What I Watched, What You Watched #60

It’s been a busy week. I’ve been doing some freelance work, as well as making Oscar predictions for the big night next week (I can’t believe this race is almost over). I did see two films in theaters for review, which should be going up later this week. That would be Annihilation and Fifty Shades Freed. Of these films, I disliked one and hated the other. You’ll have to wait and see which one’s which.

At home, I’ve been alternating between Oscar nominees and older films by the nominees. This started when a friend of mine and I watched Get Out together on Vudu. This is still one of the best films of the year, and he thought so as well, although he did say, “Wait, wasn’t this nominated for Best Comedy? This movie is f*cking creepy.” Welcome to the national dialogue, buddy. I also watched the documentary Icarus, which is the reason Russia isn’t at the Olympics this year. I wasn’t wowed, by any means, but it’s definitely a significant documentary. Then, in preparing for this field of Best Actress nominees, I watched two very good, if not perfect films: Happy-Go-Lucky and The Bridges of Madison County. For the former, I’m not sure I’m a very big Mike Leigh fan overall, but Sally Hawkins is wonderful in this charming little film. Meanwhile, Madison County has all the traits that make Clint Eastwood a great director and a terrible director. There are a lot of missteps and bad decisions, but overall this is a heartbreaking, touching story about finding your soul mate too late in life, and it features some of the best work in Eastwood and especially Meryl Streep’s careers.

I didn’t watch a whole lot on television this week. I haven’t been enjoying the Olympics this year, so I’ve really only tuned in for the figure skating. And I’ve finished season three of The Office, with season four just around the corner. These are the golden days, and I am loving it. Oh, and I watched both of the new Janelle Monáe music videos, and they are absolute art. They are perfection, and they should be shown in museums.

What about you? See in any good movies in theaters? Anything good on TV? Let me know in the comments!

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