middayshadows wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:15 am
Thanks for sharing the Bong Joon Ho story, RA! Very cool. I too, feel the Parasite love. Indeed it is superlative , on so many levels. I'd love to see it take home a nice haul tomorrow, alongside Once Upon a Time In Hollywood in particular.
This years ballot is tough, separating films I love from those I think will win. It's a relief to have a such a strong film year but I'm dreading the 1917 streamroller. I'm pretty sour on the idea of that film running away with awards I think are far more deserved elsewhere (Roger Deakins excepted from that, I'm always in awe of his work). I'll spare further rant about that here.
I'm pretty sour on the idea of 1917 running away with a bunch of awards as well. I know I'm in the minority, but I won't be shy; that film doesn't work for me. I'm a huge Roger Deakins fan and I think he did a tremendous job. I just don't think it was the right job for this movie. The "one take" approach is an unnecessary gimmick and it takes away from the movie. There's not much plot and the film ends up feeling like WAR MOVIE: THE RIDE. I don't understand the reasoning behind making it appear to be one take. No shot is longer than 8 minutes.
Don't get me wrong, it's beautifully shot with camerawork heavily inspired by Paths of Glory and Full Metal Jacket, but I'm not enamored with the movie in any way.
Also, don't get me started on Joker. Utterly mediocre, half-baked Scorsese with an obvious performance by Phoenix. Not a fan...
I'd be thrilled to see The Irishman run away with tons of awards, but I'm not sure it's going to win anything. That and Parasite are my favorites out of the nominated films. I'm actually not the biggest fan of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I don't dislike it, it's an enjoyable flick, but it barely made my Top 25 and I don't think it warrants all the noms. Brad Pitt is fun, but I preferred his work in Ad Astra and would rather see Pesci honored for his subtle yet incredible performance. I think there are several actors more worthy than DiCaprio.
Speaking of Ad Astra, I'm a big fan, more so than most. It's one I keep going back to. There's a solid audio commentary on the blu-ray. It should've at least got a visual effects nom. (I'll save my Lion King rant for another day.)
Just got my picks in. Hoping I'm wrong on a lot of them and we're thrown some surprises tonight!
Cheers all! Happy Oscar Sunday