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On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
> 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> 
> 
> March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> 
> Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> "Call Me By Your Name"

Too gay

> "Darkest Hour"

Too dark

> "Dunkirk"

Too many Dunkirk movies

> "Get Out"

Really good

> "Lady Bird"

meh.. ok, Brooklyn was better

> "Phantom Thread"

Haven't seen

> "The Post"

Pretty good, reminiscent of today

> 
> "The Shape Of Water"

Just weird

> 
> "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"

Cracker.. loved it

> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> 
> 
> 1.)  "Wind River"
> 
> Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> 
> Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).


Yup, a beaut.

> 
> 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> 
> Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").

Nix.. cgi overkill and a convoluted plot.
> 
> 
> 
> 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> 
> Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").

Boo, loved the first one, this one is all the action without the story 
to back it up, like Jack Reacher 2. Waste of time

> 4) "Baby Driver"
> 
> Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").

I found it contrived.
> 
> 
> 
> 5) "Good Time"
> 
> Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Haven't seen

> 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> 
> "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> 
> This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."

Haven't seen

> 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")

Top notch entertainment
> 
> 
> 
> 8) "Get Out"
> 
> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.

Loved it
> 
> 
> 
> 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> 
> Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami Vice").
> 
>  From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra "Tarantino-violence"
effect.

It was a little over the top for me..
> 
> 
> 
> ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> 
> 
> Honorable Mention:
> 
> 
> "Hostiles"
> 
> Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> 
> Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.

No see yet
> 
> 
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad news
is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks.
> 
> 
> 
> "Thor: Ragnarok"
> 
> Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").

Great, they learned from some of the other superhero successes, don't 
take yourself too seriously
> 
> 
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").

Tremendous performance


> "Dunkirk"
> 
> Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").

Great true story, fair movie

> 
> 
> 
> "I, Tonya"

Same as above, excellent performances.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Disaster Artist"

Bloody unwatchable
> 
> 
> 
> "The Fate Of The Furious"
> 
> Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> 
> Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

> "Ingrid Goes West"
> 
> Aubrey Plaza
> 
> Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.

Agree
> 
> 
> 
> "Small Town Crime"
> 
> John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> 
> If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Wonder Woman"
> 
> Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> 
> Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.

Better than expected. Also "Professor Marston And The Wonder Women" is 
quite good.

> 
> 
> "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> 
> Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one.
> 
> They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies." They're
good. Caesar still rules.

Yep, really good.
> 
> 
> 
> "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> 
> Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> 
> The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one.

Yea, pretty darn good.
> 
> 
> "Mean Dreams"
> 
> Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> 
> It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> "American Made"
> 
> Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> 
> "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin.

Pretty good Cruise vehicle, his charisma carries it.
> 
> 
> 
> "Radius"
> 
> Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan Lucky"
> 
> Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> 
> Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character).

Didn't see
> 
> "Hounds Of Love"
> 
> Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> 
> Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.

Didn't see

> 
> The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> 
> 
> 
> "Lady Macbeth"
> 
> Florence Pugh
> 
> This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say on
"Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!"

Didn't see either
> 
> 
> 
> "The Big Sick"

Really well done

> 
> 
> "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> 
> It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Pretty good, and I'm not a big Star Wars fan

> 
> "Only The Brave"
> 
> Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> 
> Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.

didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan"
> 
> Hugh Jackman
> 
> Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years.

How could it be bad with Wolverine in it?

> 
> The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").


> 
> 
> 
> "Barracuda"
> 
> A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.

didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "The Trip To Spain"
> 
> Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> 
> Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great
> cinematography.

Enjoyable, but not as good The Trip to Italy with the same two characters.

> 
> 
> 
> "Shot Caller"
> 
> Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> 
> Good prison drama.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
>   "Lucky"
> 
> Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> 
> Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> 
> 

Didn't see

> 
> "Painted Lady"
> 
> A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> 
> Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> 
> Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman),
> only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.

Didn't see.


Some other ones I enjoyed..

"Bright"  A buddy-cop flick with a twist.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5519340
Set in a world where fantasy creatures live side by side with humans. A 
human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is 
prepared to kill for.

"Goodbye Christopher Robin"
The story of the author of the Winnie the Pooh series.

"Mudbound" Postwar racial tensions in the deep south

"My Friend Dahmer" Dramatized story of the serial killer's high school days.

"The Man Who Invented Christmas"  Charles Dickens' story

"The Florida Project" Story of a precocious young girl and her 
struggling single mother.

"Wonder" True story of a young kid with a facial deformity starting school