The big three Best Picture nominees
These are the three pictures most likely to win, in descending order of likelihood:
1. La La Land
An enjoyable movie that pays homage to a type of movie that Hollywood made a lot of in the 1940s and 1950s but disappeared completely before I was born.
Nothing to dislike here. In fact, whenever there’s a movie with nothing to dislike, you hear people calling it racist. In this case, La La Land is racist because it culturally appropriates music invented by blacks, and shows that it takes a SWPL white person to open a successful retro Jazz club.
My take on the movie is that the Emma Stone character was a real bitch to the Ryan Gosling character. First she nags him about not having a real job, and then when he gets a job in a successful band that plays some sort of Jazz/Pop/NewAge mix which was pretty cool, and it’s a job he seems to enjoy, she gets mad at him for abandoning his original plan of opening a Jazz club and not spending enough time at home with her.
2. Moonlight (spoilers)
Because this was an all-black production, they are able to show the dysfunction of the black ghetto, whereas if a white person tried to realistically depict the black ghetto it would be considered racist.
The problem I have with this movie is that it’s about this shy skinny kid Chiron (pronounced like Shyrone) getting bullied in the ghetto, and then all of a sudden out of the blue he’s doing gay stuff with some other black ghetto guy (Kevin, his long-time sort-of friend). Where did the gay stuff come from?
I appreciated the twist in the ending. You assumed that Chiron would have a happy Hollywood type of ending (or at least you thought it was a possibility), but instead he becomes this huge ultra-muscled drug dealer thug at the end, while Kevin winds up becoming a guy who takes care of his kid and works at a legit job as a short-order cook and even loses some of his Ebonics accent. But maybe Chiron himself considers this a happy ending, because he becomes the sort of person he wished he could be growing up as a kid. Maybe the Hollywood Ending is biased in favor of white norms?
I think this movie has a good chance of winning even though La La Land is favored, because it’s an authentic black movie plus it has gay stuff, so they can tick off two SJW boxes with one movie.
3. Manchester by the Sea
This is the best of the three movies, and I recommend it to all of my readers.
It’s a masculine tearjerker, which is a rather rare thing. All of the main characters are heterosexual men. The women are all gone because they were alcoholics or they had mental problems or something like that.
It’s a successful tearjerker. I cried. Don’t watch this in the presence of someone you’d be embarrassed to cry in front of.
The movie does show the dysfunction of white proles, they get into fights, they have domestic arguments with cursing and screaming that we would never see from SWPLs. They get drunk. Patrick has no interest in going to college. But it’s not as bad as the dysfunction of the ghetto blacks in Moonlight. There’s no extreme violence or children left to fend for themselves. The fights are broken up before anyone is seriously hurt. Everyone has legit jobs, no one lives off welfare. People keep their homes, which they own, neat and tidy.
As observed by some reviewers, the characters have white privilege that they take for granted. Manchester by the Sea is this idyllic all-white town devoid of any minorities except for the Asian doctor. Lee lives in Boston at the movie’s beginning, where he has to take orders from minorities, as a self-imposed punishment. He doesn’t think he deserves the prole white Eden of Manchester by the Sea.
When Patrick gets into a fight at school, the hockey coach gives him a fatherly talk instead of calling the police. After Lee is questioned by the police, he is simply let go instead of prosecuted for a serious crime. Some liberals who see racism everywhere believe that if blacks had been in those situations they would have been treated as criminals.
I think this movie has no chance at the Academy Awards because no one will want to give awards to a movie that glorifies the kind of people who voted for Trump. SJWs are outraged that the movie manipulates people into feeling sorry for privileged whites when immigrants who are in genuine need of our sympathy are being deported.
I can’t believe I never reviewed last year’s Best Picture winner. That movie sucked. There’s nothing more boring than watching journalists at work. The only reason it could have won any awards is because the good deed of exposing the Catholic Church as an organization of evil trumps the cinematic qualities.
All three of the movies favored to win this year are better than Spotlight.