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by The Original BJ
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: PLEASE READ: My Fantasy Oscar League
Replies: 16
Views: 324

Re: PLEASE READ: My Fantasy Oscar League

I’m not sure if any of this is going to help Sabin win his league, but a few thoughts/responses to the overall conversation that has developed. I do think A Star is Born is the safest bet for “most nominations.” It might have been First Man, but the box office flameout suggests it might struggle abo...
by The Original BJ
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: If Beale Street Could Talk reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: If Beale Street Could Talk reviews

I wasn't an extreme acolyte of Moonlight -- I found it a smaller, less emotionally overwhelming experience than many did -- but my second viewing of that film made me realize my initial response was more a reaction to the hype than a fair evaluation of the movie itself, which is certainly a beautifu...
by The Original BJ
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28625

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Now that the story has moved on to Trump's press conference meltdown and the Sessions firing, it feels a bit like the midterms were a week ago, but to add a few more thoughts... The race I volunteered for has finally been called, and we won! Katie Hill will be the first woman to ever represent the C...
by The Original BJ
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28625

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Mister Tee wrote:But they're enduring multiple disappointments at the governor and Senate level.


And I think the biggest disappointment has to be that the 2020 Senate map is starting to look close to insurmountable for the Democrats to even get to 50-50.
by The Original BJ
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28625

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

And NBC just projected Democrats won the House.

So however disappointing other results end up -- and man, I really would like to see De Santis go down -- that's a huge sigh of relief.
by The Original BJ
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28625

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

A Tweet from Judd Legum sums it up pretty well: "Democrats may or may not take the House but I think one thing progressives are waiting for is the country to rise up and decisively reject Trumpism. It's not happening."
by The Original BJ
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28625

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Well, I've been knocking on doors since March for Katie Hill, who is running for the congressional seat in California's 25th district -- she advanced in the primary by an eyelash (by just over two percent) and is hoping to unseat incumbent Steve Knight (who as of late has been embroiled in controver...
by The Original BJ
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Widows reviews
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: Widows reviews

What do you think for craft? Score, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, etc? Editing and Sound are both first-rate and probably its likeliest below-the-line nominations. Score is quite memorable too, but it's more on the pulsing/not-melodic side, which can often be overlooked for more sweeping orchestr...
by The Original BJ
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Widows reviews
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: Widows reviews

Comparisons to The Departed strike me as pretty appropriate. Not in the sense that I'm declaring "here's the Best Picture winner!" -- I've always thought the centrifugal force of Scorsese's long-overdue status helped carry that film over the finish line -- but this is another thriller for ...
by The Original BJ
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: On the Basis of Sex reviews
Replies: 1
Views: 87

On the Basis of Sex reviews

Given how late this one was being held, I feared it would be a big turkey, but it's more or less about at the level of something like Marshall. Which is to say, it's not any work of great depth -- who should I root for, sassy Ruth Bader Ginbsurg or the crusty old dudes lamenting gender equality will...
by The Original BJ
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: A Star is Born reviews
Replies: 51
Views: 3129

Re: A Star is Born reviews

And yet I've encountered a sizable number of people who were completely caught off guard by pretty basic story elements (especially the plot's culmination in suicide). While I totally agree with you and Precious - we are part of an ever decreasing Cinema-aware section of society - but there's somet...
by The Original BJ
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Favourite reviews
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: The Favourite reviews

What a hoot. This strikes me as a very strong candidate for screenplay prizes -- the dialogue essentially amounts to one deliciously nasty quip after another, often coming in unexpected moments. The writers do a pretty terrific job of making the set-ups to punchlines not FEEL like set-ups -- a chara...
by The Original BJ
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Ballad of Lester Scruggs reviews
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: The Ballad of Lester Scruggs reviews

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (and it is Buster, should anyone want to adjust the title of this thread) is a film that I enjoyed more fully overall than as the sum of its parts. Because I think there are some pretty obvious limitations -- besides the fact that anthology films always sort of feel more...
by The Original BJ
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: A Star is Born reviews
Replies: 51
Views: 3129

Re: A Star is Born reviews

One other thing I thought I'd mention anecdotally, now that the film has been out for a month, and I've spoken with a lot more folks in my real life about it -- I'm pretty shocked at how many people I've come across who aren't remotely familiar with A Star is Born as a property. This is not to sugge...
by The Original BJ
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Ben is Back reviews
Replies: 2
Views: 619

Re: Ben is Back reviews

After seeing this and Beautiful Boy within a three week period, I've definitely had my fill of films about young drug addicts and their concerned parents for a while. I do think this is a stronger movie than Beautiful Boy, mainly because it has far more narrative drive, and tackles subject matter th...

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