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

2Feb/180

Lady Bird (2017)

I think if you told someone that Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lovely Bones), the actress who won audiences over with her innocent portrayal of a conflicted young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s New York City in 2015's fabulous Brooklyn (which earned her a Best Actress Nomination) is the same person playing the lead role two years later in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, they'd look at you funny before looking at pictures of her from both movies, recalling scenes from each, and then of kind of nodding their heads and saying, "Yeah, I guess that is the same actress." While a movie I didn't really resonate with and definitely near the bottom of the Best Picture nominees in the lackluster 2017, I did appreciate her performance...one that was just as honest and true as the one she gave in Brooklyn. And similarly to 2015, her work in this movie is likely the third or fourth best of the year and landed Ronan her second Academy Award nomination.

17Dec/170

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

In an Oscar season that hasn't been so much a run of disappointing movies as much as has been movies that just didn't wet the appetite, Martin McDonagh's (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has a chance to finish in my Top 10 movies of the Year, whereas I really don't think it would have had even had a chance since I began writing this blog in 2010. While I really enjoyed its dark theme, its complex characters, and even, to an extent, its quirkiness, this movie was close to perfect. The fact that it seems to be a lock for a Best Picture nomination shows just how down of a year 2017 is for movies.

1Dec/160

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Almost perfect. While it may not even end up in my top five movies of the year, Kenneth Lonergan's (You Can Count on Me, Margaret) Manchester by the Sea was almost perfect. I said the same thing when I started my review I began my review for Nocturnal Animals just a week ago. Both movies had such potential to be a serious movie of the year candidate (both with the Academy and with me), but both movies had some serious holes. While Nocturnal Animals will likely not receive any nominations com, Manchester by the Sea will likely earn multiple ones (and rightfully so). Manchester by the Sea will likely finish as one of my five favorites of the year, but boy did it have the possibility to absolutely be number one.