Well, that’s that. I’ve completed every narrative Oscar nominee in theaters, meaning it’s time to sit and enjoy some films and documentaries at home, as well as relax after working on my list of the Top Ten Films of 2017.
In terms of documentaries, I saw two of the nominees, one in theaters. That would be Faces Places, the newest film from Agnès Varda, and I was completely enamored. It’s such a fun, beautiful film, and it makes me forgive her for The Gleaners and I. The other was Strong Island on Netflix, which I found to be a powerful look at both a miscarriage of justice and familial relations in the African-American community. Both are great additions to the Best Documentary lineup. I also got caught up on Paddington in order to see the much-beloved sequel, and my word, is that a charming movie. It feels like ASMR the way it inspires the tingles. Definitely see it. I also finally got caught up on Mudbound. I haven’t decided on if I want to review it or not, but I’ll say this much here: while I think we as an art-viewing society have moved past voice-over (even one as unique as the one done here), it is still a powerful film, well acted and well directed, thanks to Dee Rees’ talent. And then there’s Leap, which I’ve mostly finished as of writing this, and it is…yikes. Not great. It’s a weird cross between Rock Dog and Foodfight. I guess it’s worth it if we get “Cut To The Feeling,” but that’s it. Oh, and I watched The Book of Henry again, this time with my brother, and that film is an unintentional comedic masterpiece. And I may have to write another “Brother Running Diary” article…stay tuned.
On television, I saw the first two episodes of AP Bio. While it’s still got growing pains, and I’m still shocked it’s airing on network television, I can’t get over how great Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt are wonderful, and that’s a great cast of child actors. I also watched Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which is making some really bold decisions in terms of its storytelling, and I am loving it. I’ve also forgotten to mention that I’ve been watching The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and while I wasn’t a fan of the season premiere, it is really starting to grow on me as a dark, fascinating thriller. Natalie Portman was great on Saturday Night Live (Natalie’s Rap: Part 2!), and on a whim I watched a couple episodes of The Office as a way of distressing. And unfortunately, I watched the Grammys last Sunday, which outside of Kesha and Kendrick, proved to be the reason why I don’t watch the Grammys. The wrong people rewarded, the censoring of the actual good speeches…it was the second worst thing I’d watched all week.
What about you? Watch anything good this week? Get caught up on the Oscar nominees? Let me know in the comments!