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‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Has Made Me Cry Four Times!

I have seen Raya and the Last Dragon four times now and every viewing has left me in tears. I’ve seen a lot of Disney movies, I’ve cried at almost all of them, but it’s been a while since a Disney film has touched me as much as this one.

Raya and the last Dragon is a computer animated masterpiece

Raya and the Last Dragon is not only visually stunning but it’s fun and funny but its message of letting past prejudices and hate go to come together is so profound, poignant, and beautiful. The last fifteen minutes of this movie leave me as an emotional wreck every time I watch it and I thank Disney for making this movie. It’s beautiful.

Next month is Pixar’s Luca and I’m very excited to see that. I hope it’s as good as it looks.

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Why Didn’t Awkwafina Get an Oscar Nomination for ‘The Farewell’ Again?

Awkwafina has become an incredible actress over the course of the last few years. The first film I ever saw her in was Ocean’s Eight where she melded into the background of all of the other Oscar-nominated or Oscar-winning actresses that surrounded her. And then, last year, the buzz was intense about one of the best films of 2019, The Farewell, and her impressive performance in the movie. I watched the film for the first time yesterday and I have to say, it lived up to the hype. Here’s the film’s synopsis.

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

This movie was really engaging and at its heart lied Awkwafina who plays the film’s lead, Billi. She expressed every element an Oscar-nominated performance could deliver; the melodramatic expressions, the self-contained emotions when she had to keep her composure, the eventual bursting scene where she lets her emotions out, she did everything you’re supposed to do to get an Oscar nomination…and she wasn’t even afforded that. I’m flabbergasted.

She would win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy but she deserved more accolades for the work she did on this film. After watching this movie, however, I’m even more excited to know that she has a lead role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Marvel Studios continues to acquire actors that are not only famous (like Robert Redford and Michael Douglas) but actors who actually have won awards for their acting (like Oscar-winning actress, Brie Larson) and that’s what makes these films so much better than the likes of DC Comics’ movies…unfortunately.

If you have a chance to see The Farewell I suggest watching it. It’s currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and is well worth the look.

I’m giving this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and 95 out of 100. It was a movie I’ll most likely never forget.

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I Am So Excited for ‘Ocean’s 8’

I’ve seen all of the Ocean’s films and they are fantastic heist films. So when it was announced that there was going to be another Oceans film but this time with an all-female cast I was definitely a little skeptical but excited at the same time. Then the star-studded cast was announced and I got totally excited. This movie has some of my favorite actresses in Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and Sandra Bullock and while I’m not exactly familiar with everyone else except for Mindy Kaling and Rihanna I was still just as excited to see these actors bring a new era to the Oceans series.

One of my favorite things about the Oceans films is the cinematography and the music. Director Steven Soderbergh had a unique eye that made those previous three movies so cool to watch. And then composer, David Holmes, brought a jazzy feel to the films that was utterly perfect. They, to me, were the heart and soul of the series and the reason why they were so enjoyable.

Ocean’s 8 doesn’t have this director and composer which is a slight bummer. So can this new director in Gary Ross and composer in Daniel Pemberton retain that classic Oceans style while providing something fresh and new? I honestly hope so.

All in all, I’m counting down the days until I’ll be able to see it and I hope it’s just as great as it looks. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.