365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About


Mudbound (2017)

An early and serious contender for 2017's Best Picture is a movie that may not have found its way to a theater had it not garnered so much critical acclaim. Dee Rees's (Pariah) Mudbound is a Netflix original movie and had it not been for The Academy of Motion Pictures' rule of all Oscar-nominated films be available to the public via movie theaters, who knows where it would have landed. This is not the Netflix's first movie to receive so much praise that the movie had to be released in the theaters. 2015's Beasts of No Nation faced a similar fate. However, the kudos that Beasts of No Nation originally received faded as Oscar season approached and the movie ultimately did not receive a single nomination. The same won't be the case for Mudbound which very well could earn a Best Picture nomination as well as nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Mitchell), Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), and Best Adapted Screenplay just to name a view.  It's an early prediction and I have yet to see any of the other contenders, but this does feel like a very weak year for movies and I would be shocked if Mudbound is not nominated for Best Picture and I would be surprised if it doesn't win at least one award in one of the other categories before cinema's biggest night of the year is complete.


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is not your typical Ang Lee (Lust, Caution, Hulk) film. It doesn't have the effortless flow near the sweeping landscapes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Life of Pi, or Brokeback Mountain. While these three movies netted the legendary director three Best Director Academy Award nominations, including two wins, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk likely will not make earn him nomination number four. It's awkward and clumsy at times. It has unnecessary elements in it. And, most importantly, it lacks any sort of immediate or emotional impact that the trailers lead you to believe that it has. The premise felt very much like Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Father. I expected much more with each of these movies than what was delivered. There were some good things about Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. It is much better than its current 43% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.