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

29Jan/180

The Post (2017)

I was able to preview Steven Spielberg's (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan) The Post two years before it was released to the public and even a year before it went into the production. It was called Spotlight and it won the Oscar for Best Picture. It was a fantastic movie. I wish I was more than kidding and with that, I could be more positive about my viewing of, what I hoped could be, one of the best movies of the year. That was months ago when I only knew of the movie title and that it starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. In my head, I envisioned a movie about an army outpost and was very intrigued. But then I saw the preview and I wished the movie would have been about a post office instead. Then, when I was halfway through the movie, I wish I had been watching a movie about a bedpost, a fence post, or any other post that would have represented something far less predictable and boring than the waste of talent and time that was being projected on the screen in front of me. It was one of those times (I've had many recently) where I have been more than grateful for having a MoviePass. The thought of actually paying for some of these 2017 movies is even more terrifying than the disappointing IT, a movie that was neither scary nor good. And, with the exception of a couple of non-Oscar nominated movies that I am still looking forward to, but have yet to see (Hostiles, The Florida Project), The Post successfully ends 2017, the worst year for movies so far this century.

18Jan/140

Nebraska (2013)

Alexander Payne's (The Descendants, About Schmidt) Nebraska is a very likable movie that has someone convinced the critics that it is some fantastic movie that is worthy of Best Picture discussion. The hype for Nebraska was made real as it was nominated in four of the six big Oscar categories. I can see how a case could be made for the acting nominations (Best Actor - Bruce Dern & Best Supporting Actress June Squibb) much more so than I can the case for Best Picture or Best Director. While 2013 was not a great movie year, there were quite a few very, very good movie. To me, Nebraska was a notch below these higher-tiered movies. And, to me, it didn't feel like directing this movie was as difficult to direct as some of the better movies that did not have a nomination for Best Director. So while the storytelling was great and this was a very enjoyable film to watch, the fact that is in the talk for best movie of the year is a little absurd. Of the five total Oscars (Cinematography was the fifth category) it was nominated for, I see it coming home empty on the big night.