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.

25Jan/180

Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele's debut feature film Get Out was a film that I originally wasn't going to review. I liked the movie well enough but it wasn't one that I totally felt comfortable writing about. I only do so now because it is likely to be nominated for Best Picture and could get as many as 10 nominations. This is kind of crazy for a movie released in February. It certainly isn't unheard of, but it is rare. It's Academy Award nominations, 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and $175+ million in box office revenue off a $5 million budget confirm that this is one of the most surprising and successful movies of all-time. It may be THE most successful horror movie of all-time if you measure it by those four factors alone. It's a movie that keeps you engaged and entertained from its very first scene (think a toned and shorter version of the first scene in Scream), powers its way through a unique plot that you've never seen on film before, and keeps you on the edge of your seat through its bold and unpredictable final act. It's not only a great time at the movies that will keep you guessing until the very end. If takes on some underlying racial tones and tensions of the day that makes it seem like comedian Peele (Key and Peele) has been doing this his whole life. But this is is his first real dabble with anything outside of comedy, his first attempt at writing something for the big screen, and his first attempt at directing. He nailed each of these with pure precession. He will undoubtedly receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. There will be other nominations too and it appears that Best Picture will be one of those. It will be much deserved in a year that will, for the most part, be forgotten about when it comes to movies. That is outside of little, unsuspecting movies such as this. 

7Jul/140

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Emma Thompson (Howard's End, Remains of the Day) got hosed out of an Oscar nomination! I had made it a goal to see all of the nominees in all of the major Academy Award categories, but I didn't see the snubs or the next in lines for Best Actor, Best Actress, etc. unless their movie was nominated in one of the other major categories. It's been awhile since I did a review on all of the really good movies of 2013. I'm pretty sure I had already replaced Amy Adams (American Hustle) with a more deserving candidate. I just don't remember who I replaced her with at the moment and don't feel like going back and looking. I say that I'm pretty sure I did do this though because I believe I replaced the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for this movie because I didn't feel like any of them were deserving. I think I did keep Jennifer Lawrence as a nominee because the nominees in the Supporting Actress category in 2013 were not overly impressive. But this review isn't about the underwhelming American Hustle. It is about the under-appreciated Saving Mr. Banks, a movie that I had written off as a lame little kids movie after a single trailer. It was one of those movies that I told myself I would eventually see because it had so much hype surrounding it and I have yet to talk to a person who didn't, at least, really like it. It was also the most snubbed movie when the Academy Award nominees came out. While Saving Mr. Banks wasn't one of my ten favorite movies of the year, I very well think it should have been the tenth movie nominated for Best Picture (there were only nine nominees this year). And Thompson absolutely should have been nominated for Best Actress. So for argument's sake and assuming I already replaced Adams with an actress from a different movie who did not get nominated, I will give Meryl Streep's (August: Osage County) nomination to Thompson, even though I thought Streep was fantastic in her role. Streep's role was by no means as complex as Thompson's. Plus Streep has been nominated more than any other actor or actress ever.