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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!)

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What Are Steven Spielberg’s Three Perfect Movies?

Since the 70s’ Steven Spielberg let the world know…he could make movies. So many of his films are iconic, so many of his stories have helped inspire movies to this day, and I, as a movie lover, am always taken aback by how he manages to craft that on-the-edge-of-your-seat level of suspense in his films.

I’ve seen so many of his movies; Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hook, etc. but there are three movies of his that are 100% great.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

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You want to know the perfect action flick? I’m talking an action movie whose first second to the last delivers thrills, laughs, and chill-inducing moments that you’ll never forget. That is Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Harrison Ford takes a whip-wielding archaeologist and turns him into a movie icon as Steven Spielberg takes us on a worldwide adventure that never lets up.

Iconic isn’t even enough to fully describe the majesty of this action movie. There’s a giant ball that’ll crush you and your bones, plenty of creepy Nazis, a grand score that’ll leave your heart soaring as it imbues each scene with majesty, snakes, a fly (you know the one), and well, the power of God.

No movie has been able to replicate what seems like an easy concept but has been proven to be almost impossible to remake. Even the two Indiana Jones films that followed could live up to the standards of this Best Picture-nominated wonder.

In terms of my favorite scene from the movie: it’s literally the last one when we see the Man With No Name taking the Ark of the Covenant away. It’s the perfectly mysterious conclusion to a film that is, well, perfection.

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‘Room’: Well I Wasn’t Expecting That!

Room, the film that awarded Brie Larson her first and only Oscar, is a movie that has interested me ever since I heard about it. Considering that I am a Brie Larson fan for her role as Captain Marvel I was super intrigued to see why her performance in Room garnered her an Oscar and after seeing the film I totally understand now.

Room follows the story of a kidnapped woman (Brie Larson) and her son, born in captivity, as they live life in a single room locked away by their captor. The film is heartbreaking, depressing, and oh so dreary. I found myself crying quite a bit and yet was utterly enthralled in this story that felt so real. There was never a moment where I felt that the movie had been written that didn’t seem realistic and that was very important.

The performances by the film’s two leads, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, were top notch. Tremblay provided such an overwhelming performance that I feel he’s the best child actor I’ve seen since The Sixth Sense‘s Haley Joel Osment. He should’ve been nominated as well.

All in all, if you haven’t seen Room, I implore you to do so. The film is way better than I expected and quite the find, as long as you have tissues on hand.

I’m giving it 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. I already liked Brie Larson but after seeing this movie I really like Brie Larson. I’m so happy she’s the one playing Captain Marvel.

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Have You Seen ‘The Descendants’?

Let me tell you about a movie that I watched earlier this week. It’s an Oscar-winning film called The Descendants and it is SOOO GOOD! I’m not going to say much about the film because it was so magnificent but I will say this, it is a must-watch.

With impeccable writing, acting, and directing, this Best-Picture nominated film from 2011 is a hidden gem that is currently available on HBO Max.

I cried, I laughed so many times, I gasped, there were so many great and memorable moments, and yeah, it was just really fun to watch. 5/5 stars

Go ahead and do yourself a favor. Please watch this movie!

Another Stunning Classic: ‘A Place in the Sun’

A year-old podcast featuring two of my favorite people in Hollywood, Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin, led me to two great Oscar-winning classics; Lawrence of Arabia and A Place in the Sun.

I watched Lawrence of Arabia a few months ago and it’s safe to say, I was blown away. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite movies of all time and probably the prettiest film I’ve ever seen…on top of that.

A Place in the Sun may have gotten beaten by An American in Paris for Best Picture (and I’m not mad with that decision) but it did take home six Oscars, and for good reason. This movie had my emotions jumping all over the place!

Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor were (and still are) deemed Hollywood’s “most beautiful couple” and I’m not surprised. In their prime, they were beautiful people who helped make this film even more enchanting. The story, though, left me reeling as its story continued to evolve until the conclusion which had me on the verge of tears. When the movie went off I was so pleased with the result but actually quite upset too. Geez, this movie was pretty entertaining.

I’m giving this movie 97 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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