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Movie Review Flashback: ‘Nomadland’ Is Stunning In Its Simplicity

I finally got around to watching NomadLand today and I was actually kind of blown away. At first I found it to be a bit boring and hard to stay attached but after a while the movie sucked me in and once it did it didn’t let me go.

Nomadland will definitely not be for everyone. It plays primarily in the vein of a documentary rather than a big-budget Oscar-nominated movie, the actors are so believable in this world as Frances McDormand, a nomad who’s traveling around the United States in her van during the Great Recession, perfectly becomes this character who’s down on her luck and is…just living her life.

Nomadland' Review: A Tale of Roaming and Yearning - WSJ

I love a director who can bring accentuate the natural beauty of a landscape, like David Lean’s incomparable work on Lawrence of Arabia where he managed to turn a desert into the most beautiful region on Earth.

Chloe Zhao takes the landscapes of states like Nevada, South Dakota, California, and Arizona and makes incredible images that’ll just cause you to pause and ponder life. It was as if I was watching a documentary about national parks and RV camping…and I loved it!

But beyond each frame that exuded artistic expression was the story. It was so profound as it delved into the idea of love and death. I’m not ashamed to admit I got teary a few times and I especially got emotional at the end of this movie. Spoiler alert, nothing awful happens but it was still really moving in a poetic sort of way.

Nomadland has been the frontrunner for Best Picture for months now and I see why. It has a beauty and stillness to it that the other movies don’t. And unlike the other films, I feel like I haven’t seen Nomadland before. Meanwhile, nearly everything else felt like another rendition of something I’d seen before.

I’m so excited to see the Oscars in ten days and if Nomadland and Zhao don’t win for Best Picture and Best Director…I’m not going to be pleased.

(By the way, this lady’s directing a Marvel movie! That being The Eternals. Heck yeah!)

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

Ranking the Movies I’ve Seen So Far This Year

It’s been a busy movie year. I’ve seen a bunch of movies, some that have been legitimately enjoyable while there have been a few stumbles along the way. Considering that I have seen so many movies this year I thought it best to do a ranking now of the films I’ve seen (so far.) Enjoy!

16. In the Heights

In the Heights (2021) - IMDb

If you had told me In the Heights was going to be my least favorite film of the year so far I would’ve been baffled but it is. This movie irked me on a level I can’t fully explain but there’s one major flaw; John M. Chu directed this movie like a Broadway play, not a movie!

The constant singing was out of place and took away from the enjoyment of the overall story. It was too loud, too chaotic, there were too many distractions disrupting the singing numbers, and because the movie was poorly constructed from the get-go, I didn’t like any of the characters.

When that movie ended I realized that I had seen one of the worst musicals I had ever seen and that’s unfortunate.

15. The Little Things

The Little Things' movie review, Denzel Washington thriller - Los Angeles  Times

I wasn’t expecting this movie to be good but I wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was either. I love a good whodunnit movie but this film just didn’t cut it. And its conclusion was infuriating!

14. The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad' Isn't a Typical Superhero Movie - The Atlantic

There are people who will say this is one of the best comic book movies they’ve seen. I beg to differ. The Suicide Squad is a ridiculously violent, boring island adventure with a bunch of unlikable characters and maybe two standouts. And yeah the villain was actually intimidating…for two seconds. Then he was killed in such a ridiculous fashion that I was left just staring at the screen like, “Really.”

But I’m glad there were people who liked it.

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The Oscars Made History But They Still Didn’t Have the Guts To Go There

Well, I watched The Oscars last night and it was fun. The setting was gorgeous, the cameras used to broadcast movie’s greatest night of the year felt so immersive it almost looked like we were watching a movie, and making it personal by giving the viewer a bit of insight into the nominees was an inspired touch.

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) had the most memorable speeches of the evening, cursing was rampant during an Oscar song game, Glenn Close did the ‘Da Butt’ dance on live television, and Frances McNormand howled to the rafters like a wolf.

The night was a win for people of color in a bunch of categories, with two Black women making history by winning an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the first time in the Academy’s 93-year history. And yet, at the end of the night, with only three categories left, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture, the night took a sharp left turn.

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Ranking the Best Picture-Nominated Movies I’ve Seen; from Worst to Best

This year I’ve seen five of the films nominated for Best Picture: Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Judas and the Black Messiah, Sound of Metal, and Nomadland. Each of these movies have their own respective charm, they made their mark, and they’re vying for that top award that every movie maker strives for. Today, with the ten-day countdown beginning, I’m ranking these films. Enjoy!

5. The Trial of the Chicago 7

Film Review: “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Gets Two Hits - Fullerton Observer

The Trial of the Chicago 7 boasts an impressive cast with the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong, and EVEN a surprise miniscule role from Michael Keaton. The movie won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and I rightfully agree. With a cast that stacked it should win that award BUT…the movie wasn’t that great.

I watched it, almost quite about an hour into the film, decided to struggle through the next hour, almost quit again with thirty minutes left, told myself that I would finish it, and finished it with a furrowed brow and oozing annoyance.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 may have been enjoyable to some but to me it irked me to smithereens.

B+

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‘Nomadland’ Is Stunning In Its Simplicity

I finally got around to watching NomadLand today and I was actually kind of blown away. At first I found it to be a bit boring and hard to stay attached but after a while the movie sucked me in and once it did it didn’t let me go.

Nomadland will definitely not be for everyone. It plays primarily in the vein of a documentary rather than a big-budget Oscar-nominated movie, the actors are so believable in this world as Frances McDormand, a nomad who’s traveling around the United States in her van during the Great Recession, perfectly becomes this character who’s down on her luck and is…just living her life.

Nomadland' Review: A Tale of Roaming and Yearning - WSJ

I love a director who can bring accentuate the natural beauty of a landscape, like David Lean’s incomparable work on Lawrence of Arabia where he managed to turn a desert into the most beautiful region on Earth.

Chloe Zhao takes the landscapes of states like Nevada, South Dakota, California, and Arizona and makes incredible images that’ll just cause you to pause and ponder life. It was as if I was watching a documentary about national parks and RV camping…and I loved it!

But beyond each frame that exuded artistic expression was the story. It was so profound as it delved into the idea of love and death. I’m not ashamed to admit I got teary a few times and I especially got emotional at the end of this movie. Spoiler alert, nothing awful happens but it was still really moving in a poetic sort of way.

Nomadland has been the frontrunner for Best Picture for months now and I see why. It has a beauty and stillness to it that the other movies don’t. And unlike the other films, I feel like I haven’t seen Nomadland before. Meanwhile, nearly everything else felt like another rendition of something I’d seen before.

I’m so excited to see the Oscars in ten days and if Nomadland and Zhao don’t win for Best Picture and Best Director…I’m not going to be pleased.

(By the way, this lady’s directing a Marvel movie! That being The Eternals. Heck yeah!)

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