The Films of 2019

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therewillbeblus
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Re: The Films of 2019

#76 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:03 pm

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domino harvey
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Re: The Films of 2019

#77 Post by domino harvey » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:41 pm

Nope. Mods split off indiv discussion if needed from threads like these, been that way for a while

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Re: The Films of 2019

#78 Post by knives » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:48 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:41 pm
Nope. Mods split off indiv discussion if needed from threads like these, been that way for a while
Guess it shows how long I've been passionate enough about a movie to even try.

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Re: The Films of 2019

#79 Post by Mr Sheldrake » Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:11 pm

The Aeronauts

Amazon gave this a cursory theatrical release and it never made it to my local Imax even if intended for that format. Most reviewers correctly complained that the flashbacks are lugubrious, but as someone afraid of heights I found them a welcome relief, the soaring balloon at high altitudes is indeed convincing (and beautiful). In the final half hour the format opens up into one of the most thrilling and scary sequences I’ve ever seen as Felicity Jones climbs up to the top of the ballon while at 20,000+ feet to unstick a frozen valve. And that’s on my 50” screen. I might not have survived it in Imax.

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Re: The Films of 2019

#80 Post by willoneill » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:49 pm

I saw Just Mercy last night, closing the loop on having now seen every major Oscar nominee for 2019. Just Mercy was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, which is ... curious. The writing is not a strength of this film, and is arguably its most glaring weakness. The exposition early in the film is awkward, particularly in a scene that explains how Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson's character connected, but reads more as an explanation to the audience than a natural conversation the two characters would be having at that point in time. The film also jumps back and forth between two cases (that of Jamie Foxx, and the death row inmate in the cell next to him), and the transitions are clumsy. There's also O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s character, whose story is explained more in the credits coda than in any scene he's actually in. I feel like, based on the casting of a relatively high-profile actor, that probably he had a few scenes cut from the final film. My main complaint about the writing, however, is that I've seen everything in this film before, several times in some cases. It felt like every beat was copied from Mississippi Burning, A Time to Kill, or a handful of other films - which is weird because this is a true story.

If the film had one strength, it was the acting of the two leads. Jamie Foxx was really good, and Michael B. Jordan was right up there with him. Brie Larson was in an essentially throw-away role, and I can't help but wonder if this was a favour to her Short Term 12/Glass Castle director. It's nicely shot, and I liked the understated score. Anyway, if it hadn't been nominated I might not have bothered, and it's doubtful I'd ever bother again.

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Re: The Films of 2019

#81 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:58 pm

Just Mercy was not nominated for an Oscar

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Re: The Films of 2019

#82 Post by DarkImbecile » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:14 pm

Beat me to it... I was happy not to have to add it to the list!

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Re: The Films of 2019

#83 Post by willoneill » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:16 pm

Well that explains a lot ... so I did a little digging and here's what I think happened: the Oscar nominations came out on a very busy morning for me, and the first link I clicked on contained 6 nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, which I thought was odd. I quickly wrote all the nominated films down in Excel, closed my computer, and went on to the rest of my meetings. I'll try to figure out what the source was when I'm at my work computer tomorrow (might still be in my browser history).

Oh well, now I've watched it so no one else has to.

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Re: The Films of 2019

#84 Post by willoneill » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:47 am

willoneill wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:16 pm
I'll try to figure out what the source was when I'm at my work computer tomorrow (might still be in my browser history).
It was Variety's site, which was updating live when I checked it that morning. They had also listed "The King" as a nominee for Best Score erroneously.

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Re: The Films of 2019

#85 Post by Mr Sheldrake » Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:47 am

Fighting With My Family

Florence Pugh has taken on a wide variety of roles in her brief career, none more astonishing than playing WWE superstar Paige. At 5’3” and without a muscular build she looks nothing like any wrestler I have ever seen. Yet somehow with her emotional depth and boundless vitality it doesn’t seem to matter. Pugh completists should take note.

I also enjoyed her parents oddball wrestling traveling show, a WWE miniature, roaming through a working class and drug infested milieu. Much more authentic feeling in the audiences enthusiasm for their low tech show than I felt in the neon drenched, manipulative, corporate glitz world of the WWE.

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