Day Twenty: King Richard (March of the Movies 2022)

Tennis is a sport I’ve never really cared to follow. Yet because it falls under the category of “sport,” I’m intrigued, nonetheless. As I’ve grown, I’ve become more at terms with the fact that, despite only really caring enough about football to actively participate in its leagues, I actually do like sports in general. Because what tends to interest me more than the competition is the competitors.

Take Cinderella Man, at one point my favorite film of all time. It is, on the surface, a boxing film. A rags to riches (though technically riches to rags and then back to riches) story about a guy who’s good at fighting. What worth that has to me, though, is the character behind the fighting—what he has to go through, to sacrifice, to get back on top. So really, no matter the sport, I simply enjoy what it brings out in people. Enter King Richard.

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Day Eighteen: West Side Story (2021) (March of the Movies 2022)

Back in middle school, I watched the original West Side Story in music class. At the time, I remember liking it, though I was barely a teenager at that point. Various songs from the film still stick with me today, such as “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight, Tonight,” as well as some cheeky references to “Stay Cool, Boy.”

When I learned early last year that the film was getting remade, the initial reaction was skepticism. After further thought, I let it go—it had been sixty years since the original. Hollywood has waited far less time for other things. Its trailer, nonetheless, didn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. Fast forward to now, it has stellar reviews and is nominated for Best Picture. Huh? My curiosity has enticed me to see how it fares for myself.

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Day Two: The Power of the Dog (March of the Movies 2022)

As a nominee for Best Picture at this year’s Oscar’s, The Power of the Dog immediately became an intriguing prospect to view for me. I tend to like these slow-burn, “artsy-fartsy” films about gradually rising tensions and symbolic gobbledygook. After sitting down to watch this—shoddy internet and all—I can see what all the hub-bub is about!

To be transparent, this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Much of the first half was somewhat hard to get through; like watching The Office without any affection for its characters. Uncomfortable and hostile, it takes its time to show its true colors. Well, “true” may be misleading; it’s certainly something that’s up for debate. Nevertheless, those fond of psychological dissection are in for a treat.

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Ranking The Oscars 2021 Best Picture Candidates (+ Some Extras)

Something nice happened this year. Due to the graciousness of a dear friend of mine, I was able to watch every film nominated for Best Picture this year. That marks the first time in this blog’s far-too-long history that I managed to do so, despite my best efforts (being frugal can be limiting). As such, expect a much longer ranking post this year, as I also managed to squeeze in a couple extra films nominated for other awards I’d like to discuss.

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Ranking the Oscars 2020 Best Picture Candidates

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This is historically the part where I provide a disclaimer that I haven’t seen every film nominated for Best Picture. That will not change today… however, I have seen nearly all of them. Only Ford v Ferrari is left unwatched, mostly because I think it looks boring. Apologies to those that adored it, but cars and people who like cars are not my preferred subject matter. (Don’t ever invite me to watch Fast & Furious.) Continue reading “Ranking the Oscars 2020 Best Picture Candidates”

Ranking the Oscars 2019 Best Picture Candidates

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One thing to clarify before I get going:

I have only seen six of the eight films nominated for Best Picture this year, with Vice and BlackKklansman being those out of the picture. I do not typically see every film nominated on a yearly basis, but I do try to watch as many as I can so long as they don’t feel like overinflated goop (interpret that as you may). Continue reading “Ranking the Oscars 2019 Best Picture Candidates”