What I Watched, What You Watched #56

Sorry I missed last week’s What I Watched, everyone! It’s been a busy season, what with the awards shows and the Best Of lists and the newfound Oscar nominations and all! However, just because I’ve been busy doesn’t mean I’ve been shirking my duties as a movie watcher! I only saw one movie for review, and I can’t even write about it until March! That film is Love, Simon, which I will confirm has some intrigue but many reservations. Nevertheless, I have been watching a ton at home.

Now that we have our Oscar nominees, this meant it was time to have a first or second viewing for several nominees. I saw Get Out, The Boss Baby, and The Greatest Showman for the second time, each. The Greatest Showman will be reviewed later this week, although I will say I’m still completely shocked at how dumb the film is, and how much I like it anyway. Meanwhile, I still find The Boss Baby a fascinating film, a post-modernist masterpiece in its ridiculous terribleness. And then there’s Get Out, which I was afraid wouldn’t hold up under repeat viewings. I was wrong. It is not only a thrilling horror and daring feat as a director, but something I refer to as “pure cinema” – a film that is so perfectly executed it can inspire you to stand up and cheer through careful filmmaking. What a film. I also saw a few Oscar nominated films for the first time. Victoria and Abdul is everything you expected it to be, for better or worse, but is surely worth a $1 rental in the future. All the Money in the World features great performances by Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer, but more than a few moments where you vocally scream “Oh come on!” at the screen. And Ferdinand is a perfectly decent film for kids, but not much for adults. It does, however, fascinate me as the only film to combine the Macarena, dabbing, and Bull Genocide. Honestly, of the bunch, the worst was Marshall, which featured a good performance from Chadwick Boseman and a decent (nominated) song but is overall a bad TV movie, and the best was Wonder, which is absolutely smart, fun, and heartwarming through its great storytelling. Sadly, not every film was great, as I finished my Worst of the Year watchings with The Snowman and Geostorm. Geostorm is exactly what you expect it to be, so it is slightly less disappointing, but my God The Snowman is fascinating in its terribleness. It is very clear that they only filmed 75% of it and had to “fix it in post.” You’ll be hearing more about this when my Worst of the Year list goes online. Oh, and I saw two classics for the first time. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a striking, wonderful adventure film about greed and corruption. Meanwhile, while I have some reservations, I appreciate what Martin Scorsese was going for in The Last Temptation of Christ, and it is a visceral testament to faith and love (oh, and Willem Dafoe is great).

On television, I stuck to the basics. Saturday Night Live held up the past two weeks, even if Jessica Chastain was given terrible material to work with (at least she tried her best). Meanwhile, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is finally picking up steam after finishing off last year as 2017’s Best Show. However, while I mostly stuck to my usual favorites – The Middle, Modern Family, and black-ish, I did watch two newer shows. The first was Riverdale, for which I watched one episode and immediately quit (it is unwatchable). The other is Alone Together by Esther Povitsky, and I must say, while it’s fairly cliché and predictable, it is my kind of cliché and predictable.

What about you? Have you started binging on the Oscar contenders yet? Anything good on TV? Let me know in the comments!

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