Actors, Movie Reviews, Movies

Why Did ‘Out of Africa’ Win Best Picture?

Last night led me to watch another Best Picture winner, the film that would beat The Color Purple (one of the best films ever made) for the top award at the Oscars, Out of Africa. The film, starring the ever-charming Robert Redford and the gazillion-time nominated actress Meryl Streep, in a sweeping romance that took nearly three hours of my life to complete, was not one of the best movies I’ve seen. In fact, it wasn’t even close.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

An hour into the film I knew what was going to happen in the end. It was obvious. Denys (Robert Redford) was going to die in a plane crash. It was unavoidable. When it happened I shed a few tears (because it was sad) and as the movie came to a close I found myself wondering how in the world did this long, dry movie end up winning Best Picture?

Like Green Book, which I felt didn’t deserve the win over BlackKklansmanOut of Africa is another example of the feelgood film that makes, excuse my bluntness, white people feel good about themselves. Meryl Streep’s character, Karen, is your typical European stepping onto African soil, seemingly owning everything and everyone (I’m talking about the Africans) that she comes into contact with. But, because she fell in love with an American big-game hunter (Denys) who helped her see Africa in a different light, helped her understand that Africa was a beautiful, powerful, and intelligent continent long before the white man ever stepped foot on the continent’s shores, she was a changed woman by the conclusion of the film.

After losing her farm, she wanted to get her Kikuyu workers a piece of land and fought for them to have the land they rightfully owned. Her servants (because that’s what they were) loved her and were sad to see her go. And she was sad to leave Africa in return. Cue the yawn.

The Color Purple is a film that is not only emotionally impactful, highly unpredictable in its storytelling, and delivers some of the most powerful performances seen in any film, but it’s also become an iconic film. Out of Africa is anything but iconic.

Its sweeping views of Africa were stunning but it just took too long to get to the point. Ever since Denys appeared on the screen it was clear that Meryl Streep’s Karen was going to fall for him and that that was going to be the primary real estate of the story. It didn’t need to take an hour and forty minutes (more than half the film’s runtime) for them to finally stop staring at one another (Robert Redford with his narrowed, thoughtful gaze as if he’s drinking Meryl Streep up simply with his eyes, and Meryl Streep staring back as if she’s trying to keep him at bay but really all she wants to do is clobber with him a shower of kisses) and finally start smooching.

Then, after that, it’s an hour of more talking, more kissing, sightseeing, more kissing, arguing, confessions, Denys, a free-spirit, finally decides to settle down with Karen for good, and then boom, he dies! Ugh. This movie annoyed me on a number of levels.

Will I ever watch this film again? Definitely not. It’s not a bad movie but geez, it was boring. It took too long to reach a conclusion I had foreseen before the movie even got anywhere remotely interesting, and unfortunately, there wasn’t much to be interested in with this film.

How this won Best Picture is almost laughable but hey, I guess I’ll never see another movie like it, and for good reason. Lol.

I’m giving this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and 85 out of 100. Casablanca was more interesting than this and that’s saying something because I don’t even like Casablanca.

Hmm…that’s two movies I’ve seen starring Meryl Streep (The Post and Out of Africa) and I found them both extremely boring. What will be the first great Meryl Streep movie I see? If there ever is one.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a remarkable day.

Entertainment, Movies

The Movies that Traumatized Me As a Child

I think every child who watches movies has seen a film as a youngster that scared them half to death. Sometimes it’s not even horror movies but rather simply films with startling moments or scarier themes that can be somewhat traumatizing. As someone who stills gets the heeby-jeebies while, and after, watching a scary movie, I had quite a few frightening experiences watching movies as a child and I’m here to share with you every film (that I can remember) that left me traumatized. Lol, enjoy.

Jaws

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I was shown Jaws for the first time when I was a little girl, maybe seven or eight, and I can still remember recollecting two specific scenes that scared me. One, the scene where Hooper goes down to investigate the shipwreck and sees the dead guy. I still get a bit creeped out at that part because it scared me so badly as a kid.

And then, of course, watching Quint getting eaten for the first time is seared into my memory bank due to the horror of that particular moment. There was so much blood and as a child who still believed in Santa Claus at the time, the Great White looked as real as ever. It was an absolutely terrifying experience. Continue reading “The Movies that Traumatized Me As a Child”

Movie Reviews, Movies

My Review of ‘My Left Foot’

Daniel Day-Lewis just might be my favorite actor of all time. His work has always managed to dazzle me, whether we’re talking about his believable role as Abraham Lincoln or his final acting role as Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread, a film that I believe he should’ve gained another Oscar for. And now I’ve seen him in My Left Foot, the first movie to gain him an Oscar.

My Left Foot was nominated for Best Picture but would go on to lose to Driving Miss Daisy and I’m not surprised. This film had every chance to be a phenomenal and truly emotional story but it seemed to rush toward the end, losing a sense of storytelling that would’ve made it a complete film.

However, I’m not saying it’s a bad film because it isn’t. My Left Foot is yet another Daniel Day-Lewis movie that I have enjoyed and that makes four enjoyable films (The BountyMy Left FootLincoln, and Phantom Thread.) I’ll have to continue my quest for more films that he’s managed to grace because there’s a good chance it’ll be pretty good.

I’ll give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and 92 out of 100. It’s not bad and I enjoyed it, for the most part, but it could’ve been better.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a marvelous day.

Entertainment, Fashion, Movies, Science Fiction, Star Wars

The Six Best Star Wars Hairstyles

(This is a post I forgot I wrote years ago so…I wanted to reshare it with you. Enjoy!)

I love Star Wars for so many reasons. I love the stories, I love the action, I love the environment, and I absolutely love the characters. And of course, each character has their own special style and part of that style is their hair. So, on that note, here are my six favorite Star Wars hairstyles.

6. Qui-Gon Jin

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Qui-Gon is cool for so many different reasons and one of those reasons is his impeccable hairstyle. First of all, it’s totally a look that I would imagine a Jedi Master having. It’s simple yet elegant in a way, it has this kind of Samurai warrior vibe which is totally sensible considering that George Lucas’s inspiration for the Jedi was from Samurai, and it perfectly defines Qui-Gon. He’s also the only character in Star Wars, so far, with a hairstyle like this. Now I think Rey is going to go a little Qui-Gon on everyone with her new look but that’s a whole other topic.

However, at the moment Qui-Gon Jin has the coolest hairstyle as a Jedi so far.

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Characters, Star Wars

I Think There Were Force Connections Before ‘The Last Jedi’

If you’ve read my previous post you will know that I have recently watched Revenge of the Sith and to my great surprise I think I discovered another secret Force connection but not from The Last Jedi but instead from a movie made over a decade before it; Revenge of the Sith. There’s a scene after Anakin is told to wait in the Jedi Council by Mace Windu that highlights a quiet but emotional moment between Anakin and Padme Amidala.

They are both sitting in a chair deep in thought with a window to their backs and slowly, as they seem to sense one another, they go to look out the window.

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They both seem to stare at each other even though they are miles apart. Padme gazes at the Jedi temple across the way.

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And Anakin stares at the apartment building they live in across the way. Both of their faces are creased with emotion and while they may not know it, they’re practically looking at one another eye to eye.

You see, I don’t think this is as strong a Force connection as say the meetings between Rey and Kylo Ren where they were literally in the presence of one another but rather a different connection where they can sense each other and are linked in a strange bond they can’t rid themselves of. And this isn’t the only time this has happened.

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In Attack of the Clones when Padme and Anakin find themselves in the dreadful droid factory they both face death at the same time (Padme almost gets covered in molten lava, Anakin almost becomes chopsui thanks to a giant axe) before finally getting caught.

And then there’s the parallel between these two lovebirds as Anakin gets medically attended to fully become the Darth Vader we all know and love and Padme is medically aided as she gets ready to bring Luke and Leia into the world. The scene cuts back and forth between them, each of them experiencing pain in different ways. Anakin’s mutilated body is the source of his pain and Padme’s is her childbirth. And they both end up dying as well, as Padme dies from supposed lack of will to go on and the man that was Anakin Skywalker is destroyed by his new identity, Darth Vader.

All three of these scenes hint at the idea that there were Force connections before The Last Jedi was even thought of. Of course, they are not as elaborate and personal as the ones in The Last Jedi where two people can hold hands across an entire galaxy but the concept is still there and that’s pretty cool.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this theory and whether there should be more Force connections in the future. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

 

Marvel, Movies

We’re Just a Few Months Away from ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

It seems like this year for movies has been busted up. We didn’t get to see Mulan or Black Widow. Summer movies have been delayed to next year. It’s an unprecedented moment in US history and I am very saddened by the future prospects of cinema.

However, there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and it involves the live-action series that will arrive later this year on Disney+. One such series is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. To say I’m excited about this series is an understatement.

I can’t wait to eventually hear news about this series, which should arrive in the coming months, or even weeks. Gosh, I’m so ready to see this story and how it will affect the MCU phases moving forward. I just have to wait a little longer.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

Movie Reviews, Movies

‘Ben-Hur’: A Powerful Epic That Swept Me Away

I’ve been trying to update my list of Best Picture winners which has led me to Ben-Hur, the film that stars Charlton Heston (the only movie he would gain a nomination and Oscar for Best Actor) and would go on to win eleven! Oscars and deservedly so. (The only other movies to earn eleven Oscars have been Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.)

The film is SUPER long at a whopping three hours and forty-three minutes and boy did it capture me and never let go. I was truly expecting this film to be a bore. Imagine my surprise when it was the exact opposite.

With great special effects for 1959 and sweepingly epic scenes like the absolutely riveting chariot race, my adoration of this film grew to insurmountable heights, but at the heart of this story of revenge lied a powerful lesson of love and forgiveness. By the film’s conclusion, I was expectedly weeping profusely and gazing in awe at the beauty of the movie’s impactful storyline.

I’ve seen The Ten Commandments and Planet of the Apes, the other two films Charlton Heston are known for, but this is undoubtedly his best film and definitely one of the best movies that I’ve seen. Continue reading “‘Ben-Hur’: A Powerful Epic That Swept Me Away”