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I Finally Watched ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘War Horse’

So, over the past couple of days I’ve watched some pretty popular films; War Horse and Lethal Weapon. Both were memorable and I have strong opinions on both of them so with no further delay, here are my reviews for each movie.

Lethal Weapon

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Well, Lethal Weapon was not what I expected. Yeah, it’s a classic buddy-comedy duo type of a movie but it wasn’t as funny as Rush Hour and Bad Boys. Instead, it was a more serious film with humorous tones in it and I kind of liked that twist.

Mel Gibson’s suicidal Martin Riggs was a different type of a police officer and he ultimately got me invested in the story when I was kind of watching the film bored. The movie was good but at times it felt like a true-blue 80s’ film and that’s not always a good thing.

The scenarios Riggs and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) constantly found themselves in and out of at times felt ridiculous and totally cliche. But the movie was somewhat enjoyable and I understand why it is as famous as it is. I don’t think I’ll be watching it again though anytime soon.

Die Hard, however, a fellow action movie that had a Christmas setting in Los Angeles that came out just a year after Lethal Weapon, is far better though in casting, story, and action.

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!)

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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.

The Musical Score for ‘Tenet’ Should Be Nominated for An Oscar

TENET is a strange masterpiece that takes a lot of brain power and concentration to understand but the one thing that blares into one’s senses and announces itself from the very get-go is the music.

Sticking to Hans Zimmer’s distinct and broody musical theme, Ludwig Göransson brought a flavor to this film that felt unlike anything I’ve heard before. Filled with synthesized beats that vibrated your senses in IMAX and a vague Western-sounding theme for The Protagonist, this movie never lets up. Just listen to this piece here for the very beginning of the film and you’ll understand why this score deserves an Oscar nomination.

It sticks into the soul, becoming as much a piece of the movie as the characters and plot. And like the film, it never lets up. It doesn’t apologize for its occasional assault on your neurons or its constant presence. It is a powerful piece of music that feels so perfect with this film and yeah, I love it!

I’ve already saved a few pieces on my Spotify because I love it that much.

If you’ve seen TENET do you think it should be nominated for an Oscar? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Watching ‘Sunset Boulevard’: I Am Shaking

Have you ever seen a movie that fills you with such exhilaration that you’re left trembling after the film? Well, that is me right now as I write this gushing review about a true masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard.

This film may have not won Best Picture, losing instead to All About Eve, but it is undoubtedly one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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Should Chadwick Boseman Get a Posthumous Oscar for ‘Da 5 Bloods’?

It’s still heartbreaking to think that Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us but as time goes on so must we. I’ve pretty much dedicated this week to the actor in commemoration of his legacy and as such I wanted to write this post which points out the obvious; Boseman needs to be nominated for a posthumous Oscar next year.

It’s happened before. Heath Ledger was nominated posthumously for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, a nomination that culminated into a win for his chilling and very memorable performance. The last movie I watched featuring Chadwick Boseman was Da 5 Bloods and to say he was extraordinary as the commanding soldier, Stormin’ Norman is an understatement. I didn’t see Black Panther and that is saying something considering how great of a job he did as the Marvel superhero.

His role was small in the film but every scene he graced he commanded with such power. He undoubtedly deserves an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for that role and yes, maybe even a win. That’s how great he did and I’m not even exaggerating. Just watch the film and you’ll see for yourself.

Do you think Chadwick Boseman deserves a posthumous Oscar for his role in Da 5 Bloods? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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