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The Shape of Water wins Best Picture. I hated that movie. “Another case of an Oscar-nominated movie being a mélange of lessons about racism and how fortunate we are not to live in the hate-filled time of 1962.”

Gary Oldman wins Best Actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. I thought it was massive overacting. “Oldman plays Churchill the way William Shatner played James T. Kirk, and no one would ever think of giving William Shatner an award for great acting.”

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March 5, 2018 at EDT am

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Phantom Thread (2017)

Spoilers ahead!

He asks out a waitress.
She’s charmed because he’s a famous dressmaker and he wears really spiffy clothes.
Then he’s an asshole.
Then she feeds him a poisonous mushroom.
Then they get married.
Then he’s still an asshole.
Then she feeds him more poisonous mushrooms.

Boring and pretentious and boring.

Is this what passes for romance these days?

But at least there are no sassy black women and no gay sex (or sex with sea monsters).

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So my favorite movie for Best Picture is Lady Bird.

I have not watched The Post (because newspaper movies are always boring) nor Call Me By Your name (glorifying gay child molestation? no thanks).

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Get Out: This was a fun movie if you overlook the dumb racial politics.

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March 2, 2018 at EDT pm

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Dunkirk (2017)

It’s a visual movie, not one about plot or suspense or learning anything about the characters. It takes place in three different timelines. While most movies are ruined by knowing too much about the movie before you watch it, Dunkirk is the opposite. Before you watch it, I recommend that you read as many reviews of the movie as you can so you know what’s going on. And then sit back and enjoy a slow-paced movie without any bloody gore. Although many people die, they don’t die with blood spurting everywhere. The are no loud sounds of gunfire and explosions, everything is soft and muted. The color palette looks like film from the 1960s. If you’re not the kind of person who can just appreciate a movie for the way it looks even though nothing much happens, then you might find it very boring. Or you might think the movie is arty in a snobby and pretentious kind of way.

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January 27, 2018 at EDT pm

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Darkest Hour (2017)

I don’t think I need to have a spoilers warning. I mean, you all know what happened, it’s history. Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister, then he gives a good speech or two.

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At the beginning of the movie, I was wondering, who is this senile old drunk man? And where is Winston Churchill, said to be the greatest statesman of the 20th Century? Well it turned out that the senile old drunk man was Winston Churchill.

So we have actor Gary Oldman, 59 in real life but looks ten years younger than his biological age, wearing a bunch of makeup and fake fat so he looks like he’s a fat man in his late 70s, in order to play Winston Churchill who was actually only 65 when he took over as Prime Minister in 1940.

Gary Oldman was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for this role. Maybe some people think it’s great acting because they can actually see the acting, but it seems to me like a massive case of overacting. Oldman plays Churchill the way William Shatner played James T. Kirk, and no one would ever think of giving William Shatner an award for great acting.

This movie turned into two hours of watching a doddering old drunk guy chain-smoking cigars. Pretty disappointing. I refuse to believe that Churchill was like that in real life.

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The current trend for movies that take place in the past is to show the past as being full of racism, homophobia and misogyny. We don’t see any of that in this movie. Not a gay person to be seen at all. No women are sexually harassed. The movie does show discrimination against women, because not a single woman is shown holding a high level job in government or the military. The women are relegated to the typing pool and not allowed into the men-only map room. Of course it would be a huge rewrite of history to actually have women in those positions when historically there were none. But none of the women complain about it or even take notice of the slight.

Talking about huge rewrites of history, you wouldn’t think to find many black people in London in 1940 (I estimate that 1 in a 1000 Londoners were black at the time), but Churchill manages to find one when he decides to take a subway ride in order to talk to the common people, and a black man named Marcus gives him wise advice. See the Magical Negro Trope. “In order to show the world that minority characters are not bad people, one will step forward to help a ‘normal’ person, with their pure heart and folksy wisdom.” Yep, that describes the encounter perfectly.

The movie is able to be nominated for an Academy Award despite not checking off SJW checkboxes because of the Hitler myth. Hitler and the Nazis are considered such great evil that it transcends anything to do with homophobia and stuff like that, and therefore they are allowed to portray a bunch of old white men as being good people who don’t harass women or discriminate against gays and blacks, because they are fighting Hitler! Fighting Hitler is like checking off ten SJW boxes all at once!

World War II is the only war that Hollywood feels completely comfortable in endorsing as a clear-cut fight of good guys against bad guys. There’s nothing sociopathic about Churchill ordering thousands of men to their death in order to delay the Germans in their assault on Dunkirk. It was necessary in order to fight against Hitler, and all of the wusses on his war council who were aghast at the idea can be portrayed as a bunch of girly men without the backbone for real leadership. In contrast, if one can imagine a movie about George Bush and the Gulf War, the movie would take a much different moral viewpoint.

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If it’s a choice between giving the Best Actor award to Gary Oldman or to the black guy in the movie Get Out, I say give it to the black guy. Get Out was enjoyable as schlocky horror movie and the black guy was pretty likeable, but Darkest Hour bored me to tears, until the we shall fight on the beaches speech at the end. I don’t know how a senile drunk guy managed to write and deliver such a good speech.

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January 26, 2018 at EDT pm

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We shall fight on the beaches

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, …

Review of Darkest Hour coming soon, maybe sometime tomorrow.

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January 25, 2018 at EDT pm

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Lady Bird

I liked this movie. About a prole girl in her senior year at a Catholic high school who calls herself “Lady Bird” instead of her given name of Christine. The movie takes place in 2002-2003. There’s some stuff thrown in to check SJW boxes, like an unexplained Hispanic “brother,” and a gay plot twist, but it was so minor that I didn’t find it distracting enough to get mad at. And the movie redeemed itself when Lady Bird implied that her brother got into Berkeley because of affirmative action. That’s kind of like unchecking a box.

(However, I am aware that there’s the perception that this movie scores SJW points because it’s directed by a woman, and because it’s a coming of age story with a girl as the main character and there’s a belief that girls are underrepresented in coming of age stories.)

The Catholic priests and nuns are shown to be good people who care about the students, not child molesters or religious fanatics. The only downside shown was having to put up with a very annoying anti-abortion speaker.

The movie also shows how prole parents hold back their kids. The prole mother is adamantly opposed to her daughter going to school in New York, and is mostly mean to her. Which is not to say that Lady Bird is without her flaws. In the first scene of the movie, I empathized with the mother, but that feeling of empathy didn’t make it to the end of the movie.

The end of the movie (spoils the ending to read further)

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January 24, 2018 at EDT pm

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Three Billboard Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Here we have another Oscar-nominated movie that’s full of SJW themes. The actual story in the movie is about Mildred, a mean and hateful woman (although not hateful towards blacks and gays, she’s just hateful in general), who seeks justice, or vengeance, for her daughter’s unsolved rape and murder.

But the movie take place in a town in the South, and basically every negative stereotype you could think of for dumb white southerners is stuffed into the movie. The local cops are stupid, thuggish racists. Most of the other white people in the town aren’t much better. Misogyny is rampant. They use the racist “n” word in casual conversation. There’s even disrespect for midgets. (The midget is played by the same guy who plays Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.) All of the black characters, of course, are portrayed with more dignity than the whites.

Imagine how racist it would be if there was a movie where most of the people were black, and every negative stereotype about blacks that you could think of was thrown in.

Spoilers ahead

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January 23, 2018 at EDT pm

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2018 Oscar nominees

Best Picture

  • “Call Me by Your Name”
  • “Darkest Hour”
  • “Dunkirk”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Lady Bird”
  • “Phantom Thread”
  • “The Post”
  • “The Shape of Water”
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
  • Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
  • Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Actress

  • Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
  • Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
  • Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Best Supporting Actor

  • Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
  • Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
  • Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
  • Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
  • Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
  • Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
  • Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
  • Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best Director

  • “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
  • “Get Out,” Jordan Peele
  • “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
  • “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Call Me By Your Name portrays gay child molestation in a positive light, surely that doesn’t have a chance of winning anything? Isn’t that why Milo became persona non grata?

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January 23, 2018 at EDT am

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More thoughts on Passengers (2016)

Spoilers this time

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January 21, 2018 at EDT pm

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Passengers (2016)

I enjoyed watching this movie. Two attractive white people, a very interesting space ship, robots, no SJW crap, what’s not to like?

Oh, but critics HATED it, because they didn’t agree with the message, not because it’s an unenjoyable movie.

Sorry for this digression from watching current movies headed for the Oscars.

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January 20, 2018 at EDT pm

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