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On the subject of Parasite I really doubt it will win. The BP nomination is a massive step forward for S. Korean Cinema, but I don't think that the film is going to unseat a war drama, or Hollywood's favorite subject — itself. Especially when the competition is such a critique of the wealthy class.
 

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I will repeat this every time I rewatch the movie for the rest of time: Lady Bird is flawless.
This is one I definitely need to rewatch. I saw it once in theaters and thought it was okay but that's about it. I rarely watch movies at home but I've been wanting to revisit it since we live in Sacramento now.
 

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This is one I definitely need to rewatch. I saw it once in theaters and thought it was okay but that's about it. I rarely watch movies at home but I've been wanting to revisit it since we live in Sacramento now.
boy, it clicked with me, and I love it a little more each time I see it. It’s a movie where every minor character has inner life and humanity, and not a single scene is wasted.
 

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I CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR GRETA GERWIG!
How the fuck is she not recognized but Todd Phillips is? And all those noms for Joker...ridiculous. I’ve finally seen it and while I don’t think it’s awful or dangerous or whatever, it’s a pretty dumb movie with some flawed writing and pretty good acting.

And yet seeing Parasite, Marriage Story, and Jojo Rabbit nominated for Best Picture makes me happy though none will win. Parasite is there as a nod to its impact just like how Get Out was, but it will likely get Foreign Film. Once again children actors are also not recognized, like the three phenomenal ones in Jojo Rabbit.

Predictions: Little Women gets Best Picture, Parasite Best Foreign, Acting noms and directing will all go to The Irishman, though I’d love Adam Driver to get Actor.

now my personal snubs...The Lighthouse deserves so so so so much more. Also Florence Pugh in Midsommar was my favorite performance of the year.
 

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Now I feel the need to rent Joker, despite having 0 interest in the film just to get in on the drama....
It’s not that interesting in relation to the controversy. It’s a movie that has been done before but this time it’s a property you recognize and it’s not as smart. It’s “about mental illness” but seems to misunderstand the issues and walks a kinda tricky line between playing it dumb and sending a completely backwards message.
 

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It’s not that interesting in relation to the controversy. It’s a movie that has been done before but this time it’s a property you recognize and it’s not as smart. It’s “about mental illness” but seems to misunderstand the issues and walks a kinda tricky line between playing it dumb and sending a completely backwards message.
Funny thing about Joker is I like it a bit more today after discussing it with a friend who also just recently saw it. That being said, no way does it deserve a Best Picture nomination over the Farewell. And Phillips over Gerwig is a joke.

Now is probably a good time to reiterate that the Academy is 68% male and 84% white. Just let that sink in.
 

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It’s not that interesting in relation to the controversy. It’s a movie that has been done before but this time it’s a property you recognize and it’s not as smart. It’s “about mental illness” but seems to misunderstand the issues and walks a kinda tricky line between playing it dumb and sending a completely backwards message.
That's very close to what one of my friends told me about the film. I do plan on seeing it now just out of morbid curiosity, but I won't expect much, good or bad. I know a lot of the buzz surrounding the film seemed to focus on the relation to Taxi Driver, which is what interests me the least. In general the big 70s revival happening right now is a big mixed bag, but I though Schrader's First Reformed has been bar none the best of the batch. I am curious to see what this film does with the subject that's caused so much interest, but my sneaking cynicism is that this is just a gateway film for a lot of folks that will quickly outgrow it.
 

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It's a fairly entertaining, kinda bad movie that looks really good and has a compelling central performance.
Yeah pretty much. Not awful, not amazing. But the people claiming it’s some kind of masterpiece need to watch more movies. Ditto to the people who think this is some sort of dangerous, violence-influencing film.

is it possible some crazy incel sees themselves in the film and then uses that to hurt people? Sure it’s possible. Is it the film’s fault? No.
 

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Now is probably a good time to reiterate that the Academy is 68% male and 84% white. Just let that sink in.
Besides the pathetic lack of diversity here, what kind of self-centered boring people are they? The constant gravitation towards white cis-male stories is preventable now even while it takes the years for the demographics of the ranks to be corrected. People should stop treating cinema as an opportunity for male gazing, and more as Eberts "empathy machine." For me there's nothing more interesting than exploring someone else's POV, but I guess most Academy members would rather see theirs reinforced.
 

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Besides the pathetic lack of diversity here, what kind of self-centered boring people are they? The constant gravitation towards white cis-male stories is preventable now even while it takes the years for the demographics of the ranks to be corrected. People should stop treating cinema as an opportunity for male gazing, and more as Eberts "empathy machine." For me there's nothing more interesting than exploring someone else's POV, but I guess most Academy members would rather see theirs reinforced.
So much this.

For all the people bitching about De Niro not getting a nom for the Irishmen I'm like he's played that role 10 times already!! As a middle age white guy I'd much rather watch The Farewell or The Last Black Man in San Francisco or Parasite over Marriage Story, the Irishman, or Joker.
 

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So much this.

For all the people bitching about De Niro not getting a nom for the Irishmen I'm like he's played that role 10 times already!! As a middle age white guy I'd much rather watch The Farewell or The Last Black Man in San Francisco or Parasite over Marriage Story, the Irishman, or Joker.
Might I point you towards the Independent Spirit Awards, in which all of these films are nominees and for the modest price of $95/year, you can be a member of the voting body?
 

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So much this.

For all the people bitching about De Niro not getting a nom for the Irishmen I'm like he's played that role 10 times already!! As a middle age white guy I'd much rather watch The Farewell or The Last Black Man in San Francisco or Parasite over Marriage Story, the Irishman, or Joker.
Totally agree. And on that subject, The Last Black Man in San Fransisco was easily a top 3 film for me this year for me this year, and I was shocked it was totally snubbed for the most part, even on critics year-end lists.
 

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Totally agree. And on that subject, The Last Black Man in San Fransisco was easily a top 3 film for me this year for me this year, and I was shocked it was totally snubbed for the most part, even on critics year-end lists.
I would really like to see this.

Might I point you towards the Independent Spirit Awards, in which all of these films are nominees and for the modest price of $95/year, you can be a member of the voting body?
oh, this is amazing. Screeners?
 

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It's on Prime Video in 4K HDR, if you have that. Didn't get a chance to see this in theaters sadly, but it still made a big impression on me at home.
Did not realize it was on Prime! Definitely gonna watch.

Alas, I am still using a 1080p Panny plasma, so 4K HDR is lost on me.
 

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Did not realize it was on Prime! Definitely gonna watch.

Alas, I am still using a 1080p Panny plasma, so 4K HDR is lost on me.
Ah those are still great though, always lusted after one before they went away!

I think almost all of the A24 films go to Prime now after having a little while to be rented on the digital storefronts, and unlike other studios / services Prime is putting them up in 4K HDR with good compression, which is really great to be able to see top rated films from 6 months ago in top quality for free.
 
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