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Rrampt’s (brief) Oscar breakdown

Written by Jesse Wilkinson

So, I used to take pride in having watched zero of the ‘best’ movies of the year when the Oscar’s rolled around. I avoided them all and instead watched Dazed and Confused, Clerks, and Lebowski on repeat (Okay, I still watch Lebowski a lot..and Dazed and Confused). But for the last few years, I’ve made an effort to watch all the ‘Oscar buzzing’ flicks in lead up to the nauseatingly glamourous awards show during which we should all be playing drinking games on phrases like ‘Who are you wearing?’ and ‘I’d just like to thank ____’

I don’t know why I decided to all of sudden start watching them but it happened two years ago – boredom…free streaming sites….single-hood. Regardless, here are my very brief thoughts of this year’s ‘best’ movies:

First up, the ones that done got snubbed this year:

A Ghost Story: Too artsy for Oscar?
I guess so – snubbed.

The Big Sick: game changing comedy.
This is one that should have finally given the comedy genre some Oscar love. Nope – snubbed.

Blade Runner 2049: I never saw the original Blade Runner, so not qualified to comment.
But I will anyways – loved it. Unreal action movie with cool plot, but….snubbed.

Good Time: One of the year’s best.
Robert Patterson totally redeems himself. Twilight still lingers over him, though so…snubbed.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: Dark as fuck.
Wow, that one stayed with me for awhile. But just like the director’s film The Lobster last year, it was also…snubbed.

 

 

And now for the films that Oscar liked:

Lady Bird: cool, funny, endearing.
I love Greta Gerwig’s brain. I love Saoirse Ronan’s acting skills. I love Laurie Metcalf (she’ll win Best Supporting Actress)

Get Out: I’m scared of rich white people in the south too.
My favourite performance from this movie was Lakeith Stanfield, but he wasn’t nominated. No one can seem to figure out what genre this movie belongs to.

Dunkirk: one of my least favourite war movies.
My least favourite Christopher Nolan movie. It’s chalk-full of great actors who barely get to act. Great opening scene, though.

The Darkest Hour: should be boring, but isn’t.
Gary Oldman carries it by bringing Churchill alive. He should win Best Actor for sure.

Call Me By Your Name: wonderful, honest, homo-erotic.
A coming of age tale that’s beautifully shot to represent Italy in the 80s. The speech by the father to his son is the best dialogue I’ve heard since the dinner scene in Before Midnight.

The Post: I’m tired of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
I stopped watching after thirty minutes. This style of political drama’s been done so many times, it seems so tired next to movies like Lady Bird, Get Out, Call Me By Your Name, and the Shape of Water.

The Shape of Water:  science fiction meets Cold War meets Beauty and the Beast
A love story is deserving of mad respect, but not one of my favourites. Fascinating blend of genres, though. Hawkins does an excellent job (I’d give her Best Female Performance)

Mudbound: a good movie, but not a great movie
Mary J Blige is a highlight in this story of the post-war South, as is Jonathan Banks’ chilling role as the father. I don’t see any Academy Awards in Mudtown’s future.

Phantom Thread: never thought I’d love a movie about a domineering dress-maker
The performances are that good. The only threat for Gary Oldman winning best actor is Daniel Day Lewis in this, his final performance. The interplay between him and his sister is excellent – the biggest threat to Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird is Leslie Manville, but no nomination for Vicky Krieps as the love interest?

Florida Project: seemed like more of a documentary
Interesting perspective of kids in a housing project. I liked that the welfare mom was so multi-dimensional. And Willem Dafoe is just so damn likeable in this one.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri:  best movie I saw this year.
Frances McDormand nails it. Woody Harrelson Nails it. Sam Rockwell definitely nails it. This one just might take home all the Oscars.

 

Hope that was helpful. Enjoy the Oscars, and don’t forget about the drinking games.

 

Jesse Wilkinson

 

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