LmnO @ SAG Awards and Reviews

Tonight, the SAG Awards comes on TV. This is the first year I get to participate and vote as a member. I was so excited about this and reviewing the screeners for voting consideration, I watched and reviewed them here on the Blog.

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I, Tonya

The Big Sick

Get Out

Call Me By Your Name

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri


Shape of Water

Lady Bird

Darkest Hour


LmnO @ Movie Reviews: The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour is a film about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s rise to power during the bleakest period of World War II. Once thrust into his position by a reluctant King, Churchill is torn between his will to persevere in battle and his unsupportive political party’s insistence on peace negotiations with Hitler. To make the right decision, Winston must do what he has never done: connect with the common folk on a human, not political, level.


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LmnO @ Movie Reviews: Lady Bird

Lady Bird follows the transformation of a Catholic high school senior from passive victim of circumstance into the active agent of her own life’s design in 2002 Sacramento, CA. Not only does her coming of age effect how she relates to her family (especially her mother), friends, and peers, it brings about growth and change (also some settling into behavior pattern) in them as well.

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LmnO @ Movie Reviews: The Shape of Water

Set in the segregated 60s, The Shape of Water is about a mute cleaning woman who develops a bond with an other-species being who is a test subject at the government research facility where she works. Friends, spies, neighbors, supervisors and colleagues become allies and obstacles when she decides to aid his escape in this riveting tale of love, friendship, power and transformation (rebirth, unbirth).



-Story- The movie’s captivating chain of events unfolds beautifully. 

-Transformation Theme: All of the characters undergo transformations, rebirths and unbirths. The visuals and dialogue that accent these moments are treat to watch. 
Low Lights:

-The Era: either movies get too wrapped up in their depiction of racial tensions in US history (aka white savagery), or they don’t do it enough justice and simply gloss over them and use them as elemental anecdotes to set a scene. This movie does the latter, and while it doesn’t take away from the film, it’s premise or its characters, it takes away from my experience, so swerve. 
Runtime 123 min, R, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy

🔥🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)
Awards and Nominations

LmnO @ Movie Reviews: Mudbound

Taking place during WW II/Sharecropping era of the South, Mudbound tells the story of the McAllens and the Jacksons, two families’ whose fates are intertwined when the former starts roots in the farm town. Due to racial tensions (aka the threat of White Savagery) the lines between caring and coercive become blurred. When the young adult sons of each family return home from war and form an interracial friendship, their bond is tested as they critique themselves and their places in the world. 



-Mary J. Blige: No more pain? No more drama? Sheeeiyit. While I sneakily suspect Mary signed onto this project to live down this moment 

It was still great to see her emotional range in this project. 

The Cast: although I highlighted Mary J. Blige, every character shined equally in this film. The conflicts and compassion are really felt between the actors.

The Lowlights:

-The Era: While this was a poignant and powerful movie, I’m cool on movies set in this era. No, thank you. 

Runtime 134 min, R, Drama


🔥🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)

Awards Nominations

LmnO @ Reviews: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri 

When a grief-stricken mother purchases Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri to raise awareness of her daughter’s unsolved rape and murder, everyone in the town, especially its chief, feels the pressure. Her quest for justice not only tests the true nature of her neighbors, but also herself



-Dialogue: Gritty wit is a thing I’ve never heard said before that should be said a lot. Every exchange was both beautiful and repulsive. 

-Humanity: The complexities of mankind’s(not gender specific) individual character and judgements, though HEAVILY pronounced (I mean damn people are a trip!), were seamlessly presented. This was one of the riveting aspects of the film that had my fist to my mouth. 
Low Lights:

-Locale: for a film to have a city’s name in it, you don’t see much of it. Other than the stretch of road that hosts the billboards, the area’s landscapes aren’t displayed prominently enough. 

-Sam Rockwell: I can’t quite put my finger on it, but nah. I know he won the Golden Globe. Whatever. 

Runtime: 115 min, R, Drama, Crime



Awards http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/awards?mode=desktop&ref_=m_tt_awd

LmnO @ Reviews: Call Me By Your Name

Set in 1980’s North Italy, Call Me By Your Name is a coming of age tale about a 17 year old musician (Timothée Chalamet) who develops romantic feelings for his father’s houseguest (Armie Hammer). The two spend the summer exploring their taboo attraction. 


-Shots: A lot of the shots were set up beautifully. North Italy really shines in this film. 

-Themes: If you can catch them, the symbolism and foreshadowing throughout the film brings you closer to the story. 

-Coming of Age all over the place: even though done tastefully, the exploration of the couples’ sensuality, after a while, felt frivolous. I mean, the main character had an “American Pie” moment. 

-Uneventfulness: Without giving up any spoils, I’ll just say that this is a 132 min film that could’ve been knocked out in 90. Some parts were repetitive and the dramatic elements weren’t highlighted enough. 

Runtime 132, R, Drama, Romance


🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)
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