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My Review of ‘Emma.’

I don’t usually watch these type of movies. When the newest adaptation of Little Women was all the rave last year I looked the other way. And the closest movie I could say I’ve ever seen to this type of posh British love-story movie is Barry Lyndon which was a nearly three-hour long epic rather than a cute, comedic story.

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However, yesterday I decided to watch Emma. because the film looked pretty on commercials and I like Anya Taylor-Joy enough to not be annoyed watching her in such a role. To be honest, I had no idea what the story was about but it wasn’t long before the gorgeous frames and cheeky humor reeled me in.

Emma. is no masterpiece but it sure was an entertaining two hours of my time as my sister and I were transported to early 19th-century England where we listened to the gossip of the lords and the ladies and watched riveted as the petty drama ensued.

By the end, I was pleasantly surprised and I was glad I watched it. Maybe now, if I get the chance, I’ll watch Little Women.

I’m giving it 93 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.

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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.

I’ve Seen Two More Classics: ‘High Noon’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

I love watching movie classics! There’s something so joyous about sitting down and turning on a really good black-and-white film. Maybe it’s because these classics felt so much more creative in their storytelling than the generic hodgepodge of movies these days but yeah, I love watching classic cinema. This past week I decided to watch two films that caught my eye; High Noon and It’s a Wonderful Life.

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I decided to watch High Noon because I love a good Western and this Western earned the film’s star, Gary Cooper, an Oscar for Best Actor. That’s like an actor getting an Oscar for playing a superhero these days.

So I turned on the film and at first I was kind of bored with the story but after a while my anxiety built and built until by the end I could barely contain my muffled screams of anguish.

High Noon tells the story of a newly-retired sheriff who has a date with four revenge-stricken gunslingers who are out to kill him. But here’s the catch, the gunslingers’ leader is coming on the noon train, meaning the sheriff has to try and recruit deputies and wait for the noon train to come before the showdown.

What transpires is a brilliantly written, highly suspenseful conclusion that left me beaming when it finished. I’ve seen plenty of great Westerns in my time but High Noon is totally up there with the greats like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, and 3:10 to Yuma.

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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.

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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