say it's probably going to get the token Foreign Animation nod. It's pretty dang good. Not as good as Your Name, admittedly, but it's more like a Get Out -> Us quality drop rather than anything serious. It may not be as good as what came before it, but it's still a damn solid movie in its own right. I can see the ending being controversial though. Personally, I genuinely really did like what they went with it, since the alternative would be a cheap copout, but I also feel the execution could've been stronger and accidentally ended up muddling the final message and themes a bit. With that said, the rest of the story is strong enough that I don't think it'll hurt its chances that much. Of course, if it was up to me, I'd give the Foreign Animation nod (and probably the win unless Frozen 2 blows it away) to Promare, which I also saw this weekend, but I also know the Academy doesn't have the goddamn guts to do something awesome like that.
  8. Which is going to be super confusing for me, since I already saw the Sicilian bears movie last weekend and will be seeing Ride Your Wave in like three days. Ah well, it's not like either of them will actually get nominated...* Also, I'm surprised the new Aardman Shaun the Sheep movie isn't shortlisted. I can't imagine they're planning on postponing it for the competition next year, since I know it's already coming out this weekend here in the UK. Either way, it looks like I've got a bunch of new movies to add on my 'To Watch' list. *I say that acting like this hasn't already happened before and I didn't already see Funan last year. Or The Night is Short, Walk on Girl the year before it was shortlisted. Or Birdboy the year before that. Or that this isn't incredibly common with foreign animated movies and I should stop pretending to act surprised about it.
  9. Yes, because God forbid people 'jump on the progressive wagon' by.... pointing out how the movie about racism is actually really terrible about handling racial issues. Also, buddy, it's a fucking Best Picture winner, not some adorable little Saturday matinee screening that we're being overly harsh on. It's not really in a position where you can dismiss how quickly it falls apart under the slightest bit of actual scrutiny, with 'It's just a feel-good movie'.
  10. Okay, for a more serious word though, Green Book is the sort of movie that I'm not surprised a lot of people like, because it is very superficially charming and likeable. But it's also the sort of movie where, if you do any kind of thinking about the actual subtext of the film (or, god forbid, actually learn about the real history/people this film claims to 'portray'), it quickly becomes clear that it's a big stinking pile at best and, at worst, downright gross in its rewriting of history.
  11. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to fit any new films in today, so I guess this is going to have to do. Managed to knock Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny off just in time though. There were a few interesting things I noted from marathoning so many 70's films though... -I was not aware that Wicker Man was technically a musical. -I similarly wasn't expecting to hear some of the soundtrack from Monty Python's Holy Grail turn up in a serious Kung Fu movie (Five Deadly Venoms) -Maybe it's just me, but I can't help but question what it is with 70's movies and all the rape? Seriously, I swear I hit a patch during my movie marathon where about 4 or 5 movies in a row involved someone being raped. And I never even got around to watching a ton of famous movies that I know famously involve rape like A Clockwork Orange, Deliverance, The Last House on the Left, I Spit on Your Grave and Death Wish. Like with many things from this era, I blame Salo. -When I decided to start marathoning 70's movies to do this, I had a long list of famous and critically acclaimed moves to watch (including some of the films mentioned above). In typical Ruk fashion, I got through about a third of them, got bored and then spent the rest of my time watching obscure horror/westerns/martial arts movies instead. Because I have poor work ethic when it comes to watching stuff I'm not all that interested in. Okay, now for the list itself. Jaws Eraserhead Monty Python and the Holy Grail Blazing Saddles Star Wars: A New Hope Apocalypse Now Halloween Taxi Driver The Day of the Jackal Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Watership Down Smokey and the Bandit Suspiria My Name is Nobody Hausu Castle of Cagliostro The Omen The Wicker Man Robin Hood The 36th Chamber of Shaolin Rocky Superman One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Black Christmas M.A.S.H The Taking of Pelham 123 The Godfather A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck You Suckers) Fantastic Planet Alien Dawn of the Dead Winnie the Pooh Close Encounters of the Third Kind Lone Wolf and Cub: Battle at the River Styx Young Frankenstein Lone Wolf & Cub: White Heaven in Hell The Twelve Tasks of Asterix The Warriors They Call Me Trinity Master of the Flying Guillotine Trinity is Still My Name Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Hades Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons Crippled Avengers Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance Black Sunday Enter the Dragon Don’t Look Now All the President’s Men Serpico Patton Drunken Master The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Network Chinatown Life of Brian Fist of Fury The Godfather Part II Deep Red High Plains Drifter The Towering Inferno The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Murder on the Orient Express Three Days of the Condor The French Connection Theatre of Blood The Lord of the Rings The Amnityville Horror Five Deadly Venoms Phantom of the Paradise Game of Death Wizards Kentucky Fried Movie The Abominable Dr Phibes Murder by Death The Shootist The Rescuers Mad Max The Poseidon Adventure The Outlaw Josey Wales Westworld The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix Assault on Precinct 13 Magnum Force The Hills have Eyes Let Sleeping Corpses Lie Invasion of the Body Snatchers Shaft Phantasm The Exorcist Tourist Trap Get Carter The Muppet Movie The Sting The Town that Feared Sundown Zombi 2 Kingdom of Spiders Dirty Harry Escape from Alcatraz
  12. I don't know if 'due' is really the right word, but it does feel like 90% of Weathering with You's awards momentum right now comes basically down to 'being from the same guy who did Your Name'. Which, to be fair, might also very well be enough to push it into the 'Token Independent/Foreign Animation Nom', seeing how that usually tends to go to whichever film manages to get even the slightest hint of actual awards momentum. Either way, I'm seeing it in 2/3 weeks so hopefully it lives up to the hype.
  13. Good news everyone! I've finally seen enough 70's movies to knock Salo off my list! The bad news, however, is that in order to get there, I kinda padded out my list with a bunch of crappy B-Movies I saw on Rifftrax and, long story short, I now need to watch at least 9 more reasonably good 70's movies in the next week or else we end up with 'Santa Claus Meets the Ice Cream Bunny' in my Top 100.
  14. Pretty sure the biggest question for me in this thread is less "Which 70's Movie do I put in 1st?" and more 'Can I see enough 70's Movies before the deadline to knock 'Salo or 120 Days of Sodom' off my list?" (And yes, I am aware I don't necessarily have to send in a full 100 movie list, but I'm a perfectionist, dammit!)
  15. Boy, who would've thought that Speed Racer would make the list twice!!
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