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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:01:48 AM UTC-5, Dutch wrote:
> 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


Oh!, I left-out "The Man Who Created Christmas." That's a first. I had it ready to go, and forgot it.

Actually, that makes two. I left-out "Ghost In The Shell," also. It was very underrated, but I think
that it suffered from comparison to the original "Ghost In The Shell" (1995), which was a
feature-length animation from Japan that is really good.

The 2017 regular-movie with Scarlett Johansson has a sophisticated storyline compared to most other
sci-fie movies of this type; and the visuals are awesome, with an agreeable (original) "Blade
Runner" feel to it. 

Scarlett Johansson has been making some pretty good, but somewhat obscure sci-fi movies in the last
few years and I think she's done it again with "Ghost In The Shell." What's not to like?