Lion Review #OscarWatch2017

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I return having watched another Oscar nominated movie. That means I have watched four so far, and I’m halfway through Jackie, so y’all will hear about that soon as well. This next movie is Lion, the real tale of an Indian boy who ends up lost miles from home in Calcutta. The 5 year old Sheru (Sunny pawar) ends up adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and grows up as their child. 25 years later Sheru (now Dev Patel) is reminded of the life he once had and works to find his way back home. This movie is nominated for best picture and Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman are both nominated for their supporting roles.

Now for my initial opinion. This movie isn’t bad. It’s not. But I do believe I got a movie different than the one I was pitched. It’s not like I got a romantic comedy when I thought it was a thriller, but I was made to believe this was Dev Patel’s movie. I thought it would be Patel somehow reminded of his past in pieces and he’d slowly put together the past that his young mind chose to repress and then using modern technology he finds his way home. In reality this is Sunny Pawar’s story. We see directly what happened to him, and I wasn’t fond of that choice. I feel like telling the story chronically made for a big boring part that’s after young Sheru but before the ending when everything get awwwwww-worthy. To be honest, once Sunny Pawar was gone I kinda wanted to just stop watching. I gave zero shits about Dev Patel. And I gave -4 shits about his parents. Literally once Pawar got adopted I was done. Interest lost. However, I did like seeing young Sheru’s story. It was interesting and mind-boggling what he had to go through. This five year old kid just traveled throughout India. He didn’t break down in tears and cry for his mother. He just went on. That’s one badass little kid. But then the kid has the easy life and the story is more or less over. This leads into my thoughts on this movie in relation to the Oscars. I don’t think it’s a surprise that I don’t think this’ll win best picture, nor should it. There are so many better movies nominated that this movie has little chance. And as for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, I wouldn’t vote for them. I mean, Dev Patel wasn’t terrible and since his performance is the first I’ve seen from any of those nominated for best actor in a supporting role I can’t judge him as much as I will Nicole Kidman. Michelle Williams definitely beats her. I just really didn’t care for the second part of that movie. And at least I felt a little something for Michelle Williams. I liked her character. For Kidman I felt nothing. In conclusion, this movie was a disappointment. The trailer made me believe it was more interesting than it was, though I guess that’s what trailers are meant to do. This movie is at the bottom of my Oscar movie list thus far, and I do hope it doesn’t get any worse than this.

Was I too harsh? Did you love Nicole Kidman in this? Talk about this movie in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more of #OscarWatch2017 and everything else in the world of movie news.

Manchester by the Sea Review #OscarWatch2017

I am doing it! I am watching all the Oscar nominated movies for the main categories! If I follow my schedule of 6 movies a week for the next 3 weeks, I should be caught up come Oscar Sunday. Fingers crossed I actually follow through. Anyway my first review will be for the Amazon picture Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. To quickly summarize, this movie is about a detached man (Casey Affleck) who ends up watching his brother’s kid (Lucas Hedges) after his brother’s death (Casey Affleck’s brother, not the kid’s). Michelle Williams plays the ex-wife of Casey Affleck’s character. This movie has quite a bit of firsts, one being that this is the first movie from a streaming service to be nominated for best picture. That’s pretty monumental because that means the Academy is starting to stop their prejudice against content from streaming services, a prejudice that some would say Beasts of No Nation fell victim to just one year ago. Along with that we also have Lucas Hedges being the youngest person to ever be nominated for best actor in a supporting role, him being 20. For a young dude who before this I had never seen, his future is looking bright even if he doesn’t win.

Now for my thoughts. I thought this movie was really good. By the way this is a non-spoiler review for those of you not joining me in my #OscarWatch. This movie was definitely a drama, but it was pretty funny. I laughed more than I cried,which I didn’t do which surprised me. I heard this movie was a bit of a tearjerker. But I’m kind of dead emotionally, so that probably explains that. There was a levity along with the darkness, which I really did enjoy. As for Lonergan’s direction of this movie, it was kinda weird but in a good way. It felt very real. It didn’t feel like a movie, it just felt like people interacting with each other. I don’t think a movie has to be like this to be good, but it definitely worked for MBTS. I get why Lonergan is up for best director, but I don’t think he’s gonna win it. With Damien Chazelle and Denis Villeneuve fighting against him, I don’t think the movie has what it takes. Now to go into the performances of the actors, starting with Casey Affleck. While Affleck stayed pretty deadpan for the majority of the film, you couldn’t help liking his character. And when he did get emotional, that was something to see. That was the stuff that made you really realize why he was up for best actor. I have now seen two of the men nominated for best actor in their roles (the second being Ryan Gosling for La La Land), and I just don’t know who I liked better. they’re just such different roles. Ryan Gosling is in a friggin’ musical and Casey Affleck is watching his dead brother’s kid. I’ll need to take a moment to figure out which I think deserves the Oscar. Maybe I’ll just wait ’till I’ve seen all the nominees’ movies and then make a final decision. Now, we move on to Lucas Hedges. This kid was grand. He was just a normal kid who is pretending that everything is okay, even though it isn’t. You see him struggle with the death of his father and when that big scene comes when you really see him break down (that’s not a spoiler, is it?), it’s marvellous. He definitely deserves the best actor in a supporting role nomination. And last, but certainly not least, Michelle Williams. Michelle Williams doesn’t have as large a part in this movie as Hedges, and yet she does. I can’t tell you why her and her relationship to Casey Affleck’s character is so pivotal, but it definitely is. I did like her in this, but I’m not sure if I liked her enough to consider her for best actress in a supporting role. I mean she was good but … I don’t know man. I haven’t seen the other nominees for her category yet but I fear I’ll like a few of them better.

Now for my best picture thoughts. I have now seen three of the nine movies nominated for best picture, and they’re all so very different. A drama, a musical, and a sci-fi movie. Talk about diverse. So what is my favorite to win so far? Gosh, I really did enjoy this movie, but I think this just can’t beat out La La Land and Arrival for me. Those movies were just something else. Manchester by the Sea was really good but it wasn’t spectacular. It didn’t break my heart or make me think or immerse me in a world. And those aren’t requirements for best picture in my mind, but a movie needs something to pull you in. I just wasn’t as pulled in as I wanted to be.

So, what’d you think of Manchester by the Sea? Do you think Michelle Williams deserves the gold come Oscar Sunday? Tell my your thoughts on the movie and its chances for best picture in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more of #OscarWatch2017 and other things in the world of movies.

What’s Out? 10/14-10/16

It is another lovely October weekend and that means its time for new movies! There actually isn’t much out this weekend but here’s what is out!

The Accountant – Gavin O’Conner

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The only big movie to come out this week is Gavin O’Conner’s The AccountantThe Accountant is an action packed thriller with a bit of a twist. The main character, played by Ben Affleck, is autistic. Now this could be really awesome or really offensive. Or both. But offensive or not I have become very interested after seeing these trailers. Accompanying Ben Affleck is Jk Simmons (which is awesome) and Anna Kendrick (less awesome but I’m  down). So a good cast and an original twist on something that could be very cliche, sounds good enough for me!

Max Steel – Stewart Hendler

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max_steelAnd here’s the movie that came out of nowhere, Max Steel. I didn’t find out about this movie till about a week ago and I wouldn’t have known about it if I wasn’t in the movie space. I can only assume this is a movie adaptation of the Disney XD show of the same name, so that’s fun I guess. But the trailer is really gross. I just watched it without the sound of and you don’t even need sound to know this is not going to go well. The Disney XD crowd won’t even come out for this, I assure you. But I figures I’d tell you it’s coming out anyway.

Kevin Hart: What Now?

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While this is not a movie it sounds a lot better than Max Steel and it’s coming out in theaters so I thought I should mention it. Kevin Hart’s newest comedy special is coming to theaters and this seems like a great thing to take the family to and enjoy.

So what are you going to see this weekend? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and other things in the world of movie news.

What’s Out? 9/9 Edition

It is another fine day this lovely Friday afternoon. I am your resident movie junkie and this is “What’s Out?” Here I’ll give you an overview of all the big stuff coming to the big screen. So let’s hop to it!

Sully – Clint Eastwood

The next Oscar bait film to come up to bat is the newest Clint Eastwood film Sully. This movie, being the first biopic of the Oscar season, has captured the attention of many thanks to its well beloved lead (Tom Hanks) and the guy behind the camera. It has been on my radar more so for its story than that stuff. Sully follows pilot Chesley Sullenberger who famously landed his plane in the Hudson after some geese flew into the engine. The movie mostly follows the aftermath of said water landing and to me that sound pretty interesting. It stands on Rotten Tomatoes with a certified fresh rating of 83%, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

When the Bough Breaks – Jon Cassar

Now for something a bit trippier, When the Bough Breaks. Starring a largely African American cast, this movie sounds like something out of the best kind of novel. This movie starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall revolves around what happens when a surrogate becomes obsessed with the father of the baby she’s holding. Now does that sound like a Lifetime movie or what? But a good Lifetime movie. While the movie doesn’t have a score on Rotten Tomatoes yet, I’m very intrigued. The director’s been doing mostly TV work but two Emmys gotta count for something, right?

The Disappointments Room – D.J. Caruso

Now this one I hadn’t heard about until I looked up what was coming out this week, so not the best time. I haven’t seen any type of marketing for this at all. But it stars an X-Man (Lucas Till) and Kate Beckinsale and is a horror movie, so that’s fun. The IMDB description of it is “A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.” Sounds fun. And interestingly enough Wentworth Miller of Fox’s Prison Break and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was one of the writers on this movie. So if that sweetens the pot for you by all means, go see it. And report back because I’m not gonna waste my hard earned cash on it unless I hear good things.

The Wild Life – Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen

And for something weird and out of place we have The Wild Life. It’s basically the tale of Robinson Crusoe told from the perspective of a parrot. Yes, you heard that correctly. Why this isn’t straight to VOD I don’t know. It stands at a very predictable 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and looks gross. I mean I like that Pixar isn’t this only animation game in town but this is just not a good use of anyone’s time. Or maybe I’ll see it in 3 years and realize it’s actually the best thing ever. Doubtful, but who knows?

So that’s everything new coming out this weekend. My first pick would have to be Sully, but When the Bough Breaks is a close second. To be honest anything that isn’t The Wild Life is fine. So what’re you seeing? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and other things in the world of movie news.

What’s Out? 9/2 Edition

It is another beautiful Friday in the world of movie news and with it comes new movie releases! The Summer blockbuster season has just passed and now it’s time for the Oscar bait. Let’s dig in!

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The Light Between Oceans – Derek Cianfrance

One of the first dramas that really seem to be going for that Oscar this year is the new Derek Cianfrance movie The Light Between Oceans. Based on the M. L. Stedman book of the same name, The Light Between Oceans is the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find an abandoned baby and raise the child as their own. The movie stars Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. This movie is Cianfrance’s second adaptation of a Stedman novel, the first being the Ryan Gosling movie Blue Valentine, and I am sure she is very pleased with this. The movie currently has a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, so for the first drama of Oscar season it looks like it has promise.

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Morgan – Luke Scott

But it seems that Oscar movies aren’t the only thing that will be filling the theaters as can be seen by the release of the film Morgan.  Not that this could never get an Oscar, but let’s not lie to ourselves, shall we? This sci-fi/horror flick stars Kate Mara of the less than successful Fantastic Four reboot and Anya Taylor-Joy of the critically loved horror film The Witch. The movie centers around an artificially created humanoid named Morgan and the company that’s deciding whether or not she should be terminated. I haven’t seen the movie but from the trailers it looks like it’s going to get messy. This movie will be Luke Scott’s first feature film debut and I hope it works out. Not only is this a great premise but being the son of Ridley Scott he has a lot to live up to and a lot to live down even though he is not his father. Well apparently this might not be the big hit Luke is hoping for. The critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 47% and the audience rating is 37%. Maybe next time Luke, maybe next time.

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31 – Rob Zombie

And to finish off this week’s new releases is the horror flick 31, directed by none other than Rob Zombie. I really hope he was born with that name rather than changing his name to Zombie. Anyway the IMDB plot summary of this is “Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns”. So this sounds lovely. Sounds like exactly the kind of thing the creator of Izombie would come up with. The movie currently has a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it must be something interesting. If you’re into that Saw type stuff, of course.

So that’s everything new coming out this weekend. Nothing super big yet but Oscar season has only just begun. If I had to pick between the three I’d have to go with The Light Between Oceans. Or I’d finally see Kubo and the Two Strings. What’s your pick for this weekend? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on movie releases and other things in the world of movie news.