Agree with your thoughts in 1917. I didn't get the hype. I thought it was fine, but nowhere near what others say. I lost track of the cuts at 20 and that was before they jumped a few hours. it annoys me more than usual because there are so many great movies this year, and I feel like this is the one that will take away some trophies from more deserving people. Also, Germans should be better shots from 10 feet away.RottenAtom wrote: ↑Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:29 am
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
Very much disagree with your opinion of OUATIH, it was personally my favorite movie of the year. I know Pitt will win but I'd be so delighted to see Pesci take it.
I loved The Irishman, probably #2 of the year and I'm so glad I saw it in a theater. I do not think it'll win anything though. Between the sour taste some in the Academy have over Netflix, and such a strong field this year, I think it'll get shut out.
Looking forward to tonight. This thread always makes it more fun.